Helicopter Adventures, the nation’s first and only attraction offering helicopter tours from a shopping, dining and entertainment complex is now offering flights from Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Free shuttles have pick up points on the north and south sides of the 350-acre complex, while the helicopter launch site is located on the western side at 1860 21st Ave. N., behind the NASCAR Speedpark.
Helicopter Adventures offers a variety of tour packages, starting at $20 per person for a two-mile adventure that provides a birds-eye view of Broadway at the Beach. Additional tours departing from the Broadway at the Beach location are also available with each tour’s cost dependent upon the length and distance of that tour. Ranging from two miles to 52 miles, flights go as far north as the North Carolina border.
“We’re very excited about bringing Helicopter Adventures to Broadway at the Beach,â€ said Freddie Rick, president and chief executive officer of Helicopter Adventures. â€œThis is an extraordinary complex that is extremely popular and its parent company, Burroughs & Chapin, is well-known for its leadership in the amusement and attractions business. We’re delighted that the company shared our vision to make Broadway at the Beach the first such complex in the nation to add helicopter rides to its mix of attractions. Our attraction adds a new dimension to Broadway and its reputation for being innovative, unique and just plain fun.â€
While other helicopter companies offer independent tours at landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Golden Gate Bridge, Helicopter Adventures is the first to make rides accessible as an integrated amusement attraction at a complex like Broadway at the Beach.
â€œThe ingenuity that sparked the idea to link helicopter tours directly with a shopping, dining and entertainment complex should be applauded,â€ said Tracy Edge, who represents District 104 in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
A free shuttle service, provided by Helicopter Adventures, transports visitors from the core of Broadway at the Beach across Highway 17 to the western side of the complex where the helicopter launch site is located. Tickets are available at the launch site. Shuttle stops are on the north side of Broadway at the Beach near Dragon’s Lair Mini-Golf Course and on the south side near Landry’s Seafood restaurant. The free shuttle service runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
â€œWe like to add new and exciting things to our popular line-up of attractions every year,â€ said Patrick Walsh, senior vice president, asset management and commercial leasing, Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc. â€œWith the addition of Helicopter Adventures, we’re able to offer a very unique attraction for a complex such as ours. That enhances Broadway at the Beach’s reputation as the place to come when you’re vacationing. From the smallest child to the most adventuresome adults, we have something for everyone.”
Broadway at the Beach is known throughout the Southeast as Myrtle Beach’s premier tourist destination, attracting more than 14 million visitors annually. During the summer, Broadway at the Beach is the place visitors go to enjoy unique attractions and world-class entertainment. The complex presents free concerts throughout the summer, and during 2012, there will be a spectacular weekly fireworks show sponsored by Helicopter Adventures.
â€œIt’s fun each year to see just what Broadway at the Beach will debut next,â€ says Brad Dean, president and chief executive officer of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. â€œA couple of years ago, they introduced the area’s first zip line and took visitors into the air over Lake Broadway. Now Helicopter Adventures will take them even higher as part of their day at Broadway at the Beach.â€
More information is available atÂ http://www.HelicopterAdventures.comÂ or by calling 1-800-FLY-4FUN.
About Helicopter Adventures
Helicopter Adventures, located at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is the nation’s first and only helicopter tour attraction that is an integral part of a shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Open year-round, it offers a variety of tour packages. The helicopter fleet includes five Robinson R44s, an A Star (350BA) and a Eurocopter (BO-105). Passengers enjoy comfortable seats and photo opportunities of the scenery from the large windows. Each passenger is equipped with noise-reducing headsets with microphones to enable them to communicate with the pilot, as well as other passengers.
Helicopter Adventures’ pilots are FAA commercially certified and have many years and hundreds of hours of flying experience. They are committed to giving each passenger VIP treatment and putting safety first.
About Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach is the largest festival entertainment complex in South Carolina. A $250 million attraction, set on 350 acres in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Broadway features three theaters, 23 restaurants and eateries and more than 100 specialty shops as well as attractions, nightclubs and hotels, all surrounding the 23-acre Lake Broadway. A past recipient of the South Carolina Governor’s Cup, it was deemed the state’s best travel destination by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. More than 14 million people visit Broadway at the Beach annually, making it the regionâ€™s most popular destination.
Among Broadway at the Beachâ€™s restaurants are Hard Rock CafÃ©, Planet Hollywood and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Broadway at the Beach is also home to three hotels, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn and Holiday Inn Express, plus WonderWorks, Legends in Concert, Ripleyâ€™s Aquarium, Palace Theatre, Carmikeâ€™s Broadway Cinema 16, the Pavilion Nostalgia Park (featuring nine rides from the former Pavilion Amusement Park), and Celebrity Square, a New Orleans-inspired nightclub district.
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