Things To Do

Things To Do In Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is tucked in the heart of the Grand Strand, a 60 mile span of sandy beaches, coastal beauty and endless activities, shopping, dining and entertainment. Choose from water sports, festivals to dining and shopping to coastal exploration and with abundant sunshine year-round and a temperate climate, Myrtle Beach is ideal for outdoor activities throughout the year. Come enjoy the charm and culture of the coastal towns and find your perfect vacation activity.

 

Surfing


If you want to get started in surfing, Myrtle Beach is the perfect place. In addition to a wide variety of surf shops and the amazing stretch of the Grand Strand, the smaller wave action on the coast means this is the perfect place to try the waves out. And experienced surfers can have just as many opportunities to ride the waves in this surfer community. The Grand Strand is filled with surf shops that get you all set up with the proper equipment and lessons.

Area shops:
Surf City Surf Shop
Wallerbears Surf Shop
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Eternal Wave Surf Shop
Bert's Surf Shop

 

Parasailing


Want to experience the thrill of flying 500 feet high above the Atlantic Ocean? Parasailing is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular water sport activities on the Grand Strand. Many companies offer options of flying solo or with up to three people and some of the longest flights can be a 10 to 12 minute flight time. You’ll be able to view aquatic life right below and have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful coast on this exhilarating ride.

Area shops:
Ocean Watersports
Downwind Sails
Express Water Sports

 

Skydiving


When the thrill of parasailing isn’t enough, you can take it one step further and ride on a skydiving plane up to two miles above Myrtle Beach for an extreme 120 mph freefall and a five minute parachute ride. The parachute ride will reveal breathtaking views of the North Myrtle Beach coast line. For beginners, tandem skydiving is the way to go. With a short amount of training and strapped to a professional skydiver, you can enjoy the thrill and excitement with a high degree of safety. There are also skydiving schools that will allow you to take it a step further and solo your skydive after proper training and in the presence of professional skydivers.


Area shops:
Skydive Myrtle Beach
Skydiving Over Myrtle Beach 

 

Jetpacks & Flyboarding


The futuristic sport of jetpacks and flyboarding has taken over the Grand Strand. For your jetpack experience, you will strap on a 28-pound jetpack, which is connected to a jet ski motor with a hose. The two pipes shoot out water at 1,000 gallons a minute which propels you 50 feet into the air. From there, you can use the control arms to steer, twirl, walk on water, go for speed runs, dolphin dive, and if you’re experienced, do a series of tricks right above the water.

 

Jet Skiing


Jet skiing is the perfect way to experience all that Myrtle Beach’s waters have to offer. Explore the waterway, rivers or the Atlantic Ocean at 45 miles per hour. With the warm weather in Myrtle Beach, jet skiers can go out almost any time of the year and the area offers a variety of jet ski rental companies to provide equipment. There are also options to spot marine life including jet ski trips to spot dolphins. Common tours include Bird Island and the Little River fishing village then riding along the Intracoastal Waterway through North Myrtle Beach out to the ocean. Get an unique experience with the dolphins and other aquatic life.


Area shops:
Myrtle Beach Watersports
Thomas Outdoors Watersports
Shoreline Watersports
Ocean Watersports

 

Kayaking


If you want to get up close and personal with the native wildlife in Myrtle Beach, kayaking will an adventure to put at the top of your list. The coastal waterways make for relaxing and calm trips to explore coastal wildlife with the whole family. Get to places that are hard to reach including the marshes, swamps and rivers of the lowcountry and the barrier islands.


Area shops:
Black River Outdoors
Vacation Equipment Rentals
Waterway Power Sports
J & L Kayak Ecoventures

 

Fishing and Boat Cruises


Fishing opportunities are limitless in the Myrtle Beach area and it’s a top spot for both experienced anglers and fly fisherman to the casual fisherman. The aquatic life is abundant with both saltwater and freshwater fishing, pier and inland fishing to deep sea fishing. Saltwater fishing is the first thing that comes to mind when people come to Myrtle Beach. Make sure to get the correct info on the gear you need to choose for saltwater fishing as it’s different than freshwater and this where an experienced guide can make all the difference. For a different experience, choose the inland waters for some freshwater fishing. Combine your fishing trip with a cruise; these boats start out of Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Conway, Murrells Inlet, and Georgetown If deep water fishing is on your list, you can charter a near shore fishing guide that will take you to the deeper waters to explore underwater barriers, reefs and wrecks.

Common Myrtle Beach catches include black sea bass, flounder, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, bluefish,  flounder, red fish, speckled trout, tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, dolphin, wahoo, grouper, vermillion snapper, shark, grey snapper and many others.  So pick your dream catch and head out for a fishing trip of a lifetime!

If you want to skip the fishing and just get the thrill of a boat ride, the area has sailboat tours, sunset cruises of the coast and dinner cruises. There’s not a better way to see this ecologically diverse coastal environment and the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Coastline, and nearby islands and lighthouses. 


Area shops:
J & L Kayak Ecoventures
Calmwater Fishing Charters
North Myrtle Beach Fishing Charters
Georgetown Fishing Charters
Black River Outdoors
Reel Action Fishing Charters
Fisher of Men Charters
Reel Deep Fishing Charters

 

Dolphin Cruises


One of the most popular cruises on Myrtle Beach is a boat ride on the Atlantic Ocean to spot the beautiful dolphins that make their home along the coast. The cruises pass along many famous beaches including Sunset Beach and the Little River inlet. See the beach homes, restaurants and marinas of the Intracoastal Waterway and the historic fishing villages of Little River and Calabash. These cruises provide the best local and natural history and geography lessons. Take in South Carolina’s local flora and fauna, or a beautiful sunset tour.


