The Myrtle Beach area earned the nickname “The Grand Strand” because of its 60-mile stretch of beautiful, white-sand beaches. But lately the term is taking on new meaning as multiple ropes courses and ziplines have sprung up along the coast.
It seems dangling from a thread of rope and streaking down a strand of zipline have become popular pastimes, particularly on the Grand Strand. Located on the south end of Myrtle Beach, Radical Ropes Adventure Park is the fourth such outfit to open in the area over the past decade, coinciding with the exploding popularity of extreme sports in the United States.
Situated on a five-acre, wooded lot at the corner of Kings Highway and 17th and 19th Avenues North, just a few blocks from Paradise Resort, Radical Ropes Adventure Park is filled with activities that are both safe and fun for the whole family. Attractions include ziplines, ropes courses, climbing walls, kiddie courses, a miniature golf course and an arcade.
Radical Ropes features eight zips through a wooded area that are as high as 70 feet above the ground. Trained and experienced guides literally show patrons the ropes, and modern safety harnesses are designed to prevent visitors from falls. The Aerial Adventure Park features a series of ropes courses with obstacles that require patrons to weave their way through the extreme layout. Three unique courses present different challenges as patrons try to solve the physical and mental tests from as high as 55 feet in the air. Safety harnesses are used to keep guests safe on the course.
For the little ones aged 4-10, the Kids Zip course allows children the chance to get in on the high-flying fun. Featuring smaller zips that are only 10-15 feet high, kids are under the direct supervision of a trained instructor and their parents, who are allowed to help out as their child discovers the magic of flying through the air on a zipline. Guests too old, young or scared to brave the zips and ropes can putt-putt around the mini-golf course or test your skills against the games in the arcade.
Zipline enthusiasts can get their fixes at several spots along the Grand Strand, including the Adrenaline Adventure Park in downtown Myrtle Beach. Located on the former Pavilion site, this attraction features twin five-story towers stretching across the lot and offering a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean and downtown district. The 60-foot tall zipline carries patrons for more than the length of a football field of speeds up to 40 mph.
Nearby Broadway at the Beach also has a zipline and ropes course where visitors can take a break from shopping for a ride on the wild side. Soar + Explore features a 1,000-foot zip line that spans Lake Broadway at 50-feet above the water, an obstacle ropes course that includes more than 3,000 ropes and cables, and a pair of rock climbing walls for experienced and novice climbers. In association with WonderWorks, this zip is perfect for adding some adventure to your visit to Broadway at the Beach.
For those who prefer a more rural setting, Go Ape Treetop Adventure is located in a wooded section of the North Myrtle Beach Sports and Rec Complex. Featuring dozens of obstacles such as bridges, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and five different zips that account for more than 2,400 feet of hang time. The big finale involves a zip across a 50-acre lake that offers spectacular views of the nature park.
No matter where you decide to get your zipline fix, be sure to zip back to your vacation home away from home at Myrtle Beach’s Paradise Resort. Let the adrenaline subside while you kick back and relax in our clean and comfortable accommodations and award-winning amenities.