If you’ve visited the Myrtle Beach area recently, you’ve probably noticed the helicopters flying over the ocean, Broadway at the Beach and elsewhere. A couple different operators offer excellent helicopter tours of the area that are extremely popular with visitors (and locals!).

When I heard Myrtle Beach Air Tours was now offering biplane tours in addition to helicopter tours, I knew I wanted to check it out. Touring Myrtle Beach from above on a helicopter was such a memorable experience, and I figured a biplane tour would be equally as rewarding. While I was right, it was a completely different kind of experience.

In a helicopter, you float. A biplane feels a little more like a thrill ride or rollercoaster. But if you’re not afraid of heights and you’re going to do it, these guys offer a spectacular tour. They operate a vintage, WWII-era Waco biplane out of the Grand Strand Regional airport in North Myrtle Beach. The plane is gorgeous, and the feeling of riding in an open-air cockpit 1200 feet above sea level is second to none.

We flew over the Atlantic ocean and shoreline, the Intracoastal Waterway, Little River swash, Cherry Grove pier, and Barefoot Landing (just to name a few spots). Our pilot, Pete, was a great guide and enjoyed showing off the drops, swoops and dips the biplane is capable of.

The tours run Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be customized to fit however long guests want to be up in the air. This is also a great activity for couples, as only two passengers (along with the pilot) can fit in the plane at once. If you do go, be sure to bring along a camera or cell phone. While you’ll need to hold on tight to it, you’ll be happy to have it once you’re in the air and able to snap a few pictures from above.

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