Another spin on the Capital Wheel

If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, you probably recall that Ryan and I recently had a silly contest to see who was the coolest parent. Ryan took Noah to Gravelly Point to watch the airplanes take off and land at National Airport (very cool, I’ll admit). But I won the contest (of course!) by taking Noah on the water taxi from Alexandria’s Old Town to National Harbor, MD and riding the new Capital Wheel. Well, Ryan figured: “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” So last Friday, Ryan and Noah had their own adventure boating to National Harbor and riding the Capital Wheel.

Here are a few photos of their water taxi ride across the Potomac River. They sat inside for the first half of the trip and outside on the deck for the second half. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride. And yes, they have mastered the “selfie” pose!










Now on to the Capital Wheel… Here are a few photos from the ground.




As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Capital Wheel stands 180 feet tall…so it’s actually taller than the Statue of Liberty, which is just 151 feet tall. As you can tell from the photos below, the view from the top is AWESOME! They could see the Washington Monument off in the distance and could see the planes taking off and landing at National Airport. They also had fun watching all the sailboats, kayaks and paddleboats on the river below. Check out their photos!









Did you spot the airplane?

And here is a short video of their ride on the Capital Wheel. “Hello from the top!” As a quick reminder, if you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

On their boat ride back to Alexandria, they saw Marine One flying over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. “Hello up there, Mr. President!”


What a great day for a boat ride and a spin on the Capital Wheel. As they said in the video, “Best daddy and Noah adventure ever!” And to which I responded, “Of course, because it was my idea.” Ha.


To see pictures and a video from Noah’s first ride on the Capital Wheel, you can view that blog post here. Better yet, you can visit us and experience it yourself. Hint, hint, hint!

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2 thoughts on “Another spin on the Capital Wheel

  1. Sandy Steen

    What an experience. Wow.

  2. Your outings! I definitely have to check out the Capital Wheel, both posts look like it was an amazing time.

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