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 a Myrtle Beach vacation, South Carolina. From miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches to entertaining shows and attractions, the Grand Strand is affordable and tons of fun. Here are 29 of our picks for the top things to do in Myrtle Beach.
Have you considered renting an RV for your Myrtle Beach trip? You can have one delivered and waiting for you when you arrive…or select one that you can drive from beach to beach. It’s your own rolling luxury hotel room – without all the packing and repacking!
Wake up to sunrises on the water, just steps away from your front door. You can make your own meals (eat healthy & save money) and haul all your beach gear without issue. Virtual-school breaks? Quick conference call while the kids build sandcastles? No Problem!
Whether you want to drive your rig on a road trip or have it set up and waiting on you, RVShare is the ideal place to rent from! Check out a few options and see what is possible!
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!!
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!
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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.
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!
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.
Visit The Market Common
The Market Common is a growing community with unique boutiques, cool restaurants, bowling, movies, a day spa and exciting family events all year round.
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.
- Sea Thunder is one of the more popular family dolphin cruises, at just under 2 hours. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
- The Hurricane II is a larger boat for your dolphin cruise, and likes to linger near the shrimp boats to attract the dolphins. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
- Sea Screamer is the way to see dolphin if you're looking for speedy boat rides! Guaranteed dolphin sightings. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 live music. 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.
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.
Where To Stay in Myrtle Beach
Luxury 1-bedroom feels like a NYC apartment, except that you've got an impeccable view of the water from the 21st floor. Open-concept, newly rennovated.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $60/night · Rental Info
Great for Families
This modern home is made for families. Sits in a quiet neighborhood near the beach. In the evenings, enjoy streaming & game systems including PS4 & Xbox, arcade, foosball & pinball. Snacks, you say? There is also a Keurig coffee maker, espresso machine, smart toaster oven, waffle iron, food processor, and popcorn maker. Use the beach gear, too!
Details: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1 bath · $152/night · Rental Info
Forget elevators and lobbies...this home is a true beachfront property with its own walkway to the beautiful sand. There are 10 homes in this community and they all share a pool, if you need a break from the ocean.
Details: 14 guests · 4 bedrooms · 7 beds · 4 baths · $198/night · Rental Info
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