Plan Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Myrtle Beach Vacation Ideas

Sixty miles of beach, an abundance of accommodations for all budgets and family sizes, and so many attractions you’ll have to return for years to come to experience them all. This makes the Myrtle Beach vacation one of the best family trips in the United States.

Accessible within a day’s drive from a majority of the Eastern United States, this family-friendly city remains a favorite year after year because it offers a combination of activities and new adventures added annually.

Perhaps the best part of a family vacation in Myrtle Beach is families can do as little or as much as they want. This makes it ideal for spending quality time together. That should be the focus of every family vacation, so make Myrtle Beach your next family getaway destination.

Check out the “things to do” below and contact us today to start your Myrtle Beach vacation.

Attractions

Traveling with a large group or just on a weekend getaway, there is fun and adventure waiting for you at one of the area’s many entertaining attractions.

For those unafraid of heights, a trip to the 200-foot SkyWheel is a must. The wide variety of attractions and activities ensure that there is something for everyone to do, no matter your age. Let Beach Life Vacations be your one stop shop for your Myrtle Beach Vacation.

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Located in the center of the boardwalk, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel gives you a bird’s eye view of the Grand Strand. It is the highest observation point of the Atlantic Ocean in North America and the only 200-foot ferris wheel on the eastern seaboard. Even if you don’t ride, you can still enjoy the impressive nightly light show on the wheel. 

Ripley’s Aquarium is an 85,00 square foot, multilevel collection of the wonders of the sea. From the large tanks to small tanks, their exhibits are interactive, educational, and fun for the whole family. In addition to their year-round sea life exhibits, they have seasonal and traveling exhibits so that each time you visit you can experience something new.

The aquarium also offers exciting experiences such as diving with sharks, the stingray experience, glass bottom boat adventure, and more!

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At Alligator Adventure you’ll find yourself face to face with nature’s fiercest and most beautiful animals. Located near Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, one of South Carolina’s most outstanding tourist attractions, Alligator Adventure is one of the largest facilities for reptile life in the world!

Brookgreen Gardens is a unique melding of art, nature, and history. Locals take pride in the fact that in their midst is one of America’s premier gardens and one of a few select places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Everyday, Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. You may stroll through the gardens on a guided tour or explore these beautiful spaces on your own. Each season, new exhibitions and special events make Brookgreen Gardens…Simply Amazing.

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The MarshWalk, located in the heart of the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet is a half mile wooden boardwalk along a natural saltwater estuary. The MarshWalk proudly boasts the most spectacular waterfront dining along the Grand Strand. Lowcountry cuisine is commonplace here; so are fresh seafood, the finest steaks, and a range of mouthwatering delicacies prepared by award-winning chefs.

As warm salt-air breezes drift across the water and the marsh grasses dance, great white herons, blue herons, pelicans and more plunder through the pluff mud in search of the water’s treasures.

Myrtle Beach’s own professional baseball team. Enjoy a night at the ball park during your stay in Myrtle Beach. Voted the #1 minor league ballpark experience, you are sure to be satisfied.

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No golfing ability? No problem! Topgolf is a game that anyone can play (and win). Score points by hitting micro-chipped golf balls at giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield. The closer you get your ball to the centre or ‘bullseye’ and the further the distance, the more points earned.

The fun and games don’t stop there; you can even indulge in delicious food and drinks brought to you while you play. What could be better?

Myrtle Beach Safari, with its Wild Encounters Day and Night Safari Tours, is home to nearly 200 wild animals, including over 60 big cats. The animals here are center-stage in this fully interactive, hands-on experience, where you can cuddle up to tiger cubs, join the wolf pack, share a laugh with our apes, witness adult tigers running at full speed. Go ahead, reach out and touch the jungle and create a lifetime of memories.

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Dining

With more than 1,500 restaurants to choose from, dining in the Myrtle Beach area is a real pleasure. Whether you love fine dining, a casual bistro, something kid-friendly or a table with a view, it’s here. And here’s a list to help plan your Myrtle Beach vacation a little easier.

