I planned it perfectly. After spending a few hours strolling along the new boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, I planned to take a ride on the much-talked about SkyWheel at dusk. It was my hope that the approaching darkness would signal dinner time and hungry tourist would abandon the wait for admission.
My interest in riding was stoked as I walked passed folks who had just experienced the ride themselves. Comments ranged from the scenes that came into view to the comfort of the air-conditioned ride. Not a negative review did I overhear. So, I ponied up the $13 price of an adult ticket and waited a few minutes before it was my turn to climb aboard the second-tallest ferris wheel in the U.S.
I have lived here most of my life and I’ve never seen the Grand Strand in such a majestic manner. As the wheel reached the pinnacle of the ride, I witnessed the waning sun turn the horizon to hues of purple with splashes of orange that shimmered upon the ocean. As the wheel circled, the neon lights of the boulevard were bright and seemed to reflect every color of the rainbow in vivid fashion. I felt the scene could rival Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
Three revolutions in the well-maintained gondola gave me enough time to take it all in … the breathtaking view of the oceanside and the electric show of the boulevard … and appreciate all that I had seen. It was an awesome ride. It’s no wonder the SkyWheel was voted the best scenic experience in South Carolina.
During the holiday season, the SkyWheel will get all gussied up in holiday fashion. Every night at dusk, the SkyWheel will feature more than a million LED lights and project an almost never-ending show of amazing colors. As, the sun retires and the air gets a bit nippy, the SkyWheel will be primed for a warm and wonderful experience with its heated gondolas.
What’s the big ‘Wheel’? Find out for yourself. The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is open year-round. Call 843-839-9200 for a schedule of operating hours.