What to do

Entertainment & Shopping

The Boardwalk
The new 1.2 mile long Boardwalk and Promenade that runs from 14th Avenue to the  2nd Avenue Piers offers lots of fun-filled activities, shopping, and dining.

The Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel–opening summer 2011, the new skywheel  reaches 18 stories (196 ft.) above the Atlantic Ocean. It has 42 glass enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas that seat up to six people. The attraction also includes a full-service Jimmy Buffet’s Landshark Bar & Grill, observation deck, gift shop and evening light show.

Broadway at the Beach
Located in North Myrtle Beach, this entertainment complex offers plenty of entertainment, dining, and shopping opportunities to keep you busy for days. Some favorites are Ripley’s Aquarium with its 750,000 gallon all around shark tank (visitors ride a people mover through the glass tank while sharks swim overhead and all around) ; Wonderworks and its Soar and Explore Zipline;  IMAX 3D Theater; and Palace Theater Shows.

Shopping at Broadway at the Beach–enjoy a leisurely stroll around a man-made lake while visiting distinctive themed-shopping at different areas including:  New England, the Caribbean, Charleston Boardwalk, and Heroes Harbor Village. Be sure to stop at River Street Sweets for a sample of the best pralines in the South!

The Market Common
Located at the south end of Myrtle Beach is an upscale  shopping, dining and nightlife destination surrounded by 29 area of landscaped parks, lakes, jogging trails and a public square. Market Common is home to 40 shops, 8 restaurants and the Grand 14 Cinema. Some favorite handouts  include P.F. Chang’s China bistro, Canipes Chocolate and Candies and Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe & Emporium.

Golf

Myrtle Beach is known as a top golf destination in the South. Known for its versatility, the Grand Strand is able to accommodate any level of golfer.  Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday). There are great courses for the serious golfer–four Myrtle Beach courses have been named to Golfweek’s 2011 “Best Courses You Can Play.” These include Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (#3) , the Dunes Golf & Beach Club (# 5), True Blue Plantation (#7) , and TPC Myrtle Beach (#8).

Myrtle Beach is also known for its family-friendly golf, and is home to several Family Golf Tournaments. Fifty of the Grand Stand’s 100 courses  also offer an extensive “Kid’s Play Free” program when accompanied by a paying adult. Check out some family-friendly courses including Possum Trot, Willbrook Plantation, Wachesaw Plantation East, and Meadowlands.

Miniature golf

Myrtle Beach has earned the distinction of being  the MiniGolf Capital of the World! With 50 courses along the Grand Strand, this vacation town is also home to several mini golf competitions including the annual Masters National Championship.  Along the Grand Strand, visitors will find elaborately designed and themed mini-golf courses.  Be sure to try out the following:  Hawaiian Rumble (a tropical-themed course voted # 1 by Golf Magazine); Mutiny Bay (a pirate theme); Mayday Mountain (adventure-theme), and Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur (mythology theme).

History & Nature

Hopsewee Plantation  (circa 1740) is one of the oldest preserved plantations in the United States open to the public. Located on the North Santee River,  this plantation was the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina signer of the declaration of Independence. Be sure to plan your visit to include the traditional Southern Tea as well as the house tour.

L.W. Paul Living History Farm
Experience farm life as it was n the early 1900′s in Horry County, SC. Guests to the farm can observe and participate in grinding grits, blacksmithing, making soap, milking cows, harvesting crops, etc.

Brookgreen Gardens
Designated as a National Historic Landmark, Brookgreen Gardens offers year-round beauty and activities. Opening in 1931, it was the first public sculpture garden in the United States. The collection now contains over 1,200 works spanning the entire period of American sculpture from the early 1800′s to the present. With over 50 acres of garden and landscape settings, visitors can enjoy flora and fauna in any season.  Be sure not to miss the Creek Cruise aboard a pontoon boat through tributaries of the Waccamaw River where visitors will see historic rice fields, alligators and waterfowl. The Lowcountry Zoo and Butterfly House are also a must!

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