In just a handful of weeks, wildfire folks will be flocking to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the bi-annual Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference. The event runs from Oct 20-24, but there will be plenty of free time following a day of wildfire knowledge sharing to take in the local flavor. While walking down Oceanfront Boardwalk, it will be hard not to notice SkyWheel, a 187-foot tall Ferris wheel in the center of the 1.2 mile beach-side stretch.
Erected in 2011, SkyWheel offers spectacular views of the Boardwalk, beaches and surrounding communities for a very reasonable $13. Discounts are available for children under 12, seniors and military, as well as group rates available for parties of 15 guests or more.
Wheelers will complete their circular journey in closed, air-conditioned cabin cars that seat two to six. If your party has fewer than six people, strangers will not be brought in to complete your car, allowing for a comfortable experience. The ride involves three full revolutions and will take about eight to 10 minutes.
The wheel, which is handicap accessible, is open daily from 11 a.m. until midnight, weather permitting. After dusk, the wheel is lit with vivid colors, so you’ll want to snap some photos of the ride itself as well as the views from its zenith.