Watch: Philly’s new Ferris wheel offers great views of the city

Set on the Delaware River, the boardwalk classic is $4 a ride

It's the last day for the ferris wheel at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

It's the last day for the ferris wheel at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

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Starting Friday, you’ll no longer have to sit through shore traffic if you want to ride a ferris wheel. The Philly waterfront is getting its very own version of the boardwalk classic.

The ferris wheel overlooking the Delaware is part of “The Midway,” the pop-up arcade at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, which is organized by the same folks behind ultra-popular Spruce Street Harbor Park. Alongside the open-air roller skating rink, there’s old-school video games, a Zoltar fortune-telling machine and a carousel. But the Ferris wheel is definitely the prime attraction.

This one’s not huge — 60 feet high, compared to, say the 156-foot giant in Wildwood— but you can still catch great views from the top, including the Ben Franklin Bridge, the river itself, and the Philadelphia skyline. The ride is family-friendly, and costs $4 per person.

The Midway is open seven days a week:

  • 1 to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday
  • 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday
  • 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday

The Ferris wheel and the other rides officially launch on June 23 and will stay open all the way through August 14 of this year.

Check out a sneak preview of what to expect when you hop into one of the 16 gondolas and slowly rise above the city.

Video by Jordan Gunselman and Danya Henninger

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