33 Exciting Things To Do In Myrtle Beach [discount tickets too]

If you’re looking for a vacation with no shortage of activities to keep the whole family busy that also won’t break the bank, consider Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches to entertaining shows and attractions, the Grand Strand is affordable and tons of fun. Here are 33 of our picks for the top things to do in Myrtle Beach.

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Experience Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach offers visitors 8,500 aquatic animals representing more than 75 different species. Be sure to check out the new, state of the art, Pearl Harbor history and marine life exhibit. Both educational and entertaining marine science exhibits for the whole family. It’s a fantastic day for hot, cold or rainy days. Myrtle Beach is more than just sand and sun!

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Take a Spin on the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach

Wow your friends and family with a spin on SkyWheel Myrtle Beach. This luxury experience is located on the Boardwalk in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Hang out in a private gondola ride that soars 187 feet up in the air. You won’t forget this experience!

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Feel the Glamour at the Hollywood Wax Museum of Myrtle Beach

You don’t have to leave Myrtle Beach to experience the glamour of Hollywood. The Hollywood Wax Museum Myrtle Beach gives visitors some of the best opportunities they may ever have to take photos with their favorite stars. Go ahead and walk the red carpet, sing along with some rock stars, and even put on a wedding dress to “marry” a star!

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Sail Away on a Dolphin Cruise

The Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise will take you and your family along the scenic Atlantic coastline for a 90 minute ride! Hop on board and have an incredible experience out on the water. You will learn about the Intracoastal Waterway as well as local marine wildlife. Take an afternoon cruising the along the beautiful jetties and beaches of Myrtle Beach!

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Amusement Fun 

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Located in the heart of the boardwalk, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel gives you a bird’s eye view of the Grand Strand from enclosed gondolas. It is the highest observation point of the Atlantic Ocean in North America and the East Coast’s only 200-foot ferris wheel. Even if you don’t ride, you can still enjoy the impressive nightly LED light show on the wheel. DISCOUNT TICKETS!!

Ripley’s Aquarium

Our family loved the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Visitor can walk through a tunnel as fish, sharks, turtles and more swim above, get hands on with stingrays (who knew you could touch stingrays without being stung?!) and even ride a glass bottom boat in the shark tank. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Cool Off at a Water Park

Myrtle Beach has the perfect temperature each summer to cool off in a water park: hot! Choose from many options, including Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, the only oceanfront water park in the area, and Myrtle Waves Water Park, the largest in South Carolina, to get your fill of slides, lazy rivers and kiddie pools. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Pavillion Park Rides

Pavilion Park on Broadway at the Beach, one of the top amusement parks in South Carolina. Parking is free, and you can spend all day here with a wristband. Ride the coaster, the Ferris wheel, and all the rides! DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Broadway Grand Prix

While you're at Broadway at the Beach, hit the Grand Prix Family Race Park! Go-karts, mini-golf, bumper cars and a kids zone offer hours of fun! DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Hang at Your Hotel

Many Myrtle Beach hotels are amusements in themselves with many offering on-site water parks, pools and lazy rivers. At the Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark, you’ll find three water slides, including the world’s first hotel “explosion” slide, the longest oceanfront lazy river in Myrtle Beach and 11 indoor and outdoor jacuzzis. Other properties like Captain’s Quarters Resort come with their very own 20-lane bowling alley plus a full water park.

Meet Celebrities in Wax

See what it’s like to stand next to some of your favorite movie stars, athletes and singers at the Hollywood Wax Museum at Broadway at the Beach, a large Myrtle Beach entertainment complex. You’ll get a real sense of their size and what they look like in 3-D by strolling past their wax renderings. DISCOUNT TICKETS!!

Race and Splash

Wild Water & Wheels Adventure Park is a 16-acre waterpark with slides, rides, putt-putt golf, and go-kart racing! If you upgrade your wristband, you can tack on go-kart tracks, bumper boats, and putt-putt golf! Get your discount ticket here and avoid the long lines, too. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

See Your Reflection

For something a little more off center, head to Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze in the bustling boardwalk area. Can you make your way through the mirrors and LED lights?? DISCOUNT TICKETS!!

Get Up Close With Alligators

When in South Carolina, you must learn about alligators, as these ancient creatures are attracted to the area and are frequently seen lounging on golf courses. At Alligator Adventure, which is right next to Barefoot Landing, you can see hundreds of these reptiles safely up close, as well as many other species of reptiles and even a bird exhibit. Watch them feed, a show in and of itself, and learn all about these interesting creatures.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Myrtle Beach’s very own beachfront Family Kingdom Amusement Park offers daylong fun with roller coasters, bumper cars, tons of arcade games, thrill rides like the Sling Shot free fall and classic like the Scrambler ride -- all with an ocean view.

Play Lots of Mini-Golf

Myrtle Beach is known as the “Mini-Golf Capital of the World” thanks to 50 area miniature golf courses. Just think, you could play a different course almost every week for a year! And, of course, the best part of miniature golf is always the theme. Choose from dragons, safaris, Hawaii, dinosaurs, jungles, and, of course, pirates to try hitting a hole in one.

Take a Wildlife Safari

A safari in Myrtle Beach, you say? Indeed! Head to T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, which is a 50-acre wildlife preserve home to more than 130 endangered animals from big cats to elephants to a “liger” (the world’s biggest cat), where you can interact with these amazing animals.

Outdoors Adventures 

Walk the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade

A classic Myrtle Beach experience, walking the just over a mile-long boardwalk is a great activity for families and one of the area’s top attractions. Beach activities from sunning and swimming to volleyball and surfing run alongside, as well as a variety of restaurants, arcades and stores, giving you the true flavor of the Grand Strand. Not only can you burn a few calories, but the people-watching is excellent. The boardwalk runs from 14th Avenue Pier to the 2nd Avenue Pier.

