49+ THINGS TO DO IN MYRTLE BEACH (IT’S NOT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING!)

When most people think of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, they think of sandy beaches, Broadway on the Beach, golf courses, and the vibrant boardwalk and promenade. While all of those things are amazing, there are so many other things to do in Myrtle Beach too!

Already an epic location for Spring Break and/or family vacations, the Greater Myrtle Beach area, also known as The Grand Strand, has hidden gems sprinkled all over the place. Referring to the 60 miles of beaches ranging from Little River down to Georgetown, The Grand Strand includes Murrells Inlet, Pawley’s Island, Surfside Beach, Garden City, and North Myrtle Beach.

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach is a magical location to wake up early and watch the sunrise, enjoy fresh seafood, go on rides and play games, and/or reconnect with nature. 

Whether you’re looking for something fast-paced and action-packed, quiet and refreshing, somewhere in between, or a mix of the two, Myrtle Beach has it all. Myrtle Beach’s “other side” will add unique and memorable experiences to your South Carolina getaway. 

Here are 49+ things to do in Myrtle Beach that you are going to LOVE…and they’re not what you’re expecting!

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49+ THINGS TO DO IN MYRTLE BEACH (IT’S NOT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING!)

What better way to spend a day in Myrtle Beach than being outdoors or on the water? There are dozens of options to explore the “real” wild side of Myrtle Beach.

FLOAT TO WAITES ISLAND IN A GLASS-BOTTOM KAYAK

Taking an adventure on a glass-bottom kayak is one of the best ways to explore the water. You have the advantage of seeing above and below the water simultaneously.

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours in North Myrtle Beach offers several tours through the back bays and marshes. You can collect sea shells on a private island and look for wildlife, like deer and sea turtles. 

CRUISE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

Enchanted Sailing Charters offers private and group sailing trips in the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re looking for a sunrise cruise, sunset cruise, or something during the day with the family, Enchanted Sailing has a trip for you.

There are options for Full Day Adventures ( group and private available), Sunset Dinner Cruise, and even a chance to spread the ashes of a loved one at sea. 

The Full Day Adventure Tour starts by anchoring at Bird Island, where you can spend time swimming in the calm waters and walking around the island, before having lunch and setting sail for a cruise along the coast and through Little River Inlet. Your trip includes chips, crackers, sodas, bottled waters, and ice. A cooler is also provided if you want to bring adults beverages and/or a picnic lunch.

The Sunset Dinner Cruise for two is catered by Outback Steak House. You can also add to your group for an additional price.

SAMPLE THE LOCAL WINE

South Carolina might not be your first destination when you think of wineries or vineyards, but there are several in the Myrtle Beach area that will satisfy any wine palette. 

La Belle Amie Vineyard is open to the public two days a week and is family-friendly. La Belle offers wine tastings containing a sampling of six wines and a logo wine glass for keeps. They specialize in reds, whites, rose, dry and sweet wines. On Wednesdays, the vineyard hosts Wine Wednesdays on the Deck where there are samplings of wine, live music on the deck, and fun beverages, like wine slushies, as well as food options.

Duplin Winery is open Monday through Saturday. Offering a tasting of 10 pre-selected wines, an employee will walk you through each wine, as well as give you a history of it.

You can update to the deluxe wine tasting, which comes with a gourmet cheese dip, homemade crackers, as well a glass of wine after the tasting. While Muscadine wine isn’t everyone’s favorite wine, Duplin is known for theirs. They also feature live music on their patio as you sip.

Coastal Carolina Winery allows guests to choose which wines they would like to taste from their extensive wine menu. They also offer wine slushies to cool off during a hot Carolina summer day. Coastal Carolina offers red, white, and fruit wines. There is also a gift shop on site where you can find apparel, wine glasses, jellies and jams, pottery, wood carvings, jewelry, paintings, pottery, and more. 

TAKE AN ECO KAYAKING TOUR 

Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. It’s an eco-friendly way to get up close and personal with nature. J an L Kayaks is the premiere kayaking tour company in Myrtle Beach and is one of the highest-rated tour operators.

J and L offer family-friendly tours that are interesting and educational. You can choose from seven tours, including the Marsh Tour, Waties Island Tour, Backwater Twilight Tour, Sunrise Tour, Backwater Scenic Tour, Island Twilight Tour, Crabbing Tour, and a Marsh Sunset Tour. 

