When the original Developers, Movers and Shakers thought about Myrtle Beach attractions they only had one thing in mind – the Beach. They soon realized that in order to keep people
coming back, staying longer (and therefore spending more money) they needed something more to attract them. So, the first golf course was built.
Then, like an unkept fairway, things mushroomed and by the end of the 20th Century there were over 100 Grand Strand golf courses (not to mention the mini-golf) and hundreds upon hundreds of other things to do. Although the Beach is still our biggest and best attraction, visitors and locals today want a more varied experience. Then too, you have to have something to do when it’s raining.
When it’s too hot, too wet, or too dark to be outside, Broadway at the Beach has it covered. This super-sized shopping, restaurant and “things to do” venue has everything from an aquarium to a zip line. You’ll find the Ripley’s Aquarium here, which is great whether it's rainy or just plain too hot, as well as WonderWorks, Broadway Grand Prix racing, and amusement park rides from the original Myrtle Beach Pavilion.
There are also live shows at the Palace Theater and Legends in Concert, as well as fun places to eat like Hard Rock Café, Key West Grill, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Visit a real South Carolina winery at Boardwalk Winery. Take a helicopter tour, a boat ride on the lake, cool off at Myrtle Waves Water Park, or explore the Hollywood Wax Museum. You can’t miss it. Just look for the building with King Kong on it.
Further north and east on U. S. Highway 17 is Barefoot Landing, another multi-entertainment restaurant and shopping attraction. Located on the waterway, the style is Carolina Low Country with boardwalks crossing a large central lake. Here you’ll find Alligator Adventure, Mirror Maze, T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station (a free living tiger exhibit), and two of Myrtle Beach’s hottest shows, Alabama Theater and House of Blues.
Fun eats at Barefoot include Fire Island Grille, Greg Norman’s Australian Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, and Johnny Rockets. There are also two wineries here, Carolina Vineyards and Duplin Wine Cellars, both offering wine tastings. Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach both feature fireworks displays during the summer.
All along the Grand Strand you’ll find a wide variety of things to do, with more things being added all the time. Amusement parks, some that have been around for years, offer the element of an “old fashioned” beach experience. North Myrtle Beach is developing a huge community park just west of Carolina Bays Parkway (Highway 31) where Go Ape the zip line and tree top adventure company has put zip lines over the lake.
Museums, like the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, and the Rice Museum in Georgetown offer a variety of cultural experiences. The Horry County Museum in Conway offers a look at South Carolina history and southern culture and it's free.
Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park present the Beach in more of its original setting. There are several zoos and wildlife parks featuring native and not so native animals, and gardens such as Vereen Memorial Gardens and Brookgreen Gardens feature art, nature, history and the outdoors.
Miniature golf courses seem to be on every street corner and there are dozens of arcades, games, and boat cruises and tours. There are also two other area wineries, La Belle Amie Vineyards in Little River and Silver Coast Winery at Ocean Isle Beach. Both offer tours of the winery and vineyards, wine tasting, and special events.
A day at one of the local farms is a great way to get some fresh air and some fresh produces. In season you can pick strawberries and blueberries, or go to a farmer's market where it's already picked for you. When it's time to pick the very best ever Christmas tree, check out Booth's Christmas Tree Farm where you can pick out your tree and cut it down yourself.
There are lots of events and festivals throughout the year, parks and playgrounds, gardens, hiking trails, places to paddle, the list is endless.
So, there is simply no excuse for being bored at the Beach, unless you want to be. Myrtle Beach attractions and activities are everywhere. The hard part is deciding on what to do.
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