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Located on the southwest corner of Randall Avenue and Cooper Street, across from Family Fair at Baldwin Park. See a State Fair map.

One of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America is coming to the 2018 Minnesota State Fair! The Great Big Wheel will carry you to a height of 156 feet, offering breathtaking views of the State Fairgrounds and the Twin Cities.

Manufactured in the Netherlands, the 15-story-tall Great Big Wheel, is equipped with 36 enclosed gondolas that each hold six people. A spectacular lighting system features more than one-half million LED lights that can be programmed to display thousands of designs and colors. Don't miss a spectacular ride on the Great Big Wheel at this year's Minnesota State Fair!

Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: $5 per rider

Note: Riders must be a minimum of 42 inches tall if riding without an accompanying adult companion, or 36 inches tall if riding with an accompanying adult companion.


  • Twelve trailers are required to transport the 200-ton ride.
  • The electrical wiring of the Great Big Wheel extends 6 miles in length.
  • More than one-half million dancing LED lights create a vertical spectacle on the north side of the fairgrounds.