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PHOTOS: 13 Incredible Ferris Wheels You Have to See to Believe

Talk about seeing the world from a different angle! Get a bird's-eye view of New York, London, and other must-see spots around the globe on these thrilling—and beautiful!—rides.

  1. The London Eye carries up to 800 passengers in its 32 capsules (meant to represent London's 32 boroughs) on a 30-minute nice-and-easy ride with 360-degree views of the city.

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  2. Joining the London skyline in 2000 and originally called The Millennium Wheel, this 443-foot tall Ferris wheel is London's fourth highest structure.

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  3. Don't miss these views. Take a ride on The London Eye the next time you're in town.

    (Viorel Dudau/Dreamstime.com)
  4. Located on the historic Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is home to classic carnival rides as well as one of the most terrifying Ferris wheel experiences you'll ever encounter.

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  5. Choose one of the red or blue swinging cars and hold on tight—as the 150-foot tall wheel turns, the cars sway back and forth until the point where they slide down diagonally back to earth.

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  6. While you do have the option to board stationary cars and take in views of the Atlantic, the moving cars offer a much more memorable ride.

    (Juliane Jacobs/Dreamstime.com)
  7. Perhaps the youngest Ferris wheel on our list, The Seattle Great Wheel opened a little over a year ago on June 29th, 2012.

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  8. The wheel carries more than 300 visitors in 42 enclosed gondolas, offering dramatic city views and a bird's-eye view of Elliott Bay and Waterfront Park.

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  9. Located at the southern end of Centennial Park, SkyView Atlanta takes guests on a 15-minute joyride, making four full revolutions and offering views of downtown Atlanta from 20 stories up.

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  10. Slated to open later this year, Australia's Melbourne Star will be one of only three giant observation wheels in the world—the other two being The London Eye and the Singapore Flyer.

    (Courtesy Valberg Lárusson/Flickr)
  11. Guests can expect floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed gondolas that fit up to 20 people, and gorgeous uninhibited views of one of Australia's most vibrant cities.

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  12. Take a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel, located just across the Canadian border in Clifton Hill, for a rare look at the famous Falls from 175 feet above in a comfortable, climate-controlled gondola.

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  13. American citizens will need a U.S. Passport or Passport Card to clear the border, but it's well worth it for an 8-12 minute ride on Canada's largest observation wheel.

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  14. The Texas Star Ferris Wheel first came on the scene in 1985—28 years later, it still reigns as the tallest Ferris wheel in North America at nearly 21 stories high.

    (Anthony Aneese Totah Jr/Dreamstime.com)
  15. One of Budget Travel's favorite American Boardwalks is also home to the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel at Pier Park.

    (Christian De Grandmaison/Dreamstime)
  16. Become one with the Chicago skyline as you climb 150-feet in one of the ride's 40 gondolas and take in views of Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), the John Hancock Center, and Lake Michigan.

    (Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes/Dreamstime)
  17. Rising high above the city at nearly 542 feet tall, the Singapore Flyer is the largest observation wheel in the world.

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  18. Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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  19. The Singapore Flyer is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $15 for children, and $17 for seniors.

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  20. Originally built in 1897 during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Emperor Franz Josef I, the Wiener Riesenard that stands today is the second version, re-built in 1945 after the first succumbed to a fire.

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  21. Nowadays, the Giant Ferris wheel stands high above Vienna at nearly 213 feet tall, offering visitors spectacular views of the city below.

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  22. Tickets for a ride on the Wiener Riesenrad cost $12 for adults and $6 for children.

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  23. Located just 25 minutes from Downtown L.A., Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier is home to the only solar-powered Ferris wheel in the world, the Pacific Wheel.

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  24. Towering over the Santa Monica Pier at 130-feet, this powerful wheel makes a whopping 2.5 revolutions every minute.

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  25. The Pacific Wheel dazzles visitors with panoramic views of the beautiful California coast.

    (Jo Ann Snover/Dreamstime.com)
  26. The Wheel of Brisbane carries riders nearly 200 feet above the ground, offering beautiful 360-degree views of the Brisbane city skyline, the Parklands, and the South Bank in air-conditioned gondolas.

    (Brian Scantlebury/Dreamstime.com)
  27. The Wheel of Brisbane is located in the Cultural Forecourt next to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the midst of the city's entertainment district.

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  28. Expect to pay $15 for an adult ticket, $10 for children ages 4-12, and $2 for children ages 1-3—save 10 percent by buying tickets online now thru Oct. 31, 2013.

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  29. The Brighton Wheel is located 90 minutes south of London along Great Britain's southern shore, and features a bird's-eye view of the Sussex coastline from the comfort of your air-conditioned, enclosed capsule nearly 165 feet above sea level.

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  30. The best part: you'll get to stay onboard for as long as three full revolutions per ride, giving you ample time to absorb the beautiful sea views around you.

    (Kevin Eaves/Dreamstime.com)

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