Must-Visit Myrtle Beach Attractions
For many, the reason for visiting Myrtle Beach is a no-brainer: the beach. It’s so self-explanatory it’s in the name of the seaside town. But what is there to do when sand in your swim trunks gets old? Well, there’s plenty of great attractions and places to visit throughout Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand that will keep you busy. And if you’re unsure of some of the top attractions, we’ve got you covered.
Look no further than the must-visit attractions in Myrtle Beach–and the Grand Strand–below. And be sure to visit the attractions page for more other must-see and must-do activities along the beach!
Sea Captain’s House
Maybe the most decorated restaurant in Myrtle Beach, Sea Captain’s House has provided delicious food with a beautiful, ocean-front view for over 50 years. As you walk into the former seaside cottage, you’re immediately surrounded by southern hospitality and wall-to-wall decoration of seaside memorabilia. And every seat in the restaurant provides amazing views of the crashing waves hitting the shoreline as you dine on some of the best seafood that Myrtle Beach can offer.
House of Blues
The House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach offers plenty of entertainment for everyone, including national touring bands and entertaining theater shows. Don’t miss the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre where everyone is a suspect. But the House of Blues doesn’t just offer stunning performances, they also have the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, featuring tons of delicious foods like St. Louis Ribs and Shrimp & Grits. And be sure to get their Sunday morning for the World Famous Gospel Brunch featuring fantastic food and live gospel music. Check out our events page for more dates and concerts coming up!
Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet offers visitors beautiful views of one of the premiere gardens in America with dozens of sculpted statues, blooming and colorful flowers and a zoo featuring the exotic wildlife of South Carolina. There’s no question that the 1,600 acre cultural center is such a premiere destination for visitors and locals year-round on the Grand Strand. The gardens also features boat rides, back-road excursions and a butterfly house! And during the summer the gardens stay open later for Cool Summer Evenings where live entertainment, family fun and pirate excursions combine with the beautiful landscape.
$1 Off Admission to Brookgreen Gardens
Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park sits right across from Brookgreen Gardens and offers guests tons of scenic attractions. Camp, sight-see, relax at the beach, walk along the park’s freshwater lake or get the opportunity to see some of South Carolina’s endangered plant and animals up close. You can even tour Atalaya, the winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, which sits right next to the beach and is home to the annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. And if you’re just looking to avoid the beach crowds around Myrtle Beach, then heading to Huntington Beach State Park is a great idea.
Dave & Buster’s
New to the area is Dave & Buster’s, the premiere dining and gaming experience. The new neighbors of The Avenue at Broadway at the Beach features hundreds of arcade games and delicious food and drinks, including plenty of special offers and coupons, like free game-play opportunities, happy hour specials and local events, to make your visit that much better. Weekday specials include Eat and Play Combos, Half Price Games Wednesdays and Military Discounts. It’s really THE spot to watch the big game while eating great food, fantastic drinks and letting out your inner child while playing arcade games.
Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park
If you’re looking to leave your competitors in the dust, look no further than Broadway Grand Prix in Myrtle Beach, just across from Broadway at the Beach. Show off your racing skills on seven different go-kart tracks, including a Junior, Kids and Family Tracks. And the awesomeness doesn’t stop on the track; there’s also two 18-hole mini golf courses, a 20,000 square foot arcade, amusement rides, and a Kid-Zone featuring multiple rides for the little ones.
Myrtle Beach Speedway
There’s only one speed limit at Myrtle Beach Speedway, and that’s fast. If you need an adrenaline fix, look no further than the Qualifier racing experience where drivers are obligated to take attend a driver’s meeting and training, among other qualifications, and are then put to the test on the track with a timed racing session in a real NASCAR race car. If you prefer to ride as a navigator, Myrtle Beach Speedway also offers pace car and NASCAR ride alongs. The speedway also includes other racing opportunities as well as sales for some experiences.
It’s now the only ocean-front amusement park in Myrtle Beach with more than 35 rides including rollercoasters, log rides, go karts, a Ferris wheel and a waterpark with mini golf. Family Kingdom really has just about everything you could ask for in a seaside amusement park. They even offer special deals through their website.
Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure
Escape the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach and head to the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex for a great time in the trees at Go Ape Zipline & Treetop Adventure. Guests are invited to navigate in-between five treetop obstacle course sections and 40 crossings, including two Tarzan swings and a Zigzag bridge, as you reach up to 60 feet above ground and travel across 3,534 feet of ropes course awesomeness! There’s also a junior course featuring just as much fun but lower to the ground and with a shorter course.
Shark Wake Park
If you’re a thrill seeker or you just want to spend time having fun with the family, there may be no better place than Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach. The park, which is great for both beginners and pros, offers a cable wakeboarding system that allows anyone 10 years or older (ages under 10 are also able to have some fun, but must take a cable safety lesson before riding) the opportunity to create their own moves on the ramps throughout the park. The park also offers a 1-acre inflatable aqua park that is divided by levels of difficulty.
Myrtle Beach Skywheel
The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel has become the somewhat an unofficial symbol of Myrtle Beach, so it’s no surprise that the SkyWheel is on this list. Open all year long, get some of the best sights of Myrtle Beach as you float above 20 stories right next to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Regarded as the “Reptile Capital of the World,” Alligator Adventure is the closest thing to a zoo that Myrtle Beach has to offer and it does a fantastic job at immersing guests into the lives and surroundings of its inhabitants. If you ever wanted to sit eye-to-eye with a giant snake or get the opportunity to pet a live alligator or even watch a live alligator feeding.
The only aquarium in Myrtle Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium continues to add new exhibits, including the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure and Planet Jellies while bringing in crowds all year round. If you want a once-in-a-life experience, get up close and personal with stingrays or dive with the sharks. Ripley’s also offers behind-the-scenes tours for visitors.
WonderWorks Myrtle Beach
That upside down structure you see when passing Broadway at the Beach wasn’t an accident; it’s WonderWorks, an “amusement park for the mind” that offers guests a mix of entertainment and education in 50,000 square feet of hands on exhibits and challenges, including exhibits on space exploration, natural disasters and light and sound. WonderWorks also offers an indoor ropes challenge, laser tag and a 6D motion ride! And you can save $2 on all online orders.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Baseball is THE summer sport and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are here to get your baseball fix. Visiting Pelicans Ballpark should be near the top of any visitor’s list during your spring or summer vacation. Not only are the Pelicans defending two-time Carolina League champions but the ballpark offers tons of giveaways, pre-game autograph sessions, special promotions and so much more throughout the season. The park is also infamous for its setting of the television show Eastbound & Down. Be sure to check out the events page for more details on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ schedule.
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