1 AUG 2018

I recently took my parents and girlfriend for a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, which embraces the oceanfront in downtown Myrtle Beach. The SkyWheel and Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Bar & Grill were built around 2011 on the Grand Strand and the thriving boardwalk along the popular boulevard. This is one attraction that you can't miss on your next family vacation to North Myrtle Beach.

The only wheel of its kind in the United States, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel stands nearly 200 feet tall with impressive views of the beachfront, Atlantic Ocean, and inland towards Conway, South Carolina. One ride will last up to 10-15 minutes and includes 4 revolutions. There are 42 climate-controlled pods, or gondolas, that dot the giant Ferris Wheel. For a slightly elevated ticket price, you can choose to ride in a VIP gondola, complete with leather bucket seats and a glass floor. Thanks to the amazing comfort in these gondolas, the SkyWheel is open year-round — you won't be freezing in the winter, and you'll be cool in the summer.

Our ride this past week went really well. It was a beautiful day; sunny skies and warm 80-degree beach weather. The SkyWheel turned very smoothly and the gondola never rocked or swayed, despite the breezy afternoon conditions. There was an amazingly short line waiting to board for our "flight." I strongly believe that the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will fill the void of the old Pavilion and will bring the magic back to Ocean Boulevard. The old carnival atmosphere is still present along that stretch of the Boulevard.

Check out Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Bar & Grill after your flight on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Similar to his Margaritaville restaurant in Broadway at the Beach, you're sure to find lots of great food and fun on your night out with the family. There is also a LandShark store on the premises to stock up on souvenirs of your adventure at the SkyWheel. You'll want to plan for a few hours at this attraction — there is so much to do and see!

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is located at 1110 North Ocean Boulevard. Visit the ride at night for a special treat (of which I'll save for your enjoyment).

General admission tickets are priced generously at $9-$14 per ticket, depending on age, and can be bought online or at the attraction. Plan ahead of time and don't miss this unique experience on your next family vacation in North Myrtle Beach.

Written By Jake Foutz, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals