Adventure attractions make memories for family summer vacations in North Myrtle Beach. The attractions and amusements in the Myrtle Beach area range from wild and exhilarating to peaceful and relaxing. Hundreds of entertainment options await you—thrill rides, water parks, bungee jumping, boardwalk arcades, go carts, wax museum, horseback riding, boat tours and world-renowned sculpture garden, to name but a few. Whatever your family’s vacation style, you will find many opportunities for turning your summer vacation into your dream vacation. Engage in on-site activities at your vacation resort when you reserve a condominium or rent a beach house and make it your headquarters for vacation fun, from which you go off in numerous directions each day of your vacation.
There’s so much to see and do on the Grand Strand that your agenda can remain as full as you like. From indoor attractions to outdoor amusements, you’re invited to set your own pace. Seek out the exciting and exhilarating or relax in the serene and tranquil. Customize your Myrtle Beach family vacation to please you!
Putt your way around caves, waterfalls, caverns and even an active volcano that erupts every hour. Tribal Island Tiki Adventure boasts two 18-hole miniature golf courses—Volcano Valley and Tiki Bay—that will challenge golfers of all ages and skill level. It’s fun for the whole family. A lighted Par 3 golf course and driving range is available as well. Open daily.
(901 Highway 17 North, Little River; 843-249-9117)
Grapefull Sisters Vineyard is a working vineyard, with several varieties of Muscadine grapes. The vineyard has 8 varietals from Sisters Folly Carlos, which is a semi-dry, to the traditional Red Muscadine that conjures up memories of the Old South. Open Monday - Saturday from 1:00 - 6:00 with daily Wine Tastings.
(Ramsey Ford Dr., Longs/ 95 Dots Dr. Tabor City, NC; 910-653-2944)
Come experience a great workout, even on vacation! They offer everything from a one day pass to a one week pass. Fitness Room, Boxing Room, Cycling Room, Group Fitness Room, and Water Amenities. Open Monday - Thursday from 5:30am - 10:00pm, Friday from 5:30am - 9:00pm, Saturday from 8am - 5pm, and Sunday 12pm - 5pm.
(4390 Spa Drive, Little River; 843-399-2582)
Featuring equestrian adventures in a coastal paradise, Inlet Point Plantation Stables offers horseback fun for children and adults, both novice and experienced riders. Ages 10 and up are invited on a 2-hour beach ride through the plantation and along the private island beach. Children 7-years old and up will enjoy the 1-hour trail ride that meanders through a pecan grove and along portions of the Intracoastal Waterway. Kids up to the age of 10 will love the half-hour pony rides. Saddle up and call Inlet Point Plantation Stables for reservations. Island UTV tours, Surf Fishing, Kayak Tours, JetSki Rentals and Eco-Tours!
(5800 Little River Neck Rd., North Myrtle Beach; 843-249-2989)
Experience the North Myrtle Beach areafrom a new vantage point on your golf cart rental. With this central location, Affordable Golf Cart Rentals has a rental for all vacation homes!
(504 Main St, North Myrtle Beach; 843-385-2547 www.affordablegolfcartrentals.com)
Before you decide to adopt a “wild thing,” come see us on your summer vacation. One of the largest reptile facilities in the world awaits visitors at Barefoot Landing. Nature exhibits, zoological gardens and live shows provide a unique experience for all ages. There’s more to the natural swamps and marshes of Alligator Adventure than just alligators. During your visit to the park, you will be guided through beautiful natural swamps and marshes, where you’ll encounter an amazing array of reptiles, lizards, turtles, giant frogs, and exotic birds from around the world! Pythons, rattlesnakes, Galapagos tortoises and black bears, call Alligator Adventure home, as does Utan, a 20-foot long crocodile raised in Thailand. At 2,000 pounds, Utan is the largest crocodile ever to come to the United States.
(4604 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach; 843-361-0789)
Experience the Atlantic Ocean from a new vantage point on your vacation with Bob’s Watersports and Clowns Arcade. Bounce through the waves while experiencing the wild thrill of a banana boat ride where a jet ski tows up to six passengers on the ocean. Or opt for parasailing where you’ll soar with the birds as you sail along the oceanfront in North Myrtle Beach.
(2208 North Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach; 843-249-9908)
Visit a riverside graveyard some say is haunted and hear ghost stories about the famous Alice Flagg and the Gray Man of Pawleys Island. A lowcountry tour isn’t complete until you hear about the pirates who sailed nearby waters! Strap yourself in for an adventurous three-hour tour that explores several different ecosystems and gets you up close and personal with history, nature, ecology and wildlife. It’s the ecotourism adventure that takes you through a cypress swamp and the plantation region’s ricefields. Your tour guide driver will point out alligators and bald eagles and introduce you to the African Gullah culture, 15th-century Spanish castle and slave cabins. Featured in several national newspaper and magazine articles, Carolina Safari Jeep Tour also appeared on Discovery’s Travel Channel. Daily tours.
(pick up at most area hotels; 888-497-5330)
Where can you enjoy a summer’s breeze on your vacation, sit a spell in a porch rocker and sample exquisite private label wines and gourmet foods . . . the quaint vineyard off Highway 90 in North Myrtle Beach. Run by the Bellamy family, who has owned the property since the 1800s, La Belle Amie is the European origin of the family name and means the Beautiful friend. Bellamy ancestors first made wine in the south of France and today the family tradition continues in South Carolina on property that was part of a former tobacco plantation. Tour the vineyard, take a picnic lunch, and explore the unique gifts and wine accessories in the gift shop, including grape preserves made from La Belle Amie’s own 100-year-old grapevines. Call ahead for information about seasonal festivals and special events. Open Monday through Saturday.
(Highway 90, Little River; 843-399-WINE)
Bungee jump from 80-feet up in the air if you dare. With more than two million safe jumps on record, Air Boingo is ready to get your adrenaline pumping. Located just a couple blocks off the ocean. Open daily in summer.
(311 8th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach; 843-626-2863)
This family-oriented park is home of the legendary Swamp Fox, the all-wooden roller coaster and the Slingshot Drop Zone, where riders freefall 100 feet. You’ll also find South Carolina’s largest ferris wheel and an historic carousel. Don’t miss the interactive laser ride, the Pistolero Round-Up, and the other rides, more than 30 in all. Kiddie Land offers 18 attractions for young children, including pony rides. It is free to enter the park, where you can purchase a wristband or tickets for individual rides. Adjacent to Family Kingdom Amusement Park is the ocean front water park where flume rides, lazy river, speed slides and kiddie pools will cool you off after a day in the warm South Carolina sunshine. The amusement park is open daily April through September and the water park is open daily in the summer.(300 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach; 843-626-3447)
Board the tropical-inspired riverboat at the dock area of Waccatee Zoo for a river journey down the Intracoastal Waterway. Naturalists will spot osprey and their nests and point out great blue herons as they take flight from their natural habitat. Choose from an open air deck where you can feel the light wind on your face or find a seat with great Waterway views in of the two climate-controlled decks. The Jungle Princess has a snack bar and cruises are offered daily, including sunset and dinner trips. Call for times and reservations.
(Waccatee Zoo at 8500 Enterprise Road, Myrtle Beach; 843-236-1700)
Board a Jet Ranger or a Long Ranger helicopter and soar over the Grand Strand for a bird’s eye view of the Myrtle Beach area. With several tours and custom flights available, Huffman Helicopters can accommodate up to six passengers at a time. Choose an affordable 12-minute ride, a spectacular one-hour daytime flight or a "Lights of the Grand Strand" night flight. Admire the Grand Strand from a view like no other. It’s great fun for the whole family.
(Myrtle Beach International Airport and Business Highway 17; 800-579-HELI)
Longing for sports on your vacation? The Pelicans, a Texas Rangers Carolina League Class-A baseball team, were league champions in 1999 and 2000. The TicketReturn.com Field serves as the team's home field and their season runs April to September. Lawn, bleacher and box seats range between $7.00 and $11.00 each or you might choose to rent a luxury suite for an extra special family treat. Between innings, team mascot, Splash—Myrtle Beach’s favorite pelican—entertains the crowd with their on field antics. Also be sure to see Dinger and Deuce, the two Yellow Lab "Homerun Dog" mascots! Typical ballpark fare, including beer, is available in the stadium’s concourse area. After the game, don’t forget to stop by the Pro Shop for your Pelicans souvenirs. Call for home game schedule and weekly promotions.
