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Updated: July 19th, 2020
Below is a list of places I would visit on a trip to the Myrtle Beach area. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine. If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find. You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.
- Johnny D's Waffles and Benedicts
3301 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
If waffles are your favorite breakfast item than Johnny D's is the place to be. The red velvet waffle drizzled with cream cheese icing was named the best waffle in South Carolina by the Food Network. They have two locations, one in Myrtle Beach and the other in North Myrtle Beach. Both serving breakfast all-day.
- Dino's House of Pancakes
2120 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Being a top rated pancake house for more than 40 years in the North Myrtle Beach area must carry some weight in the breakfast world. Not only known for their pancakes but also the Dino scribed Belgium waffles. You can get plenty of food for your money which you can save for the mini-golf down the road. My breakfast items: banana nut pancakes with a side of bacon and cinnamon roll.
- Peace, Love and Little Donuts
3020 Nevers St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
A hippie themed donut shop located in the Market Common area of Myrtle Beach. The concept is very similar to Duck Donuts, which I also included earlier in the list. The main difference I can tell is that Peace, Love and Little Donuts have rounder smaller donut than their competition. They have 60 available toppings to choose from when you are at the counter. My two picks, apple pie, and fruity pebbles flavored donuts.
- Duck Donuts
117 Maryport Dr Unit #1, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
I have known about Duck Donuts for a few years before they landed in Myrtle Beach. They have locations all over the United States. I like the made to order concept, fried the cake-based doughnut on the spot, and add the toppings afterward creating a fresh donut. You can pick a long list of signature creations like Blueberry Lemonade, Chocolate Explosion, or create your own flavor profile. If you want your donut as a dessert, Duck Donuts also make sundaes and milkshakes. In Summer 2020 they opened another location in the North Myrtle Beach area.
- Pelicans Baseball
1251 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Pelican's ballgame is the best bargain on the beach for families. The cost of seats is cheap, the food is reasonably priced and you are entertained by the game for a few hours. Bonus if it fireworks night. The Pelican is Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They won the Carolina League championship back in 2016. If you are 21 over, the best night to go would be Thirsty Thursday when the beer is at a bargain.
1110 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
An observation wheel in the heart of Myrtle Beach with a fantastic view of the coastline of the Atlantic ocean makes for an opportunity to take great photos. Here are the stats - 200ft tall, 42 climate controlled, and fully enclosed gondolas, cost $14, and last about 12 minutes (4 spins).
- Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Located just south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens is in the list of top ten gardens in the United States. I'm not much of a garden person, but after viewing the photos of this place, Brookgreen Gardens has my attention. I love the southern landscape, and the sculpture adds allure to this place. Nights of a Thousand Candles is a must-see event during Christmas time in the Myrtle Beach area.
- Hawaiian Rumble Golf
3210 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
I'm not a fan of golf, but I love some mini-golf. Myrtle Beach is known to be the mini-golf capital of the world; this 18-hole course with a 40-foot active volcano is the granddaddy of them all. Hawaiian Rumble has been rated #1 mini-golf course in the world by PGA of Mini Golf, Golf Magazine, and Travel Channel. The top mini-golfers in the country play on this course every year for the championship.
- Wheels of Yesteryear
413 Hospitality Ln, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
I have an appreciation for history and believe I would enjoy this classic car museum even though I am not a "car" person. Wheels of Yesteryear has been around since 2009 and has a wide variety of classic and muscle cars on display from their private collection. They usually display approximately 50 cars at one time and rotate new cars in every January to freshen up the museum. New additions for 2020 include a Dukes of Hazzard General Lee replica, a drag car owned by a local drag racer (Keith Wynn), and a pink Rambler.
- Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum
607 27th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Through all my years, two things have stuck with me, my love for movies and video games. Pinball is part of that love, and I see those machines as pieces of art when design perfectly. Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum has over 25 pinball machines. The admission is $12 per hour, and the pinball machines are set on "Free Play." No need to bring a pocket full of quarters, which is good for me since I'm terrible at playing pinball. The 3 pinball machines I want to play here are Star Wars, Munsters, and Ghostbusters.
- Horry County Bike and Run Park aka Hulk
The Hulk is a 7-mile single-track mountain bike trail near the Intracoastal Waterway. It was voted as #8 mountain bike trail in South Carolina by singletracks.com. I have heard nothing but good reviews from the locals. If you own a mountain bike give this trail a ride.
- Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
I consider Ripley Aquarium the main attraction at Broadway at the Beach, an outdoor entertainment complex with shopping and restaurants. The best part of the aquarium is Dangerous Reef, a 340-foot long moving sidewalk inside a transparent tunnel surrounding by water, giant stingrays, and sharks. My advice, skip the aquarium when it is raining unless you love waiting in long lines because of limited indoor activities; everyone on the beach decides to go to the aquarium. The best time to go is on an overcast day. New for 2020, Penguins Playhouse, their biggest expansion, with eight new tanks and world-class penguin habitat.
- River City Cafe
404 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
River City Cafe is one of the best hamburger places in the Myrtle Beach area. They have plenty of different burger options on their menu. My burger would be the "Fried Mac & Cheese Burger," which is a burger with melted American cheese topped with a breaded cake of fried mac & cheese. Other notables - Peanut Butter Banana Burger and Cheetos Burger.
- Fenway Grille & Ice Cream
1417 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Fenway Grille is one of the best hotdog places in the North Myrtle Beach area. A small takeaway hotdog place with only patio seating available. They have plenty of different hotdog options on their menu. I always order at least two dogs; my hotdog pick would be "Frito Pickle Dog," which is a beef frank, pickle spear, corn Fritos and chili. The other hotdog would be "Pig Pickin Dog," which is a bacon dog with sweet BBQ sauce, baked beans, and slaw. I would also order a side of chili cheese fries to go along with the hotdog.
