Myrtle Beach Amusements and Attractions
Plenty to See and Do in North Myrtle Beach & Myrtle Beach
Plunge into an excitingly memorable beach vacation in the North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area. Friends, couples, and families with kids will find sunny adventures waiting. Whether you prefer life at breakneck speed or at a laid back pace, there is something for everyone in the Myrtle Beach area. When you rent a beach house or a condo, be prepared to access all the fun this area is famous for. The only way you could possibly be bored here is if you choose to be! Dip your toes into an ocean of options - amusement and water parks, golfing, go karts, horseback riding, fun museums, arcades, live entertainment, boat tours, zip lines, thrill rides, wildlife adventures, state parks, and so much more.
When you stay at one of the incredible beach vacation rentals along the Grand Strand, accept the open invitation to customize your getaway to fit your personal idea of a great time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
Harbour View Golf Complex
Harbour View Golf Complex offers a unique trio of experiences. A par-three challenging golf course for all skill levels is available for those who want to hit the big green. The complex has 36 holes of exciting putt putt at Tribal Island, guiding putters through a maze of waterfalls and caves and caverns. Palm trees stud the course and an active volcano erupts hourly, adding to the fun. Harbour View Golf Complex offers 18 holes of FootGolf, a rising sport that uniquely combines soccer and golf. Open daily.
(901 Highway 17 North, Little River; 843-249-9117)
Grapefull Sisters Vineyard
Visit the Grapefull Sisters Vineyard for a tasty glass of wine. Wine tastings from 1 to 6 pm Monday through Saturday give visitors a sample of eight varieties, including the Native American Muscadine, a strikingly plump grape. The wines range from semi-dry white to Southern red, a sweet tradition. The grounds are bordered by 10,000 acres of dedicated, undeveloped wildlife refuge, which attracts many species of birds to the vineyard property. This offers a great opportunity for year-round bird watching.
(Ramsey Ford Dr, Longs/95 Dots Dr., Tabor City NC; 910-653-2944)
Lifequest Swim and Fitness
Keeping in shape may not sound like the most fun way to spend vacation time, but Lifequest Swim and Fitness flips it into a great experience. They offer indoor and outdoor pools, water aerobics, spin and cycle classes, yoga, weights, a spa, and more.
(4390 Spa Drive, Litle River; 843-399-2582)
Inlet Point Plantation Stables
Novice and experienced equestrians are invited to saddle up for a tranquil horseback ride on the plantation, which offers breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience. Children and adults are welcome. Riders age 10 and up may take the two-hour horseback ride threading through the plantation, traveling on the private island beach. A one-hour tour is perfect for ages 7 and up. This tour includes a pecan grove and gorgeous views of the Intracoastal Waterway. For a unique way to experience nature in this pocket of South Carolina, call Inlet Point Plantation Stables for reservations.
(5800 Little River Neck Rd., North Myrtle Beach; 843-249-2989)
North Myrtle Beach
Affordable Golf Cart Rentals
Enjoy the view of North Myrtle Beach from behind the wheel of a golf cart rental! Each rental includes a Cargo Caddie, a versatile carry all created by Affordable Golf Cart Rentals.
(504 Main St, North Myrtle Beach; 843-385-2547)
Alligator Adventure claims their spot at the reptile capitol of the world! Both children and adults will be fascinated by the wild experience. Albino alligators, Chilean flamingos, crocodiles, and exotic frogs and lizards comprise just a few of the more than 200 species of animals at Alligator Adventure. Meet a Galapagos tortoise and gaze in awe at Utan, the largest known crocodile in the world. King of the crocs at 2,000 pounds and over 20 feet in length, Utan was raised in Thailand and now calls South Carolina home. As you meander the grounds of Alligator Adventure, enjoy natural swamps and marshes and take in the sights of amazing creatures. Fun and education rolled into one amazing adventure!
