The Top 15 Things to See in Myrtle Beach – Vacation Travel Tips

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has become one of my favorite places to visit when I need to getaway. After a rough first impression, I have been going back often to relax on the beach, and I’m planning another trip very soon. There are many activities for solo adventurers and families to keep you busy for a full week or only a weekend. Here is everything you need to know for your future vacation to plan all the things to see in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach
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Traveling to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Airport

Myrtle Beach is easily accessible from most cities with direct flights to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Check out Skyscanner to find flights to Myrtle Beach. And it is a short distance from the airport to most of the resorts. If you plan on staying in town and not going anywhere, you can get around easily with UBER or Lyft. However, if you plan on taking any day trips to Charleston or Georgetown, I would recommend renting a car for your time in Myrtle Beach.

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Beach Chairs and Seagulls at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk/Piers

Pier at Myrtle Beach

One of Myrtle Beach’s gems is the boardwalk and the piers jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. The 1.2 miles of boardwalk along the oceanfront from the Pier 14 at 14th Avenue North to the 2nd Avenue Pier at 2nd Avenue North was completed in 2010. You can find all sorts of adventures on the boardwalk, including the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel. Also, there are eight piers where you can watch the sunrise for inspiration, fish from the rails, look for dolphins, and enjoy the coastal life of strolling on the pier! Come prepared with cash as some of these piers cost a fee to walk on them. Oh, and don’t forget to walk below them. You can catch some amazing photos down there when the waves come crashing in.

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach

From Ocean Blvd, it takes a little over a half-hour to walk to Broadway at the Beach. The best way to get to this entertainment complex is to take an UBER. Broadway at the Beach is the place to go for unique gifts, great places to eat, and fun things to do. Whenever I’m visiting Myrtle Beach, I find my way to Broadway at least a couple of times during my trip. You can find tons of things to do here like Escape Games, Grand Prix, Dino Park, Helicopter Adventures, Wax Museum, and so much more. Oh, and not to forget about feeding the fish!

Kayla feeding the fish at Broadway at the Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach

If you are visiting during a hot day or if the weather is bad, Ripley’s Aquarium is a great respite for the weather. Then again, the aquarium is a great place to visit during any weather. The aquarium has a Dangerous Reef, a 750,000-gallon shark tank with Sand Tiger Sharks, Nurse Sharks, and Sandbar Sharks that you can walk around and under. You can touch Rays and even baby jellies along with seeing tons of colorful fishes. The aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $23.99/ages12 and older, $15.99/ages 6-11, and $6.99/ages 2-5.

Colorful Fish at the Ripley's Aquarium

WonderWorks

WonderWorks at Broadway at the Beach

One of the things to see in Myrtle Beach is the giant upside-down building of WonderWorks. Inside, you’ll have an upside-down adventure experiencing the Tesla Coil, Bed of Nails, Inversion Tunnel, and the Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course. Tickets are $27.99/adult, $21.99/children 5-12. WonderWorks opens daily at 10:30 a.m., and closing time varies from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. depending on the day.

Beach Rider Jet Boat

Beach Rider Jet Boat at Broadway at the Beach

One of the exciting things to see in Myrtle Beach is the Beach Rider Jet Boat at Broadway at the Beach. Check the website for open hours. Ride prices are $19.95/adults, $16.95/kids under 12. Even if you don’t want to ride this crazy thrill ride, you can stand on the boardwalks and watch the jet boat do 360s around the lake.

Family Activities in Myrtle Beach

Main Street in Myrtle Beach

On the main street, Ocean Blvd, in Myrtle Beach you can find all the activities you would want. There are zip lining adventures, arcade games, gift shops, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, haunted houses, mirror mazes, and more souvenir shops than you can count. This area can be a bit touristy for my tastes when on vacation, but there is a lot to offer families in keeping kids occupied along this strip.

Miniature Golf

Lost Mine Miniature Golf in Myrtle Beach

When visiting Myrtle Beach, one has to partake in a game or two of putt-putt golf. And you can’t go down one block without seeing a miniature golf course, as Myrtle Beach is the miniature golf capital of the world. With over 50 courses for you and your family to play on, you’ll find one that catches your interest.