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Benito’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta is truly a distinctive Italian trattoria. Their pizzas are handmade then baked in a wood-fired brick oven. Check them out for the best pizza and pasta dishes this side of the Mediterranean!

A dream and a vision.. A passion for pleasing. Chef Evi presents Blueberry’s Grill. Tantalize your taste buds with unique twists on your favorite classic foods, prepared with only the finest, fresh ingredients. Blueberry’s Grill is the ultimate culinary experience.
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Boardwalk Billy’s is located on the Doc Holidays Marina overlooking the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. Boardwalk Billy’s is a casual, family friendly restaurant with a view you cannot beat! Whether you sit inside in our cozy dining room or outside on the spacious deck, you’ll have the same great food and service. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, daily happy hour food & drink specials, live entertainment, and delicious dishes that are sure to satisfy any pallet!

The Chesapeake House makes it their top priority to ensure you have the best dining experience when you’re at their Myrtle Beach seafood restaurant. From the great scenery to using only the freshest of ingredients to even being able to take home some do-it-yourself food kits Chesapeake style, they make sure your time spent with is memorable!

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The ultimate in Myrtle Beach Chophouse dining. Clark’s is comfortable yet sophisticated and soaks up the beautiful Coquina Harbor for the perfect backdrop to delicious dining.

Clark’s offers only USDA Choice steaks. Their awe inspiring 14 oz. New York Strip, 9 oz. Filet Mignon, and Prime Rib are all served charred and bursting with prime aged flavor. Seafood is fresh and local, with a twist of seafood favorites which include oysters, shrimp, scallops and fresh catch of the day.
The bar menu includes an extensive wine list which features a wide array of wines by the glass. Specialty martinis and cocktails and great cuisine take center stage at this scenic Little River restaurant.

Waterfront dining at its best. Crab Catcher’s offers delicious seafood prepared fresh and made to order every time!

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This North Myrtle Beach mainstay is a great place to fill up the whole family. Whether you and your people are in the mood for a hearty breakfast or a tall stack of pancakes, or both. They also serve a lunch menu of sandwiches, salads, and burgers until 2 p.m.

Directly from their website. Just reading the description makes me hungry.

The Original Hamburger Joe’s opened right after Hurricane Hugo on October 11, 1989 by Joe Brooks.

He started out in 1972 with a chain of successful seafood restaurants (220 Seafood) in NC & VA. He came to the beach in 1978 and opened White Point Seafood Restaurant which is now the site of The House of Blues at Barefoot Landing. In the mid-80’s, Joe wanted to offer casual fine dining to beach and golf enthusiasts, so he opened Joe’s Bar & Grill. Having the name, ‘Bar & Grill’, many thought it was a burger joint, so Joe said let’s open a burger joint! An old-fashioned burger joint and call it Hamburger Joe’s.  

Joe now has just the one Hamburger Joe’s in North Myrtle Beach and a 2nd location in Surfside Beach. Mid-way through our 27th season, Joe and his crew assure you that we will do everything to see you and serve you in the next 30 years to come!

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If you’re looking for good seafood where the locals go, this is the place. Very good food and service. The small seafood platters are the perfect size. Go for the large if you want to have leftovers to take with you. 

Good vibes, live music, and ICW views, Lulu’s in North Myrtle Beach is all about celebrating food, family & fun! Don’t miss LuLu’s famous seafood gumbo and so many other delicious favorites you will come back time and time again.

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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse is a family owned restaurant that has been a Myrtle Beach favorite since first opening their doors in 1978. They have built a great reputation with the local community along the Grand Strand as well as with vacationers from all over the world. 

 

Snooky’s Oceanfront offers the freshest seafood in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The mouth-watering menu includes everything from delicious gulf oysters on the half-shell, pan seared beef tips, hearty salads and juicy burgers to an extensive offering of incredible seafood and meat entrees.

They also feature a full bar and friendly staff who’s mission is to make every visit unforgettable for our guests.

Snooky’s Oceanfront has something for everyone – Located in North Myrtle Beach, they are easily accessible from the Intercoastal Waterway and Highway 17. See you soon!

