Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has so much to offer visitors that many find that they simply don’t have enough vacation time to see and do all that they want. With a wide range of attractions that are perfect for the entire gamut of vacationers, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. Whether you’re on summer break from college and looking for beach fun and one of the best pinball arcade museums in the world, a family with young teens and small children, or retirees simply looking for a new favorite vacation spot, Myrtle Beach has you covered.
With most major attractions being located fairly close together, it’s not hard at all to locate a bunch of great places to visit. However, there’s so much to see and do, you might find it difficult to decide exactly which ones are the perfect fit for you. With that in mind, this guide is designed to help you pick the best of the best so you can make the most out of your trip to Myrtle Beach.
In no particular order, here are 8 Myrtle Beach attractions that you should definitely check out.
No matter how old you are, there’s a really good chance that you have some very fond memories of your favorite pinball machine. If that’s you and/or you’re looking for somewhere fun, cool, and exciting to take the kiddos, This pinball arcade museum is a MUST-do on your to-do list. Located close to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and only 4 blocks from the ocean, this unique museum actually lets you play pinball games from all the way back in the ’70s to present day machines. Learn some pinball history while you play the arcade games you grew up with at this wonderful pinball arcade museum!
2. The Palace Theater
Located right at the beach at the heart of the award winning “Broadway at the Beach” Entertainment Complex, The Palace Theater offers discounted Matinee performances and has seating that provide guests with great views of fantastic shows throughout the year. It hosts some of the greatest broadway theatre productions and musicals from around the world, as well as some of the most spectacular live entertainment shows available today.
Check out fantastic entertainment like: ’Carnival of Magic’ that features some of the best acts from America’s Got Talent, fantastic standup from top performers, Christmas Wonderland, Hot Jersey Nights (celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons), Magic Mayhem which will keep you laughing while wondering what is real and what isn’t, and much more.
3. Broadway Grand Prix
Whether you brought the kids or not, if you enjoy a little high-speed fun then the Broadway Grand Prix should definitely be on your list. With 7 go kart tracks, mini golf, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars, a well-stocked snack bar, and a fantastic arcade, the kid in you is going to have a blast.
Offering “all you can ride” wristbands, Broadway Grand Prix also has your family’s safety in mind at all times. Not only are they asking everyone to practice social distancing and mask guidelines, there’s a height requirement for the bumper cars (60” with a drivers license in order to drive with a passenger that is 40-47” tall, and at least 48” tall to drive alone).
4. Dixie Stampede
After fun-filled days driving go karts and remembering your childhood at the pinball arcade museum, you’d be selling your vacation short if you missed the Dixie Stampede. A favorite among both locals and visitors, the Dixie Stampede dinner show is a great place to enjoy a fantastic meal of ribs, chicken, corn bread, and even more that is all eaten by hand while you watch stunts and tricks performed by live horses in an indoor ring right in front of you.
5. Waccatee Zoological Farm
No matter your age, the Waccatee Zoological Farm is an absolute must-see. This very affordable venue has plenty of shade for a respite during those hot summer days, and you can spend a great afternoon viewing and feeding a wide range of different animals, including peacocks that wander around the property.
6. Brookgreen Gardens
Located on over 10,000 acres, you’ll not only have a chance to enjoy a wide variety of plants and man-made sculptures, they also have concert series for you to enjoy and some of the best picnic spots available anywhere. These botanical gardens are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, children under 3 get in free, and tickets for adults are under $20. When you’re ready for some quiet time (which you may need after a full day at the pinball arcade museum), head over to Brookgreen Gardens and enjoy the beauty and tranquility.
7. Barefoot Landing
Of course no vacation is complete without some good quality shopping time, and Barefoot Landing is one of the most popular shopping attractions in the area. If some in your party aren’t into shopping, or they just want to relax, they can kick back in a rocking chair while enjoy the view of the water and crocodile watching while the kids (or the kid in you) enjoys the carousel.
8. The Beach
No trip to Myrtle Beach would be complete without a trip to the actual beach and whether you visit the first, last, or every day that you’re in the area, the beach is a main attraction for a reason. First, it’s complete free. Second, it’s the beach! Enjoy the day catching some of that South Carolina sun, cooling off in the ocean, or just listening to the waves crash against the shore. A relaxing day at the beach pretty much trumps a day doing literally anything else.
When visiting Myrtle Beach for vacation, there is such a wide variety of sights and fun to be had that you’ll want to visit again and again. Whether it’s the pinball arcade museum or the beach that sticks with you the most, you’ll have an unforgettable vacation at Myrtle Beach.