(4604 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach; 843-361-0789)
Carolina Safari Jeep Tours
Carolina Safari Jeep Tours offers a unique ecotourism tour, combining education with adventure. All ages will be fascinated by this excursion, which travels the gorgeous South Carolina Lowcountry. Ride down oak lined avenues of a plantation and see ricefields still producing wild rice after 300 years. Your tour guide will introduce you to African Gullah culture, share pirate legends, and show you slave cabins, chapels, and cypress buildings. Atalaya Castle, a Spanish-style structure, is a popular feature. Come prepared to take plenty of photos, as the guide plans the tour with photo opportunities in mind. The Jeeps pause to allow for bird watching and to experience the salt marsh and wildlife habitats, as well as the haunted graveyard.
(includes pickup at most area hotels; 888-497-5330)
La Belle Amie Vineyard
La Belle Amie means the beautiful friend and is the origin of Bellamy, the name of the family that has owned this lovely property, formerly a tobacco plantation, since the 1800s. The Bellamy family ancestors historically crafted wine in southern France, now carrying family tradition in beautiful South Carolina. Linger in the wine tasting room to sample not only private label wines, but also finishing and dipping sauces, as well as dressings and mustards, in addition to other specialty foods. Peruse the vineyard gift shop in search of the perfect present for your wine loving friends, or purchase a special jar of grape preserves. La Belle Amie Vineyard invites their guests to enjoy the front porch rocking chairs with a glass of wine, savoring a summer afternoon.
(Highway 90, Little River; 843-399-WINE)
Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Water Park
This popular amusement park on the oceanfront is a fountain of fun for friends, couples, and families with kids. Admission to the park is free, offering the option for all day wristbands or tickets for individual rides, making this park a great option, especially for families. With more than 38 thrilling rides, there is plenty to choose from. The wooden rollercoaster, Swamp Fox, is a favorite, and the Slingshot Drop Zone has you free falling 110 feet! Bumper cars, Jump Around Dune Buggies, Magic Bikes, and Go-Karts all promise a spectacularly fun day. Family Kingdom boasts the only oceanfront water park in all of Myrtle Beach. Lazy rivers, water flumes, speed slides, and an area just for kids are some of the great features of this park. Family Kingdom Amusement Park is open every day from April to September. During the summer, the oceanfront water park is also open daily.
(300 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach; 843-626-3447)
For incredible aerial views of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the gorgeous Grand Strand, take an adventurous helicopter tour with Huffman Helicopters. With over 40 years of aviation experience, the pilots have maintained a perfect safety record. The company has an affordable beach tour. They also offer a nature lover tour that includes views of marshland and estuaries. Other tours include views of the SkyWheel and Boardwalk, the Golden Mile of million dollar mansions, and much more. History lovers will love the opportunity to board a WWII era Biplane for an extra special aerial tour.
(Myrtle Beach International Airport and Business Highway 17; 800-579-HELI)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Professional Baseball
Why watch the game on TV when you can attend in person? Sports fanatics will love the opportunity to catch a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game while enjoying their beach vacation. The Pelicans are a Texas Rangers Carolina League Class A baseball team and have captured league championship titles several times. Affordable lawn, bleacher, and box seats make for a great night of fun for friends, couples, and families with kids. Enjoy the ballpark eats and laugh at the antics of the Pelicans mascot, Splash, in between innings. Check out the Pro Shop for Pelicans souvenirs. Call for the home game schedule and ask about weekly promotions.
(21st Avenue North and Robert Grisson Parkway, Myrtle Beach; 843-236-0500)
Myrtle Beach Speedway
Indulge your need for speed at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Here you have the rare opportunity to drive a genuine NASCAR race car! Or sign on for a ride along. Enjoy watching weekly races on Saturdays from April through September. The Myrtle Beach Speedway has seen three generations of Earnhardts race and win! Call the Speedway for times, rain dates, and special events, or check out their website.
