Myrtle Beach’s amusement park by the sea has enchanted visitors for more than 35 years. Featuring classic family fun and more than 35 thrilling rides, Family Kingdom offers an affordable way to play in Myrtle Beach. The seaside attraction consistently adds new rides, such as Twist ‘n Shout in 2013 and Jump Around Dune Buggies in 2014. Of course, there are time-tested rides like the log flume too, which are still popular with park-goers. Keep reading to find out which are my favorite Family Kingdom rides.

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Family_Kingdom_Amusement_Park_(016)1) Swamp Fox Roller Coaster
The Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster has been a Myrtle Beach landmark since it opened in 1966. With 2,400 feet of all-wooden track, this ride promises a thrilling trip with a bonus ocean view.

2) Yo-Yo
The Yo-Yo Swings at Family Kingdom Myrtle Beach remind me of my childhood, and the annual county fairs I would attend. Sitting in these swings, with the wind rushing through my air, spinning higher and higher, it’s easy to not have a care in the world and feel like a kid again!

gallery42_eb4ad5da-a2c2-4240-b653-1c64f6ec0dac3) Dodgem Bumper Cars
I can’t seem to get through a round of Bumper Cars without laughing uncontrollably—and that’s why it’s so much fun! As I steer my car through the masses of cars, and lightheartedly bump into friends, family, and event strangers, I can’t help but smile.

4) Sling Shot
Nothing makes my adrenaline rush faster than drop towers. Roller coasters are fun, but the Sling Shot drop tower makes my belly flip. The 100-foot freefall makes it one of the best thrill rides at Family Kingdom.

Family_Kingdom_Amusement_Park_(017)5) Ferris Wheel
It’s hard to beat the classic fun of a Ferris Wheel. The unique round gondolas of the Family Kingdom Ferris Wheel climbs to heights of 100-feet offering unobstructed views of the Myrtle Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

These are my five favorite Family Kingdom rides. Which are your favorites? Tell me in the comments.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

There’s a lot of things to in Myrtle Beach.  With more 60 beaches, 90 golf courses and a variety of family-friendly attractions, the appeal of this beach destination is easy to see.  Entertainment complexes like Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk  attract many visitors, but there are unique things to do in Myrtle Beach.  Want to learn more about the hidden gems of the Grand Strand? Read on. 

Unique Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

608_RSZ1)  Brookgreen Gardens:  Say goodbye to the sand and surf and hello to the lush beauty of Brookgreen Gardens. The country’s first sculpture gardens, Brookgreen is a National Historic Landmark and features a zoo, butterfly house, hiking trails and gorgeous fauna typical of the Carolinas. Without a doubt, a visit to these gardens is truly one of the most unique things to do in Myrtle Beach. 

2)  La Belle Amie Vineyard:  The wine scene is growing in Myrtle Beach.  Take advantage of this emerging market at the La Belle Amie Vineyard near North Myrtle Beach.  Music festivals are hosted at the vineyard year-round and they are known for their red, white and rose wines.
Tiger ThinkstockPhotos-1013925293)  T.I.G.E.R.S.:   The name stands for “The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.”  At Barefoot Landing you can get a glimpse of some of their animals at their live exhibit – Preservation Station.  You can cuddle up with baby apes and monkeys. Hold a tiger cub in your lap. And, get nose-to-nose with a 500-pound adult tiger! Photo sessions are available to capture your moment!  To see more of what T.I.G.E.R.S. has to offer visit their nearby 50-acrea preserve.  On the Wild Encounter Tour you will interact with uncaged apes, orangutans, and chimpanzees; watch tigers swim; meet our gray wolves and get the feel for our “cubs” on your lap. Adding to the excitement, you will meet Bubbles the 4-ton African elephant and the Liger, the world’s largest cat, as seen in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records.
684_RSZ4)  Atalaya Castle:  Located in Murrell’s Inlet, just a short drive from Myrtle Beach, Atalaya Castle is a beachside castle built in the 1930s.  Stroll through the 30-room castle during a self-guided tour. In addition, be sure to walk to the beach to enjoy a quieter side of the Grand Strand.

5)  Inlet Point Plantation:  A horseback ride on the beach is wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of Myrtle Beach.  At Inlet Point Plantation you can go on beach tours, beach and plantation combo tours. There are even moonlight and sunset horseback rides available. Plus, the horses are well-trained and suitable for novice riders. 

