Thought Myrtle Beach has long been associated with family friendly activities, did you know that our sandy shoreline is also home to a wide array of exciting thrill rides? Get your heart racing at one of these exhilarating attractions – if you dare:
The human “sling shot” is located in the downtown area and is hard to miss! This ride takes riders two at a time and guests lie on their backs facing the sky. Suddenly, guests are thrust over 300 feet into the air at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Talk about a rush! Guests then bob back and forth a few times before being lowered back onto the ground. With a little work, partners can even get the circular capsule that they are seated in to spin through the air at descent. The ride is equipped with an on-board camera that catches all the action so guests can see their reactions and even take home a video for later viewing.
Swamp Fox Coaster at Family Kingdom
The Swamp Fox coaster at Family Kingdom Amusement Park has been an area staple for almost 50 years and keeps guests flocking back year after year. This wooden coaster boasts an impressive 2,400 feet of track and takes guests on a thrilling trip full of unexpected twists and turns. Guests will also be treated to breathtaking views of the Atlantic at the top of the ride – but don’t get too distracted! If you aren’t paying attention one of the plummets or turns might take you by surprise!
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is a more recent addition to the bustling boardwalk and has quickly become a part of many guests’ annual vacation itinerary. This ferris-wheel-esque ride stands at 190-feet tall and boasts being the largest ride of its type east of the Mississippi River. The SkyWheel offers 40 climate controlled gondolas that take guests soaring into the air, providing endless vistas of the Atlantic and the coastline. And, at almost 200 feet into the air, you can rest assured that this ride will get your heart racing! Each gondola can hold up to sex guests, making this a great option for families.
Turbo Twisters at Myrtle Waves
The Turbo Twisters at Myrtle Waves Water Park aren’t for the faint of heart. These enclosed tube slides climb 10 stores into the air and are among the tallest tube slides in the world. Once at the top of the tower, guests take the long journey downward throughout the spiraling enclosure at speeds of up to 50 feet per second! The slides whip and wind downward but the darkness makes it impossible to anticipate what is coming up next. Once at the bottom, guests are thrown down a long, narrow stretch of pool and the ride finally comes to an end. Thrill seekers will definitely want to try this exhilarating slide more than once!
Have you ever wanted to fly? If so, make this dream a reality by booking a parasailing trip! This unique water sport has been in the area since the early 1980’s and is an absolute “must” if you enjoy wet n’ wild fun. Guests can enjoy a sole adventure or ride in sets of two or three. Riders are strapped into seats attached to a parachute and then wait at the end of the boat until they reach the perfect stretch of ocean. Then, the captain accelerates quickly and the riders take flight! Guests can choose to stay dry during flight or get dipped for even more frills. Parasailing is a great family activity and is fun for guests of all ages.