Myrtle Beach

Palmetto palm trees line the city streets and Atlantic shoreline. Well-to-dos shop along North Ocean Boulevard while retirees and wannabe retirees drive the green at nearby golf courses.

As you gaze out across the landscape from atop the Sky Wheel, it’s hard to imagine this place ever looking different…but oh, it did. Up until the late 1800s, Myrtle Beach was little more than barren marshlands with plantations here and there. Then a gentleman by the name of Franklin Burroughs decided to turn this remote piece of shoreline into one of the South’s most desired vacation destinations. When you think about what to do in Myrtle Beach, your mind begins to race because the options are endless. There’s only a few other places in the country where you can spend the morning teeing off at a PGA golf course and then washing off all the bad shots with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

The second-largest of the world’s oceans lies yards from the boardwalk and has all the magnetism of the Pied Piper. The gentle swells and soothing temperature of this body of water provide a perfect escape from the madness of the boardwalk. But don’t be afraid of the “madness.” The boardwalk is the perfect place to let your inner child run free. The restaurants range from classic seafood joints to Mexican cantinas with nightclubs and bars sprinkled in between them. And the attractions? Oh, the attractions. From going for a spin on the Sky Wheel and cruising on a zipline to freaking out at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, the list of amazing things to do in Myrtle Beach doesn’t seem to end.

Let your hair down. Kick up your feet. Forget about the drone of the office and home for a while. Score one of our Myrtle Beach vacation packages and let yourself wander the Atlantic shoreline tomorrow.

Frequently Asked Questions about Myrtle Beach

How did Myrtle Beach get its name?

The city was known as "New Town" until the early 1900s. During this time, a local newspaper held a contest to rename the area. The winning entrant was from the wife of a real estate mogul, Mrs. F.E. Burroughs, and she chose "Myrtle Beach" due to the area's abundance of Southern Wax Myrtle-a local shrub.

How far is Hilton Head from Myrtle Beach?

Hilton Head, South Carolina, is about 200 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach. The drive takes around four hours to complete, and both beachfront destinations are considered major tourist hotspots.

Who are the Myrtle Beach Pelicans?

Headquartered in South Carolina, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a local minor baseball team. They are part of the Carolina League's Southern Division, and their home games are played at Field.