Sky Wheel Attraction

This summer there will be a new attraction added to the Grand Strand, a 200-foot tall SkyWheel! The ride is scheduled to open May 19 and according to Chris Trout, the SkyWheel’s general manager and an alumni of Coastal Carolina University, “We are on track…Everything has had to be done within those tight boundaries.” However, when the SkyWheel is completed it will have 42 enclosed climate controlled gondolas and each ride will last between eight and twelve minutes and each loop taking about three minutes. However, officials do not like calling it a “ride.” Trout said, “It’s not an amusement ride,” but he explains that it is a slow moving wheel but “it’s an experience.” The SkyWheel is an experience for all ages and even small children, wheelchairs, and expecting mothers can ride the wheel. Tickets will be $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for children under 2. Seniors ages 55 and older as well as military personnel with an ID will get $4 off. Trout also reassures the public that there is “only three weeks to go” but “we’ll be ready.”


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