Ferris wheels are the ultimate “romantic” ride. They bear the couple way up above the city, affording uncluttered views and a modicum of privacy. The carriages bring lovers to the very apex of the circle, then stop, giving them a few moments to admire the view or have a good cuddle. When the very first Ferris wheel was put into motion in 1893, the world had never seen anything like it.
Of course, for those scared of heights, the Ferris wheel offers a plunging stomach and terror, requiring the terrified one to huddle up against the partner...something quite possibly planned.
The 2013 Valentine's Day Google doodle provides an amusing skit on this, putting random animal couples together on the wheel and then showing a cartoon about the not-so-perfect date that follows.
Ferris wheels were not invented for Valentine's Day, though they might as well have been. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. of Illinois was born to a farmer on Valentine's Day 1859. A Pennsylvania historical marker tells the brief story of this man, born on Valentine's Day, and his historic invention.
View our list for the story of the first Ferris wheel, and George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.'s lasting romantic legacy.