South Carolina isn’t always thought of as a top beach destination; that is, unless you’re talking about Myrtle Beach. Home to everything from a classic American car museum and the largest floating aqua park on the East Coast to more than 50 mini golf courses, a more dense restaurant scene than San Francisco and the 19 million tourists it attracts each year, this South Carolina coastal town is more than just a place to stop for gas along Highway 17.
Wander along the Grand Strand—a 60-mile stretch of white sand beaches that runs from the North Carolina border south to Georgetown, marked by Myrtle Beach at the center—and you’ll find all the tourists jogging, playing in the water, building sand castles and drinking PBR. Go off the beaten path, however, to quieter North Myrtle Beach, and you’ll land in one of the city’s 100+ golf courses, many designed by greats like Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones and Jack Nicklaus. Regardless of why you go, Myrtle Beach is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends alike. Here are just some of our favorite things to do while we’re there.