'SkyView Atlanta' Ferris Wheel Open To Public

Melissa Stusinski

The "SkyView Atlanta" Ferris wheel opened on Tuesday to the public following a grand opening ceremony at noon. The ceremony was attended by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other dignitaries.

The Ferris wheel is 20-stories tall and is located on Centinnial Oplympic Park Drive and Luckie Street. Tickets to ride the giant fair attraction are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids.

Jason Evans, a spokesman for the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel, stated of the grand opening:

"SkyView Atlanta is going to be open pretty much 365 days out of the year. It's going to be really fun. All the cars, all the gondolas, are climate-controlled, so it'll be cool in the summer and warm in the winter."

And it provides an excellent view of the city. Standing 200 feet high, the Ferris wheel is right to boast, "You can see Atlanta from here." Mayor Reed and City council members were the first official riders after crews spent the morning making final security checks and taking the wheel on several dry runs.

The SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel also boasts an interesting history. The ride has already spent time in Pensacola, Florida; Switzerland; and across from the Louvre in Paris, France. Evans explained that Paris was the Ferris wheel's first location, followed by Switzerland. He added:

"Pensacola was always a temporary destination. We moved form there because we decided Centinnial Olympic Park was the perfect place for this attraction."

Hours of operation for the new downtown attraction are 10 am until 11 pm, midnight on Saturday. Would you consider riding the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel?He added that the SkyView Atlanta team believes locals will want to ride it over and over again for its "unique view of the area." And while some passersby commented that they would take the 200-foot trip up the Ferris wheel, others preferred to admire it from afar.

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