Things to Do in Myrtle Beach
You might be so busy enjoying all the activities at Coral Beach Resort that you never want to leave the grounds, but you may just want to get out and experience even more of what makes Myrtle Beach such a popular vacation destination. You will find something to do for every taste and every member of the family, including amusement and water parks, over 100 golf courses, mini golf, fishing, family shows, night clubs, shopping, and restaurants to suit any taste and budget. Please click on any of the links in the following list for more information about that particular attraction.
Amusement Parks and Water Parks
Whether it’s a rainy day or you need a break from the sun, visiting Ripley’s Aquarium offers you a fun-filled day indoors. Kids and adults alike will love visiting this 85,000 square foot aquarium located conveniently at Broadway at the Beach.
Ripley’s offers a variety of underwater wildlife. You can explore the Rio Amazon or venture onto the 340 foot moving pathway where you’ll get an up close view of snappers, a giant sea turtle, stingrays, and even sharks! Visit the Friendship Flats where you can reach out and touch the gentle stingrays. Grab a bite to eat at the Feeding Frenzy Eatery.
Other exhibits of Ripley’s include:
• Living Gallery
• Rainbow Rock
• Ray Bay
• Systems Control
• Discovery Center
• & Much, Much, More!
Ripley’s is open daily from 9am-7pm Sunday-Thursday, and Friday-Saturday from 9am-8pm. For more ticketing information and prices, visit their website: www.ripleyaquariums.com
Broadway at The Beach is Myrtle Beach’s premier one stop shop for entertainment, dining, attractions, and shopping. Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this venue is perfect for couples or families and offers something for everyone.
Entertainment and attractions are at the core of Broadway at The Beach. Popular attractions include:
• The Ripley’s Aquarium
• The Carolina Comedy Club
• NASCAR SpeedPark
• Palace Theatre
• Myrtle Waves Water Park
And so much more! Broadway at The Beach boasts a plethora of family fun during the day and tons of adult friendly activities at night. The fun never ends!
Shopping is another “must” while you are at Broadway at The Beach. Here, you can find a wide variety of shops that sell everything from apparel and shoes to jewelry and gifts. Check out some of their popular vendors:
• Victoria’s Secret
• Build-A-Bear Workshop
• Shoes Boutique
• Yankee Candle
• Rack Room Shoes
After you have shopped until you drop, refuel at one of Broadway at The Beach’s restaurants. With offerings ranging from seafood to Mexican, you are sure to find something to please even the pickiest palette. Many of these restaurants also double as nightclubs and bars during the evening, meaning you won’t have to look far for late night drinks and dancing. Popular dining destinations include:
• Hard Rock Café
• Fat Tuesday
• Senor Frog
• Carlos’n Charlie’s
• Froggy Bottomz
Take a break from the beach and come cool off at Wild Water & Wheels Water Park. Located just a stone’s throw away in Surfside Beach, this family friendly water park is much more than just a few pools and slides. Variety is the spice of life and this water park offers something for everyone!
“Wet ‘n wild” fun is at the heart of this park and there is certainly no shortage of places to cool off. The adventurous can explore any of the 24 slides on-site while the beach bums can check out the lazy river, complete with plenty of tubes available for no additional fee. Children love Wally’s Lagoon, a large child play area, in addition to the giant wave pool.
If you want to dry off for a bit, refuel at the snack bar and lay out for a bit on the sun deck. For a little action, check out the go-cart track or try your luck in bumper boats. There are also tons of kiddie rides for the little ones in addition to a full putt-putt course. There really is something for everyone here!
Check out a full list of park attractions:
• Wave Pool
• 24 Slides
• Lazy River
• Wally’s Lagoon
• Mini Golf
• Bumper Boats
• Snack Bar
• Gift Shop
• Picnic Area
• Lockers / Showers
• Kiddie Rides
• & More!
In addition to all of the fun that the park already offers, they make the experience over the top with events throughout the summer. Fridays they host “Live After Five” with a variety of local bands that provide live music and entertainment from 5pm-9pm. They also host themed days with special prices, like Scout Day.
Wild Water & Wheels is open May – September and several pricing packages are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.wild-water.com/.
The Pavilion Nostalgia Park located at Broadway at the Beach is home to a number of the old time classic amusement rides that were once part of the former seaside Pavilion Amusement Park. Offering guests a blast into the past with favorites like the Herschell-Spillman carousal that dates all the way back to 1912, or the Crazy Caterpillar, Motorcycle Madness, Tea Cups, Swings, Boat Ride and more. These classic rides are sure to bring back great memories and create new ones for years to come.
Admission to the park is free, but if you wish to take a trip back in time on one of these rides you’ll need to purchase a ticket. Each ride at the park requires only one ticket and tickets are priced at $3.50 a piece.
For more information about rides and hours of operation, visit www.broadwayatthebeach.com or call (843) 913-9400.
Attention Sports Fanatics: Stock up on your peanuts and crackerjacks and head over to the TicketReturn.Com field for a summer full of exciting baseball action! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, are conveniently located at Broadway at The Beach and always know how to put on a show.
The Pelicans play from April – September and have several games each week, some home and others away. Throughout the week, the Pelicans feature several fun, family friendly promotions:
Mondays – Make a Splash Monday (Backpack Buddies Partnership)
Tuesday – Bi-Lo BOGO offer
Wednesday – Wiener Wednesdays ($1 Hot Dogs)
In addition to these set promotions, the Pelicans also host give away days, theme days, and free fireworks shows each week.
A team of entertainers keeps the crowd busy with fun games and contests in between innings so there is never a dull moment!