Add any of these unique things to do in Myrtle Beach to your itinerary for a different look at the Grand Strand.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Searching for somewhere to take the family that’s fun, affordable and entertaining? Look no further than Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This vacation destination hugs 60 miles of gorgeous, sun-soaked coastline—ideal for when you need to bust out of the winter blues. Not to mention, Myrtle Beach has family-friendly attractions, scenic sights, unique restaurants and much, much more. To help you plan your getaway, follow these Myrtle Beach Spring Break vacation ideas for families.

Myrtle Beach Spring Break

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During Myrtle Beach Spring Break season, the temperatures aren’t always warm enough to truly enjoy the sun and surf of the beach. That said, it’s still totally worth it to stay at the beach. You can wake up and watch the sun rise over the ocean, go for a relaxing stroll on the beach with your family, search for seashells and build sandcastles, and dip your toes into the cool water of the ocean. Ideally, the sun heats up the Grand Strand so you can work on your tan a bit too!

Stay Where You Play

Landmark_Resort_(010)One thing Myrtle Beach resorts do extremely well is cater to kids. Extensive in their amenities, families can be entertained for hours (even days) without having to leave their hotel grounds. Some of the best family-friendly Myrtle Beach resorts include Landmark Resort, Sea Watch Resort, Captain’s Quarters, Springmaid Beach Resort and Compass Cove Resort. These properties have endless aquatic amenities, from lazy rivers to spouting submarines and pirate ships, on-site restaurants serving kid staples like pizza and burgers, mini-golf courses, bowling, and kid’s club activities. They ensure your kids keep busy so there’s never a moment of “Mom, I’m bored!”

Take in the Local Talent

Pirates Voyage Kid PirateThere’s no shortage of shows to see in Myrtle Beach, with local theaters hosting top notch entertainers and productions. Hands-down, the best Myrtle Beach show for families is Pirate’s Voyage. Take to the high seas with your crew as you watch two pirate crews battle it out for the ultimate treasure. Before the show, boys and girls can get made-up as pirates and mermaids, learn how to speak like a pirate and watch as trained seals performing some pretty cool tricks. Another captivating Myrtle Beach show perfect for kids is Medieval Times, a spectacle of jousting, swordplay, horsemanship, and falconry that includes a meal fit for a king.

Get Interactive at Family-Friendly Attractions

Ripley_s_Aquarium_of_the_Smokies_(19)Myrtle Beach is packed with interactive attractions that engage the whole family. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium to explore life under the seas. Go to WonderWorks to experience hands-on activities that are ideal edutainment. At Broadway Grand Prix can race to the finish line, play arcade games, mini-golf and more. For even more classic excitement, head to Family Kingdom. This seaside amusement park boasts throwback attractions, carnival games, and county-fair style rides. Plus, admission is free—you only pay for what you play and ride. And that’s just the beginning of the things to do in Myrtle Beach.

Use these Myrtle Beach Spring Break ideas to inspire your own family getaway.

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You’ve got to start your day off right while on vacation, which means a good breakfast is in order. At most Myrtle Beach resorts, breakfast isn’t complimentary although several do have on-site options available. That said, I think breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should be thoroughly enjoyed. If you do too, stop by these restaurants for the best breakfast in Myrtle Beach on your next vacation.

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Magnolia’s at 26th
Address: 2605 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Price: $

You’re in South Carolina, so you’ve got to get a taste of some southern specialties. At Magnolia’s, the full southern buffet is the way to go. Loaded with bacon, eggs, grits, sausage, hash browns, pancakes and more, it may just put you in a breakfast belly coma. It’s only $8.30; well worth it!


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Hot Stacks Pancake House
Address: 9702 N. Kings Hwy 17, Myrtle Beach (Multiple Locations)
Price: $

Pancakes are kind of like cake for breakfast, which is awesome, right? Hot Stacks Pancake house provides all you need for a delicious pancake breakfast as well as other breakfast staples like bacon, egg, grits and pancake platters. There’s more than just pancakes here, though. Try the unique Florentine breakfast wrap or breakfast club for something a little different yet all together delicious! The new Greek-Cado wrap, combining


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Mammy’s Kitchen
Address: 1010 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Price: $

For the best breakfast in Myrtle Beach, you can’t beat Mammy’s Kitchen. Open since 1953, this longtime mom and pop ran restaurant serves a scrumptious breakfast buffet stocked with French toast, bacon, sausage, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, grits, scrambled eggs, pancakes and more. At $8.79, it’s a steal of a deal, but other Mammy’s Kitchen menu items are available if you’re not the buffet type. Try buttermilk pecan pancakes, chicken and waffles, or bacon and cheese omelet.


