Best Tours and Excursions in Myrtle Beach

Take a Tour on Wet, Wild Side in Myrtle Beach

Whether you love to live on the wild side or prefer to keep things on the mild side, Myrtle Beach has plenty for people of all walks of life to have a good time. Beyond the beach, golf, shopping and dining, Myrtle Beach offers a long list of tours and excursions to make your visit complete and send you home with a lifetime of memories.

For some, a trip to Myrtle Beach means doing things they could or would never dream of trying back home. Parasailing, for example, which involves riding high above the ocean on a boat-propelled parachute, is one of those adventures that have to be done at the beach. Outfitters like Captain Dicks and Blue Water Adventures can handle all your watersports needs, including deep-sea fishing excursions and dolphin-watching tours. Jet-ski rental, Banana Boat rides and canoe/kayak tours are among the many fun activities you can try in Myrtle Beach.

But for those who prefer the slow lane, Myrtle Beach also has a wide selection of scenic and historic tours, such as Hobcaw Barony and La Belle Amie Vineyard. Spend a day relaxing in the lovely Lowcountry terrain or sampling local wines without getting too dirty. After all, adventure, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.


Adrenaline Adventures
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Soar high above the Myrtle Beach skyline on this downtown zipline course that was built on the old Pavilion site. Offering excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this six-story tower allows patrons the thrill ride of a lifetime on this 600-yard foot course. Safety harnesses and trained personnel assure a fun but safe ride for the whole family, including children ages 6 and up. The thrilling journey is capped by a 60-foot freefall from the tower. Located in the middle of the downtown district and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this thrill ride is close and convenient for the adventurous.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Adrenaline Adventures is located in the heart of the downtown district so guests can take a thrilling ride during their night out on the town.

Terry's expert tip: Large families or small groups can cash in on Adreneline Adventures' buy-six-get-one-free offer.

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Take a relaxing boat ride to places where many of the more souped-up vessels can't go on the Carolina Rover. Exploring the Intracoastal Waterway, Bird Island and other hidden treasures of the Carolina coast, Rover Tours provides experienced and informative guides to add some meaning to the beautiful scenery you will experience. Tours aboard the pontoon boat Carolina Rover are about three hours in length, and include a stop at a small island where you can look for shells on the beach. The two-hour daytime sailings on the Jolly Rover focus on history, with an emphasis on local pirate lore. The 6 pm sunset cruise on the Jolly Rover is for adults only. Tours are offered from April to October.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: The comfort of the pontoon boat in calmer waters is a nice alternative for those who get seasick.

Terry's expert tip: Be sure to carry plenty of bags or sand buckets to bring home your shells from the island beach-combing stop.

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Thrill-seekers now have a new home at Broadway at the Beach with the recently opened Soar + Explore extreme sports complex. Fly over Lake Broadway on the new zipline that spans the lake, climb through a maze of ropes and ladders in the ropes course, and enjoy a thrilling game of laser tag against fellow patrons in the high-tech Laser Tag course. It all adds up to big fun for those who like to live on the edge. Soar + Explore is affiliated with the Wonder Works Odd-itorium, so guests can check out the museum before and after the zipline ride.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Soar + Explore is one of the few adventure attractions located at a major venue like Broadway at the Beach.

Terry's expert tip: Special discounts are available by purchasing passes to Wonder Works and other Broadway at the Beach attractions.

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Experience the beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry from the unique vantage point of the back of a stretch Jeep. This extra-long all-terrain vehicle can carry up to 12 to 14 people to a variety of locations - from the swamps and bogs of the Lowcountry to the sand dunes of the beaches. Tours based on local history, nature and even ghost lore are avilable. Each tour lasts about 3 1/2 hours, and is led by an expert in the field. Tours are offered year-round, but to experience the sunshine and the breeze blowing through your hair, the warmer months are recommended.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Carolina Safari offers pick-up and drop-off at most area hotels and resorts.

Terry's expert tip: Large parties can pack the stretch Jeep and set up their own personal tour.

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Myrtle Beach State Park
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Experience a day of wonder in Myrtle Beach State Park, an oasis of nature amid a sea of human development. Located on the south end of Myrtle Beach, the state park is a stark contrast to the high-rise hotels that are just a short walk away. Featuring old-growth maritime forests with hiking trails that lead to the high sand dunes of the beach, this 312-acre oceanfront park was developed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the 1930s. In addition to about a mile of beach, the park encompasses a fishing pier, a nature center, a campground and cabins and plenty of oceanfront picnic shelters.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: The natural beauty of this oceanfront park is a shining example of what the Myrtle Beach coastline looked like before development.

Terry's expert tip: Check the schedule of events at the front gate for some free and informative family fun.

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In 1718, King George II granted a barony (12,000 acres of land) here to John Lord Carteret, who remained the owner until 1730. Since then, the land has had various owners and uses, giving it quite an interesting pedigree. Today it's a 17,500 acre wildlife refuge used for college-level research. Criss-crossed by over 100 miles of dirt roads, the property is easy to get lost on, so the only way to see it is via a guided tour, a fascinating outing that appeals to both history and nature buffs. Located about 1 mile north of Georgetown and 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: The guided tours of this expansive property are both informative, fun and isolated enough to make it a romantic excursion.

Terry's expert tip: Hobcaw Barony is beautiful year-round, but try to visit in the spring when the magnificent magnolias are in full bloom.

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Experience the majestic beauty of dolphins in their natural environment with a tour by Blue Water Adventures. Located in the fishing village of Murrells Inlet, Blue Water has the expertise to locate these miraculous mammals in the wild while not interfering with the creatures. Dolphin watching, sightseeing and wildlife cruises are offered by this outfit, which has the best and latest technology available for finding pods of dolphins. Blue Wave's state-of-the-art dolphin-tour boat is the only one of its type on the East Coast - a 30 foot RAIV (Rigid Aluminum Inflatable Vessel). Call for exact dates and times of tours.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Although no tour can guarantee they will see dolphins, Blue Water has a reputation for consistently finding them.

Terry's expert tip: The midsummer and fall months are the best time to see large pods of migrating dolphins on the Grand Strand,

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La Belle Amie Vineyard
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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 functions to music festivals, including the very popular Parrot Had festivals in February and July. Tours of the scenic property are available, and the tasting room offers five samples for $5, which includes a souvenir wine glass. After you've tried several, choosing what to purchase in the gift shop should be a little easier. Hours vary slightly from season to season, so call ahead to verify.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: For all the wild watersports on the Grand Strand, La Belle Amie offers a laid-back environment and tasty wines.

Terry's expert tip: Check the events calendar for some of the best music festivals and bonfires on the Strand.

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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.

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