MYRTLE BEACH

South Carolina, United States

Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination and the central focus of the Grand Strand coast of South Carolina. It is widely known for its wide beaches, numerous golf courses, seafood restaurants, and outlet-style shopping, as well as one of the highest concentrations of miniature golf courses you'll find anywhere. A popular spring break destination, Myrtle Beach is heavily developed and crowded, in contrast to other Southern beaches, such as the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and attracts a lot of tourists from other Southern states or "Snowbirds" from the North, who may own a condominium or timeshare along the coast.

Info Myrtle Beach

introduction

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County,South Carolina. It is situated on the center of a large and continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand in northeastern South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in the United States because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, attracting an estimated 14 million visitors each year. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 27,109 with the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area population at 465,391 according to a 2013 estimate.

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POPULATION :• City 27,109
• Metro 269,291
FOUNDED :  
TIME ZONE :Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
LANGUAGE : English
RELIGION : 
AREA :• City 16.8 sq mi (43.5 km2)
• Land 16.8 sq mi (43.5 km2)
• Water 12,359,674 sq mi (0.1 km2)
ELEVATION : 26 ft (8 m)
COORDINATES : 33°43′N 78°53′W
SEX RATIO :
ETHNIC :72.3% white
13.9% Black
0.7% Native American
1.5% Asian
0.3% Pacific Islander
8.7% from other races
2.7% from two or more races.
AREA CODE :  843 854 (new overlay Area code 854 effective early 2015.)
POSTAL CODE : 29572, 29575, 29577, 29578, 29579, 29586, 29587, 29588
DIALING CODE : 
WEBSITE :  www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Tourism

Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination and the central focus of the Grand Strand coast of South Carolina. It is widely known for its wide beaches, numerous golf courses, seafood restaurants, and outlet-style shopping, as well as one of the highest concentrations of miniature golf courses you'll find anywhere. A popular spring break destination, Myrtle Beach is heavily developed and crowded, in contrast to other Southern beaches, such as the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and attracts a lot of tourists from other Southern states or "Snowbirds" from the North, who may own a condominium or timeshare along the coast.

Hosting over 14 million visitors annually, the Grand Strand is home to an array of tourist attractions, and the area receives a large influx of visitors during all seasons. Nearly 100,000 visitors a year are estimated to come from overseas, with tourists from Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Myrtle Beach hosts a variety of special conventions, events, and musical concerts. The area's attractions include its beaches and many golf courses, as well as a number of amusement parks, an aquarium,Legends In Concert, retail developments, a number of shopping complexes and over 1,900 restaurants including seafood restaurants. The area also has dinner theaters, nightclubs, and many tourist shops. Myrtle Beach has an estimated 460 hotels, with many on the beachfront, and approximately 89,000 accommodation units in total. Also in the city is Myrtle Waves, one of the largest water parks on the East Coast of the United States.

The Carolina Opry is another highly acclaimed attraction, which features various musical, comedy, dance, and entertainment shows, including the Carolina Opry (variety show), Good Vibrations (best of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s), Light—a Laser Extravaganza. During the holiday season, the venue hosts the Carolina Opry Christmas Special. It is housed in a 2,200-seat theater.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk opened in 2010 and has been recognized as the nation's #3 boardwalk by National Geographic and one of the best US boardwalks by Travel + Leisure magazine. The Myrtle Beach Skywheel opened at the boardwalk in May, 2011, and is a 200-foot (61 m) observation wheel, similar to a ferris wheel, with glass gondolas that look over the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first wheel of its kind in the U.S. Myrtle Beach State Park, established in 1935, has just under a mile of Grand Strand beach and is a prime location for camping, swimming, hiking, biking, and fishing.

The Myrtle Beach Convention Center is a large facility that hosts a variety of meetings, conferences, exhibits, and special events every year. The expansive center, which opened in 2003, has a Sheraton hotel and resort.

