Ultimate Travel Guide to Myrtle Beach

Thank you Myrtle Beach for having me as a guest in your beautiful city. All opinion are my own.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Myrtle Beach

If you are looking for a travel destination that will thrill and relax all ages look no further! Myrtle Beach is family friendly, and it also provides a wonderful, relaxing getaway with no shortage of what to do or where to go.

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My husband and I were able to visit Myrtle Beach and were so impressed with how much there was to do, the quality of the food, and the exceptional service. I would say our favorite feature and running theme through out our whole visit was how friendly every one was. It didn’t matter whether we were in a hotel lobby, restaurant, elevator, or beach side; everyone we met was so kind regardless of whether or not they were a visitor or someone who was helping us with a meal or somewhere we happened to be.

We stayed at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel and had a perfect view of the ocean with private access to the lovely beaches below. Every morning we were greeted with a beautiful sunset and every night I fell asleep to the sweet lull of crashing waves. White noise machines can never replace the real sound of rolling waves on the seashore.

One of my favorite parts of staying at the Double Tree Hilton in Myrtle Beach was the private lazy river right next to the beach. We had spent the morning getting sandy and playing in the sun, and being able to wash off and float around with not a care in the world was so wonderful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to break this guide into three parts: Where to eat, what to do, what you must see.

Where to Eat in Myrtle Beach

You will notice quite quickly that Myrtle Beach offers amazing places to get sea food, waffles, and hush puppies, but not all are created equally. I am certain we found the best on the island! I was so passionate about this topic I literally wrote an entire post on 20 things you must eat while in Myrtle Beach. I am certain I couldn’t have possibly experienced everything divine, but this is a pretty amazing list if I do say so myself.

What to do in Myrtle Beach:

Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach:

I could have spent DAYS here. It holds the largest outdoor collection of sculptures and boasts some of the most beautiful foliage I have ever seen. We spent hours admiring the art, butterflies, and small animals that we happened upon by accident.

You can also enjoy the butterfly house, zoo, and children area. We took in a free tour to help us understand the history of the gardens and art within.

Visiting a tree that existed in the revolutionary war was so impressive and learning about the rice fields and plantations was so wonderful!

Entertainment with Food at Myrtle Beach

Family Fun Dinner Shows in Myrtle Beach are so much fun because they provide you with an incredibly fun show and you can enjoy your meal at the same time. Dinner time can be stressful with little ones making sure they stay entertained while you eat and do not cause a scene. After experiencing the Pirate Dinner show I wish we could have diving pirates accompany us to all of our dinners out. I was so impressed with the caliber of the serving staff as well as the talent putting on the pirate battles and aerial acrobatics. 

The Pirate Voyage experience also includes a very fun sing along atmosphere that introduces you to the pirates you will be watching as you enjoy your dinner. You can expect to spend 45 minutes or so in the pre-show, so make sure that you are there in time to enjoy the pirates with their tricks, songs, and jokes. 

After you are seated you will have the choice of tea, water, or coke. Your dinner will be a chicken leg/thigh, corn on the cob, soup, half of a baked potato, and pulled pork. Don’t worry about getting too messy, it is dark while you watch the show and you will get a wet wipe when you are all done. 

The audience is sat in an oval shaped tiered seating which allows for every seat in the house to be a good one. You will also have the chance to be on either the “crimson pirate side” or the “sapphire pirate side” and through out the night they will hold fun little competitions to see which pirate crew is winning. These contents involve diving, swimming, dog swimming, audience involved relay races, and rope pulling. My favorite part was the secret love between the opposing captains who performed an aerial acrobatics and sword fighting that made the night so much fun.

I know my kids would love this, I was feeling guilty there weren’t with me because I know they would love it so much! I will definitely be taking them to this show when we come back.

We were able to attend the South Carolina Opry to see their Flash back show featuring songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. I have always been a big fan of music from all genres so I was really looking forward to this show.

