Myrtle Beach: It's One Big Playground for Outdoor Adventure

Think of the Myrtle Beach area as one big playground, but this one is for all ages. From the huge sand box and kiddie pool that are the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean to the giant jungle jim amusement and water parks, the Grand Strand is a sandy, 60-mile stretch of coast that specializes in great times in the great outdoors.

The main attraction is the beach, of course, and it also happens to be the cheapest. Visitors on the oceanfront can enjoy fun on the beach and chilling by the pool. But for those with a little sense of adventure, there are plenty of outdoor activities to provide spine-tingling thrills or some much-needed rest and relaxation.

For visitors looking for excitement, the Grand Strand has lots of outfitters offering parasailing, island tours, jet-ski rental, deep-sea fishing and dolphin sightseeing cruises, such as Capt. Dick's in Murrells Inlet. If you prefer man-made thrills, water parks like Myrtle Waves and amusement parks such as Family Kingdom offer family fun and some spine-tingling rides.

Looking for something a little tamer? The Grand Strand has more than 100 golf courses where you can put your skills to the test, or take a leisurely walk through the natural beauty of the area at Brookgreen Gardens without the hassle and headache of playing golf. Or simply club down to a putter with a round of miniature golf. Myrtle Beach has all kinds of golf.

La Belle Amie Vineyard


La Belle Amie makes wonderful traditional Southern muscadine wines from grapes grown in their own vineyards; they also import specially blended wines from family-run wineries in France. Several lively events are offered every year, from charity...  Read More



Located inside pristine Huntington Beach State Park, this grand home of Archer and Anna Huntington was built in 1931 in the style of the same-named Spanish castle/Moorish fort. Self-guided tours of the grounds are available daily and free of...  Read More

Wild Water – Water and Race Theme Park


Wild Water & Wheels is home to thousands of thrills for kids of all ages - even the grown-up ones. With 16 acres featuring water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, an arcade, mini-golf, and go-cart racing. Special passes allow kids to play...  Read More

Garden City


Experience the thrill of flight high above the Atlantic Ocean with a parasailing adventure at Captain Dick's. Go solo or ride tandem with a friend as you are strapped into a safety harness that's attached to a parachute, which lifts you off the...  Read More



This 500-acre family farm was transformed into a wildlife refuge and eventually a public zoo after bypassers nearly caused crashes at the site of camels and elephants feeding in the roadside fields. Waccatee Zoo is now home to more than 100...  Read More

Family Kingdom


After the old Pavilion closed, Family Kingdom was left as Myrtle Beach's only oceanfront amusement park. Rather than rest on its monopoly, Family Kingdom expanded into two attractions in one. The amusement park has a new roller coaster to go...  Read More

North Myrtle Beach


Hang out in the trees where only birds and monkeys dare to explore at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course at the new North Myrtle Beach Sports and recreation Center. Located off Highway 31, this ropes and zipline course offers 40 different...  Read More

Brookgreen Gardens
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The beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry is in full bloom at Brookgreen Gardens, a 9,100-acre property located about 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Visitors can stroll through the many sculptures, fountains and flowers and take a break in...  Read More



The downtown district has been revitalized by this new attraction, highlighted by the 190-foot SkyWheel that lights up the Myrtle Beach skyline. The largest ferris wheel on the East Coast offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the entire...  Read More



A Robert Trent Jones signature course (he oversaw its renovation in the 1970s and early '90s), The Dunes Club was completed in 1948 and stands today as one of the Strand's most respected – even revered – golf clubs. One of the course's most...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry