Top 5 Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation destination along South Carolina’s Atlantic coastline. It has long, hot and humid summer seasons, with the winter season being relatively mild and of shorter duration. This awesome city is a great tourist spot all throughout the year and locals and visitors who frequently visit have fun due to the relatively warmer climate and long, beautiful beaches. It is also popular for its designer golf courses. Along the beachfront, you will find shopping complexes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and amusement parks such as Family Kingdom Amusement Park and the Skywheel, most popularly known as one of the tallest Ferris wheels in South Carolina. Read below to learn more about the best theme parks and amusement parks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

1. Family Kingdom Amusement Park

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This awesome park is undoubtedly the best place to bring your family and friends on a day out in Myrtle Beach. The park covers 13 acres (5.26 hectares) of land, and there is no admission fee but riding tickets must be purchased for one to enjoy any of the breathtaking rides. It features over 37 rides catering to both adults and children, including thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides, and go-karts. Having been in business for over 40 years, the park boasts a 2,400-ft-long (731.52-m) wooden roller coaster considered to be the best among all the wooden roller coasters operating in North America. For thrill-seekers, the park has a signature giant wheel that lifts riders to a height of over 100 feet (30.48 meters), offering a beautiful view of Myrtle Beach and the ocean.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Address: 300 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, United States

Website: Family Kingdom Amusement Park

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2. The Pavilion Park

2006 Myrtle Beach Pavilion
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The Pavilion Park is undoubtedly the oldest amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It opened in 2007 on Broadway at the Beach after the original Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park closed its doors in 2006. This smaller park features relocated pieces from the older park such as the Herschell-Spillman carousel, the historic Baden Band organ, the pirate ship, teacups, and other kiddie rides. The rebranding of the amusement park in 2014 also brought in new rides like the Pipeline Slide, the Cliff Hanger, the Rocket, and the Speed XXL.

The Pavilion Park

Address: Broadway at the Beach, 1171 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Website: The Pavilion Park

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm

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3. WonderWorks Myrtle Beach (from USD 29.67)

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Have an unforgettable experience at Wonderworks Myrtle Beach. This fun park is also popularly known as the “Upside-down House”. It is an indoor amusement park full of games, rides, and tons of interactive attractions that offer lots of fun for adults and kids of all ages. You are also welcome to explore and discover over 100 exhibits that are pretty cool and will undoubtedly challenge your mind. It goes without saying that this park has combined education and entertainment to bring out enjoyable experiences for all guests. Begin your adventure by experiencing the thrill of the 6D extreme motion ride, then invite your friends or family to compete in a fast-paced laser tag battle. Finally, try the indoor ropes course and climb through obstacles high above the ground.

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4. Myrtle Waves Water Park

Posted by Myrtle Waves Water Park on Friday, 24 June 2016

No doubt the largest water park in South Carolina, Myrtle Waves Water Park is a choice destination for both tourists and locals. While on vacation, take some time off the beach and cool down at this water park that has 20 acres (8.1hectares) of swerves, curves, and waves. This destination features over 24 slides and signature attractions like the Thunderbolt Speed Slides, the Ocean in Motion Wave Pool, and the Lazy River, all suitable for a fun family day. Kids can have memorable moments splashing and playing in the Saturation Station, Bubble Bay, or the Racin’ River. Whether or not you choose to cool off in the water or just sit by and watch, this water park undoubtedly offers the best all-day fun for the entire family.

Myrtle Waves Water Park

Address: 3000 Mr. Joe White Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, United States

Website: Myrtle Waves Water Park

Opening hours: 11am - 5pm (daily)

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5. SkyWheel Myrtle Beach

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
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Skywheel opened in May 2011 and is said to be the second-tallest Ferris wheel in North America after the Texas Star in Dallas. Riders on the Skywheel are treated to a panoramic view of the beach and the beautiful ocean from over 180 feet (54.86 meters) above the ground. It features 42 fully enclosed gondolas with glass doors and windows, guaranteeing great views all around. It is also a great spot for taking photos of the beautiful surroundings. Each gondola can carry six passengers, although for VIP rides you will have enough space for just four people. In addition, the VIP riders get a double ride on a special gondola with a clear bottom and leather seats, after which a free t-shirt is given to each passenger.

Skywheel Myrtle Beach

Address: 1110 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, United States

Website: Skywheel Myrtle Beach

Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)

Price: 9 - 50 USD

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Enjoy these amusement parks in Myrtle Beach

Visit this popular tourist destination in South Carolina and you will surely leave wanting to visit again. With loads of fun activities on offer, you will definitely get maximum satisfaction from your vacation.

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