Take a Dolphin Cruise

Dolphins love to frolic off the the coast of the Carolinas, and Myrtle Beach offers several area dolphin tours to get even closer to these mammals. You can hop on a jet ski, kayak or take a boat tour in search of these curious animals.

Reel in a Big One

Whether you enjoy in-shore fishing or want to head out into the deep to fish for shark, tuna or sailfish, Myrtle Beach is rich in sea life. Fish right off ocean piers or in tidal creeks or take a fishing charter where experts will lead you to the best areas for the biggest haul.

Little River Fleet will take you out for a half day on their 90 ft fishing boat. Catch black sea bass, blues, flounder, sharks, ladyfish and more. And no worries - bait, gear and your license are included. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

If you've got a handle on things, and know where the fish are...or you just want to go looking for them, take a skiff out from Crazy Sister Marina. It's hold up to 6 people, and it's the perfect way to explore Murrells Inlet. Full and half-day rentals available. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Fly High While Parasailing

300 feet above the water is the perfect way to see the beaches and maybe spot some marine life in the water! Myrtle Beach Parasailing Adventure lets you up with up to three people at a time. Don't be scared! It's so peaceful and calm, you won't want to come down. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Go Bananas!

Shoreline Watersports helps you go bananas on the beach! Up to 6 people can ride a giant banana on the waves for 15 minutes of fun! DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Lounge the Day Away on a Pontoon Boat

Pontoon boats are so much fun, great for all ages, and a wonderful way to explore from the water. Myrtle Beach Watersports offers great boats for up to 12 people with Bluetooth stereo. Half or full day options. DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!

Brookgreen Gardens

Just south of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet is Brookgreen Gardens, a 9000-acre garden and National Historic Landmark. Stroll through seemingly endless live oak trees with hanging moss, a sculpture garden with more than 2000 art works and a native wildlife zoo of animals, including those that once lived on 18th- and 19th-century area plantations.

Visit a State Park

There are two beautiful state parks in the Myrtle Beach area, including Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. Each beach park offers peaceful, natural coastline with surf fishing, nature trails and campgrounds and plenty of space where you can walk the beach. Myrtle Beach State Park is home to Myrtle Beach Pier, as well as cabins built in the 1930s that you can rent.

At Huntington Beach State Park, don’t miss Atalaya Castle, the former home of the philanthropist who preserved the park and nearby Brookgreen Gardens, which turns into a Halloween attraction every fall. Admission to the home is an additional $2 per person for ages 6 and older.

Go Paddling

Kayaking is a great way to explore the many waterways around the Grand Strand. Kayaks not only let you burn calories -- and build arm muscles -- but give you an intimate look at your surroundings. Many Myrtle Beach watersports companies like Island Adventure Watersports rent kayaks by the hour or day, which you can take out on the ocean or the Intracoastal waterways with its marsh grass and abundant wildlife.

Culture Club

Le Grande Cirque

Le Grande Cirque is the pinnacle of jaw-dropping acrobatic excitement. The circle theatre means there is not a bad seat in the house for this 2-hour performance. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Catch Dolly's Pirate Show

The latest from Dolly Parton, who has created top shows like Dixie Stampede, is Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. The show follows Blackbeard, a pirate who once sailed the seas off South Carolina, with many special effects, full-sized pirate ships, a 15-foot deep pool and actors performing acrobatics all while you eat a four-course meal.

Enjoy a MoTown Tribute Extravaganza

The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross...they made music great! Head to a super MoTown Tribute Show at the GTS Theatre! These impersonators will make you swear you've gone back in time, listening to MoTown's best. Plan well, this sells out fast. DISCOUNT TICKETS!!

Do the Shag

Did you know that the state dance of South Carolina is the shag and that the 1989 movie “Shag” took place in Myrtle Beach? Get a lesson in the Carolina shag at Fat Harold’s Beach Club, which is also one of the hosts of the National Shag Dance Competition, every Monday night.

Wonders! A Magical Experience

A Vegas-style magic, dance, and comedy show that will captivate all ages. These discount tickets get you the premium seats in the first three rows! DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

The only art museum in Myrtle Beach, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum features works in a variety of media, including sculpture, ceramics, video, paintings, photography and more. Free to visit, the museum has 11 galleries whose displays rotate throughout the year.

Wheels of Yesteryear Museum

Love classic cars? You’ll be in hog heaven at the Wheels of Yesteryear Museum, which showcases one couple’s collection of more than 100 cars, as well as the car from the movie, “Joe Dirt,” which is currently on loan. On display are 50 vintage muscle cars, including a Corvette Stingray, Mercury Cyclone and Buick Wildcat convertible.

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Myrtle Beach is a great family travel destination! From miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches to entertaining shows and attractions here are 33 superb things to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that you don't want to miss.

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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

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3 Comments on "33 Exciting Things To Do In Myrtle Beach [discount tickets too]"

  1. Finding this today was like heaven sent! I don’t have any kids but my sister has 5 and is coming to visit me next month ( I just moved to a newly build D.r. Horton Home in Conway SC) and she wanted me to make a list of what things we could all do together, and since going to a club or bar was out of the question, this was perfect! Thank you.

  2. Looks like there is a lot of things to do in Myrtle Beach. Thanks for the useful tips, I’ll definitely save this list for my next trip to Myrtle Beach and make sure our family is busy for the entire stay. Great article, Lesli!

  3. Ripley’s Aquarium would be exciting

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