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The Best in Myrtle Beach
Dining, Attractions and Activities

Boasting 60 miles of white sandy beaches, premier resorts, historic landmarks, fabulous shopping and attractions, and first-class entertainment, Myrtle Beach has earned its title as #1 family beach in America.

Looking for things to do in Myrtle Beach? We’ve scoped out the best in Myrtle Beach attractions and restaurants so you don’t have to! Take a look at our list of Top Things to Do in Myrtle Beach below. Even better - take look at our handy Myrtle Beach map, which pinpoints our top 10 and a few more! (This is a big beach, 10 just isn’t enough!)

The Best in Myrtle Beach: Top 10

1. The Carolina Opry Theater
Okay, if you are looking for an incredible time and something you can't do anywhere else – this is it! The Carolina Opry is the original show in Myrtle Beach and still the best in Myrtle Beach. Many have imitated but none have been able to equal the quality and talent of The Carolina Opry and Time Warp. The award-winning shows blend two hours of high-energy music, comedy and dance in a beautiful 2,000 seat theater complete with high-tech lighting and sound. But don't just take our word for it! The shows are highly acclaimed by The New York Times, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, and named “Top Attraction in Myrtle Beach” by CNBC. In addition, it is an incredible value compared to live entertainment of this quality in Vegas or New York.

2. Duplin Winery
Looking for a perfect way to unwind after a long day? Uncork the sweeter side of Myrtle Beach at Duplin Winery, makers of America’s favorite Muscadine wine. Their newest location in North Myrtle Beach is stunning! Kick back with a glass of something cool, or gather some friends for a wine tasting. The staff is ready to educate and entertain you on the winemaking method while you enjoy a delicious tasting. Plus, you can watch the bottling process, relax in the courtyard, and shop in their gorgeous retail store offering wine, fudge, gourmet dips and dressings, wine accessories and some very unique gifts and housewares. It's worth a stop for the gift shop alone!

3. Hook & Barrel Restaurant
Just a block south from here, you’ll find Myrtle Beach’s freshest new restaurant, Hook & Barrel. With plenty of outdoor seating, and ‘eatertainment’ on the inside, this restaurant is something you won’t want to miss! The menu is packed with delectable dishes, including a market of fresh, sustainable seafood prepared just how you like it. You won’t want to miss their famous Shrimp Scampi, made for you right on the bar top. And don’t forget to check out Croissants Bistro & Bakery, right next door, for freshly roasted coffee and the best brunch in town!

4. Brookgreen Gardens
Beautiful live oaks, renowned sculptures, rich history – and a zoo for the kids! From its beginning in 1931, this non-profit outdoor museum with its majestic oaks and world-renowned sculpture has been a place to renew your spirit. Relive history as you walk the Lowcountry Trail. Then tour the only accredited zoo on the Carolina coast, where you will see native animals in their natural habitats. Beautiful gardens, rich historical sites and gracious southern hospitality tempt you to return again and again. Bonus – daytime admission here is good for 7 consecutive days!

5. Original Benjamin's Calabash Buffet
A landmark on the Grand Strand, The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood Buffet serves fresh local seafood daily. Their award-winning, world-famous buffet introduced Calabash style lightly battered and deep-fried seafood to the Myrtle Beach area. They also boast a delicious salad bar, a pasta station, dessert bar and just about any other food you can think of! Not only is their food great, but the restaurant itself is a seafaring adventure with a nautical theme and handcrafted model ships throughout a playroom with a loaded kid-sized play kitchen, a boat with fishing rods, mops for swabbing the deck, and arcade games.

6. Flamingo Grill
It's no surprise Flamingo Grill is voted "Best All Around Restaurant" year after year! With fried lobster bites, lobster tail and filet, shrimp and grits, seared tuna peppercorn, flounder, salmon, a number of pasta dishes and so much more - there is something for everyone and everything is delicious! You'll love the upscale art deco decor as well. If you are looking for a local spot with nationally renowned cuisine, this is it!

7. Angelo's Steak and Pasta
On the South end of the beach you'll find Angelo's Steak and Pasta, a local Italian restaurant known for "the greatest steaks in the universe." That may sound like an exaggeration, but the steaks really are incredible! They are hand cut on premises, perfectly aged and served on a sizzling plate. (I order mine rare and cook each bite to my liking on the sizzling plate!) If you are looking for a little more variety, they also have an "all-you-can-eat" Italian buffet. Of course, they also have their full Italian menu, appetizers, full bar and some great early bird deals. All of their entrees, including the buffet, are authentic family recipes with their own personal touch.

8. Carolina Seafood & Steak
A family-friendly restaurant located near the famed Restaurant Row in Myrtle Beach, Carolina Seafood & Steak boasts a variety of Southern flavors. From prime cuts of meat to seafood to burgers to Italian dishes, this restaurant has a little bit of everything. Carolina Seafood & Steak also features a wide kids menu, delicious desserts and great rates at happy hour!

9. Captain George's Seafood Buffet
A Myrtle Beach vacation isn’t complete without a trip Captain George's Seafood Buffet — a family favorite for over 17 years. Located next to Broadway at the Beach, this premier buffet offers over 70 items, including the best Alaskan snow-crab legs on the beach, steamed shrimp, clams and mussels, Oyster Rockefeller, freshly broiled fishes, authentic Greek Baklava and so much more. Check out their new bar featuring twelve taps of premium beers. Start your own family tradition and feast with Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant while you are in Myrtle Beach!

10. Big "M" Casino Cruise
If you are looking for something a little different, this fun excursion is just for you! Enjoy a beautiful cruise while partaking in a delicious buffet - and the icing on the cake is the chance to win some big bucks while you are out there! Enjoy Las Vegas style gaming including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let it Ride, 3 Card Poker and slots. It's a little bit of Vegas right here in Myrtle Beach!

Top 3 Myrtle Beach Tips & Tricks

1. Book your attractions and dinners first! This is a big one and easily overlooked. Depending on the season , the most popular shows and attractions can sell out well in advance. When you arrive, choose at least one restaurant, one theater and one attraction that you would really like to visit and go ahead and book those. The best theaters sell out early and there will be long lines for the best restaurants if you don’t have a reservation, especially for larger parties. Leave room to play the rest of your vacation by ear, you are bound to find something new you want to try!

2. Beware of coupons. What? Aren’t coupons the best way to save? Coupons can be great, but the ones that look too good to be true generally are. Buy based on value for your dollar, not just coupon savings. Are those free tickets or free entrées really worth it for a bad experience? Your family’s time is more valuable than that! Myrtle Beach has great values everywhere, and the best ones won’t require a coupon.

3. Budget Each Day. Plan and budget your big meals and attractions first, that is where you want the bulk of your budget. These are the experiences you can’t find at home. Then, try to save by eating some of the smaller meals in the room and watching those souvenir prices. Set a cap for additional spending money for each day.