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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.

Looking for Family-Friendly Fun?

Top Family-Friendly Activities in Myrtle Beach, SC

Start with a base of beautiful beaches, add a heaping dose of exciting attractions, and mix it all together with some sweet Southern charm, and you’ve got a recipe for family fun. Myrtle Beach is known for being one of the East Coast’s top destinations when it comes to family-friendly activities and atmosphere. There is truly something for everyone here! Relaxing on the beach may be the perfect way to unwind, but sometimes it’s nice to spice up your vacation by taking an excursion or trying something new. Browse below and explore our favorite family-friendly spots in Myrtle Beach, SC.

    • Family Kingdom – Set aside an afternoon or a whole day to visit Myrtle Beach’s only oceanfront amusement park and water park. Located on Ocean Boulevard just a few blocks south of the Promenade, Family Kingdom features over 30 amusement rides ranging from kiddie classics and go karts to daring roller coasters and thrill rides. If you’re looking for a fun way to cool down, check out Splashes Water Park, which offers a variety of speed slides, children’s play areas with smaller slides and fountains, and a lazy river for the whole family to enjoy. Climb to the top of the Water Flumes water slide for an incredible view of the ocean and beach, then glide down to the bottom on a tube.

    • WonderWorks – Located at the popular Broadway at the Beach outdoor shopping and attraction area, WonderWorks combines education and entertainment in a hands-on way that kids (and adults) love. Come discover this 50,000 square foot amusement center that looks like a giant upside down building. Once inside, you’ll find dozens of fascinating exhibits such as what it’s like to experience a category 1 hurricane, land a space shuttle from space, play with a gigantic Lite-Brite, navigate a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, or explore the world with a Google Earth virtual globe.
    • Medieval Times – Immerse yourself in a world of jousting knights, gallant horses, and the pageantry of the medieval world at this popular dinner theater attraction. Dine with the king and enjoy a raucous four-course feast while watching a two-hour tournament with six competing knights who dazzle the crowd with their thrilling swordplay and fairy tale drama. Vegetarian meals and special accommodations for food allergies are available upon request.

    • Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park – If you feel the need for speed, then Broadway Grand Prix is sure to get your adrenaline going! Race to victory on seven unique tracks that twist and turn around the park, offering courses for all ages and skill levels. While you’re here, be sure to check out a variety of other attractions such as the 100-foot Sky Coaster, two 18-hole mini golf courses, kiddie rides, arcade, and rock climbing wall. Grab a bite to eat at the snack bar, which features classic fare like pizza, funnel cakes, French fries, ice cream, and burgers.
    • Alligator Adventure – Visit one of the largest facilities in the world for reptiles and exotic animals. Come “snout-to-face” with fierce and beautiful creatures such as alligators, crocodiles, lizards, birds, monkeys, lemurs, snakes, hyenas, frogs, tortoises, and more. Guests visiting mid-April through mid-October can attend live alligator feedings for a brief lecture and Q & A as these powerful creatures chomp their lunch. Alligator Adventure is located in the Barefoot Landing shopping, dining and entertainment area in North Myrtle Beach and just across Route 17 from our rentals in North Beach Plantation and Ocean Creek.

    • Skywheel – 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 per cabin and is three revolutions long, which takes about eight to ten minutes. The SkyWheel is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America, sitting 187 feet in the air. Even when the sun goes down, SkyWheel lights up the night with a fantastic display that can be seen up and down the boardwalk.
    • Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show – Join Captain Blackbeard in an epic battle for lost treasure! Located in an impressive arena complete with a 15-foot deep lagoon and full-sized pirate ships, this exciting dinner show will pull your family into a swashbuckling adventure. Cheer your team on to victory while eating a four-course pirate feast and watching acrobatic displays, aerial feats, sea lions, tropical birds, and more. Vegetarian meals and special accommodations for food allergies are available upon request. Pirates Voyage is also conveniently located across Route 17 from our rentals in Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

     

  • Still haven’t booked your vacation? Summer is only two months away! Browse our vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach at VantageMB.com to book online or call our Vacation Coordinators at (888) 404-3110 today.