Your Travel Guide to Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is a popular resort town on the Atlantic. The actual “beach” part of it extends for 18 miles, and is smack-dab in the middle of “The Grand Strand”--a 60-mile stretch of beach extending over South and North Carolina. The summer months are full of events and opportunities for outdoor fun, such as golf courses, forests, hiking trails, wildlife refuges, and more. There’s also lots to do for your children, with amusement parks, miniature golf, and aquariums. You’ll never be short of things to do.
What are the Must-Do-s and See-s in Myrtle Beach?
Broadway at the Beach
For an all-in-one experience when visiting Myrtle Beach, don’t miss Broadway at the Beach. In its 350 acres on Lake Broadway, it features over 24 different attractions. One noteworthy stop is Wonderworks Experience--a hands-on amusement park in a leaning building, that educates and entertains at the same time. It amusements will teach about nature and science, such as light, sound, weather, space discovery, electricity, and more. For just pure fun during the summer months, check out the Myrtle Waves Water Park, with water slides, tube slides, attractions such as Lazy River and Ocean in Motion, and an area for toddlers. You should also check out Ripley’s Aquarium, which offers you unique ways of viewing marine life--there are even glass-bottomed boats, letting you view dangerous sharks and stingrays up-close, yet in perfect safety. There is also an exhibit of creatures from the Amazon rainforest, such as piranhas and poison dart frogs!
SkyWheel of Myrtle Beach/ Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
The SkyWheel doesn’t just offer an exhilarating ride--it is an enormous Ferris Wheel that lifts you up to 200 feet in the air! That’s as tall as a 13-floor building, giving you an amazing view of the ocean, beach, and boardwalk! You’ll go on three spins, with each rotation taking a full minute. And even if it’s a bit cold or too hot the day that you visit, you don’t have to worry: the SkyWheel’s 42 gondolas are all air-conditioned, so the temperature is always mild inside. Once you’re finished, there are also many restaurants and shops in the area. The Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel is located nearby.
Another fun and informative attraction nearby is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum at Myrtle Beach. Besides the exhibits of the “strange, but true”, you’ll also be able to enjoy a mirror maze, arcade games, and much more! Other attractions include Ripley’s Haunted Laser Strike and the Nightmare Haunted House.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Family King Amusement Park has everything that you’d expect: Ferris wheels, roller coasters, dune buggies, bumper cars--35 rides in all! There is also the “Splashes” water park next door, as well as the Jungle Lagoon Miniature Golf course. The Myrtle Beach KOA (= Kampgrounds of America) is a nearby campgrounds, which also includes peddle karts and race tracks, inflatable rides, pool volleyball, Karaoke, live music, and more!
Myrtle Beach State Park
Myrtle Beach State Park is located in the southern section of Myrtle Beach. Besides camping in the campgrounds, there are also surf fishing opportunities, where you wade on the beach and cast deep into the ocean. You can also cast your fishing line from the Myrtle Beach Pier. Interesting trails that you should try include the Yaupon Trail or the Sculpted Oak Trail. They are both considered easy trails of a short duration.
Golf Courses and Miniature Golf
Myrtle Beach has so many golf courses--some of them are even used by the PGA! Some that you want to check out include: River Oaks Golf Plantation, Myrtle Beach National, Barefoot Resort & Golf, Whispering Pines Golf Course, and Azalea Sands Golf Club. Arcadian Shores Golf Club is a large golf course, which has been specially landscaped to be suitable for both beginners and experienced golfers.
If you like miniature golf, there are award-winning courses, such as the Mount Atlanticus Mini Golf Course. Others are based on certain themes, like the Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf, or the Jurassic Mini-Golf, with prehistoric themes from the age of the dinosaurs and the Ice Age. The Myrtle Beach Sheraton is located nearby.
Further north in Myrtle Beach, you’ll find Barefoot Landing--it’s a combination of shopping mall, amusement park, live theater, zoo, and other attractions. Their Alabama Theatre offers live entertainment which changes seasonally. There is also the House of Blues live music and restaurant bar, as well as specialty shops stores, and much more.
It comes as bit of a surprise, but there are several wineries in Myrtle Beach, and they prepare wines that are particular to the southern region. One example is the Duplin Winery, which specializes in preparing Muscadine wine. Others include the Boardwalk Winery, the Coastal Carolina Winery, and the Coastal Wine Boutique and Tasting Room.
Getting To and Around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach International Airport
The Myrtle Beach International Airport receives flights from most big cities on the east coast, such as Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Niagara Falls, New York, Philadelphia, as well as cities in the American Midwest.
There is the Coastal Regional Transportation (CoastRTA) bus service, which has 7 different routes along the “Grand Strand”, to let you hop from one beach to another.