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans game is a great event for groups or families. Guests can purchase block seating based on availability and may be eligible for special pricing. In addition, guests can choose to purchase special seating in a beach area (yes, a beach at the ballpark!), “all you can eat seats”, or luxury suite seats.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Website.
Take a break from the beach while still enjoying fun in the sun at Myrtle Waves Water Park. The largest water park in South Carolina is a great place to enjoy a day. Whether it’s relaxing in the LayZee River or shooting down the Riptide Rockets, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a break from salt and sand and ride the surf in the Ocean in Motion Wave Pool or work on your tan while sitting in one of the hundreds free lounge chairs.
Playful Pools: Take the toddlers out to splash around in Bubble Bay; with depths from only 6-18 inches they’ll be sure to have some safe swimming fun. Catch some waves in the Ocean in Motion Wave Pool it goes from 0-6 feet with waves going up to 4 feet tall. There is plenty of fun to be had by all.
Spectacular Slides: Spiral down one of their many thrilling waterslides. From vertical drops to mellow curves, there is a slide for everyone to enjoy. Thrill seekers will love the Riptide Rockets that send you airborne and families will love Snake Mountain. No matter what you prefer there is a slide for you to enjoy.
Relaxing Raft Rides: Drift down the LayZee River and spend time relaxing in the cool water while you work on your tan. If the LayZee Rive is too slow for you, splash around the Racin’ River where the water is flowing at 10 mph.
Don’t worry about safety! With their award-winning lifeguards on duty, you can relax and let the kids have some fun. For more information, visit their website or call (843) 918-8725.
Grab your sense of adventure and head to MagiQuest where you will use your magic wand to cast spells and complete quests to restore order and solve the mysteries of the realm.
Upon entering, you will receive a magic wand that is yours to keep. Bring this wand back when you return so you can continue your quest. The decisions you make determine your experience, so no two visits to MagiQuest are the same. Battle with dragons, befriend pixies, and listen to the wise words of the Quest Master to save the realm!
MagiQuest is located at Broadway at the Beach near the Big D Theater. Packages start at 24.99 for new Magi and 14.99 for those returning. For hours and ticket information, visit their website or call (843) 916-1800 for more information.
For the ultimate movie experience, check out the BigD 3D Theater at Broadway at the Beach. Located in the Broadway 17 Carmike Cinema, the BigD offers moviegoers spectacular features like:
• A 82-foot wide screen over 3 stories tall
• Luxury leather custom seats
• Top of the line 7.1 surround sound
• DIGITAL projection
• Crystal clear 2D and 3D feature films
Sit back and relax while watching the latest blockbuster hits in this state-of-the-art theater. The BigD Theater is the largest movie screen display in South Carolina and it is only an extra $2 a ticket to place yourself right in the middle of all the action with one of the theater’s 3D showings. For more information including show times and location, visit www.carmike.com or call the box office at (843) 445-1600 today!
A preserved low country rice plantation dwelling of the early eighteenth century
Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park, Family Kingdom should be high on any list of things to do in Myrtle Beach.
• Oceanfront view - Literally right on the beach, Family Kingdom has thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides, go karts, and even a water park! An all day unlimited ride wristband for the amusement park is $26, and the water park’s wristband is $21. Family Kingdom offers a very affordable deal for both however – only $36!
• Amusement Park - With more than 30 thrilling rides in Family Kingdom’s amusement park, it makes for an incredible experience. The park offers rides for both adults and children, so no one is left out. Family Kingdom even added a new ride – the Twist ‘n Shout Coaster. There are classic wooden coasters, tit-a-whirls, the ever popular Hurricane, and bumper cars. There’s even go karts at Family Kingdom, and there are 2 speed tracks to choose from!
• Splashes Water Park - Recently renamed, Family Kingdom’s only oceanfront water park Splashes has wet and wild water flumes, exhilarating speed slides, and even a spacious lazy river complete with waterfalls. The flumes will be sure to entertain children and adults alike that offer thrilling 100-feet drops. The speed slides have thrilling slopes that will exhilarate you, and for those not up to the challenge there are intermediate speed slides that aren’t quite as thrilling. Family Kingdom also owns the state’s largest Ferris wheel, and the view it offers while on it is one-of-a-kind.
Is there anything Family Kingdom doesn’t offer? For more information, call 843-626-3447 or check out their website, and check out our Attractions Page for more Myrtle Beach area fun!
Get hands on at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina. This interactive museum allows children to touch, explore, and play while learning about the world around them. With a number of fun and educational exhibits like the Weather Center and Continuous News Desk where kids get a chance to forecast the weather in from of a green screen, or sit behind a news desk and report the headlines, the Children’s Museum makes learning fun for everyone.
Here’s a list of all the great exhibits that can be found at the Children’s Museum:
- Under Construction House
- Imagination Playground
- The Big Bank
- USS Kids-a-Float Hijacked by Pirates
- Bubble Mania
- South Carolina Fossil Hunt
- It’s Electric
- Kidz Medical Center
- Express Yourself Art Center
- Famous Fraction Pizza Delivery Truck
- Flora’s Farmers market
- Get Ready, Get Set, Grow
- Gem Mining
- Habitat Habit
- Weather Center & Continuous News Desk
- Hurricane Simulator
- Put It Into Words
- Totally Tubular
- Recycling Center
For more information on special weekly events, location and pricing, visit the Children’s Museum online at www.cmsckids.org, or call them at (843) 946-9469.
Walk the decks of this World War II battleship, located near Wilmington, N.C.