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SkyStar Extends Cincinnati Stop Through Mid-June

The massive observation wheel that has been in place along the Cincinnati skyline since August, will stay there through mid-June.

SkyStar, a traveling amusement ride, was expected to close its Cincinnati stop on Sunday.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber announced on Monday that the 150-ft. high SkyStar will continue to spin on Freedom Way at the Banks until June 16.

“In its short stay, SkyStar has already become a Greater Cincinnati tradition and a beautiful addition to Cincinnati’s skyline," said Cynthia Oxley, director of Corporate and Community Events for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “We’re thrilled that America’s largest portable observation wheel is sticking around for Cincinnati’s spring events including Asian Food Fest and Taste of Cincinnati.

“More than 100,000 riders have enjoyed SkyStar during its Cincinnati visit,” said Todd Schneider, of SkyStar. “The people of Cincinnati have been so warm and welcoming. We’re thrilled to stay another six months.”

“We’re excited to have SkyStar with us through the winter months and into the 150th anniversary season of the Cincinnati Reds,” said Tracy Schwegmann, of Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, developer of The Banks. “It’s a great way for our restaurants and retailers to continue the 10th anniversary celebration of The Banks.”

SkyStar provides unique views of downtown Cincinnati, Covington, the Ohio River, and the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It features more than one million LED lights. Each of the 36 gondolas is enclosed, climate controlled and can hold up to six passengers. Skystar offers a private experience and riders are not paired with strangers. The SkyStar experience consists of four revolutions and lasts approximately 12 minutes.

Monday through Thursday – 4 to 10 p.m. 
Friday – noon to midnight
Saturday – 10 a.m. to midnight
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $12.50 each and available now at

-Staff report