Myrtle Beach was the first place I’ve been in the USA and to be honest it was also my first experience with american amusement park. Myrtle Beach is part of the Grand Strand – large and continuous stretch of beach in the South Carolina which is also the number two vacation destination in the USA. I fell in love with 60 miles of sunny beaches, unique atmosphere and great people but what about Amusement Parks and Theme Parks in Myrtle Beach ?
Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park
This Amusement Park is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They call themselves ‘Myrtle Beach’s Only Seaside Amusement’and there is some truth in it as they have approximately 500 feet ocean frontage and have been entertaining for more than 40 years.
In this rather small amusement park you’ll find more than 30 rides but the most significant one is the legendary and at the same time very underrated Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster. This classic woodie operating since 1966 has been a Myrtle Beach landmark for long time. It is still in great shape and in the park brochure I found nice curiosity about this ride:The wooden coaster’s train seems to fight to stay on the track and the experience can be different throughout the day as the temperature or the weather changes. Rain brings out the rich smell of the wood, and expansions and contractions in the wood can translate into more movement.
Nice review about this ride gave also Joel from the www.thecoastercritic.com“I remember reading somewhere that during the first Golden Age of Roller Coasters the most dangerous roller coasters were the most popular. When a roller coaster got a reputation of sending riders to the hospital the queues overflowed. Guests would line up for a hours to brave the ride. I witnessed a modern day microcosm of this when I noticed Swamp Fox’s longer than usual wait for the back seats.”
The other rides in the Family Kingdom worth mentioning are: Drop Zone - 100foot free fall, Thunderbolt and Yo-Yo.
In the Family Kingdom Water Park – the only ocean front water park on the Grand Strand – visitors can find 9 different water slides.
Skywheel Myrtle Beach
I know that ferris wheels are not very attractive these days but this one is really worth mentioning. When you visit Myrtle Beach, Skywheel is the first thing visitors notice - 87 feet tall, 42 glass-enclosed, temperature controlled gondolas and operates year-round. The wheel is the first observation wheel of its kind in the United States which offers an unparalleled view of the city and the ocean.