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Located on Cherry Grove Beach, the Shack is a true local favorite. Homestyle meals is their specialty. Don’t let the long lines deter you.The Shack prides itself on serving quality food at affordable prices in a fun and clean atmosphere.

Villa Tuscanna is family owned and run restaurant that established in 2003. They work with local produce and fish companies to provide the freshest items in the market. They are one of the top rated restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

The love of wines and quality food is the priority at Villa.

Entertainment

Myrtle Beach entertainment venues are the perfect complement to a wonderful beach vacation! Since 1986, when Calvin Gilmore and The Carolina Opry pioneered the Myrtle Beach area’s theater boom, the area has emerged as a hotspot for live family entertainment – offering the best in shows, music, dance, comedy, dinner theater, celebrity concerts, and movies.

Experience the vast array of shows and local venues on your Myrtle Beach vacation, including live theater, dinner shows, variety shows, concert halls and movie theaters.

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810 Billiards & Bowling creates a fun and casual atmosphere where anyone can feel welcomed and relaxed.

Maybe you want to relax over a quiet game of chess and a glass of wine? Or maybe a night of billiards and cocktails is more your speed. How about a pitcher, some sliders and a few frames of 10-pin? Whatever your preference, we they have you covered.

Myrtle Beach’s greatest Live Variety Show! The Alabama Theatre’s exciting music and comedy shows are the highlight of any family vacation. Enjoy live shows, toe-stomping beats, breath-taking acrobatics, and side-splitting comedy. Founded in 1993, The Alabama Theatre has been entertaining millions of guests who visit the Myrtle Beach area. A visit to the Grand Strand is not complete without a visit to North Myrtle Beach’s main entertainment venue, The Alabama Theatre

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Enjoy the sites, party in style, and win some money aboard South Carolina’s only gambling cruises!​

Little River is just minutes from Myrtle Beach. A quick day trip from Columbia or Charleston, SC or Charlotte, NC. Both of our casino boats sail year round.

Once on board, you’ll get to test your skills and luck with table games like Blackjack, Let It Ride and 3 Card Poker.

Comedy Cabana is Myrtle Beach’s Only 5 Star Comedy Club for 25 years and running featuring 3 new professional comics weekly.

Only the best of the best have performed on their stage and they just keep coming! Forget TV see them live at the beach’s #1 hot spot for live comedy, Comedy Cabana.

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It is the Home of the Shag. Fat Harold’s was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Awards Hall of Fame back in 1996. Fat Harold’s was Named CBMA Club of the Year 13 times before withdrawing from consideration to let some of the other great clubs in the industry get recognized.

The House of Blues grew out of founder Isaac Tigrett’s love for the unique American art form known as the “the Blues”. Weaned on this music during his early childhood in Tennessee, one of Isaac’s goals was to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll.

Make sure to check the set list on your trip to Myrtle Beach.

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A family dinner theater featuring staged medieval-style games, sword-fighting, and jousting. A true “must see” for your Myrtle Beach vacation.

More than a restaurant or arcade.

OD Arcade and Lounge is the place to have fun!

Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, S.C, The mecca of The Dance of the South, The Shag, The OD Arcade is a locals and visitors favorite hangout.

Have a drink or dine inside or enjoy their outside cafe and watch the traffic on Ocean Blvd. Come in and enjoy the live bands, karaoke, shag dance events, the latest in state of the art games, billiards, their awesome dance floor, DJ lineup & more!

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Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show invites you to join in the incredible adventure as their crews battle on land, on deck, in water, and high above full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot deep indoor hideaway lagoon! A true family vacation entertainment experience.

The first theater in Myrtle Beach and the only one to receive the Governor’s Cup, the only theater to be designated “Most Outstanding Attraction” by the state of South Carolina, the only theater to be called “Top Myrtle Beach Attraction” by CNBC and the only theater to be voted #1 every single year! If you are looking for top quality Myrtle Beach Shows, look no further than The Carolina Opry Theater.

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Fishing and Water Sports

When it comes to Myrtle Beach water sports and aquatic adventures, you can be sure to make some waves on your next vacation with plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a little relaxation, or excitement or even a little of both, you’re sure to find it on your Myrtle Beach vacation.