The Marsh Tour features many of the local birds that are native to the area. You will be in calm waters and will typically come across some aquatic wildlife. The Waties Island Tour brings you to a private island where you can search for sea shells.

The Backwater Twilight Tour gives you the opportunity to see Bioluminescence after the sun sets, as well as the chance to stargaze. On the Sunrise Tour, you can get your day started in an extra special way as you paddle along in the quiet morning as the sun comes up.

The Backbay Scenic Tour takes you deep into the creeks with a knowledgeable guide, who can point out the flora and fauna that you come across. The Island Twilight Adventure has you paddling during sunset to Waties Island, where you’ll get to experience all the creatures that come out after dark.

The Crabbing Tour is extra fun for a group with kids as you get to catch your own Blue Crabs after receiving gear and instruction from your guide. The Marsh Sunset option allows you to view a stunning sunset and stargaze after.

HIKE THE BOARDWALK

For a quiet, serene walk on a boardwalk, you can visit Vereen Gardens, sometimes referred to as Vereen Botanical Gardens, which features hiking trails, several boardwalks, an observation deck, and a colonial route that was once part of the original King’s Highway. There is an old family cemetery on-site with gravestones for the people who lived in the land in the 19th century. 

The park sits on 115 acres of protected land with nearly three miles of trails and boardwalks that take you along the waterfront and through the forest, wetlands, and gardens. This park is dog friendly, stroller, and wheelchair friendly.

Fishing is also allowed here, and there is a small playground perfect for younger kids, as well as a seashell wishing tree (fun for all ages)! There are several boardwalks that jut out to some islands where you can find shells to write on. 

Vereen Gardens is open to the public from sunup to sundown and is free admission. 

RIDE HORSES ALONG THE BEACH

Riding horses along a beach is always an enchanting experience, and at Inlet Point Plantation you don’t need any prior riding knowledge. Inlet Point Plantation offers horseback riding tours all year long and promotes several tours, both open to the public and private options. Most rides are suitable for kids 7+.  For kids under 7, there are pony rides, where the horse and child will be handled through the pecan groves. 

Riders can choose from a 1-hour island ride on Waties Island during the day or at sunset, or the Waterway Trail Ride that takes you through pecan groves, wooded trails, and along the Intracoastal Waterway.  If you’re looking to propose to your significant other, they offer proposal rides too!

SAMPLE THE SPIRITS

If you’re into spirits — the drink, not the ghostly kind — then you can’t miss Twelve 33 Distillery. Twelve 33 serves up South Carolina in a glass. All of their spirits are handcrafted from locally sourced ingredients, including all of the grains used. Everything is produced in small batches right on site.

You can stop by for a drink, go to a tasting, or take a fully guided tour of the facility. During a tasting, you can choose a flight of six spirits. A “spirit guide” will explain the process of making spirits, as well as the characteristics of what you are sampling. You can also choose from different cocktails made with spirits. 

The VIP Tour takes you around the whole facility while a guide discusses the distilling process, origin, and composition of different spirits, fermentation, distillation, blending, and bottling. After the tour, guests are brought to their “speakeasy” for a flight and signature cocktail

AND/OR SAMPLE THE BREWS

Another great way to enjoy a taste of the south is to try one of the many breweries around town. 

New South Brewing, Independent Republic Brewing Company, Crooked Hammock Brewery, and Tidal Creek Brewhouse are all highly talked about. 

New South Brewing offers a taproom and is known for its ales and lagers. The Independent Republic Brewing Company offers award-winning brews, a full kitchen menu, live music, Yappy Hour — a happy hour where you can bring your pup who can enjoy alcohol-free dog beer — trivia nights, as well as taco nights.

Crooked Hammock Brewery has several locations, including in North Myrtle Beach. They offer year-round beers, as well as seasonal beers like Myrtle Peach, Brand New Day Pineapple Coconut. You’ll also find exclusive beers like Made In The Shade, Hazy Daze, Hammock ESB, and Somebody’s Closer.

Tidal Creek Brewhouse offers patrons a family- and dog-friendly atmosphere featuring “small-batch, specialty craft beer, freshly brewed coffee, and Lowcountry food.” They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

SEE THE ANIMALS AT GOAT ISLAND

Goat Island can be found just behind Drunken Jack’s restaurant. The little island is a summer retreat for goats and peacocks. The animals are brought to the island during the spring, summer, and autumn months to help keep the vegetation from overgrowing.

