Hot 100 Heat Index: The hottest attractions in Myrtle Beach (60-41)

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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.

60. Sea Captain’s House

As one of the most popular seafood spots in town, Sea Captain’s is universally loved by critics, locals and visitors and lauded for its oceanfront location, rich tradition and attention to detail. Oh, and the food’s not bad either — from fresh-caught fish to its famous She-Crab soup, this seafood restaurant does it right.

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59. Hollywood Wax Museum

Though this brand-new Myrtle Beach attraction won’t open until mid- to late June, it’s already become one of the most buzzed about places in town this year thanks to its stunning exterior featuring “The Great Ape of Myrtle Beach.” When complete it will feature more than 80 celebrity wax figures, a maze called Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors and a zombie-themed attraction called Outbreak: Dread The Undead.

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58. Plantation Island Tours

Nestled into a secluded stretch of land near Little River, Plantation Island Tours offers visitors a variety of ways to explore a 10,000 acre plantation. Travel by horseback, kayak, UTV or boat to take in the pristine beaches and natural beauty of this “best kept secret” which includes For Randall — a historic battery that was active in the Civil War.

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57. Lee’s Inlet Kitchen

This Murrells Inlet seafood hub has been serving up selections from the “seafood captial of South Carolina” for more than 65 years. Named a "Top 10 South Carolina Seafood Restaurant" by Southern Living Magazine and racking up local honors from The Sun News, Beach TV and others, it’s hard to argue with the proven greatness of this restaurant.

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56. Downwind Sails Watersports

In operation for more than 30 years, this Myrtle Beach watersports company has long been a visitors’ favorite, offering both thrilling — jetskis, banana boats, parasailing — and relaxing — kayaks, sailboats and catamaran tours.

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55. Broadway Louie’s

Sure, the fact that you can watch a game on huge projection screens and grab a drink while the kids play in an awesome arcade is nice, but what puts this Broadway area bar over the top is its awesome karaoke stage show.

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54. Wicked Tuna

Enjoy the laid-back waterfront dining experience of the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk with a meal at its latest addition. Wicked Tuna features a great menu full of fresh-caught seafood favorites, plus a full sushi menu, steaks and much more.

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53. Jungle Lagoon

Wild animals, waterfalls, caves and lagoons highlight this 36-hole miniature golf course along Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Fun and challenging holes make this long-running favorite worth visiting time and time again.

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52. Aspen Grille

From Chef Curry Martin’s expertly-prepared Southern cuisine to the classy interior and penchant for live jazz music, this charming fine dining spot represents everything a Myrtle Beach restaurant should be.

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51. The Bowery

This classic honky tonk bar recently celebrated its 70th birthday as a downtown staple, just steps from the boardwalk and the beach.  And though the “8th Wonder of The World” may not be for everyone, if you’re the type who can appreciate the downhome southern charm of cheap beer served cold and hot live music The Bowery is a “must-see” spot.

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50. Dead Dog Saloon

A favorite among locals and visitors alike, Dead Dog has everything you could want — great food, indoor, outdoor and waterfront dining and a great lineup of live music and entertainment in the bar area. This Murrells Inlet Marshwalk restaurant has bounced back from its 2012 fire bigger and better than ever.

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49. Waccatee Zoo

This unassuming Myrtle Beach attraction tucked into a waterfront corner in the Socastee area is exceptional when it comes to affordable family fun. While you won’t get all the bells and whistles of a large metro zoo, they have plenty of exotic animals — monkeys, kangaroos, tigers, bears and lots more — many of which you can walk right up and feed.

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48. The Pier at Garden City

Honored year after year in The Sun News’ annual “Best of The Beach” contest, this visitor’s favorite is notable for its 24-hour fishing, gift shop, arcade and the lively crowds which gather to dance to live bands and sing karaoke at the pier’s bar throughout the summer.

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47. Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Goff

There are tons of spectacular miniature golf courses in Myrtle Beach, but none more over-the-top than Mt. Atlanticus. With a great location, awesome views via its tall treehouse structures, and an interesting, challenging layout, you can’t top this mini golf spot.

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46. Tidewater Plantation & Golf Club

Named as Golf Digest’s “Best New Public Golf Course” when it was built in 1990 and on the “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” list as recently as 2012, Tidewater has been recognized as one of the area’s best. And with three holes — Nos. 3, 4 and 12  — on our Dream 18 list of the best Myrtle Beach golf holes, it’s clear that we agree.

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45. Karma Teen Nightlife

Its a scary thought for many parents to let their teens simply “run wild” in Myrtle Beach. Luckily, this fun and friendly oceanfront club — one of the top teen clubs on the East coast — gives them a taste of Myrtle Beach nightlife in safe environment where they can dance and socialize without worry.

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44. North Myrtle Beach Jetpack Adventures

Experience one of the area’s newest attractions as you strap a jetpack to your back that pumps out more than 1,000 gallons of water per minute and propels you up to 30 feet above the water. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind thrills of walking on water, diving or just gliding and hovering over the lake at the new North Myrtle Beach Sports & Recreation Complex.

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43. Pier 14

Equally appealing to those trying to catch fish and those looking to eat fish, this pier offers amazing seafood and a great dining experience while also catering to visitors with a gift shop, bar area and a wooden walkway for fishing or simply strolling to enjoy gorgeous views of downtown.

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42. Myrtle Beach Speedway

If you’re into fast fun, there’s tons to like about what the speedway has to offer visitors. Not only can you catch some great racing action, but there’s also Wheels of Destruction stunt show, the NASCAR Racing Experience — where you can drive a real stock car — and even concerts on the new live music stage.

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41. The Sling Shot

One of the most thrilling rides in Myrtle Beach, the Sling Shot propels riders into the sky more than 300 feet high at speeds up to 100 miles an hour, bouncing up and down repeatedly and twisting and turning as a pair of cables brings them back to a stop. A truly unique way to look at downtown.

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