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Skyviews Miami Wheel opens

Soaring nearly 200 feet (61 m) above Miami’s Biscayne Bay, The Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel is the newest addition to Bayside Marketplace and a one of a kind South Florida attraction.

Skyviews Miami is a modern observation wheel, designed by Ronald Bussink and supplied by Chance Rides. Built at a reported cost of $18 million, the 176-foot (54 m) diameter wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas that include music and video. Guests can enjoy the Miami Skyline, Bayside Park, and spectacular Bay views. With seating up to eight persons per gondola, an entire family, including infants and grandparents, can enjoy the ride. A date for two in a VIP glass floor Gondola is also an option.

Skyviews has partnered with Landshark Bar & Grill, so guests can enjoy cocktails, and soft drinks during their ride. Before or after your ride, they can enjoy a snack or drink at the adjacent Bistro with outside seating overlooking the Bay.

For special occasions a First-Class VIP gondola offers VIP access to the luxury gondola with seating for four in leather Ferrari style bucket seats, a glass bottom floor, longer ride time, 10% off all retail items, interactive Alexa, and access to VIP food and beverage catering by Landshark for special events such as romantic proposals, anniversaries and birthdays.

Bayside Marketplace offers the full Miami experience: Latin food, local artists, hot music, and beautiful settings. Here visitors can enjoy Miami’s seafood, salsa rhythms, and tropical cocktails. Bayside Marketplace also features live music every day at the Marina Stage.

Skyviews Miami, LLC is owned by Guy and Charlene Leavitt. The sister company of Skyviews Miami is Ray Cammack Shows, Inc. RCS is a third generation family owned, and operated company founded in 1961. They specialize in family amusement entertainment and are recognized as an industry leader in safety, efficiency, customer service, and innovation. The Skyviews Miami Developer is Jim Riggs of Platinum Advisors. The idea for the project originated with Anthony Catanoso from the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Catanoso was in the midst of building his own observation wheel on the Steel Pier, and presented the project to Developer Jim Riggs.

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