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Don’t Leave Myrtle Beach Without Visiting These Places

Fun things to in Myrtle Beach

Let’s take a look at some of the places that you definitely do not want to leave Myrtle Beach without first visiting!

Myrtle Beach Family Golf

When you want to go beyond the beach and engage in an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone, head over to Myrtle Beach Family Golf for a few hours of great fun. Here, you will find five miniature golf courses in themes that include Jungle Safari, Jurassic Golf, Dragon’s Lair, Shipwreck Island, and Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf. Fun characters add the special effects that are needed for a round of golf like you’ve never experienced before. You can head over to the driving range to fine-tune your golf skills or enjoy some time on any one of the courses.

Myrtle Beach Safari

The Myrtle Beach Safari is something that you won’t find just anywhere. Take the tour and see animals like Ramses the Cheetah, who moved to Myrtle Beach all the way from South Africa, Ahren the African Fish Eagle, who was rescued from Tanzania, Gibbons the Ape, who spent the first years of her life exploring the rainforest of Southeast Asia, and many more. You can even see tigers on your choice of a guided tour or safari. With over 130 animals to see, you can interact with many of them on this interactive experience. Come and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Myrtle Beach Water Sports

If you are feeling a little adventurous during your trip, consider checking out Myrtle Beach Water Sports. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, the owners go above and beyond to give everyone a personalized, memorable experience. You can try out jet skis, pontoon boats, a pirate cruise boat and more. Have some fun on the water while learning an activity that you’ve only dreamed of trying.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Have the time of your life as you stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Here, you will find so many things to do that you may not know where to start. Ride the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel for a view that you must see to believe. Visit I Love Sugar, a truly unique candy store where you can find things like giant gummy bears and candy sushi. You’ll see fireworks shows, carnivals, and much more. Enjoy year-round festivals, or just sit, relax, and take everything in for a while as you immerse yourself in everything the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has to offer.

The Asher Theater

Catch a show while you are in town at The Asher Theater in Myrtle Beach. With fun events held all year-round, there is always something spectacular going on there. This quaint theater is inviting for everyone and is truly a warm, one-of-a-kind experience.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

At Ripley’s Aquarium, you can enjoy amazing experiences such as sleeping with sharks, and getting up close and personal with stingrays. There are several can’t miss exhibits including the Rainbow Rock Experience, the Living Gallery, and the Pearl Harbor Experience. You can take a Glass Bottom Boat Adventure and even catch a live show while you are there. Make sure to bring your camera, because photographs are certainly encouraged. You will have the time of your life as you see two levels of aquatic life like frogs and lizards, spotted eagle rays, horseshoe crabs, and many more.

Blueberry’s Grill

When you are on vacation, it is worthwhile to make sure mealtimes are just as fun as the rest of the trip. That is exactly what you will find at Blueberry’s Grill, as you enjoy unique, made to order menu items in a casual, modern environment. Find food that you cannot find anywhere else. The menu has offerings such as Chicken and Waffles with Sugar Pears, Bananas Foster French Toast, the Hey Blueberry Omelet, and much more.

Simply Southern Smokehouse

Eat like a true Southerner when you visit Simply Southern Smokehouse. Make sure you arrive good and hungry because this establishment offers an all you can eat food experience that you don’t want to miss out on. This no-fuss restaurant is known for excellent home cooking, with items that include Southern favorites like Chicken and Dumplings, Sausage and Onions, Pork Chops, and more. Or, you can choose from the Specials Menu, with meals like Baked Spaghetti and Meatloaf and Smoked Ham and Fried Gizards. Save room for dessert, because you’ll find plenty of that as well.

Pier House Restaurant

You’ll definitely want to enjoy some fresh and local seafood while you are in Myrtle Beach, and Pier House Restaurant is the perfect place to do just that. As the name suggests, you will have your meal overlooking the 2nd Avenue Pier and the amazing views. Have a cocktail at the open-air bar, or sit on the patio and take it all in. Choose from a selection of delicious offerings that include Seaside Spinach Dip, a Georgetown Grouper Reuben, a Fried Seafood Platter, and much more.

Daddio’s Ice Cream

When you want to cool off with a sweet treat after a busy day sunbathing or on the go, Daddio’s Ice Cream has just what you need. You’ll find some of the freshest homemade ice cream in town. Have desserts such as sundaes, banana splits, and milkshakes. With over 20 flavors to choose from, you’ll want to come back time and time again so you can sample everything that Daddio’s has to offer.
Be sure to keep in mind that you can go beyond the sand and water when you plan a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There are many activities for everyone, so explore the town and have the vacation of a lifetime!