Area shops:
Wallace Sailing Charters
Action Water Sportz
Rover Boat Tours
Calmwater Fishing Charters
Island Water Adventures

 

Camping


There are a wide variety of campsites in the Myrtle Beach area from developed camp sites for RVs and tents to a natural setting in the state park. Choose from camping on the beach to a lake site or a site tucked away in the trees. This is a great way to view the local wildlife including egrets and sea turtles.


Camping:
Myrtle Beach State Park
Myrtle Beach Travel Park
Lakewood Camping Resort
Cypress Camping Resort
Pirateland Family Camping Resort

 

Scooter & Motorcycle Rentals


A great way to get around Myrtle Beach and see all the sights along the Grand Strand. Rent a Harley Davidson motorcycle or zoom along the coast on a scooter.

Area shops:
Eagle Rider Myrtle Beach Motorcycle and Scooter Rentals
Moped Rentals of Myrtle Beach 

 

Scuba Diving


Have an itch to explore a World War II or Civil War wreck? To view the natural and artificial reefs teeming with fish or live bottom ledges? The Myrtle Beach area is a great choice for planning a dive trip or attending a scuba diving school if you want to give scuba diving a try. And for an added adventure, dive to the marine fossil beds in the area and look for dinosaur teeth.


Area shops:
Coastal Scuba
Express Watersports
Nu Horizons

 

Segway Rentals


Without much instruction, you can set off into Myrtle Beach on a segway and leave the car behind. Guided tours in the area reveal the beauty and history of South Carolina through areas like the city, state parks or beaches.


Area shops:
Myrtle Beach Segway Tours

 

Bike Rentals


A great alternative to a car, the Myrtle Beach area is extremely bike friendly and allows for everyone to enjoy the roads, bike paths and trails. In fact, some of the barrier islands have more bikes than cars, make this the best option for enjoying the natural beauty of the area. And there are great rental options for families with small children, including trailers and training wheels. Choose from cruisers to mountain bikes and even special beach bikes made to ride on the sand. 


Area shops:
Vacation Equipment Rentals
Bodacious Bob's Bicycle Rentals & Tours

 

Bowling


Get out of the sun for a few hours and enjoy one of the many bowling lanes in the Myrtle Beach area. Perfect for a family outing or a casual get-together, and great places to grab a bite to eat.


Area shops:
Waccamaw Bowling Center
Surfside Bowl
710 Bowling 

 

Golf


The Myrtle Beach area has hundreds of private, semi-private and public courses that are fun and challenging, making it the golf capital of the United States. There are 87 premier designer golf courses with a variety of pro-level courses to ones made for the casual golfer. Called the "seaside golf capital of the world,” Myrtle Beach’s golf courses vary in price and difficulty, so there are options to fit all budgets and skill levels. For a full list of golf courses, visit the Myrtle Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau list of golf courses or MyrtleBeachGolf.com's golf course guide.

 

Miniature Golf


If golfing doesn’t fit your plans but you still want to get some swings in, the 50 miniature golf courses in the area should fit your needs. The area is serious about their miniature golf; the prestigious miniature golf Masters Tournament is played here at Hawaiian Rumble Golf. With a different theme at each miniature park, you can play on a Hawaiian adventure, on a jungle safari or around sharks, dragons and dinosaurs. Here are the top ten miniature golf courses in the area. And here’s a comprehensive list of miniature golf courses from the Myrtle Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Horseback Riding


There’s nothing more iconic than riding a horse along the beach. Enjoy the beauty of Myrtle Beach from a guided horseback tour. Ride along the trails or right on the beach and receive a first-hand account of the history and natural areas of the area from the knowledgeable guides.

Area shops:
Wampee Stables Trail Rides

 

Wine Bars & Wineries


The Myrtle Beach area has a little bit of everything, including some prime spots to sip a glass of wine. The area capitalizes on the sweet Muscadine grapes which grow natively in the area. The local vineyards included places such as Hyman Vineyards in Conway, La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River and Carolina Vineyards in North Myrtle Beach. The area offers a variety of wines, wine tours and wine tasting events.

 

Shopping


The Myrtle Beach area is a shopaholic’s dream with a mix of shopping malls, factory outlets, boardwalk shops, specialty shops, and flea markets in the area. For upscale retail shops, the Market Common is a great place to splurge. One of Myrtle Beach's premier shopping destinations, the popular Broadway at the Beach is a outdoor complex with a combination of shops, dining and entertainment. For a full list of shopping options, the Myrtle Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great place to peruse your desired spots to shop. And where else can you walk barefoot through dozens of shops in South, Central, and North Myrtle Beach shopping venues? If you need even more options, the surrounding coastal communities of Little River, Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Murrells Inlet each have their own shopping experiences.

 

Festivals


Festivals run year round at Myrtle Beach, making it a hot spot to catch the latest music concerts, food festivals, holiday festivities, sporting events and art and cultural performances. Area highlights include the Carolina Country Music Fest, a three-day country music festival with some of country music’s hottest acts or for the best BBQ around, the Myrtle Beach or the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival or the world-famous Blue Crab Festival in Little River, South Carolina. For the most up-to-date list, the Calendar of Events from the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great resource to look at before your trip.