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Head to Coney Island before July 8 for your chance to ride the Island Wheel, a 155-ft. tall ferris wheel that offers amazing 360-degree views. Better yet, go July 3 with friends and family to enjoy the 19th annual LaRosa's Balloon Glow! ADDRESS: 6201 Kellogg Avenue (45230) / Image courtesy of Coney Island

Balloon Glow Is Coming, And You Don't Want To Miss It

You love Coney Island because it’s the best place in the city to cool off during this heat wave. You also love it—or so I have to assume—because it sports an array of thrill rides, kids rides, live shows, games, and restaurants.

But this year you have reason to love it even more, thanks to the 19th annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow and the new Island Wheel.


Coney Island is the only place in the area where you can see anything half as spectacular as this. It’s the 19th annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow, when hot air balloons fill the evening sky with dazzling colors.

Held July 3, the LaRosa’s Balloon Glow begins at 8 p.m., when the balloons come aglow like bulbs of color against the dusk. Then 10 p.m. arrives, and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks puts on their amazing display over Lake Como.

Like the Island Wheel, this Balloon Glow is something you definitely don’t want to miss. So bring your friends and family, make a day of the rides, water-sports, and attractions, then enjoy the best summer sight Cincinnati has to offer.


The Island Wheel is the park’s latest attraction. It’s only here until July 8. Then it’ll be wheeled out the same way it was wheeled in. But until then, it offers you the chance to soar 155 feet into the air, where you’ll see an incomparable 360-degree view of the Ohio River Valley, including all of Coney Island, Riverbend, and much of the east side.

The wheel is quite impressive in its own right. It took four days to erect in Coney Island with over 500 pieces assembled on site. Fully built, it features more than 500,000 LED lights adorning the spokes and gondolas so that it’s not just an impressive thing to look from, it’s also and impressive thing to look at.

The wheel runs now through July 8. It opens everyday at 11 a.m. and closes 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $2.50 for season pass holders.

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Coney Island is located at 6201 Kellogg Avenue (45230).