Notable Cities: Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island
Myrtle Beach attracts millions of visitors a year for its never-ending sunshine and beaches, not to mention the pristine golf courses and endless entertainment dispersed throughout the area. It’s the prototypical vacation hotspot. The city, located at the heart of the 60-mile shoreline along the Atlantic Coast known as the Grand Strand, can be overwhelming if you’ve never been there. Here are some attractions and facts to get you started. We’ve also featured attractions from another one of our destinations, Hilton Head Island, which is four hours southwest of Myrtle Beach.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Myrtle Beach from the 18-story observation wheel, situated in the middle of the Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade. You can fit up to six people in each fully enclosed gondola and spend the next 10 minutes gazing over the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and the Grand Strand. It’s also a great place to pinpoint your next stop!
Broadway at the Beach
This is where the action is. Everything you could want in Myrtle Beach is all in one place, from shopping to dining to entertainment. You’ll see some of Broadway at the Beach attractions listed below, but among the stops are: Wonderworks, Ripley’s Aquarium, MagiQuest, Hollywood Wax Museum, Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf and more.
Travel just 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach and you’ll find a historic fishing village locals call the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” It’s as far removed from Myrtle Beach you can get in such a short drive as there are no amusement parks or high activity. Instead, this unique town is where you come to relax be that by fishing pole or golf club.
- The beach, of course
- Brookgreen Gardens
- Family Kingdom
- Hopsewee Plantation
- Any of the Golf Courses
- Horry County Museum
- Pawleys Island Hammocks
- Backstage Mirror Maze
- Carolina Opry
- Harbour Town Lighthouse (Hilton Head Island)
- Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Hilton Head Island)
Festivals and Events
- Hot Summer Nights
- Bike Week
- Five percent of Myrtle Beach consists of public parks and recreational areas, totaling 650 acres. You can thank the golf courses for that.
- It’s illegal in to leave your car engine running while unattended or to have the key in the ignition while no one is in the vehicle.
- Many threatened and endangered species live along the Grand Strand, so be mindful of your surroundings!
“This is the second time we have been to Harbourgate Marina Club. Enjoyed both of our times there. The staff is courteous and helpful. The location is great, we were able to get everywhere with ease. The restaurant located at the Marina is very nice.”
-Bruce D. (Harbourgate Marina Club – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
“Myrtle Beach office staff was extremely helpful. We purchased tickets to two shows, Carolina Opry and Good Vibrations, at the office at discounted prices. We loved both shows!”
-Michael S. (Sands Beach Club – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
“We absolutely loved this resort. Even going from the resort to the parking lot was nice. There’s a little bridge over the pond. You can stop and watch the fountains and the turtles or feed the ducks and swans. It’s all beautifully landscaped, too. It was a such a nice vacation, we hated to leave and can’t wait to go back.”
-Member Jackie G. (Myrtle Beach Resort – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
Top photo courtesy of member Sherry F.