#8 – WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica – The Ferris Wheel!

by WestsideDB on October 1, 2010 · 0 comments

in 365 Things to do in Santa Monica,Beach Activities,Family Activities,Outdoor Fun

 #8   WestsideDBs 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica   The Ferris Wheel!

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I know you’ve seen it.  Even if you don’t live here in Santa Monica, you’ve undoubtedly seen this icon – 9 stories tall and the only solar powered ferris wheel in the world.  You’ve seen it if you watch the opening shots of NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Idol or ABC’s Private Practice.  To ride alone, you’ve got to be the magic 42″ tall or go with a grown up.  And it’ll cost ya a few bucks.

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Recently, Pacific Park replaced the iconic Ferris Wheel and then sold the old one on Ebay!  It was purchased by Grant Humpreys sight unseen for $132,400 who plans on incorportating it into a mix-use area in Oklahoma City.  The City of Santa Monica got a brand new one, complete with energy efficient and green eco friendly led lights – just because the City of Santa Monica had to be different and special in their sustainable initiative.

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I’ll make a solid bet that most Santa Monica residents don’t go on the pier but for a handful of times a year – and my guess is they even more rarely take a ride on the Wheel.  However, it really is a treat that you should revisit now and again.  The views are amazing and its only a couple bucks.

If you have small kids, they’ll always get a kick out of it.  And if you want, you can always borrow mine.  I could use the break and they could use the fun.  I’ll rent them to ya.  Cheap.

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