SkyView Atlanta is arguably the best way to soak up the stunning bright lights of the city’s downtown area. Situated opposite Centennial Olympic Park – home of the 1996 Olympic Games – this giant Ferris wheel rises to an incredible 200 ft above ground. By riding one of its 42 climate-controlled gondolas, you are presented with unbeatable views that stretch from the surrounding skyline to the soaring Kennesaw Mountain far in the distance.

With SkyView Atlanta located right in the middle of the Downtown district, you will find yourself within walking distance of the city’s top tourist attractions. Plus, you won’t have to travel far to find a collection of delightful restaurants, bars, and shops.

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What are the highlights of SkyView Atlanta?

SkyView Atlanta is a remarkably comfortable ride, with each group enjoying a gondola of their own. With large floor-to-ceiling windows offering the best possible vantage point, each ride lasts between 8 and 12 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to snap photos and enjoy the scenery. If you really want to level up your visit, SkyView Atlanta also has a VIP gondola featuring luxury leather seats and a glass-bottom floor, so you can catch views of the city from every perspective.

Thanks to SkyView Atlanta’s central location, you can easily skip around to other major attractions once you’ve finished your ride. For instance, World of Coca-Cola is on the other side of the park, while the College Football Hall of Fame is just a short stroll away. Alongside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, CNN Studio Tours and the Children's Museum of Atlanta, you won’t have a problem filling the day with activities.

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Where to eat, drink and shop near SkyView Atlanta?

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of outstanding places to feast close to SkyView Atlanta. Roam through Centennial Park District to find delicious wood-fired pizzas at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, while The Food Shoppe serves tasty Creole dishes and desserts. You can find late-night craft beers and cocktails just around the corner from SkyView Atlanta at bustling venues such as SkyLounge and Park Bar.

If you’re looking to indulge in some retail shopping during your visit to Atlanta, you can find plenty of great boutiques close to this massive Ferris wheel. Browse through vintage clothing at No Signal or drop by Walter's Clothing for the latest streetwear and high-end sneakers to hit the market. More shops are just a quick train ride away at the Peachtree Center.

Good to know about SkyView Atlanta

Riding the SkyView Atlanta is a pretty straightforward affair, but there are a few things to be aware of before you arrive. While each group gets a gondola to themselves, there’s only enough space for 6 adults in each carriage. Although you can simply walk up and purchase a ticket, you will need to organise ahead of time if you want to ride in the VIP gondola.

SkyView Atlanta has concession stands offering savoury snacks to take on your ride. During peak times, finding a car park close to the Ferris wheel might be a challenge. However, there are discounted parking at the LAZ parking deck about 2 blocks away.

SkyView Atlanta

Location: 168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

Phone: +1 678-949-9023

Hudson Brown | Contributing Writer