Get Your Thrill on at North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

By:Marie McAden

Date:3/7/2016

As a premier facility for sporting tournaments, North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex draws thousands of amateur athletes each year competing in everything from Ultimate Frisbee to Quidditch.

And with the addition of a state-of-the-art wakeboarding facility in the summer of 2016, the park is quickly becoming a destination for outdoor adventure.

Along with the new cable wake attraction, the 140-acre park offers a zip line and treetop adventure course, jetpack flights, Segway tours, three miles of nature trails and a 25-acre lake for fishing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Go Ape!, South Carolina’s first combination zip line and ropes course, features 40 obstacles set in the canopy of a six-acre forest. To get from treetop to treetop, participants have to climb rope ladders, cross a variety of precarious bridges, swing Tarzan-style from a rope onto a net and glide through the air on five zip lines. All along you’re securely fastened to an overhead cable.

The attraction has been so popular with families, a junior course was added for kids age nine and younger.

Jetpack Adventures offers a different kind of airborne exhilaration. This one takes place on the park’s lake. With a jetpack strapped to your back, you can soar 30 feet in the air, walk on water, dive like a dolphin or just hover over the surface of the lake. To take flight, you must be at least 16 years old, between 90 and 350 pounds and five feet to six-feet, six-inches tall.

The Shark Wake Park also offers visitors the opportunity to catch air—on a wakeboard or wakeskate. Instead of being pulled by boat, cables as long as 3,200 feet tow riders across the water. Beginners start out on a linear cable with controlled speeds. The park also offers jumps and rails for those with advanced wakeboarding skills.

For more grounded fun, try the Segway Experience. After brief instructions on the operation of the two-wheeled personal transporters, a guide will take you for a spin around the complex before hitting the park’s wooded trails.

The park also features 28 acres of cypress wetlands and natural areas, a 12-acre native Carolina bay surrounded by a walking trail, three playgrounds, seven picnic shelters and a dog park for large and small pooches.

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is located at 150 Citizens Circle in Little River.

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