Myrtle Beach welcomed Hard Rock Park in 2008, which was themed after the popular Hard Rock Cafe chain. After financial issues, the park became Freestyle Music Park for the 2009 season. The park features attractions themed after various genres and eras of music, such as the British Invasion. The park did not open for the 2010 season, and continues to be closed due to having been engulfed in legal issues. As of 2014, the park has been closed and is being dismantled.

Each March since 1951 during Ontario's spring break, Myrtle Beach has hosted Canadian-American Days, also known as Can-Am Days. Tens of thousands of tourists flock to the area for a week's worth of special events. Myrtle Beach is also home to Coastal Uncorked, a food and wine festival held in the late spring annually. In June, recently graduated high school seniors come to Myrtle Beach for Senior Week.

With numerous professional fireworks displays along the oceanfront, Myrtle Beach is recognized among the top destinations for Fourth of July travel. 

The majority of visitors make their way to the region during the high season (June–August) looking to make the most of its fine weather.

Although gambling is not legal in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach residents and visitors have easy access to gambling by boat, as passengers can travel into international waters beyond the reach of federal and state gambling laws.

The city and surrounding area is served by Myrtle Beach International Airport. With regular flights to and from destinations such as Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, New York and Washington, the airport itself is well connected for both domestic and international tourists visiting the region. The airport also serves as a seasonal gateway to and from the likes of Chicago, Dallas and Toronto.

The city is located between Wilmington, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina with U.S. Route 17 serving as the main transport link for those journeying from the north and south.


Motorcycle rallies

Myrtle Beach Bike Week, also called "Harley Bike Week" is a week-long motorcycle rallyfirst held in 1940, the same year Kings Highway was paved. The event has attracted as many as 200,000 visitors to the city every May. Black Bike Week, founded in 1980, takes place the weekend around Memorial Day Weekend and is the largest African American motorcycle rally in the US and attracts as many as 400,000 visitors. The event was created in response to a history of discrimination against African-American visitors and riders to Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand Area.

History

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Long Bay area was inhabited by the nativeWaccamaw Tribe. The Waccamaw used the river for travel and fished along the shore around Little River. Waties Island, the primary barrier island along Long Bay, has evidence of burial and shell mounds, remains of the visiting Waccamaw.

The first European settler along Long Bay arrived in the late 18th Century, attempting to extend the plantation system outward towards the ocean. Records are sparse from this period, with most of the recorded history pieced together from old land grants documents.

These settlers were met with mixed results, producing unremarkable quantities of indigo and tobacco as the coast's soil was sandy and most of the crop yields were of an inferior quality.

Prior to the American Revolution, the area along the future Grand Strand was essentially uninhabited. Several families received land grants along the coast, including the Witherses: John, Richard, William, and Mary. This family received an area around present-day Wither's Swash, also known as Myrtle Swash or the eight-Mile Swash. A separate grant was granted to James Minor, including a barrier island named Minor Island, now Waties Island, off of the coast near Little River.

Mary Wither's gravestone at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church speaks to the remoteness of the former Strand: "She gave up the pleasures of Society and retired to Long Bay, where she resided a great part of her life devoted to the welfare of her children."

As the American colonies gained independence, the area remained essentially unchanged, and the coast remained barren. George Washington scouted out the Southern states during his term, traveling down the King's Highway. He stayed a night at Windy Hill (part of present-day North Myrtle Beach) and was led across Wither's Swash to Georgetown by Jeremiah Vereen.

The Withers family remained one of the few settlers around Myrtle Beach for the next half-century. In 1822, a strong hurricane swept the house of R. F. Withers into the ocean, drowning 18 people inside. The tragedy made the Withers family decide to abandon their plots along the coast.

The Burroughs and Collins Company of Conway, predecessor of modern-day Burroughs & Chapin, purchased much of the Withers’ family land in 1881, and the growing community was called New Town around the start of the 20th century. A post office named "Withers" to serve the site of the old Swash in 1888. On February 28, 1899 Burroughs and Collins received a charter to build the Conway & Seashore Railroad to transport timber from the coast to inland customers. The railroad began daily service on May 1, 1900 with two wood-burning locomotives. One of the engines was dubbed The Black Maria and came second-hand from a North Carolina logging operation.

