Family Attractions in Myrtle Beach, SC
ALLIGATOR ADVENTURE Barefoot Landing, U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach, is a reptile park featuring hundreds of American alligators of all sizes. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; tickets sold until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.95 for ages 13-54; $13.95 for ages 62 and older; $9.95 for ages 4-12; free for 3 and younger; locals half-price with ID.
BAREFOOT LANDING offers outlet shopping, restaurants and other attractions included separately on this page. attractions. Be sure to visit their website for details.
BODACIOUS BOB'S BEACH BICYCLE TOURS - Vereen Memorial Historiucal Garecns, across from the SC Visitors Ctr. Little River. Wide selection of area tours includig farm tours (berry picking) winery tour (wine tasting) Ingram Planetarium, Scavenger Hunt. Tours range from 12 to 35 miles and are 3 to 6 hours long. Prices are $75 to $100 and include lunch, t-shirt and bike rental. Call (843) 241-2731
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH features 100 stores, 20 restaurants, 15 attractions, 10 nightclubs and 3 on-site hotels. This is one place you don't want to miss!
BROOKGREEN GARDENS, U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Seven-day gate admission for ages 13-64, $12; ages 65 and older $10; ages 6-12 $10. free for ages 12 and younger. Call (843) 235-6000.
CAROLINA SAFARI Jeep Tours, open all year round. Fascinating lowcountry history, plantations, ricefields, Huntington Beach State Park. Fun for all ages! $32.00 ages 13 and older; $31.00 Seniors; $17.00 ages12 and younger
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM The Children's Museum of South Carolina features hands-on exhibits that combine education with entertainment. Displays include the U.S.S. Kids Afloat boating safety exhibit, Bubble Mania, where children can make giant bubbles, and the Express Yourself Arts Center. Cost is $7 per person; age 1 and younger free. 2501 N. Kings Highway (843) 946-9469
CIVIL WAR COLLECTION, 4857 U.S. 17 Bypass S., Myrtle Beach, next door to the Myrtle Beach Indoor Shooting Range. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday - Saturday . Free admission. (843)293-4345.
FRANKLIN G. BURROUGHS-SIMEON B. CHAPIN ART MUSEUM, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesdays - Saturdays and 1 - 4 p.m. Sundays. Free admission; donations requested. (843) 238-2510.
GREAT AMERICAN RIVERBOAT CO. Barefoot Landing, U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy sightseeing, dancing and dining as you cruise the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the Jungle Princess. Afternoon sightseeing and Sunset Cruise also available. Or take an amazing trip down the waterway on the Pirates of Barefoot Landing. Choose from the Sunset Cruise, Pirate's Feast. or Moonlight Cruise. See the website - prices vary.
GHOSTS AND LEGENDS THEATRE Barefoot Landing, U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach. Ghost Show features Lowcountry tales every half hour, starting at 10 AM daily. $9. for ages 13 and up; $6 for ages 12 and yonger. The Ghost Walk takes place at dusk. $18. for ages 13 and older; $13. for ages 12 and younger. Reservations required. Blackbeard Seance - Adults only! Friday and Saturday at 10 PM. Reservations required. $45. (843) 361-2700.
HAMPTON PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE - 15 miles southwest of Georgetown off U.S. 17, near McClellanville, state historic site of a Lowcountry rice plantation. Grounds open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Guided mansion tours on the hour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily (last tour begins at 3 p.m.). Ages 13 and older $4, ages 7-15 $3, ages 6 and younger free. S.C. residents ages 65 and older $2.50. Grounds admission free. (843) 546-9361.
HOBCAW BARONY VISITOR CENTER, U.S. 17, 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach, operated by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, features exhibits focusing on local history and ecology. Baruch History Tours 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, $15. Reservations required for tours. Visitor center hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free admission. 546-4623.
IMAX 3D THEATRE, Broadway at the Beach, U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue Presenting five movies hourly from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. in 3-D on a screen six-stories high. Movies playing are "Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia," "Wild Safari 3D," "Space Station 3D," "Deep Sea 3D" and "Sharks 3D." Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children. 448-IMAX, 866-43D-IMAX.
INGRAM PLANETARIUM at the Village at Sunset Beach, N.C., N.C. 179., the planetarium features an 85-seat domed theater and science exhibit hall that teaches a better understanding of Earth, the solar system and the universe. Call for hours. The planetarium will be closed Labor Day. Admission per show is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and $4 for children. 910-575-0033
KAYAKING ON THE GRAND STRAND - Take lessons or rent the equipment for a fun-filled family day:
Black River Outdoors - Georgetown
Coastal Kayaking - Murrells Inlet at Huntington Beach State Park
Express Watersports - Murrells Inlet
Garden City Water Sports - Garden City
Sail & Ski Connection - Myrtle Beach
LA BELLE AMIE VINYARD - Wines, Gift Shop and Wine Tasting Room. 843-399-WINE (9463) Located on Hwy 90 just west of the North Myrtle Beach Middle School. See website for hours and special seasonal events.
LAZER FX-LAZER TAG, 964 Lake Arrowhead Road, Myrtle Beach. Features 7500-square-foot, five-ramp, multi-level, indoor maze. Hours are 2-11 p.m. today, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday and 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Reservations are accepted for private outings on Monday. Admission is $7.99 per person for a one-mission pass; $19.99 for a three-mission pass; and $23.50 for an unlimited-play pass. Group rates available. 467-2229.
