Myrtle Beach WonderWorks Review
Do you want to feel how cold the water was when the Titanic sunk? Or feel what it’s like to be trapped in an 84 mph hurricane? Or peddle a bicycle upside down?
You can do all of these things and more when you visit one of Myrtle Beach’s top attractions: WonderWorks.
What is great about the Myrtle Beach WonderWorks is that you can experience a myriad of different situations, learn about science and discover the way things work in a fun and safe way. Where else can you say you made a ball move with your mind and minutes later were able to see if your basketball shooting skills can live up to that of the great Shaq?
Over 100 exhibits will have you saying “wow” and “that’s so cool!”
There are two exhibits at WonderWorks that stand out the most.
- The first is the Xtreme 360 Bikes. This is one of the exhibits that may have a longer line, but it is well worth it.On the bike you can either have one or two riders. However, if there are two riders your combined weight cannot be more than 250 pounds. You’ll be safely strapped in by one of the trained WonderWorks employees who will then give you instructions on how it works. As the bike swings forward, you peddle as fast as you can. As it swings backward, you stop peddling. The goal is to get the bike to flip over a complete 360 degrees. The hardest part was being upside down and trying to peddle so that you flip completely over. It’s exhilarating and fun; definitely worth it to try during your visit to this Myrtle Beach attraction.
- The second is the Ropes Challenge Corse - Spacewalk Challenge - which is located on the top floor of the building, high above the floor below. After you’ve tried your hand at the Space Station Trivia and “try on” a spacesuit, you can finish up the space theme with this exciting challenge. Looking up from below, you will see the course hanging 36 feet above you. Black lights light up the neon orange, yellow and blue elements of the course.When you gather up the courage to try it, you’ll first want to empty your pockets and put all of these items into one of the free lockers they provide. You’ll have to be at least 42” tall if you are with an adult or if you are venturing it alone you will have to be at least 48” tall. Then, you will get in line and be strapped into a harness and hooked onto the course. Your group will be provided with a timer so that you know when your 20 minutes are up. You’ll head up the stairs after receiving instructions from the WonderWorks employee. Once you reach the top of the stairs, you will begin your journey throughout 20 different sections of the course. There is no set path that you have to take, so you can either try them all or try the ones that scare you the least. For me, I knew I was safe up there, maneuvering through the three stories of adventure, but I still got nervous and my instincts kept telling me I was going to fall as I struggled to balance on the blue ropes, balance beams and swinging steps. The hardest part was that the ropes move, so it can be hard to feel steady. But, even though adrenaline may be running through you, it’s all in your head. It’s a completely safe and fun experience. Best of all, this attraction is completely free with your paid entry to Myrtle Beach WonderWorks.
After you’ve had your WonderWorks experience, you’ll head down the stairs to leave. As you travel down the various flights of stairs, WonderWorks has some more surprises in store for you. You will see paintings on the walls that will boggle your mind. It’s the type of paintings that don’t make sense, like the works of M. C. Escher. You’ll have to stop and look at them for a moment, to try to figure them out as you make your journey to the exit.
Overall, WonderWorks provided an experience full of sound effects, music, lighting and interactive learning experiences. I’d definitely recommend checking it out on your next vacation. You’ll be glad you checked out one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular attractions!
- It’s best to head over to WonderWorks, which is located at Broadway at the Beach, during the off season or during the week. Otherwise, be prepared to wait in lines if you want to check out all of the exhibits while you are there. Plan to spend two to four hours there.
- Bring your VMB Card. With your VMB Card you can get a free souvenir mood cup along with a soft drink while visiting this Myrtle Beach attraction. It’s one per card with a paid ticket, so be sure your family can share!
- Wear closed in shoes. Certain exhibits such as the Ropes Challenge Course and the Xtreme 360 Bikes require them to be worn.
- Ladies, don’t wear a dress. They won’t let you on the ropes course if you are wearing a dress or skirt, so play it safe and wear jeans or shorts.
- If you are planning on doing the Xtreme 360 Bikes experience, you may not want to eat a big meal beforehand. Otherwise, you may feel your dinner flipping around while you peddle upside down.
- Plan to take the whole family. While a lot of the WonderWorks attractions are geared towards school aged children up to adults, the little ones can have fun too with all of the colors, sights and sounds of WonderWorks.