10 Years and Spinning: Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

SkyWheel has had a major facelift and is ready to reopen for spring and summer.

The makeover began in January and coincides with the attraction’s 10th birthday. Visitors can enjoy new features, such as a cutting-edge lighting system and a decorative center globe. The refresh covers all 42 temperature-controlled gondolas, inside and out, and the wheel structure, which were sent to Wichita, Kan., for repairs.

SkyWheel is part of The Strip in Myrtle Beach, on Ocean Boulevard in downtown. The Strip is known for oceanfront eateries and beach bars in one of the flashier parts of the Grand Strand.

The SkyWheel Facebook page said the attraction should be open May 20, but it will post any date changes. It will kick off the decade celebration for this Grand Strand icon.

What is the SkyWheel?

It’s an 187-foot-tall observation wheel — not a carnival ride — that opened in 2011. (That’s more than 20 stories above the Atlantic Ocean!) It’s a great way to see the entire city, and a nighttime ride is out of this world.

It was once the second-tallest extant Ferris wheel in North America. It’s an R60 Giant Wheel, like Niagara SkyWheel and the Seattle Great Wheel, both of which are 175 feet ball.

How much does a ride cost?

Admission is $13 for ages 12 and up and $9 for ages 3 to 11. For other pricing details and updates, visit the wheel site online.

What else is on the boardwalk?

There are popular shops to visit on the Boardwalk, including:

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Stay at Bayview Resort

When you’re in Myrtle Beach for the sights and sounds, stay at Bayview Resort. You’re in for a nice stay, and who can beat the indoor pool and lazy river on the beach? Enjoy quick and easy check-in and location steps from the beach. See for yourself what staying at Bayview is all about in our online videos, and make plans for your visit today.

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