The Atlantic Ocean is everyone's favorite place for water sports on the Grand Strand, but now there's a new No. 2. The new AquaPark, the latest addition to a rapidly expanding recreational facility at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, is attracting big crowds of extreme-sports enthusiasts looking to take their aquatic thrills to the next level.
Located only about a 15-minute drive from Long Bay Resort, the AquaPark features a series of inflatable playgrounds spread out over a 50-acre lake. Kids and parents can spend the day jumping on and off the obstacle courses and splashing in the cool, clear waters of the natural Carolina bay – the perfect way for families to spend an action-packed day.
AquaPark features four color-coded sections bridged by a common staging area so you can make your way around the entire complex without missing a single obstacle. The orange section is highlighted by an inflatable pyramid patrons can climb to the top and celebrate the achievement with a refreshing jump into the lake. The Yellow has a tight-rope course where you can test your footwork skill; the Blue has a huge slide; and the Green has a high hurdle among other water obstacles.
The AquaPark requires guests be at least 7 years old, weight at least 45 pounds, and be good swimmers to take part in the activities. Patrons undergo a 15-minute instructional session before embarking on a 45-minute session that provides a real workout. Patrons can upgrade for an additional 45-minute session after taking a short break to catch your breath.
The AquaPark is part of the larger Shark Wake Park, which offers water skiing via a high-tech cable system. Featuring five towers linked to the Alta Cable Ski system, the Shark Wake Park offers water skiing at various speeds and degrees of difficulty, from beginner to pro. A series of ramps allow patrons to perform jumps and practice stunts and landings.
Patrons can purchase combo passes for duel time on the skis and on the AquaPark. Take a timeout between sessions at the Shark Snack Bar, which serves snacks, soft drinks and beer. Private lessons and camps are available, and there's an observation deck where parents can watch the little ones have a splashing good time while staying safe and dry.
North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex also offers a unique experience for landlubbers as well as on the water. The Go Ape Treetops Adventure outfit takes the fun to the forest with a ropes course, obstacle course and zipline that carries you over the lake. Climb trees, ride swings, repel from towers and find your way through obstacles before the big zip finale.
For Long Bay guests looking for a more leisurely way to spend the day at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, there are numerous activities offered at the facility that involve less adrenaline and more relaxation. There are three hiking trails – the one-mile Lake Trail that encircles the water, and the half-mile Meadow and Carolina Bay Trails.
The Sandhills Banks Amphitheater offers free concerts and other entertainment throughout the summer months, and the Bark Park provides a fun place for your four-legged friends to get some exercise, including a doggie obstacle course. The baseball, softball and soccer complexes include a total of 14 fields, and the batting cages are good for taking a few swings.
It’s just one more way that guests at Long Bay Resort can enjoy their Myrtle Beach vacation. Book your trip to the Grand Strand today and get ready for an action-packed getaway.