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Like most people, I love a good vacation. Once I have chosen the place to go, I begin planning my trip with activities, restaurants, site-seeing, and shopping. Many times I have returned from a trip to be told about attractions I missed out on. With a palm to my forehead, I promise myself the next trip I plan will involve the top places I didn’t know about before. I don’t want to miss out on the best museums in the country, or charming shopping strips, and I certainly don’t want you to miss out on them either. Knowing where to go and what to do in Myrtle Beach is the first step in preparing for your vacation. Don’t stress out about hitting every single spot; you can always visit again. Here are 15 attractions you and your friends or family can enjoy.
1. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade
During the summer you can walk along this 1.2 mile boardwalk and experience the spectacular ocean view while stopping at restaurants and shops along the way. This is definitely the first place I would go to dive in and truly experience Myrtle Beach.
2. Broadway at the Beach
This is somewhere everyone must stop and spend a few hours. Although it is not by the beach, there are rides, restaurants, shows, and an aquarium all centered around a gorgeous lake.
3. Myrtle Waves Water Park
One thing is sure about South Carolina summers, they are hot! When it is hot outside, there is nothing like spending the day at a water park to keep cool while still enjoying the sun. With 30 rides spread out over 20 acres there are plenty of slides and pools for an entire day of entertainment.
4. Valor Park
If you have a family and need a place for the kids to run around and get out their energy, this park is full of fun playground toys.
5. The Market Common
After spending some time at Valor Park, walk on over to Myrtle Beach’s Market Common. Yes, I said walk! There are tons of unique places to shop, and if you love food like me, there are delicious dining spots too.
6. Brookgreen Gardens
This garden was named one of the top ten in the entire United States. That means it is definitely worth visiting. As an outdoor museum, the flowers, art, trees, and 1,500 sculptures are all worth seeing; especially during the summer on a jeep ride.
7. Barefoot Landing
This is a fun little spot filled with unique shops and restaurants. As a beautiful place to visit at night, you can grab some pizza and admire the lights striking off the water.
8. Ripley’s Aquarium
There are aquariums throughout the country, but this is one you must visit at least once in your life. Kids, and even adults, will enjoy petting the stingrays and watching the sharks swim right above your head.
9. Dunes Golf and Club Beach
If you golf or just want to try it out, this place is absolutely perfect with a challenging course and superb service. Even the scenery makes it worth playing a game or two.
10. Family Kingdom
This is a small but fun seaside amusement park that is open late and full of life. With old-fashioned rides, music playing, games, and carnival food, it is an experience kids and adults will enjoy.
11. Children’s Museum of South Carolina
Children’s museums are fun for kids from the time they can walk to when they are in their teens. If your family needs to escape the sun or rain, this is a safe, cool, and exciting place for a family to come play and make-believe.
12. Huntington State Park
If you want to spend an entire day outdoors, this is the place. The beach is clean, the water crystal clear, and the views are stunning. There are also bathrooms to clean-up in after playing in the sand.
13. T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station
To experience something you never have before and certainly won’t ever forget, this is the place to go. Although it is pricey, holding a baby tiger and being hands-on with the animals is worth every penny.
14. Carolina Safari Jeep Tours
This is a delightful tour to get you exploring Myrtle Beach on a thrilling jeep ride. You will see parts you wouldn’t see normally and even get some glimpses of alligators.
15. Carolina Paddle Company
Whenever I go on vacation, I always want to do something physically active and different. Paddle boarding is easier than it might look, and with the right guide, you can learn quickly.
Now you have a list of my 15 must see attractions in Myrtle Beach. Is there anything you think I missed?
By Karen J. Fowler
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