The Capital Wheel is a 180-foot tall Ferris wheel at the National Harbor in Maryland. Located on the outskirts of Washington D.C., the National Harbor is a popular attraction that features restaurants, shops, attractions, and seasonal festivals that are fun for the entire family.
The Capital Wheel is one of the newest additions to the National Harbor, having opened in May of 2014. Its design was inspired by the famous Roue de Paris that was originally located on Place de la Concorde in Paris, France in celebration of the new millennium. It has 42 climate-controlled gondolas that can accommodate up to eight people, meaning that the whole family can ride together and enjoy the sights rain or shine.
Things to Do
- Go for a family ride on the Capital Wheel! Throughout 15 exciting minutes, you'll be provided with breathtaking views of the Potomac River, as well as amazing photo opportunities of D.C. landmarks like the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, and the city of Alexandria, Virginia.
- For a truly memorable experience on the Capital Wheel, splurge on a VIP ride in National Harbor One, the VIP gondola. In addition to having comfy leather seats, it has a glass floor that provides all four passengers with astounding views. The VIP ride also includes a photo package.
- If you're looking for a kid-friendly attraction to follow your ride on the Capital Wheel, visit the Carousel at the National Harbor. For just $5 your child can ride the carousel as many times as they want and play on the playground or in the toddler play area.
Capital Wheel Insider Tips
- If you're planning on driving to the National Harbor, there are plenty of parking options. If you want, you can even prepay for parking before you arrive. More information is provided on the Directions page of the Capital Wheel website.
- Explore the rest of the National Harbor. It is home to dozens of shops and restaurants, an outlet mall, water taxis, sightseeing tours, sculptures, and even a farmers' market!
- If it's a nice day, enjoy some family bonding time by walking or biking along one of the National Harbor's trails or by trying a new activity! You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats, and boats from various companies located on the harbor.