Why Go To Myrtle Beach

The clean beaches are the main draw in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but there's more to this vacation hot spot than its 60 miles of brown sand. One of the most popular East Coast family vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach boasts amusement parks that offer everything from water slides to roller coasters to race tracks. While the shopaholics of the family spend time at the outlet malls, golfers of all skill levels can flock to one of the area's more than 100 courses, and then the whole family can enjoy pirate or medieval-inspired revues during dinner. When you're not on the beach, attractions like Ripley's Aquarium and the Broadway Grand Prix can entertain family members of all ages. Plus, there's a minor league baseball team for sports lovers. In short, Myrtle Beach is the ideal destination for budget-minded families looking for a multitude of entertainment options on a budget. 


The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Myrtle Beach is ranked as:

  • #6 in Best Cheap Family Vacations

  • #7 in Best Cheap Spring Break Destinations

  • #7 in Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA

  • #10 in Best Family Summer Vacations

  • #10 in Best South Carolina Beaches

  • #13 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

  • #15 in Best Cheap Vacations in the USA

  • #20 in Best Beaches in the USA

  • #21 in Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA

Best Things To Do In Myrtle Beach

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One of the reasons families love Myrtle Beach is because of the range of activities by the shore. Its nutmeg-colored sand is compact enough to bike on, but the waters are also pleasant (and clear enough) for a little snorkeling or scuba diving at certain points. Other popular activities include more than 80 golf courses, as well as putt-putt courses for the smallest golf pros; amusement parks, such as the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, located just a short drive from the beach; and live evening entertainment like traveler favorites Alabama Theatre and the Carolina Opry.

Myrtle Beach Travel Tips

  • Visit the tourism board - Myrtle Beach's Tourism Board has coupons for all sorts of attractions, restaurants, shopping and more. There are visitors' centers in the bus terminal, in the airport and on North Oak Street. Visit its website for more information.

  • Visit in the offseason - Hotel rates jump sky-high in summer. Consider visiting in the fall or even the winter. Rates are much more manageable this time of year, and a bevy of holiday events will keep you entertained if the beach is too cold.

  • Look out for jellyfish - The marine pest is common in these waters. If you're stung, wash the afflicted area with saltwater and either see a lifeguard or head to the hospital immediately.

  • Southern hospitality is alive and well - The people here are laid-back and friendly, peppering their conversation with polite niceties like "sir" or "ma'am."

  • But Myrtle also knows how to party - Myrtle Beach is a spring break destination for college kids, so keep that in mind when scheduling your trip.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report