The Grand Strand, those 60 miles of coastline crowned by the pearl city, Myrtle Beach, S.C., earns its rep as one of the most family-friendly summer vacation spots in the U.S.
Come June, the destination swells to hundreds of thousands of visitors who are all tempted by the sea mist, sand and seafood.
But there are there more than just beaches in this jewel of the South. During your stay in a Myrtle Beach vacation rental, put these priorities on your list:
1. See a show.
Las Vegas hasn’t cornered the market on big-name performers or their impersonators. At Legends in Concert, the line-up spans all genres, from Rod Stewart to Michael Jackson to Garth Brooks to Elvis. If you like your celebrities live and in the flesh, you can also catch a concert at the Carolina Opry, The House of Blues, the Alabama Theatre and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show.
2.Take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach.
Having options within walking distance is a necessity when tots are involved, especially when it’s hot and the kiddies are two seconds away from a meltdown. Bring the family to this multiplex of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment venues on 350 acres of prime property. Pick up a Ticket to Play ($45 each), which secures entry to four attractions: one hour of play at MagiQuest (where mini sorcerers wave their magic wands through a maze of challenges), Dragon’s Lair mini-golf, Ripley’s Aquarium and the IMAX 3D Theatre.
3. Play a round (or five) of golf.
With names like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones and Arnold Palmer as the architects of championship courses, Myrtle Beach is on constant radar for those who would sleep on the greens if that meant not missing their tee time. The city bursts with more than 100 courses so dad can’t complain about a lack of choices. Wide fairways and water backdrops on some courses keep loyalists coming back, and the lovely weather doesn’t hurt either.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.