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301-749-9400 6400 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
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Maryland National Harbor Capital Wheel
116 Waterfront St, National Harbor, Maryland, 20745 3.0 Miles   |  301-842-8650
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National Harbor Capital Wheel: panoramic views, gondola Rides & Family Fun on the Waterfront

Experience panoramic, bird's eye views of Washington, D.C.'s most iconic landmarks from atop the National Harbor Capital Wheel. From 180 feet above the Potomac River, you'll enjoy incomparable views of the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, the National Mall and Arlington Cemetery. With its 42-closed, climate-controlled gondolas, the large-scale observation wheel operates year-round, offering visitors seasonal views of the region's lush parklands. Opened in 2014, the Capital Wheel has fast-become a trip highlight for vacationing families. By choosing our Family Time at National Harbor Package, you'll receive four tickets to ride the Capital Wheel, complimentary breakfast and dining credit.


Prices -

 Adults: $15, Children: $11.25, Military & Seniors: $13.50

Hours -

Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Private & Corporate Events
  • Summer Sunset Package


  • Gondola Rides
  • Landmark Views
  • Dining
  • National Harbor One (VIP Gondola)
  • Sightseeing


  • How many people can fit in a gondola at once?

    Each of the National Wheel's spacious gondolas can comfortably seat between six and eight adult passengers, making a ride on the observation wheel an excellent activity for the whole family. The National Harbor One (the wheel's VIP gondola) offers leather bucket seats for four lucky passengers. A truly unique way to experience the wheel, the National Harbor One also features a glass floor and an included photo package to take home.
  • is the wheel open year round?

    Yes, the National Wheel operates year-round, offering visitors a chance to experience the ride no matter when they visit. From atop of the wheel, view the festive lights of National Harbor during the holiday season or enjoy the bright colors of autumn's changing leaves in fall. With heating and air-conditioning, each climate-controlled gondola ensures your ride is comfortable.

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