After the railroad was finished, employees of the lumber and railroad company would take train flatcars down to beach area on their free weekends, becoming the first Grand Strand tourists. The railroad terminus was nicknamed "New Town", contrasting it with the "Old Town", or Conway.

Around the start of the 20th century, Franklin Burroughs envisioned turning New Town into a tourist destination rivaling the Florida and northeastern beaches. Burroughs died in 1897, but his sons completed the railroad's expansion to the beach and opened the Seaside Inn in 1901.

Around 1900, a contest was held to name the area and Burroughs' wife suggested honoring the locally abundant shrub, the Southern Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera). The Withers post office changed its name to Myrtle Beach soon afterward. It incorporated as a town in 1938 and as a city in 1957.

In 1937, Myrtle Beach Municipal Airport was built, however it was promptly taken over by the United States Army Air Corps in 1940 and converted into a military base. Commercial flights began in 1976 and shared the runway for over 15 years until the air base closed in 1993. Since then the airport has been named Myrtle Beach International Airport. In 2010 plans to build a new terminal were approved. In 1940, Kings Highway was finally paved, giving Myrtle Beach its first primary highway.

The Myrtle Heights-Oak Park Historic District, Myrtle Beach Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station, Ocean Forest Country Club, Pleasant Inn, and Rainbow Court are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also listed was the Chesterfield Inn, now demolished.

Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification, Myrtle Beach has a humid subtropical climate or Cfa – typical of the Gulf and South Atlantic states. The city enjoys abundant sunshine year-round with more than 2800 hours annually.

The summer season is long, hot, and humid in Myrtle Beach. Average daytime highs are from 83 to 91 °F (28 to 33 °C) and average night-time lows are near 70 °F (21 °C). The coastal location of Myrtle Beach mitigates summer heat somewhat compared to inland areas of South Carolina: Thus, while nearby Florence averages 65 days annually with high temperatures of 90 °F or higher – Myrtle Beach averages only 21. The Bermuda High pumps in humidity from the tropical Atlantic toward Myrtle Beach, giving summers a near tropical feel in the city. The warm Atlantic Ocean reaches 80 °F or higher in the summer months off Myrtle Beach, making for warm and sultry summer nights. Summer thunderstorms are common in the hot season in Myrtle Beach, and the summer months from June through September have the most precipitation. In summer, thunderstorms normally build during the heat of the day – followed by brief and intense downpours.

Myrtle Beach has mostly mild winters of short duration: Average daytime highs range from 57 to 61 °F (14 – 16 °C) and nighttime lows are in the 36 to 38 °F (2 – 3 °C) from December through February. Winter temperatures vary more than summer temperatures in Myrtle Beach: Some winters can see several cold days with highs only in the upper 40s F (7 – 9 °C), while other winter days can see highs in the upper 60s and low 70s F (19 – 23 °C). Myrtle Beach averages 33 days annually with frost, though in some years less than 15 days will see frost. Snowfall is very rare in Myrtle Beach, however a few times every 15 or 20 years a trace of snow might fall. In February 2010, a rare 2.8 inches (71 mm) of snow fell in Myrtle Beach. The spring (March, April and May) and fall (September, October and November) months are normally mild and sunny in Myrtle Beach, with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The beach season in Myrtle Beach normally runs from late April through late October. SST (Sea Surface Temperatures) are often in the lower 80's (26 – 28 °C) off South Carolina in summer and early fall.

