It is perhaps Myrtle Beaches 60 miles of beach that helped it become America’s favourite family destination for vacations. Myrtle Beach Resorts are now thought to be above even Disneyland on the list of a family’s favourite destination but, it isn’t the beach alone that makes this destination so popular as there are many other attractions.
Ripley’s Aquarium is located on Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk at the popular Beach Complex and has exhibits like Rio Amazon, Ray Bay, Dangerous Reef and Rainbow Rock which feature popular sea creatures like sharks and rays as well as turtles and colourful tropical fish.
Pirate’s Voyage offer guests a delicious 4 course meal whilst watching pirates enacting dramatic scenes from the past such as sword fighting and ship boarding.
Of course, with 60 miles of beach available practically every water sport you can think of is available and includes scuba diving, snorkelling, banana boat rides, paddle boat, jet-ski and kayak rental, fishing boat charter, parasailing and many others.
Close to the beach there is Brookgreen Gardens which are considered to be among the top 10 gardens in the States and Go Ape Treetop Adventure where you can climb, zip line or do Tarzan swings through the trees. For those that perhaps prefer adventures where motors are involved, they can take ATVs through the backwoods or experience the fast life at Myrtle’s Speedway. This is not just any speedway track; this is the speedway track where 4 generations of Petty’s and 3 generations of Earnhardt’s first learnt their NASCAR skills.
For those family members that like theme park action, there are the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and the Myrtle Waves Water Park. The family Kingdom Amusement Park has 35 spectacular rides that will entertain all the family, ranging from the Twist ‘N Shout Steel roller coaster to an assortment of other less exhilarating, yet cool and amusing treats. The Myrtle Waves Water Park has one million gallons of water to provide swirls, chutes and splashes for the whole family and spread over 20 acres, makes up South Carolina’s largest water park.
For those that prefer a walk, they can even play a round of golf on any of the over 100 golf courses in the area or, take to the trails on one of the two State parks. Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park provide the opportunity for a family to experience the great outdoors with hiking trails, fishing piers and plenty of picnic sites. The parks are also home to some interesting sculptures and one of the World’s largest exotic reptile’s parks.
There is of course always at least one member of a family that likes to shop though and for those family members there is the Hudson’s Surfside Flea Market. This is an area where you can buy almost anything and comprises of over 400 stalls set in an area covering 70,000 square feet of space. As with flea markets anywhere, this will have something to interest any family member, even those less ardent shoppers.