Cincinnati welcomes ferris wheel


Megan Soellner

UP AND AWAY! The Skystar Observatory Wheel recently opened to Cincinnati’s Riverbank a few weeks ago. “This experience promises to provide unique views of Downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, the suspension bridge and the Ohio River.” Todd Schneider of SkyStar said.

The city of Cincinnati recently welcomed a new addition: a Ferris wheel. The Skystar officially opened to the public about a week ago and will continue to be open and run until Dec. 3 of this year.

This Ferris Wheel is 150 feet tall or about 15 stories high and located on Cincinnati’s Riverbank. The attraction was brought here in honor of the Bank’s 10 year anniversary since opening.

“SkyStar is America’s largest portable observation wheel and it will light up the sky with over one million colored LED lights,” said Todd Schneider, Managing Partner of SkyStar.

The Skystar observation wheel consists of 36 climate-controlled gondolas that are enclosed with seating for up to six people. Tickets are $12.50 per person and can be purchased on Skystar’s website or at the ride. The ride lasts four full rotations which are about 12 minutes. Also, since the gondolas are private, strangers do not need to share.

Chamber officials of Skystar are hoping to see between 30,000 and 50,000 people in the next months. The Banks is a very popular place for shopping, dining, and playing. Some of the most popular places include Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium. Many students from SHS have already visited this attraction already.

Skystar is open every day. It is open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Fridays, it is open from 4 p.m. to midnight. On Saturdays, it is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and on Sundays, it is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.