South Carolina

The 187ft-high SkyWheel overlooks the 1.2-mile coastal boardwalk. One ticket includes four revolutions in an enclosed glass gondola; the whole thing lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. At night the wheel is bewitching, with more than a million dazzling colored lights.

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Nearby South Carolina attractions

1. Family Kingdom

1.15 MILES

Family Kingdom is an old-fashioned amusement-and-water-park combo overlooking the ocean.

2. Myrtle Beach State Park

4.25 MILES

Escape the madness to this relatively undeveloped mile of coastline 3 miles south of central Myrtle Beach. There's also a nice boardwalk, a nature center,…

3. Brookgreen Gardens

17.4 MILES

These magical gardens, 16 miles south of Myrtle Beach on Hwy 17S, are home to the largest collection of American sculpture in the country, set amid more…