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WonderWorks Myrtle Beach houses scientific fun Compass Cove visitors can enjoy

Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort is designed for family living.

This resort, comprised of three structures (the Schooner Building, Mariner Tower and Pinnacle Tower) has the sort of amenities intended to spoil the young and old – indoor pools, grills, lazy rivers, hot tubs and other perks vacationers desire.

And this is where you’ve decided to lay your head for a spell.

But what can you do you when you want to explore excursions beyond resort life?

Well, fortunately, there are numerous adventures you can enthusiastically pursue. One attraction, in particular, gives visitors an upside view of the world from an educational perspective, and it’s less than five miles way from Compass Cove.

WonderWorks is a premiere Myrtle Beach attraction that answers a lot of questions through hands-on learning.

What is does it feel like to ride a virtual, 360-degree rollercoaster?

How does it feel to play a giant piano with your entire body?

What does it feel like to experience hurricane-gust winds?

Through its more than 100 interactive exhibits, you will face all the fun of this upside-down science attraction has to offer.

The Hurricane Shack lets you experience 84 mph winds, which is a Category 1 hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

A 3,500-bed-of-nails exhibit dares you to make the nails your bed and get up without a scratch.

In the area called Space Zone, you can pretend you are an astronaut trekking your way through space. A life-size replica of a space suit and Mercury capsule help you explore space with authentic edge.

If children are staying with you at the Compass Cove, they will especially enjoy the Bubble Lab. They can place themselves inside a gargantuan bubble, as it reflects and refracts light. Don’t be jealous because you, too, can play in the Bubble Lab.

Sports enthusiasts will get a charge from Wonder Park. It is an exhibit that lets you experience the excitement of Major League Baseball, one pitch at a time. The WonderWorks Velocity Ball allows participants to choose to whom to pitch. The choices are Derek Jeter, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Chipper Jones or Ryan Howard. After you’ve thrown your pitch, you will hear “ball,” “strike,” or “homerun” as a screen displays the speed of your ball.

No matter where you turn at WonderWorks, realism reigns on and off the field. Each exhibit ensures you experience each activity realistically through participation or visualization as it occurs naturally, albeit in a controlled environment.

The Natural Disasters exhibit, for example, uses 25 feet of computers and monitors to show spectacular footage of some of the most renowned natural disasters. After each disaster is explained, you get a chance to quiz yourself to see how much knowledge you’ve retained from the lesson.

Although there is an abundance of activities inside of WonderWorks, the attraction also has ample amounts of fun on the outside, too.

Soar + Explore is an outdoor adventure featuring a zip line and a ropes course. You will undoubtedly be invigorated by the experience.

Essentially, WonderWorks won’t bore you but instead cause your sense of adventure and intrigue to heighten with each exhibit.


If you go:
What: WonderWorks
Where: 1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Saturday
General Admission Cost: Prices are $14.99 for children (ages 4-12), $22.99 for adults and $14.99 for seniors (55 and over).
Information: Call 843-626-9962 or visit http://www.wonderworksonline.com/myrtle-beach/
. Directions: Start out going southwest on South Ocean Boulevard/SC-73 toward 24th Ave. S. Take the second right onto 25th Ave. S. Take the second right onto South Kings Highway/U.S. 17 BR N. Travel left onto 21st Ave. N. Turn right onto John Q. Hammons Street. Turn left onto Loop Road.