13 Incredible Ferris Wheels You Have to See to Believe
Talk about seeing the world from a different angle! Get a bird's-eye view of New York, London, and other must-see spots around the globe on these thrilling—and beautiful!—rides.
How to ride: Expect to pay $15 for an adult ticket, $10 for children ages 4-12, and $2 for children ages 1-3—save 10 percent by buying tickets online now thru Oct. 31, 2013. The Wheel of Brisbane is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
The Brighton Wheel
Brighton, United Kingdom
The Brighton Wheel is located 90 minutes south of London along Great Britain's southern shore, and features a bird's-eye view of the Sussex coastline from the comfort of your air-conditioned, enclosed capsule nearly 165 feet above sea level. The best part: you'll get to stay onboard for as long as three full revolutions per ride, giving you ample time to absorb the beautiful sea views around you.
How to ride: Tickets cost $13 for adults, $11 for children ages 4-16, and $4 for children ages 1-3. You can also save 10 percent by booking your tickets online ahead of time. The Brighton Wheel is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Originally built in 1897 during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Emperor Franz Josef I, the Wiener Riesenard that stands today is the second version, re-built in 1945 after the first succumbed to a fire. Nowadays, the Giant Ferris wheel stands high above Vienna at nearly 213 feet tall, offering visitors spectacular views of the city below.
How to ride: Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children. Check their website for directions to the Wiener Riesenrad.
Rising high above the city at nearly 542 feet tall, the Singapore Flyer is the largest observation wheel in the world as of right now—Dubai is currently working a new design for The Dubai Eye that would top even those heights. Take in gorgeous 360-degree views of Singapore and Marina Bay on this unforgettable ride.
How to ride: The Singapore Flyer is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $15 for children, and $17 for seniors.
The Melbourne Star
Slated to re-open later this year, Australia's Melbourne Star will be one of only three giant observation wheels in the world—the other two being The London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. Guests can expect floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed gondolas that fit up to 20 people, and gorgeous uninhibited views of one of Australia's most vibrant cities.
How to ride: Tickets are not available for purchase at this time; please check the website for more information as it becomes available.