Top 10 Things to Do in Surfside Beach

By Marissa Polascak • June 24, 2015
The relaxed Surfside Beach life is depicted in this beautiful locally-famous mural painted by artist Tommy Simpson.
The relaxed Surfside Beach life is depicted in this beautiful locally-famous mural painted by artist Tommy Simpson.

Located approximately 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach is a gem of a town called Surfside Beach. While visitors to Myrtle Beach know the ins-and-outs of things to do, those visiting Surfside Beach may not know where to find attractions, have a nice meal, or kick back and have a beer. Surfside Beach is growing in its popularity and visitors are becoming increasingly curious of things to do. That's why we have compiled a list of the top 10 things to do in Surfside. While this selection just scratches the surface of cool places in Surfside, consider it a starting point for creating your vacation agenda. 

Wild Water & Wheels

Wild Water & Wheels has been a Surfside favorite for 25 years. This attraction is more than just a water park; along with your bathing suit bring your golf game and your racing skills. Miniature golf and go-karts will keep you and your family busy before or after plunging down water slides or dodging waves in the Wipe Out Wave Pool. Let your children splash around in Wally’s Lagoon, Wee Kids Water World, and the kiddie pool, or let them take a spin on the kiddie carnival rides. Other attractions include a lazy river, bumper boats, a lounge pool, and more.

Big Laughs Theater

This local theatre has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015 as well as the USA 10 Best award. Big Laughs Theater is owned and operated by Rich and Elizabeth Wylde, a comedy duo who have appeared on the Jerry Springer Show, the CW, NBC, and have made people laugh all over the United States. The Wyldes are known for their hypnosis shows, all of which are rated depending on content. For families with small children, the Mild Family Show (G-PG) is perfect for you. For families with teens, or for large groups such as corporate events, the Fusion Show (PG-PG13) is recommended. And, of course, for adults there is the Wild & Crazy Adult Show (R). No matter which show you see, one thing is for sure; you will laugh harder than ever before!

Eternal Wave Surf Shop

Eternal Wave Surf Shop has been serving the needs of surfers and skaters in Surfside Beach since 2001. Locally owned and operated, this shop carries all of the top brands that surfers and skaters love. On top of being a retailer, Eternal Wave also offers surf lessons, surf camps, paddleboard lessons, and rentals. Also, take advantage of their H2O Adventure tours and enjoy surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or a scenic boat tour in the river or inlet. 

Surfside Pier

First built in 1953, the Surfside Pier has been through a lot. Having been through 3 rebuilding phases as well as several owners, the city bought the pier in 2008 and now leases it out. The Surfside Pier is well-known as a top fishing spot in Surfside.  Bring your own rod or rent one from the tackle and gift shop. Want to enjoy the view without having to fish? Walking is permitted on the pier as well for a very small fee. And, of course, being around the salt water air all day is sure to work up your appetite. Visit Licks Ice Cream and enjoy your favorite ice cream, a hot dog, nachos, or a soda.  

Hudson's Surfside Beach Flea Market

Before large retail stores appeared in Myrtle Beach, there was the original Hudson’s Surfside Flea Market. Built by Jack Hudson in 1975, and originally named Log Cabin Antique Store and “Flea Market,” the Hudson Surfside Flea Market is still family owned and operated. With 400 uncovered and covered vendor spaces, this flea market is one of the largest on the Grand Strand. Whether you are a local or visiting, this flea market is great for all. The vendors here sell anything and everything from antiques, clothing, jewelry, golf supplies, handmade gifts, tools, etc. If you come here, I bet you won’t leave empty handed.

Adventure Falls Golf

Looking for a fun miniature golf course in Surfside but don’t know where to play? Adventure Falls Mini Golf offers two 18-hole courses at a great price. The first course is animal themed, while the second is themed with castles. The Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach areas offer a wide variety of miniature golf course to choose from, but this is arguably one of the best and cleanest courses around. The property is well maintained and the course itself can be quite challenging. If you love courses with a lot of caves, this is the right spot for you. 

Surfside Bowl

Surfside Bowl Entertainment Center is guaranteed fun for the whole family! As you would expect, Surfside Bowl offers bowling; but this isn’t your average bowling alley. Recently renovated to a more modernized version of the classic bowling alley, Surfside Bowl has 32 lanes, large projection screens and Hwy 66 mini-bowling for the kids. The bowling aspect of this venue is more than enough to keep you entertained, but the fun doesn’t stop there. There is also an arcade which features 30 video and prize games as well as an attraction called the “Balladium Ball Blaster” which will keep kids age 4+ occupied until you make them leave.

Restaurants

One of the hardest parts about vacation is knowing good places to eat in a town you’re not very familiar with. Surfside Beach is home to so many delicious restaurants that you will probably not have time (or the appetite) to eat at all of them. Among some of the local favorites are: Bubba’s Fish Shack, The Original Valentino Italian Restaurant, Dagwood’s Deli & Sports bar, River City Café, Surf Diner, Joey Doggs Burgers, Fat Jack’s Wings, and many, many more. 

Bars

Want to enjoy a drink or two while on vacation, but you’re unfamiliar with the local bars? We’ve got you covered.  While you can find a drink at most places, there are some beloved local spots that many visitors don’t know about, but are definitely worth going to. We recommend the following bars: Sundown Sports Pub, Scotty’s Beach Bar, Island Bar, Neal & Pam’s, Spencer’z Sports Bar, and Borgata. These are just a handful of a number of fantastic bars to go to kick back and enjoy a brew.

The Beach

Undoubtedly the beach is one of the top, if not the number one reason why you have decided to visit Surfside Beach. Enjoy your days accessing the beautiful, sandy beach from one of the 36 public access points. There are also many shower tower stations set up for your convenience. If you or someone in your family needs wheelchair access, it is available at 3rd Avenue North, Surfside Pier, and Melody Lane. You may also contact the Surfside Beach Public Safety Department for special beach wheelchairs. Spend your time basking in the sun and listening to the waves crash on the shore. Relax, it’s vacation!