While you can’t physically go to Goat Island, you can delight in watching the quirky animals while you enjoy food and beverages at Drunken Jack’s. They even have a specialty drink in honor of the goats called Drunken Jack’s Goat Island Tea, which is made with house liquors, sour mix, triple sec, and a splash of Pepsi!

DINE AT A HAUNTED RESTAURANT

South Carolina is a hot spot for another type of “spirit.” If you like things a little bit spooky, you should make dinner reservations at The Brentwood, where you can dine with spirits from the past. This haunted restaurant is one of the most haunted restaurants in the U.S. and has been featured on several TV shows like My Ghost Story, A Haunting, and Freight Club. 

The Dinner and Ghost Tour includes a 3-course meal for guests before they embark on a ghostly tour through the building. During tours, people have been known to see shadows, faces in windows, and things falling off tables. Guests have also reported seeing orbs and apparitions in the pictures they’ve taken here.

This is one spooky dinner, and one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach!

EXPLORE THE WACCAMAW

The Waccamaw River offers endless water activities and a beautiful backdrop for others.

One way to enjoy views of the river is to walk along the Conway Riverwalk. This beautiful boardwalk hugs the banks of the Waccamaw River for 1.5 miles. Along the boardwalk, you can find benches to relax on and take in the beauty of the area. There is also a pirate playground for little ones to explore. At the end of the boardwalk is a lovely arboretum with native plants and different blooms throughout the year. 

Another way to explore the river is to take a  pontoon boat ride or rent kayaks from Waccamaw Outfitters. You can choose from guided or self-guided tours on top the black waters of the Waccamaw. While kayaking or cruising, you can spot different aquatic animals, birds, and other animals that make the river and surrounding wetlands their home. 

PADDLE THE BLACKWATER SWAMP

The Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge provides visitors with endless opportunities to reconnect with nature. You can paddle the blackwater swamp, hike or bike through the trails, and even go hunting and fishing. 

The refuge is home to manatees, various fish species and bird species, turtles, snakes, butterflies, and more.

TAKE A CANE SUGAR FARM TOUR

The L.W. Paul Living History Museum is an all-day experience with many options for education and fun. Visitors can take a tour of the farm to see how the operations work. On the farm, you can learn about the raising of sugar cane, as well as tobacco, and gain knowledge on the Gristmill and the history of farm to table. 

You’ll also find a great museum on site. The museum features old tools and photographs, and miniatures of industries from the surrounding areas. You can also find farming tools and implements, household items and clothing, and wildlife specimens.

SAMPLE FROM THE LOCAL FARMS IN ONE LOCATION

One of the best ways to get a taste of the south is a farm-to-table experience. Crooked Oak Tavern promises only hormone-free, organic, locally farmed meat, fish and produce.

They serve lunch and dinner, featuring things like burgers, crab cakes, seared scallops, fried shrimp, and more. They offer appetizers and finger foods that are mouth-watering. 

MEET THE ANIMALS AT THOMPSON FARM

Thompson Farm is a great place to spend a day with your family, a significant other, or just a group of friends. Thompson Farm offers guests several experiences. You can meet over 40 animals that call the farm home, take river tours, and/or go camping. 

The farm cares for cattle, American buffalo, Water buffalo, Zebu, a miniature donkey, miniature babydoll sheep, miniature goats, lambs, pigs, and a 105-pound tortoise. There is a little petting zoo featuring lambs, miniature babydoll sheep, miniature goats, and a mini cow! There is also a play area on-site with different interactive areas like giant jumps pads, a tire playground, a giant slide (that’s fun for adults too), hay swings, horse swings, a corn maze, bull roping, and a rock-climbing wall. 

You can find primitive campsites on Thompson Farm where you can pitch your tent and enjoy the quietness around you. It’s a great home base for kayaking adventures or fishing.

In addition to camping, the farm also offers four river adventures. You can choose a dining tour, where they take you by boat to historic Conway and you can choose from any of the delicious restaurants. The Sandy Island tour takes you to one of the islands, and you can walk around and explore, relax and bronze on the boat or beach, and, of course, swim!

There is a history and eco-tour where you can learn about the past, as well as the native flora and fauna. There are sunset cruises, and fishing tours too.

CATCH A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and checking out a minor league game in Myrtle Beach is a must!

