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Myrtle Beach vacation ideas

Updated on August 19, 2013

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a common and popular USA vacation destination among both those who live within the United States and those who are visiting from other countries. If you live within convenient driving distance from the area, you will find that there are cars with license plates from all over the country as you head on the highway and near the area of Myrtle Beach. The state license plates you'll see include North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, DC, Ohio, and more. Those who live too far away for the drive usually do not hesitate to fly to the location because they know how much fun it will be when they get there!


Here are some of the various enjoyable things you can do on your visit to Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area.

1. Go to the beach itself and take a swim in the ocean of course. This is a treat and totally free except for the cost of parking. So you can go practically every day during your stay and remain within the vacation budget you may have set for yourself. Go prepared with lots of quarters because the quarter that might get you one hour of parking in your usual destinations will get you just fifteen to twenty minutes of parking in the tourist destination of Myrtle Beach. If you go to less frequented area beaches such as Atlantic Beach, you might be able to get away with free parking. Those beaches are also less crowded.

If you are very sensitive to the sun and visit the beach at the height of summer (in July or August), then you might also want to consider going early in the morning or in the evening. A swim in the ocean is much more enjoyable at 8:00am or 5:00pm than it is any time between 11:00am and 3:00pm.

2. Go parasailing. You will be led out on a banana boat by a guide and then lift off from the boat on your parasail. Many different companies in the Myrtle Beach area offer this excursion. Enjoy the ride!

3. Go Jet skiing- a very popular water sport

4. Surfing anyone? Surfs up.

5. Go for a helicopter ride. The experience is surprisingly reasonably priced with some companies in the area offering a helicopter ride for $25 or less.

6. With just 8 locations in the United States and 1 in Canada, Medieval Times has a location in Myrtle Beach and is a family friendly spot to both eat a meal and be entertained with a show. Tickets cost around $53 for adults and less for children. Look out for my hub that discusses the Medieval Times attraction in more detail and gives a review.

7. Take a river boat cruise. Again, there are several companies within the area that offer a river boat excursion. As with Medieval Times, your meal will be included. So you will be paying for both a sight seeing excursion and dinner together. You can typically get a ticket for a dinner cruise from $36-40. Very reasonably priced as it may last up to two hours, include entertainment like a live band and take you through beautiful and historical areas such as the intra-coastal highway.

8. Go to the zoo.

9. Visit Ripley's Believe it or Not museum. Here you will see the extravagant display of various anomalies based on real life occurrences such as a replica of man that was over 8 feet tall and a historical video of his story.

10. Visit the aquarium. One of the various aquariums in the area is also owned by the Ripley's Believe it or Not franchise.

11. Visit an amusement park and with roller coasters and ferris wheels galore, enjoy rides from the tame to the wild. There are also many water parks with water slides.

12. Go horseback riding. Depending on the season and the company you choose to go horseback riding with, you may be led on a ride in a wildlife preserve or you might get to horseback ride right on the beach!

13. Go to a play or musical. With attractions such as "Broadway on the Beach", you could catch a great show.

14. Go shopping- Some of the stores you might already find in your home city but there are lots of stores in the Myrtle beach area including Victoria's Secret, the Sunglasses Hut and more. You just might get the urge to shop.

15. Eat out- Dining out in the restaurants is very enjoyable. Some of the many good restaurants in the area which also have great ambience and are entertaining, such as Phillips World Cuisines restaurant, Planet Hollywood, the Hard Rock cafe, and various all you can eat seafood buffets.

Enjoy your trip to Myrtle beach, South Carolina, USA!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Take me to South Carolina!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for the informative Hub. I have never been there, but you make it sound like a place I must visit. Thanks!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Haha Sandyspider, I'm glad you want to visit now. You too James. Thank a lot for posting comments.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I wanna come too...Please?...:O) Hugs G-Ma

      Love the photo

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I can see many reasons to enjoy a visit! Thanks!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      G-Ma Johnson, sure, come along! Thanks for your comment and glad you like the photo.

      Peggy, thanks for commenting!

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      Melissa Kavanagh 7 years ago

      You can park at the beach on the northern end of the city for free. Free parking starts around 38th Ave. North or so.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Been to Medieval Times here in Canada and I think it's a great idea. At a few points I was a little concerned about the horses though.

      I'm grateful for this hub. My hubby is his buddies have been there and plan to go again (mostly for the golf), but you give some great ideas on what else they can do. Thanks

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Melissa, thanks for the info.

      Hi Duchess, thanks for commenting. I've never been a golfer but of course golfing is very popular there. Let's add it to the list!;-)

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      Tyler putnam 5 years ago

      U cant swim with dolphins at myrtle beach

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Tyler, thanks so much for pointing that out. I've removed it from the list. I would not want to give the incorrect information. I did some research and indeed swimming with the dolphins has become illegal in South Carolina due to concern for the welfare of the animals. I could have sworn that the opportunity to swim with the dolphins was available when I recently visited Myrtle Beach but that was actually to take jet skis out on the water near to where the dolphins swim. You can see them in the water around you but not actually swim with them.

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