Amusement Parks In South Carolina: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

10/20/2011 03:44 pm ET | Updated Dec 18, 2011

Amusement parks in South Carolina are focused on providing a great day of family fun for all ages. Whether it's riding a seaside Ferris wheel or go-karting, South Carolina parks offer great days of thrills and entertainment. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on amusement parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about South Carolina amusement parks.

Frankie's Fun Park of Greenville

Frankie's Fun Park is jam-packed with activities. Spend the day racing around go-kart tracks, playing mini-golf and laser tag, riding bumper boats and batting in the cages. There is also plenty for little ones to enjoy: like a Fun House and a race car Rookie Track.

Thrill Ride

The main thrill ride is The Drop Zone. Riders are lifted up and then dropped in a thrilling free-fall.

Family Attractions

There are many attractions for the entire family, including go-karts, bumper boats, laser tag, mini-golf and a batting cage. Little ones will enjoy the rookie racetrack, a fun House and a fun slide. There is also an arcade.

Burgers And Snacks

Frankie's is home to Johnny Rockets, a popular burger chain restaurant. The park also has classic snacks like nachos, candy and sodas.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Frankie's Fun Parks.

Address: 45 Park Woodruff Dr., Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: 864-627-9888
Hours: Frankie's is open year-round, but hours of operation vary. The parks are generally open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Call for specific times by day.
Cost: Frankie's is a pay-per-ride park. Ride prices range from $5 to $7. Admission to the Fun House is $8. Mini-golf is $7 for 18 holes. The batting cages are $2 for 20 pitches.

Family Kingdom

Family Kingdom, located in the popular vacation spot Myrtle Beach, is both an amusement park and a water park. The seaside park offers rides and activities for everyone in the family.

Classic Coaster

Swamp Fox, a classic wooden roller coaster, has been part of the park for more than 40 years. But don't let this 75-foot historic fixture fool you -- it's designed to be packed with hills and thrills, including a 65-foot drop.

Family-Friendly Rides

Family Kingdom's other attractions include a 110-foot free-fall ride named Slingshot Drop Zone, the largest Ferris wheel in the State of South Carolina, go-karting, bumper carts and plenty of other rides and activities for everyone in the family, including kiddie rides. Plus, the park has an oceanfront water park with plenty of slides and a lazy river with waterfalls.

Seaside Food

Family Kingdom offers a wide-variety of food concessions throughout the park with some seaside classics.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Family Kingdom.

Address: 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-626-3447
Hours: Hours of operation vary by day, season and weather. In the summer months, the amusement park is generally open from 4 p.m. to midnight during the week and from 1 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays. The water park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The amusement park is open from April to October. The water park is open end of May through Labor Day. Check the calendar on the website for details.
Cost: Family Kingdom is a pay-per-ride park. There is no cost for admission but you can purchase an all-day ride wristband for $24.50. Individual ride tickets cost $1.15 per ticket and rides require between two and five tickets per ride. Admission to the water park is $20.95 for adults and children over 48 inches tall and $18.95 for children under 48 inches. The park also offers an amusement park and water park combo pass for $35.

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