Often what is old is new, and our trip to Myrtle Beach was more nostalgia filled than anything else. Wanting to provide my kids with my earlier romping days, we headed to South Carolina for a good, old-fashioned vacation.
Truly, while a hurricane had swept through years earlier, Myrtle Beach still is what is was years ago, a laid-back vacation place, that offers reasonable prices for a family vacation. Something new to experience was the SkyWheel, an attraction that is not for the faint of heart.
Myrtle Beach has lovely beaches, a fun boardwalk, and plenty of shopping, but the thrill of thrills is the SkyWheel, pretty much for all those that love heights, adventure and scenery in air-conditioned gondolas. Ready to experience the SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach and lavishly live life out loud?
Myrtle Beach: The Skywheel
We were provided passes to ride this attraction and this post is because I feel that anyone traveling to Myrtle Beach will want to get on this and enjoy, as it is quite possibly the crown jewel of attractions offered there.
Myrtle Beach is perfect for families that want a simple vacation, with simple things to do like miniature golf, dinner out, shopping, fishing and beach time. The destination is perfect for those who just want to spend a week and not spend a fortune, it is a grand area for vacationing without breaking the bank.
Do not expect a ‘ferris wheel carnival ride’ that is NOT what this is. Rather consider this your sightseeing best friend. Truly the Skywheel should be referred to as an observation-like tower that moves your from the low point (beach level) which is right about here.
Then you travel to the top, about 200 feet up in the air where you will see the ocean and the entire strip left to right.
Banff was beautiful and who could resist a helicopter ride for a ‘bird’s eye view’? We took a helicopter ride that I can’t remember because as soon as we went up, I passed out and that was all she wrote.
Heights and me, well we are not friends, I can’t even walk across a bridge with water underneath because my fear is that bad, so what was I thinking when I embarked on this adventure? I had to get over myself and just experience what I had heard so many people talking about: The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.
There is nothing like a family vacation to learn all about each other even though you think you know each other well! My kids had no idea how scared of heights I was and I did something a bit insane, even on the crazy side for me. We headed to the SkyWheel and I got on and did not pass out (remember I am terrified of heights, and small spaces).
Myrtle Beach: The SkyWheel
What’s It Like In The Gondola? As you can imagine when I saw the glass-enclosed gondola’s I just thought to myself, my glass casket.
I had no idea that my one son was just as scared as me because he refused to cave and tell me until…. we were 187 Feet above Myrtle Beach. In the gondola you find bench-style seats that can hold up to 3 people per side, however, I think that would be a bit tight and confined.
What You Want To Know Before You Do A Dare Devil Ride Here!
There is no bar in the middle and you do feel like you are falling forward, even though you are not when the gondola is moving, it is the wildest feeling! The car does feel like it is swinging you are seeing all of Myrtle Beach. It can sway a bit (YIKES!), or YEAH as my kids were saying.
By the good grace of luck air conditioning in each unit does help to keep you cool under fire. We ran it and that kept things calm because cool air is always good. Also note, that the attraction itself is kept immaculately clean unlike some area in Myrtle Beach.
What is the SkyWheel Ride Like?
Honestly, you have to see it and Myrtle Beach it to understand, so take a look here for an insider’s view. Everything looks so amazing. Jump in here and take a look.
You do get several revolutions on this, so it is not one time up and one time down. Our timing was right after dinner, be that a good idea or bad, is to be determined by every passenger riding it.
The line built as we were exiting and we had already waite a bit. Our arrival time was 7P. I wanted to see Myrtle Beach with light, not in the dark. The kids were scanning the ocean for sharks (yep!)
It is centrally located, there is plenty of parking and there are bathrooms (which I suggest using before you get in line).
Purchase your tickets and then you follow the line to the ride, where they load gondola by gondola, there was very little wait time and it just so happened we were not stuck up top for very long while they loaded(thank you so much)
See the smiles, we came, we saw and we survived. In fact, they were all ready to do it again. For me, one revolution was plenty, but I did it! Consider the ages, and fears of each person before you board. Let whoever does not like heights stay off, trust me, it is up there a bit:) —
Would I Recommend the Attraction?
I would tell you to definitely get there and bring your camera. The ride runs day long and night long. I wanted to see the ocean and the beach but I bet it beautiful at night as well. This is the perfect date or family attraction, you choose.
Truly I can not answer this question for you. If you hate heights, steer clear. However, if you just think you hate heights but don’t know do it. The view is spectacular. Also, this attraction is a bucket list item IMO.
You are Here So…
Once you are there you are in the heart of Myrtle Beach, shop a little bit, or find a bite to eat, because there are plenty of options within walking distance. We parked for $3 and walked only a block, so it is easy to get around and you might want to know there are public bathrooms right on the corner by this attraction (just in case, lol)
Lavishly live your Myrtle Beach vacation out loud when you enjoy a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, we did. This is amazing family fun for everyone. You will be so glad that you visited this attraction.