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A Hole-in-One for Family Fun

Fore! Golf is the name of the game in this South Carolina coastal town, with more than 100 area courses. But even if you want a vacation that isn’t all fairways and greens, Myrtle Beach offers tons of family activities, from shopping to beaches, plus too many restaurants to count.

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Family Kingdom
Family Kingdom

Family Kingdom

Family Kingdom is an oceanfront amusement and water park in one. Splashes the water park takes the lazy river up a notch and offers water flumes with 100-foot drops. Family Kingdom has just added a Twist-and-Shout steel roller coaster to its fleet of more than 30 rides bumper cars and Go-Kart tracks. 960 1280

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Water Sports

Water Sports

If the kids (and adults) are looking for more than just a day at the beach, take part in a popular water sport. Little ones will have fun clinging to a banana boat, older speed demons can take out jet skis -- or pair off and sail high above the water on a parasailing trip. 960 1280

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Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf

As you'd expect from the "golf capital of the world" Myrtle's mini-golf courses don't disappoint. Our top pick? Whimsical Captain Hook's Adventure Golf where the whole family can play through 2 different 18-hole courses – complete with a 15-foot smoking skull. 960 1280

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Myrtle Waves Water Park

Myrtle Waves Water Park

At South Carolina's largest water park more than 1 million gallons of water pumps through Waves' raft rides wild rapids and slides. Open mid-May to mid-September families will be pleased to find covered picnic areas and certified lifeguards on duty at all times. 960 1280

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Medieval Times

Medieval Times

Yes it's pure kitsch but your little knight or princess will get a kick out of Medieval Times' dinner show. Expect an entertaining joisting tournament lots of horses and crowd participation. Just don't expect silverware to come with His Majesty's royal feast. 960 1280

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ATV Tour

ATV Tour

Get the family outdoors and off-roading with Caroline Backwoods ATV adventures. No experience is necessary to explore the approximately 2-hour Down n Dirty and High n Dry (ok semi-dry) trails. Kids under the age of 12 can ride on the back of a family member's ATV. 960 1280

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Children's Museum of South Carolina

Children's Museum of South Carolina

The perfect rainy day activity take the kids to explore the Children's Museum of South Carolina. With weekly story and craft times as well as exhibits like the Imagination Playground and Bubble Mania there's plenty to keep your kids happy and entertained. 960 1280

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WonderWorks

WonderWorks

Chances are your kids will be begging to go to WonderWorks once they spot its upside-down building at Broadway at the Beach but the Anti-Gravity Chamber Bed of Nails Lazer Tag and Ropes Course appeal to kids of all ages -- and some adults too. 960 1280

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Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium

Like no aquarium you've been to before at Ripley's Aquarium you can glide on a 330-foot moving path beneath the dangerous reef through sharks and stingrays visit rainbow rock (the Indo-Pacific coral reef) and more. 960 1280

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MagiQuest

MagiQuest

The world's largest live-action role-playing game MagiQuest allows your kids to enter an enchanted fantasy world and choose their adventure -- all with the wave of a wand! Will they befriend a pixie? Slay a dragon? Learn from an ancient wizard? You guess is as good as ours but we're sure you'll hear all about it. 960 1280

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Pier at Garden City

Pier at Garden City

Every night during the summer, enjoy live music or karaoke at The Pier at Garden City, just 8 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Listen to the music, grab a snack at Sam's Corner diner or let the kids play a few rounds at the arcade. 960 1280

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Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille

Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille

Summer vacation is synonymous with the summer blockbuster. After a day in the sun head to Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille in Murrells Inlet for a little bowling and a big screen. 960 1280

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Carolina Roadhouse

Carolina Roadhouse

Golf Magazine calls the Killer Dog at Carolina Roadhouse "a true 'guy thing' classic," seeing as you'll need a knife and fork to take down the foot-long kosher dog covered with a giant mound of french fries, homemade chili, cheese and onions. Expect big flavors — and portion sizes — whether you're craving a rack of ribs or fresh seafood. From the basket of sweet croissants to the main course, no one in your group should leave hungry. 960 1280

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Margaritaville

Margaritaville

This classic stop at Broadway on the Beach means, yes, longer waits and pricier entrees — but the famous Cheeseburger in Paradise, the boatload of tropical drinks and the free entertainment for the kids make Margaritaville a must on anyone's next Myrtle Beach vacation. 960 1280

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Croissants Bistro & Bakery

Croissants Bistro & Bakery

Croissants Bistro & Bakery does it all, ya'll. From your morning coffee to celebratory cakes to fine dining — the award-winning restaurant (and wine list) has been a Myrtle Beach favorite for nearly 20 years. 960 1280

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Dagwood's Deli

Dagwood's Deli

Dagwood's original location in Myrtle Beach (attached to Bumstead's Pub) serves up sandwiches on fresh hoagie rolls that are baked daily. Among the many specialty subs, Dagwood's Dipper consists of sliced turkey and melted Swiss cheese piled high and served warm on a sub roll, with bacon bits and homemade dill mayonnaise for dipping. 960 1280

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Indo Thai

Indo Thai

Forget your staple Thai takeout — the darkened atmosphere, off-the-tourist-path location and friendly staff make it worth your while to dine in at Indo Thai. Skeptics should rest assured that the Thai, sushi and hibachi are all delicious under the direction of owner and "sushi queen" Lara Heryadi. 960 1280

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Abuelo's

Abuelo's

For the best Mexican food in Myrtle Beach, look no further than Abuelo's. From the moment you are seated in the dining room, which resembles an open-air Mexican courtyard, and served chips along with 4 made-from-scratch salsas, you know you're in for a treat. 960 1280

