United States South Carolina Theme Parks and Amusement Parks in South Carolina Your Guide to the State's Roller Coasters and Other Fun Written by Arthur Levine Facebook Twitter Arthur is a travel writer with more than 25 years of experience. He has been covering theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and attractions for TripSavvy since 2002. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Arthur Levine Updated 12/30/20 Share Pin Email Family Kingdom If you're looking for a few family-friendly thrills, you can't go wrong with an amusement park. Let’s check out the major (and some of the minor) amusement parks and theme parks in South Carolina. The parks are listed in alphabetical order. Broadway Grand Prix in Myrtle Beach A family entertainment center, Grand Prix features go-karts and offers seven tracks, including a slick track, a pro track, and a high bank oval track. Other attractions include mini-golf, bumper cars, a rock-climbing wall, and an arcade. For younger children, the center offers kiddie rides such as a small carousel, a mini Ferris wheel, and a train. Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina Hey, you might be thinking, what’s a park in North Carolina doing on a list of parks in South Carolina. Actually, half of Carowinds lies South Carolina, with the other half in North Carolina. The state line runs through the center of the park. It’s a huge, major park with wild thrill machines, including the incredible Giga-Coaster, Fury 325 (which climbs 325 feet and hits 95 mph) and the Dale "the Intimidator" Earnhardt-inspired hypercoaster, Intimidator. Admission to Carowinds includes access to Carolina Harbor water park. Family Kingdom Family Kingdom in Myrtle Beach One of a few remaining traditional seaside amusement parks in the country (let alone South Carolina), Family Kingdom offers a great wooden roller coaster, Swamp Fox, as well as a decent collection of other rides such as Sling Shot (a 100-foot freefall tower), a log flume, dodgems, and Pistolero Roundup, an interactive, shoot-em-up dark ride. Funplex Funplex in Myrtle Beach A new mini amusement park is set to open in 2021. Funplex will offer seven family thrill rides, including a small roller coaster that will feature “hamster wheel” cars that spin vertically as they navigate the track. (Those prone to motion sickness may want to sit that one out.) Other attractions will include a drop tower and spinning rides. Funplex will offer a walk-up bar and restaurant as well. © Arthur Levine Hard Rock Park and Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach A major theme park based on the Hard Rock Cafe brand, Hard Rock Park only lasted one season in 2008. It included great coasters and rides themed to rock music, such as the Moody Blues-inspired dark ride, Nights in White Satin- The Trip. After it closed, it was rebranded Freestyle Music Park, which operated for one season in 2009. You can read about the short, strange history of the park in our overview. O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park in North Myrtle Beach A small park, O.D. Pavilion includes portable, carnival-type rides such as a Tilt-A-Whirl. a large Ferris wheel, and a tall slide. The "O.D." stands for Ocean Drive, otherwise known as the Grand Strand, the busy roadway that hugs the miles of beachfront in Myrtle Beach. The "Pavilion” part of the name is likely a shoutout to Myrtle Beach Pavilion, a beloved seaside park that operated from 1948 to 2006. Pavilion Park Pavilion Park in Myrtle Beach Located at Broadway at the Beach, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, Pavilion Park is an ode to the gone-but-not-forgotten Myrtle Beach Pavilion, the now-defunct Grand Strand amusement park that was a vital part of the city‘s summer scene for generations. A handful of the rides, including the historic carousel and band organ, were salvaged from the closed park. Other attractions include a large Ferris wheel, tea cups, and a Wave Swinger. Pedroland (South of the Border) in Dillon Motorists traveling along I-95 can't miss Pedroland. The billboards start building anticipation hundreds of miles in advance of the landmark. More a truck stop/roadside attraction that grew to enormous proportions than an amusement park, Pedroland includes a few rides, like a Ferris wheel and bumper cars, among the tacky gift shops, restaurants, and other diversions. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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