Myrtle Beach, S.C.

35. Roller Coasters

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 afterward, 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.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

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This attraction on the south end of Ocean Boulevard has been a haven for ride-seekers since 1966. It’s the home of The Swamp Fox, a wooden coaster built the same year that the park opened, and there aren’t too many others left like this one. The 2,400 square-foot structure provides a bumpier, jolting ride that gives visitors the sense that they’re living a little farther out on the edge. But there’s also the newer Twist N’ Shout, a “wild mouse” steel coaster that leaves riders guessing at the twists and turns along the track.

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