10 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach Year-round

Home to world-renown beaches and some of the best golf courses in the state, The Strand is a popular summer destination for families, couples and college students. But did you know that there are also plenty of other things to do in Myrtle Beach during the winter months?

Here are 10 of our favorite things to do year-round:

1. Ride the Myrtle Beach Skywheel 200 feet above sea level for beautiful views of the ocean by day and sparkling city lights by night.

2. Explore unique attractions at Broadway at the Beach like the Backstage Mirror Maze, MagiQuest, WonderWorks and Helicopter Adventures.

3. Catch a comedy show at Comedy Cabana or the Carolina Improv Company!

4. See hundreds of ocean creatures as you walk along glass-walled tunnels, pet stingrays and horseshoe crabs, and much more at Ripley’s Aquarium .

5. Experience the glitz, glitter and glam of The Carolina Opry – a theatric musical performance unmatched by any other in the state.

6. Indulge your adventurous side at Family Kingdom Amusement Park, an old-fashioned park featuring 30+ rides, including a wooden roller coaster, go-karts and the biggest Ferris wheel in the state.

7. Grab dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast and Adventure or at Medieval Times to experience live music, acrobatic dances and special effects.

8. Test the limits of speed at NASCAR SpeedPark, where you’ll find 19 race-themed attractions, including go-karts, a SkyCoaster, kids’ rides, an arcade and more!

9. Hunt for unique souvenirs at Barefoot Landing, home to gift shops like Del Sol, Cloud Nine, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Bombay Bomba and Surf & Sand Beach Shoppe.

10. Go for a hike along the nature trails at Myrtle Beach State Park to explore unspoiled marshes and natural wildlife.

As an added bonus, the crowds at many of these attractions thin out during the winter months, so you and your companions can spend less time waiting in line and more time on rides, laughing out loud or reconnecting with natural wonders.

Start planning your visit today!

Expand Your Palate During Restaurant Week South Carolina

Restaurant Week 2014 comes to Myrtle Beach, January 9 – 19, 2014!

During these 11 days, hundreds of South Carolina visitors and locals will take advantage of special menus and pricing for meals at some of the best local restaurants. Many different types of food, including American, French, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish and Thai, will be featured in a variety of styles such as fondue, barbecue, gastro pub, steakhouse, tapas and more!

How can you participate in Restaurant Week South Carolina?

Step 1: Take a look at the list of participating Myrtle Beach restaurants.

Step 2: Decide which ones you’d like to try. Consider bookmarking the websites or saving the phone numbers so you’ll have them on hand.

Step 3: If you’ll be visiting us from out of town, book your Myrtle Beach hotel stay at a great rate!

Step 4: Arrive in town during Restaurant Week and call ahead to reserve a spot at your eatery of choice.

Keep in mind:
• Restaurant Week specials are only available during dinner hours.
• All participating restaurants also serve from their standard menus, so there will be plenty of options to choose from.
• No tickets are required, but having a reservation is recommended because the most popular restaurants tend to fill quickly.

Step 5: Tell us about your experience. Our Concierge staff would love to hear feedback on your visit, or even help you choose additional restaurants to try upon arrival.

Experience Restaurant Week 2014 in Myrtle Beach – your taste buds will thank you!

We Love Broadway at the Beach (And You Will Too)

Part theme park, part outdoor mall, Broadway at the Beach is one of the most popular things to do in Myrtle Beach. Just minutes from our affordable oceanfront resorts, this attraction has something for everyone in your group!

Excellent Dining. From national names like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Señor Frog’s, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe and Johnny Rockets, to local ones like Sweet Carolina’s, Amici’s Bistro and Capriz Italian Feast, there are over 25 dining options to choose from! Looking for something lighter? There’s also a wide variety of coffee and sweet shops, including Starbucks, KISS Coffeehouse, Auntie Anne’s, The Fudgery, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and many more.

Specialty Shopping. Whether you want to window shop, treat yourself or find the perfect gift for that special someone, Broadway at the Beach features stores and boutiques filled with all kinds of apparel, accessories and gifts.

The most popular stores include:
• Boardwalk Winery
• Broadway Magic
• Build-A-Bear Workshop
• Claire’s
• Fresh Produce
• Fric N’ Frac
• Lids
• Lucy Lou’s
• Man Cave Store
• Out of Africa
• Pepper Palace
• Rack Room Shoes
• Ron John Surf Shop
• SC Jewelers
• Sports Fanatics
• Sunglass Hut
• Tango Bay Clothing Co.
• The Tinder House
• Toys & Co.
• Tropical Reef
• T-Shirt Connection
• Victoria’s Secret
• Yankee Candle

Unique Attractions. Defeat virtual obstacles at MagiQuest, or navigate your way through a 2,000 square-foot indoor mirror maze. Ride a zip line 1,000 feet over water, or power around the lake in a speedboat. Make new friends at Ripley’s Aquarium or discover the secrets of science at WonderWorks. More traditional entertainment options are also available, such as a movie theater, duck and catfish feeding, mini golf, a playground, a carousel, a Ferris wheel and more!

