Amusement Parks in Myrtle Beach: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

12/06/2011 12:19 pm ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012

Amusement parks in Myrtle Beach are a fun complement to the city's most sought-after attractions like beaches, boardwalks and golf. A variety of innovative theme parks help make Myrtle Beach a premier family vacation destination. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Myrtle Beach amusement parks.

Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park

Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park, located at Myrtle Beach's famous Broadway at the Beach, offers classic amusement park rides and entertainment for the entire family. Amusement park enthusiasts seeking "the real deal" may be pleased to know that some of the rides that used to be at the closed Myrtle Beach Pavilion are now at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park.

Park's Namesake

The Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park immerses young and old in the past, present and future. The Herschell-Spillman Carousel of magnificent menagerie animals dates back to 1912, and is the biggest attraction in the Pavilion section. In the Midway section, a Nostalgia Arcade features over 45 video games, mini-basketball and a turn-of-the-century band organ. In the carousel section, visitors can enjoy another classic carousel and Ferris wheel.

Other Attractions

The list is long: The Pirate Ship, Willie the Whale, Kiddie Motorcycle Ride, Spill the Milk, Duck Pond, Frog Hopper, Red Baron Airplanes -- to name a few. Plus, there's a Blast from the Past Retail Shop.

Classic Goodies

In tune with its traditional amusement rides, the Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park serves up classic amusement park goodies like funnel cake, corn dogs, cotton candy and pizza.

Safety Record

A spokesman for the city of Myrtle Beach said he knew of "no incidents" at Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park.

Address: Pavilion Nostalgia Park: 1171 Celebrity St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Carousel Park: 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-918-8725
Hours: The park is open daily, but hours vary by season. Please call for more information.
Price: Each one-ride ticket is $3.50 and can be bundled at a discount: $19.50 for eight rides, $37.50 for 16 rides, $49.50 for 22 rides. You can ride all day for $30.99. Pay $169.99 for a three-park season pass. Group sales and family-friendly birthday parties also are available.

NASCAR SpeedPark

In a state where car racing is king, NASCAR SpeedPark is just minutes away from Myrtle Beach's 60 miles of beaches, across the street from the famous Broadway at the Beach. It's a premier family entertainment center with seven tracks, a SpeedDome arcade with over 50 games and kiddie rides. You also can shop for your favorite driver's memorabilia in the NASCAR SpeedPark store.

Compete And Intimidate

The Competitor, a race track with miniature cars, could put you in fantasy mode, racing like your favorite NASCAR driver. The Intimidator, another road course featuring NASCAR replica cars, features hairpin turns. Another fan favorite is Family 500, a 725-foot track. Be prepared for height restrictions for children on all rides.

Not Just Racing

Believe it or not, some attractions at NASCAR SpeedPark have nothing to do with car racing. Play mini golf, go rock climbing or ride on NASCAR's version of a Ferris wheel.

Car Cafe

Dining at the NASCAR Cafe offers a variety of all-American menus for the entire family.

Safety Record

A spokesman for the city of Myrtle Beach said he knew of "no incidents" at NASCAR SpeedPark.

Address: 1820 21st Ave. N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-918-8726
Hours: Open year-round. Times vary, so check out the NASCAR SpeedPark calendar online.
Price: $3.50 for each ride; $32.99 for a day pass that includes unlimited rides; free for children 2 and younger. Special savings on group outings, season passes and birthday party celebrations.

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