The first number seemed a bit strange with awkward hip thrusts and various costumes that I was quite skeptical of whether or not this show would be worthwhile. I was so happy to discover quickly that my original assessment was wrong when they switched to singing the flashback top hits. The talent on the stage was so good, and the nostalgia the songs brought back was really sweet. My favorite part was seeing the veterans in the audience being recognized for their military service and seeing them rock out to hits from Woodstock! 🙂

One of the biggest surprises from the night was the clogging group, “All That.” These tattooed guys were wearing sleeveless cut off tees and jeans. I hadn’t heard of them and didn’t know what to expect and I was literally blown away! Their footwork and precision was top notch and it was such a fun, playful aspect to the show. 

Visit Pawleys Island in Myrtle Beach:

Take a trip out of the city to find a gorgeous hide away with gorgeous homes right on the beach and quiet access to quiet, sandy beaches. You can even take time to fish on one of the individual fishing docks if you want! We found this area by happy accident and spent a wonderful afternoon beach combing and enjoying the gorgeous sun and water. The town surrounding the beaches is filled with private fishing docs and a quiet that permeates a happy contentment in your soul.

Murels inlet

When we took our flight in I had the pleasure of meeting a local South Carolinian. She said I MUST go to Wicked Tuna as it was one of her very favorite places to eat. You will find a vast variety of sushi roll options, we tried the Merlin Roll, this roll has crab cake on top of spicy tuna and it was amazing!Hogfish snapper Cheesy grit paddy

Boardwalk and Skywheel in Myrtle Beach

No Myrtle Beach visit it complete without a trip down the boardwalk! Take a ride on the SkyWheel, eat some ice cream, go to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Zombie Experience, restaurants, and hot spots along the beach. We absolutely loved getting ice cream and walking along the beach on a warm September night!

Miniature golfing is a staple at Myrtle Beach. We were able to do Hook’s adventure and it was so much fun! There are two courses available, one taking you through Hook’s Adventure and one that is Peter Pan’s escape. The waterfalls, tiny hide aways, and pirate ship make this such a fun experience.

There are so many fun adventures to be had in Myrtle Beach!

Helicopter rides, Parasailing, paddle board, surfing, paddle board, water weenie, and jet skies!

Parasailing is easily one of the funnest things Paul and I have ever done together, you should definitely give it a try!

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FAQ’s about Myrtle Beach:

Q:When is it the best month to visit Myrtle Beach? 

A: The top three months are October, September, and May! You will be able to enjoy the best weather with lower room rates and a lot less people! You can also enjoy events like Fall Bike Week, Oktoberfests, Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Taste of Town, Lip Rippin’ Chililympics in the autumn months.

You can visit the events calendar for a more extensive list of Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade happenings besides these family favorites.

Q: Why should I plan my next family vacation at Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach is filled with 60 miles of beaches, broadway on the beach, fun family options both indoor and out, water adventures, incredible shows, and the most amazing food. heck out the shops, restaurants and nightlife at Broadway at the Beach, or visit the Family Kingdom seaside amusement park. Enjoy art and culture at the Nostalgia City & Museum, the Carolina Opry, the Myrtle Beach Civil War Collection, and Brookgreen Gardens. Several public golf courses are nearby, and Myrtle Beach State Park has trails, picnic areas, playgrounds and a fishing pier.

Q: Which Myrtle Beach is Better? North or South?

The South end was definitely a nicer place 10 years ago so I can understand someones preference from back then. But today they have built so many nice resorts on the north end of Myrtle Beach that it makes a perfect spot since it is so centrally located to all the attractions. If you stay near Surfside you will be 20 minutes or more from Broadway at the Beach in summertime traffic and 35 minutes to Barefoot Landing.

Q: What is Myrtle Beach Water temperature?

Myrtle Beach (The Yachtsman Pier) sea temperatures peak in the range 27 to 29°C (81 to 84°F) on around the 23rd of July and are at their minimum on about the 4th of March, in the range 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F).

In other words, it is perfectly lovely.

Q: Where is Myrtle Beach Located?

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the East Coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is in the center of a large and continuous 60-mile stretch of beach known as “The Grand Strand” in northeastern South Carolina.

I hope you found this post helpful! We had such a wonderful time in Myrtle Beach! Stay tuned for our top ten things to do in Myrtle Beach!

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