Myrtle Beach Attractions
Ranked third best U.S. beach for family vacations by U.S. News and World Report, Myrtle Beach’s 60-mile shoreline has drawn East Coasters for 100 years. The resort town welcomes 14 million annual visitors including Southerners from surrounding states, retired “Snowbirds” and golfers.
Summer vacations here can last one week or the entire break between school semesters as June to August boasts prime beach weather. Autumn sees temperatures in the 70s but is hurricane season and can be unpredictable. Northern retirees often migrate to the subtropical city for winter.
Beyond its 100 golf courses, Myrtle Beach earned the title “Miniature Golf Capital of the World” and welcomes enthusiasts to tee off on the many courses spanning 20-miles of U.S. Highway 17. Among them is Molten Mountain, dubbed one of the “10 Most Unique Mini Golf Courses in the U.S.” by Fodor’s with 18 of 36 holes within the air conditioned, “active” volcano spewing fire and steam.
Roam the Moorish Atalaya Castle’s beachfront grounds to peek into South Carolina’s history. The palm-lined property – including Brookgreen Gardens – was donated as Huntington State Park in 1950. For a spooky glimpse into the past, try to spot Alice Flagg’s ghost in Pawleys Island where visitors learn her tragic love story while paying respects to antebellum leaders buried beside her in one of the area’s oldest cemeteries.
Originally a fishing village, Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a half-mile of restaurants facing a saltwater estuary serving old-fashioned Low Country staples like shrimp and grits, gumbo and hush puppies.