Whether you’re planning your next trip for relaxation or exploration, the Myrtle Beach area offers visitors a little bit of everything. With sandy beaches, endless shopping, internationally recognized dining, and numerous family activities, your next trip to Myrtle Beach is sure to be unforgettable.

The fun even extends beyond the 60 miles of sandy beach, because Myrtle Beach also offers thousands of activities and attractions nearby. Our team at DriveTheNation.com has compiled 10 Things to See and Do in Myrtle Beach, SC:

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  • Try Parasailing

Parasailing has become the most popular water sport activity in Myrtle Beach by combining acceleration, altitude and the scenic views of the Grand Strand.  A fun adventure for both experienced and novice parasailers, this is a “must-do” bucket list experience for any guest over 40 pounds.  There are a number of Parasailing companies in Myrtle Beach, but Parasail Myrtle Beach has achieved a near-perfect ranking on Trip Advisor. (DTN Tip: Download a coupon here.)

  • Go Fishing

With two state parks and a variety of other outdoor attractions, visitors love to explore Myrtle Beach area’s natural side. There are no limits on the types of fishing in the Myrtle Beach area. Cast your line into the any of the fishing waters in the area and bring out a catch that can be a vacation fish story to remember. From pier to deep sea charter fishing, Myrtle Beach offers a little something for every fisherman at heart. (DTN Tip: Click here for a Gulf Stream coupon.)

  • Visit the Aquarium

Ripley’s® Aquarium in Myrtle Beach South Carolina is located in Broadway-at-the-Beach, an entertainment and dining complex that features restaurants, rides, shops and the 85,000 square foot aquarium.  A trip to the aquarium will allow you to experience some of the ocean’s most treasured stingrays, eels, colorful fish and poisonous predators. (DTN Tip: Skip the lines by purchasing your tickets online before you go!)

  • Take a Safari

There’s no need to visit far away lands when the safari is right in your back yard. Myrtle Beach Safari (AKA The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) offers excitement for kids and adults alike. Known as “one of the greatest hands-on experiences in the world”, T.I.G.E.R.S. offers both free and fee-based activities for families. (DTN Tip: Download a coupon online for additional savings.)

  • Dine at the Flying Fish

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill is located in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The newly renovated waterfront building located next to the Alabama Theatre features an assorted mix of local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and a raw bar with a wide variety of steamed shellfish and sushi.
For great casual dining on the water, be sure to visit Flying Fish Public Market & Grill. (DTN Tip: Become a Flying Fish fan on Facebook for additional discounts and coupons!)

  • Book a Kayak Tour

There is a certain peace and clarity that can only be found in a kayak. While there are a number of kayak tours across the United States, there’s one in Myrtle Beach that you won’t want to miss.  Ranked number one in the area by TripAdvisor, J & L Kayak Tours invites guests to tour the most remote sections of North Myrtle Beach.  (DTN Tip: “Like” J&L Kayak Tours on Facebook to receive 5% off any kayak or paddleboard tour in Cherry Grove all summer long.)

  • Zip Through the Trees

Have you ever been ziplining? A Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course is an outdoor experience that provides participants hours of outdoor fun and exercise. The course allows participants to explore the park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and tarzan swings. Bordering North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex’s Lake Side Trail, Go Ape is set within the woods behind the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater.  (DTN Tip: Reserve your tickets online ahead of time.)

  • Play a Round of Golf

Myrtle Beach is home to more than 100 championship golf courses designed by legends like Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones. Be sure to check out some of the area’s best courses, including the nine golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area that were selected among the “Best You Can Play” in South Carolina by Golfweek or the four Golf Digest selected for their “Top 100 Public Courses in America” list. (DTN Tip: Download golfing coupons here.)

  • Go Shopping

While the gentlemen are golfing, the ladies will have plenty of time to shop. (Guys are welcome, too, of course!) Indulge at one of the areas upscale retail stores or enjoy outdoor shopping complexes while hunting for souvenirs. Bargain hunting is made easy in Myrtle Beach, too, with two outlet malls offering a variety of different name brand stores. (DTN Tip: Download Myrtle Beach shopping coupons here.)

  • Walk the Pier

For the best fishing and food, take a walk down 2nd Ave Pier, the longest pier in Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand landmark features the Pier House Restaurant and an open-air bar. Offering spectacular panoramic views and easy access to Myrtle Beach’s famous boardwalk, you won’t want to miss a visit to 2nd Ave Pier. (DTN: The Pier is closed certain times of the year, so visit www.secondavenuepier.com for dates and availability.)

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