Attractions and Sights
The Beach is the place where you can let loose, be you, and go with your own flow. Snowbirds can find new adventures and cherish old memories with friends and family. While there are so many reasons to visit Myrtle Beach, we wanted to help narrow it down to ten for snowbirds traveling from Canada!
The best place to start. White sand, salty ocean waves, and warm sunshine are what the beach is all about here along the Grand Strand. With 100km of beaches, you can choose which beach is your favorite – from quiet, relaxing beaches to a beach in the middle of the fun. Walking on the beach is a must-do activity, whether you are soaking in the sunshine or getting some fresh air. And when family comes to visit, everyone can enjoy the beach with lifeguards on duty at many locations, soft waves perfect for boogie boarding, and wide-open sand begging for a sandcastle. There’s a beach chair waiting for you with your name on it!
We know Snowbirds love golf and Myrtle Beach offers 90 golf courses ranging in difficulty, so we can almost guarantee that there is a course for everyone to enjoy. Many of these golf courses have been designed by golf legends, such as Arnold Parmer and Greg Norman, and offer unmatched views of saltwater marshes, the Intracoastal Waterway, or magnificent oak trees. Choose to become the master of one golf course or see how many courses you can cross off your list – the tee times are endless!
Myrtle Beach not only has golf, but it also has over 50 miniature golf courses in all types of themes! See who can hit a hole-in-one through a jungle one day, and then through a volcano the next. Rain or shine, Myrtle Beach’s indoor and outdoor mini golf courses offer a fun activity for a break from the beach—and a great excursion when the grandkids come to visit.
The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is a breathtaking attraction and the pride and joy of the Boardwalk. For those not afraid of heights, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of our fair city’s skyline.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Take a break from the beach for some retail therapy! With options ranging from local boutiques to large outlet malls like the Tanger Outlets, you can really shop ‘til you drop. Check out Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, or The Market Common for specialty stores, along with restaurants, breweries, movie theaters, and attractions that will entertain you throughout the season.
Explore The Great Outdoors
It is easy to get outside and explore the beautiful natural surroundings of the Grand Strand when the weather is perfect! Paddleboard through the protected creek in Murrells Inlet or kayak and birdwatching through saltwater marshes at Huntington Beach State Park. You can also bike along the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway, which is approximately 16km. If you’re up for a thrilling adventure, you can also hop aboard a jet ski and cruise around the Intracoastal Waterway.
Small Coastal Towns
There are 14 charming communities that make up the Grand Strand, all with their unique vibes. Take a day to explore these towns and experience small-town America and the welcoming hospitality. Drive just up the road to Conway, SC where you will find the Horry County Museum, filled with the history of the region, as well as quaint shops and restaurants along the iconic Riverwalk, a boardwalk on the Waccamaw River.
There’s always a live show to enjoy in the Myrtle Beach area! With classics like the Alabama Theatre and The Carolina Opry, every show you see will feature world-class performers. Enjoy dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage or Medieval Times when family comes to town. See the stars of today and yesterday at Legends in Concert, a show that brings the music experiences of your favorite performers to life! Many of these theaters perform multiple shows a day as well as feature holiday-themed shows in November and December. Myrtle Beach also features an excellent Art Museum that offers rotating art exhibits from popular artists from around the world.
The Grand Strand offers a rich history that dates back hundreds of years. Travel back in time at Hopsewee Plantation, located just south of Myrtle Beach in Georgetown, SC. Hopsewee Plantation, built in the mid-1700s, was the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Explore The Bowery, an intimate live music venue and pub, right off the iconic Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, to learn where the band, Alabama, began their career as a world-famous country band. Then, in the heart of Myrtle Beach, explore Charlie’s Place, a former nightclub that was owned by Charlie Fitzgerald and his wife Sarah, where famous musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday performed their music.
Located on the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens, the Lowcountry Zoo offers a variety of wildlife to observe and an educational experience all in one! The Lowcountry Zoo is home to several different types of local Lowcountry animals, including otters, foxes, alligators, and more, plus different species of local birds!