The Ferris wheel is a great old fashioned family favourite. Whether you’re six or 60, everyone loves a sky-high ride that comes with incredible skyline views. Since the first Ferris wheel debuted in 1893, these architectural marvels have only gotten bigger (and bigger) and better. And with Dubai and New York in the midst of constructing gigantic new sky wheels right now, there’s no sign of slowing down! So get your fairy floss ready and check out our favourite Ferris Wheels to ride around the world.
The High Roller – Las Vegas, USA
With a whopping 168 metres of air to its name, the High Roller is officially the world’s tallest observation wheel – with a Guinness World Record to prove it. While we can’t guarantee it’ll keep the title, there’s no doubt it’s the shining star of The LINQ, a sparkling new section of the famed Las Vegas Strip. Touting 28 spherical cabins, you’ll get whopping 360-degree views stretching across the glittering city, valley and surrounding mountains. And with musical chimes for the 30 minute ride and air-conditioning to shield you from the sweet Nevada sun, you’ll feel breezy as a bird soaring high above Sin City.
The Singapore Flyer – Singapore
Just a couple of metres shorter than the High Roller, the Singapore Flyer held the Ferris wheel crown for many years. A half-hour round journey, you can enjoy the ride with up to 27 others per capsule. Sunset is by far the best time to hitch a ride though, when the sky changes hues and the city lights spring to life. From the very top, you can see out over famous icons such as Merlion Park, Singapore River, Marina Bay and the picturesque Esplanade. The Journey of Dreams attraction is also great if you’re interested in the story of this top Singapore attraction.
The Tianjin Eye – Tianjin, China
China has many mighty tall Ferris wheels, including the popular Star of Nanchang, but the Tianjin Eye takes the cake for being the world’s only sky wheel on a bridge. With its brilliant location overlooking the Hai River, a ride to the top offers sprawling city views and a bird’s eye view of the zooming traffic below. The views are just as great when you’re admiring the Tianjin Eye from afar – at night it’s lit up in gorgeous fluorescent colours, casting a shimmering reflection onto the water. Both big and beautiful, it also offers a more personal ride, with 48 capsules that carry only eight at a time.
The London Eye – London, England
This famous Ferris wheel is the perfect way to see the sprawling sights of London from its great location on the banks of the River Thames. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Windsor Castle from the highest point at 135 metres. But a few closer highlights to spot include the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and London’s oldest monument, Cleopatra’s Needle. While the London Eye was built to celebrate the new Millennium, its popularity has made it a permanent attraction and a must on every London itinerary. Three-and-half-million passengers every year can’t be wrong.
Finnair Sky Wheel – Helsinki, Finland
The newest Ferris wheel to hit the skies soars 140 metres above the skyline of Helsinki, the Finnair Sky Wheel. Opened just last month, it’s perched not far from where Finnair first based its flight operations. So now you can fly with Finnair without even going through customs! Taking up to eight passengers per capsule for the 15-minute ride, the VIP option has the added bonus of leather seats and glass-bottomed cabins – plus an extra 10 minutes of viewing time. Either way, you’ll love the fabulous 360-degree city panoramas up and down the weaving Helsinki coastline.