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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.

National Harbor Plans to Debut The Capital Wheel in May National Harbor Plans to Debut The Capital Wheel in May National Harbor Plans to Debut The Capital Wheel in May

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.

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