- The Main Slice
209 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
The Main Slice is one of the best pizza places in the North Myrtle Beach area. They were voted best pizza along the Grand Strand by the readers of the local paper. After a day at the nearby Avista Resort's pool can get a quick slice from the eatery to satisfy your hunger. They have plenty of different pizza options on their menu, by the slice or whole pie. My pizza pick would be "Lasagna Pizza," which is marinara base topped with ground beef, ricotta, parmesan, basil, and oregano.
- Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
8907 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
A Dolly Parton production, Pirates Voyage is a show about two groups of pirates fighting on a ship that is harbored in a lagoon while you eat a four-course dinner. The menu is standard fare for a dinner & show and is only average at best when it comes to taste. It is the show that makes it a "must visit" while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. You cheer for your pirate crew while they perform choreographed stunt in the air and the water. The show has live animals, pyrotechnics, mermaids, a full-size pirate ship, and an original music score by Dolly Parton. They pack a whole lot of entertainment in 2 hours.
1501 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
I love some good BBQ, but when looking around the Grand Strand area, there were no stand out bbq restaurants separated from the rest of the pack. Picking the best BBQ place was a tough choice; I choose Brisket for two reasons over the other BBQ places in the area. The decor, I like the wild west saloon look inside the restaurant, gives the right vibe when eating a plate of meat. I also want to bring along a couple of friends for the "Feed Bag" menu item, which is a wide assortment of food on a big tray. Other notable BBQ Places - Little Pigs and Pop Pop's Pit BBQ
204 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Melt was named "Best Ice Cream in South Carolina" by Food & Wine in 2019. The ice cream place is continually turning out new and unique flavors during different times of the year. The menu is always changing and staying fresh.
- Crazy Mason
1220 Moser Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
If you are the type of person that likes to take pictures of crazy food items and post them on Instagram, Crazy Mason is your place. A milkshake bar that opened June 2020 at 810 Market Common Bowling Complex that creates "No way you can finish that" type of milkshakes to a long line of people since their opening. The demands have been high; I have been hearing about 45 minute wait times with all happy customers. My pick would be the "All American" shake - vanilla ice cream in a mason jar rimmed with vanilla frosting and cinnamon toast crunch, topped with whipped cream, a slice of apple pie with caramel apples and throw some sprinkle on for some fun. Afterward, I take a walk at the nearby park or bowl a few frames to burn off some of those calories.
Places to Stay
- Avista Resort
300 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
The location of the resort played a main role in picking Avista Resort over other hotels in the Grand Strand area. In my opinion, I feel more safe walking around North Myrtle Beach in the evening than Myrtle Beach. Also, the beaches are not as crowded when compared to Myrtle Beach too. A few places on my list are within walking distance of Avista Resort-like Main Line Pizza and Melt. The resort has all my basic needs like a lazy river and other amenities at a reasonable price. I believe Avista Resort gives me the best chance of having a relaxing vacation.
- Ocean Lakes Family Campground
6001 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
If I had an RV and making a trip to Myrtle Beach, I would stay at Ocean Lakes Family Campground with no hesitation. At 310 acres, it is the largest campground on the east coast and one of the largest in the United States. It located right at the beach, wake up in the morning, you step outside your camper, and you are only a few feet from the ocean. Ocean Lakes Family Campground Named 2017 “Mega Park of the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which they won this award six times. Two pluses if you have kids, Sandy Harbor Water Park, and an award-winning recreation program to keep them busy and allows more time for you to relax.
- North Beach Plantation
100 North Beach Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
If you have a large group that will split the cost evenly for a resort stay than North Beach Plantation is the place. The best feature of the resort is the almost 3 acres of Caribbean themed pool real estate. The swim-up pool bar was rank #1 in the United States by TripAdvisor, so no need to leave the pool for a frozen margarita. North Beach Plantation has an award-winning steakhouse on the property, 21 Main. Overall, if you have a healthy budget to splurge on your trip to the Myrtle Beach area, this would be an excellent place to stay.
21 and Up Fun
- Twelve 33 Distillery
593 SC-90 E, Little River, SC 29566
Twelve 33 Distillery produces different vodka, rum, whiskey, and gin, all ingredients sourced from local farms. The theme of the distillery is heavy on the prohibition era, which was an exciting time. They offer behind the scene tours of the distillery that ends with a tasting. Two interesting flavors I would try, Carolina Peach Vodka and the other being 3 Pepper Vodka so I can see how much heat carried from the Carolina Reaper to the vodka.
- New South Brewing
1109 Campbell St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
New South Brewing is the second-oldest brewery in South Carolina, and the brewery started back in 1998. The taproom is open every day except on Monday. My pick for top two beers to try, Drink A Peach (white ale with peach purée) and Dark Star Porter (winter seasonal black ale).
- Duplin Winery
4650 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Duplin Winery is the oldest and largest winery in the South. Their second location is in Rose Hill, North Carolina. Many different varieties of wine, one of my favorites, is the Blackberry Wine (100% pure North Carolina blackberries). Most relaxing to listen to live music on the patio while enjoying a glass of wine after your initial wine tasting.
Out of Bounds
- The Swamp Park
5550 Watts Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
The Swamp Park has plenty of activities to choose from - zipline canopy course, guided ATV tours, swamp boat tours, and an ariel adventure park. The Cypress Canopy Tour, ten zip lines course, which makes it the longest tour on the east coast. When watching their video on the Swamp Park website, you can tell that this place is a unique experience.
Again these are my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location. I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information. Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn