A Quick Guide to Exploring Myrtle Beach

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There’s more to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina than just sun, surf, and sand. I’ve carefully curated a list of great attractions for you to enjoy during your stay at one of the East Coast’s most popular tourist destinations. Read on to discover where to go.

Myrtle Beach State Park

Hate being cooped up when you’re on vacation? Then, this state park is for you. It offers everything the outdoorsy type loves. Camping? Check. Hiking? Check. Picnics, fishing, bird watching, bike riding, and more? All of that and then some! You can stay in a cabin or camp on the beach. Not a fan of outdoor living even though you love the outdoors? No problem! Check out Expedia.com Myrtle Beach hotels for a wide variety of lodging options for great rates.

Duplin Winery

Who doesn’t love good wine? The South’s favorite Muscadine winery now has a second location located right in North Myrtle Beach. Duplin Winery was founded in the 1970s by the Fussell family who saw the opportunity to capitalize from the national demand for local Muscadine grapes. The Winery now boasts a selling rate of over 450,000 cases of wine annually. Visitors can attend both tastings and tours at Duplin and purchase bottles to take home. Located right on the main drag, it’s a convenient and fun spot for the wine connoisseur.

I personally took a tour and quenched my thirst on several different wines. I have to say, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed their frozen wine mixes. They were so good and a perfect refreshment for the hot, humid summer. Either way, sipping 100-year-old wines to freshly bottled, they’re all good!

Alligator Adventure

For the wild at heart! Known as “The Reptile Capital of the World”, Alligator Adventure is home to more than just scaly, toothy beasts. There you can view a variety of snakes, turtles, birds, lemurs, and hyenas. As an added bonus, Alligator Adventure is located at Barefoot Landing, a large shopping complex filled with retail stores, restaurants, amusements, and live show venues. Great for kids and adults alike.

I remember going on a field trip to Alligator adventure when I lived in Georgetown. We went at night and I was so excited to see all of the gators. We were allowed to feed them back then which I’m sure is not the case anymore. I loved the anticipation of it all.

Broadway at the Beach

Be sure to carve out an entire day or two to enjoy this fun spot. Since its grand opening in 1995, Broadway at the Beach has grown to include multiple restaurants, theaters, specialty shops, nightclubs, and hotels all built around the inspiration for its moniker, Lake Broadway. This complex hosts an impressive 14 million visitors annually! All the fun you need in one spot.

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve made Build a Bears and eaten lunch here. Every time I’m in the area I tend to visit Broadway at the Beach to get my fix of local treats as well.

Hopsewee Plantation

For the history buffs, Hopsewee Plantation is the perfect spot for experiencing a different place and time. Located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, this circa 1740 historic landmark is now a private residence that offers tours every Tuesday through Saturday. You can enjoy authentic Lowcountry cooking on site at the River Oak Cottage Tea Room. Hopsewee is also available to rent as a venue for special occasions making it a great choice for destination weddings.

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a one-stop shop for nature lovers. Touted as a celebration of Lowcountry history, this 1930s-era attraction features several themed gardens that showcase American figurative sculptures, a small zoo, and a variety of nature reserves. The grounds of Brookgreen Gardens were formerly composed of four rice plantations. Plenty of aesthetically pleasing history to be enjoyed. Be sure to bring your camera!

I haven’t been to Brookgreen Gardens since I was really young so it was fascinating seeing how different and similar it was in comparison to my memories. There are so many beautiful pieces throughout the garden that you can spend hours there. Thankfully your ticket has you covered for 6 days of admission!

Ripley’s Aquarium

Celebrate the ocean blue and all the wonderful creatures within at Ripley’s Aquarium. Stroll through the exhibits, sign up for a special experience, or take a glass bottom boat ride. For those who can’t get enough, you can purchase an annual pass and visit as often as you’d like. Ripley’s Aquarium is open 365 days a year!

Being a mom of three, visiting places like the aquarium is a must. It keeps their minds stimulated and Ripley’s has always been a family favorite. We’ve been visiting this location for 9 years now!

These are just a hand full of suggestions for what to do in Myrtle Beach. There’s so much more to explore!

  • Shannan P

    I have been kicking around the thought of a trip to Myrtle Beach for awhile. Keeping your suggestions in mind for when I make it happen.

  • Denay DeGuzman

    Oh my! I had no idea there are so many incredible activities available in Myrtle Beach! I’d love to take a trip there soon.

  • Lisa Favre

    I had never heard of Broadway on the Beach until now. Let me tell you: this kind of thing is totally up our family’s alley! What was your favorite restaurant over there?

  • Lori Bosworth

    We used to go to Myrtle Beach when I was a kid (I’m from Toronto!) I remember visiting Brookgreen Gardens and how gorgeous it was!

  • Rachel

    I had no idea that there was so much to do at Myrte beach. It looks like it could make a great family trip.

  • Kathy

    I have always wanted to go to Myrtle Beach. It seems like such a lovely place. I know that my daughters would really love it there too.

  • Catalina

    Wow! This location seems to be the perfect place for a family vacation. There are a lot of awesome places with a lot of fun activities that you can do! Exactly what a family needs!

  • Shannon gurnee

    I’ve never been to Myrtle Beach before, but would love to visit someday. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  • Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

    What an amazing guide. We were supposed to be headed that way this month but, plans changed. Bookmarking this for when we do go!