Spectacular Nightlife. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Check out Celebrity Square to enjoy hot dance music, great drink specials, dueling pianos and classy cigar bars. Froggy Bottomz, Club Boca and Malibu’s Surf Bar are known as some of the best venues, but be sure to catch the occasional outdoor fireworks show as well.

If you’re planning a visit to Myrtle Beach, consider spending a day – or night – at Broadway at the Beach!

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Events and Activities

Myrtle Beach is a beloved vacation spot. We take pride in our award-winning beaches and seaside resort hotels, but don’t be fooled – the fun doesn’t stop when the seasons change!

Try these festive, family-friendly things to do during your visit:

1. Spend a magical afternoon in Christmas Towne.
December 1, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Head to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and treat your children to face painting, balloon art, rides, games, hot chocolate, a letter-writing station and even a photo session with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The best part? The 10th Annual Christmas Towne event is free to attend.

2. Wave to Santa at the Main Street Parade.
December 7, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Choose a spot along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach to enjoy a traditional Christmas parade. Kids will be thrilled by the many festive sights and sounds, including traditional music, school bands, classic cars and local celebrities, as performers and floats travel down Main Street to Ocean Boulevard. Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on!

3. See the many lighted tree and shops.
Dates and Times Vary by Location

Whether you’re able to attend one of the many Christmas tree and plaza lighting ceremonies around town, or would rather visit after they’ve been lit for the year, your whole family will be inspired by the combination of twinkling lights and traditional music at some of the best shopping areas around town, including:
• Broadway at the Beach, a well-known shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife complex
• The Market Common, a popular outdoor collection of restaurants, boutiques and salons
• Barefoot Landing, a shopping and entertainment complex in North Myrtle Beach

4. Bask in the glow of thousands of candles.
December 5 – 7, 12 – 14, 19 – 21, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Stroll through Brookgreen Gardens during the Nights of a Thousand Candles celebration to enjoy the warm glow of 5,500+ hand-lit candles alongside hundreds of soft electric lights. Enjoy the peaceful songs of live carolers and hand bells, as well as catered dining options. This attraction is worth the short drive from Myrtle Beach.

5. Laugh out loud with your whole family.
November 29 & 30, 2013; December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 23 & 27, 2013

Start a new family tradition. Join the cast of the Carolina Improv Company as they make light of holiday traditions – from fruit cakes to family squabbles – in a show appropriate for all ages.

Bring your whole family to celebrate the holiday season at The Strand and make memories that will last a lifetime. We’re ready to welcome you!

Have Yourself a Carolina Opry Christmas

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is a can’t-miss holiday activity!

Nicknamed “The Christmas Show of the South,” this high-energy musical variety performance is the only one in Myrtle Beach to have earned the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup. It has also been called a “Top attraction in Myrtle Beach” by CNBC, and has received national attention from ABC Nightly News, USA Today, Southern Living Magazine and many other newspapers and television media.

The 2013 season promises to be the most spectacular yet as a cast of nearly 40 singers, dancers and storytellers will perform classic renditions of holiday tunes, introduce new-age twists and dazzle audiences with exquisite costumes paired with warm humor. Big names like internationally beloved Rocky Fretz, crooner vocalist Colton Cason, the returning Tangena Church and “American Idol” finalist LaToya London, as well as dancing Santas, Christmas cowboy, the Grinch and many more are expected to draw record crowds.

28th Season Performance Highlights:
• 40 Performers, including new vocalists and returning fan favorites
• Brand-new dance routines by stars of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”
• Award-winning costumes and special effects
• Critically-acclaimed musicians, including a holiday brass section
• Dazzling light displays
• Real snow exhibit
• A horse-drawn sleigh
• 75 Holiday wreaths
• 35 Christmas trees with thousands of ornaments
• 5 Miles of tree lighting wire
• A 30-foot tree with 25,000 lights
If you’re considering a visit to Myrtle Beach this holiday season, now is the time to start planning your stay!

These two-hour performances run from November 19, 2013 through January 4, 2014, with regular evening showings throughout the week and selectively scheduled matinees, but the best seats often sell quickly. Purchase your tickets now.