Lost Mine Miniature Golf Course - Things to See in Myrtle Beach

Zombie Zone

Zombie at the Zombie Zone

The Zombie Zone was one of the sillier activities that my niece, Kayla, and I went on during our last visit to Myrtle Beach together. We wandered down the main avenue and decided on a whim to go into the haunted house. Now, in all honesty, I’m not sure why Kayla went with me knowing how I get in haunted houses. I love all things horror including movies, and haunted houses, but I absolutely freak out when I go through them. And going through the Zombie Zone was no exception. I’m sitting here laughing to myself thinking about how I’m all about perseverance and protection of my body when the zombie apocalypse happens. Survival of the fittest! Sorry Kayla!

BrookGreen Gardens

BrookGreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach

BrookGreen Gardens is a gorgeous sculpture garden and wildlife preserve south of Myrtle Beach. The 9,100-acre property includes several themed flowery gardens featuring American figurative sculptures, the Lowcountry Zoo with rescued animals, and trails through several ecosystems in nature reserves. Tickets are good for seven days, so if you are here on an extended vacation, come the first day, and then you can come back later during your trip to see the rest of the gardens. The gardens are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $18/adults, $10 children 4-12.

Where to Eat in Myrtle Beach

Whether you love fine dining, a casual bistro, something kid-friendly, or a table with a view, you’ll be able to find someplace to eat a delicious meal. There are over 1,500 restaurants throughout the Myrtle Beach area for you and your family to choose from. Some of my favorite places were found just by walking around and stumbling upon them. Here are a few good restaurants to try on your next visit to Myrtle Beach.

Duffy’s

Duffy's in Myrtle Beach

Duffy’s has been serving cold drinks and the best burgers in town for over 50 years. You can even get a fried bologna sandwich for lunch if you want a slice of home on your visit. Then come back later in the evening for some fun country music and dancing!

RipTydz

RipTydz Restaurant in Myrtle Beach

RipTydz was a great find with excellent food and an awesome view of the beach. Kayla and I enjoyed a fabulous meal while enjoying the scenery. We ate on the patio and gorged down on so much food; then, we ordered dessert. You can’t pass up the dessert at RipTydz.

Sweet Carolina’s

Sweet Carolina's Restaurant at Broadway at the Beach

Sweet Carolina’s offers great BBQ meals while you are out and about at Broadway at the Beach. We have eaten here a couple of times when visiting Myrtle Beach. And each time, the food has been delicious and filling!

Magnolias at 26th

Magnolia's at 26th Restaurant in Myrtle Beach

Magnolias at 26th is the perfect place for hungry visitors. They have a buffet that has southern fried chicken and all of the trimmings. You can even get breakfast here as well. This is a great restaurant for a lot of food at low prices.

Day Trip to Georgetown

Downtown Georgetown in South Carolina

A nice day trip out of Myrtle Beach is to explore Georgetown. Georgetown is a 47-minute drive from the beach. This town is charming with cute shops to shop in, restaurants with great dishes with views of the marina, and historic buildings for you to photograph. But, wait, that isn’t all! Georgetown is where you can get a Plantation River Cruise. The cruise takes you by impressive plantation houses with wrap-around porches, large oak trees with moss hanging from the branches, and even turtles sunning on logs by the edge of the river. The river cruise is a great activity to break up a Myrtle Beach vacation.

Day Trip to Charleston

Live Oaks covering curving over road in Charleston

Charleston is another great destination to visit for a day trip from Myrtle Beach. You can visit Fort Sumter, walk around town and marvel at the amazing historic and pastel-colored antebellum mansions, and of course, take photos of everything. Make sure to come early, so you can take a tour, eat at a restaurant, and shop until you drop.

Where to Stay in Myrtle Beach

Anderson Ocean Club and Spa in Myrtle Beach

You have many choices on where to stay when you come down to Myrtle Beach for a visit. I have stayed at the Hilton properties right on the beach for the last few times. I enjoy staying at a place where I have a kitchen and can relax for a bit in my own space. If you need some ideas of where to stay, check out Booking.com for lots of deals.



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Bedroom at the Anderson Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach

Summary

Sunrise at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is the type of destination that grows on you every time you visit. With sunrises that painters and photographers dream of to fun activities that will entertain the entire family, Myrtle Beach should be at the top of your bucket beach vacation list. I hope that these vacation travel tips of all the things to see and do in Myrtle Beach help you plan your next fantastic trip here!

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