It could be argued that Myrtle Beach is one of the best beach destinations in the United States. In addition to the alluring golden sand and mild yearlong climate, this coastal South Carolina resort has an abundance of attractions and activities to take advantage of too.

On top of that, the calibre of most Myrtle Beach hotels is second to none, providing the perfect base to explore the city and come back to recuperate after an action-packed day.

But if you choose to visit Myrtle Beach in the near future, what can you see and do?

Amusement parks

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies are extremely well catered for in Myrtle Beach. But along with hair-raising rollercoasters, there are more gentle rides the whole family can enjoy too.

Take the SkyWheel for example, which was the first observation wheel of its kind in America when it opened in 2011. Superb views of the Grand Stand can be enjoyed from climate-controlled gondolas that soar 20 stories above the Atlantic Ocean.

Other amusement park possibilities include the Sling Shot, Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventure, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, and Myrtle Waves Water Park.

Watersports

Although a lot can be said for simply relaxing on the beach all day and occasionally cooling off in the ocean, it would be a crime not to capitalise on the watersports Myrtle Beach has to offer.

Even if you have never gone surfing or scuba diving before, there are watersport schools on hand to provide expert instruction. Other aquatic activities include jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, and fishing boat trips.

But for something truly unique, try the Myrtle Beach Jetpack Adventures attraction, which propels you some 30 feet in the air thanks to a backpack that shoots out powerful jets of water.

Museums and exhibitions

Don’t be fooled into thinking that a beach resort boasting numerous amusement parks and watersport activities can’t do culture, as you’ll find various museums and exhibitions here too.

Some of the very best South Carolina art is on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach. However, you don’t have to be confined to the walls of a museum, as Brookgreen Gardens features a collection of modern sculptures as well as some remarkable flora and fauna.

For kids with short attention spans, try the weird and wacky Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Wonderworks Myrtle Beach or Encounters: UFO Exhibit instead.

Visiting Myrtle Beach

These suggestions only scratch the surface of what you can see and do in Myrtle Beach, as additional attractions and activities include casinos, arcades, evening shows, cruises, zoos, aquariums, and day trips to nearby places of interest.

So, if you book a trip to Myrtle Beach, ensure you have enough time to make the most of this superb beach destination. Otherwise you will need to visit again, which is no bad thing.

Image by James Willamor, used under Creative Commons licence

Heather Merton is a traveller and theme park lover. She loves jumping on the world’s different roller coasters.

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