Things to Do in Myrtle Beach
The beach resort town of Myrtle Beach is the focal point of a 60-mile (96.5 kilometer) stretch of seafront dubbed ‘The Grand Strand.’
High-rise condos line the long stretch of beach, with its amusement parks, water parks and souvenir shops. Golfing is a big hit round here, with more than 100 courses to choose from.
Stroll along the Atlantic-front boardwalk to one of the many seafood restaurants, spend a night at the Carolina Opry for sing-along live entertainment, or shop and dine at the huge Broadway at the Beach complex.
Towering 200 feet above the sea in the sunny vacationland of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the SkyWheel is a modern take on your typical Ferris wheel. Riders are whisked above the oceanfront promenade on bench seats in enclosed air conditioned gondolas for views of the piers, ocean and downtown. After twilight, the SkyWheel puts on a mesmerizing display with its one million tiny computer-coordinated LED lights that pinwheel a rainbow of colors through the night sky.
One of the tallest Ferris wheels on the eastern seaboard – and certainly the largest amusement structure on this stretch of the Great Strand – views from the top on clear days reportedly sweep 40 miles in either direction. Some guests have seen dolphins and even whales splashing in the offshore waters from the SkyWheel’s heights. While sea breezes can sometimes rock cages, an intercom button in each enclosure allows communication with controllers in case you need to get off the ride early.
Each of the 42 gondolas were constructed with slanted glass so riders can snap reflection-free photos of the surrounding scenery. A general admission ticket affords a ride lasting three slow revolutions – around 10 minutes. And one VIP gondola allows riders to skip the queue and enjoy enhanced features – double the ride time, cushioned leather seats and a glass floor affording 360-degree views.
Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach borders the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its vaulted underwater walkways, large tanks filled with colorful sea creatures, and live shark-feeding shows. Set in the Broadway-at-the-Beach shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, the aquarium features exhibits for visitors of all ages.
Situated on a 300-acre (121-hectare) expanse within a larger South Carolina coastal preserve, Brookgreen Gardens was the nation’s first public sculpture garden when it opened in 1931. Today the National Historic Landmark is an oasis of native flora and fauna, including 250-year-old live oaks, and more than 2,000 sculptures.
The Hollywood Wax Museum is a staple attraction near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Spend a few hours out of the sun and snap photos with realistic wax depictions of your favorite celebs—everyone from Princess Di to Jackie Chan is represented. Kids particularly love the Hollywood Wax Museum, a long-standing family favorite at Myrtle Beach.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park is South Carolina’s only beachfront amusement park, featuring more than 35 attractions—from kiddie rides to thrill rides—for the whole family to enjoy. Just minutes from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, the park is mere steps from the beach, so you can roll in the sand and then rollick on a roller coaster.
WonderWorks Myrtle Beach is an amusement park with more than 100 interactive exhibits to engage your mind and imagination. Built in an upside-down “top-secret laboratory” that was mysteriously transported from Bermuda to Myrtle Beach, this family-friendly park features six wonder zones, laser tag, a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, and a 6D motion ride.
Located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Broadway at the Beach is a popular outdoor shopping and entertainment center. Home to theaters, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, amusement parks, and more than 100 specialty shops, the complex has options for travelers of all ages and interests.
Medieval Times Myrtle Beach offers families a dining and entertainment experience that’s unlike any other. The jaw-dropping night of live performances transports guests back in time to an era when knights battled for the affection of the princess and kings and queens ruled the land.
Admission to the show includes a hearty meal that’s fit for a king and a top-notch seat right up close to the action. A thrilling dinner theater performance takes place live on stage, complete with sword fights between armored knights, jousting on horseback and falcons taking flight. It’s an experience that’s perfect for the entire family and is guaranteed to be a dinner to remember!
A variety of ticket packages are available for families, with options to include VIP first row seating and framed photos, priority castle access and even VIP birthday seating.
The Carolina Opry, the first theater in Myrtle Beach, hosts a variety of daily performances that blends family-friendly music, dance, and comedy in a state-of-the-art space. The Carolina Opry holds many concerts and shows during the year, has been named a Top Attraction in Myrtle Beach by CNBC, and has received the coveted Governor’s Cup.
Hard Rock Café Myrtle Beach is home to classic American fare, music memorabilia and plenty of good times in a truly tropical location.
Visitors who venture to this Celebrity Circle staple in the heart of the Broadway Beach shopping complex will find strong drinks, a mouth-watering food menu, live music and more. Personal effects from big name stars decorate the towering walls of this establishment and provide the perfect backdrop to performances by both local and global artists.
Hard Rock Café Myrtle Beach is perfect for families with small children (thanks, in part, to several menus to meet even the pickiest taste buds). And its prime location offers travelers a place to kick back and relax after a long day of shopping or catching some sun at the beach.
More Things to Do in Myrtle Beach
One of the last bastions of undeveloped raw wilderness along the beautiful South Carolina coast, Myrtle Beach State Park is where you can explore the abundant beauty of this place without feeling the encroachment of all-forward progress. The 312-acre park encompasses some of the best surf-fishing and beach-side camping in all of South Carolina, as well as some surprisingly green nature trails. Enjoy the wide white sand beach of the Grand Strand, try to spot loggerhead sea turtles or hike the lowland maritime forests searching out freshwater pools on your way to a picnic. Camping adventures and nature trails both stem from the Nature Education Center where you can get a sneak peak at the local wildlife.
Myrtle Waves Water Park pumps some 1.2 million gallons of water daily through churning wave pools, meandering rapids, super slides, and calming raft rides, perfect for cooling down during the hot South Carolina summer. The state’s largest water park features more than 30 attractions catering to both thrill seekers and the tiniest visitors.
The Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach is 60 odd miles of Atlantic coastline that’s ever-changing business-lined boardwalk and spectacular beach sunsets ensure fresh visitors year after year. Filled with restaurants, carnival games, souvenir shops and the occasional beach-side pub – the Grand Strand’s seemingly never-ending stretch of beach is one of the main attractions in South Carolina. Making the most of both the ocean and the available greenery, you’ll find plenty of golf courses, beach-side resorts, and amusement parks along the Grand Strand, as well as icons like the Springmaid Pier and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade.
Perched on the northern end of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach offers a relaxing place to enjoy the beauty of South Carolina coastal living. Many come here to learn how to surf thanks to the long slow-rolling breakers, while others come for the shopping, dining, and live entertainment at Barefoot Landing.
A stroll around South Carolina’s Barefoot Landing on the Waterway is an ideal way to spend an evening in North Myrtle Beach. With more than 100 shops and restaurants, there’s a tantalizing variety of sundries, souvenirs, and sustenance. There’s also an alligator park, a 7-D cinema, a live tiger attraction, and a lovely view of the riverfront.
Thrill seekers and adrenaline fanatics enjoy Ripley's Haunted Adventure Laser Strike, which combines the spookiness of a haunted house with the thrills of laser tag. With tickets to this live action haunted experience, you can shoot zombies, run from monsters, and try and keep your cool in the dark. Expect to hear some screams as you go.
Don't miss the chance to wander the quirky LED-lit hall of mirrors at Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze in Myrtle Beach for a few minutes of baffling fun. This kid-friendly labyrinth is located right on Ocean Boulevard, steps from the boardwalk, making it a great detour for an entertaining adventure.