When you visit Myrtle Beach, there’s always one thing you HAVE to do. Hit the beach.
But sometimes, even the biggest sand fans need a break from watching the waves roll in.
That’s where we come in to help you decide what else to do when you visit us this summer.
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Soon to be celebrating its fifth anniversary, the 1.2-mile boardwalk is the hottest must-visit attraction in Myrtle Beach. Stretching from Pier 14 at 14th Avenue North to the 2nd Avenue Pier at 2nd Avenue North, it allows visitors to meander along the oceanfront without getting sand in their shoes. But it’s not just a locals-only secret, as international recognition keeps rolling in for this great tourist attraction. The Boardwalk has been ranked as the number three boardwalk in America by National Geographic and Travel and Leisure ranked it as the number two boardwalk in the U.S. In addition, it was also awarded the Governor’s Cup award by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in February 2015.
Opening in 2011, The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel gives guests a different perspective on viewing Myrtle Beach. Clocking in at a staggering 180 feet tall, this wheel is the east of the Mississippi and the second largest in North America. Classified as an “observation wheel” (don’t call it a Ferris Wheel!), the SkyWheel has 42 fully enclosed gondolas for riders to enjoy the scenery around the boardwalk and Ocean Boulevard. But, at the top of the ride, and on a clear day, guests can see for miles down either way of the beach.
Part of Ripley’s family of attractions in Myrtle Beach, the Aquarium touts itself as South Carolina’s “Most Visited Attraction.” Located at Broadway at the Beach, the Aquarium is 87,000 square feet of fish, sharks, stingrays, and pretty much anything else you can find in the ocean. Did we mention you can also meet a mermaid here? Yes, a real-live mermaid. But, people love sharks. It is, after all, the largest collection of Jaws’ friends on the East Coast. Kid-friendly, Ripley’s Aquarium also has dive shows throughout the day (which include feeding the beautiful tropical fish) a stingray petting area, and special chances to swim with the rays also.
Alligators, crocodiles, giant turtles, snakes, and more can be found at Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach. The self-proclaimed “Reptile Capital of the World,” Alligator Adventure allows visitors a chance to see hourly gator feedings, which double as educational seminars about the animals that call Alligator Adventure home. But it’s not just all about the reptiles at this 15-acre refuge, as it’s also home to many other species from around the world. Non-scaly animals who call Alligator Adventure home include kangaroos; wolves; warthogs; and flamingos. And when you visit, don’t forget to check out “King of the Crocs,” Utan. Trust us, you’ll be impressed.
When it comes to culture, beauty, and nature, locals and visitors alike make Brookgreen Gardens their first stop. For more than a century, Brookgreen has been home to beautifully manicured greenery and some of the most mesmerizing pieces of art and sculptures in the world. Brookgreen has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Additional accolades include being named a National Historic Landmark and included on the Register of National Historic Places. In addition to being able to stroll the gardens and zoo on your own, Brookgreen also offers tours, educational programs, seasonal events like “Night of a Thousand Candles” and rotating, limited-engagement exhibits.
However, the list of attractions doesn’t end here. There’s plenty more to explore when you visit Myrtle Beach. Did your favorite make the list?