Trip Planner:   USA  /  Maryland  /  National Harbor  /  Fun & Games  /  The Capital Wheel

The Capital Wheel, National Harbor

(4.1/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
The Capital Wheel is located in National Harbor. Put The Capital Wheel into our National Harbor vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in National Harbor.
Create a full National Harbor itinerary

Plan your trip to National Harbor

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
  • I live have visited the Capital Wheel quite a few times, it is a fun ride with friends and gives and AMAZING view, its a great place to take pictures and when going in the winter the pods that you sit...  more »
  • My 3 and 4 year old we're extremely excited ! We loved it . They're weren't many people when we went and I felt we spent a good 15 minutes on the ride - very relaxing and a good time for the little on...  more »
  • Ferris wheel at the tourist area, consequently much sought after and wait queues. reasonable price for quye offers. Have a good view and the ride is fast. It's not that we can't break.
    View original
  • We came on a rainy day, but that might habe been a blessing. It was nit crowded and we lucked out on the weather and had the opportunity to get on the ride without long waits in line. The cute was amazing, even though there were several clouds. Great way to take photos of three different states. Look fir a discount on line. Military can get one at the ticket counter.
  • I hate heights, so this was a challenge for me to get on, but when you have a kid, you do things you normally wouldn't do. The wheel does provide A/C cooled enclosed capsules for your ride around the wheel. The ride lasts approximately 15 minutes which results in about 10 turns around the wheel at a decent clip. The views are spectacular and is a great experience (for those that don't mind heights). It would be nice to have more shade on the line waiting outside and to utilize more of the capsules as due to weight balancing (even though there were plenty in line to fill) they were not all used.
  • Pretty fun attraction but very touristy. Not quite as large as the Ferris wheel in Vegas or London but you get a great view of the Potomac. Cars all have emergency buttons if you don't like heights, as well as AC. You'll go around 4 or 5 times. Not very busy when we went so the line was nonexistent.
  • Great way to see the harbor and the whole DMV area, well mostly DC and VA, but a lot of fun. The passenger cars are air conditioned and very comfortable and the staff is very nice and helpful. There is a military and senior discount. Great for kids and visiting family!
  • Nice view and worth the 16 dollars. The employees were also very nice and got people on and off quickly.