Top 5 Things to do in Myrtle Beach

things to do in myrtle beach

It's hard to keep everyone happy on a family vacation, especially when your little ones have short attention spans and your older kids aren't interested in kiddie activities, while all you want to do is relax. Myrtle Beach, S.C., has become a top summer vacation destination because of its unique appeal to all ages. As you plan your next family vacation, check out these top 5 things to do in Myrtle Beach, and picture yourself on your best family vacation yet.

Myrtle Waves

If you love beach vacations for all the fun in the water, a trip to Myrtle Waves water park is one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach. It's South Carolina's largest water park, with over 30 rides and attractions for all ages. More daring visitors can try 10-story tall slides, while tots can splash and play at Bubble Bay and Saturation Station, and everyone can enjoy a relaxing ride on the LayZee River. To avoid crowds and get the most out of your day at Myrtle Waves, visit this Myrtle Beach attraction on a Sunday.

Mini Golf

Miniature golf is the thing to do in Myrtle Beach -- you'll see what we mean when you get there. You can't drive a block in Myrtle Beach without seeing an elaborate miniature golf attraction, each with a different theme. We recommend the Hawaiian Rumble Golf Course in North Myrtle Beach, but you don't have to go out of your way to find a good mini golf course. Many also offer other attractions like arcades and ice cream.

Ripley's Aquarium, Myrtle Beach

Most of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach are outdoor activities, but you need some plans for rainy days. Put Ripley's Aquarium at the top of that list -- and make sure you get there even if it's sunny the whole time you're in town. The main attraction at the 85,000-square foot aquarium is the Dangerous Reef, with a moving walkway underneath the exhibit where you can watch all manner of fish, a giant sea turtle, giant stingrays, sharks, and more swim right over your head. Buy tickets online to avoid waiting in long lines when you get there.

Dixie Stampede

Let's be honest... the South will never really get over the Civil War (or "The War of Northern Aggression," as you might hear it called down here). But at least now they're having fun with it: one of the most spectacular things to do in Myrtle Beach is to take in an evening at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. This is dinner theater at its wildest, just what you'd expect from Dolly. You'll enjoy a four-course dinner of southern staples while a much more lighthearted North vs. South stage act unfolds in front of you, complete with dozens of stunt riders on horses, a stampede of longhorns, and of course, song and dance.

Play in the Ocean!

All the tourist attractions and things to do in Myrtle Beach will offer up a great variety of options for your family vacation, but the ocean is always the number one reason you plan a beach vacation, right? You'll find that the waves at Myrtle Beach are perfect for playing -- big enough for some great boogie boarding, but not so rough that they'll toss kids around. Pick up some floats and ocean toys and enjoy the warm water, or relax on the beach with a good book while your kids build sand castles and collect seashells.

Photo courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
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