Capital Wheel to open May 23, ticket prices announced

(WJLA) - The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is set to open to the public over Memorial Day weekend.

The Capital Wheel will open on Friday, May 23 and join a long line of iconic attractions to the Washington, D.C. skyline. The wheel will set 180-feet above the Potomac River, according to a news release.

The Capital Wheel has 41 climate-controlled gondolas that will fit up to eight passengers each and feature glass exteriors so that riders can enjoy panoramic views of the National Mall, White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and more.

In addition, there is one "VIP" gondola, called "National Harbor One," which features glass floors, wine chillers, a retracting monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats.

The operating hours for the wheel have been extended from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the summer season, May 2014 to August 2014.

On Monday, pricing for tickets to ride the Capital Wheel was announced.

Adult tickets will cost $15 each. Tickets for children ages 3 to 11 will be $11.25. Children 2 and under can ride for free. Discount adult tickets for seniors and military with ID will be $13.50.

Tickets for National Harbor One, the "VIP" gondola, are $50 each.

Representatives said a ride lasts between 15 to 20 minutes.