Summer thunderstorms can be severe, but are brief, but tornadoes are rare in Myrtle Beach. Tropical cyclones occasionally impact Myrtle Beach, though weaker tropical storms and weak tropical lows are more common. Like most areas prone to tropical cyclones, a direct hit by a major hurricane is infrequent in Myrtle Beach. The last hurricane to cause significant damage in Myrtle Beach was Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The worst hurricane in the history of Myrtle Beach was Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Climate data for Myrtle Beach

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)83
(28)
85
(29)
94
(34)
96
(36)
101
(38)
106
(41)
104
(40)
106
(41)
102
(39)
98
(37)
89
(32)
84
(29)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C)56.3
(13.5)
58.6
(14.8)
64.2
(17.9)
71.9
(22.2)
78.9
(26.1)
84.7
(29.3)
87.7
(30.9)
86.9
(30.5)
83.7
(28.7)
75.8
(24.3)
67.8
(19.9)
58.2
(14.6)
72.9
(22.7)
Average low °F (°C)36.7
(2.6)
38.0
(3.3)
44.2
(6.8)
51.8
(11)
60.5
(15.8)
68.9
(20.5)
72.8
(22.7)
71.1
(21.7)
65.8
(18.8)
54.6
(12.6)
45.0
(7.2)
37.3
(2.9)
53.9
(12.2)
Record low °F (°C)4
(−16)
11
(−12)
12
(−11)
22
(−6)
35
(2)
42
(6)
51
(11)
55
(13)
45
(7)
22
(−6)
16
(−9)
8
(−13)
4
(−16)

Geography

A man-made island, Myrtle Beach has been separated from the continental United States since 1936 by the Intracoastal Waterway, forcing the city and area in general to develop within a small distance from the coast. In part due to this separation, the area directly west of Myrtle Beach across the waterway remained primarily rural, whereas its northern and southern ends were bordered by other developed tourist towns, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. Since then, the inland portion of the Myrtle Beach area has developed dramatically and the beach itself is developing westward.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.55 square miles (61.0 km2).

Economy

Myrtle Beach's economy is dominated by the tourist industry, Hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, attractions, and retail developments exist in abundance to service visitors.

There are roughly 95 golf courses in and around Myrtle Beach( as of 2015) as the golfing industry represents a significant presence in the area.

A manufacturing base produces plastic, rubber, cardboard, foam, and ceramic products usually in small scale.

Subdivisions

Neighborhoods

  • Arcadian Shores
  • Benton Park
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Carrie May Johnson
  • Carver
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Dogwood
  • Dunes Cove
  • East Chester
  • Fantasy Harbour
  • Forest Acres
  • Forest Dunes
  • Futrell Park
  • Grande Dunes
  • Green Bay Park
  • Harlem
  • Highlands
  • Hurl Rocks
  • Konig
  • Market Common
  • Myrtlewood
  • Myrtle Heights
  • Northwood
  • Ocean Forest
  • Ocean View
  • Old Pine Lakes
  • Owens
  • Pebble Beach
  • Pine Lake Estates
  • Pine Lakes
  • Plantation Point
  • Racepath
  • Ramsey Acres
  • Seagate Village
  • Springmaid Beach
  • The Dunes
  • Washington Park
  • Withers Preserve
  • Withers Swash
  • Yaupon Circle

Prices in Myrtle Beach

PRICES LIST - USD

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter$0.95
Tomatoes1 kg$4.00
Cheese0.5 kg$5.50
Apples1 kg$
Oranges1 kg$
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$1.65
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$13.00
Coca-Cola2 liters$
Bread1 piece$
Water1.5 l$1.75

PRICES LIST - USD

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2$25.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$50.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$6.89
Water0.33 l$1.35
Cappuccino1 cup$4.20
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$4.70
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$3.20
Coca-Cola0.33 l$1.70
Coctail drink1 drink$

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets$14.00
Gym1 month$
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$
Theatar2 tickets$
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.10
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$5.50

PRICES LIST - USD

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack$
Tampons32 pieces$
Deodorant50 ml.$
Shampoo400 ml.$
Toilet paper4 rolls$
Toothpaste1 tube$

PRICES LIST - USD

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)$
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1$
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1$
Leather shoes1$

PRICES LIST - USD

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter$0.52
TaxiStart$
Taxi1 km$
Local Transport1 ticket$

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Myrtle Beach International Airport (IATA: MYR), 1100 Jetport Road. Myrtle Beach International is a work in progress as expansion plans are underway. Most guests arriving from either the west coast or overseas fly into a major hub, such as Atlanta or Charlotte before connecting to their final destination in Myrtle Beach.