(21st Avenue North and Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach; 843-918-6000)
Enjoy professional and amateur car and truck racing on a half-mile, tri-oval asphalt track sanctioned by NASCAR. Three generations of Earnhardts have raced and won at the Speedway since it was built in 1958. Races are scheduled every Saturday from April through September. Call for times, rain dates and special events.
(located four miles west of the beaches on Highway 501; Myrtle Beach; 843-236-0500)
Across the street from the Atlantic Ocean and at the corner of 9th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, you’ll find the wonderful world of Ripley. If you’re intrigued by the unusual, the strange and just plain weird, Ripley’s® Believe It or Not is for you. It features unique artifacts by Robert Ripley and his team of curators, such as Cleopatra’s famous barge made of sugar, massive toothpick roller coaster and devilishly beautiful mermaid. Creep next door, if you dare, to Ripley’s® Haunted Adventure, where the three-story haunted house is sure to give you thrills and chills, thanks to all the special effects and hi-tech animation.
Now showing at the Ripley’s® 4-D Moving Theater, 3-D movies that you ride. Buckle up and test drive Myrtle Beach’s only motion-simulator theater. The high-tech adventures with state-of-the-art visual and audio effects change throughout the year, so call for the latest listings. Museum, Haunted Adventure and 4-D Moving Theater are open daily.
(9th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach; 877-280-2751; 843-448-2331)
Located in Broadway at the Beach, Ripley's Aquarium is host to a myrad of fish, sharks, stingrays and turtles for kids of all ages to enjoy. Come spend the day learning of what's in the ocean! Open 365 days a year
(1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach)
This privately-owned zoo is located on 500 acres of wooded property at the juncture of the Intracoastal Waterway, Waccamaw River and Socastee Creek. Besides housing more than 100 animal species, including camels, water buffalo, zebras and kangaroos, Waccatee Zoo is a natural wildlife sanctuary and breeding ground for many migratory birds. Open daily, weather permitting.
(8500 Enterprise Road, Myrtle Beach; 843-650-8500)
More than 33 exciting rides, including the Free Fall Cliff Dive and The Dark Hole can be found in this 16-acre water park. Float in the Wipeout Wave Pool, brave the high-speed flumes and go down head first on Head Rush. The Kiddie Pool and Kids’ Activity Pool will suit your little ones. There's also miniature golf, a video arcade, food court, picnic facilities and a separate racetrack complex with rides for all ages. Open daily in summer.
It’s a national historic landmark, riverfront park, garden, museum and sculpture showcase rolled into one. Located on the site of four former rice plantations, Brookgreen Gardens contains the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden—where more than 500 works of American sculpture are displayed, the world’s largest collection. The Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve contains several thousand acres of native plants and animals. At the E. Craig Wall Jr. Lowcountry Center, educate yourself with exhibits, lectures and other programs focusing on area history. Guided walking tours, creek excursions aboard "The Springfield," and Trekker rides through three ecosystems and various historic sites are offered throughout the day.
(1931 Brookgreen Dr. - just off Highway 17, three miles south of Murrells Inlet; 800-849-1931)
You’re sure to see alligators in the freshwater lagoon and there are birdwatching opportunities galore in the salt marsh, but Huntington Beach State Park also boasts a maritime forest and three miles of white sandy beaches that lead all the way to the rocky jetties of Murrells Inlet, where fishing is popular. Atalaya, the Spanish-inspired castle that was once the winter home of world-renowned sculptress, Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, still stands today. The 2,500-acre park with nature trails, boardwalks and surf fishing is the perfect setting for a family picnic. Open daily.
(16148 Ocean Hwy - 3 miles south of Murrells Inlet on Highway 17, across from Brookgreen Gardens; 843-237-4440)