For a bird’s-eye view of the beach, take a ride on this revolving behemoth. The 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel opened on the new 1.2 mile-long Oceanfront Boardwalk in 2011, offering sensational views along the Grand Strand. One ride comprises three smooth loops (8–10 min.) inside one of 42 glass-enclosed, air-conditioned gondolas (2–6 people per gondola). For a really romantic date, rent the “VIP” gondola for a mere $50, where you’ll enjoy glass floors, leather seats, and a double ride (six loops).