Boys with surfboard, Pavilion Nostalgia Park, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Myrtle Beach CVB)

Pier at sunset, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Umbrellas on beach. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau)

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What to do in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is as American as baseball and Budweiser. And perhaps the biggest trouble with spending your family vacation here is convincing your kids it’s time to leave. This legendary locale shuttles through an average of 14 million visitors annually, each seemingly leaving with a lobster tan and bags of back-to-school clothes from the miles of outlet malls. “The Grand Strand,” as it’s called, has turned itself into an oversized theme park in recent years. Hotels have playgrounds and mini water parks, and putt-putt is ubiquitous. The SkyWheel, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the country, dominates the skyline of the 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk. This beast of a wheel reaches 200 feet tall with a million LED lights and 42 air-conditioned gondolas. It’s like Las Vegas, but for preteens.

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MrsJBolt rates Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is a great place to go for a cheaper family beach vacation. There are activities to do for all ages and decent food to be found. Stay either North or South Myrtle Beach. Ocean Blvd on ""The Strip"" is mainly college & high schoolers cruising around getting slightly out of control at their first bout of freedom. There are also good campgrounds like Ocean Lakes. Myrtle has tons of shopping (Tanger Outlets, Barefoot Landing, Broadway @ the Beach), a few amusement parks, lots of golf, restaurants, aquariums -- and all of it is decently priced. Litchfield way south near Pawleys Island is a decent place to stay as well, especially if you are more focused on family beach times, but it's a drive from Myrtle. Near by, Murrell's Inlet & Calabash are known for their amazing seafood as well! Go early or you'll have to wait...
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