Lifestyle Travel The Most Stunning Ferris Wheels Around the World The Ferris wheel made its debut 128 years ago on June 21 at the Chicago World's Fair By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 21, 2021 05:18 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 12 Tianjin Eye VCG/VCG via Getty China's 120-meter Tianjin Eye is reportedly the only Ferris wheel built over a bridge: it straddles the Yongle Bridge over the Hai River. 02 of 12 Ain Dubai GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty The soon-to-open attraction in the United Arab Emirates will be the world's tallest at 250 meters; it was built with 9,000 tons of steel. 03 of 12 High Roller Ethan Miller/Getty Currently the tallest, Sin City's High Roller at The LINQ opened in 2014 and true to its city, has bars in some of its enclosed cars. 04 of 12 Centennial Wheel Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Chicago welcomed the very first Ferris wheel at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and its own giant wheel recently got a makeover, replacing small red boxes with enclosed pods just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 05 of 12 Grande Roue AVENTURIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty The Ferris wheel in Paris was also built for a world's fair, the 1900 Paris Exposition. 06 of 12 Cosmo Clock 21 TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Once it lost its title of world's tallest, engineers added a giant clock onto this wheel in Yokohama, Japan, to give it a new accolade. 07 of 12 London Eye Tim P. Whitby/Getty London's iconic wheel opened in 2000 and at 135 meters, is Europe's tallest observation wheel. 08 of 12 Pacific Wheel David McNew/Getty While not as large as others, Santa Monica's Ferris wheel is the only one in the world that runs on solar power. 09 of 12 Singapore Flyer Getty Another piece of Singapore's stunning skyline, the Flyer boasts the title of Asia's largest observation wheel. 10 of 12 Eye of Bohai VCG/VCG via Getty Notice something missing? China's Eye of Bohai, which opened in 2018, is without spokes. 11 of 12 Texas Star Donovan Reese Photography/Getty Fun fact about this Ferris wheel, which starts back up every year for the Texas State Fair: it was built in Italy and shipped to the Lone Star State in the 1980s. 12 of 12 Wonder Wheel Alexandra Schuler/picture alliance via Getty While perhaps not as "stunning" as some others, the 100-year-old Wonder Wheel of Brooklyn's Coney Island has something others don't: interior cars that slide down tracks and swing back and forth as the wheel turns.