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Omega Pancake House
Address: 1617 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach
Price: $

Newly remodeled, the Omega Pancake house has a nice, revamped atmosphere and a creative mix of southern food and Greek specialties. Omega has your standard southern breakfast foods: pancakes, waffles, French toast, grits, eggs, sausage, country ham and more. I really like the cinnamon raisin French toast, and the pancakes are made with secret recipe batter making them fluffy, crisp and oh-so-tasty.


Bananas Foster Pancakes

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Eggs Up Grill
Address: 1289 38th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach (Multiple Locations)
Price: $

With a motto of smiles and good food served daily, Eggs Up Grill has family friendly service and an affordable, wide-ranging menu sure to satisfy even the pickiest breakfast eater. As one of the best breakfast in Myrtle Beach options, it has a seriously-extensive menu that always makes it hard for me to decide what to order. However, I do have a few favorites. they include bananas foster pancakes, philly cheese steak omelet and the bagel-wich, a bagel sandwich topped with eggs, cheddar cheese and bacon.

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Revel in the holiday magic of Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. The Myrtle Beach holiday event is an extraordinary light display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and candles, all of which illuminate the lush, green gardens of Brookgreen. Each section has its own unique light display and nightly shows and indoor exhibits are also offered during Nights of a Thousand Candles.


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The gardens and sculptures of Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach come to life amid the soft glow of over 5,000 candles and sparkling lights, creating a delightful holiday experience. Grab a cup of cider, walk the paths of the historic gardens, listen to carolers singing and hear the holiday bells ringing in the Christmas cheer. This year has an all-new feature too – an 80-foot tall China Fir tree ornamented with 60,000 lights. The tree is illuminated nightly at 5:45pm. Other new Nights of a Thousand Candles events include The Peppermint Forest in the Children’s Gardens and The Ice Garden in the Lower Left Wing Garden.

The 17th Annual Nights of a Thousand Candles is held from 3pm-10pm on the select dates December 1 through December 18, 2016, with featured entertainment noted:

December 1, 2, 3
Thistledown Tinkers Celtic 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Vocal Edition Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Ron & Natalie Daise Gullah Family Christmas 6:00, 8:00 pm

December 8, 9, 10
Ross Holmes Band Standards 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Indigo Choral Society Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
TruSol Band R&B 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Bill Oberst “A Christmas Carol” 6:00, 8:00 pm

December 15, 16, 17
Timmy & Susanna Family Folk 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Mike Frost Band (15th & 16th) Jazz 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Roof Cat (17th only) Guitar & Ukulele 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Vocal Edition Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm

December 18
Timmy & Susanna Family Folk 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Mike Frost Band Jazz 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Ron & Natalie Daise Gullah Family Christmas 6:00, 8:00 pm

All Nights Peggy and Mark Gaudreau (Bagpipes) – Roving throughout Gardens NOTE: Schedule is subject to change without notice

Inlet Affairs will offer a dinner buffet in a heated tent for an additional fee for those would like to dine during the event. Served from 3:30pm to 9pm each evening, the menu features lowcountry fare such as seafood, barbeque, chicken bog and even vegetarian options. If you’d like a snack during your visit, The Old Kitchen will be open as well.

Get a sneak peak of Nights of a Thousand Candles here:

Keep these tips in mind to make your visit enjoyable:

  • Come on Thursday to avoid weekend crowds.
  • Arrive early to see the candles being lit and map out your evening.
  • Dusk (4-5pm) is the best time to take pictures.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. This is a walk-through, not drive-through, holiday light display.
  • You will need to purchase a special Nights of a Thousand Candles admission ticket to attend.


Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach is a National Historic Landmark as it has a significant collection of figurative sculpture and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas.

