Facts about the Wheel
- 200 foot high observation wheel
- 42 fully enclosed and climate controlled gondolas that each seat 6 adults
- 3-4 rotations high above the St. Louis skyline during the 15 minute ride
- The wheel is now open from 10 am to 10 pm till October 31st when the hours will be changed to noon to 10 pm for the rest of 2019
My Experience on the Wheel
I had seen on the news that there could be rather long waits to ride the wheel, but the day we went we were able to walk right up, buy our tickets and ride the wheel when it stopped for the next rotation. It was a rather chilly day but the gondolas on the wheel are all climate controlled so it was nice and warm. There were five of us in our gondola and we had plenty of room to be comfortable and even move around a bit so I could get photos from all angles.
I am sometimes a little leery of heights but this did not bother me at all. I felt very secure in the enclosed gondola and thoroughly enjoyed the views of the city. It was a cloudy day so I'm sure you would see more on a clearer day but I still thought it was fantastic. I would like to go back at nighttime and take photos of the city lights from up on the "Wheel".
Views from the WheelThis is the view looking east. Directly in front you see the Enterprise Center where the Blues play. Farther in the background you get a glimpse of the Gateway Arch. Also if you look close on the far right side of the photo you see the red brick of Busch Stadium where the Cardinals play.
Information about St. Louis Union Station
Inside of Union Station you will find the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. A beautiful hotel that serves guests from out of town along with many meetings, weddings and other celebrations of St. Louis residents.
The Grand Hall is a wonderful meeting place for people. It is beautiful and the architecture is truly amazing. After our ride aboard the "Wheel" we visited the Grand Hall and as we stopped to rest at one of their many comfortable seating areas the lights dimmed, we heard a sound of a train coming, and then a fantastic 15 minute 3D light show began. We weren't expecting it so we were pleasantly surprised. Beautiful music played and the ceiling was transformed with an different light scenes. The photos below show two of the scenes.
More to do at St. Louis Union Station
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