South Carolina's Grand Strand stretches approximately 60 miles from the quaint fishing village of Little River along the North Carolina border to the Tidelands of Georgetown and encompasses Myrtle Beach, a bustling year-round beach resort. Myrtle Beach offers something for everyone - including miles of white sandy beaches, championship golf courses, live entertainment, unique attractions, specialty shops, outdoor recreation, miniature golf courses and dozens of family-friendly restaurants. Don't miss a chance to visit one of the area's two massive shopping, dining and entertainment complexes - Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing - during your Myrtle Beach vacation getaway.
An Award-Winning Destination
Myrtle Beach has been named one of "America's Best Beaches" by the Travel Channel, "Best Family Weekend Getaway" by Charlotte Parent Magazine, "Top Five Destinations for Vacationers Traveling by Car" by AAA, "Top 10 Great Places to Take Your Kids" by USA Today, "Most Family Friendly Vacation Destination in South Carolina" by Palmetto Parent Magzine and one of the "50 Greatest Golf Destinations in the World" by Golf Digest.
Getting to and Around Myrtle Beach
Ideally located just one mile inland from the Atlantic Ocean, the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) provides easy, one-stop and connecting flights to more than 350 destinations worldwide. By car, U.S. highways 17 and 501, as well as S.C. highways 9 and 544 provide direct access to the Myrtle Beach area. Veterans Highway (S.C. 22) links U.S. 501 West of Conway and U.S. 17 North of Myrtle Beach. Interstate travelers use interstates 95 or 20 to arrive within close proximity of Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Attractions
The Myrtle Beach area offers visitors hundreds of fun-filled activities for an amazing Spring Break vacation getaway. Whether your preferences include riding a roller coaster, zooming around a racetrack, observing wildlife and nature, or chilling out on the beach or at a water park, Myrtle Beach provides your ticket to fun. Not-to-be-missed attractions include Alligator Adventure, Ripley’s Aquarium, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Waves Water Park and more. The Myrtle Beach area is also considered the “Miniature Golf Capital of the World” with approximately 50 miniature golf courses to choose from such as Jungle Lagoon Miniature Golf and Hawaiian Rumble Miniature Golf. Popular day trips from Myrtle Beach include Huntington Beach State Park, Hopsewee Plantation and Brookgreen Gardens.
Myrtle Beach Golf
The abundance of championship golf courses throughout Myrtle Beach – along with beautiful weather year round – combine to make for the ideal Spring Break golf getaway. A golfer’s paradise, the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World” offers beautiful courses designed on former rice plantations by some of the world’s top course designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Arnold Palmer. Nearly one-third of the Myrtle Beach area’s golf courses are rated with four stars or higher in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” and seven courses are ranked among the “Top 100 Public Courses in America.”
Myrtle Beach Live Entertainment
From comedy to country music to celebrity impressions, from bluegrass to gospel to old-time rock – you can experience the best in live entertainment in Myrtle Beach! These amazing shows feature award-winning casts, high-energy productions and lighthearted comedy. Some shows even include fabulous country feasts. Popular Myrtle Beach live entertainment venues include Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Alabama Theatre, Palace Theatre, Carolina Opry, House of Blues, Legends in Concert and Medieval Times.
Myrtle Beach Dining
The Myrtle Beach area features approximately 1,800 restaurants, many of which specialize in fresh seafood and Lowcountry specialties. Myrtle Beach, as well as North Myrtle Beach, Little River and Murrells Inlet (“Seafood Capital of the World”) are all known for their quality seafood restaurants. In addition, a variety of themed restaurants can be found at Broadway at the Beach such as Joe’s Crab Shack, Planet Hollywood, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Key West Grill.
Myrtle Beach Shopping
Surf, sand, amusement parks and golf aren’t the only activities in Myrtle Beach. A vibrant shopping destination, Myrtle Beach lures travelers for whom shopping is the No. 1 priority, as well as those for whom shopping is only a part of their fun-filled day. Myrtle Beach abounds with retail options from boutiques to factory outlets to mixed-use shopping and entertainment complexes such as Broadway at the Beach that tempt every imaginable budget, taste and style.
Myrtle Beach Accommodations
A multitude of comfortable and affordable accommodation choices are available in the Myrtle Beach area. For instance, the Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort is centrally located within 2 miles of numerous area attractions such as Ripley’s Aquarium and Broadway at the Beach. In addition to a relaxing beach atmosphere, the family-friendly Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort boasts a large outdoor pool, whirlpool, pool bar, outdoor lazy river, sauna, recreation center, exercise facility and game room, as well as an onsite golf director who will be pleased to assist you with a golf vacation that meets your needs.
Myrtle Beach Day Trips
Popular day trips from Myrtle Beach include Huntington Beach State Park, which features a lagoon, maritime forest, salt marshes and three miles of the most well-preserved beach on the Grand Strand; Hopsewee Plantation, a South Carolina National Historic Landmark built in 1740; and Brookgreen Gardens, which is considered the finest outdoor presentation of American figurative sculpture in the world. Brookgreen Gardens is home to more than 900 works by 300 of the greatest names in American sculpture. In addition to the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden, visitors can explore the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve, which contains acre upon acre of native plants and animals, as well as the E. Craig Wall Jr. Lowcountry Center, which features exhibits and educational programs that focus on the area's rich history.
Myrtle Beach Annual Events
Each holiday season, the Myrtle Beach area's many theaters and attractions stage heartwarming and celebratory performances such as The South's Grandest Christmas Show at Alabama Theatre, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special and Dixie Stampede Holiday Show. Parades ring in the season all along the Grand Strand, while holiday displays like the Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens and Festival of Trees at Ripley's Aquarium are festive offerings to be enjoyed. With great seasonal rates and a wide variety of holiday shopping options, the Grand Strand is the ideal place for families to spend the holidays.
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