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Searching for things to do in Myrtle Beach this Christmas?  There are plenty of holiday events planned this season, all designed to bring out the joy and merriment of the season.  I’ve narrowed down the events so you can easily plan your itinerary. With these things to do in Myrtle Beach during the holidays, you’ll have an all-access pass to a beachy-keen Christmas. 

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Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays

1) Christmas Parades

Christmas parades are a classic yet festive way to usher in the holiday season. Numerous parades take place in the Myrtle Beach area. Check out the schedule below:

Conway: Downtown Conway Christmas Parade, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

Little River: Intracoastal Christmas Regatta (see separate entry), Nov. 28, 5 p.m.

Murrells Inlet: Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, Dec. 6, 3 p.m.

Myrtle Beach:  Holiday Parade, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.

North Myrtle Beach: North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.

Surfside Beach: Surfside Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.

Calabash, N.C.: Calabash Christmas Parade, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

2) Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

Although this event is technically located in Murrells Inlet, it’s a holiday highlight of the Grand Strand.  Plus, Murrell’s Inlet is only a short 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach.  You can see Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 candles and countless sparking lights.  Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.  Nights of a Thousand Candles is scheduled from 3pm-10m December 1-3, 8-10, 15-18, 2016.

3) Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

Watching Christmas shows is one of the absolute best things to do in Myrtle Beach during the holidays. Theaters on the Grand Strand pull out all the stops for their holiday productions.  Two of the best are The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater and Carolina Opry Christmas at Calvin Gilmore Theater.

4) Broadway at the Beach

Christmas charm can be felt throughout Myrtle Beach’s premier entertainment complex the entire month of December.  Home to attractions like WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium, families can take in wholesome family entertainment while also enjoying festive decorations and even a Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony (December 6 only).   In town for New Year’s Eve?  Broadway at the Beach is the place to be! They are hosting a rockin’ New Year’s Party at Celebrity Square with a DJ spinning music, club crawl and midnight fireworks.

5) Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees

While you’re at Broadway at the Beach take in the Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium.  More than 50 decorated trees, covering all 50 states and U.S. territories, are spread throughout the building through December 31. A 20-foot-tall, red, white and blue tree is in the outside plaza, and the S.C. tree tops off at 18 feet, with magnolias, golf balls, sea-shell wreaths and stars.

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Ring in the New Year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a festive farewell to 2016 and entertaining hello to 2017. There are special events, parties geared for kids, adults-only celebrations and much more planned for December 31 in Myrtle Beach. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Just check out our list of New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach.

Couples at New Years Party

Couples at New Years Party

2001 Nightclub
Hit the dance floor this New Year’s Eve at 2001 Nightclub. The celebration lasts for three full nights, all for one low price. Thursday features the Pizazz Band in Next Level and Chocolate Chip & Co. in Club Touch, January 1st will feature Too Much Sylvia, and January 2nd will feature Blackwater Rhythm & Blues. Tickets are only $25 and include admission to all three events.

Barefoot Princess Riverboat Cruises
Sail into the New Year aboard Barefoot Princess Riverboat Cruises. There are three cruises set for December 31, 2016. The first cruise, from 2-3:30pm, will have live entertainment from Steve  Calfee ($21/person). The second, from 6-8pm, will feature a dinner buffet and entertainment by Johnny Cobb ($49/person). The third, from 10:30pm-12:30am, will feature music from Johnny Cobb as well as a free dessert selection and dance party ($58/person).

Boom Boom Wine Room
Attention all wine aficionados! The Boom Boom Wine Room is hosting one of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach just for you. There are two seating opportunities available, one from 6-8pm and the other from 8:30-Midnight. The first seating has a four course menu and live music from a local Jazz Duo ($65/person). The second features hors d’oeuvres, entertainment from Clairborne and Friends of Atlanta, as well as a champagne toast at Midnight and one bottle of wine per couple ($75/person).

Brookgreen Gardens Garden by Candlelight Pre-Party
Searching for one of the casual New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach? You’ve found it! Stroll through Brookgreen Gardens during their Garden by Candlelight pre-party. The sculpture garden is illuminated by candlelight, and features hand-lit candles, holiday lights and decor, as well as strolling musicians. Held from 6-9pm, advance reservations are required. Tickets are $20 for non-members, and $15 for members.

