Myrtle Beach, S.C.

102 THINGS TO DO IN MYRTLE BEACH
36. Thrill Rides

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Thrill Rides

The handful of thrill rides around the Grand Strand are not for the faint of heart, or for those who faint. They’re for a special breed of people — adrenaline junkies, risk-takers, those out to push the limits of things. Whether you want to zoom through the sky, go way up into the air in a small glass box, or ride an old-school rollercoaster than feels like it could come of the tracks at any moment (it won’t), Myrtle Beach has the perfect thing for the thrill-seekers among us. To be clear, these rides cheat death. For some people, life is scary enough as it is and their feet are most comfortable on the ground. But for those who are willing to take the risk, the rewards can make for memories that last a lifetime.

Slingshot Myrtle Beach

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Riders go up in pairs on this vertical journey into the air. Strap in, hang on, and prepare to be vaulted 300 feet into the air at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour before coming down and going back up like a bouncy ball. The Slingshot is also sort of controllable, so a team effort can spin the ride around in mid-air, adding to the dizzying effect. And there’s a camera mounted to the ride that shows the people back on Earth the priceless expressions on riders’ faces.

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The Skyscraper

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Not your ordinary adrenaline-ride, this giant two-ended propeller takes people around and around and upside down, reaching heights of 160 feet and speeds of 55 miles per hour. Like the Slingshot, a camera is attached to the propeller to capture the whole two minutes on video, which is available for purchase afterward.

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The Spinning Coaster

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The newest ride at The Track in North Myrtle Beach, the Spinning Coaster zips along rolling curves as cars spin around. Perfect for a first-time rider, the Spinning Coaster offers mild thrills and is a great way to test the water for a more exhilarating ride. 

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The Drop Tower

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Experience weightlessness on this Broadway at the Beach attraction that offers 360 degree views of the complex and surrounding area. The Drop Tower twists riders around, up and down 65 feet in the air. It is located in the Fun Park at Broadway at the Beach. 

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The Beast

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One of the most extreme pendulum rides in the Carolinas, The Beast offers serious thrills for riders who want to get their heart pumping. Riders will be swung 120 degrees on the pendulum arm reaching 55 miles per hour and more than 125 feet in the air in a seat that spins 360 degrees. The Beast is located at the Pavilion Park Action Park at Broadway at the Beach. 

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The Moonraker 20

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Riders can pile in 20 at a time for the Moonraker 20’s unique spinning experience. The ride’s platform lifts into the air at a 90 degree incline while riders spin clockwise and anticlockwise for a dizzying thrill. The Moonraker is located at the Pavilion Park Action Park at Broadway at the Beach. 

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The Speed XXL

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X-citing, X-hiliarating, and L-oaded with Thrills is how the Speed XXL is described on the Pavilion Park’s website. Riders are spun at speeds of  over 50 miles per hour 130 feet into the air — all while their seats are rotating. True thrill seekers will be, well, thrilled with the experience. 

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The SkyWheel

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At 187 feet, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is one of the tallest observation wheels in the country. Riders will not reach the speeds that they would on the other thrill rides, but this spin is more about the views from inside the glass-windowed gondolas as it ascends and descends in front of the ocean.

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