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Our Favorite Things in North Myrtle Beach: A Locals’ Guide

Family-Friendly
Family-Friendly

Locals and visitors love North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for its family-friendly vibe, uncrowded beaches and the extraordinary variety of experiences. There’s so much to see and do here, you may have trouble choosing—especially when you only have a limited amount of time.

No worries, because we have the inside scoop! The Vantage team lives and works in the Grand Strand year-round, and we’re constantly getting feedback from guests about what they love best about North Myrtle Beach. So we’ve put together this guide to our favorite things and theirs. We’ll be happy to share even more when you book your vacation rental property.

Favorite adventures and activities

Kayaking Tour
Cruise around the sound in kayaks

North Myrtle Beach offers remarkable, up-close wildlife encounters for you and your family. You may even forget you’re in South Carolina. Start with Alligator Adventure—the reptile capital of the world—featuring alligators, bobcats, hyenas, lemurs and Utan, the largest crocodile on exhibit in the United States. Learn about these mysterious creatures during live educational shows and the can’t-miss gator feedings.

Continue your walk on the wild side at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, another unique nature destination where visitors can watch large cats and cubs at play. Get your picture taken feeding a tiger cub or cuddling with a monkey and watch your Instagram feed blow up!

When you’re ready for some friendly competition, North Myrtle Beach’s miniature golf courses provide plenty of options for family fun. Mayday Golf, Paradise Adventures Golf and Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf courses include facts, stories and themes, complete with tropical islands, helicopters, train rides, mountains, Mayan pyramids and lost treasure as you putt your way to the finish.

For a cool day of water fun, cruise around the sound in kayaks and paddleboards from J&L Kayaks. Don’t feel like paddling? Try the jet skis and pontoons at Action Water Sportz. At New Wave Watersports, you can enjoy stunning views from above by parasail, or zoom past the beach on a banana boat. Splashing and laughter guaranteed.

golf
Enjoy world-class golf courses

Want to sneak away for some adult time on your beach vacation? North Myrtle Beach has over 20 world-class golf courses to choose from. Sample up to 10 wines from Duplin Winery—the oldest and largest wine tasting venue in the South. Try solving the crime during a murder mystery dinner at the famous House of Blues. The Alabama Theatre hosts resident variety shows and live performances from beloved artists, including the likes of Three Dog Night, Wynonna Judd and Josh Turner.

Favorite places to shop

Glass blower
So many shopping options!

Shopping is one of the most popular things to do in North Myrtle Beach for locals as well as visitors. The latest attraction here is Coastal Town Center—a brand-new venue with 21 stores offering clothes, jewelry, crafts sporting goods, food and much more.

Barefoot Landing is a perennial favorite of North Myrtle Beach residents. A relaxing sanctuary along the Intercostal Waterway featuring a 27-acre lake, this destination combines serene surroundings and a niche shopping experience. With 100 different national and local boutiques and restaurants, there’s enough to keep the whole family engaged for an entire day. And if the kids get antsy, Alligator Adventure and the T.I.G.E.R.S. Prevention Station are right next door.

A short drive from North Myrtle Beach, Tanger Outlets is discount city. Large factory outlet stores make up much of the shopping here, and we all know what that means—deals by the bagful. If that’s not enough, you’re just across the highway from more stores and a movie theater at Myrtle Beach Mall.

Favorite places to eat

Seafood Restaurant

No locals’ guide to North Myrtle Beach would be complete without focusing on the fantastic restaurant choices. We could write an entire book on this topic alone, but we’ll just give you a little nibble here. Fresh coastal cuisine and good vibes are always on the menu at Lulu’s, with live music and an outdoor play area. Filet’s on the Water pleases every palate with succulent steaks, sushi and seafood. Flying Fish Public Market and Grill serves up southern delicacies with a side of shrimp. For something on the cozier side, Joe’s Bar and Grill offers amazing cuisine matched only by the panoramic views of the saltwater marsh.

Beyond North Myrtle Beach

Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum

If you’re seeking a change of scenery, take the short drive south and explore some of our favorite things in the Myrtle Beach area. Broadway at the Beach is the total package—dining, shopping, live entertainment, special events and nightlife. You must take the crew to WonderWorks—dubbed an amusement park for the mind, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. You’ll have no trouble finding the place, since it’s the only upside-down building in town. Ripley’s Aquarium is here, too, along with more mini-golf courses and the thrilling Beach Rider jet boat. Get your picture taken with your favorite celebrities (sort of) at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center. Fulfill your need for speed driving a NASCAR race car around the Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is another local treasure, with the gigantic SkyWheel, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and the landmark 2nd Avenue Pier. Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and bring all your buccaneers to catch the swashbuckling excitement of the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.

Find your favorites with Vantage


Enjoy the view with Vantage!

We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to recommendations for your visit to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s the beauty of working with locals to book your vacation rental. We know the Grand Strand, we know what’s popular and we’re more than happy to help you find just what you’re looking for. Let’s start by finding your favorite accommodations. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at (888) 303-4110 to book the very best spot for your family and friends. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Plan Your Trip to Youth Baseball Nationals in Myrtle Beach

Every summer, teams from all over the United States and around the world pack their gear and head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the Youth Baseball Nationals – one of the premier youth travel baseball events in the nation.

Each of the four week-long tournaments brings intense competition, special bonding opportunities and family memories that last a lifetime. We’ve put together some key stats about the tournaments along with a winning strategy to help your whole group make the most of your time at Youth Baseball Nationals.

The lineup

Myrtle Beach Youth Baseball Game

Teams from most age divisions have four options to participate in a week-long national tournament in the summer. Below are the tournament dates for Myrtle Beach, SC, along with the age divisions for each week:

Week 1: June 14 – 20
Teams 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U

Week 2: June 21 – 27
Teams: 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U

Week 3: June 28 – July 4
Teams: 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15/16U

Week 4: August 2 – 8
Teams: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U

Each participating team in Youth Baseball Nationals is guaranteed 6–10 games during the week, while players have opportunities to earn All-Star honors and compete in a special All-Star game. Tournament weeks kick off with a Nationals Mixer, complete with DJs, games and cash giveaways. Championship Thursday includes a Team Showcase with contests such as home run derby, around the horn and speed burner. All players will receive tournament rings.

Coaches, be sure to register in time to ensure your team gets the week you want. For each week, there’s a limited number of slots for each age group—and this is a very popular tournament that fills up fast.

Championship-level park

Myrtle Beach Youth Baseball

Players feels like they’ve hit the bigtime when they set foot in the Grand Park at The Market Common. Among the nation’s top youth baseball complexes, Grand Park offers 11 all-weather fields, nine of which feature completely synthetic turf. These fields enable games to resume just minutes after any massive downpours.

When there’s a break in the action, Grand Park puts you within walking distance of an exceptional shopping and dining experience in The Market Common. Designed like a small village, The Market Common includes popular retailers, unique restaurants and pizza and ice cream shops.

Fun beyond the games

Water Park Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC, is a perfect destination for Youth Baseball Nationals, with so much to see and do for families. For starters, all participants (including coaches) in the Youth Baseball Nationals receive complimentary week-long passes to Myrtle Waves Water Park. The largest water park in South Carolina, Myrtle Waves is just minutes from the Grand Park ballfields.

Sliding takes on a whole new meaning at Myrtle Waves, thanks to an amazing selection of speed slides and some of the world’s tallest tubular slides—the 10-stories-high Turbo Twisters! Thrill-seekers will love shooting down the dark and foggy tunnels of the black-enclosed Night Flight tube slides.

WonderWorks
Photo credit: Forsaken Fotos

Myrtle Waves is adjacent to Broadway at the Beach, one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular tourist destinations. All in one location you’ll find amusement parks, miniature golf, shopping, restaurants, Dinosaurs the Exhibition, Broadway Grand Prix, Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks and so much more.

For a true bird’s-eye view of Myrtle Beach, SC, head to the Boardwalk and hop aboard one of the 42 gondolas on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. The Skywheel takes you up a full 20 stories above the Atlantic Ocean!

Skywheel Myrtle Beach

You’ll definitely want to take the short drive to North Myrtle Beach and explore everything Barefoot Landing has to offer. The food and shopping here are world-class. Plus, families get the chance to have close (and safe) encounters with a menagerie of wild creatures at Alligator Adventure and T.I.G.E.R.S/Preservation Station. For music lovers, you can’t go wrong with the live acts at the Alabama Theatre and House of Blues.

Of course, the beach and the ocean are always top draws for kids and families. Just remember, there’s no frying in baseball—so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and shade for games and downtime.

Find Your Home Base with Vantage

When it comes time to find the right accommodations for everyone headed to your baseball tournaments, stay away from curveballs. Let Vantage help you book a vacation rental property in Myrtle Beach, SC, that’s sure to be a huge hit with everyone in your group. To plan your stay, contact one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists today at (888) 404-3110. Or browse our selection of properties at www.VantageMB.com. When you’ve made your choice, be sure to book direct through Vantage to ensure you receive the lowest rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Vantage’s Top 10 Myrtle Beach Attractions

We want you to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by having the best summer yet! Myrtle Beach offers the best and most exciting attractions around, and we are giving you the Top 10 that are a must in our book.