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans play a good game and it makes a great experience for the whole family. Grab some peanuts and popcorn and enjoy a day at the ballpark!

NOSH YOUR WAY THRU GEORGETOWN HARBORWALK

If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to explore the Myrtle Beach area, head over to the quaint little area of Georgetown. From outdoor adventures to southern shopping, Georgetown is a totally different vibe than mainstream Myrtle Beach. You can wander along the Harborwalk Boardwalk for tranquil views of the water, or spend the day at Huntington Beach State Park. 

Georgetown is a very historical town and there are many plantations around where you can take tours and learn about Georgetown’s past. You can also find old cemeteries and ghost tours if you want to explore your dark side.  If you want to learn even more about the history of Georgetown, there are museums and art galleries here too.

Georgetown also has great seafood restaurants with classic South Carolina dishes. Places like River Room Restaurant, Big Tuna Raw Bar, and The Gatorgrill offer tasty food and a great atmosphere. 

EXPLORE BROOKGREEN GARDENS

Brookgreen Gardens is a super popular destination for families with kids. You can spend the whole day here and never get bored. The gardens are made up of 9,127 acres and host plant collections, as well as seasonal blooms.

Brookgreen is home to the Lowcountry Zoo, which is home to alligators, bald eagles, grey foxes, hawks, owls, red foxes, river otters, white-tailed deer, ducks, herons, and egrets. All of the animals here are unable to survive in the wild and now they have a safe home at the zoo. There is also a butterfly experience that cannot be missed. 

The gardens are also home to the largest collection of American figurative sculptures in the U.S. There are more than 2,000 pieces created by 430 artists situated throughout the grounds. 

There is a cafe on site that sells sandwiches, quiche, desserts, beverages, and light refreshments. There are also picnic areas if you want to bring your own food. 

TAKE A MARSH TOUR OF MURRELLS INLET

Murrells Inlet is one of Myrtle Beach’s secret gems. It’s known as the seafood capital of South Carolina and is a nature lovers’ paradise. One of the best ways to get to know the secrets of Murrells Inlet is to take a tour of the marshes. 

The marshes are home to many creatures, such as alligators, loggerhead sea turtles, pelicans, other water birds, various species of fish, and other marine life. The marshes of Murrells Inlet are a harmonious blend of activity and tranquility. 

There are various ways to explore the marshes, including kayaking and paddleboarding. These methods allow you to cruise quietly over the water. You can take guided tours or rent your own equipment and guide yourself. 

If you want to experience the marsh at night, you can walk along the Marsh Walk. This boardwalk runs along the waterfront. The area comes alive in more ways than one. There are restaurants and live music, or you can find a quiet spot and enjoy the fireflies and the wild sounds of the night. 

STROLL MURRELLS INLET MARSHWALK AT NIGHT

Briefly mentioned above, The Marsh Walk in Murrells Inlet is a noteworthy way to spend the night. This live music mecca also features waterfront dining and other live entertainment. 

There are 8 restaurants featured on the walk, including Mojo’s, Creek Ratz, Bovine’s, Wicked Tuna, The Claw House, Deaddog Salon, Drunkin Jacks, and Wahoos Fish House. Most of the restaurants will have live music each night as you dine.

BEACH CAMP AT HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK

Camping on the beach is one of the best ways to camp. You can wake up with the sunrise and fall asleep to the sounds of crashing waves. Sounds ideal right? Huntington Beach State Park has tent sites, as well as sites that are suitable for RVs with electrical hookups, and a select few have sewer hookups. 

There are 107 standard sites, 66 full hook-up sites, and 6 designated tent sites. Huntington is pet friendly and has hot showers, toilets, and even WiFi access. 

While camping, you can embark on endless excursions including birding, fishing, boating, swimming, geocaching, biking, and hiking. Another exciting thing to do while on the beaches of Myrtle Beach is to look for sharks’ teeth. If you’re taking a walk along the beach, look for “shell beds.” You can either sit and sort through them there or, as I did as a kid, fill up buckets and sort through them at leisure back at home.

There are two named trails in the park and a short boardwalk. The Kerrigan Nature Trail is a short and easy trail and is a great trail to look for birds. The Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail is longer at 2 miles. It goes along a pristine beach and through forests of oaks and red cedars, before eventually bringing you to a saltwater pond. There are over 300 species of birds, alligators, loggerhead sea turtles, minks, and more. 

