The Best Things to Do in Myrtle Beach
Best Secret Beach
Best Mini-Golf Spots
Best Water Parks
Best Paddling Spots
Myrtle Beach’s abundance of protected inland waterways are a playground for paddle sports: explore the Waccamaw River, Cherry Grove Inlet, and Waites Island on a guided kayak or paddleboard tour.
Best Spot for Garden Lovers
The low country comes to life at Brookgreen Gardens, former rice plantations transformed into an elegant sculpture garden and wildlife refuge. Pontoon boat rides to see alligators and ospreys add to the fun.
Best Walking Spot
Best Golf Spots
Myrtle Beach’s eight historic piers finger into the Atlantic, attracting anglers looking to hook game fish and sightseers hoping to catch a glimpse of dolphins, indulge in a seaside snack or beer, play arcade games, or just soak in the salt air.
Best Dolphin Tours
Best Seafood Shacks and Snacks
You can find great seafood restaurants up and down the Grand Strand, but for the daily catch right off the boat head to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet and such faves as Drunken Jack’s, the Inlet Crab House, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, and Wahoo’s Fish House … and bring your appetite.
Best Off-Beat Attraction
Clemson isn’t the only place in South Carolina you’ll find tigers: The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach, founded by a former movie and TV animal trainer, offers guided safaris of a 50-acre preserve crawling with big cats, wolves, orangutans, and more.
Best Rainy Day Hideout
You could spend days indulging in the attractions at Broadway at the Beach, multi-themed, all-in-one entertainment complex, which is home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor-league baseball team, the Legends in Concert performing-arts center, a wax museum, aquarium, shops, and dining.
Best Family Spot
Campgrounds and seaside cabins let you stay and play at Myrtle Beach State Park, a 300-acre oceanfront park; get active by playing in the waves, trail-riding horseback or mountain bike, fishing for crabs and flounder, and exploring a rare coastal forest on the Sculpted Oak Nature Trail.
Best Side Trip
At the southern end of the Grand Strand, Pawley’s Island has barely 100 year-round residents but boasts both a House of Blues and the Alabama Theater, popular with country-music fans. Fishing, surfing, and boating are all tourist lures on this laid-back barrier island.