Comedy Cabana
Comedy Cabana hosts a Myrtle Beach New Year’s Eve party with party favors, toasts and plenty of laughs. This year, guests can look forward to performances from Troy Thirdgill, Devin Siebold, Eric Grady, and Cooter Douglas. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $35 for the early show at 7:30pm and $45 for general admission or $50 for preferred seating for the late show at 10:00pm.

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille
Head out for an evening of fine dining and live music at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille at Barefoot Landing. Surfside (formerly Groove Deluxe) will perform live from 9pm to 1am and it promises to be a night to remember with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner specials include cream of lobster soup; a mixed green salad with grilled pear, candied bacon, goat cheese and smoked ham; pan-seared and butter-poached grouper served over lump crab risotto; ribeye; surf and turf and a lemon Bavarian cake for dessert.

Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Bash 
All guests enjoy live music with Black Glass, balloon drop, confetti cannons, live simulcast from Times Square and a complimentary appetizer buffet at midnight. General admission tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Reserved seating is also available for $40 / person and VIP tickets that include a 3-course meal are available for $150/person. Ages 21 & older only. Call Hard Rock Cafe for info and reservations. For reservations please call (843) 946-0007.

House of Blues New Year’s Eve
A New Year’s Eve dinner and dance is on the menu at House of Blues Myrtle Beach. The night begins with a four course dinner,. A dance party with music by will keep you on the dance floor throughout the night. $84.95 Per Person (includes tax, gratuity, meal & show).champagne toast and party favors will be featured

Medieval Times
Reserve the 9:30pm show at Medieval Times to enjoy a dinner and show with a New Year’s Eve twist. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, a tour of the medieval museum of torture, a live show, delicious four-course feast, free party favors, and a DJ dance party. In addition, there’s a champagne toast a balloon ball drop at midngiht.

New Year’s Eve with Corey Smith
House of Blues hosts Corey Smith December 31 as the Americana singer brings his signature songs to the beach. He has a number of hit songs, including  “Drinkin’ Again,” “If I Could Do It Again,” and “I Love Everyone.” Ticket prices start at $22.

New Year’s Eve at Big M Casino
For New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach, it doesn’t get any better than a scenic cruise aboard The Big M Casino Boat. You’ll sail from 6:30pm-12:20am, and be treated to hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner buffet and free champagne toast at midnight. In addition, a live DJ will be spinning tunes throughout the evening. A Cash bar an gambling games will be available. $75/person.

The Market Common presents a Southern Times Square
The third annual Southern Times Square is planned at The Market Common from 7pm-1am on New Year’s Eve. Watch a live feed of the New York City Times Square event, two live bands, two spacious beer gardens and street entertainment. At midnight a ball drop will welcome the New Year. Admission to the event is free.

These are just some of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach. Plan your night out on the town now parties fill up fast. Get ready to greet 2017 in style when you visit the Grand Strand!

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

At Broadway at the Beach, you can do it all: shop, dine, and play! Located just three miles from the beach, the entertainment complex is a centralized place to put on your map. It’s a favorite spot in Myrtle Beach for dining in as there are over two dozen restaurants, ranging from sushi to Italian to burgers and more. Which are the best Broadway at the Beach restaurants? Read on to find out.

Margharita Pizza at Amici's Bistro

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Amici’s Bistro
I went here for lunch one day, and fell in love. Classic Italian restaurant décor, straight down to the white case with red rose and striped awnings, sets the scene. Lunch specials are available from 11am-3pm, with staples like pizza, Stromboli, lasagna and meatball subs on the menu. The first time I came here I made a big mistake—big as in their portions are huge so I had a ton left over but couldn’t take leftovers. Save yourself some money and share a meal. Split the deli Stromboli, which comes with a side salad, nibble on the complimentary Italian bread, and you’ve got two happy bellies.  Of course, the pizza is hard to pass up too.  Baked in a brick oven, the crust is cripy yet chewy with just the right amount of sauce. Just try to stop at one slice!

Photo Credit: King Kong Sushi

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King Kong Sushi
Walking into King Kong Sushi you wouldn’t image you’re in the middle of Broadway at the Beach. Rather, you’ll feel transported to Asia where over 100 types of nigiri, maki, sashimi and specialty sushi rolls can be ordered. Their specialty rolls list is extensive—I still haven’t tried them all—but I do have a few favorites. The No Name Roll with fried shrimp and crab, topped with fresh tuna, eel sauce and spicy mayo; Crazy Roll, with salmon, tuna, yellowtail, crab, cream cheese and avocado; and the Volcano Roll, with layers of deep fried shrimp, tuna, mango, crab, avocado and jalapenos, all on a bed of lobster bisque.

