The Perfect Day in Myrtle Beach
Some people might not know this, but even a single day in Myrtle Beach can go a long way towards restoring your mind to proper working order.
Maybe you need an escape from day-to-day life, but only have a short window to work with. Or maybe you’re here for the week but only plan to venture away from the ocean on one of the days.
By now, the word is out that the Grand Strand is full of Instagram-worthy sights, award-winning restaurants, exciting attractions, top-ranked golf courses, and a beach beautiful enough to Facebook about. But with so many options, how could anyone manage to come up with an itinerary for the perfect day? Well, that’s where we come in.
Whatever your situation is, have a look at what we consider to be a Perfect Day in Myrtle Beach and start planning your summer trip to the beach.
The Perfect Day in Myrtle Beach
If you're just making a quick day trip to Myrtle Beach or you're on a business trip and only have a day to explore, here's the perfect guide for a perfect day at the beach!
Take A Walk
The Grand Strand is a great walking area, with numerous places that are suitable for a morning stroll. Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, and The Market Common are each built on or adjacent to a lake, and the crowds don’t really start packing these places until after lunch. So take advantage of the relative calm and check out the specialty shops at three of South Carolina’s most popular attractions.
Enjoy a great Breakfast
If the morning stroll has left you a little hungry, head over to Croissants Bistro & Bakery to find out why locals continue to pack the place for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Morning favorites include items like Crab Cake Benedict, Bananas Foster French Toast, a Ham, Herb, & Brie Omelet, and the Pennsylvania Dutch Style Pancakes. For something a little more scenic and equally delicious, get a tables at Sea Captains House and enjoy a Seasonal Fruit Crepe, Brioche Bread Pudding, or Steak and Eggs, and, of course, a great view of the Atlantic.
You can explore as much or as little as you like, whether that means wandering around the gardens until you drop, or finding that perfect scenic spot and relaxing in the shade. Brookgreen also hosts several special events each week, including educational forums, boat rides on the river, and cooking classes.
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Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Take in the sights at one of the most beautiful areas on the Grand Strand with a stroll on this marsh-front walkway. Afterwards, grab an appetizer or late lunch at one of the great restaurants in the area and chat it up with some fellow diners.
Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park
If you’re feeling like getting a little bit revved up after lunch, head to this go-kart haven for a few laps behind the wheel of a super-fun vehicle. A perfect day in Myrtle Beach should involve taking your mind completely away from whatever it is that you left at home, and Broadway Gran Prix offers seven race tracks, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, a rock-climbing wall, arcade, and an exhilarating Sky Coaster.
Play a round of golf
Some golfers prefer to tee it up in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat. But this is Myrtle Beach, and the summer sun should be embraced, not avoided. Also, cheaper rates are available in the p.m., and courses are often much less crowded. Our perfect round would end just in time for a shower before heading out to dinner, and would involve several birdies and maybe even an eagle.
A Delicious Dinner
With hundreds of options for a good meal, how does anyone decide where to go? Whether you’re on the hunt for some of the best cuisine in town, or you just need something convenient, our dining section is the most comprehensive list of Myrtle Beach restaurants that you’ll find. For a day in Myrtle Beach to be considered perfect, you’ll need to have this meal outdoors, but it shouldn’t be a problem finding a patio to sit on.
Catch a Show
The Grand Strand is lucky to be the home of so many award-winning theatres, and tourists and locals have numerous options for great live entertainment every night of the week. For a fun evening full of tribute artists, check out Legends in Concert, whose current lineup includes Elvis, Blues Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Buddy Holly, and Diana Ross.
Or maybe your idea of a perfect day includes catching a show at House of Blues, where the summer lineup includes Old Crow Medicine Show, David Allen Coe, Juicy J, Adventure Club, Trampled by Turtles, Christina Perri, and AWOLNATION. Right next door to HoB is Alabama Theatre, where ONE: The Show offers audiences a night of song, dance, and laughter that the whole family can enjoy. The theatre’s summer calendar also includes visits by Josh Turner, Martina McBride, Temptations & Four Tops, and Rodney Carrington.
With rave reviews from publications like The New York Times, USA Today, and CNBC, The Carolina Opry has been wowing Grand Strand audiences for over 30 years. The TCO show is two hours of high-energy music, comedy, and dance with state-of-the-art lighting and special effects.
Located adjacent to Broadway at the Beach, The Palace Theatre is home to Hot Jersey Nights, a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute show, and Carnival of Magic, an all-out variety act that features several alumni from ‘America’s Got Talent.’
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
They might be minor league now, but they’re working their way up to the majors day by day. As the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are part of one of the most exciting franchises in baseball, and the guys playing at TicketReturn.com Field today could very well be suiting up at Wrigley Field in the near future. Whether it’s cheap draft beer, a collectible giveaway, or cancer awareness night, every Pelicans game is full of great promotions.
Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach
The perfect end to a perfect day in Myrtle Beach is watching a series of bright explosions in the sky with thousands of fellow travelers. Even in their abundance, they’re still a traditional spectacle, and it’s difficult to go a week without seeing or hearing the loud blasts. But if you need help figuring out when and where to catch a display, check out this schedule.
Wind down at your resort
When you’ve spent a full day eating and playing in Myrtle Beach, the perfect way to wind down is waiting on you back at the hotel. Whether you decide to hang out on the balcony and watch the waves roll in under the moonlight, or just relax in the comfort of your room with the family, the best part of the day can be getting comfortable and thinking back on everything you just experienced.
Your Myrtle Beach
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