Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a great place to visit if you are looking for multiple vacations in one! You can visit the beach in the morning and then head out to all of the attractions in the afternoon. There are so many fun and exciting things to do in Myrtle Beach, SC.
You’ll find amusement parks, beaches, state parks, golf courses, restaurants and more! In this post we will show you a bunch of those awesome things to do on your trip to Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach does a great job of keeping the historic feel to it, there are great things they are continuing to do in Myrtle Beach. It isn’t overrun with chain stores or hotels, but instead has a really local vibe to it and can feel like you are stepping back in time!
Table of Contents
- Map Of Attractions:
- Nature Activities
Here is a map of the overall area along with hotels:
Ripley’s Aquarium Of Myrtle Beach
The aquarium is on the smaller size, but it is well worth a visit. The Shark tunnel is amazing!! You walk through a tunnel with sharks swimming over you and next to you.
It is a little scary, but also really, really cool. We went through it multiple times.
They also have a touch tank which our kids always enjoy along with a variety of other hands-on activities that the kids could do.
The rest of the aquarium has a variety of different fish to look at and a huge tank filled with hundreds of fish to just stare at. One of our favorite places was the sting ray tank. We could have sat for hours and just watched them swim around.
The last thing we did was feed the manta rays. You pay a couple dollars and get a few pieces of fish that you can feed the manta rays with on a stick that you put into the tank.
If you take your time walking around and really taking everything in you can spend a good 2 hours here exploring.
Ripley’s Believe It Not
The name says it all. You will be amazed and shocked by what you find in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not located on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Lots of hands on things to do and interesting things to look at. It will be an interesting day when you explore this odditorium.
Check out these additional Ripley’s Myrtle Beach Attractions:
Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater – 3D glasses, plus seats that move and special effects!
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure – Laser Strike (may be a bit scary for younger children!) – An intense laser battle with monsters and zombies! Ages 8 and up.
Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze – Led lights make this Mirror Maze even more challenging for the younger crowd!
Legends In Concert
Legends In Concert is an amazing show where you can see imitations of some of the best in the music industry. The show is very upbeat and entertaining and would work out well for kids too.
Are you or your kids into celebrities? Then the Hollywood Wax museum should be on your list! Take your pictures with all sorts of “celebrities”.
Buy the combo ticket and you can head over to the Mirror Maze and interactive Zombie apocalypse challenge located in the same building.
Take a ferris wheel ride on the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel and look out over Myrtle Beach and the ocean inside your own private gondola reaching up to 20 stories high. If you want to upgrade your seat you can even get a gondola with a glass-bottom floor and leather seats.
When you look at this building from the outside you are not sure what to expect . . .then you go inside and WOW! There are so many cool things to do and a lot of things you wouldn’t even think of. It is an indoor amusement park with hands on exhibits.
They have a ropes course, an entire floor dedicated to sports, thrilling rides (our kids were too short), a TON of hands on things. We really didn’t know what to expect and thought this might just be a quick walkthrough, but we were wrong.
They have a bubble area where you can make HUGE bubbles. A giant Wonder Brite wall, a bed of nails you lay on, a celebrity look alike machine. And all sorts of optical illusion things to try.
If you visit Myrtle Beach when it is cooler out or on a rainy day, this is the place to be. Or if you are looking to get out of the heat of summer, head to WonderWorks and spend the day playing!
Myrtle Waves Water Park
Head to the water park to cool off and enjoy the beautiful weather. This is the largest waterpark in South Carolina and has 22 water slides! Plus a wave pool and lazy river. A water park in the summer is a great family activity.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
A beach front amusement park that has more than 38 thrilling rides including roller coasters. With rides that are good for younger kids and older kids. Plus entertainment and arcade games.
Splashes Oceanfront Water Park
If it is a hot day in the Myrtle Beach area then head out to a water park. Splashes is located right across the street from the Family Kingdom Amusement Park with views of the beach. It has water slides and a lazy river. Your kids will thank you for taking them here!
Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park
There’s something for everyone at Broadway Grad Prix Family Racepark! Located across from Broadway on the Beach, this race park offers a kid zone, as well as bumper cars, go-kart tracks and a miniature golf course. Hours of fun for everyone!
The Carolina Opry
If you are interested in catching some live shows in the area, check out the Carolina Opry! There is something of interest for all age groups from live music and dancing, to comedy, magic and more at the Carolina Opry!
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Party Boat Deep Sea Fishing
Spend 8 hours on the Inlet Princess fishing in the deep water where the big fish are! Fishing gear and fishing licenses are included. Get ready for a fun and exciting fishing experience!
Note the ship only goes out on Wednesdays so book now so you get a spot.
If you are a mini golfer then you have found your vacation place. Myrtle Beach is filled with mini golf courses from Jungle theme to Pirate theme and several in between. You could spend all day hitting all of the mini golf courses!
Have a need for speed?! Rent Jet Ski’s by the hour for 1-8 hours of fun. If you have kids with you then have them ride on a Jet Ski with you. They have 3 person jet ski’s available for rent.
Looking to get out on the water and see some dolphins?! Myrtle Beach has you covered with a variety of different Dolphin Cruise options:
Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise – take a speedboat out to find Dolphins! They are so sure you will see dolphins that if you don’t, they give you a free ride in the future to try again.
Dolphin Adventure Cruise – Get on a 90 foot boat that takes you out to find dolphins and more. You will follow a fishing boat that helps to attract dolphins and even sharks, so be on the look out.