There is also a historic landmark in the park, Atalaya. Atalaya is an old castle that was built between 1931 and 1933 as a private winter residence for Archer Huntington and his wife, Anna. There are 30 rooms in the home that you can tour.

If you happen to be camping on the beach when a storm is approaching, keep your eyes out for the Gray Man. This ghostly apparition sometimes appears to be walking the beaches right before a bad storm hits, seemingly warning people to seek shelter.

SURF FISH AT MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK

One of the top places in South Carolina for surf fishing is Myrtle Beach State Park. Surf fishing is a style of fishing where you fish right from the beach or the shallows. In addition to surf fishing, you can swim, bike, hike, horseback ride, go birdwatching, or take part in geocaching. There are two playgrounds, as well as picnic shelters. 

There are two short trails in the park, the Sculpted Oak Trail and Yaupon Trail. Both are easy to navigate. There is also a fishing pier, a nature center, campsites, and cabins. 

EXPLORE THE BACKWATER BY JET SKI

An exciting way to explore the backwater of Myrtle Beach is by jet ski. If you have a need for speed, renting a jet ski or taking a jet ski tour is a must. 

The jet ski tours that Island Adventure offers include 2-hour tours that take you through all the back bays and rivers in the search of wildlife, epic views, and a memorable adventure. Groups will never exceed 10 riders, so your guide will be able to keep things intimate as he shares his knowledge of the area.

There are beginner and more experienced “trails” to go down that your guide will decide based on the skills of the group. 

LEARN HOW TO SHAG AT FAT HAROLD’S

Fat Harold’s is one of the most iconic clubs in Myrtle Beach. They are known for dancing and teaching dance, especially the Carolina Shag, a style of dance where one person leads and the partner follows along to classic beach music. Fat Harold’s holds shag classes weekly.

Inside Fat Harold’s Beach Club is a tasty restaurant called Shag City Grille. Considered a local favorite, Shag City serves up cheeseburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, grilled cheeses, fries, onion rings, and much more. 

VISIT ONE OF THE AREA MUSEUMS’ HIDDEN TREASURES

If you’re looking for a great way to spend a rainy day, or if you’re the type of traveler who likes to learn more about the history of the area, a trip to one of the Myrtle Beach area museums is perfect.

The Horry County Museum is free and open to the public. Here you will find a fish tank housing native freshwater fish, exhibits that include the American alligator, the black bear, and various species of snakes and birds of prey, like raptors and eagles. There is a Military Exhibit which includes military uniforms and weapons, a Native American exhibit, and exhibits about the beaches of Horry County.

If you’re a fashionista, you may find the Textile Exhibit especially interesting. It features sewing and washing machines as they evolved, clothing, and quilts. There is also a photo gallery showcasing Horry County’s history. 

Charlie’s Place is an important part of black history and culture. Originally a nightclub and hotel, Charlie’s Place was owned and operated by Charlie Fitzgerald and his wife, Sarah, from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. Famous names like Dizzy Gillespie, Little Richard, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Lena Horne all performed there. Today, the building is used as a community center and event space. 

Myrtle Beach Art Museum is known as one of the exquisite art museums in both North and South Carolina. Enjoyed by people of all ages, the museum features four permanent collections, as well as rotating exhibits.

The collections include The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Collection, which is comprised of art from local artists created in the 1960s. The Barbara Burgess And John Dinkelspiel Collection Of Southern Art include paintings, pastels, photographs, prints and lithographs, sculptures, and collages, while The Bishop Collection Of Antique Maps & Historical Prints contains maps dating back to the 1600s. The Museum Collection Of Gifts And Purchases showcases everything that has been gifted to the museum. 

The Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School & Education Center was originally a schoolhouse when the country was still segregated. After much fundraising, restoration, and rebuilding in a different location, the building is still being used for educational purposes, as well as community workshops and classes. 

Finally, the Wheels of Yesteryear provides visitors with the opportunity to see vintage cars from various different eras.  You can’t go wrong with a visit to any of these Myrtle Beach area museums.

DINE YOUR WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY 

Myrtle Beach is home to a wide range of communities and cultures spanning over 30 countries, making Myrtle Beach a hotspot for international cuisine. Some of the most talked-about restaurants are listed below.

