The Best Things to Do in Myrtle Beach
Best Secret Beach
They don’t call this the Grand Strand for nothing: sand and sea are right off the Myrtle Beach boardwalk; if you want solitude, plop your beach chairs in front of the dunes at Huntington Beach State Park, and enjoy the quiet.
Best Mini-Golf Spots
Better at banking golf balls off windmills than potting bunker shots? You’ll love Myrtle Beach’s 50 family friendly mini-golf courses, including the tiki-themed Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Golf and the indoor-outdoor Cancun Lagoon, which make for great family outings for golfers of every age.
Best Water Parks
Waterslides, lazy rivers, and splash zones come with your room at resorts like Crown Reef and Sea Mist, and you don’t need to be a hotel guest to get wet and wild on the 30 rides at Myrtle Waves Water Park or the oceanfront Splashes … just ready to take the plunge.
Best Paddling Spots
Myrtle Beach’s abundance of protected inland waterways are a playground for paddle sports: explore the Waccamaw River, Cherry Grove Inlet, and Waites Island on a guided kayak or paddleboard tour.
Best Spot for Garden Lovers
The low country comes to life at Brookgreen Gardens, former rice plantations transformed into an elegant sculpture garden and wildlife refuge. Pontoon boat rides to see alligators and ospreys add to the fun.
Best Walking Spot
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Walk, jog or (if you’re an early riser) bike the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a broad wooden promenade lined with shops, restaurants, parks, and piers from 2nd Avenue to 14th Avenue.
Take a spin on the 187-foot SkyWheel for amazing views of the Myrtle Beach shoreline, then thrill to Family Kingdom Amusement Park’s 35 rides, including wooden and steel roller coasters and a free-falling log flume.
Best Golf Spots
Bogey golfers will feel right at home on most of Myrtle Beach’s varied but highly accessible 100-plus golf courses. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Calendonia Golf and Fish Club, and TPC Myrtle Beach are among the best.
Myrtle Beach’s eight historic piers finger into the Atlantic, attracting anglers looking to hook game fish and sightseers hoping to catch a glimpse of dolphins, indulge in a seaside snack or beer, play arcade games, or just soak in the salt air.
Best Dolphin Tours
Dolphins bob and weave behind fishing boats off Myrtle Beach looking for an easy meal, so tour boats trail them into the Atlantic to give you a buffet-side seat. Check out tours from Express Watersports and Myrtle Beach Dolphin Cruises for getting up close to everyone’s favorite swimmer.
Best Seafood Shacks and Snacks
You can find great seafood restaurants up and down the Grand Strand, but for the daily catch right off the boat head to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet and such faves as Drunken Jack’s, the Inlet Crab House, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, and Wahoo’s Fish House … and bring your appetite.
Best Off-Beat Attraction
Clemson isn’t the only place in South Carolina you’ll find tigers: The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach, founded by a former movie and TV animal trainer, offers guided safaris of a 50-acre preserve crawling with big cats, wolves, orangutans, and more.
Best Rainy Day Hideout
You could spend days indulging in the attractions at Broadway at the Beach, multi-themed, all-in-one entertainment complex, which is home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor-league baseball team, the Legends in Concert performing-arts center, a wax museum, aquarium, shops, and dining.
Best Family Spot
Campgrounds and seaside cabins let you stay and play at Myrtle Beach State Park, a 300-acre oceanfront park; get active by playing in the waves, trail-riding horseback or mountain bike, fishing for crabs and flounder, and exploring a rare coastal forest on the Sculpted Oak Nature Trail.
Best Side Trip
At the southern end of the Grand Strand, Pawley’s Island has barely 100 year-round residents but boasts both a House of Blues and the Alabama Theater, popular with country-music fans. Fishing, surfing, and boating are all tourist lures on this laid-back barrier island.