NOTE: This article is part of our "The Hot 100 Heat Index" List, identifying the hottest attractions in Myrtle Beach for summer 2014. To read more about how the list was chosen, click here.
20. Frank’s Outback & Bar
Included as one of five Myrtle Beach attraction on AOL Travel’s “Top Spring Things To Do” for 2014, this Pawleys Island restaurant offers a fine dining experience full of lowcountry cuisine in a unique informal, yet classy outdoor setting.
19. Pirate’s Voyage
One the most fiercest pirates to ever sail off the coast of the Carolinas, Captain Blackbeard, joins the cast of this awesome dinner show for 2014. Enjoy the feast as Blackbeard and his quartermaster Calico Jack lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews in battle with high-flying aerials and aquatic excitement.
With more than 100 hand-ons exhibits and activities, the “upside down house” at Broadway at the Beach provides a great mix of learning and fun for the whole family. Great rainy-day activity!
17. Legends In Concert
This year’s summer lineup at Legends In Concert show includes a tribute to the top ladies in music today, Taylor Swift, as well as classic favorites such as Steven Tyler, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and the Blues BRothers.
16. Broadway Grand Prix
This recently reinvented racing attraction (formerly known as NASCAR Speedpark) features go-kart tracks for all ages, mini golf, a huge arcade, the thrilling Skycoaster ride and more. You can ask for much more — or faster — family fun.
15. Medieval Times
There’s a reason this amazing dinner show is voted one of the best in Myrtle Beach year after year. From it’s high-energy jousting, swordplay and story to it’s enormously good hands-only feast, there’s no better way to experience the 11th century.
14. Family Kingdom
They just keep packing more family fun into the only seaside amusement park in Myrtle Beach. After adding four new rides in 2013 — including the Twist N Shout roller coaster — they’re at it again in 2014 with a pair of new kiddie rides transported from the former Freestyle Music Park.
13. Alabama Theatre
The fabulous production, choreography, and singing of its flagship “ONE: The Show” are what this North Myrtle Beach theater is known for, but don’t overlook the hilarious comedy of Grant Turner as Ricky Mokel or a great lineup of guest concerts with some of the top names in classic country, R&B and more.
12. Ripley’s Aquarium
This Myrtle Beach aquarium features more than 10,000 exotic underwater animals with 350 species. A great retreat from the hot summer sun and an awesome chance for kids to learn and even get hands-on with some sea creatures.
11. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
It’s hard to argue with the accolades of a course ranked as the top golf course in Myrtle Beach by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek and numerous other national and international publications. Built by legendary designer Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1949 this course and its famous “Waterloo” Par 5 have been wowing golfers for more than 60 years.
10. T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounter Tour
Even though the $239 price tag on touring this wild animal preserve makes it beyond the budget of many, it’s consistently one of the top-rated user experiences around. Luckily, visitors can also get a taste of the experience for free at Barefoot Landing’s T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station.
9. SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
This one-of-a-kind ride is as notable for its impact on the Myrtle Beach skyline — and it’s appearance in nearly every visitor’s social media photo stream — as it is for being a fun and interesting way to view downtown Myrtle Beach.
8. House of Blues
Playing home to the area’s biggest-name concerts, top-notch food — especially the Gospel Brunch — an outdoor bar and deck and a wide variety of great events, those looking for entertainment will surely find something to enjoy it here.
7. The Carolina Opry
As the longest-running Myrtle Beach show around, it’s hard to match Opry’s staying power and it’s ability to wow audiences with top-notch talent, production and variety with options like Good Vibrations and LIGHT: Laser Light Extravaganza.
6. Barefoot Landing
Full of unique specialty stores, great restaurants, attractions and two of the area’s best entertainment venues — Alabama Theatre and House of Blues — it’s a no-brainer to put this North Myrtle Beach shopping complex in the Top 5.
5. Brookgreen Gardens
With largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the U.S. set against a backdrop of endless flora and fauna, this south end garden is one of the most beautiful and popular attractions in Myrtle Beach. Also home to the Lowcountry Zoo.
4. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Enjoy America’s pastime with great on-field action and tons for the kids to do at the park and great promotions like Thirsty Thursdays, on-field catch and post-game fireworks. For $7-8 a ticket this is affordable family-friendly fun at its finest.
3. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
No other attraction on this list has done as much to transform downtown as the 1.4-mile boardwalk. Filled with shops, nightlife, restaurants and amazing oceanfront scenery it truly represents the heart and soul of Myrtle Beach.
2. Broadway at the Beach
Year after year, you simply can’t beat this massive shopping and entertainment complex that’s been voted S.C.’s #1 attraction multiple times. Whether it’s nightlife in Celebrity Square, unique shopping options, great restaurants or top attractions Broadway has it all.
1. The beach!
Perhaps this is a bit obvious, but there’s just no way to argue that the Grand Strand’s most notable feature — its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean — isn’t worthy of the top spot. From fishing, surfing and watersports to swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing, many of the most beloved activities we’ve got rely begin and end with the beach.