If you’re not a fan of sushi, don’t worry. Hibachi and hot entrees with bold flavors, like the beef ribs in a Korean soy sauce, are offered too. Combined, all of these things makes King Kong Sushi one of the best Broadway at the Beach restaurants.


Margaritaville Photo Credit/Philip Tellis, flickr

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
There’ just something about Margaritaville. They are truly a destination dining experience, drawing crowds not only for its cheeseburgers in paradise but for its island vibe. You can choose to dine inside, decked out with giant blenders of margaritas and drift-away-décor, or literally hit the decks outside for patio seating overlooking Lake Broadway. Either way, I definitely recommend ordering a margarita. Mix it up with a watermelon or habanero mix, or opt for a classic with the “Who’s to Blame” margarita. As far as food, the menu changed quite a bit in 2014 focusing more on island flavors and fresh seafood. A new favorite is the seafood mac and cheese, but the crispy coconut shrimp is still my go-to order.

Freedom Burger

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Liberty Taproom & Grill
When I’m craving a beer and a steak, I know where to go. Liberty Taproom has eight micro brews on tap, ranging from seasonal blends to staples like the Liberty Lager, with a total of 36 beers on draft. Shareable starters like baked mac ‘n cheese and the southern dip duo are popular, but be sure to save room for the signature steaks like filter mignon, center cut ribeye and prime rib. Morever, Liberty Taproom & Grill is one of the best Broadway at the Beach restaurants thanks to all their menu options.  For instance, piled-high angus beef burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and BBQ chicken pizza will satisfy any craving. Liberty Taproom also has a great happy hour from 4pm-7pm. Appetizers start at only $5, while draft pints average $3.

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Good Time Charley’s
You can dine at Good Time Charley’s and be treated a little bit of everything. Not only is it a great place to grab lunch or dinner, it’s also an excellent spot to grab a drink. The vast menu will please even the pickiest eater. Covering everything from tacos to pitas to burgers and steaks, what you order really depends on what you’re in the mood for.

Favorites of mine include the pesto parmesan chicken sandwich, surf and turf tacos, and the hangover burger. Wash it all down with a specialty drink. Refreshing mojitos, clever cocktails, and flavorful martinis create an extensive house drink list, making it hard to choose. However, you can’t go wrong with the black betty cocktail, strawberry mango mojito and the Charley martini. The outside patio is an ideal place to kick back too, as it features a bar and views of Lake Broadway.

Follow my guide to the best Broadway at the Beach restaurants to make sure your next meal is a delicious one.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Looking for a legendary show featuring an entertaining mix of old country, new country, pop songs, comedy, dancing and gospel?  Then, head to The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach.  The show is performed at the Calvin Gilmore Theater, an antebellum style theater with state-of-the art production.  Plus, you know you’re in for a good time as the award-winning show has been recognized by the New York Times, CNN, USA Today, and NBC Nightly News. As a result, it’s one of the hottest tickets on the Grand Strand.

Sneak Peek of The Carolina Opry

As you can see, The Carolina Opry keeps things exciting. First, the show mixes genres of music, from country to pop to classic, to keep things fresh. Then, there are comedy routines that make even the most serious person crack a grin. In total, there are 36 performers putting their heart and soul into the production.

How do you schedule the perfect night around The Carolina Opry? Start by having dinner at the nearby Barefoot Landing Complex. Home to the House of Blues, Greg Norman’s Austrailian Grille, Flying Fish Public Market and many more restaurants, this is an easy (and delicious!) way to begin your evening. Afterwards, make your way to the Calvin Gilmore Theater. Arrive early to check out the gift shop and get concessions, which has beer and wine available.

If you’re traveling to Myrtle Beach November through December, be sure to watch The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. It’s a celebration of the holiday season showcasing favorite songs, characters and the magic of Christmas.