Parasailing is such a fun way to get up high out over the water and take in the views all around you. 3 people can go up at a time, which is perfect if you have younger kids that have never done it before. But note you must be 42 inches to participate.
Pontoon Boat Rental
Want to spend the day on the water? A Pontoon boat is the perfect option. We love taking a boat out with our family to check out the area from the water.
Pack a cooler and have a picnic lunch while you hang out in the Pontoon. Then anchor it and enjoy jumping from the boat and going for a swim.
Banana Boat Rides
Banana Boat Rides are another great water activity for kids or teens! Up to 6 riders can bounce along behind a boat on a giant inflatable banana! This looks like a quick activity that would be a lot of fun and laughs all around.
Zip Line and Ropes Course
This Zip Line and Ropes Adventure Course is set lower to the ground than your traditional Zip Line, for kids and those who struggle with heights. There are multiple ziplines and rope courses and obstacles to climb on, up and through! Suitable for the whole family as long as children are taller that 3 feet 3 inches.
Broadway at the Beach
If you are looking for somewhere to walk around and do some shopping and restaurant hopping, this is the place for you. Broadway at the Beach has a variety of restaurants from the Hard Rock to Margaritaville to Joe’s Crab Shake and Paula Deen’s.
When you are here be sure to stop at River Street Sweets for a FREE Praline sample – yummy!
Broadway at the Beach is also where you are going to find a lot of the attractions in Myrtle Beach that we listed above. It really is a one stop shop for tons of fun while you are here.
A waterfront mall with shops, restaurants, entertainment and attractions (including alligator adventure!) It is located in the North Myrtle Beach area.
Looking for more attraction ideas click here to see a list of all attractions in Myrtle Beach.
Ranger Led Program
Check the schedule at the State Park to see if they have any Ranger Led Programs going on. We visited the Bee class to learn about the local honey bees and it was super interesting and well run.
Nature Center and Activity Center
Part of the state park where you can come to learn more about the area. The buildings are not always open so be sure to ask when you come into the park or check online to see when they are open.
Myrtle Beach State Park
You have to set at least one day aside to just hang out at the beach and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean! The Myrtle Beach State Park is a great place to hang out at the beach. They also have a nice pier that you can walk out onto or fish from.
The beach is part of the Grand Strand – which is a large stretch of beach on the east coast that runs uninterrupted for more than 60 miles. If you are looking for a restaurant in the area check out the Market Common.
If you are ready to get away from all the craziness of amusement parks and attractions on your Myrtle Beach Vacation, then Murrells Inlet is the place to go. There is a half-mile-long Marsh Walk and places to watch the fishing boats come in.
This area was once the lair of the pirate Blackbeard! And there are pirate-theme boat tours available that bring this history and adventure to life.
If you are looking to explore both the beauty and history of Myrtle Beach, you can’t go wrong with Brookgreen Gardens. The Price of admission includes the 9,127 acre park encompassing the Botanical Gardens, Sculpture Gardens, Lowcountry Zoo and Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve. You can easily spend hours exploring each area of the gardens.
Check the website for upcoming events and tours including pontoon boat and trekking excursions that give you a guided tour of the area!
2nd Avenue Pier
A historic Pier in Myrtle Beach that has been a centerpiece of historic downtown Myrtle beach since the 1930’s. You can fish from the pier or eat at the Pier House and enjoy the views.
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
A lot of the water activities above (jet skis, pontoon boat rental, etc.) can be done on the Intracoastal waterway as well, and it may just be interesting to take a look. The waterway is supposed to be very beautiful in southern Myrtle Beach.
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The Donut Man
When you are here do yourself a favor and go to The Donut Man for super delicious donuts. Actually go two or maybe three times. Yes, they are that good and aren’t super expensive.
River City Cafe
A great restaurant to go to with kids. The prices are right and the atmosphere is super laid back with peanuts to snack on while you wait and fun bright colors and decorations everywhere.
Myrtle Beach State Park
We stayed at the beautiful Myrtle Beach State Park campground. It was well treed and there were sites that had a lot of room around them. We always like the vibe of the State Parks so if you are looking to include nature in your stay this is the place to go.
There are plenty of sites with water and electric as well as several with full hookups. They also have a very well stocked convenience store/gift shop.
Pirate Land Family Camping Resort
Friends of ours love staying at the Pirate Land Family Camping Resort. Located on the beach with a large pool and wave pool it definitely seems like a fun place to stay!
If you don’t have an RV, you can rent one for your trip! Check it out here!
The majority of the hotels are located along Ocean Boulevard. There is a large selection of hotels with the older hotels being located in the historic Myrtle Beach area and the newer chain hotels are located further north.
This hotel is located closer to the Myrtle Beach State Park so it is south of most of the attractions in town. It is a 4 star hotel on the beach.
A 3 star hotel located in the middle of downtown Myrtle Beach. Family friendly with indoor and outdoor pools. Including a lazy river.
If you want to be in the middle of shopping and the attractions (and not right by the beach) then this is the place for you. It is located right at Broadway At The Beach. It is a 3 star hotel.
Located north of downtown Myrtle Beach. This beautiful 4 star resort is where you want to go if you are looking for more luxury and relaxation.
What more hotel options? Check out all of the Myrtle Beach hotel options here.
If you want a homier feel, check out some of these great Myrtle Beach Cottages:
Gulfstream Cottage – Just 1 block from the beach!
Carolina Cottage – 1 mile from the Beach and a few miles from Myrtle Beach Strip!
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