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Insider’s Guide to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

South Carolina Beach

North Myrtle Beach is a town of 16,000 at the northern tip of the Grand Strand. It lacks the spring break vibe and lively boardwalk of Myrtle Beach and hovers beneath the vacation radar. But once discovered, it is seldom forgotten. The slower pace and fewer crowds of North Myrtle Beach make it a great vacation destination for families and for people who want to take it easy. It is also an upscale retirement haven: senior friendly and plenty of golf courses.
Like most small towns, their local gems are not splashed on billboards, but people familiar with North Myrtle Beach have shared with us their favorite places:

Discover Platt’s Seafood

1108 Sea Mountain Highway, North Myrtle Beach, open all day every day

Fishing tackle and bait are just the beginning for Platt’s customers. They sell all you need for coastal cooking including mixes for cheesy grits and hush puppies. With daily deliveries from local boats, they offer the freshest fish and shellfish around. Their crab cakes are nearly all crab with just enough filler to hold them together. Their housemade soups, chowders, and seafood salads are culinary delights, and their key lime pie has won awards. You can order your seafood prepared for the table or purchase it raw. The knowledgeable staff will tell you how to prepare it. Order their low country boil of shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob–and don’t forget a key lime pie for dessert.

710 Bowling and More

1105 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, opens 3 p.m. daily

You’ve waited all year for this beach vacation, and now it’s pouring. You are grumpy, the kids are fighting, and not everyone loves bowling. 710 is so much more than a clean, family-friendly bowling alley with a good restaurant and bar. Bocce, darts, table tennis, corn hole, and board games are free. Billiards and shuffleboard are $5 an hour. 710 has many coin-operated games The food is reasonable and tasty with a children’s menu and an entire page of Southern comfort food in addition to typical pub fare. Trivia Thursdays are popular, particularly when the weather is not cooperating.

Learn To do the Shag

North Myrtle Beach is the home of the shag, a partner dance often described as the jitterbug on quaaludes. Main Street bars such as Fat Harold’s offer free lessons, and live D.J.’s play the music to dance to. For the best shag shoes, the Shoe Center, 710 Highway 17 South, has fashionable shoes with soles that grip the dance floor so you won’t go spinning into the street — unless you are innovating a dance move that involves golf carts and pedestrians.

Enjoy a Festival

North Myrtle Beach’s main festivals are the fall Irish-Italian Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Festival and parade, and Mayfest, a kickoff to summer fun. These festivals rock with live music, local crafts, great food, and family-friendly fun. Instead of the parking nightmare of festivals in larger cities, North Myrtle Beach organizes free parking venues and shuttles to the festivals. Golf cart rides, some as short as three blocks from car to Main Street, add to the fun as friendly locals give warm Southern welcomes and free rides.
The Great Christmas Light Show features more than 2 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5 mile drive through North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Over 500 magical light displays, some up to 55 feet tall, are custom made for the show. Visitors experience 20 enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights come to life accompanied by music. After the light show, families enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores in Santa’s Village, tube down Santa’s 40-foot inflatable slide, and, of course, meet Santa.

Taste the Real Italy

The Grand Strand including North Myrtle Beach has a large selection of Italian restaurants that range from ho-hum chains to family owned and operated pizzerias. The best and most authentic is Rapone, 3303 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, an unassuming trattoria next to an ice cream shop. As in Italy, this is a neighborhood gathering place for pizza and Southern Italian cuisine made from family recipes brought by immigrants from the old country. Many ingredients are from Italy such as 00 flour, Marzano tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella. Pizzas are cooked in a traditional brick oven, and the limoncello is house-made.

Visit Little River

This little fishing village neighboring North Myrtle Beach has a quaint, little downtown, but its biggest attractions are two restaurants favored by residents of North Myrtle Beach. The Parson’s Table, 4305 McCorsley Avenue, Little River, dates back to 1865 when it was a church. Restoration work used wood from old barns and stained glass from old churches to form an intimate restaurant of several rooms. Staff will point out their one Tiffany glass. The catch of the day is always excellent, and their She Crab Soup is highly praised. Surf, turf, or Weiner Schnitzel, your meal is guaranteed delicious and the ambiance is enchanting.
Across the street from the Parson’s Table, The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro, 4269 Luck Avenue, Little River, is a renovated 1910 house with several dining rooms and a patio. In summer, you can enjoy a lobster boil and live music on the patio. Year round, the cuisine is Low Country French. The restaurant is haunted, and guests can sign up for a ghost tour after dinner.

Bring the dog

North Myrtle Beach is one of the most dog-friendly places in the U.S. Most restaurants with outdoor seating welcome Fido and most will supply a bowl of water even before you ask. Grocery and other large stores have no problem with shoppers putting dogs in their carts. Smaller stores are concerned only that the pet is leashed and well mannered. Dogs are welcomed on beaches; but during the summer season, they must be off the beach between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
North Myrtle Beach is an all-season getaway depending on your vacation aspirations. Beach walking, music, low country cuisine, golfing, and laid back activities are popular year-round. If swimming and tanning are your goals, May through October are the best months to visit.