Myrtle Beach is more than just sand, sea, and surf. There truly is something for everyone here. If you think youâ€™ll simply be soaking up some rays on the beach then you have no idea what could lie in store for you! Whether your thing is swimming, shopping, or sight-seeing, sand traps or sand dollars, Myrtle Beach has something for you. One of the East coastâ€™s most popular vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach offers a variety of attractions for all family members, regardless of age or interests. Iâ€™ve lived here for nearly nine years and still havenâ€™t seen all that Myrtle Beach has to offer, and I always find something new and interesting there each visit.
Now, if someone were to ask my advice about what to do and where to go in Myrtle Beach my very first, and most important, advice would be to check out the visitorâ€™s centers! This is a must, because these places have coupons! These coupons will save you a ton of money, and I donâ€™t mean just a dollar here or a dollar there. I mean sometimes $12 or more at a single event, depending on the number in your party. Visitorâ€™s centers also have pamphlets on every single thing possible in Myrtle Beach, which will give you some idea of what your family will enjoy and where to find things in the area. However, for the moment you have a visitorâ€™s center and personal tour guide right here – me! Let me share with you the best kept secrets Iâ€™ve discovered as a local resident of the Myrtle Beach area.
Where to Eat
Now, to me, one of the best things about the Myrtle Beach area is all the seafood restaurants, and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of them. At these restaurants you can eat crab legs by the pounds, chow down on shrimp, sample fried calamari, fried oysters, fish of all varieties, and much, much more. Most of these restaurants are buffet-style with the option of ordering off a menu if desired. I recommend going for the buffet! Of course, for those who are not seafood lovers, there is also your usual fare on these buffets – macaroni and cheese, potatoes, green beans, fruit, corn on the cob, ham, steaks, etc.
At the top of my list of restaurant recommendations is Crabby Mikeâ€™s in Surfside Beach. We discovered this place years ago and havenâ€™t gone to a different Myrtle Beach restaurant since that day. With a buffet featuring well over 120 items, Crabby Mikeâ€™s is the place to go. Anyone who comes to our house for a visit gets taken to Crabby Mikeâ€™s, and we havenâ€™t had a single complaint out of anyone who has tried it yet. We absolutely love this place!
Of course, Crabby Mikeâ€™s is only one of many seafood restaurants to be found in Myrtle Beach, and weâ€™ve eaten at others that we thoroughly enjoyed too. Coming in second to Crabby Mikeâ€™s would be The Original CaptainÂ Benjamin’s , located in North Myrtle Beach. Not to be confused with the similarly-named Captain Benjaminâ€™s, The Original Captain Benjaminâ€™s offers a wide variety of dishes on their buffet. Offering the best all-around food flavor and live jazz performances at night would be the Seafare restaurant. Here the waiters and waitresses dress as pirates, complete with eye patch, making for a fun eating experience, especially for children.
Many of the seafood restaurants in Myrtle Beach are not open until four oâ€™clock, so if youâ€™re just wanting some lunch I would highly recommend the Hard Rock CafÃ©. They make the best French dip sandwich I have ever eaten. Featuring mainly burgers, sandwiches, and fries, the Hard Rock CafÃ© is a wonderful place to eat while you check out music memorabilia located all over the walls. The Hard Rock CafÃ© is also neat, because itâ€™s shaped like a pyramid. Another place to eat a superb lunch (or dinner) would be the House of Blues. Their food is exquisite, and might I recommend going the extra mile and ordering an appetizer; you wonâ€™t regret it.
If you or your family are not the seafood type then there are also plenty of the usual restaurants to be found all over the country – Cracker Barrel, McDonaldâ€™s, Fazoliâ€™s, Applebeeâ€™s, etc.
What to See
You might be thinking: well, Victoria, when weâ€™re not eating, what is there to see? My answer to you would be loads of stuff! Of course the first thing that comes to mind would be the beach and ocean themselves. Bet you donâ€™t see that at home every day! I know that many people like to get a hotel right on the beach so they can walk straight out of their motel and directly into the ocean. Being a local the first thing we found was a beach that we could literally have to ourselves, and that place is Huntington Beach State Park.
