Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is heaven for lovers of miniature golf, outlet shopping, tropical drinks and fried fish. Upscale it isn’t, but it's a rowdy good time, especially during spring Bike Week, when hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend upon the town.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Barefoot Landing

On the shores of a manmade lake, this miniature city contains shopping, dining and entertainment establishments. Sink your teeth into peanut butter fudge on the boardwalk, pet a tiger cub, have a sepia-colored photo taken, then dine on crabs.

4898 Hwy. 17 South, SC, 843-272-8349, www.bflanding.com
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | things to do

Broadway at the Beach

No ordinary mall, this gargantuan shopping complex includes hundreds of shops, theme restaurants, an aquarium, IMAX theater and NASCAR Speedpark, all surrounding a 23-acre manmade lake where you can feed obese carp from fish food vending machines.

1325 Celebrity Circle, SC, 843-444-3200, www.broadwayatthebeach.com
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | trendy | things to do

Brookgreen Gardens

These dreamy gardens, built on the site of four former rice plantations, hold the largest collection of American sculpture in North America plus spectacular topiaries and semi-tropical flowers. Admissions tickets to the 9,000-acre preserve are good for seven days.

1931 Brookgreen Dr., SC, 800-849-1931, www.brookgreen.org
Tags: editor pick | smart splurge | art | things to do | outdoors

Carolina Opry

Nightly two-hour spectaculars feature a glittery array of dancers, country music, gospel and clogging in this 2,200-seat theater, which packs in nearly 6 million visitors a year.

8901 Business 17, SC, 843-913-4000, www.cgp.net
Tags: family | live entertainment | things to do

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Ride the wooden Swamp Fox roller coaster and the 110-foot freefall Slingshot Drop Zone at this kitschy waterfront amusement and water park, a Myrtle Beach classic. Combo tickets buy entry to both parks.

300 South Ocean Blvd., SC, 843-626-3447, www.family-kingdom.com
Tags: family | great value | things to do | amusement park

Fat Harold's Beach Club

Shag aficionados flock to this spacious old North Myrtle Beach dance hall, known as the "Home of the Shag." Get free lessons or just enjoy watching the pros wiggle to great 1950s classics.

212 Main St., SC, 843-249-5779, www.fatharolds.com
Tags: budget | nightlife | editor pick | great value | things to do

Huntington Beach State Park

These wind-swept marshes are popular with bird-watchers, who come to spot loons and razorbills swooping across the dunes. The quiet park is a nice refuge from crowds of beach-goers.

16148 Ocean Hwy., SC, 843-237-4440, www.southcarolinaparks.com
Tags: things to do | outdoors | wildlife

Ripley's Aquarium

Crowds ogle sharks, watch dive shows and pet stingrays at this massive aquarium, located in the Broadway on the Beach shopping complex. It's South Carolina's most-visited tourist attraction.

1110 Celebrity Circle, SC, 800-734-8888, www.ripleysaquarium.com
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife

Whispering Pines Golf Course

Barely a mile from the bustle of Myrtle Beach's boardwalk, this public course is a literal haven for both people and birds—it was declared an Audubon sanctuary in 1998. Daily rates start at around $30.

At 22nd Avenue South and Business 17 (Kings Hwy.), SC, 843-918-2305, www.wpinesgolf.com
Tags: editor pick | great value | things to do | outdoors

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