Long before Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, became famous as America's favorite family beach vacation destination, the Grand Strand was a well-known hideout for pirates. Three centuries ago, the Carolina coast was crawling with swashbuckling buccaneers, and some left behind a few true treasures for today's tourists to discover during their visit to Myrtle Beach.
Although you might not find any buried booty on the beach, guests at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort can experience several pirate-themed attractions on the Grand Strand that will provide precious memories (if not precious cargo). Perfect for kids and adults who have fantasized about the golden age of piracy, here are some great places to play pirate for a day or night in Myrtle Beach:
* Blackbeard's Pirate Cruise: The most infamous pirate ever to float local waters was a man named Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, who spent his final days on the Carolina coast. Now, a ship named “Blackbeard’s Treasure Hunter” offers a realistic adventure to hunt for hidden treasure. The captain and crew serve as characters in a high-seas tale that lets passengers take part in all the action. Kids get to play the part of pirates and shoot the bad guys with water cannons in a quest to follow the treasure map and recover the booty. For more information, visit http://www.myrtlebeachpiratecruise.com.
* Pirate Ship Adventure: Set sail for Murrells Inlet, about 12 miles south of Compass Cove Resort, and experience a unique adventure on an authentic replica pirate ship. Sailing out of Crazy Sister Marina by the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, the Barefoot Bounty takes passengers for a cruise that allows the little ones to serve on its crew. Dressed in pirate garb with temporary tattoos and face paint, the kids follow clues on a map to guide the captain in search of hidden treasure while also looking out for a rival band of bucs trying to steal the booty. The youngsters get to blast the ship's water cannons and help retrieve the treasure for a one-of-a-kind adventure. The 75-minute tour is ideal for birthday parties and group outings, and there's even a special, adults-only BYOG (Bring Your Own Grog) evening cruise. For more information, visit http://www.crazysister.com/cruises/pirate-ship.
* Pirates Voyage: Enjoy dinner and a show pirate-style at this popular Dolly Parton-owned theater. Located near Restaurant Row on the north end of Myrtle Beach, Pirates Voyage features a pirate ship serving as a floating stage for a high-flying, thrill-filled showcase. See rival bands of pirates duel with swords and cannons as well as song and dance. Watch expert divers make a big splash, mermaids perform aquatic stunts and trained animals such as talking parrots and singing seals steal the show. The performance comes with a feast fit for a pirate, including a four-course spread. This show offers fun for the whole family and fosters an interactive environment that lets the crowd be part of the action. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit http://www.piratesvoyage.com.
* Putt-Putt Golf: Trade in your sword for a putter and play miniature golf at one of the pirate-themed courses on the Grand Strand. Among the many mini-golf links layouts are Buccaneer Bay, Captain Hook’s, Pirate’s Watch, Treasure Island and Spyglass. Through September 4, Compass Cove Resort guests receive one free round at Mutiny Bay and Cancun Lagoon as part of our Sun & Fun Rewards package.
After a day or night of swashbuckling along the Grand Strand, take your crew back to Compass Cove Resort for a little “Arrr & Arrr!” It’s just one more way for families to have fun in Myrtle Beach.