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Mr. Fish

Mr. Fish

Teddy Hammerman and his daughter Sheina saved the legendary Mr. Fish restaurant and seafood market. The restaurant has moved to a larger location on Ocean Boulevard, where you can expect fresh seafood and Southern cooking, including an extensive sushi menu and appetizers such as the fried green tomato tower and shrimp 'n' grits. 960 1280

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NY Prime

NY Prime

Sometimes you just want to indulge in a serious steak — especially if you have clients to impress or golf buddies with big appetites. Both will be satisfied at the heralded NY Prime, which gracefully accommodates large groups and serves the highest-quality meat (USDA grade prime) and potatoes (fresh, jumbo Idahos) available. 960 1280

  

Rockefellers Raw Bar

Rockefellers Raw Bar

If you're craving a casual raw bar, pull up a captain's chair at Rockfellers Raw Bar and dive into a steam pot of mussels, clams or scallops, hush puppies with honey butter, or the obvious choice, a half-dozen oysters Rockefeller (with a splash of Pernod and fresh spinach). 960 1280

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Big Mike's Soul Food

Big Mike's Soul Food

When you think of beach bites, you rarely think of "food that really sticks to your bones," but that's what you'll find at Big Mike's Soul Food. While you're in the South, you might as well as indulge in some down-home cooking and order the "meat-and-three" special with Queenie's famous fried chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw or mac and cheese. 960 1280

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Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

There are 2 prerequisites for Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse: Come hungry and be a meat lover. Reservations are recommended so you can be quickly seated and start enjoying the show, i.e., the continuous stream of Brazilian gauchos serving more than 15 different cuts of beef, pork, lamp and poultry. 960 1280

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WonderWorks
WonderWorks

WonderWorks

From the looks of this place, you can expect more than laser tag to entertain the kids -- although WonderWorks has that, too. In fact, we're pretty sure there are some adults who wouldn't mind piloting a fighter jet, riding a 360-degree virtual roller coaster or lying on a bed of 3,500 nails. 960 1280

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ATV Adventure Tours

ATV Adventure Tours

With Carolina Backwoods, you can choose between the "Down n Dirty" or "High n Semi-Dry" guided tours, which are more family-friendly than they sound. In fact, riders under 12 can ride on the back of another ATV, so the whole family can go as fast (and get as muddy) as they like. 960 1280

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Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach

Since its inception in 1996, Broadway at the Beach has become Myrtle's most popular destination and it's easy to see why. Looking for shops? It has 100. Theaters? Try 3. And last but not least, there’s plenty of dining. Expect classics like the Hard Rock Cafe and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville as well as kitsch -- including the world's only KISS Coffeehouse. 960 1280

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Second Ave Pier

Second Ave Pier

On the south end of the boardwalk, this 75-year-old landmark is famous for its fishing thanks to a wide variety of catch. Newly renovated, the Second Ave Pier's restaurant offers fresh seafood, spectacular views through its giant bay windows and a top-floor, open-air bar. 960 1280

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The Golf Capital of the World

The Golf Capital of the World

Before you challenge your golf game, you'll have to choose from Myrtle Beach's 100 courses. Don't miss the Grand Dunes. With newly upgraded Champion Bermuda greens and 7 holes, as well as beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s one of the premier championship golf courses on the East Coast. 960 1280

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Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing

With over 100 shops and restaurants around Louis Lake, Barefoot Landing's complex still has the feeling of a quaint fishing village. The adjoining Alabama Theater, House of Blues and Alligator Adventure (one of the largest reptile zoos in the world) also provide plenty of entertainment. 960 1280

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Pirates Voyage

Pirates Voyage

You’ve heard of Dixie Stampede and Medieval Times, but there’s a new dinner theater in town. Come aboard the Pirates Voyage for mermaids, acrobatic pirates, live sea lions … what more could you want? Make sure to get here for the pre-show - the kids will love it. 960 1280

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Water Sports

Water Sports

Whether you’re racing jet skis, sailing high above the sea in a parasail or clinging on to a banana boat for dear life -- your vacation won’t be complete without a little daredevil action on the water. 960 1280

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Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

“Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park,” Family Kingdom boasts 30 rides, from the classic 110-foot free-fall Log Flume to the newly opened Twist ‘n Shout steel roller coaster. 960 1280

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Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens

Take a guided tour or explore on your own to see why Brookgreen Gardens has been named one of the top 10 public gardens in the US by TripAdvisor. With a world-renowned art collection and a native-animal zoo on the grounds, there’s something for everyone. 960 1280

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Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium

The $40 million Ripley's Aquarium doesn’t disappoint. As you glide on a 330-foot moving path through “Dangerous Reef,” you’ll be surrounded by 10-foot sharks, stingrays and a giant sea turtle. 960 1280

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Franklin Burroughs Art Museum

Franklin Burroughs Art Museum

At any given time in the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach there are 6 to 8 contemporary art exhibits, a permanent collection of regional artwork and art classes tailored to children and adults. Stop by the gift shop to pick up work by local artisans and then relax in the tea room, which wraps along the front of the 1924-converted beach cottage and overlooks the ocean. 960 1280

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Carolina Opry

Carolina Opry

If you’re only going to see one show in Myrtle, see the original. The Opry offers everything from bluegrass and country to rock 'n' roll and Broadway hits -- as well as a Christmas show so popular it’s often sold-out by June. 960 1280

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