When the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel opened in May 2011, it marked a turning point for Myrtle Beach’s downtown, which had been struggling since the closure of the Pavilion. The ribbon had recently been cut on the Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade, and these two fixtures were major milestones in the redevelopment of Myrtle Beach’s downtown.
Today, you would hardly know that there had ever been concern about the livelihood of the downtown area!
Since its opening, the popularity of the SkyWheel hasn’t waned. Even longtime visitors to Myrtle Beach love taking a flight. The enclosed gondola wheel gives riders a unique perspective from the top, a perch of nearly 200 feet, from which miles of waves and beach can be inspected.
If you take a flight, you’ll get to ride three revolutions of the wheel in a temperature controlled, enclosed gondola—which is great for folks who aren’t fans of being up high in the open air. Two to six people can fit in each gondola, though your approximately 15-minute ride is private—you won’t be paired up with people you don’t know.
And if you’re feeling fancy, you may want to opt for a VIP flight. You’ll be able to skip the line and get into a VIP gondola with glass floors, a double ride and leather seats. Plus you’ll get a SkyWheel T-shirt and VIP lanyard. It is a splurge at $50 per person, but think about the memories!
For regular flights, the cost is $13, $9 for kids 3-11, and kids younger than 3 are free. Military and senior discounts are available for tickets purchased onsite.
And remember, even if you don’t take a flight, the SkyWheel is still cool to check out, especially at night. The wheel is lit up with millions of LED lights for a twinkling light show that towers over the nighttime boardwalk. And best yet, all of this is less than a mile from Breakers Myrtle Beach resort!