Hot 100 Heat Index: The hottest attractions in Myrtle Beach (40-21)

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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.

40. Myrtle Beach National Golf Club

The flagship course of the area’s largest golf management company deserves recognition for it’s variety as much as it’s quality of play — it offers 54 holes across the West Course, South Creek Course and Fabulous King’s North Course. All three Arnold Palmer-designed championship courses in Myrtle Beach have racked up numerous honors are a “must-play” for golf lovers.

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39. Big M & SunCruz casino boats

No matter which boat you choose — either the Big M Casino Boat or SunCruz Aquasino — cruising from the Little River Waterfront for an evening full of Vegas-style gaming action is a one-of-a-kind experience unlike anything else on the Grand Strand.

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38. The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

While not much has changed about this iconic gift shop over the years, that’s exactly the reason many of the visitors who come stop here year and after year. There’s something nostalgic and special about getting lost in the trinkets and souvenirs of this classic gift cove.

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37. Tupelo Bay Golf Center

Though not as a prestigious as the many championship courses in Myrtle Beach, this Garden City golf center has the full package when it comes to golfing fun for the whole family. There’s an executive course, a Par 3 “pitch and putt” course, driving range, Runaway Bay mini golf, disc golf and even the brand-new Glo Golf, played a night with a glow-in-the-dark ball.

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36. New South Brewery

Noted by TripAdvisor as one of the top brewery tours in the U.S., beer lovers can’t go wrong with a trip to New South. The tour each Tuesday and Thursday features free samples of all the company’s brews and thanks to a “pint law” passed last June, they also now offer Draught Pours three days a week.

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35. Myrtle Waves

While the ocean is surely the best way to get wet in Myrtle Beach, the million gallons of water flowing through this 20-acre water park might be a close second. Whether it’s the curvy Turbo Twisters, pitch black Night Flight or the Arooba Tooba you can’t go wrong with a ride on these slides.

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34. Ocean Annie’s

The self-proclaimed “Most Famous Bar in Myrtle Beach” will mark its 30th anniversary this season with a summer-long celebration of the fun that has made it a favorite for visitors all these years — good music, great people and lots of dancing on the enormous oceanfront deck.

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33. Skydive Myrtle Beach

There are plenty of thrills to be had here, but since this North Myrtle Beach attraction opened in 2012 it’s quickly jumped to the top of the list for “scariest things to do in Myrtle Beach.” You won’t get a better view of the coastline than while free falling out of a plane from two miles up in the sky.

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32. Alligator Adventure

Though it’s known as the “Reptile Capital of the World” it’s not just gators and crocs here. From monkeys and tigers to bats and birds there’s plenty for your family to enjoy at this mini-zoo at Barefoot Landing.

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31. The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill

The buzz just continues to build for this bar/restaurant, thanks to a great location along the Intracoastal Waterway and a lineup full of free live music events. It’s backyard summer concert series has become a local institution for party people, filled with bikinis, boaters and beer every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer.

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30. Palace Theatre

Enjoy the spectacle of a Vegas-style magic show with Illusions of Magic featuring “America’s Got Talent” sharpshooter Ben Blaque or revel in the classic tunes and soulful singing of Hot Jersey Nights show featuring the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

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29. Bandito’s Restaurant & Cantina

While the food is no slouch, it’s the oceanfront location which puts this place over the top. Also, it’s easy to get to from downtown since the owner paid to have the boardwalk extended to its back patio, which now includes an large outdoor bar and a live music stage.

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28. Wild Water & Wheels

Awesome slides like the Sidewinder, Free Fall Cliff Dive and The Dark Hole as well as go-karts, mini golf and bumper boats mean there’s plenty to do here. A great, affordable way to enjoy the waterpark is the Live After Five series which features live music and $9.95 admission from 5-9 p.m. every Friday all summer long.

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27. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

One look at the centuries-old live oaks draped with Spanish Moss and rolling fairways covering land that was once a rice plantation and Myrtle Beach golfers know they're in for a treat playing Caledonia. Noted by Golf Magazine as one of its “Top 100 You Can Play” and as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public courses” by Golf Digest, the course is said to have 18 signature holes.

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26. The Market Common

Even with closure of stores such as Tommy Bahama and Coldwater Creek, this upscale shopping complex continues to draw visitors based on the strength of additions like the new CO Sushi restaurant, Stage Left Theatre Company, and lots of cool little shops in the live-work townhomes.

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25. The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood

Jumping into the Top 25 by popular demand — it was listed as a favorite by tons of our visitors — Original Benjamin’s features a nearly endless buffet of seafood options including plenty fried up golden brown in the distinctive Calabash style.

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24. Crazy Sister Marina

If nautical fun be something ’ye wish, it doesn’t get better than this. Crazy Sister offers an unbelievable array of activities including fishing charters, parasailing, banana boats and paddle boarding, as well as kayak, jetski and boat rentals. There’s even unique experiences like dolphin tours and a pirate ship tour for kids.

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23. Angelo’s Steak & Pasta

With a great family friendly atmosphere, tons of pasta options and “The Greatest Steaks in the Universe” it’s no wonder Angelo’s has been a favorite for locals and visitors for more than 30 years.

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22. Coastal Grand Mall

While the outlets may offer a better bargain on the whole, when it comes to sheer shopping space you can’t beat Coastal Grand Mall’s 1,000,000 square feet of retail bliss.

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21. Tanger Outlets

With locations on U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach and on U.S. 17 near Myrtle Beach Mall, the variety of shopping options at Tanger is seemingly endless. New additions for 2014 include Express Factory Outlet, Hot Topic, Direct Tools, Zhedo Boutique and more.

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