Deno's Wonder Wheel

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
Coney Island, Brooklyn
    "The swinging cars on the Wonder Wheel are awesome..."(12 Tips)
    "What's not to love about this Ferris wheel?"(8 Tips)
    Puu K.
    "I recommend getting on the swing one."(3 Tips)
    City of New York
    "... & was designated a NYC Landmark in 1989. It is 150 ft tall, holds 160..."(2 Tips)
52 Tips and reviews
  • swinging cars
  • ferris wheel
  • scenic views
  • nyc landmark
  • family-friendly
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  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonAugust 9, 2015
    Go for for rocking cages, and try not to think about the fact that this thing is nearly 100 years old ;) The view to the ocean and Manhattan is stunning, so try for a golden hour/sunset ride.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkJuly 1, 2013
    The Wonder Wheel has been in operation since 1920 & was designated a NYC Landmark in 1989. It is 150 ft tall, holds 160 passengers with 8 stationary cars & 16 cars that slide along serpentine tracks.
  • NYC: The Official Guide
    There are two lines: one for swinging cars and one for stationary (which is often shorter). Whichever you chose, be sure to snap a pic from the top! Fun fact: The Wonder Wheel weighs 400,000 pounds.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerAugust 16, 2011
    Highly (ahem!) recommend the outer wheel, stationary cars for the longest and highest view of the oceanside scene. Take a deep breath if your car stops at the peak, as it did on my ride w/a friend.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    The Ferris wheel first opened in 1920, making it the oldest ride in Coney Island, and the spectacular views from the top take in a long stretch of the shoreline. Read more
  • naveen
    naveenAugust 2, 2011
    there are a couple of photobooths inside coney island. one of the easiest to find is this one right in the middle of it all: next to the wonder wheel. (only open in the summer)
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RalloJuly 10, 2012
    A great place to bring the kids after the aquarium. Lots of small child size rides - just buy a ticket for yourself and your child to ride.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonAugust 12, 2014
    1918 steel makes this scarier than your standard ferris wheel. White cars don't swing (haha), and the views are great.
  • Rose
    RoseAugust 30, 2013
    Great family place for kids of all ages! Friday nights during the summer they have spectacular fireworks!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MonahanAugust 7, 2011
    So slow, but where else have you ever seen Ferris wheel cars that actually slide back-and-forth independently on separate rails as they continue to go around the circle? Old-fashioned fun
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJune 6, 2015
    continue through the tunnel toward the beach to find the kiddie park with rides for younger kids
  • Ronny O.
    Ronny OemrawAugust 29, 2015
    When you go all the way to the top you really get to see the real beauty of Coney Island
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 4, 2010
    Make sure you get on one of the red or blue swinging cars for the full experience. The yellow cars are for the less adventurous.
    EPIX HDJuly 7, 2011
    The iconic Ferris wheel, the Wonder Wheel is shown at the beginningof the movie and the end of the movie the Warriors.
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McAndrewAugust 18, 2014
    Great views from the top, but you're swinging almost the whole time. HANG ON!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJuly 27, 2015
    An absolutely thrilling Ferris wheel when riding in a swinging car. Caught me for a scare!
  • Martha R.
    Martha RodriguezSeptember 5, 2010
    Ride the wheel. Doesn't matter how old or young you are--it's really fun and different than any ferris wheel you ever rode. It's a great memory!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishAugust 11, 2016
    Go on a swinging car and take in the sights
  • Roberto M.
    Roberto MarchiJuly 23, 2016
    The view is incredible! A must see!
  • Erica V.
    Erica VentoJuly 17, 2013
    Don't bother with the stationary cars. The swinging ones are where it's at.
  • Mai M.
    Mai MaguireAugust 31, 2013
    "Swinging" is not for the faint-hearted (especially on a windy day)!
  • Denise C.
    Denise ChowAugust 22, 2010
    Opt for the swinging cars - they're pretty fun. Either way, you'll get some cool views from the top.
  • KaiMaliLani
    KaiMaliLaniJuly 4, 2012
    OMG!! Best employees ever!!! Lost my phone here! Didn't realize it til after I left the park - about an hour later... long story short.. got my fone back the next morning.. on July 4th!!
  • Andrea
    AndreaJuly 12, 2014
    What's not to love about this Ferris wheel? Oh: it costs $7 to ride it now...
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 21, 2012
    Seen at the beginning of the film, this is the landmark that the Warriors associate with being home.
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsOctober 20, 2010
    PHOTO: Take a picture from the top like this one from 1947, and send your new view to @nydailynews on Twitter! Read more
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HJuly 28, 2013
    Go for the fixed (non-sliding) cars -- much better views.
  • Marlon
    MarlonJune 10, 2013
    10 year old and present day me love this ride!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CilientoAugust 16, 2014
    No age/height rules on the bad boy. Want to take your 4 month old baby on the swinging car, go ahead.
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LeeAugust 13, 2010
    They've never had an accident... even though you might feel like you're about to go flying out of the swinging cars!
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaJune 12, 2015
    $7 to get on. I recommend getting on the swing one.
  • Meng H.
    Meng HeMay 27, 2012
    Swinging car line moves way faster than stationary.
  • Andrés D.
    Andrés Durán ChaseAugust 6, 2013
    Get one of the swinging seats
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie ShawAugust 4, 2015
    Go swinging – it's an experience on a big wheel you'll have nowhere else.
  • tanya r.
    tanya raupachOctober 29, 2014
    Beautiful view!
  • Donna S.
    Donna SalamancaAugust 10, 2015
    Had tons of fun
  • Mary H.
    Mary HurdSeptember 16, 2013
    The swinging cars are TERRIFYINGly awesome.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GentileSeptember 1, 2013
    Take the swinging one
  • kenna!
    kenna!July 29, 2013
    The swinging carriage is the better option.
  • Anuar B.
    Amazing and unforgettable
    ZACHARY DIDOMENICKOctober 21, 2012
    The swinging cars on the Wonder Wheel are awesome...
  • John C.
    John ChewMay 31, 2010
    Tallest ferris wheel in the world; opened Memorial Day 1920. Made official NYC landmark in 1989.
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonJuly 9, 2013
    Best of the best for 4th of July
  • Stefan H.
    Stefan HvostikAugust 25, 2012
    Watch Remo Williams before riding for full effect.
  • Eduardo S.
    Eduardo SantanaJuly 15, 2013
    Swinging cars or bust!
  • Megan
    MeganSeptember 3, 2012
    Choose Swinging. Always.
  • Luc v.
    Luc van UdenSeptember 30, 2013
    Tof, vergane glorie
  • Evgeni R.
    Evgeni RodFebruary 22, 2011
    Come and enjoy
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GriffinSeptember 29, 2009
    Definitely go with the swinging cars...extra fun.
  • John S.
    John SAugust 28, 2009
    inner ring of cars is scary fun, outer is more serene
  • •:*´¨`*:•Eddie ♥.
    •:*´¨`*:•Eddie ♥4sq<3•:*´¨`*:•July 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    New York Landmark !!!!!
  • Klawdya R.
    Klawdya RothschildAugust 31, 2010
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