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National Harbor Plans to Debut The Capital Wheel in May

Observation wheel will be considerably taller than the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

A rendering of The Capital Wheel. (TheCapitalWheel.com)
A rendering of The Capital Wheel. (TheCapitalWheel.com)

First it was an outlet mall, then an MGM casino. Now National Harbor is getting ready to build a 175-foot observation wheel.

National Harbor announced Thursday its plan to debut The Capital Wheel in May at the end of its marina.

The attraction, which will offer views of the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, the city of Alexandria and more, is expected to draw between 600,000 to 800,000 visitors a year.

The wheel will include 42 climate-controlled gondolas, allowing year-round daily operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each gondola will include eight seats and admission is targeted at $15 per person. 

The Capital Wheel will include 1.6 million LED lights that will be programed to a variety of colors.

At 175-feet, the wheel will be significantly taller than the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which has a 70-foot clearance at its highest point.

The Capital Wheel will feature seasonal concessions by Wolfgang Puck Catering and be available for a variety of corporate and private events.

Greg Crider January 17, 2014 at 08:29 AM
It's not something I want to see or hear as I walk along natural area of Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve or the historic waterfront of Old Town Alexandria. Dyke Marsh is the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetlands in the Washington metropolitan area. Milt Petersen has another hair brained idea after seeing a ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde in Paris. Makes one wonder what he won't do to make another $buck.
Fairfax Watcher January 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Mr. Crider, there is NO limit to what he will do for the "almighty dollar"!! What's next? How about a space-port for take-off/landing of near-orbiting space ships...or...docks for mega cruise ships? For us old-timers, its "Marshall Hall" over again!!

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