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The 55-acre Freestyle Music Park began in 2008 as Hard Rock Park. It offers music-influenced attractions, along with shows, live music, restaurants, and shops. With its impressive themeing, impeccable cleanliness, and solid shows, it's a notch above typical regional, seasonal amusement parks. Smaller than most theme parks, Freestyle can easily be toured in about half a day.
Myrtle's Beach land features the park's signature coaster, The Time Machine. The 150-foot tall, 65-mph steel coaster includes onboard audio that plays a variety of songs from different eras. Designed more for its many inversions than airtime, the coaster doesn't offer much negative Gs (which coaster fans crave).
The British-themed Across the Pond land includes the Round About coaster, a one-of-a-kind ride that uses a Ferris-wheel type lift to launch the Mini-Cooper-style coaster cars. It also includes onboard audio (appropriately enough, the song "Cars"). Another attraction, Monstars of Rock, is a fairly lame dark ride that relies more on two-dimensional plywood sets than animated tableaus.
Other lands and attractions include Country USA, which offers the Iron Horse coaster and The Texas Swing ride, and Kids in America, which gives younger guests their own pint-sized coaster along with other low-thrill rides.
Freestyle Music Park, as you might expect, has plenty of live performances and music-dominated shows, such as the wonderful Ice Cold Country ice skating show, and Flip 5 Live!, an interactive singing and dancing show.
The food is typical park fare: overpriced and mostly mediocre. Expect to pay $2.99 for a fountain drink and $7.49 for a hamburg or personal pan pizza. Yeesh!
Stick around for the nightly Kiss the Sky choreographed fireworks extravaganza. It incorporates the park's Gibson guitar in a frenzy of lasers, pyrotechnics, and a classic rock soundtrack.
Admission Info:Discounted prices for children, 3 to 9; under 3, free. Discounts for groups are available. Check with Freestyle Music Park for special promotions and discounts.
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DirectionsFrom Charleston: US-17 N. Merge onto US-501 N. In Myrtle Beach, take the Waccamaw Blvd. ramp. Left onto Waccamaw Blvd., left onto River Oaks Dr.
From Wilmington: US-17 S. Merge onto SC-9 toward SC-31. US-31 ramp to US-31 S. Merge onto US-501 S. Take the George Bishop Parkway/River Oaks ramp to George Bishop Parkway.
From Columbia: I-20 E to I-20 Spur E. Take Palmetto St., US-76 E to SC-576 E, which becomes US-501 S. Follow 501-S directions above.
From Charlotte: I-77 S toward Columbia. Exit 16A to I-20 E to I-20 Spur E. Take Palmetto St., US-76 E to SC-576 E, which becomes US-501 S. Follow 501-S directions above.
See the Park:
- The Time Machine, a world-class steel coaster with onboard audio
- Iron Horse mine train-style family coaster
- Round About prototype wheel-lift coaster
- Soak'd inverted coaster with water cannons