Top 10 Attractions in Myrtle Beach

      1. Barefoot Landing – Experience one of the most unique destinations in Myrtle Beach. Located along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, Barefoot Landing is an impressive collection of shopping, dining, and nightlife venues that encircle a 27-acre lake. You will find something for everyone to love here. Enjoy a live show at the Alabama Theatre, live music at the House of Blues, or live reptiles at Alligator Adventure. Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille or casual fare at the Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, Barefoot Landing offers dozens of fantastic restaurants. Finish the day with beautiful views of the sun setting beyond the Intracoastal Waterway, or stick around for the fireworks which are held one night a week during the prime season.
      2. Intracoastal Waterway – A source of beauty, recreation, and commerce, the scenic Intracoastal Waterway is one of the central landmarks of the North Myrtle Beach area. South Carolina’s stretch of this inland waterway is just a small part of a 3,000-mile waterway that runs from Boston, Massachusetts all the way to the southern tip of Florida. Consisting of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, and man-made canals, the Intracoastal Waterway was originally created to provide a safe route for travel and transport without the hazards of the open sea. Nowadays, the waterway is used more for just having fun! Guests can take advantage of all kinds of watersports and activities, such as jet skis, pontoon boats, fishing charters, and dinner cruises.
      3. The SkyWheel – It’s your chance to fly high in Myrtle Beach! The SkyWheel is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America, sitting 187 feet in the air. Take a ride in an enclosed gondola and get a 360-degree view of the Myrtle Beach coastline and the surrounding area. Each ride can hold two to six guests and is three revolutions long, which takes about eight to ten minutes. When the sun goes down, SkyWheel lights up the night with a fantastic display that can be seen up and down the boardwalk.
      4. Broadway at the Beach – Let the adventure at Broadway begin. Spend a day zip-lining across a lake, getting lost in a maze of mirrors, and racing at the Grand Prix! Broadway at the Beach is a 350-acre oasis of entertainment venues, attractions, shops & boutiques, and some of Myrtle Beach’s best places to eat and drink. There is so much to see and do for everyone in the family.
      5. Ripley’s Aquarium – Surround yourself with marine life for a day! Ripley’s Aquarium provides an experience like no other aquarium you’ve been to before. Get the chance to spend a night at the aquarium to sleep under the sharks or get up close and personal with some of their sting rays. There is also a behind-the-scenes tour that educates visitors about what it takes to care for these beautiful creatures.
      6. Myrtle Beach State Park – Become the ultimate outdoorsy adventurer at the Myrtle Beach State Park. This beautiful and scenic park has so much to offer. Spend a day on the beach or out in the water, whether it’s boating, kayaking, or even scuba diving! Visitors to Myrtle Beach State Park also have access to campsites with individual water and electrical hookups, wireless internet, restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, and a gift shop. The park has countless biking and walking trails, as well as two state park golf courses!
      7. World-Class Golf Courses – With its sub-tropical climate and lush, green vegetation, Myrtle Beach is known as one of the world’s top destinations for golf vacations. One of our favorite courses is the Grande Dunes Resort Club, which was recently named the “National Course of the Year” by the NGCOA. Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, this course is known for its links-style design with Bermuda grass fairways and contoured greens. Vantage guests also have the benefit of staying at one of our Marina Inn luxury condos located across from the golf course!
      8. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade – Bring the whole gang for some boardwalk fun! Play, eat, and shop all day long on Myrtle Beach’s beautiful Boardwalk & Promenade. Kids will enjoy the many arcades, amusements, and thrill rides along the way. Be sure to check out Pier 14 – a historic pier that has withstood numerous hurricanes throughout the years, but has been rebuilt even stronger for visitors to enjoy. Grab a bite to eat at the Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge or catch your own dinner by fishing off the pier yourself.
      9. Brookgreen Gardens – Experience a National Historic Landmark in all its beauty. This cultural center is home to garden after garden adorned with quaint pathways and over 1,400 sculptures. You will feel like you’ve walked into a picture book. Brookgreen Gardens also offers guided tours, programs, educational exhibits, and camps for kids of all ages. Be sure to stop by the zoo area, which is home to native animals that were either bred and raised in captivity or have sustained injuries that prevent them from living in the wild.
      10. La Belle Amie Vineyard – Little did you know that Myrtle Beach has its own vineyard, too! Spend a day sipping wine and touring the scenic La Belle Amie Vineyard. Located in the Grand Strand’s Little River area, this family-owned vineyard has its own tasting room, gift shop, picnic area, and front porch – perfect for relaxing in a rocking chair with a glass of your favorite wine. Various events are held seasonally throughout the year, such as live music, bonfires, and outdoor cooking.

All the fun, excitements, and relaxation of summer is just around the corner! If you haven’t booked your vacation to Myrtle Beach, now is the time to do it. Browse our website to find your perfect vacation rental, or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 today.