Myrtle Beach Features 85-Year-Old Carousel As America Celebrates National Carousel Day July 25

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Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Has One Of The Nation's Last Remaining Carousels -- A Classic Built In 1923

When America pauses to celebrate National Carousel Day on July 25, it will be a bittersweet celebration. According to Carousel News & Trader magazine, there are fewer than 150 wooden carousels in operation today.

But in the oceanside resort town of Myrtle Beach, S.C., vacationers can still experience the charm of a classic merry-go-round at the seaside Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Built in 1923 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Family Kingdom's carousel continues to delight thousands each year. It was brought to Myrtle Beach in 1992 from the famed "Casino" in Asbury Park, N. J. A beautifully-carved wooden carousel, its intricately-detailed horses are cast from the manufacturer's original molds.

The carousel is a treasured piece of Americana enjoyed by generations of children and adults who visit the classic Family Kingdom. One of less than twenty oceanside parks remaining along the entire East Coast, Family Kingdom is also home to the legendary Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster, as well as the largest Ferris wheel in the state of South Carolina. More than thirty other rides and attractions are available for all ages. Family Kingdom offers a complete amusement park experience with midway games, family entertainment and traditional park temptations such as funnel cakes, cotton candy and corndogs.

Unlike theme parks, there is no general admission to Family Kingdom. This budget-friendly policy enables families to stroll the midway affordably, buying tickets by the ride or saving even more by purchasing all-day wristbands that allow for unlimited rides. The bands are a true bargain, costing about a third of the price of admission to a theme park.

Family Kingdom even sweetens the deal with its very own water park located just across Ocean Boulevard from the amusement park. With a Combo Pass for $32.35 per person, a family can have a day at the water park and spend the evening sampling the rides and games at the amusement park -- all for about half the cost of admission to Disney World.

At Family Kingdom families can share the thrill of a roller coaster ride on a balmy summer night, the smell of the salt air mixed with the aroma of popcorn and cotton candy. And, on National Carousel Day, they can savor the joys of riding a genuine piece of Americana.

For more information about Family Kingdom, got to http://www.family-kingdom.com.

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