Each year, Myrtle Beach welcomes over 14 million visitors to enjoy a fun-filled vacation of sunbathing, swimming, golf, dining, amusements and about a hundred other things.
Here are some great but lesser-known ones that can really round out your itinerary and enrich your family’s vacation experience.
Pedal Your Way Along the Grand Strand
Biking is a great way to explore this iconic seaside resort city. Inviting bike lanes along Ocean Drive make it easy to navigate your way to many beachfront attractions. Ditch the asphalt and head for the tightly-packed sand of Myrtle Beach, ideal for a shoreline bike ride. Myrtle Beach Bike Rentals-N-Tours delivers bikes right to your door, and also offers bicycle tour packages. To reserve a bike, call 843.222.3840.
Visit an Area Vineyard
This region is home to the muscadine grape, a hearty variety that produces wines of varying sweetness. Sample some at La Belle Aimee Vineyard in Little River, about 20 miles north of Myrtle Beach along the Grand Strand. Enjoy wine tastings, vineyard tours and concerts all year long. For tastings and events, call 843.399.9463.
Cuddle Up with a Siberian Tiger
Visit T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, a wildlife conservation facility that features “animal ambassadors”—including Siberian tiger cubs—who you can pose and interact with for a fee. It’s a memorable experience for the whole family. Call 843.361.4552 for current hours.
Explore Enchanted Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens is a gorgeous, 9,100-acre outdoor museum south of Myrtle Beach. Included in TripAdvisor’s 2013 list of Top Ten U.S. Public Gardens, Brookgreen is home to lush, colorful display gardens featuring 300-year-old oaks, plus over 1,400 elegant sculptures and a zoo with an amazing variety of rescued wildlife. For programs and tours, call 843.235.6000.
Have a Shark Sleepover
Head to Ripley’s® Aquarium in Myrtle Beach to spend a fun-filled night camping with your kids in Dangerous Reef tunnel. Thousands of sea creatures including giant stingrays, sea turtles and sharks swim all around you in crystal-clear water—you’ll feel like you can almost reach out and touch them. For reservations, call 800.734.8888, EXT. 3226.
Get Up Close and Personal with One of South Carolina’s Largest Predators
The American gator is a dangerous creature, but you can view these fierce predators safely at Alligator Adventure at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Exciting live feedings showcase the strength and prowess of these creatures. For tickets, call 843.361.0789.
Explore the Lowcountry by Boat
Hop aboard a pontoon boat at Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tours and explore the plantation mansions and long-abandoned rice fields of Winyah Bay. Lowcountry native Cap’n Rod entertains and enlightens with the history and local lore of the area. To book a tour, call
Get a Bird’s-Eye View of the Beach
Myrtle Beach Helicopter Rides offers a range of breathtaking aerial tours of the Grand Strand, with views that will give you a different perspective of the area. For tours, call 800.FLY4FUN.
Travel Back to 1732
Dubbed “Little Charleston,” Georgetown, South Carolina is a giant when it comes to historic attractions. This colonial- era seaport city south of Myrtle Beach will instantly charm you with its oak-lined avenues, riverfront shopping and dining, scenic Harborwalk, majestic antebellum mansions, and rich history.
Take a Haunted Tour of Georgetown
Ghosts of Georgetown hosts after-dark, lantern-led tours through the historic district, where the spirits of the past still roam centuries-old streets. It’s a fun and spooky way to learn about Georgetown’s long history. For reservations, call 843.543.5777.
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