Just north of the popular tourist destination of Myrtle Beach, S.C., lies North Myrtle Beach. The coastal resort city is also a favorite among travelers and one of the primary tourist towns located along the Grand Strand.
With more than 60 miles of sand that stretch through North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, it'll be easy to find the perfect place for water sports and activities such as beach volleyball, fishing, kayaking, surfing, swimming and lounging.
This destination is popular because of its affordability and variety. There's something to do for every budget with the promise of a good time.
Broadway at the Beach: This 350-acre outdoor entertainment and shopping complex is free and a fun way to enjoy a night on the town or a day out with the family. You'll find people meandering through the shops or dining out at a number of delectable restaurants as well as live entertainment theaters. If you visit during the summer, you'll get to check out the Sprite Under the Stars Concert Series in the Heroes Harbor section where a variety of free concerts are performed every Tuesday night as they lead up to a magical fireworks display.
Barefoot Landing: Another hot spot for visitors to North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area is Barefoot Landing. There's dining, shopping, attractions and nightlife for all to enjoy such as the Alabama Theatre, House of Blues, T.I.G.E.R.S/ Preservation Station and Alligator Adventure. More than 700 alligators, crocodiles, exotic snakes, lizards, tropical birds, tortoises and albino alligators call Alligator Adventure home. Visitors can get up close and personal and even have your picture taken with a tiger cub at T.I.G.E.R.S/ Preservation Station.
SkyWheel: The 187-foot tall SkyWheel opened in 2011 and has become a favorite among visitors as they go on a 10-minute ride along the coastline. The wheel is the second-tallest Ferris wheel in North America and the tallest on the East Coast. The gondolas can fit up to six people for a three-revolution ride. There's even a nightly light show that includes more than 1 million LED lights on display up and down the beachfront boardwalk.
Rainy Day Activities: If it rains any day while you're in North Myrtle Beach, there are still many activities and things to do that will make the trip just as fun. You can head over to Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach to see marine life and even get to touch a shark. There's a 330-foot moving path that travels beneath the reef to get you as close as possible to the creatures without getting wet. Also in Myrtle Beach is the Ripley's 5-D Moving Theater, Haunted Adventure and Mirror Maze. There are a number of live entertainment theaters such as the Carolina Opry, House of Blues and Alabama Theatre.
Things to Do in North Myrtle Beach
Beach Activities: With the Atlantic Ocean all around, visitors can soak up the sun along the sparkling water. Even if the water tries to put a damper on your day there's still plenty of fun to be had at Myrtle Waves Water Park. There are 20 acres of rides and slides at Myrtle Waves including family-friendly attractions such as the Ocean in Motion Wave Pool, Bubble Bay and Saturation Station.
Golf: North Myrtle Beach is known for its plethora of golf courses, leading to its nickname as the "Golf Capital of the South." There are more than 100 fairways in this golfer's paradise, some of which were designed by the sport's biggest names including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, George Fazio, Greg Norman and Gary Player.
Shopping: A little retail therapy never did any harm, and thankfully there's no shortage of shopping locations in North Myrtle Beach. You can stop by one of many specialty shops as Barefoot Landing that carry anything from apparel to accessories, jewelry and shoes. There's also Broadway at the Beach, another prime shopping destination. There are plenty of places to stop and shop during your visit.
Dining: Whether you're looking for all-American food or a succulent seafood dish, you'll find what you're craving in North Myrtle Beach. There are a number of options including fine-dining and casual eateries. At Barefoot Landing, choices include Dick's Last Resort, Greg Norman's Australian Grille, Joe's Crab Shack, River City Cafe, T-Bonz Gill and Grill and the House of Blues. If you're grabbing dinner by Broadway at the Beach choose from the Hard Rock Cafe, Broadway Louie's, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Key West Grill, Planet Hollywood, Senior Frogs and Sweet Carolina's.