The Myrtle Beach Skywheel

Sunday, March 30, 2014 – by OVR Staff
Myrtle Beach has lots of landmarks, but perhaps the most recent one is our best one yet—the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. It is the second highest ferris wheel in North America and the highest one east of the Mississippi. The highest one goes to the Texas Star Wheel in Dallas. Our SkyWheel boasts a height of 187 feet, and gives absolutely breathtaking views across all of Myrtle Beach like you’ve never imagined! There are 42 gondolas that are made of glass and fully air conditioned and heated so you will be comfortable as you take in the sights, no matter what time of the year. You can enjoy the ride with six other passengers, although you don’t have to sit with passengers who aren’t in your group. But, I’d say that getting to know people at 187 feet in the air is a great way to gain new friends!

Here are a few fun facts you might not know about the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel:

•It was chosen by developers to be built in Myrtle Beach because of our newly redesigned boardwalk, which is among the top 6 in the nation.
•The steel frame of the wheel was constructed in St. Lewis, while the glass gondolas were built in Switzerland.
•TLC made a show about the building of the SkyWheel and installed a TV camera up top to catch all the action as it went up. It was truly a marvel to watch go up!
•There are two other very similar wheels like it in North America, one on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and one in Seattle.
•It can withstand hurricane force winds of up to 135 mph, but the gondolas must be removed, a process which takes more than ten hours.
If you’re looking for something fun to do, you can’t miss the greatest, newest landmark in Myrtle Beach this year! Get your tickets on sight or online and go take a ride to the highest point on the Grand Strand!

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