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)
- Totem Tower, Fort Dells later Dells Crossroads, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. (opened June 1st, 1966, 4th ride of this kind in US, 7th in the world, 335ft tall. Park closed permanently in 1990, tower auctioned sometime before 1997 to a private party)
- 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