A Guide to the High Roller, the World's Tallest Observation Wheel

How to ride the observation wheel on the Strip in Las Vegas

The High Roller

David Burke

One of the most iconic scenes in Las Vegas is the Strip with its collection of resorts and casinos that make up the skyline. In 2014, the view got a little different when the High Roller opened at the Linq Promenade. The 550-foot observation wheel on the east side of the Strip blinks different colors by night along the circle of cabins to give the Strip skyline a vibrant and ever-changing image. 

For visitors to the High Roller, that means a new way to view the Strip as they travel around the wheel in 30 minutes. Up to 40 people can fit in each of the 28 air conditioned cabins that offer 360-degree views of the city, enabling 1,120 people to ride the wheel at the same time. The wheel uses 2,000 LED lights in a multitude of color combinations that are choreographed to music nightly during the “Lights at The Linq” show. Sometimes the High Roller even features thematic colors for St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween or the Fourth of July. 

Guinness World Records designated High Roller as “The World's Tallest Observation Wheel” in 2014 when it opened. It’s taller than the Singapore Flyer at 541 feet, 107 feet taller than the London Eye, and maintains that designation until the Dubai Eye Ferris wheel at 689 feet debuts or the New York Ferris wheel opens on Staten Island at 630 feet tall. 

History

Construction on the High Roller started on Oct. 12, 2012, and took three years to complete. By March 2013, the hub and spindle of the wheel starts to take shape, and the first section of the rim is installed by July 2013. The 28 sections of the rim come together by September 2013, with the first of 28 cabins attached by November 2013. In February 2014, the High Roller lights up the Las Vegas sky, for the first time and the first ticketed passenger rides the wheel on March 31, 2014. 

The High Roller uses 112 cables that measure 4.8 miles when laid out end-to-end to keep is stabilized, and crews used 7.2 million pounds of steel to construct the wheel. Parts for the wheel came from China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands and Germany, as well as Colorado, California and Las Vegas.

Each cabin weighs 44,000 pounds and measures 22 feet in diameter.

Since opening in 2014 through its fifth anniversary in 2019, the High Roller rotated 63,030 times, and saw 450 weddings, 55 proposals and 10 gender reveals.

Getting To the High Roller

The High Roller anchors the Linq Promenade, an open-air shopping district between the Linq and the Flamingo Las Vegas that features restaurants such as Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, In-N-Out Burger, Off The Strip Bistro, Maxie’s and more. O’Sheas casino, which was located where the Linq casino now sits, has a new home within the promenade. Other entertainment in the Linq Promenade includes the Fly Linq zip line, Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club and Brooklyn Bowl with concerts, food and bowling. 

Riders can head to the wheelhouse to buy tickets and queue up for entrance to the High Roller. Other ticket vending machines sit at the entrance to the Linq Promenade and of course online. 

The High Roller recommends anticipating about an hour between buying tickets, waiting for entrance to the cabin and completely one rotation around the wheel. 

Visitors simply walk onto the open cabin as it reaches the bottom of the wheel to start their ride, and then walk off when the ride completes. 

Special Events 

• Why, of course you can drink on the High Roller. Customers can purchase drinks in the wheelhouse or take part in a happy hour on the High Roller complete with a bartender. The happy hour includes a 30-minute ride and an open bar for up to 25 guests daily from noon to 1 a.m. Guests must be 21 and older to ride in a bar cabin. 

• Riders can get their exercise in with Yoga in the Sky, a one-hour experience that includes a silent Savasana instructor and up to six guests per cabin. Each wears a headset that enables them to hear the instructor and music during two revolutions on the High Roller. Reservations must be booked at least 24 hours in advance at 702-322-0593.

• The Chocolate Experience adds handcrafted chocolates from Las Vegas-based Ethel M Chocolates paired with a glass of wine every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. A chocolate ambassador leads guests through samples, and discusses each piece. Of course, only those 21 and older can drink a glass of wine. Tickets are $45 per person.

• Couples can get married on the High Roller in one of the 28 cabins with room for 40 guests. Couples can add flowers, music, photography, cinematography, and even an Elvis minister. Rates vary. 

Tickets

Adult tickets start at $25 by day and $37 at night, while kids can ride for $10 by day and $20 at night. Happy hour tickets are $40 during the day and $55 at night. Buy online for discounts.

Tips

• For the prettiest views of Las Vegas, book a ride at sunset or at night when the Strip is lit up. 

• The cabins are air conditioned, so never fear riding the High Roller in the hottest months of the year. 

• A gift shop at the base of the High Roller offers T-shirts, key chains and other souvenirs.

Hours

The High Roller is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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