“We’re bored. There’s nothing to do!” Sounds familiar, right?
Well when you’re in Myrtle Beach that sentence is invalid because there are SO MANY THINGS to do, so when your kids hide behind their tablets and smartphones and yell that rallying cry, give them the link to this list and enjoy the arguments that ensue over where you’re headed next.
The following are the top attractions/things to do in the Myrtle Beach area.
Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach; Hours: Varies by season
Phone: (843) 444-3200
Broadway at the Beach, the top tourist attraction in South Carolina, provides vacationing families a perfect venue that has something for everyone.
Since opening in 1996, Myrtle Beach SC visitors and locals alike have frequented Broadway at the Beach for its plethora of entertainment.
The entertainment complex, just a few blocks from the beach, has over 120 specialty shops, restaurants, nightlife venues, attractions and more.
300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: Sat. 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sun. – Fri. 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Phone: (843) 626-3447
For the young and young at heart, Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach offers some of the most memorable and exciting experiences on the Grand Strand.
It is located between Ocean Boulevard and Kings Hiwghway in the heart of downtown and has long been known as one of the best attractions in Myrtle Beach.
Known as the “area’s only seaside amusement park” Family Kingdom opened in 1966 and has been thrilling fans for nearly 50 years with rides such as the Yo-Yo, Zipper, Slingshot Drop Zone and the famous Swamp Fox wooden rollercoaster.
In addition to the family-friendly theme park filled with great attractions, games and rides, the facility also plays home to Splashes Waterpark, which offers a variety of slides and great views of the beach.
The Picnic Pavilion is a covered dining area that can accommodate up to 100 guests for birthday parties, family reunions or any group outing.
1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach; Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sun. -Thurs., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri. -Sat., open holidays
Phone: (843) 916-0888
Explore the world under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach.
The aquarium offers the perfect respite for a rainy day in Myrtle Beach, with an amazing 1.4 million gallon aquarium that features 12-foot sharks and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
Ripley’s Aquarium has a host of fun and eye-catching displays, from a walk through the tropics to learning how the tanks are built and run.
Take the powered walkway or stroll at your leisure under the shark tank, which has sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, sandbar sharks, eels, sea turtles, tarpons, the monstrous looking but docile sawfish and more.
3000 10th Ave. N. Extension, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: hours vary, season runs from May 20 – Sept. 4
Phone: (843) 913-9250
Myrtle Waves is South Carolina’s largest water park, sitting in the heart of Myrtle Beach with 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes filled with more than one million gallons of water.
Enjoy a day full of wet and wild fun with your family and friends as you experience amazing rides and famous slides including the Turbo Twisters, Arooba Tooba, Riptide Rockets, Snake Mountain, Night Flight, Thunderbolts and Super Chute.
There’s also an enormous wave pool, a fun and relaxing lazy river, kiddie pools and a playground area for the children, cabanas for cooling off and great snack bars and food areas for grabbing a bite after you’ve worked up a big appetite playing in the waves.
Hollywood Wax Museum
1808 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. -Sat.
Phone: (843) 444-0091
The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is a landmark in Myrtle Beach and a highlight of Broadway at the Beach. At the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue, you’ll find the Best Value at the Beach with the All Access Pass, including three attractions for one ticket price and free parking.
Open 365 days a year, our location is great for families, couple, seniors, tour guides, and reunions. Just look for the Great Ape of Myrtle Beach climbing the building!
8901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572; Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m Mon.-Sun., call for showtimes
Phone: (800) 433-4401
The audience is always part of the action at Pirates Voyage dinner show — an adventure for the whole family!
One of the best dinner shows in Myrtle Beach, this awesome live-action performance is filled with amazing aerial acrobatic competition, swashbuckling action, mesmerizing mermaids, live animals, dramatic lighting effects, an amazing sound system and powerful pyrotechnics!
Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure features an original music score by superstar musician Dolly Parton and an immersive adventure experience with a spectacular four-course meal as good as any of the best Myrtle Beach restaurants.
2200 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572; Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
Phone: (843) 242-3264
Keep your kids entertained or feel like a kid again, by spending a day jumping around.
