102 THINGS TO DO IN MYRTLE BEACH

35. Roller Coasters

If there’s a reason that roller coasters are such an integral part of beach vacations, it’s probably to inject some safe danger into an otherwise relaxing experience. It’s like eating popcorn at the movies, or drinking coffee during breakfast — you don’t have to do it, but you’re probably better off if you do.

They’re a place where you can let it all out — the screams, the laughs, the cares. Whether you enjoy the mounting tension while you’re going up the track before the big drop, the big drop itself, or the twists and turns afterwards, roller coasters are a fun, exciting, and safe way for families and friends to let go and enjoy the ride.

And, of course, coasters have come and gone over the years (Pavilion, Hard Rock Park), but the Family Kingdom has kept the wheels moving for generations, and is now joined by North Myrtle Beach’s OD Pavilion as the only roller coaster places in town.