December 03, 2018

SkyStar, the Cincinnati Riverfront's 15-Story Temporary Ferris Wheel

UPDATE: SkyStar extends its stay until the end of June 2019. SkyStar, a temporary 15-story "observation wheel" (aka Ferris Wheel), at The Banks downtown has extended its stay from Dec. 2 through the end of June 2019.

“In its short stay, SkyStar has already become a Greater Cincinnati tradition and a beautiful addition to Cincinnati’s skyline, “said Cynthia Oxley, director of Corporate and Community Events for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, in a press release. “We’re thrilled that America’s largest portable observation wheel is sticking around for Cincinnati’s spring events including Asian Food Fest and Taste of Cincinnati."

“More than 100,000 riders have enjoyed SkyStar during its Cincinnati visit,” added Todd Schneider of SkyStar in the same release. “The people of Cincinnati have been so warm and welcoming. We’re thrilled to stay another six months.”

The portable contraption has been traveling across America, setting up shop in cities including Norfolk, Va. and Louisville, Ky. to offer elevated views and a novel, pop-up tourism experience. According to a press release posted on cincinnatichamber.com, the 150-foot-high wheel is being erected to celebrate the 10th-anniversary of The Banks development. The wheel consists of 36 enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, which can hold up to six passengers. The ride takes about 12 minutes and includes four revolutions. The wheel is open 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-midnight Friday; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12.50. Skystar is located at 55 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. More info: skystarwheel.com.  
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See Panoramic Views of Cincinnati at the SkyStar Observation Wheel
SkyStar, a temporary 15-story "observation wheel" (aka Ferris Wheel), will be up at The Banks through Dec. 2. 1-49 E. Freedom Way, Downtown
Photo: Emerson Swoger

See Panoramic Views of Cincinnati at the SkyStar Observation Wheel


SkyStar, a temporary 15-story "observation wheel" (aka Ferris Wheel), will be up at The Banks through Dec. 2. 1-49 E. Freedom Way, Downtown
Photo: Emerson Swoger
SkyStar is a temporary "observation wheel" that offers a 360-degree rotational view of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Emerson Swoger
SkyStar is a temporary "observation wheel" that offers a 360-degree rotational view of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
SkyStar passengers board one of 36 climate-controlled gondolas, which can hold up to six people
Emerson Swoger
SkyStar passengers board one of 36 climate-controlled gondolas, which can hold up to six people
Benches inside the gondola
Emerson Swoger
Benches inside the gondola
The ride takes about 12 minutes and includes four revolutions.
Emerson Swoger
The ride takes about 12 minutes and includes four revolutions.
SkyStar, the Cincinnati Riverfront's 15-Story Temporary Ferris Wheel
Emerson Swoger
View from the wheel
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View from the wheel
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SkyStar, the Cincinnati Riverfront's 15-Story Temporary Ferris Wheel
Emerson Swoger
SkyStar, the Cincinnati Riverfront's 15-Story Temporary Ferris Wheel
Emerson Swoger