The Skywheel was one of the first things we did when we got to Myrtle Beach for our honeymoon. We had heard it was a must-see while we were in town and had put it on our Honeyfund registry (check out my post about honeymoon registries). So we decided to kill some time before it got too busy in downtown MB.
1110 N. Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone Number and Website
Ease of Access to Site
The Skywheel sits at the heart of Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach – right in the epicenter of a majority of touristy things (beach, restaurant, music stage, shops…). It is attached to Landshark Bar and Grill – so food is readily available. Getting to the site is easy; it’s parking that can be a bit tricky. There is a parking garage or two nearby, but no street parking up close. Surface lots are mostly what is available to you but you have to be careful. Some of them are not regulated by the city. The ones that are regulated by the city usually run about $5-10 for the day and you CANNOT leave and come back. Once you’re there, you have to stay parked or risk having to may another parking fee.
The Skywheel is very well maintained and for the price you pay, it should be. Each cabin is fully enclosed and has cushioned seating. The best part is that each cabin has air conditioning! Yup. You read that correctly. Air conditioning that works. It was fantastic because at 11 AM when we visited, it was already 90-degrees!
The wheel itself was well-maintained also. It shines brightly in the sun – a glittering beacon of fun as you drive through town! It doesn’t squeak or make any scary noises… Which is good for those of us who lack a stable fight-or-flight response (aka anxiety disorders).
Rides and Availability
The wheel offers both adult and child tickets at $14 and $9 respectively as well as VIP tickets which features a cabin with leather seats, air conditioning, glass floor, a souvenir bag with some freebies, and ice cold water with a koozie. It costs $50 for adults and $35 for children and you get to skip the line! I honestly wish we would have done the VIP tickets. I didn’t find out about those until after we bought our regular tickets.
Food and Concessions
Like I mentioned previously, Landshark Bar and Grill is attached to the Skywheel site and you actually have to exit through the Landshark gift shop when you get off the Skywheel. Other than that, they typically don’t allow food or drink on the Skywheel, but they do have vending machines nearby for before/after the ride!
Staff and Review
The ol’ ball-n-chain and I were excited to try out the Skywheel as we had heard so much about it. So, I won’t go as far as saying we were disappointed with our ride, but rather mildly apathetic. Finding parking was a hassle and we weren’t allowed to bring our Gatorade in the cabin but we also didn’t have to wait in line at all at 11:00 AM when it first opened for the day!
As mentioned, the cabins are air-conditioned and roomy. Oh, it was so awesome! We could sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular views of the city and coast. As pricey as it can get, it truly is the best way to get a bird’s-eye view of this picturesque city and much, much cheaper than taking a helicopter tour. We got to see the beaches, barely touched, before the masses of people took over.
The staff was also fantastic. Like many of the business and attractions in Myrtle Beach, most of the Skywheel staff consisted of college-age employees who were energetic, informed, and knew how to have a good time with their jobs. My husband and I had a good time chatting/joking around with them and getting their suggestions about what to do in town.
Tips and Tricks
- Get your tickets early. You can order them online and print them at home/at the hotel. I say this because it can be a busy attraction – especially around sunset.
- Go VIP. If you’re going to do it, do it right. There’s a lot involved with the VIP package and plenty of perks that make it worthwhile.
- If you don’t want to go VIP, make sure to plan your timing properly. If I had to do it again, I would go at sunset or when they’re setting off fireworks in the city. The views are great – but you might as well get a good show too! And it’s romantic! ❤
- Try not to get suckered into buying the photo that they take. You get an 8×11 and 3 wallet size photos with a souvenir frame; but it costs about $30. I bought one only because it was our honeymoon but there is plenty of opportunity for you to take pictures yourself.
- Plan a few activities so you can stay in the area all day due to the parking situation. Get a good pair of walking shoes, wear your swimsuit, bring lunch… $10 for parking doesn’t seem bad at first (especially when daily parking where I live can get as high as $50/day non-valet)… but when you have to leave and come back, your spending magically doubles! You don’t want to spend $20, $30, $40 on parking for ONE day.
- Bring cash. Most of the parking places are cash only; but the Skywheel and Landshark DO accept pretty much all major credit cards.