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When it rains during your vacation, it can be a total bummer. Save yourself from the rainy day blues by enjoying some of Myrtle Beach’s indoor attractions, shows and other things to do. These things to do in Myrtle Beach on a rainy day are guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach on a Rainy Day

7 Ways to Play on a Rainy Day in Myrtle Beach


1) WonderWorks

There is over 50,000 square feeot of indoor interactive fun at WonderWorks. The hands-on nature of the attraction is super engaging. Kids and adults alike get a kick out of the activities below:

  • Be blown away by 74mph hurricane force winds
  • Maneuver the controls of a NASA spacecraft to land the shuttle
  • Lie on a bed of 3,500 nails
  • Fly a fighter jet simulator
  • Ride your own roller coaster
  • Play virtual sports


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Children’s Museum of South Carolina/Facebook

2) Children’s Museum of South Carolina

The Children’s Museum is one of the top things to do in Myrtle Beach on a Rainy Day for families. It’s a true hidden gem, serving locals and visitors alike. Their indoor playground invites kids to explore in a safe, creative environment with interactives including:

  • USS Kids-A-Float, devoted to boat safety
  • South Carolina Fossil Hunt, where kids can play paleontologist and dig for fossils


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All That performing during The Carolina Opry

3) Myrtle Beach Shows

When it’s raining in Myrtle Beach, go inside for a show. There’s some serious talent in Myrtle Beach. Plus, the shows stay modern with their music and dance so even teenagers won’t turn their nose up at the entertainment. A few Reserve Myrtle Beach favorites are:


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The underwater tunnel at Ripley’s Aquarium

4) Ripley’s Aquarium

When looking for things to do in Myrtle Beach on a rainy day, don’t overlook Ripley’s Aquarium. Here, you can take to the seas and discover exhibits dedicated to the Amazon, stingrays, sharks, coral reefs and more. The underwater glide tunnel is by far the coolest exhibit, as it’s super immersive. With over 85,000 square feet to explore, you can spend a couple hours diving into it all.


Inside Hollywood Wax Museum you become the star!

5) Hollywood Wax Museum 

The Hollywood Wax Museum is where you become a star! It’s the perfect place to strike a pose with uncanny replicas of top stars. Be sure to bring your A-Game as you’ll be starring alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey, Jr. and more. Kids love to interact with the props while getting their pose on with their favoirte characters and actors. And don’t worry — you’ll think it’s fun too!

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Part of the collection at Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum

6) Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

Spend some time at one of the Carolina’s finest visual arts museums. Housed in a 1924 converted beach cottage on the ocean, the Art Museum offers six to eight contemporary visual art exhibits annually, a permanent collection of regional artwork and historical maps, and a fine arts resource library.

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Sally’s Splash House at The Crown Reef Resort

7) Indoor Water Parks

Myrtle Beach resorts have some of the best aquatic amenities anywhere. I’m fairly certain the hotels compete with each other to see who can build the absolute best indoor water parks. The clear winner: you. Resorts with amazing indoor water parks include:



Even on sunny days people flock to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

8) Ripley’s Believe It or Not Attractions

In Myrtle Beach, there’s a whole block dedicated to Ripley’s Attractions. Hop into the Odditorium to browse the strange and bizzare. Then, see if you can handle the scares of Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. (I can’t!). Up next, ride Ripley’s Moving Theater for a surreal 5D experience. When you add these things to do in Myrtle Beach on a rainy day to your plans, you’ll stay busy for hours.

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Rainy days and retail therapy are the perfect fit

9) Myrtle Beach Shopping

Indoor malls, anyone? They were made for days like this. In Myrtle Beach, there’s a wide range of places to shop. From outlet malls to boutiques and craft malls, they’ve got you covered. The options below are prime places to go for a little shopping therapy:

  • Coastal Grand Mall
  • Tanger Outlets
  • Everything Under the Sun Flea Market
  • Myrtle Beach Mall


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A rainy day on the beach is the perfect time to relax

10) Relax!

Hey, it’s vacation. You don’t always have to be doing something. Take it easy by curling up with a good book. Or, simply sit and watch the rain dance on the ocean from your hotel balcony. It may be raining on your parade, but’s it’s also kind of beautiful. (As long as it only lasts a day!)

Even More Things to Do in Myrtle Beach on a Rainy Day

These are just a few of the rainy day activities you can do in Myrtle Beach. Many more museums, attractions and shows can make your day at the beach, even if it’s rainy, a good one! Browse the full selection of things to do at Reserve Myrtle Beach.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.