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Standing out in one of America’s favorite tourist hubs isn’t easy. But Captain Smiley’s fishing charters are here to show you that the action at sea is just as packed as it is on dry land. With the Intracoastal Waterway on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, you’ll have plenty to explore.

The Cherry Grove Pier was built early in the 1950’s and has been owned by the Prince family since 1965. It has weathered many a hurricane, and was remodeled and lengthened in 1999 after a visit from hurricane Floyd. With excellent views and fishing, this is a can’t miss on your Myrtle Beach vacation.

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Little River Watersports is a jet ski rental company serving the Carolina’s from Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Calabash, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle, and surrounding areas of The Grand Strand.

Their jet ski rentals are conveniently located just a few miles from the touristic hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach in the heart of Little River’s historic waterfront, next to Crab Catchers. They are the closest jet ski rental company to the ocean on the beach. This allows them to provide you with the maximum enjoyment and entertainment options.

Myrtle Waves is South Carolina’s largest water park with 22 slides and attractions for all ages. 

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With three separate locations, Myrtle Beach Watersports offers the best activities on the water in the area including Little River, Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach, and Garden City.

Golf

Whats a Myrtle Beach vacation without golf? Choose from close to 100 premier golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. Enjoy fabulous golf at one of the many resorts designed by such honored architects as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman.

Make your next trip to golf in Myrtle Beach a visit to Barefoot Resort and play one of the best golf courses in Myrtle Beach.

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Caledonia has 18 holes, with large, creative greens guarded at times by ponds, streams or imposing bunkers. With majestic live oaks that overhang the entryway into Caledonia similar views frame many of the shots at Caledonia.

Sitting along the Shallotte River in Shallotte, North Carolina this Arnold Palmer signature design is by far one of the most scenic courses along the eastern coast of the United States. 

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Showcasing magnificent views of the Coastal Carolinas, The Clubs at St. James offers i81 holes of exciting, challenging golf. Both ambitious and inviting, The Clubs at St. James defines diverse, adventurous golf experiences like nowhere else. With four immaculately-maintained championship courses and respective practice facilities to elevate your game. 

True Blue is a great example of Mike Stranz’ unique design style that can best be described as artistic. The hole designs are incredibly memorable, particularly the par 3s, and the challenge is stout. True Blue is easily a Top 10 public course in South Carolina and an absolute must-play for anyone visiting Myrtle Beach.

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Shopping

Shopaholics beware, the wide array of fantastic stores in the Myrtle Beach area will keep any vacationer busy.

Shoppers will delight in our shopping malls, factory outlets, specialty shops, and flea markets.

Visitors can indulge at one of the areas upscale retail stores at the Market Common, or enjoy outdoor shopping complexes like the popular Broadway at the Beach while hunting for souvenirs.

Bargain hunting is made easy here, too, with two Tanger Outlet locations offering tons of different name brand stores to choose from.

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Built around a beautiful 27 acre lake, Barefoot Landing focuses more on the naturally beauty of North Myrtle Beach and combining it with shopping, dining and entertainment. Barefoot Landing is a must stop on your Myrtle Beach vacation.

One of the greatest spots at Myrtle Beach is Broadway at the Beach. Broadway at the Beach features 350 acres of shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family. There are dozens of stores for everyone in the family, and every type of dining you could want. 

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The Hammock Shops Village is home to the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock, where you can still view the weavers working the magic you remember as a child. Bring the entire family and spend your day browsing everything from fashionable clothing and shoes to handcrafted collectibles and jewelry, coastal-inspired treasures, wine, gifts, candy, specialty art, gourmet kitchen items, and more.

From Pottery Barn to White House Black Market and all the unique boutiques in between, there’s fun for everyone with cool restaurants, bowling, movies, a day spa and exciting family events all year round! 

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Shopping in North Myrtle Beach you will always find original. Down Main Street you have the coolest, speciality shops that offer one-of-a-kind merchandise.

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Myrtle Beach Tanger Outlets offers shoppers 2 locations. One is located just off HWY 17 in Myrtle Beach and the second center is located on HWY 501 in Myrtle Beach.

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