MAGIQUEST, Broadway at the Beach, U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, A live-action game with more than 150 wand-activated effects where players interact with videos in a three-dimensional fantasy world. Magiquest opens at 1 p.m. Monday- Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Prices are $25, for a 90-minute experience, a wand and three duels; $13, which includes a 90-minute experience and three duels; or $12 for a wand, $9 for an hour of play and $1 per duel. Broadway at the Beach and MagiQuest now feature Garden Quest, an adventure that takes players on a journey through Broadway at the Beach with a set of clues and a MagiQuest wand. 913-9460 or 866-353-6244.
MARSHWALK Murrells Inlet. Located just a few miles South of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet is one of the most scenic areas in the Grand Strand. Take your camera. Take the kids. Take a walk. The restaurants here are known for their seafood, but if seafood isn't your choice you'll find lots of other selections.
MAZE MANIA 3013 U.S. 17 S., Garden City Beach, attraction features a fence maze that changes daily. Open 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. $5. before noon; $6.95 after noon; $3.95 for ages 5 and younger; $10 for miniature golf and maze until 6 p.m. 843-651-1641
MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS, Coastal Federal Field 1251 21st Avenue N., Myrtle Beach, Phone: (843) 918-6002
Tickets: (843) 918-6000. Many of our visitors enjoy s fsmily night out, watching our Class A Carolina League Affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Individual tickets range in cost from $5.50 to $25.00 For information, call 843-918-6000, purchase online or stop by the Pelicans box office at Coastal Federal Field
RAGTOPS & ROADSTERS AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM - Features dozens of antique and vintage vehicles, Harleys and custom-built cycles from Milwaukee Iron. Collection changes frequently and special exhibits rotate through the museum. Adults $10, Seniors 65+ $6., Child 6-18 $6., Under 6, free. See website for hours and other details.
RIPLEY'S AQUARIUM Broadway at the Beach, U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, Sharks, rays and other underwater creatures are on display. A moving walkway runs through a 330-foot tube in the main tank, and visitors can touch the rays and horseshoe crabs in touch tanks. Through 2007, the aquarium will feature the exhibit "Pirates - Predators of the Sea," which is an interactive voyage that includes a video in the exhibit's mini theater, teaches pirate facts, dispels pirate myths, portrays their lifestyle and features tales of famous pirates. Hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Admission is $17.99 for ages 12 and older, $9.99 for ages 5-11, $3.99 for ages 2-4 and free for ages 2 and younger; half price with local ID. Prices plus tax. 916-0888
RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM Ocean Boulevard and Ninth Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, includes more than 500 exhibits, oddities and off-the-wall artifacts; the museum also features local Laura Slater, the Incredible Eye-Popping Woman, in person. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $12.99 for ages 12 and older, $7.99 for ages 6-11 and free for 5 and younger. (Prices plus tax.)
RIPLEY'S HAUNTED ADVENTURE Ocean Boulevard. 2007 prices $12.99 ages 13 and older and $7.99 for ages 6 to 12. Children under age 5 are not permitted. 843-448-2331.
RICE MUSEUM in nearby Georgetown, SC. The Rice Museum features historical information on the Lowcountry rice culture. One-hour guided tours are offered throughout the day Mondays through Saturdays. The museum is also home to the Maritime Museum Gallery. Monday-Saturday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm; Closed Sunday and Major Holidays. Adults...$7.00; Seniors (60 and over)$5.00; Students (6-21)...$3.00; Children under 6 free when accompanied by an adult. Group Rates available
RIVER MEMORIES, City of Conway Marina, 4 Elm St., Conway, is a 75-minute history and nature tour on the Waccamaw River led by Captain Jim of Conway. Visitors can view cypress tress, Spanish moss and the Conway riverfront and learn about American Indians, steamboats, rivermen, river homes and local wildlife. Cruises depart at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and are limited to 10 passengers. Tickets are $10 per person at the marina store and snacks and drinks are for sale on the boat.
RIVER RATS, Conway, SC. Guided, ecological, scenic fishing trip. Guests operate a two-person mini-pontoon boat along the Waccamaw or Pee Dee rivers and shoot skeet, fish and eat lunch. Equipment is provided. Half-day and overnight trips are available. Overnight trips, which are 3 to 8 miles long, a night on the River Rats' houseboat, a bonfire, two full meals, wildlife viewing, fishing, skeet shooting and a catfishing preparing and cooking lesson. Price 2007: $55 for Adults; $40 for ages 5-11. All reservations must be made by 2 p.m. the previous day. Houseboat rental now available. See website for details. (845) 365-1717
THE SLING SHOT, Intersection Ocean Blvd. and 11th Ave. N . Open noon-close. Cost: $25. Bungee Jumping also $25. - $40. for both and $35 for two Sling Shot Rides. This towering V-shaped ride catapults you about 300 feet in the air at nearly 120 miles per hour. Restrictions: Must be at least 44 inches or taller at the shoulder, not pregnant, without drug indluence, back, neck or heart problems. Operates seasonally.
SWAMP FOX TOURS: 624 Front St. Georgetown. Take a tour of the historic district of Georgetown on the blue and white tram. Departs on the hour from 10 - 4 Mon. - Sat. (weather permitting.) Admission: $10. adults, $5. ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. Tour includes Rice Museum, Prevost Gallery and Mary Mann, Kirton-Hamilton, Savage-Smith and Sampson West Homes. 843-527-1112
TOURS DE SANDY ISLAND - Learn about the Gullah/Afro-American Community with a history of the nearby island. The cost is $25. for adults ages 55 and older; $30 for ages 18 to 54; $10. for ages 7-17; ages 6 and younger free. See the web site for directions.
WACCATEE ZOO Enterprise Road, off S.C. 707, Socastee, privately owned zoo featuring exotic animals such as apes, tigers and camels, and the petting zoo variety. Open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily. $7 for ages 13 and older and $3.50 for ages 1-12.