Myrtle Beach Offers Plenty of Delightful Diversions during the Winter Months
Myrtle Beach is truly a year-round destination! Visitors to Myrtle Beach can discover a myriad of things to do throughout the year and a winter visit provides its own unique benefits such as cheaper rates, better discounts, fewer crowds and relatively mild temperatures. Here are just a few suggestions for great activities to do during your winter vacation getaway to Myrtle Beach:
Tee off at a Championship Golf Course
A golfer’s paradise, Myrtle Beach, which has been called the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” offers more than 100 beautiful courses designed on former rice plantations by some of the world’s top course designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer. Nearly one-third of the Myrtle Beach area’s golf courses are rated with four stars of higher in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” and seven courses are ranked among the “Top 100 Public Courses in America.” Best of all, with smaller crowds this time of year, you should have no trouble scoring early tee times. By the way, Myrtle Beach also boasts 35 miniature golf courses for the whole family to enjoy.
Fly High on SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
A Myrtle Beach icon, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach is ideally located at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and next to Landshark Bar & Grill. SkyWheel Myrtle Beach rises 18 stories high and features 42 glass-enclosed gondolas that afford spectacular views. Other Myrtle Beach Boardwalk attractions include the Sling Shot Thrill Ride, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Moving Theater, Ripley’s Mirror Maze, Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures and Nightmare Haunted House, among others.
Eat, Shop and Party at Broadway at the Beach
With bustling themed restaurants such as Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Senor Frog’s, as well as dozens of unique specialty shops, Broadway at the Beach brings the best of shopping and entertainment together on 350 acres in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Surrounding a scenic 23-acre lake, Broadway at the Beach offers more than 70 boutiques with apparel, shoes, sporting goods, toys, artwork, jewelry, gifts, housewares, beauty products and one-of-a-kind items. Visitors to Broadway at the Beach can also choose from 20 family-friendly restaurants and 12 nightclubs. Broadway at the Beach's fun family attractions include Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, WonderWorks, Hollywood Wax Museum and a 17-screen movie theater. In addition, a Dave & Buster’s is scheduled to open at Broadway at the Beach in 2017.
Explore the Undersea World of Ripley’s Aquarium
The state-of-the-art Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach features a variety of fascinating undersea adventures, including Dangerous Reef, Rainbow Rock, Living Gallery, Marine Education Center, Ray Bay, Ripley’s Mermaids Meet & Greet, Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, Planet Jellies play area and more. Stroll through the acrylic tunnel on a 340-foot glidepath, where you will be surrounded on all sides by such dangerous predators as sharks, giant stingrays and eels, as well as thousands of colorful reef fish. Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is also home to the Rainbow Rock Café, Ripley’s Cargo Hold Gift Shop and Ripley’s Candy Factory.
Stroll through Beautiful Brookgreen Gardens
A great Myrtle Beach day trip any time of the year, Brookgreen Gardens in nearby Murrells Inlet is considered to be the world’s finest outdoor presentation of American figurative sculptures. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, Brookgreen Gardens is home to more than 900 works by 300 of the greatest names in American sculpture. In addition to the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden, visitors can explore the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve, which contains an amazing selection of native plants and animals, as well as the Native Wildlife Zoo and the Center for American Sculpture, which hosts sculpture master classes and workshops each year. Brookgreen Gardens lies across U.S. 17 from Huntington Beach State Park, which boasts some of the finest hiking and biking trails on the Grand Strand, as well as self-guided tours of Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark that once served as the winter retreat of the Huntingtons.
Enjoy the Best in Live Entertainment
From comedy to country music to celebrity impressions, from bluegrass to gospel to old-time rock – you can experience the best in live entertainment in Myrtle Beach year-round! These amazing shows feature award-winning casts, high-energy productions and lighthearted comedy. A variety of Myrtle Beach live entertainment venues remain open during the winter months such as The Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre, Legends in Concert, Medieval Times, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, GTS Theatre and House of Blues Myrtle Beach.
Run the Myrtle Beach Marathon
Dedicated long-distance runners may wish to schedule their next Myrtle Beach trip into a “racecation” to coincide with the 20th-anniversary Myrtle Beach Marathon, which will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017. In addition to the Myrtle Beach Marathon, events scheduled during race weekend include a Grande Dunes 5K (March 3), 1-Mile Family Fun Run (March 3), Half Marathon (March 4) and Marathon Relay (March 4).
When traveling in the Winter, enjoy better rates at oceanfront resorts like Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort. The ocean view is gorgeous year-round!