There are so many fun things to see and do in Myrtle Beach that narrowing the list down to five is a bit of a challenge. But there are a handful of hot spots that aren't just great attractions themselves, but are also home to numerous other attractions to give you even more entertainment options during your Myrtle Beach vacation. Here are our top five:
Broadway at the Beach: Myrtle Beach's most popular attraction offers shopping, dining, nightlife, entertainment and some of the top attractions on the Grand Strand, making it the perfect place for families or groups with varying ideas of a good time. Ripley's Aquarium, MagiQuest, WonderWorks and the Broadway 16 movie theater are among the many indoor options for the whole family, or enjoy the outdoors at Dragon's Lair miniature golf, Soar & Explore zipline and ropes course and the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, a series of amusement parks with modern rides for the kids and antiques from the old Pavilion to take the adults for a stroll down memory lane, like the old Herschell-Spielman carousel. You can also shop till you drop, dine like a king and party all night in one location.
Brookgreen Gardens: For visitors who appreciate works of art and the wonders of nature, this Murrells Inlet botanical sculpture garden is a must-visit. Located on a former rice plantation, the scenic Lowcountry landscape includes the beauty of flowers, shrubs and trees growing among amazing sculptures from Greek mythology through scenes of the Old South. Stroll through rows of majestic live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and galleries featuring the works of famous American artists. Don't worry about keeping the kids entertained because Brookgreen is also home to the Lowcountry Zoo, which includes alligators, otters and birds of prey, as well as farm animals the little ones can pet and feed. Boat tours of the nearby tidal creeks and rivers are among the many offerings.
Family Kingdom: This downtown amusement park is a Myrtle Beach institution as the last surviving amusement park on Ocean Boulevard. Recent upgrades have given the park a nice mix of new attractions like the Sling Shot Drop Zone, Twist 'N Shout roller coaster and Splashes Waterpark on the oceanfront, as well as old-school rides like the Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster and the go-kart track. Perhaps the best aspect of Family Kingdom is there is no admission charge, only multi-tiered armbands for the rides, so adults who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can tag along and join in the fun for free.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: The city of Myrtle Beach's vision to construct a 1.2-mile walkway along the downtown oceanfront five years ago continues to pay dividends as new attractions, shops and restaurants have opened to revitalize the Ocean Boulevard area. Stretching from Second Avenue to 15th Avenue North, the Boardwalk gives guests a scenic trail that offers an ocean view on one side and lots to do on the other. The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel serves as the centerpiece of walkway, and Plyler Park hosts free concerts, fireworks shows and festivals.
Myrtle Waves: There are few better ways to spend a day in Myrtle Beach than a waterpark, and Myrtle Waves is the wettest and wildest of them all. The largest waterpark in South Carolina features the new Rocking Ray extreme slide, the Aruba Tooba, Turbo Twisters and Super Chutes just to name a few. The Wave Pool, Layzee River and kiddie parks like Bubble Bay and Saturation Station provide tamer alternatives for those too young or old for the more extreme rides and slides. Myrtle Waves also offers private cabanas, family movie nights and discounted half-day passes.