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Plan Your Trip to Myrtle Beach: Best of Myrtle Beach Tourism

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Myrtle Beach checks the boxes for everything from golf trips to spring break, but most of all, it's super family-friendly. The area's known for its wide, white-sand beaches on the Grand Strand—over 60 miles of coastline—and all the classic beach-town activities are up for grabs: Pull up a chair and take in the views, dip your toes in the waves, or go fishing at Springmaid Pier. When you're ready to stroll the boardwalk, there's games to play, gift shops to browse, and so many snacks. You can also hit theme-park rides like the famous SkyWheel, a nearly 200-foot-tall observation wheel at the promenade. Not too far from the beach, it's worth it to check out the area's natural habitats—the waters of the Waccamaw River are home to local wildlife like osprey, alligators, and turtles. Whatever your preference, be sure to make frequent pit stops for Carolina barbeque (tasting note: The sauces here are vinegar-based and really flavorful). There's plenty more recs below.

Essential Myrtle Beach

How to do Myrtle Beach in 2 days

From seafood feasts to Sky Wheel rides and more
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A family reunion in Myrtle Beach

My family just celebrated our 67th annual family reunion in Myrtle Beach, which is the land of amusement rides, great food, and even some culture. In all, there were over 70 family members spread out across the town’s famed Grand Strand. We had the time of our lives. Here’s what you need to know if you want to plan your own reunion.
Nikki Miller-Ka, Winston Salem, NC
  • Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort
    Finding beachfront accommodations for a large family with children, babies, and grandparents is not easy, unless you book more than a year in advance. Luckily, we found exactly what we needed at the Grand Atlantic, where every apartment has an ocean view. There’s so much to do, including an arcade for gamers and a heated lazy river for people who want to kick back and relax. The beach is less than a minute walk away.
  • The Breakers Resort
    Sure, the ocean is nearby, but how about a resort with an indoor water park—complete with five slides, a lazy river, and a sunken pirate ship? The Breakers’ on-site restaurants also got thumbs up from both the children and the adults. Go to Papa’s Restaurant for the breakfast buffet. Or head to Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen for a laid-back steak dinner.
  • Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
    We strolled along the boardwalk, which can get crowded (and hot) during the day. Jump on the SkyWheel for stunning views of the coast and surrounding area, and be sure to spring for VIP tickets to save time waiting in line. A note: Parking at the boardwalk can be expensive, but the people-watching alone is worth the price of admission.
  • Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
    This museum is not to be missed—it features exhibits showcasing the work of local and regional artists. Check out the hands-on family art programmes. We spent an hour and a half here one afternoon making 3D paper sculptures with the littles. Bonus: Admission and parking here are free.
  • Broadway at the Beach
    Not to be cliche, but this place truly has something for everyone. Some of my family started at Backstage Escape Games, where they worked their way out of an Atlantis-themed escape room, while others bounced between Ripley’s Aquarium and WonderWorks Museum for the Mind (a.k.a. the upside-down building). We met back up to watch some of our gang take a jet boat ride, then ended the day at the Hollywood Wax Museum taking pics with celebrities.
  • Mammy's Kitchen
    There’s nothing like kicking off the day with a southern-style buffet breakfast. You can order menu items a la carte, but the buffet gives the most bang for your buck. Children eat free with each adult at the buffet breakfast, but there’s no shame in filling up on chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy. Mammy’s is very popular and very crowded, so be prepared for a wait.
  • Big Mike's Soul Food
    Bookings are encouraged most everywhere in Myrtle Beach—especially with a large group—but you don’t need them at Big Mike’s. The dining room is small, so we took up most of the seats inside, but going at an off-peak time made that possible. Check out the classic meat and three, but don’t sleep on the BBQ ribs, fried chicken, meatloaf, mac and cheese, collard greens, and sweet potato pie. Takeaway is also an option.
  • Bennett's Calabash Seafood Buffet No.1
    The Grand Strand area is known for its Calabash-style seafood restaurants (named for a nearby fishing village area), and Bennett’s is one of the best. Pile up your plate with endless snow crab legs, shucked oysters, and coconut shrimp, plus prime rib, if that’s your thing. Children eat for free, and a tip—visit the restaurant’s website to get discounted coupons for the adults.
  • Simply Southern Smokehouse
    You can’t have a proper holiday in the South without having a little bit of barbecue—pork barbecue, that is. Simply Southern Smokehouse specialises in barbecue, buffets, and banana pudding. Try regional favourites such as chicken and rice bog, fried chicken gizzards, and seasonal fruit cobblers at this lunch-only spot that looks (and feels) like home.
  • Gullah Museum
    Myrtle Beach sits right in the middle of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, so a visit to the Gullah Museum in neighbouring Georgetown is a must. See quilts made by the founder’s wife (who has work on display at the Smithsonian) and learn about the power of rice as a state cash crop and the history of enslaved people in South Carolina. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.