Five serious thrill rides in Myrtle Beach

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Five serious thrill rides in Myrtle Beach

Two things first come to mind for most people when thinking about a beach vacation; the beach, of course, and, especially if there are thrill-seekers are in your crowd, the amusement park. It’s best to think of the Grand Strand as one giant amusement park, with the sno-cones, cotton candy, and thrill rides scattered from North to South. It would have been easier to list the top 20 thrill rides in the greater Myrtle Beach area, but here we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5; the biggest, the tallest, the scariest of the scariest. These are no kiddy rides; these are serious rides for the unafraid adrenaline junkie teens and adults who seek out thrill rides wherever they go. Buckle up, you’re in for the ride of your life!

SlingShot

SlingShot

The supports of the aptly named “SlingShot,” punctuate the Myrtle Beach oceanfront skyline like a set of oversized, rainbow colored goalposts. Even from a distance you can watch the tiny car shoot 300-feet into the sky at nearly 100 Mph. Close up you’ll see that two riders share in the reverse bungee-fueled screaming. More than one video made on the SlingShot has found its way to “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” as well as Samantha Brown’s Travel Channel show. Pee before you try this ride.

SkyWheel

SkyWheel

This $12-mill hi-tech Ferris Wheel is not designed to scare you, roll you, bump you, or spin you upside down, but rather offer a spectacular view of the Grand Strand from 187-feet at its apex. The largest wheel of its type East of the Mississippi River, and the second tallest in the U.S., the SkyWheel offers 42 climate controlled, glass gondolas, comfortably seating four to six in a ride for the entire family. Scared of heights? Close your eyes, but it’s way more fun to keep them open.

Turbo Twisters at Myrtle Waves

Turbo Twisters at Myrtle Waves

The wet, wild fun at Myrtle Waves, the area’s largest water park, steps up a notch to “thrilling” when riding the water slides named “Turbo Twisters.” Situated atop a 10-story structure, these completely enclosed, opaque, jet black tubes send riders in total darkness to the ground at 50-feet per second. Three separate “twisters” offer different takes on what is essentially 30 seconds of shear terror.

The Rocket at Broadway at the Beach

The Rocket at Broadway at the Beach

New in 2014, The Rocket would be a fairly tame ride if it stayed close to the ground, and didn’t spin upside down, but, of course, they don’t call it “The Rocket” because it’s a kiddie ride. Each of the six-passenger “rockets” first spin lazily around a central 180-foot tall tower; so far so good. But then they begin their slow ascent up, up, up, and at nearly 200 feet off the ground, the view is dizzying. Adding to the thrills, each of the “rockets” also independently rotates 360 degrees, while also spinning around the tower. This newest of thrill rides in Myrtle Beach is thrilling adrenaline junkies looking for a ride that’s out of this world. Why not take a spin yourself, if you dare?

GoApe Zip Line and Tree Top Adventure

GoApe Zip Line and Tree Top Adventure

GoApe Zip Line & Tree Top Adventure offers an outdoor experience through the woods set within the new multi-use sports complex in North Myrtle Beach. The Zip Line course (for those 16 and over) has you working your way gradually up through the forest canopy, with a series of challenges, until you’re at the highest point where you launch over a 25-acre lake from one to side to the other. Get out of your comfort zone and test your skills with a safe, well-designed adventure from GoApe, a leader in the industry with 11courses in 11 states.