Myrtle Beach Spring Break Crawl: Vacation Ideas for the Boardwalk and Beyond

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The Original Benjamin's Calabash SeafoodThe buffet at the Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood has more than 170 things to eat, including lots of seafood. Photo: The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood
With everything from early bird specials to hot nightlife available, Myrtle Beach attracts spring break visitors of all ages.

Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience

Come hungry or don't bother! The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood offers a buffet ($29.99; $12.99 for ages 5-12) with more than 170 items. Seafood lovers will enjoy fresh selections, including a crab bar. For land lovers, there are soups and a salad bar, plus pasta and carving stations. Save room because the desserts are baked in-house.

Worship Water: Ripley's Aquarium
A fun water-centric activity

Ripley's Aquarium offers visitors a close-up view of sea creatures of all shapes and sizes. Interactive exhibits are spread throughout the venue. Visitors can hold a horseshoe crab, swim with stingrays, and even take a photo with a mermaid.

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere – Here: LandShark Bar & Grill
Where to get a great tropical drink

You're not at the beach until you've had the fruity beverage or cold beer of your choice. Lucky for you, one of only two of Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Bar & Grill locations is just steps off the sand. Quench your thirst with a margarita and a killer view.

Closer than Disney World: NASCAR SpeedPark
A great activity for kids and families

At NASCAR SpeedPark you can drive racing-themed go-carts on challenging courses designed for all skill-levels. If putting the pedal to the metal isn't your speed, check out the skycoaster, Kid Zone, arcade, climbing wall or mini golf course.

Catch Some Rays: Frank's Outback
A place to eat or drink outdoors

When you're looking for an outdoor, informal atmosphere offering upscale and handcrafted food, Frank's Outback is a delicious choice. Situated in Pawleys Island, this open-air setting has a cozy feel in all seasons, using heat lamps and covering when the weather is less than ideal.

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Melissa Byers is the founder of She's a long-time resident of Myrtle Beach who frequently stays in town with her husband and children, breathing in the salty air and eating crab cakes.
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