August 8, 2014

Here’s fun … with bird’s-eye views

Looking for fun in the sky at Myrtle Beach? Start here.

Looking for fun in the sky at Myrtle Beach? Start here.

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

1110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach;

Fly 200 feet above the ground as you experience of of the area’s signature attractions, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

This amazing feat of engineering, which opened in 2011, offers gorgeous views, letting you see the Atlantic shoreline and all the area sights – including the entire 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk – in a way you and your family have never seen them before.

Ride in one of 42 climate-controlled gondolas to cool off from the summer sun and heat and take photos to your heart’s delight as you soar over the area’s most fun and exciting area.

Skydive Myrtle Beach

Grand Strand Airport, 2800 Terminal St., North Myrtle Beach;

There are plenty of thrills to be had in these parts, but since this attraction opened in 2012 it’s quickly jumped to the top of the list for “scariest things to do in Myrtle Beach.”

Experience a 120-mph freefall from more than 2 miles above Earth, followed by a five-minute parachute ride with breathtaking views of the Grand Strand and North Myrtle Beach coast line.

Skydive Myrtle Beach offers top-notch education from a team of friendly and experienced instructors ready to help first-timers along in a tandem jump and bring them safely to the ground – or accompany seasoned skydivers to ensure the best time possible.

The Sling Shot at Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides

1201 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach;

One of the most thrilling rides in Myrtle Beach, the Sling Shot propels riders into the sky, bouncing up and down repeatedly and twisting and turning as a pair of cables brings them back to a stop.

It’s a wild way to look at downtown.

Two riders lie on their backs and are strapped in before being shot into the sky like a slingshot and propelled more than 300 feet high at speeds up to 100 miles an hour.

Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides also houses a number of other family rides and thrill rides, including the Sky Bounce kids’ bungee jumper, the Sundance vertical spinning pendulum, the Shooting Star giant hydraulic swing and the Airstrike – an extreme spinning ride you have to see to believe.

Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures

321 Ninth Ave. N., Myrtle Beach;

Cruise across the oceanfront lot at up to 50 mph as you glide through the sky to a tower where you’re treated to a thrilling “first step” off the Free Fall Express, which safely drops you 60 feet to solid ground.

Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures, on the site of the former Pavilion amusement park, features six side-by-side racing lines that zip riders 600 feet – between a pair of towers – at up to 40 mph.

Complete the adventure with a jaw-dropping free fall from a 60-foot tower.

Huffman Helicopters

3000 S. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach;

This long-running Myrtle Beach attraction is still wowing summer visitors with views of the beach from high above.

Whether it’s a quick, minutes-long jaunt for $20 or the full Grand Strand tour for nearly $200, you’re sure to enjoy your time in the air.

There are also chopper tours of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the inlets and marshes, the south end of Myrtle Beach and more.

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