Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is located on the Grand Strand – a 60 mile stretch of beaches along the East Coast. It is a popular vacation destination with many resorts to choose from along with activities and attractions to keep you entertained for days. Myrtle Beach has one of America’s tallest Ferris wheels, incredible attractions such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not and an amusement park that children will never want to leave.
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What’s the best time to visit Myrtle Beach?
Myrtle Beach hosts its Bike Week Rally in May and October each year. It can get very crowded with rally attendees, but if you’re a fan of motorcycles be sure to check their event’s website for dates. The best time to go if you want to have warm weather would be mid-August to October because resorts discount room rates as the season nears its end. The downfall to that is the hurricane season. South Carolina doesn’t often get hit by huge storms, but it does every once in a while experience one as it recently did with Hurricane Matthew.
What’s good to know about Myrtle Beach?
There are five Ripley’s Believe it or Not attractions: Ripley’s Aquarium, Haunted Adventure, Moving Theater, Mirror Maze, and Odditorium. If you can’t make it to all five, the Odditorium is the most fascinating with a real shrunken head and other oddities. You will not have an issue finding things to do at the beach. If you love water sports, you can easily rent equipment or do something adventurous like parasailing over the ocean!
One Day in Myrtle Beach Itinerary
Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
Unless you are planning on staying at the beach and your hotel, you will need a car to get around. You will also have to pay for parking at the boardwalk. Begin your morning with breakfast at Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery or any of the other breakfast spots located at the boardwalk. Walk it off with a stroll along this 1.2 mile boardwalk and take some time to step into the cute shops along the way. The mornings are also a perfect time for ocean view photo ops.
The Sky Wheel is the first thing you will notice on Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk and Promenade – it’s very tall! Purchase your tickets and hop into one of its air-conditioned gondolas for a 360 degree view of the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. The Sky Wheel takes you 200 feet above sea level, it’s a memorable experience.
Children and adults absolutely love Ripley’s Aquarium! Expect to stay at least 3 hours to watch the live shows, tour the thousands of species of marine life and experience its underwater tunnel.
The aquarium also offers many interactive stations allowing you to touch jelly fish, sharks and sting rays. After your visit, relax at the popular Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville nearby and order from their array of sandwiches, hamburgers and drinks.
After lunch, grab your beach gear and spend some time relaxing on the beach or playing in the water. It is recommended to stay at a hotel or resort with easy access to the beach. It’s not only convenient, but also to avoid paying to park or going through the trouble of looking for a parking spot for some beach time.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
This is one dinner show you will not want to miss! Medieval Times at Myrtle Beach Castle will transport you to medieval Spain. A four course dinner is provided for everyone during the show. Feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.
You will be assigned one of the six knights (Black & White Knight, Green Knight, Yellow Knight, Red Knight, Red & Yellow Knight and the Blue Knight) to cheer on for the evening. The knights demonstrate their battle skills using real brawn and steel weaponry during competitive games, jousting and a battle to become the champion of the night.
Where to stay in Myrtle Beach?
Courtyard Myrtle Beach by Marriott Broadway
1351 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Courtyard Myrtle Beach by Marriott Broadway is a contemporary luxury hotel that welcomes guests with bright, open spaces and amazing location, only a short walk to Ripley’s Aquarium and 10 minutes drive from Myrtle Beach Airport. This family-friendly hotel features an on-site restaurant, outdoor pool, and fitness center.
Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations
2200 North Ocean Boulevard , Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
One of the top rated properties in Myrtle Beach, Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations is a luxury resort located next to the beach and only a 10 minutes walk to Ripley’s Aquarium. It offers both an outdoor and indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness center and a business center. This all-suite oceanfront resort features suites with a full kitchen, dining area and separate living area.
Carolinian Beach Resort
2506 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Carolinian Beach Resort is another modern, family-friendly resort located next to the beach. The resort offers loads of great amenities including an on-site lazy river, oceanfront pool deck, direct beach access and even a mini-golf. Friendly atmosphere and smartly-appointed accommodations are great for families, couples and group getaways.
Extra tips for visiting Myrtle Beach
– As mentioned before, you must have a car to see most of the attractions. Myrtle Beach is also expensive when it comes to food, hotels (during peak season) and attraction tickets, so be sure to budget wisely when planning your trip.
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A travel and culture enthusiast, JaMeka Ramnath loves to explore and learn about cultures and places around the globe with her husband, Meshach Ramnath, who is also their photographer. Whether it’s attending cultural festivals, trying different foods, music, learning languages, traveling abroad or local, she loves to do it all! When she isn’t working at her full-time job as a Senior Producer for television, she manages their blog, Got The Travel Bug Too.