The busiest routes from MYR are to Atlanta (Delta) and Charlotte (American), with several flights each day. Spirit Airlines offers regular flights to New York (LaGuardia) and Boston, among other destinations. American Airlines and United Airlines each have one daily flight to their hubs in Dallas and Newark respectively.

Grand Strand Regional Airport in North Myrtle Beach also serves the area and is used mostly by private or chartered flights.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

There is no direct rail service to Myrtle Beach. The closest passenger stations are in Dillon, North Charleston, Florence and Kingstree, which are served by Amtrak'sSilver Service and Palmetto trains.

Florence, SC is the closest station but it is located approximately seventy miles away from Myrtle Beach, so the best option is to pre-arrange a limousine, or a shuttle or bus service for the final hour or two ride to the beach.

 

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Myrtle Beach sits at the intersection of US 17, which runs along the coast of the Carolinas, and US 501, which travels inland. From Interstate 95 South, take US 501 south for 66 miles.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

By car

One aspect of Myrtle Beach that is less-than hospitable are its roads. A tourist may find the style of driving in Myrtle Beach to be aggressive, reckless and hard to manage. Myrtle Beach has one of the highest accident rates in the state, due in part to its impatient drivers and oddly-placed roads.

If you must drive, plan ahead - if you are going a short distance (under five miles), then take one of the main roads that runs adjacent to the beach. If you are going a longer distance, try and take one of the interstate roads that branches further out - these are generally clear of traffic, and thus are much more bearable than the city roads.

There are several car rental companies located in Myrtle Beach, including Alamo Rent-a-Car, National Car Rental, Avis Rent-a-Car, and Budget Car Rental.

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

Coast RTA is the bus system for the Myrtle Beach area. Routes run along major thoroughfares and to and from neighboring towns. Service hours are quite limited. Schedules are available at all Myrtle Beach Area Conventions and Visitors Bureau offices. Fares are $1.50 adults, $1.25 students, $0.75 children.

Another alternative for those without cars are charter buses. Coach buses are cost-effective for large groups of people who want to relax and enjoy personal service, and travel locally as well as out of state. Reservations for charter buses are best made a few weeks in advance and prices are determined by the location of the destination.

Transportation - Get Around

By taxi

There are several private cab services in the area which can run up to $50 for a trip across the Grand Strand. The rate is $2.80 a mile $1 for extra passenger, rates are set by the City of Myrtle Beach.

Serving all of the Myrtle Beach area is Yellow Checker Cab Taxi, +1 843 606-1000, and Ocean Checker Taxi Cab, +1 843 606-1001, and Discount Myrtle Beach Taxi Cab +1 843 685-2906 .

The North Strand is serviced by Absolute Taxi, +1 843 333-3333, Yellow Cab of North Myrtle Beach, +1 843 420-1200 and North Myrtle Beach Taxi Cab, +1 843 421-3662.

Taxi companies in the South End are Murrells Inlet Taxi Cab, +1 843 474-0707, and Pawleys Checker Taxi Cab, +1 843 283-8706.

 

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Shopping

Kings Highway, the main road through town, is lined with many discount beachwear stores. Be warned though: the prices they advertise on the signs out front are often flat-out false. As it turns out, there's an awful lot of leeway when it comes to the "Nothing Over $5.99" signs you'll see driving through town.

  • Coastal Grand Mall. A recently-built massive mall that services large crowds year-round.
  • Myrtle Beach Golf Store,  +1 910 575-7377. Large variety of golf equipment including golf clubs and other golf accessories.
  • The Gay Dolphin916 North Ocean Blvd. Claiming to be the "nation's largest gift shop," the Gay Dolphin is a must see if you're walking along the main strip, if just to gawk at their eclectic collection of gifts, ranging from the typical beach trinkets to statues of ancient Egyptian sarcophagi. In the past, you could access the roof for a great view of the beach, but the roof is no longer open to the public.