Levy’s Jamaican Cuisine is recognized as the best authentic Jamaican and Caribbean dining experience on the Grand Strand. Levy’s Jamaican Cuisine creates dishes like jerk chicken, curry goat, and escovitch fish. They also have a small selection of vegan options. 

Kingston Bistro & Bar opened in December 2021 and offers its guests an impressive atmosphere and freshly prepared dishes that combine traditional American taste with a Bulgarian flair. If you’re looking for a romantic date option, or just a reason to treat yourself to a high-end meal, Kingston Bistro and Bar is an excellent option.

Café Old Vienna is a popular restaurant and beer garden that offers old-world German/Austrian cuisine prepared by chef, Werner Horvath. They have a happy hour menu, as well as a kids’ menu, making it a perfect place for a fun family night out. 

Thai Season is an authentic Thai restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. It’s highly recommended and a favorite, according to locals. They can also accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets upon request.

THINGS TO DO IN MYRTLE BEACH FOR THE MAINSTREAM

49+ THINGS TO DO IN MYRTLE BEACH (IT’S NOT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING!)

You really can’t take a trip to Myrtle Beach without visiting some of its most iconic and popular attractions. They are popular for a reason!

VISIT THE MYRTLE BEACH SKYWHEEL/BOARDWALK

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade are what most people think of when they hear the words ‘Myrtle Beach.’ This area of Myrtle Beach is synonymous with spring breakers and families during summer vacation. You can find places to stay, shop, and play along the 1.2-mile-long boardwalk that runs along the Atlantic Ocean. 

Along the boardwalk, you can find amusement park rides, thrill rides, haunted houses, an arcade, a movie theater, and even a zip line that takes you out over the ocean. 

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk also has endless options when it comes to food. Whether you have a picky eater, allergies, restrictions, intolerances, special diets, or you like to expand your palate and find new favorites, Myrtle Beach offers it all.

You can find quintessential boardwalk foods like french fries, ice cream, pizza, funnel cake, and cotton candy, as well as sit-down restaurants like Landshark Bar and Grill, Moe Moons, Pier 14 Restaurant, Hurricane’s Daiquiri Bar & Grill, Sharkey’s Oceanfront Restaurant and Abraham’s Gyro’s & Pizza. If you want to have a meal just off the boardwalk where you can people-watch, Tin Roof has live music and perfect views of the boardwalk.

There are several huge hotels situated along The Boardwalk that are perfect places to stay, whether you are traveling with your family, solo, or with a significant other. Most hotels offer free parking, pools, and beach rentals. 

WANDER AROUND BROADWAY AT THE BEACH

Broadway at the Beach is a massive shopping and entertainment complex. There are endless things to do here — maybe too much to include all in one shot, but here is just a little sneak peek. 

THE HANGOUT

The Hangout is a family-friendly restaurant that provides beachfront views while you enjoy delicious food. They also host events, like holiday parties, cook-offs, festivals, game nights, pop-up workouts, and fun runs!

You can play ping-pong, foosball, four square, and other activities in the courtyard. Or listen to live music and entertainment to keep you busy while waiting for your meal.  

PAVILION PARK

Pavillion Park is Myrtle Beach’s biggest theme park. The whole family can enjoy Pavilion Park, or it’s a cute date idea if you’re traveling with your sweetie. There are two featured parks within Pavilion, Fun Park and Action Park. 

At Fun Park you can find nearly 20 family-friendly rides like the Carousel, Mini Tea Cups, the Broadway 360 wheel, Samba Balloons, Super Happy Swing, the Scrambler, the Rio Grande Train, and the Drop Tower. 

Action Park has more thrilling rides like The Beast, The Wave Swinger, Moonraker 20, Rock and Roll Express, Riptydze Slide, Speed XXL, and the Cliff Hanger. 

RIPLEYS

Ripleys Aquarium is located in the Broadway complex and houses a 750,000-gallon all-around shark tank. There is an upper level and a lower level, with the upper level featuring Rio Amazon, Friendship Flats, Planet Jellies, and a Penguin Playhouse. On the lower level, you can find Rainbow Rock, Dangerous Reef, Living Gallery, Ray Bay, and Systems Control. 

You can opt-in for interactive experiences like the Penguin Encounters, and Stingray Experience, or you can have a sleepover in the aquarium. Ripleys also offers glass-bottom boat tours. 

