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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.

Drew Scott January 17, 2014 at 04:02 PM
No kidding. Everybody get off their conservative high horses and allow something half fun in this area. If they approved a billion dollar casino I'm sure Moran has no say in this "monstracy".
Linda Couture January 17, 2014 at 05:04 PM
The National Capital Planning Commission handed off all approvals to the developer, Petersen, and Maryland. Have a copy of the paperwork. No one ever implied or said Moran had anything to do with this. Duh!
Drew Scott January 17, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Did i just get a Duh? Nice! I feel like I'm 13 all over again. Doh!
Linda Couture January 17, 2014 at 06:12 PM
You're welcome.
CS January 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM
What's disgusting is the $15.00 fee! What??? Ridiculous.

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