Restaurants


Budget

  • Burky's Grill3901 North Kings Hwy+1 843 626-2888. 1950s style diner.

Mid-range

  • Amici's1310 Celebrity Circle+1 843 444-0006. Brick oven pizza.
  • Athen's Pizza5419 Dick Pond Rd,  +1 843 650-0044.
  • Fiesta Mexicana410 70th Ave N,  +1 843 497-2781. Standard quality Mexican food with a lively environment. $10-18 person.
  • Mexico Lindo2801 N Kings Hwy+1 843 626-4566. Mexican food.
  • Mr. Fish6401 N. Kings Hwy+1 843 839-3474. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM, Su 11AM-9PM. A marvelous seafood restaurant that is noted for its shrimp and grits and also makes excellent soups. There's also a sushi bar inside. And if you want to take some seafood home, Mr. Fish also runs a seafood market just down the road in a strip mall at 3401 N. Kings Hwy. $12-$20.
  • The Whole Food Mediterranean Grill3711 Hwy 17 S,  +1 843 273-0805, e-mail:. 7:00am-9:00pm. Greek Food~Organic Breakfasts,burgers soups & salads.
  • 8th Ave Tiki Bar & Grill708 North Ocean Blvd. Better than average bar food with Mediterranean influence. Extensive beer list. Available outdoor seating with a view of the beach.

Splurge

  • SeaBlue503 Hwy 17 N+1 843 249-8800. Seafood restaurant and steakhouse noted for its shrimp and grits, kobe beef, and scallops.
  • Sea Captain's House3002 N. Ocean Blvd,  +1 843 448-8082. Seafood in a 1930s cottage overlooking the beach.
  • Soho Cafe406 21st Ave N,  +1 843 443-9441. Japanese and Mediterranean seafood and steakhouse, with a popular rooftop bar. $25-35 per person.
  • Collectors Cafe & Gallery7740 North Kings Hwy. Fine dining in an unassuming location along a King's Highway strip mall. Mediterranean and French-inspired cuisine. Top shelf bar and wine list. Features local art on display and for purchase; relatively uninspired but rotates frequently for a change of scenery. This cafe functions as a coffee shop during the day. $30-60 per person.

Sights & Landmarks

  • The namesake of Myrtle Beach is, of course, the beach. During the high season the beach can be crowded and parking scarce. Staying at a beachfront hotel or within walking distance can make for a more pleasant visit. For those on a budget, however, don't fret - the beach is still public, although you may have to fight for a spot during the day. Never underestimate the beauty of the shoreline at sunrise, when the sands are basically abandoned, the temperature modest, and the seashells from the night before have yet to be picked.
  • Broadway at the Beach. A huge cluster of bars, nightlife, shops, a movie theater, an aquarium, and even a zip line. It's crowded, although worth a visit.
  • Barefoot Landingalong the Intracoastal Waterway at the intersection of 48th Avenue South and Route 17. Lots of shops, eateries, steakhouses and a brewery, a reptile park, and the Alabama Theatre and House of Blues, which offer live entertainment nightly. Kid favorites are the carousel and fish feeding along with weekly fireworks. Visitors are greeted upon arrival and receive a shopping bag that includes a discount card and list of participating merchants and a complimentary meal voucher. It is advised that you schedule your arrival date with them at least one week in advance.
  • Ripley's Aquarium, 1110 Celebrity Circle, toll-free: +1-800-734-8888. Su-Th 9AM-9PM, F,Sa 9AM-10PM. Large aquarium including a ray touchtank, stingrays, and sharks.
  • Broadway Amusement Rides (pavilion park), 1171 Celebrity Circle,  +1 843 839-0303, e-mail: . Mo-Su 4PM-10PM,. Amusement park. New rides and nostalgia rides.
  • Family Kingdom Amusement Park300 S Ocean Blvd (By Car or By bus, Coast RTA, By taxi),  +1 843 626-3447