MYRTLE WAVES

Everyone loves to splash the day away in a water park. Myrtle Waves has a Lazy River, Tube Slides, a Flowrider, and family rides, including a kids-only section. 

It’s rated one of the country’s best water parks and the largest water park in the Myrtle Beach area. There are cabanas available for rent, and you can find a variety of food and drink to help refuel you throughout the day. 

BROADWAY GRAND PRIX FAMILY RACE PARK

If you have a need for speed — or just have a competitive family — the Grand Prix Race Park is a fun place to go. There are 7 tracks to choose from, including the Pro Track, High Bank Oval, Speed Racer, Slick Track, Family Track, Junior Racer, and even a Kids Track. 

At the racetrack, you can also find an arcade, kids zone, and a snack bar, as well as bumper cars and mini-golf. 

DINO PARK

Step back into the land before time and learn about dinosaurs at Dino Park! Whose imagination doesn’t go wild when they think about how the dinosaurs lived and what they looked like? Dino Park helps bring together your imagination and archeological evidence. 

There is a dino ball bit for kids to dive and play in, and there is a fossil pit, where you can dig for dinosaur fossils. You can even “ride” an automated T-rex! Catered to small children, Dino Park also has fun playground equipment. 

SOAR AND EXPLORE ZIPLINE

If you’re not afraid of heights, Soar + Explore is a fun place to visit. There is a zipline here, as well as a ropes course that is exciting for all ages. 

The zipline carries you 1,000 feet out over the water. Soaring 50 feet in the air, the zipline gives you a different perspective of all the things around you. 

The ropes course features three levels and reaches 40 feet in height with 33 challenges. There is also an indoor glow-in-the-dark ropes course that reaches 36 feet in height with 28 obstacles. 

There is a laser tag area, a 6-D extreme motion ride, as well as Wander Zones. The Wander Zones include an Extreme Weather Zone, a Physical Challenge Zone, a Light and Sound Zone, a Space Discovery Zone, Imagination Lab, and the Wonder Art Gallery. 

HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM

Wax museums are kinda creepy and super cool, all at the same time. The Hollywood Wax Museum features dozens of perfectly crafted wax figures of sports stars, celebrities, musicians, and more. 

Visiting the Hollywood Wax Musem creates the perfect photo opportunity with your favorite celebrity. There are even props you can use to make your photos more realistic.   

ILLUMINATION PARK

Illumination Park is an outdoor art experience that features sculptures made by artists from around the country. The park is free and open to the public.

Most of the sculptures light up at night, making it a unique place to check out during the day and at night.

WALK AROUND BAREFOOT LANDING

Barefoot Landing is Myrtle Beach’s premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Similar to  Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing has dozens of attractions all in the same area, making it easy to bounce from place to place.

ALLIGATOR ADVENTURE

If you ever wanted to get up close and personal with an alligator, you definitely need to make a visit to Alligator Adventure. It is the largest reptile facility of its kind in the whole world. While visiting the park, you can go to several shows including Alligator Live Feedings, Alligator Handling And Lecture, and Snake Handling. 

There are more than just alligators at the park. You can also find albino alligators, bobcats, crocodiles, owls, flamingos, frogs, mountain lions, hyenas, snakes, monkeys, turtles, and lizards. 

HOUSE OF BLUES

Whether you’re going to the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, or anywhere else in the country, you know you’re in for some amazing live music and entertainment.

House of Blues, Myrtle Beach always has an exciting lineup. In addition to concerts, House of Blues also has a murder mystery dinner theater, a bar, and a restaurant. 

LULUS

One of the top places for fun, food, and music is Lulus Cafe. Everything made here is made from scratch with menu options for dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, shellfish-free, soy-free, and seafood free.  

At Lulu’s, there is a beach arcade, beach volleyball, a kids ropes course, and there is always live music.

WILD WATER & WHEELS ADVENTURE PARK

The Wild Water and Wheels Adventure Park is a perfect family day destination. At the water parks, you’ll find various ways to splish and splash as you cool off from the warm South Carolina sun. There are speed slides, tube slides, mat slides, and different pool areas. There is a wave pool, a lazy river, and a lounge pool too.

The adventure park features a race zone, mini-golf, and various amusement rides. For the super small kids in the family, there is Wally’s Lagoon, a kiddie pool, and Wee Kids Water Wheel. 