Located south of Myrtle Beach in Murellâ€™s Inlet, Huntington Beach offers so much that you could spend days just at that one location. The beach there is not even half as busy as the beaches located in the main Myrtle Beach area. Plus there are alligators and wildlife all over the place. The Huntington Beach area is beautiful. There are paths through the forests and boardwalks through the marshes to occupy your time. There is also an education center where you children can learn about crabs and wildlife. In addition to all of that, you can fish, kayak, boat, bird-watch, and picnic. And I must not forget the main thing to check out at Huntington Beach – Atalaya. Atalaya is a huge building that was owned by the Huntingtons (sculptor Anna Huntington and her husband). It contained 30 rooms for living quarters, not to mention the sun room, library, art studio, central courtyard, and other rooms. Unoccupied and with no furnishings, you can tour this amazing building and imagine what it must have been like to live in a place like that.
A few other places that are worth mentioning would be Myrtle Beach State Park, Brookgreen Gardens, and Waccatee Zoo. Like Huntington Beach, Myrtle Beach State Park offers cabins and camping, hiking and picnicking. They also have playgrounds and nature programs. A beautiful place to admire the natural fauna of the coastal area Myrtle Beach State Park lets you breathe and relax in a calming ocean breeze. Brookgreen Gardens and the Waccatee Zoo are some local treasures that weâ€™ve wanted to visit for a while now and hope to see this summer. Featuring the sculptures of Anna Huntington (noted sculptor and owner of Atalaya above), the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens also showcase native plants and oaks originally planted in 1700 amongst many other wonders, including a zoo there too. And what child doesnâ€™t want to go to the zoo?
These are just a few highlights of things to see while in Myrtle Beach. Being a nature-lover, most of my recommendations have some sort of nature theme, I know, but rest assured that there are plenty of other things to see and do too.
What to Do
Even more than restaurants Myrtle Beach has activities and shows galore to give your family something to do besides lounge on the beach and get a sunburn. Like rollercoasters and rides? Be sure to stop by the Freestyle Music Park. Formerly called the Hard Rock Park, I hope this amusement park stays open, because it is a fountain of fun. Featuring different sections that are based on different types of music (country instead of rock anyone?) each area has rides and games that are suitable for small children all the way up to adulthood.
While weâ€™re on the subject of music, why not check out the House of Blues while youâ€™re in town and see a live performance. Featuring well-known acts encompassing a variety of musical genres, everything from heavy metal and gospel to rap and country, the House of Blues will satisfy your craving for something new and different. A small venue, you can truly have a seat and feel up close to the show as you watch the performance of someone youâ€™ve only heard on the radio up to now. Often the artists are available after the show for some truly up-close encounters as you talk to them personally and get an autograph or two.
Is shopping your real cup of tea? Covet all the â€œstuffâ€ you can show off back home? Well, there are plenty of places to shop. Besides the shopping malls that you can find anywhere, Myrtle Beach also has outlet malls, namely Tanger Outlet. Everything from Old Navy to Coach can be discovered right at your fingertips. With two locations in the Myrtle Beach area youâ€™re sure to find the bargain that will be the envy of all your friends back home.
Another place you can do a little shopping while your family sees to all the other entertainment to be found is at Broadway at the Beach. Not only can you shop and eat all at a single location, choosing between many restaurants and stores, but you can drop by Ripleyâ€™s Aquarium, a big hit with my family, and see everything from sharks to stingrays to seahorses. You can also see a 3D show at the IMAX theater featuring the biggest screen in the state.
In addition the few Iâ€™ve mentioned above, you can also see a pro baseball team as you watch the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, or go to one of the two water parks located in the area. Go back in time and see a show at Medieval Times or visit the Carolina Opry and Legends In Concert. Of course I would be remiss if I didnâ€™t mention the golf courses and miniature golf courses Myrtle Beach is famous for. Head out on the green and enjoy your fun in the sun.
Truly Myrtle Beach has something for every interest your family may have. The problem wonâ€™t be finding something for your family to do and enjoy. The hard part will be narrowing it down and having enough time to do all you desire! And donâ€™t forget to get up early at least once and watch a sunrise over the ocean – beautiful!
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