Photo tour: Ferris wheels around the world

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Nothing says “unbeatable views of the waterfront and ocean below” quite like a Ferris wheel.

Nothing says “unbeatable views of the waterfront and ocean below” quite like a Ferris wheel — those larger-than-life rotating cars that have been ground zero for romance and sightseeing since George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. first debuted his giant wheel in 1893.

The skylines of roaming carnivals and fairs are usually defined by these observation wheels, but nothing compares to sights you’ll see atop the permanent Ferris wheels found on waterfronts from Santa Monica, Calif. to Singapore.

Check out some of the world’s top Ferris wheels with this photo tour.

Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Sharon Mollerus)
Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Sharon Mollerus)
Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Rob Poetsch)
Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Rob Poetsch)
Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Rob Poetsch)
Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Rob Poetsch)
Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Prayitno/ more than 2 millions views: thank you!)
Pacific Wheel, Santa Monica, California (Image: Prayitno/ more than 2 millions views: thank you!)
Singapore Flyer (Image: kudumomo)
Singapore Flyer (Image: kudumomo)
Singapore Flyer (Image: DerFussi used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Singapore Flyer (Image: DerFussi used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Singapore Flyer (Image: edwin.11)
Singapore Flyer (Image: edwin.11)
London Eye (Image: Dave Stokes)
London Eye (Image: Dave Stokes)
London Eye (Image: kevgibbo)
London Eye (Image: kevgibbo)
London Eye (Image: Rocpoc)
London Eye (Image: Rocpoc)
Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier (Image: Rachel Jenna Giese used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier (Image: Rachel Jenna Giese used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier (Image: libookperson)
Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier (Image: libookperson)
Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier (Image: JavaSquid)
Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier (Image: JavaSquid)
Tianjin Eye, China (Image: kenner116)
Tianjin Eye, China (Image: kenner116)
Sky Wheel, Niagara Falls (Image: paulhami used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Sky Wheel, Niagara Falls (Image: paulhami used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Sky Wheel, Niagara Falls (Image: tomhenrich)
Sky Wheel, Niagara Falls (Image: tomhenrich)
Sky Wheel, Niagara Falls (Image: Craig Hatfield)
Sky Wheel, Niagara Falls (Image: Craig Hatfield)

(Main image: Schristia)

Photo tour: Ferris wheels around the world was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.