NASCAR SpeedPark provides fun around the bend for Bay View Resort on the Boardwalk
Here, at this nautical-inspired haven you have chosen as your temporary home, you will enjoy the coolest of amenities including Starbucks, a lazy river, indoor pools and so-soothing spas. Your accommodations are spacious and inviting. Fun and adventure await you. Eateries and amusement of various sorts are just footsteps away. If, however, you want to hop in your ride and take on the city, you would be wise to check out NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach. It’s less than 10 minutes away.
NASCAR SpeedPark is a gift of fun your entire entourage can unwrap – family, friends and even your foes, although they surely won’t be hanging out with you, will enjoy this attraction if good times are at the heart of your vacation.
Known as the “Official Family Fun Park of NASCAR,” this attraction at 1820 21st Ave. N. has a variety of rides and other fun stuff.
There are six racetracks, a rock-climbing wall, a state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot interactive arcade, miniature golf and rides and more.
Children’s rides include Sparkie’s Express and Sky Wheels (a Ferris wheel ride that can also be enjoyed by adults). Other rides the youngest of your bunch will likely enjoy include the Pro-Tow (a lift aerial ride), Kiddie Speedway (a mini car ride) and Slick Spin (a rotating tea cup ride).
The 36-hole miniature golf course, batting cages and the popular Skycoaster attraction that takes adventurers 109 feet into the air before they freefall towards the ground as if in a giant swing are entertainment adults find difficult to resist.
Of course, NASCAR SpeedPark wouldn’t be what it is without its go-kart course tracks including the following:
• Thunder Road – The snaking, oval track measures one-half mile and features Indy-style go-karts.
• The Qualifier – Children, particularly, get a thrill from this 200-foot starter track that allows them to drive solo.
• Family 500 – Single and double seat cars run on this long road course designed for novice and experienced drivers.
• The Competitor – You and your crew can pretend you are racing like the NASCAR greats on a course outfitted with high banking and side-by-side racing in single or double seat go-karts.
After you and your group have indulged in serious good times, you can enjoy a variety of American fast food and fair favorites including chicken fingers, hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and funnel cakes, which are all on sale at NASCAR SpeedPark.
Don’t be surprised, however, if after having your lunch or dinner at the park, you decide to call it a day and head back to your digs at Bay View on the Boardwalk.
In the end, the energy you expended at NASCAR SpeedPark was worth it, and the rest awaiting you will undoubtedly be just as rewarding. Sleep well.
If you go:
What: NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach
Where: 1820 21st Ave. N. Extension, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
When: Times vary, but it is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during September and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Oct. 1 to Oct. 28.
Tickets: Prices vary and are subject to change. Discounted tickets can only be purchased online but tickets can also be bought on-site. The Unlimited Ride Special, excluding Thunder Road, is $23.99 (plus tax, online only). An All Access Pass is $39.99 (plus tax, available on-site only). A One-Month Pass, which is good for 30 days, is $34.99 (plus tax). The Summer Pass is $54.99 (plus tax, online only).
Group Rates: $25.99 per person in a small group (15 to 49 people) for an unlimited ride wristband. $24.99 per person in a large group (50 or more) for an unlimited ride wristband or $23.99 for an unlimited ride wristband plus catering.
Information: Call 843-918-8725, visit http://www.nascarspeedpark.com/sc.aspx or se,nd an email to: [email protected]
Directions: Start going northeast on N. Ocean Blvd./S.C. 73 toward 6th Ave. N. Turn left onto 6th Ave. N. Turn right onto N. Kings Highway/U.S. 17 BR. Turn left onto 21st Ave. N. Turn right onto U.S. 17 N. Make a U-turn onto U.S. 17 S. Turn right onto 21st Ave. N. NASCAR SpeedPark will be on the right.