Thinking of taking a trip to South Carolina, but need to know the best places to visit in Myrtle Beach, SC? This town has all of your beach necessities — a boardwalk, amusements, and enough seafood restaurants for you to never eat popcorn shrimp in the same place twice. Myrtle Beach’s is located in the middle of the South Carolina coastline, so you can drive north or south and find a new stretch of beach. This place is well-known for its golf courses, but if you’re looking for attractions besides the putting green, we’ve got you covered, too. Tee up at one of the town’s many mini golf courses or relax on miles of beach. Just don’t forget the sunscreen as you head out to the best places to visit in Myrtle Beach, and check out the top things to do in town.
Elevate your trip by hopping on the skywheel. You’ll be treated to panoramic views of the city and the ocean. You and your crew will be seated in a private gondola and flown over 200 feet in the air. Put your fear of heights aside and fly high above the beach.
Carolina Opry is your source for all things performing arts. Laser shows, Irish dancing, and magic are standard performances with other shows varying by season. If you’re looking for live entertainment, look no further than Carolina Opry.
Of course you came to Myrtle Beach for sun and sand, and Myrtle Beach State Park is your top sunbathing destination. It’s one of the most beautiful spots on our list of the best places to visit in Myrtle Beach. Besides the miles of beach to play on, you can park yourself at the campgrounds or explore the forest along the coast.
Myrtle Beach is no stranger to mini golf, and Mt. Atlanticus ranks among the crème de la crème of the town’s mini golf courses. You can play through the 18-hole Atlantis-inspired course with an all-day pass or a single play pass.
Southern soul cooking meets down-home tunes at House of Blues. You can chow down on Southern favorites while enjoying live music at this venue. You’ll hear rock and country, the perfect stuff to complement your chicken and waffles.
It’s more than just an aquarium. Ripley’s is home to aquatic experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. Sleep with the sharks, encounter a stingray, or even stop by for morning yoga. There’s plenty to do and see at Ripley’s.
The boardwalk has thrills and attractions from the standard to the unexpected. You can find the Hollywood Wax Museum, Skywheel, and enough boardwalk eats to keep your hunger away. Stroll or jog, you’ll be sure to encounter plenty of sights to keep things interesting.
If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air without the smell of sunscreen, drive 15 miles out of Myrtle Beach to Brookgreen Gardens. It’s both a sculpture park and botanical garden and the perfect place for a relaxing stroll away from the beach.
Summer means sunshine, long days, and baseball. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the town’s minor league team and the ideal way to fill an afternoon or evening. Tickets are inexpensive and can often be combined with local attractions for a sweet discount.
The Market Common is your destination for shopping and dining in Myrtle Beach. Most of the options are national chains, but stores that won’t be found in other corners of the town, ideal for rainy days or shoppers looking for fun finds.
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Assistant Editor Ciara is a DC native and East Coast roamer with degrees in both English Professional Writing and Drama & Theatre Studies from Elon University. She's written for a variety of publications including Highway 64, Travel Writing at Elon, and Odyssey. More of her work can be found at ciaracorcoran.com.