Rockin’ Jump features large open jump arena, two trampoline dodge ball courts, Slam Dunk Zone, the X Beam jousting challenge, a Stunt Bag area and rock climbing wall.
The first-of-its-kind Ninja Course, inspired by the hit television show “American Ninja Warriors,” will challenge people to navigate quad steps, trapeze, cargo net, tube swing, swinging rings, hanging discs and an unstable bridge.
Rockin’ Jump also includes an entertainment complex complete private party rooms, comfortable seating and a gathering areas including lockers, free wi-fi, TV’s and a full service café.
Wonderworks Myrtle Beach
1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sun.
Phone: (843) 626-9962
Since opening in 2011, Wonderworks — aka “The Upside Down House” — has quickly become one of the top things to do at Broadway at the Beach and one of the most popular attractions for kids and families in Myrtle Beach.
This unique museum features more than 100 hands-on displays ranging from scientific studies and educational exhibits to sporty games and all-out thrilling rides.
Inside you’ll be able to experience hurricane-force winds, maneuver a NASA spacecraft, lay on a bed of nails, pilot a fighter jet, design and ride your own virtual roller coaster, climb 3 stories of ropes, compete in a game of lazer tag and much more.’
This indoor attraction is a great rainy day activity and a perfect place to get out of the sun with your family on hot summer days.
4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, 29572; Hours: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
Phone: (843) 272-8349
Barefoot Landing is a shopping complex built as an old fishing village on Louis Lake in North Myrtle Beach.
The popular tourist attraction has a vast array of shopping and entertainment venues, attractions, amusements, specialty stores and lots more.
Dining options range from snack bars to some of the Myrtle Beach area’s best, like Greg Norman’s Australian Grill, Fire Island Grill, Tbonz Grill and Castano’s Italian Steakhouse.
Perhaps the family vacation needs a fun night of dining, like Johnny Rockets, House of Blues, River City Cafe or more.
Among the top notch attractions are House of Blues, Alabama Theater, Alligator Adventure and the Barefoot Princess.
Go Ape! Treetop Adventure
150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC (North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex); Hours: hours vary, appointments required
Phone: (800) 971-8271
Zip, swing and climb through the trees! Go Ape Treetop Adventure is a highly interactive 2-3 hour outdoor experience, featuring zip lines, Tarzan swings and awesome obstacles at heights of 40-50 feet in the trees. Go Ape is a great outdoor adventure for families, friends and groups.
Go Ape at North Myrtle Beach is just minutes from the Grand Strand. Set within beautiful North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.
The course includes five zip lines, with two taking you across a 25 acre clear blue lake on the Southeast side of the park. The views are simply stunning as you zip over the water from one side of the lake to the next.
Booking ahead is recommended at www.goape.com or 1-800-971-8271. Closed toe shoes are required. Participation and supervision requirements apply. Please visit the website for more information.
4604 U.S 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Phone: (843) 361-0789
One of the largest reptile zoos in the world, Alligator Adventure at Barefoot Landing is one of the most popular attractions in North Myrtle Beach.
At this awesome wildlife facility you’ll find yourself face to face with nature’s fiercest and most beautiful animals including more than 700 alligators and crocodiles, extremely rare exotic snakes, lizards, tropical birds, tortoises, albino alligators, and komodo dragons.
Check out live shows, alligator feedings and demonstrations throughout the summer season, and enjoy tons of interactive, educational and exciting exhibits and activities for the whole family at this awesome North Myrtle Beach zoo.
SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
1110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. daily
Phone: (843) 839-9200
The SkyWheel Myrtle Beach was the first observation wheel of its kind in the United States when it opened on May 20, 2011.
Standing 200-feet above sea level, the SkyWheel gives you a whole new perspective of all the beauty the Grand Strand has to offer. Your flight begins when you enter one of the 42 climate controlled and fully enclosed gondolas. Open all year long, you are always sure to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable flight, no matter the temperature outside.
Located at the heart of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the SkyWheel is an unforgettable experience that soars 20 stories above the Atlantic Ocean both day and night! Each flight is a unique experience for children and adults of all ages. After all that flying, why not take a break with some cool drinks and tasty treats. Just steps away visit our friends at LandShark Bar & Grill to enjoy a feast fit for the whole family!