Myrtle Beach sits on a manmade island off the coast of South Carolina. Tourists flock here in the thousands due to the miles of white sandy beaches and warm climate. But this charming coastal town has more to offer visitors than just lounging on the beach. Here are six of the best things to do to help you plan your trip to Myrtle Beach.
1. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
Located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach sits the Boardwalk. Just over a mile of activities, restaurants, and shopping attracting thousands of visitors every month. One of the highlights of the Boardwalk is the Family Kingdom Amusement & Water Parks. Two separate parks located across the street from each other.
During the hot summer months cool off on one of the many water slides found in the Water Park. The Amusement Park is great to visit at night after the sun goes down. The park offers over 35 rides for the little one’s all the way up to thrilling coasters for the grown ups. Another great family spot located on the Boardwalk is I Love Sugar, one of the largest candy stores in the country. I Love Sugar has a 16.5-meter (55-foot) wall of candy for every taste and make sure you take a moment to look up at the chandeliers made from over 30,000 Gummy Bears.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
Address: 517 9th Avenue North, 29577 Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone Number: (843) 918-1055
Hours of Operation: The Boardwalk is open 24/7
Ticket Price: Free to walk on the Boardwalk, attraction prices will vary
Website: Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
2. Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
One of the highlights of any trip to Myrtle Beach is the SkyWheel. Almost 60 meters (200 feet) tall, the Ferris Wheel is the second highest in the United States. Day or night, hot or cold, you will enjoy the stunning views in the climate controlled gondolas. Each gondola will comfortably seat up to six people. Located at the North end of the Boardwalk, the SkyWheel offers miles of ocean views in every direction. Make sure you stop by the gift shop and pick up a picture from your ride to preserve the memory for years to come.
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Address: 1110 N Ocean Blvd, 29577 Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone Number: (843) 839-9200
Hours or Operation: Daily 11 a.m. to midnight
Ticket Price: Adults - 14 USD, Children 3 to 11 - 9 USD
Website: Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
3. Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach has everything you could possibly want in one location. The sprawling entertainment complex offers dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions for everyone in the family. During the summer months, Broadway at the Beach hosts Hot Summer Nights.
This event is free to attend and includes vendors, kids activities like face painting and bouncy houses, along with free concerts all wrapped up with a nightly fireworks show. Kids of all ages will enjoy the hands-on experience of the Wonder Works or you can hold a mini golf tournament for the whole family. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous try zip lining across the lake or race your friends at the Broadway Grand Prix boasting 6 different go-kart tracks. To see everything that Broadway at the Beach has to offer, plan on spending more than just one day here.
Broadway at the Beach
Address: 1325 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone Number: (843) 444-3200
Hours of Operation: Daily 10 am - 11 pm
Ticket Prices: Free to visit but ticket prices for attractions will vary.
Website: Broadway at the Beach
4. Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Step out of the heat into the cool feel of the ocean. Ripley’s Aquarium is located at the Broadway at the Beach complex. The two-story aquarium offers ocean life exhibits, live mermaid shows, and glass bottom boat adventures.
Feeling brave? Then try diving with sharks, stingrays, tarpons and the resident sea turtle. The kids will love the Slime Exhibit featuring mudpuppies, banana slugs, and Moray Eels.
Stop by Stingray Bay where you can get up close and personal with the cow nose, spotted eagle, and Southern stingray. Watch while divers hand feed leopard and bonnethead sharks. Ripley’s Aquarium is a must see for the whole family.
Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, 29577 Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone Number: (843) 916-0888
Hours of Operation: Daily 9 am - 10 pm
Ticket Prices: Adults 27.99 USD. Children 17.99 USD
Website: Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
5. GTS Theatre
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Come and experience one of the newest attractions taking Myrtle Beach by storm. The GTS Theatre serves up cabaret style entertainment for the whole family. You won’t just watch the show here but be a part of it.
The cast will interact with audience members throughout the performance. Experience music through the decades with shows like Motor City Musical, a Motown tribute show. Or try the Beach Party honoring the music of the 60’s or Night Fever a 70’s style music tribute. The GTS Theatre is conveniently located south of the airport.
Address: 1220 Port Dr, 29577 Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone Number: (843) 765-4386
Hours of Operation: Shows start nightly at 8 pm
Ticket Prices: Tickets start at 8.95 USD
Website: GTS Theatre
6. Myrtle Beach Safari
Myrtle Beach Safari is situated on 20 hectares (50 acres) of paradise. Come for a visit and meet some of the locals like Bubbles the African Elephant, Ramses, the only resident Cheetah and Hercules, the largest cat in the world. Hercules is a liger, tiger mixed with lion and has won the Guinness Book of Records for largest cat three years in a row.
This magnificent creature weighs in at over 400 kilograms (900 pounds) and measures over 3 meters (11 feet) tall when standing on his hind legs. The Myrtle Beach Safari allows you to interact with wildlife, like tigers and chimpanzees, up close and personal, unlike anywhere else in the world. While exploring the park photographers will shoot video and photographs of your experience to preserve the memories for a lifetime.
Myrtle Beach Safari
Address: 851 Folly Ranch Ln, 29588 Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone Number: (843) 361-4552
Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 9 am
Ticket Prices: Tours start at 299 USD per person
Website: Myrtle Beach Safari
Sharks, stingrays & tigers, oh my
With over 40 kilometers (60 miles) of sugar-sand beaches, Myrtle Beach is a sun worshipper’s paradise. But don’t just spend your days lounging in the sun. Be sure to schedule some time to visit one of the many area attractions to make your vacation something to remember. Whether you choose to ride the coasters or the SkyWheel or get out of the heat and see the marine life up close, there is something for everyone here at the beach.
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