Posted Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff
North Myrtle Beach will regain a bit of its past this weekend when the Ocean Drive Pavilion and Amusement Park opens on the oceanfront next to the Main Street Horseshoe on Saturday afternoon. The park will offer fun for families and kids of all ages. A variety of rides, games, food and cotton candy will put smiles on the faces of locals and tourists alike. And even better, a Ferris wheel will once again preside over the Ocean Drive waterfront just as one did in the 1950s and 60s.
Read more from The North Myrtle Beach Times.
I love seaside amusement parks. Will have to check this one out.
They took away a wonderful, large, seaside family amusement park to build a shopping center, and it is good news that they are building a ferris wheel as a way to replace it?
Well, technically it isn't. This fledgling park is in North Myrtle Beach, considered a more quiet vacation area, and is far away from the main strip at Myrtle that was home to Pavilion. I read the article as saying that the area used to be home to amusements, and it is hoped with this park that some of that touristy hustle and bustle will make a return.
While they seem to have captured the Pavilion name, I believe after reading the article carefully that they are in no way touting this park as a replacement for the original Pavilion, in fact they don't even mention it. They are simply testing the waters to see if they can bring that kind of tourism back to North Myrtle, and are hoping a ferris wheel will billboard the strip as a fun, active place to stop.
While the loss of Myrtle's Pavilion still stings for us, let's wish these guys good luck as they try to revitalize North Myrtle's Ocean Drive. It is good news, and hopefully will continue to be.
Yeah theres nothing better than an amusement park next to a beach. I remember this place and im glad its opening back up again!
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