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When is the Capital Wheel open?
**Operating hours subject to change due to holidays and special events; please check our Calendar feature on our website or Facebook for latest information.**

How much do tickets cost?
All tickets, plus tax:

  • $15 for adults
  • $11.25 per child ages 3 – 11
  • Free for children ages 2 and under
  • Discount pricing is available for seniors and military with valid ID for $13.50
  • Tickets for National Harbor One (the VIP Gondola) cost $50 per person. The VIP Gondola can fit up to four riders.

* Prices, dates and availability are subject to change without notice.

Are tickets good for a specific time, or for the entire day?
Tickets are good for one admission during operating hours (not unlimited rides per day). The tickets are not timed, so you can experience The Capital Wheel at your convenience. The tickets will expire months from the date of purchase.

How can I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the onsite ticket booth at the pier.

If I don't print my tickets, will my tickets scan from my smartphone?
Yes, you can scan your ticket barcode from your smartphone!

What methods of payment does Capital Wheel accept?
Master Card, Visa, Discover & American Express. The Capital Wheel does not accept cash at this time.

How many people can fit in a gondola at one time?
Each gondola has seating for 6-8 adults. National Harbor One (the VIP Gondola) can seat up to four people.

Can a group book a ride for a specific time?
Please contact Group Sales at 301.842.8650.

Are group discounts available?
Yes. Groups over 25, please contact Group Sales at 301.842.8650.

What about discounts for seniors or military personnel?
Yes, with valid ID, Military and Senior tickets are priced at $13.50 each, plus tax. Military tickets must be purchased in person, with proof of a valid Military ID; they cannot be purchase online. Also, visit our Promotions & Events page for additional offers.

How long is the ride?
Each flight of the Capital Wheel lasts approximately 12-15 minutes.

Are the gondolas comfortable in all weather?
Each gondola is air-conditioned and heated, so you can ride in comfort year-round.

Does the Wheel ever shut down because of weather?
The Capital Wheel will operate in most weather conditions. Only extreme weather such as high wind speeds and/or local lightning may cause the attraction to temporarily shut down.

What is a VIP ride?
If you are looking for an exceptional experience, The Capital Wheel’s National Harbor One (the VIP gondola) provides an especially luxurious ride with its leather bucket seats, and glass floor. National Harbor One can accommodate up to four riders. VIP tickets at $50 per person allows you to step right to the head of the line, and a photo package is included, too! National Harbor One is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth on the pier the day of your visit. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Can I host a party or other private event at Capital Wheel?
To host an event at the Capital Wheel, please contact Group Sales at 301.842.8650 or email

May I bring something to eat or drink?
Yes, food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. If interested in acoholic beverages on The Capita Wheel, visit Flight Deck to purchase your commemorative cup and beverage.

Are concessions available?
Yes! Be sure to check out the newest addition to The Capital Wheel's pier: Flight Deck at The Capital Wheel! 

Do you allow pets?
The Capital Wheel does not allow pets. However, service animals are permitted. Please notify the ticket booth if you have a service animal accompanying you.

Is it safe for pregnant women to ride the Capital Wheel? What about babies?
The Capital Wheel is a safe and slow ride for people of all ages and conditions, including pregnant women, small children and babies. Don’t forget! Children under the age of 2 ride free with a ticket and accompanying adult.

May I bring a stroller into the gondola?
Strollers are not permitted on the gondolas, but we provide a space for you to park it! We are not liable for any damaged or stolen items.

Where is the best place to park?
Paid parking is available throughout National Harbor. For more information, please visit

Is Capital Wheel wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the gondolas are wheelchair accessible. The gondola door is 30 inches wide and we have a ramp that allows wheelchairs to roll directly into the gondola.

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