Obviously, the main reason you are going to Myrtle Beach is for the amazing shoreline! The Boardwalk and Promenade opened in 2010 and runs 1.2 miles along the gorgeous beaches of South Carolina. For both children and adults, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade is a marvelous place to explore and has two sections: 14th Avenue North Pier to Plyler Park, and Plyler Park to 8th Avenue North. Enjoy stores, natural landscaping, and a weekly fireworks display that takes place at the 2nd Avenue Pier.
Known to some as the “Grand Stand,” the Carolina Opry is a place for musical and theatrical productions set to classic tunes. Each performance is a unique display of musical, comedic, and other talent, including acts from “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol.” If you find yourself in South Carolina during the winter months, be sure to check out the Christmas specials happening at the Carolina Opry regularly. There is also a laser light show set to rock tunes.
When you go to Carolina Opry, don’t forget to stop next door to check out Dolly Parton’s “Pirates Voyage,” a place where dinner comes with a daring pirate-themed show. You can watch the Sapphire and Crimson pirate crews battle it out over a hearty meal. Aside from acrobatics and choreographed fight scenes, you can watch comedy and contests. Audience members are also invited to participate. While you can buy tickets at the door, it is highly recommended that you book your seats in advance and arrive early—because seating is done first-come, first-serve.
You will find Broadway at the Beach on Celebrity Circle. Consider this the entertainment epicentre of Myrtle Beach. There are 100 speciality shops, more the 20 restaurants, 3 theatres, and other attractions include Old Tyme Portraits, Ripley’s Aquarium, Hollywood Wax Museum, Backstage Mirror Maze, Vault Laser Maze, Fantasy Golf, and even the Legends in Concert, a tribute show to beloved American celebrities. On warm days, you can walk the Broadway bridges over the waterway or take a paddle-boat tour beneath the bridges.
Similar to the design of Broadway at the Beach is another expansive shopping centre called “Barefoot Landing.” Here you find another impressive selection of stores that have things like apparel and jewelry, as well as attractions like Mirror Maze, T.I.G.E.R.S/Preservation Station, and Alligator Adventure. At night, you can join in on the Myrtle Beach Ghost Walk, where you learned about pirate legends; or for a more light-hearted evening, visit the Alabama Theater or House of Blues.
One of the most coveted features of Myrtle Beach is the vibrant SkyWheel—a 187 foot tall Ferris wheel on North Ocean Boulevard, right next to the popular Landshark Bar and Grill. Having opened in 2011, the SkyWheel attracts people from all over to ride in one of the six-people gondolas. The ride lasts for 3 revolutions and gives you a wonderful view of the city and ocean. There is also a VIP experience that might be worth the splurge—particularly if you have a thing for leather seats and glass floors.
Seeking some South Carolinian nature? Head to Brookgreen Gardens. Not only is there a number of artistic sculptures decorating the grounds, but you can see alligators, osprey, and other types of native waterfowl. There is a Civil War fort on the property for those who love history and the Oaks Plantation and cemetery, where the Alston family—a once prominent group of aristocrats—are buried. If that doesn’t appeal to you, there’s also a pontoon boat cruise.
There is a lot to see and do at Ripley’s Aquarium. Study coral reefs, get up close with marine life, touch stingrays, dive with sharks, or ride a glass bottomed boat. The largest and most popular display, however, is the Dangerous Reef, where you move along a 340 foot long glide-path and can see hundreds of mesmerizing marine life. There are also interactive displays, an educational centre, and playground for children of all ages to learn more about sea life and the Amazon Rainforest.
Ready for the ultimate thrill? Bring the kids and kids at heart to Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Here, children and adults can ride on 37 attractions. Though the park opened in 1966, the rides are well maintained and exciting. Admission to the park itself is completely free. You simply pay for the ticket price of every individual ride. Also for free in the park are entertainers who make balloon animals, paint faces, and do magic tricks. For those who love wooden roller coasters, check out Swamp Fox.
South Carolina’s largest water park is known as Myrtle Waves, and it might just become your favorite water park of all time. Over 1 million gallons of water are used to power more than 20 acres of water rides and slides. If you’re looking to scream, try thrill rides like King Cobra shoot on Snake Mountain, Night Flight, and Turbo Twisters. People seeking tamer rides can enjoy the lazy river and other options. Simply put, if you want to cool down and have a blast, Myrtle Waves Water Park is it.