What to see and what to skip in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is one of America’s favorite playgrounds, boasting more than 60 miles of Grand Strand beachfront, more than 100 golf courses and a steady stream of entertainment options.

There’s plenty beyond the beach here, from the arts to the outdoors, and there’s a year-round affordability factor that gives Myrtle Beach wide appeal.

If you’re planning a visit to this South Carolina hot spot, here’s what you should do.

Skip the Sand, Cruise the Boardwalk
Myrtle Beach’s famous boardwalk is the area’s entertainment epicenter. It’s well renowned: built in 2010, the 1.2-mile wooden promenade was named one of America’s best by National Geographic. Its towering SkyWheel juts 200 feet above the beach, featuring 42 glass-enclosed observation gondolas and lighting up the sky in multicolored neon. And this is where you bring the family for a meal, a little shopping and a lot of fun, from Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater to the Nightmare Haunted House. Summer visits will offer extra experiences, from live music concerts throughout the week to a Kids’ Carnival on Monday nights.

Don’t Walk, Fly
For a spectacular view of the Grand Strand, take off with Helicopter Adventures, which offers several tours by chopper starting at $20 per person. The Boardwalk Adventure ($40) covers eight miles and offers a unique view of the Boardwalk below; splurge on the Grand Adventure ($180) and cover more than 40 miles of white sandy beach and attractions, including the sweeping shores of North Myrtle Beach. For more adventures up high, go parasailing 500 feet above the ocean with Downwind Sails or take on a three-level rope course more than 60 feet above the ground with Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures.

Skip Vegas, Take a Cruise
Myrtle Beach is home to the only casino cruises in South Carolina. The Big “M” Casino operates two luxury yachts that offer classic table games like Blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and a slew of slot machines. There’s an optional all-you-can-eat buffet and live music on select sailings. Cruises last five hours and launch from Little River, a short drive north of Myrtle Beach; between hands, check out the scenic views of Little River Inlet.

Skip the Movies, Catch a Show
“Spanning 350 acres, Broadway at the Beach is a massive entertainment complex that includes restaurants, shops and family entertainment,” says Annemarie Kropf, a Travelzoo deal expert. “One option is Legends in Concert, which features rotating…

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