Myrtle Beach, a city and vacation resort on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, is the hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of beaches. It’s also known for its celebrity-designed golf courses. Along its beachfront boardwalk are arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, as well as the old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park and the SkyWheel, one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels.
Water sports at the beach range from kiteboarding and jet skiing to deep-sea fishing via charter boats. Myrtle Beach State Park offers hiking trails, surf fishing and a nature center amid hundreds of forested acres at the beach’s southern end. Nightlife centers on country-music variety like the Carolina Opry and low-key, surfside seafood spots and bars. Myrtle Waves is a large water park. Shopping can be found at Coastal Grand Mall and Broadway at the Beach, a village-like mall that also includes upscale chain restaurants, and Ripley’s Aquarium, with a giant reef ecosystem inhabited by sharks.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park is a seaside amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Located on Ocean Boulevard, in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the amusement park has 37 rides for adults and children of all ages, including thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides and go karts.
In business for more than 40 years, the park has the 2,400 foot, figure eight Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster, which is one of only 122 wooden roller coasters operating in North America. In 2016, American Coaster Enthusiasts marked the 50th anniversary of the Swamp Fox by adding a historical marker.
Family Kingdom is one of the few remaining free-admission parks in the U.S. Family Kingdom’s "Giant Wheel" has round open gondolas that take riders to a height of more than 100 feet where they get a panoramic view of Myrtle Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. For 19 years, until 2011, it reigned as the highest Ferris wheel in the state. Family Kingdom Amusement Park is located on both banks of historic Withers Swash. The swash is a point where a natural stream meets the beach and ocean, and through which tides flow.