175-foot Ferris Wheel coming to National Harbor

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 175-foot Ferris Wheel is coming to National Harbor, officials said on Thursday.

The 17 and a half story Wheel will overlook the Potomac River starting in May of 2014.

It will be called the "Capital Wheel" and it will have 42, closed, climate controlled gondolas. Each section will fit eight people.

"The Capital Wheel at National Harbor will be a welcomed addition to the numerous attractions that have made National Harbor a regional destination," said Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. "Like the National Harbor ice rink and carousel, The Capital Wheel will draw even more visitors. These types of attractions are why Prince George's County is the 'Place to Be.' I thank the Peterson Companies for their commitment to bringing innovative and fun attractions to the County for our residents, businesses and visitors. I look forward to more announcements like this in years to come."

The "Capital Wheel" is expected to attract 600,000 visitors every year.

For more information about the "Capital Wheel," log on to http://nationalharbor.com/capitalwheel.


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