A 150ft Observation Wheel Is Rolling Into Golden Gate Park

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A 150ft Observation Wheel Is Rolling Into Golden Gate Park

All you need to know about the giant Ferris wheel coming to Golden Gate Park

Pleasure-seekers and Bay photographers brace yourselves! A giant Ferris wheel (okay, so at 150ft it’s a little smaller than the original 700ft proposal) will be illuminating the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park from April 4, 2020! After doing the rounds in Louisville, Ohio, and Virginia, the Skystar wheel will be rolling into Golden Gate Park as part of its sesquicentennial celebrations. [Rendering of Golden Gate Ferris Wheel, CREDIT: Skystar]

You’ll have roughly 12 minutes to take in the ´Bay to Breakers´ view of the city in one of the 36 climate-controlled gondolas – oh, and it will be completely free on opening day! After that, you’re looking at $12 to $18 per person which isn’t cheap, but what you lose in dollars you gain in panoramic content for your feed. 

Skystar Ferris Wheel
Skystar Wheel PHOTO: Kevin Herglotz

This will be the first Ferris wheel in the park since the Firth Wheel from the Midwinter’s Fair in the late 1800s! And that’s probably down to the protective community that has helped maintain its reputation as a local treasure. So, much to the relief of many residents, the approved agreement includes adjustments to the lighting and ensures that it will only be around for a year. 


While not everyone is on board with this bold new view of the city, there will be a host of other exciting events, exhibitions, and installations to get involved in as the park rings in its 150th year! You can find out more here

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