Myrtle Beach Attractions - Introduction and Overview
Myrtle Beach is an island that has been separated from the continental United States since 1936 by the Intracoastal Waterway, forcing the city and area in general to
develop within a small distance from the coast. In part due to this separation, the area directly west of Myrtle Beach across the waterway remained primarily rural, whereas its north and south ends
are bordered by developed tourist towns, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. Since then, the inland portion of the Myrtle Beach area has developed dramatically with a vast array of tourist
attractions and activities right along side the Atlantic coast. And, in recent years, the area west of the waterway has begun to follow suit!
Hosting over 4.6 million visitors annually, The Grand Strand is home to a multitude of tourist attractions, and the area receives a large influx of visitors during all
Myrtle Beach hosts a variety of special conventions, events, and musical concerts throughout the calendar year. The area's attractions include its beaches and many golf
courses, as well as a number of amusement parks, an aquarium, Legends In Concert, an IMAX theater, retail developments and over 1,900 restaurants, including seafood restaurants, and nightclubs. Myrtle
Beach has an estimated 460 hotels, with many on the beachfront, and approximately 89,000 accommodation units in total. Also in the city is Myrtle Waves, one of the largest water parks on the eastern
The Carolina Opry is another acclaimed attraction, which features various musical, comedy, dance, and entertainment shows, including The Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations
(best of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s) and LIGHT—a Laser Extravaganza. During the holiday season, the venue hosts The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, housed in a 2,000 seat theatre.
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk opened in 2010 and has been recognized as the nation's #3 boardwalk by National Geographic and one of the best US boardwalks by Travel magazine.
The Myrtle Beach Skywheel, a 200-foot observation wheel opened in 2011. Similar to a ferris wheel, with glass gondolas that look over the Atlantic Ocean, the Skywheel provides an outstanding view of
the surrounding area. This will be the first wheel of its kind in the U.S. Myrtle Beach State Park, established in 1935, has just under a mile of Grand Strand beach and is a prime location for
swimming, hiking, biking, and fishing.
The Myrtle Beach Convention Center is a large facility that hosts an array of different meetings, conferences, exhibits, and special events every year. The expansive
center, which opened in 2003, also features a Sheraton hotel and resort.
Myrtle Beach welcomed the Freestyle Music Park in 2010. The park features attractions themed after different genres of music, such as the British Invasion.
Each March since 1951 during Ontario's spring break, Myrtle Beach has hosted Canadian-American Days, also known as Can-Am Days. Tens of thousands tourists flock to the area
for a week's worth of special events. Myrtle Beach is also home to Coastal Uncorked, a food and wine festival held in the late spring annually. In June, recently-graduated high school seniors come to
Myrtle Beach for Senior Week.
With numerous professional fireworks displays along the oceanfront, Myrtle Beach is recognized among the top destinations for Fourth of July travel. Priceline.com ranked
Myrtle Beach among its top 20 destinations for Fourth of July in 2010.
Gambling is not legal in South Carolina. However, Myrtle Beach residents and visitors have easy access to gambling by boat, which transports passengers into international waters beyond the reach of
federal and state gambling laws.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week, also called "Harley Bike Week" is a week-long motorcycle rally that started in 1940 and attracted as many as 200,000 visitors to the city every May.
Black Bike Week, founded in 1980, takes place the weekend around Memorial Day Weekend and is the largest African American motorcycle rally in the US and attracts as many as 400,000 visitors. The event
was created in response to a history of discrimination against African-American visitors and riders to Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand Area.
With so many features and attractions to choose from, Myrtle Beach is clearly one of the top tourist destinations in the continental USA. The Little River Fleet
invites you to take a quick tour of some of our favorite things to do in Myrtle Beach!
1. Myrtle Beach Scuba with Coastal Scuba
2. Barefoot Landing and Alligator Adventure
3. Broadway at the Beach and Ripley's Aquarium
4. Myrtle Waves Water Park
5. Myrtle Beach State Park
6. NASCAR Speed park
7. Choose from hundreds of golf courses!