If you’re headed to Myrtle Beach, there is a variety of activities, shopping, restaurants, bars, shows and more fun awaiting for you and your family. You already know about the plethora of beach activities, but if you’re looking for other awesome things to do, read on. When you need a break from the sun, pile the kids or your friends in the car and go enjoy one of these. From putt-putt to feeding baby tigers, here are the top off-shore activities you will love!
1. Barefoot Landing
At Barefoot Landing you can find almost anything. A short drive or taxi away, this hot spot has multiple restaurants such as Joe’s Crab Shack, the House of Blues and Dick’s Last Resort.We enjoyed playing with and feeding baby tigers at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station!
Proceeds from the experience go directly to the Rare Species Fund. It was amazing getting up close and cozy with these beautiful little creatures. The exhibit also hosts adult tigers that you can view and feed through a hole in the glass. We were also able to interact with a baby monkey during our tour.
He was remarkably human like, and this was my first time ever truly holding or physically interacting with a baby monkey.
2. Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach is home to Margaritaville, shops, entertainment, bars, restaurants and more. Some notable restaurants include; the Hard Rock Cafe, Senor Frog’s, Wahlburgers, Carolina Ale House, American Tap House and King Kong Sushi.
Walk the boardwalk, ride a speedboat, feed fish, catch a show and more at this venue. There is even a Dave & Buster’s. Top of your night with fireworks on Tuesday evenings!
3. Local Seafood Buffets
You simply can’t go to Myrtle Beach without indulging in one of the several seafood buffets. My biggest tip is to consider going early in the day.
Many of the buffets offer discounts and coupons for earlier dinner times. This can save you a lot of money, especially if going with a large family or group of friends. The line can be out the door at 7 p.m.! My favorites are The Original Benjamin’s Calabash and Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant.
4. Putt-Putt Courses
Along King’s Highway, there are a variety of themed mini golf courses that are fun for all ages. Take your family before or after dinner and enjoy playing at courses such as Treasure Island Golf, a pirate-themed mini golf course! Other courses include tropical themed Mt. Atlantis Minotaur Golf and Captain Hooks Adventure Golf courses, which are based off Peter Pan. I have so many memories playing with my family growing up, and it was truly an enjoyable experience as a kid. For a list of all courses click here.
5. Tanger Outlets
What’s a vacation without a little shopping? One of the benefits of Myrtle Beach is that everything is primarily located off of King’s Highway. If you follow the highway North, you will find the Tanger Outlet Mall. These outlets have every brand you could imagine; Calvin Klein, Coach, Kate Spade, The Children’s Place, Michael Kors, Sunglass Hut, H&M, White House Black Market, American Eagle, Finish Line, Adidas, Justice and so many more!
Visit their website before you go to get exclusive deals!
6. Beach shops
If you want to make sure to get the best souvenirs, look no further than Bargain Beachwear or Eagles. There are several of these shops along King’s Highway.
Wherever you are staying along the beach, there’s bound to be one of these shops within two miles of your hotel. The stores have the best printed shirts, hats, jewelry, sea shells, picture frames and more. Forgot your swimsuit? Pick one up for a reasonable price. I’ve found some of the best and funny gifts for family and friends at these shops.
7. Golf Courses
One of the area’s main attractions is definitely its selection of local golf courses. Take a break from the beach and hit up one these courses. There are several located within 20- 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach;
- Myrtle Beach National Golf Course
- Tidewater Golf Club and Plantation
- Pine Lakes Country Club
- The Dunes Golf and Beach Club
- World Tour Golf Links
- River Oaks Golf Plantation
Make sure to check out specials, available tee times and pricing at myrtlebeachgolf.com.
8. Downtown Myrtle Beach & Boardwalk
Make sure your vacation involves a walk down to central Myrtle Beach.
This lively area includes the ferris wheel, theme park attractions, the main boardwalk and several bustling shops. One of the highlights of our big family trip was going to Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibit. It was full of interesting facts and a fun activity to do before dinner.
9. Local Diners
Myrtle Beach has some of the best brunch places. My favorites are Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery and the National House of Pancakes. Johnny D’s has specialty dishes such as red velvet waffles and delicious house-baked sweets. If you’re craving pancakes, Hot Stacks is the place to go. Another fun ma and pop restaurant is Crepe Creation Cafe.
10. Shows and Entertainment
If you’re looking for shows during the evenings, look no further than the several theaters and performances in the area. The city is home to the Carolina Opry, the Alabama Theatre and the Palace Theatre. Additionally, Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the area’s biggest attractions. Not to mention, there is a a House of Blues as well!
Looking for dinner and a show? Check out Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure!