My family and I visited Myrtle Beach for the first time this year. It’s such a great, affordable beach vacation with lots of things to do nearby. I wanted to write down our favorite sites, so others could check them out if they are looking for something to do.
1. The Beach
Obviously, we need to start with the beach. It’s clean and super easy to get to. There is consistent and easy access every block or two. Likewise, they have showers and foot spigots at every entry/exit point (at least of the ones I visited). The only thing I wished I knew before is that there is a layer of shells when you walk into the ocean, and it can hurt your feet. You can get past it if you go out far enough, but I recommend swim shoes. In addition, you will get bits and pieces of seashells everywhere, and some seem embedded into your skin! It’s a wonderful place to take a walk, and people are out there all hours of the day.
Broadway at the Beach is a short drive from the beach boardwalk and has basically everything you need to stay busy. They have shopping, entertainment, and many great places to eat (We really liked the Dave & Busters and Yamato Habachi). Most entertainment venues are indoors, so it’s a great place if you need a break from the sun. In addition, they have fun shops, like Broadway Magic or It’s Sugar, that kids will enjoy.
While visiting the boardwalk, check out Ripley’s Aquarium. It can be a nice break from the sun or something fun to do when it’s raining. It’s a compact aquarium but has show stoppers like the stingray tank and shark tunnel. The ticket line can grow quickly, so I recommend purchasing the tickets on your phone. It saves you so some time!
Like many tourism destinations, Mrytle Beach has a wide array of mini-golf options. There were tons to choose from, but we decided to go to Mt. Atlanticus, and I was very impressed! It has two courses (you can do both for a reasonable price). The course is easy enough for kids but still fun for adults. It’s designed to keep you moving, which is helpful since it’s hot outside and usually bustling. We did the “Caves” course and appreciated the opportunity to be out of the sun for many of the holes. Lots of fun and you get some beautiful views of the ocean. It’s hard to see, but the picture above has the ocean in the back.
This botanical garden and zoo are located 30-45 minutes away from Mrytle but worth the drive. You pay a single price to access the gardens and zoo, which are on the same property. Also, the tickets are good for 7 days. It’s a nice retreat from the hectic atmosphere of the beach. You can stroll through the gardens and grounds, take in the beautiful landscapes, and even view some art. They have the largest collection of sculptures. The zoo is small and houses animals local to the area. Like the gardens, the zoo has a meandering path, so it feels peaceful.