If you enjoy amusement park rides, come on over to the Pavilion Amusement Park located at Broadway at the Beach on your next Myrtle Beach vacation! Yesterday Jason and I decided to head over to the Pavilion Amusement Park to see what all the hype was about at this this popular Myrtle Beach hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Rides such as “The Beast,” “American Swing,” and “The Rocket” intrigued our curious kids at heart personalities!
When we arrived at Broadway at the Beach, we were amazed at the variety of rides being offered to people of all ages. The Pavilion Amusement Park was divided into three different areas at Broadway at the Beach: East Park, Central Park, West Park.
East Park: Are you a fan of classic amusement park rides?
East Park has a fabulous array of original rides from the historic Pavilion and new additional rides. The Pavilion – originally located at the Myrtle Beach Ocean Boulevard officially opened in 1948 and was host to over 40 + popular rides. After being closed in 2006, several of the popular rides from the historic landmark such as the Famous Carousel and Pirate Ship were transferred to Broadway at the Beach. East Park offers rides for all ages!
Central Park: If you are a thrill seeker, this is the area to come to!
Central Park is the area that Jason and I went to! Located right next to the Broadway at the Beach Guest Services and Tsunami Surf Shop, Central Park is easily spotted through it’s 80 foot tall slide and other exhilarating rides. The ride that we were able to go on was the American Swing. Recently added to the Pavilion Amusement Park, the American Swing is the closest sled ride you will be able to take in our sunny and hot Myrtle Beach. Up to two riders can get into one of the twenty sled cars.
Jason and I decided to take our own cars during this exciting ride to get the full experience. This ride is not for the faint of heart! In less than seconds, Jason and I found ourselves with our hands in the air screaming as we circled around the American Swing in our hanging sleds. We had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the full eight minute experience!
As a side note, the American Swing is one of the lesser adrenaline pumping rides compared to many others in Central Park. If you are looking for a serious thrill ride, my suggestion is to try the Speed XXL! With speeds of over 50 mph and heights reaching up to 130 feet with rotating seats. This ride will have you bouncing out of your seat – literally.
West Park: Calling all the kiddos!
Over at West Park near the popular Myrtle Beach Wonderworks is where you will find the best rides for your little ones. Popular rides such as the Myrtle Turtle kids coaster, Mini Teacups, and Broadway 360 Observation Wheel have become family favorites over the years. The rides being offered at West Park also have less restriction on heights and age!
An extra bonus to the Pavilion Amusement Park– during the summer season at Broadway at the Beach, there is a beautiful firework show happening at 10 PM every Tuesday and Friday! Come eat, play, and enjoy all at Broadway at the Beach this summer.
For a detailed list of the park rides, park hours, and pricing click here!
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Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!