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South Myrtle Beach Travel Guide: Attractions, Dining & MoreOur South Myrtle Beach travel guide is packed with the essential must-visit Myrtle Beach attractions, restaurants, and outdoor activities in the area. The area’s close proximity to the Myrtle Beach Airport makes this a prime location for travelers, including business travelers.
South Myrtle Beach is also a great area for families thanks to its affordable Myrtle Beach suites, family-friendly atmosphere, and budget-friendly Myrtle Beach resort deals.
Follow along with our South Myrtle Beach travel guide:
South Myrtle Beach Attractions
Crown Reef Waterpark
Experience the best of Myrtle Beach resort waterparks at Crown Reef Waterpark. Voted one of the top 8 resorts with waterparks in the world by Trips to Discover, this oceanfront resort waterpark—open to Crown Reef Resort guests—boasts a 278-foot long two-person waterslide and a single-person 302-foot long water slide.
Open year-round, other waterpark attractions include an 8-foot kiddie slide, Salty’s Splash House, and Myrtle Beach’s longest resort lazy river.
Learn more about our Myrtle Beach resort waterpark.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Address: 300 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 626-3447
Family Kingdom is Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park and features over 30 rides for kids and adults of all ages. The park first opened in 1966 and features signature rides like the Swamp Fox roller coaster and the Ferris Wheel which takes riders 100 feet above the ground.
Address: 300 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 626-3447
Located just across the street from Family Kingdom Amusement Park is Splashes Waterpark. This oceanfront waterpark features water funnel slides, speed slides, a children’s area, and a lazy river.
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Address: 3100 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 238-2510
Tour 11 galleries that highlight national artists like Ansel Adams and Frank Lloyd Wright, and many other regional artists. Exhibitions also include pieces geared towards children. The museum offers art classes for children and adults.
Coastal Grand Mall
Address: 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 839-9110
South Carolina’s second-largest shopping mall, Coastal Grand Mall is home to many popular retailers including Old Navy, Palmetto Moon, H&M, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Coastal Grand also features a food court, the Cinemark at Myrtle Beach movie theater, and department stores like Dillards, Belk, and JC Penney.
Address: 4635 Factory Stores Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 236-5100
Get the biggest bargains at the beach when you shop at Tanger Outlets. Located just minutes from the beach, shoppers will find name-brand factory stores like Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Gap, Levi’s, and Banana Republic at budget-friendly prices.
Places to Eat
Loco Gecko Beach Shak Restaurant
Address: 2913 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 282-4155
The perfect option for even the pickiest eaters, Loco Gecko Beach Shak Restaurant serves mouthwatering beach bites like burgers and seafood baskets, as well as healthier options like wraps and salads.
Address: 2985 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 626-8000
Enjoy lunch and dinner by the sea at Damon’s Grill. This oceanfront eatery offers a large selection of appetizers, burgers, steaks, seafood, and their famous BBQ ribs.
Address: 550 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 477-1598
This casual Italian eatery and bakery specializes in hot and cold sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and sweet homemade baked goods.
Address: 506 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 916-8636
A great spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu includes burgers, soups, sandwiches, and salads. Plus, all kid’s meals include a free signature sundae.
Parks, Piers, and Outdoor Activities
Myrtle Beach State Park & Pier
Address: 4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 238-5325
Myrtle Beach State Park is a great option if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. The park includes two nature trails, an education center with saltwater aquariums and live reptiles, and several picnic shelters.
Visit the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier for terrific views of the ocean, plus fishing and crabbing.
You can also use a local car rental and go on a short road trip down the coast to Pawleys Beach and even Georgetown to catch some amazing views and enjoy the quaint Georgetown culture and scenery.
2nd Avenue Pier
Address: 2nd Avenue South, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 445-7437
Enjoy gorgeous vistas of the Atlantic Ocean at 2nd Avenue Pier. The pier is popular for sightseeing and fishing and includes its own tackle and gift shop.
Hungry? Visitors can indulge in beachside fare at the Pier House Restaurant and Rooftop Bar, located on the pier.
Radical Ropes Adventure Park
Address: 301 19th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 723-4225
Take your Myrtle Beach vacation to the treetops with ziplining, rock climbing, and more at Radical Ropes Adventure Park! This outdoor park also includes a kids course for children ages 4 through 10.
Area Spotlight: The Market Common
Address: 4017 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach
This outdoor lifestyle center offers big city shopping with small-town charm. Visitors will discover an assortment of shops, restaurants, and specialty businesses.
The Market Common first opened in 2008 and has since been a favorite among locals and vacationers for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The area also features several walking paths, children’s playgrounds, and an outdoor sports complex.
Take a peek at some of what The Market Common has to offer:
Anthropologie | Eclectic women’s fashion, home decor, and gifts | (843) 232-0719
Pottery Barn | Upscale furniture and home goods | (843) 238-0361
Barnes & Noble | Bookstore chain also selling children’s games, music, and treats | (843) 238-2917
Francesca’s | Women’s accessories, gifts, and clothing | (843) 238-9320
Southern Living Store | Tastefully selected lifestyle products, home goods, decoration, and food | (843) 945-2714
Crepe Creation Cafe | French-inspired cuisine serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner | (843) 839-4019
CO Sushi | Fresh sushi, Southeast Asian inspired cuisine, and specialty cocktails | (843) 839-1733
Tupelo Honey | Southern-inspired dishes using responsibly sourced ingredients | (843) 315-3780
Peace, Love and Little Donuts | 70’s inspired donut shop with ‘far out’ toppings | (843) 232-7598
Activities & Entertainment
810 Billiards & Bowling | Bowling, billiards, games, and delicious food | (843) 839-2695
Grand 14 Cinema | Movie theater that offers stadium-style seating | (843) 315-2991
EdVenture | Interactive children’s museum | (843) 839-0475
Pedego | Electric bike rentals | (843) 602-6941