5 Iconic Activities for a Myrtle Beach Getaway

Man cannot live by beach time alone.


Especially at the beach. There are many fun things to do here, and a few of them are iconic. Like, if Myrtle Beach was a nation, and it had a flag, these things would have to have some representation. 


It’s tough to narrow it down to five, isn’t it? We’ll try anyway.

Feeling Nostalgic? Do These 5 Things on the Grand Strand

Ask your parents or grandparents, and they might have a different five. Which is why you should ask!

1. Catch a Show at Alabama Theatre

DID YOU KNOW: Before they became country music legends, the band Alabama played a dive bar in Myrtle Beach? 


In 1993, the group came “home” to open Alabama Theatre, a 2,000-seat complex in Barefoot Landing. Its docket includes famous acts such as Josh Turner, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, and more. And their lineup of tribute bands is impressive.


PRO TIP: Get tickets to see One! The Show. This performance is a must-see event on the Grand Strand, and you will see why!

Alabama Theatre

2. Play a Round of Golf

DID YOU KNOW: The Myrtle Beach area has more than 80 golf courses?


The list of course architects on the Grand Strand reads like a hall of fame:  Palmer, Nicklaus, Jones, Norman. They’ve all designed tracks from rolling dunes to inland forests. You could spend a week playing four superlative courses at Barefoot Resort & Golf


PRO TIP: Be sure to play the Pete Dye-designed course at Barefoot. Regular visitors hail it as the most rewarding golf challenge they play anywhere.

3. Spend a Day in Myrtle Beach State Park

DID YOU KNOW: The park boasts some of the state’s best surf fishing, right off the pier.


Myrtle Beach State Park is south of the hustle and bustle, but a world away. Within the tranquil shore and maritime forest, guests can walk nature trails. Visit the nature center and observe the area’s wildlife. Buy some ice cream and take a walk out onto the pier for wonderful views and a few snapshots.

PRO TIP: Comb the beach for unique shells and sharks’ teeth. The park also offers programs for kids to learn and earn badges.

4. Take the Family to Family Kingdom Amusement Park

DID YOU KNOW: Country star Kenny Chesney featured a rollercoaster here in a music video?


This complex sits beachside, with dramatic views and about 40 rides. These include a carousel, go-karts, roller coasters, and rides for small kids. The Ferris wheel at Family Kingdom Amusement Park is famous itself.

PRO TIP: Be sure to ride the Swamp Fox, an iconic, wooden roller coaster. It rocks and rolls on 2,400 feet of track!

Family Kingdom

5. Check Out the Penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium

DID YOU KNOW: Dangerous Reef, the underwater tunnel, is 340 feet long? It’s a glide path through a 750,000-gallon tank. There are green moray eels, sea turtles, sharks, tarpons, and more inside.


Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is home to an African penguin colony. It’s part of a rehabilitation effort for this rare warm-water species. Rio Amazon is another feature, spotlighting animals found in tropical rain forests.

PRO TIP: Take the Stingray Experience at Friendship Flats. This event gives you up-close access to these beautiful sea creatures for an extra charge.


Visit Coco the Octopus at Compass Cove Resort

The resident eight-armed mascot is famous among those who’ve stayed here. The kids will love Coco and all the water features available on-site. With indoor and outdoor pools, this resort has something for everyone to relax and unwind after a day of fun. Explore even more things to do on the Grand Strand, and book your getaway today.



Ariel View of Compass Cove