Top 10 Things to do in North Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is a whole lot more than simply an extension of its namesake city to the south. Consisting of four small beach communities near the Carolinas border, North Myrtle Beach has its own distinct character and its own idea of how to have a good time. Whether it's shagging on Ocean Drive or fishing in Hog Inlet, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained in North Myrtle Beach. Here are our 10 favorites:
This entertainment, shopping and dining complex is your one-stop spot to do it all. Visit unique zooligical parks at Alligator Adventure and T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, catch a concert or show at the House Of Blues or Alabama Theatre, dine on fresh seafood and international cuisine, and shop until you drop – all in one location. Free fireworks shows and sunset parades around the boardwalk are part of the fun.
Located behind Barefoot Landing on the Intracoastal Waterway, this paddleboat-style riverboat carries passengers for a scenic trip along the Grand Strand. Daily tours and dinner cruises are available, and the evening voyages begin with a breath-taking view of sunset from the observation deck.
Cherry Grove Fishing Pier
Located at the mouth of Cherry Grove Inlet, this long-standing wooden pier is famous for several record-setting catches, including a 19-foot tiger shark that is the largest ever landed by rod and reel. The tackle shop is a great place to pick up gear, bait and a few tips on what fish are biting.
Coastal North Town Center
This new shopping center has a few stores you won't find anywhere else on the Grand Strand, such as Hobby Lobby and Publix. Dick's Sporting Goods also has a superstore location where you can pick up all your golf, fishing and watersports items, and there are dozens of big-box chain stores and local boutiques in the area.
Fat Harold's Beach Club
This place is the official home of the shag, the 1950s dance craze and the South Carolina state dance that is still alive at Fat Harold's today. Unfortunately, owner and namesake Harold Bessent passed away in May, but he left behind a legacy by passing the shag down to future generation. Free shag lessons are available.
Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Take a ride on the wild side at this zipline and ropes course in the sky. Located at the new North Myrtle Beach Sports and Recreation Center, Go Ape offers patrons a safety and instructional briefing before an experienced guide leads you through the ropes and down the zipline that spans a lake.
La Belle Amie
Located a bit inland of the city limits in Little River, this scenic vineyard offers daily tours of the property and wine-tastings. La Belle Amie also knows how to throw a party. Every other Saturday sees festivals that feature live music on the outdoor stage and BBQ on the smoker.
There are too many to name them all. In fact, North Myrtle Beach has been named the Putt-Putt Golf Capital of the World, and it is home to major tournaments like the U.S. Minigolf Open and the Masters of Prominigolf. Hawaiian Rumble hosts those events but there are dozens of courses to choose from.
Experience the thrills of a seaside amusement park in the heart of downtown North Myrtle Beach. This small but action-packed park features all the fun carnival rides you grew up with, plus some more modern rides for the kids. State fair-style food, like popcorn and cotton candy, are part of the experience.
The only waterslide on the beach along the Grand Strand is a giant yellow inflatible near the Horseshoe section of Ocean Drive. Featuring three chutes that send riders spinning around and splashing down in the sand, the Trippo is a great way to keep the little ones entertained on the beach.