Hot 100 Heat Index: The hottest attractions in Myrtle Beach (80-61)

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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.

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80. Children’s Museum of S.C.

One of the most fun and educational attractions for kids in Myrtle Beach, the Children’s Museum allows little ones to dig for fossils, learn about weather, explore electricity and much more. At $8 per person (kids under two are free) its one of the more affordable things to do with the family and is great for rainy days.

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79. Landshark Bar & Grill

Known mostly for being part of Jimmy Buffet’s expansive array of restaurants and for its oceanfront locations under the Myrtle Beach Skywheel, Landshark offers surprisingly good seafood, sandwiches and service. Generally less of a wait and a better view than its more well-known sibling Margaritaville, Landshark is worth a try if you’re downtown.

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78. I Love Sugar

This mecca of sugary goodness opened in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach in summer of 2012. Part candy store, part gift shop, I Love Sugar is a great place to stop while “cruising the strip” to satisfy your sweet tooth or to grab some a cool treat from the ice cream counter and escape the hot summer sun.

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77. Jack’s Surf Lessons & Board Rentals

Consistently one of the top-rated attractions on TripAdvisor, this surf school offers lessons for all ages from a friendly and experienced staff of instructors. Located on the south end of Myrtle Beach near Springmaid Pier, Jack’s is perfect for first-timers and also offers board rentals for experienced surfers.

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76. Carolina Paddle Company

If surfing sounds a bit too adventurous for you, perhaps an afternoon of serene stand-up paddleboarding is more your speed. Based in the Socastee area, Carolina Paddle Company offers guided tours of the area’s beautiful waterways via these more stable boards.

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75. Golden Griddle Pancake House

Though you could easily slot in any of 20 or so excellent breakfast restaurants here, North Myrtle Beach’s Golden Griddle gets the nod due to its reputation for southern hospitality, affordable prices and quality pancakes, omelettes and breakfast favorites. It’s a family tradition for many visitors and consistently rated among the beach’s best.

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74. Encounters: UFO Experience

If exploring the unknown excites you, Encounters is your type of Myrtle Beach attraction. This UFO Experience dissects the notion that we are not alone in the universe, with more than 200 artifacts and displays which celebrate everything related to aliens and outer space. A must-see for true believers.

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73. Crabby Mike’s

One of the few seafood buffets on the south end of town, this Surfside Beach restaurant prides itself on going big from it’s large interior and bountiful buffet selection to huge crab legs and succulent seafood options. Consistently voted a favorite by Myrtle Beach visitors.

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72. Carolina Roadhouse

This classic meat-and-potatoes American restaurant was noted by many in our survey of visitors as a “must-try” spot. It’s a great place for families and favorite for golfers looking for a great steak or a hearty rack of ribs and has been named Golf Magazine’s choice for “Where to Eat With Your Buddies” in Myrtle Beach.

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71. OD Pavilion Amusement Park

This revitalized oceanfront amusement park in North Myrtle Beach is more nostalgic than thrilling, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had on its six-story rollercoaster, restored antique Ferris Wheel and kiddie rides.

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70. Bummz Beach Cafe & Bar

This shack of a beach bar doesn’t look like much inside, but it opens up to a relaxing backyard with an awesome oceanfront view, a great outdoor bar and a small stage filled with live music acts throughout the summer. Doesn’t hurt that Bummz also has great burgers and a friendly staff.

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69. The Hammock Shops Village

Filled with tons of fun specialty shops, including Christmas Mouse, The Freckled Frog, Coastal Wine Boutique — and of course, the Original Pawleys Island Hammock Shop — this quaint village of retail options is draped in spanish moss and steeped in southern charm. Add in excellent restaurants like Nosh and BisQit and its an excellent stop for anyone visiting the south end of town. More…

68. Pavilion Nostalgia Park

And for those that would rather revel in the nostalgia of Myrtle Beach’s past, you can do just that at Broadway at the Beach. This mini park features restored rides from the former Pavilion Amusement Park, an arcade, the original german pipe organ, and even new rides like the 180-foot tall spinning Rocket ride.

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67. Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures

If you can put aside your cherished memories of the Pavilion Amusement Park long enough to ride the attraction that occupies the lot where it once sat, you’re bound to enjoy your experience. Cruise across the oceanfront lot at speeds up to 50 mph as you glide through the sky to a tower where you’re treated to a thrilling “first step” off of the Free Fall Express, which safely drops you 60 feet to solid ground.

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66. Revolutions Nightclub

Not just for hipsters and club kids, this Broadway-area dance club caters to party people of all ages with a huge multi-level dancefloor and music from across the decades. Dance the night away in a smoke-free atmosphere downstairs or get a little classy in the Z Bar martini bar upstairs.

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65. Dragon’s Lair Mini Golf

Beyond the flash of its most noticeable resident — an animatronic dragon which talks to visitors and blows fireballs — this medieval mini golf course also features some interesting and challenging holes that make for a fun round. It’s sister courses, Jurassic Golf, Capt. Hook’s Adventure Golf and Jungle Safari Mini Golf are also worth a try.

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64. Giant Crab

Even on a stretch of Restaurant Row known for its large seafood buffets, it’s hard to get much bigger than the Giant Crab. With more than 170 items on its buffet, a pasta bar, carving station, kid’s area, dessert bar and Pirate’s Island Tavern with drinks and cocktails, you likely won’t find a better selection on the beach.

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63. HydroFly Myrtle Beach

Island Adventure Watersports, located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee, not only offers visitors a chance to try jetskiing and paddle boarding, but it also features flyboarding from HyrdoFly Myrtle Beach. During this experience riders strap themselves onto a board with two large nozzles that pump hundreds of gallons of water out to propel you up to 20 feet in the air for a one-of-a-kind ride.

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62. Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach state parks

While there’s not much here that screams “new” or “sexy”, the draw of the area’s two state parks is clear — undeniable natural beauty that’s wide open for exploration. Whether it’s the pristine beaches, campground and walking trails at Myrtle Beach State Park or the bird watching, wildlife and amazing architecture of Atalaya castle at Huntington Beach, there’s plenty to enjoy at both parks.

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61. Gulfstream Cafe

It’s no surprise that folks are suckers for seafood spots on the ocean, and Garden City’s Gulfstream Cafe definitely fits the mold. Noted by visitors in The Sun News’ annual “Best of the Beach” for its fine dining, early-bird special, brunch, view and romantic atmosphere, it’s safe to say this restaurant has plenty going for it.

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