(located four miles west of the beaches on Highway 501; Myrtle Beach; 843-236-0500)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Haunted Adventure & 4-D Moving Theater
People of all ages are drawn to the oddities for which Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is known. Specializing in the strange, unusual, and weird, this place is the very definition of unique. Some popular artifacts include a barge made of sugar, a ginormous roller coaster crafted of toothpicks, and a mermaid of devilish beauty. For those with the stomach and heart for it, you may enjoy the Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, where special effects and techie animation will chill you to the bone or make you scream. The Ripley’s 4-D Moving Theater is an incredible experience… a motion picture you actually ride! Check out the Ripley’s Mirror Maze and have fun trying to escape! Open daily’
(9th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach; 877-280-2751; 843-448-2331)
Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Friends, couples, and families with kids of all ages will totally love splashing into Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach! A glass bottom boat tour takes you into the heart of the shark tank, called Dangerous Reef, inhabited by over 8,500 aquatic creatures. These beautiful animals represent the colors of the undersea, with a few dangerous guys thrown in for fun. Get in touch with stingrays and marvel over Rainbow Rock, featuring beautiful and exotic members of the sea. It represents the amazing Indo Pacific coral reefs, including an interestingly named Foxface Rabbitfish. Open every day, all year.
(1110 Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach; 843-916-0888)
Waccatee Zoological Farm calls themselves the Beast kept secret in Myrtle Beach. Weather permitting, they are open every day of the year. The zoo is privately owned, the land having been in the family for generations. The family desires to preserve nature and share their love of animals. Their zoo represents over 100 species of animals, both exotic and domestic, within 500 acres of wooded property. No concrete jungles for them! The zoo also serves as a breeding ground and wildlife sanctuary for migratory birds. At certain times during the year, thousands of egrets and herons show up! Herds of buffalo and zebras roam their grasslands. Altogether a hidden jewel.
(8500 Enterprise Road, Myrtle Beach; 843-650-8500)
Wild Water & Wheels
A 16-acre water park, Wild Water & Wheels is the place for summer fun. Friends, couples, and families are sure to have a splashing good time on more than 33 amazing rides, which include speed slides, tube slides, and mat slides. The Free Fall Cliff Dive plummets brave sliders at speeds up to 45 miles an hour! The Dark Hole is a fully enclosed slide for courageous souls on inner tubes, and was cited as the best scary ride in Myrtle Beach by Southern Living Magazine. The wheels portion of Wild Water & Wheels includes a variety of go kart tracks in categories of Junior, Intermediate, and Speed, allowing kids and adults of all ages to safely experience the rush. Check out the 18-hole mini golf course. The park offers a special upgrade to the water park admission to allow guests to golf as often as you please. Overall, a surefire way to a great day! Open daily in the summer.
(910 Business Highway 17 South, Surfside Beach; 843-238-3787)
The spectacular Brookgreen Gardens is nestled on what was once four rice plantations. Their motto is ever changing, simply amazing. The gardens include a zoo, the only zoo on the Carolina coast to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The native animals that reside here are unable to survive on their own in the wild. The gardens feature several thousand acres of native plants and animals, making this an incredible opportunity to experience South Carolina. Check out the sculpture collection, which is the largest collection of its kind in the United States, representing over 2,000 works by 425 artists.
(1931 Brookgreen Dr. - just off Highway 17, three miles south of Murrells Inlet; 800-849-1931)
Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park is a unique twist of nature and history. Atalaya Castle, inspired by Spanish architecture, was built by Archer Milton Huntington and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Anna was a world-renowned sculptor, and her home continues to inspire artisans. More than 300 species of birds have been spotted at Huntington, attracting wildlife enthusiasts and birders. The park’s salt marshes are considered one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Keep an eye out for alligators, pelicans, spoonbills, sea turtles, and many other native creatures. The park allows boating and licensed fishing and includes a hiking trail. Open daily.
(16148 Ocean Hwy - 3 miles south of Murrells Inlet on Highway 17, across from Brookgreen Gardens; 843-237-4440)