Things to do

  • Carolina Wake Sports+1 843-855-0024. Your one stop shop for all watersports needs. They operate on the intracoastal waterway out of Osprey Marina. Offers half-day, full-day and multi-day wakeboarding camps as well as hourly lessons, cruises and half day & full day captained boat rentals.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park. One of the few underdeveloped natural areas to be found along the Grand Strand. Boasts a mile of beachfront and includes a large campground, a fishing pier and nature trails that lead through a maritime forest. There is a nature center with exhibits on local marine, bird, and plant life. There is Wi-Fi availability for park guests at the campground store and pier, pets are allowed in most outdoor areas year round, and there are tours and programs for visitors. $5 for adults, $3.25 for South Carolina seniors, $3 for ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and younger.
  • Myrtle Beach Speedwayoff of US 501,  +1 843-236-0500. Hosts events weekly such as NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races, Spring Fling Swap Meet and car shows, the year-ending Seneca 400 weekend, and drifting events. It is a NASCAR sanctioned short track. For many years, it has been the training grounds for some of NASCAR's biggest competitors.
  • Myrtle Beach Pelicans. BB&T Coastal Field, at the intersection of 21st Avenue North & Robert Grissom Parkway, directly across from Broadway at the Beach. An Advanced-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. There have been a few Major League Baseball players who have worn the Pelicans' uniform since the team began play in 1999.
  • Myrtle Beach FC. Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, on 33rd Avenue. A pro soccer team playing in the National Premier Soccer League. The regular season runs from May to July and tickets are free for kids aged 10 and under.
  • Palace Theater. One of the Palace Theater's staple shows is Le Grand Cirque: Adrenaline. Le Grand Cirque features dozens of amazing acrobats, including contortionists, tumblers, and aerial performers from all over the world. The Palace Theater also focuses on seasonal shows, such as Christmas On Ice, a nostalgic two-hour Christmas special featuring some of the best ice skaters in the business, and specific interest shows such as Broadway at the Palace, Hooray for Hollywood and the Spirit of Ireland.
  • The Carolina Opry8901-A Business 17 North, toll-free: +1-800-843-6779. Regular music and dance shows.
  • Legends In Concert. Shows featuring a live band and dancers that pays tribute to pop stars.
  • Throughout the year, there are tons of festivals and events, celebrations, and special events like parades. Festivals of note include the Sun Fun Festival, the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival, and the Canadian-American Days Festival.
  • Hollywood Wax Museum1808 21st Ave. N,  +1 843 444-0091. The Hollywood Wax Museum is the only wax museum in the country devoted entirely to celebrity figures. Get close to some of the most famous people in show business and step right into the spotlight with icons of the silver screen, recreated so faithfully that you'd swear they are were alive. The Hollywood Wax Museum houses tons of uncanny replicas, from Hollywood stars to television personalities to characters from your favorite movies.

Golf

One of the main reasons many people come to Myrtle Beach is the many golf courses in the area, of which there are so many that Myrtle Beach can rightfully be (and has been) called the golf capital of the world. Most of the courses in Myrtle Beach are available to be played as part of a package deal with other courses, lodging, and meals. It is usually much less expensive to play, eat and stay in Myrtle Beach if you take advantage of this option.

  • Dunes Golf and Beach Club.

Myrtle Beach is not only known for its world-class golf courses, but also for its numerousminiature golf courses. There are over 60 miniature golf courses in Myrtle Beach and many of them feature the latest designs and technology in the mini-golf industry.

  • Mount Atlanticus. Open every day of the week other than Christmas day. This is a 36-hole miniature golf course that is the best minigolf this city can buy. With two courses, a mountain with waterfalls, streams, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex that tries tirelessly to disrupt the golfer’s concentration, bizarre wall art (including a mural in which God looks suspiciously like Kurt Russell, complete with shades), and strange Ewok-like huts, this place is a must-play. If you make a hole in one at the 19th, you get your polaroid on the wall and a lifetime free pass. $9 for adults and $8 for ages 12 and under.

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