While vacationing in Myrtle Beach this summer, be sure to visit the new boardwalk. While strolling along, enjoying the sea breeze and eclectic shops, you'll notice a dramatic change to the city skyline- a ferris wheel rising 187 feet above the Atlantic.
The SkyWheel has quickly become one of the most popular attractions on the Grand Strand since its opening in May 2011. Renowned as the largest observation wheel in the United States, it offers visitors the opportunity to soar to new heights and experience Myrtle Beach as never before!To begin their adventure, groups of 2 to 6 (don't worry- smaller groups will not be expected to combine with strangers) board one of the SkyWheel's 42 climate-controlled gondolas. Each gondola is completely enclosed with non-reflective and UV protected glass, making guests feel comfortable and safe while also giving a 360 degree, unobstructed view. The glass is also camera friendly so riders can capture their experience in clear pictures.
As the attendants load each gondola, guests slowly climb higher and higher until they reach the spine-tingling maximum height. Once at the top, they thrill at sweeping views of the city and beaches along the Grand Strand- a sight that, until recently, only the birds could enjoy! The SkyWheel makes 3 complete revolutions, allowing riders 10-12 minutes to take in the panoramic landscape and snap pictures to their hearts' content.
The SkyWheel also features 1 VIP Gondola that takes the flight experience to a whole new level. VIP guests skip the line and are ushered into a specialty compartment with leather seats and, the best part, a glass-bottomed floor (not for the faint of heart)! The ride is twice as long, completing six revolutions. At the end, the VIP riders are given souvenir SkyWheel t-shirts and lanyards.
This over-the-top ferris wheel even has a special feature for passersby to enjoy! Each night, the SkyWheel illuminates the coastline with a show generated by their state-of-the-art computer system. Over 1 million LED lights set into the side of the wheel swirl in a rainbow of colors and designs.This presents the ideal backdrop for an iconic Myrtle Beach vacation picture!
No Myrtle Beach vacation is complete without this once-in-a-lifetime experience! For additional attraction information and discounted tickets, stop by the Official Myrtle Beach Welcome Center in Aynor, South Carolina.