A gyro tower, or panoramic tower, is a revolving observation tower with a vertical moving platform. A gyro tower's observation deck is not simply raised to provide its passengers a spectacular view, it is also rotated around the supporting mast, either once in the raised position or while traveling up and down the center mast.
A special gyro tower is the Space Tower atop the Euromast in Rotterdam. It may be the only gyro tower standing on a roof of a structure and not on the ground.
Notable gyro towers
- Carolina Skytower, Carowinds, North Carolina/South Carolina, U.S.
- Sky Cabin, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California U.S.
- Sky Tower, Rhyl, United Kingdom
- Kissing Tower, Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.
- Star Tower, California's Great America, San Jose, California U.S.
- Sky Tower, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, California U.S.
- Sky Tower, SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Florida U.S.
- Sky Trek Tower, Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois, U.S.
- Panorama Tower, Heide-Park, Germany
- Space Tower, Minnesota State Fair, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, U.S.
- Infinito, Terra Mitica, Spain
- Taming Sari Tower, Melaka, Malaysia (First gyro tower in Malaysia)
- Panoraama, Linnanmäki, Helsinki, Finland
- La Gyrotour, Futuroscope, France
- Observation Tower, Hangzhou Paradise, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
- Top of Texas Tower, State Fair of Texas, Dallas, Texas U.S.,
- Spirale, La Ronde, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Opened in 1967 double cabin)
- Space Spiral, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio U.S., (Demolished September 12, 2012)
- Skyscraper, Geauga Lake, Aurora, Ohio U.S., (Dismantled in July 2009, turned to scrap)
- Polo Tower, Morecambe, United Kingdom (Disused from 1999, passenger car removed in 2008. Demolished June 2017)
- Space Needle, Main Street Pier, Daytona Beach, Florida U.S., (On the beach, dismantled September 2012)
- Astro Needle, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S., (dismantled mid-1980s)
- Falls Tower, Niagara Falls, Clifton Hills, Canada (dismantled November 2006)
- Fun Pier Sky Tower Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S., (dismantled 2009)
- Sky Tower, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Central Pier, (dismantled November 1989)
- Astroneedle, Six Flags Astroworld, Houston, Texas U.S., (Dismantled in 2000)
- Panoramic, Plopsaland, Belgium (Closed 2009)
- Sky Tower, Marineland of the Pacific, Palos Verdes, California U.S. (closed 1987, dismantled September 1995)
- Astrotower, Astroland, New York, U.S. (disused from 2010, being shortened due to structural concerns, 2013)
- Space Needle State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. (closed 2010 after flood damaged electrical system)
- List of Intamin observation towers
- Top of the World – once the tallest transportable gyro tower in the world
- Astroland, Coney Island (New York City)
- Malacca Taming Sari - First gyro tower in Malaysia | Virtual Malaysia