ENJOY A DAY AT FAMILY KINGDOM AMUSEMENT PARK

Family Kingdom Amusement Park is Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park. This family-friendly park includes roller coasters, bumper cars, a swinging ship, a log flume, a slingshot, a tilt-whirl, the yoyo, and more. 

For the younger kids, there is the 4×4 truck ride, canoes, cycles, flight school, frog hopper, Hampton combo, kiddie coasters, swings, and Ferris wheel. There are magic bikes, mini bumper cars, and wet boats too. 

The park offers stroller and wheelchair rentals, electric wheelchairs, affordable parking, and all-day wrist bands. There are also classic arcade games that are fun for the whole crew.

SCORE A HOLE-IN-ONE PLAYING LOTS OF MINI-GOLF

Mini golf is another super fun way to get a little competitive with your family members and luckily, Myrtle Beach is known as the “Mini Golf Capital of the World.” There are at least 50 different mini-golf courses found in Myrtle Beach! 

An interesting way to spend a family outing is to set up a little mini golf marathon or contest. You can set out a map and hit all the mini-golf courses. (Of course, that may take awhile…)

OR “REGULAR” GOLF

Myrtle Beach has some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the country. With more than 90 golf courses located here, many people come to Myrtle Beach for a chance to perfect their game here.

Many of the courses here have been built by “award-winning designers and champions in the golf industry.” There is a wide selection of courses for any sort of price range. 

There are also various disc golf courses. In case you don’t know, disc golf is a cross between frisbee and golf. Whether you are brand new to the game or have been playing for years, disc golf is a fun way to enjoy the sunny South Carolina days. 

CATCH A DINNER SHOW AT MEDIEVAL TIMES OR A PIRATES VOYAGE

Want to throw a little twist into your dinner plans? Whether you’re looking for a quirky date idea or just a way to entertain the kids while you eat a meal, going to an interactive dinner and show is a great way to go. 

In Myrtle Beach, you can catch a dinner show at Medieval Times or at Pirates Voyage. If you’re staying multiple nights, you can even do both. 

Medieval Times puts on an exciting show and battle as you feast on a four-course meal that includes garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potato, and of course, dessert.

Pirates Voyage lets you enjoy a four-course feast while watching the pirate Blackbeard and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, as they lead their crews to a battle on land, on deck, and in the water.

VISIT THE MARKET COMMON

The Market Common has several tourist attractions and activities. There is a bowling alley, a movie theater, and an escape room, as well as shopping and dining options.

Some of the must-see places are The EdVenture Museum, which is an interactive children’s museum where your child can explore several stations, including a Publix, Space Climber, Airways, Mission Control, a Performance Stage, Toddler Beach, Dentist Office, Construction Site, a Doctors Office and Flight Simulator, as well as an Auto Shop. 

The Crazy Mason is a milkshake bar that is a refreshing way to cool down and enjoy a tasty treat. They have over 100 options to choose from.

TAKE A DOLPHIN CRUISE

One of the most magical things about being or staying in a beach town is getting to see dolphins. It’s always exciting to see them jumping and twirling through the air.

One of the best ways to see dolphins is by taking a dolphin-watching cruise. Myrtle Beach has plenty of tour operators to choose from, so there are plenty of opportunities to see these enchanting creatures. 

Read More: 17+ Myrtle Beach Boat Tours Perfect for Soaking Up the Sun

CHARTER A FISHING BOAT

Fishing trips are a great bonding experience. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or just looking for some time on the water, chartering a fishing boat is a really fun adventure. 

Off the coast of Myrtle Beach, you can catch flounder, bull redfish, sting rays, sharks, trout, black drum, spade fish, cobia, black sea bass, triggerfish, mahi-mahi, red snapper, grouper, wahoo, blackfin tuna, and yellowfin tuna.

RENT A PONTOON BOAT

Renting a pontoon boat is a great way to explore the back bays of Myrtle Beach. You can cruise along and enjoy a peaceful ride, or you can cruise around looking for a place to anchor and eat lunch. 

A pontoon boat offers a lot of space for families and are great boats for families with dogs. Myrtle Beach Watersports offers a variety of boats to rent. 

SEE A SHOW AT THE CAROLINA OPRY

Another great date night idea is catching a show at the Carolina Opry. They offer a mix of shows that change frequently, so there is always something new to see.

They have shows and entertainment nightly, and you can find their calendar of events and easily buy tickets on their website.

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