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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 Calvin Gilmore 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. Barefoot Princess Riverboat
Explore the beautiful intracoastal waterway aboard the Grand Strand's only tour and dinner riverboat! Two climate-controlled decks, delicious buffet, cash bar, and entertainment for relaxing or dancing. Barefoot Princess offers sightseeing, dinner, sunset, and holiday cruises. You can also book a group for even better rates! Conveniently located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

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
If you are looking for a seafood buffet, this is definitely the best in Myrtle Beach! A landmark on the Grand Strand, The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood 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. But don't worry, they also have 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. There is even a playroom with a loaded kid-sized play kitchen, a boat with fishing rods, mops for swabbing the deck, and arcade games.

6. Battleship North Carolina
Just a few miles north of Myrtle Beach is Battleship North Carolina, a battleship that faced combat in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Discover and build your personal connection by steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. A rich historical experience that the kids will absolutely love - how rare is that?

7. Alligator Adventure
At Alligator Adventure you’ll find yourself face to face with nature’s fiercest and most beautiful animals. Located adjacent to one of South Carolina’s most outstanding tourist attractions, Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, Alligator Adventure is one of the largest facilities for reptile life in the world! Live shows include Alligator and Snake handling, and mid-April through mid-October you can watch live Alligator feedings and learn about what they eat, their powerful jaws, and how high those 15-foot gators can jump!

8. 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 bed deals. All of their entrees, including the buffet, are authentic family recipes with their own personal touch.

9. Captain George's Seafood Buffet
Located next to Broadway at the Beach, Captain George’s offers over 70 items on the buffet, including crab legs, steamed shrimp, steamed clams and mussels, Oyster Rockefeller, freshly baked fish and much more. Since opening in 2000, Since its opening in 2000, the World Famous Seafood Buffet has been a favorite destination for vacationing families! Start your own family tradition and dine with Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant the next time 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.