Sitting on the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is the state’s foremost tourist attraction and offers a plethora of options for holidaymakers from within and outside the Palmetto State. A particularly strong draw for families, the city resort offers a lengthy boardwalk lined with shopping options and dining spots that will be popular with all generations, while other diversions include a large number of celebrity-designed golf courses and amusement parks. Among the latter, thrill-seekers will be delighted to try the SkyWheel, the largest ferris wheel in the state and one of the largest in the entire country. Take the chance to visit, and pick from our list below the top attractions in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. You won’t regret it!
No matter what time of year you visit, Ripley’s Aquarium is a fun-filled stop-off for all the family and is open 365 days a year. Here you will get to take a close look at all the most interesting creatures of the deep, from venomous jellyfish to the most colorful tropical fish. An experience that will astound and inform in equal measure, this is one of those attractions that doesn’t make you choose between education and entertainment: there’s plenty of both to go around.
Skip the Line: Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach Admission Ticket
Duration 1 to 3 hours
As the name suggests, this is an attraction that takes you back in time to the medieval days, when chivalry was more than just a word - it was a code to live by. Here you will have the chance to marvel at virtuoso displays of falconry, witness classic jousting tournaments, and enjoy a hearty, four-course, medieval-style meal (don’t worry, 21st-century standards of food hygiene still apply!). A perfect slice of family entertainment, you’ll laugh, cheer, boo and have the time of your life in a majestic castle setting.
Myrtle Beach Medieval Times Tickets with Dinner and Tournament
Duration 2 hours
The one thing you are always guaranteed with a Hard Rock Cafe is a good time, with tasty food and a chilled atmosphere. The Myrtle Beach version of the chain is no different, with plenty of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, good music and a simple, diverse menu filled with burgers, steaks, veggie options and a galaxy of side dishes and desserts which will have you singing a happy tune all day long. With a tour voucher, you won’t need to wait in line either - you’ll be whisked, rockstar-style, to your priority seating.
Myrtle Beach Hard Rock Cafe, Prix-Fixe 2- or 3-Course Meal
Duration 2 hours
Myrtle Beach’s premier celebrity attraction, the Hollywood Wax Museum allows you to rub shoulders with all your favorite stars - and even get a picture with them - without having to run the gauntlet of bodyguards and screaming crowds. The extremely lifelike waxworks are highly accessible - not roped off like they are in a lot of similar museums - and there are additional attractions including the “Outbreak” Haunted House and the Hall of Mirrors, where your mission is to brave the 288 turns and rescue Princess Hannah.
Myrtle Beach Hollywood Wax Museum and Entertainment Center
Duration 3 hours
Ripley’s - those trusty curators of the strange and unbelievable - have been running their Odditorium museums for just over a century. Here in Myrtle Beach, you’ll have the chance to witness things you wouldn’t have thought possible. You can check your height against the tallest person in the world, gaze in wonder at a six-legged pig and even view authentic shrunken heads. It might not be exactly where you want to go for a quiet, pensive couple of hours, but if you like to be amazed, you’ll love a visit to the Odditorium.
Skip the Line: Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium Museum Ticket
Duration 1 to 3 hours
This theatre adds a little extra to the movie-going experience by putting you and your family right at the heart of things. Using a system of motion seats, you can find yourself literally in the middle of an adventure featuring Wile E Coyote and the Road Runner, the famous Angry Birds, and much more besides. Using the latest digital technology to make the scenes come to life, this is an attraction that will be the highlight of any holiday.
Ripley's 5D Moving Theater in Myrtle Beach
Duration 1 to 3 hours
This attraction will certainly appeal to anyone who loves the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. World Champion Elvis impersonator Alex J Mitchell will take you through a show filled with the legend’s greatest hits, leaving the audience 'All Shook Up’ and screaming for more. To avoid a stint at Heartbreak Hotel you’ll need to book early, as the shows fill up quickly, so you could say 'It’s Now Or Never’. This is a show that may appeal more to the oldies than the youngsters, but if you fall into the former group, brush off your 'Blue Suede Shoes’ for an experience you’ll love.
Elvis Live Tribute
Duration 2 hours
8. Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
The famed SkyWheel stands at a vertiginous 200 feet (60 meters) and is one of the tallest ferris wheels in America. On a clear day, views from the top can extend up to 40 miles (64 km) in all directions. The wheel is adorned with multi-colored LED lights that turn it into a rainbow-colored marvel as night falls, and 42 gondolas - each of which can accommodate six passengers. You can even pay a little extra for the VIP gondola, with plush leather seats and a glass floor, offering better views - plus, at 20 minutes, you’ll get double the ride time that other passengers enjoy.
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Address: 1110 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Website: Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Opening hours: 11:00 - 19:00 daily
Price: 14 USD for adults, 9 USD for kids
While you’re in Myrtle Beach, you really owe it to yourself to experience Broadway at the Beach. Not so much a single attraction, this boardwalk is an entertainment hub featuring just about everything you could want from your seaside holiday. Dozens of restaurants and cafes, attractions from the weird to the wonderful, the resort’s best shops, and fairground rides aplenty mean that this is the place to be when you’re on South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast. Aim to spend most of your holiday here, with occasional day trips to different attractions, and you won’t go far wrong!
Legends in Concert Myrtle Beach Admission
Duration 2 hours 10 minutes
This peculiar attraction will appeal to the curious nature of young and old guests alike, and will have you scratching your head from the moment you see the exterior. They’ve taken the usual scientific exhibits and - literally - turned them on their head (as you’ll see from the upside-down building you enter). Exhibits inside include simulated natural disasters, an anti-gravity chamber, and an enthralling 6-D thrill ride that takes you through three different scenarios.
WonderWorks Myrtle Beach All Access Admission
Marvellous Myrtle Beach is a thrill for everyone
Most seaside towns in the US have their seafront experiences, but Myrtle Beach takes it all to the next level with fun museums, excellent rides and plenty of places to get a good meal for an affordable price. Take the chance to holiday here and you’ll experience a non-stop thrill-ride which will leave you in no doubt that this is a holiday worth taking!
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