This past Thursday, Jason and I had the privilege to ride on the famous 200 feet tall Myrtle Beach SkyWheel centered right on the Myrtle Beach Boulevard & Boardwalk! This iconic attraction came to the area in 2011 and has been a top spot for tourists and locals alike over the past eight years. Sitting in our very own privately enclosed “gondola” that allows for heating and cooling, Jason and I were able to witness firsthand the beautiful views that Myrtle Beach has to offer. While on the SkyWheel, we were able to interview Rachel Beckerman – Myrtle Beach’s SkyWheel Marketing & Brand Manager!
What is the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel known for?
We really are the first of our kind to be on the East Coast! There are other wheels that are larger all around the world, but we are the trendsetters for this type of wheel in this area. We pride ourselves on being a “SkyWheel.” Not a Ferris Wheel, not an Observation Wheel – a SkyWheel. What that means is that we hold ourselves to a higher standard than any other amusement park. We have a brand that we stand by based on safety and outstanding guest service. Every morning our maintenance staff checks every single gondola and goes through many different procedures to ensure that our guests will have a safe and memorable experience on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel!
What is your favorite part of the job?
Okay, well my favorite part of the job would have to be playing “hooky” and coming out here to work in a mobile office so that I can enjoy the beautiful view. Fortunately, my job encourages me to come out here and get pictures of the view to promote this gorgeous beachfront attraction. You truly do not get such a clear view of the area than in this 200 feet securely enclosed gondola!
What would you tell someone who has already been on the SkyWheel?
We get that question quite often! It is a unique experience every single time you ride. Day of the year – a winter ride is going to be different from a summer ride because of what you are going to see out there! A day ride is going to be completely different from a night ride because during the day you are not going to see the nightlife – the lights and action. Christmas, my gosh to see Myrtle Beach lit up at Christmas is incredible. Halloween is another one that is so fun to see. No matter what time of the year you are coming to Myrtle Beach, the SkyWheel ride experience is going to be different!
What would you tell someone who fears heights?
That is another question we hear quite often – everyone looks at it from the ground and it appears a lot bigger. What I tell people is that once you get up here and see this view, heights do not even matter! You do not even realize you are moving or that you are so high up because you are so captivated by the gorgeous Grand Strand.
The gondolas can fit anywhere from two to six guests! Be sure to check out their social media outlets and website for upcoming specials & fun events. The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel does offer annual passes and VIP packages too. Tickets can be bought online or on location.
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Information:
Location: 1110 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Open Daily (besides Thanksgiving & Christmas Day!)
Currently for Fall: 11 AM – 10 PM (weekdays) / 11 PM (weekends)
In season: 11 AM – 12 AM (midnight)
Vary based on season – call ticket office at 843-839-9200 to check.
Jason and I had a fantastic time on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Jason overcame his fear of heights and I was able to admire how truly beautiful Myrtle Beach is.
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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!