Here are 55 of the best kept secrets you should know about the Myrtle Beach area.

  1. You can touch jellyfish at Planet Jellies in Ripley's Aquarium.
  2. You’ll get a close encounter with baby tigers at TIGERS.
  3. Alligators will leap for food at Alligator Adventures.
  4. Some of the best bird watching on the east coast is at Huntington Beach State Park.
  5. There are over 100 exotic animals at the 500-acre Wacatee Zoo.
  6. You can go horseback riding along the beach.
  7. Re-created Tinsletown royalty stand at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
  8. The Dinosaurs the Exhibition will send you back to the Jurassic era!
  9. There are hammocks at Pawleys Island to lounge in.
  10. Myrtle beach has a minor league baseball team--the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
  11. Sports Illustrated got its start at Pine Lakes Golf Course.
  12. Myrtle Beach's oldest gift shop, the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, has any kind of souvenir you can think of.
  13. Pirates Voyage is performed in a huge tank of water with acrobats, mermaids, sea lions, dogs…and lots of pirates!
  14. There’s free admission to the Myrtle Beach Art Museum.
  15. The Carolina Opry was Myrtle Beach's first live entertainment theater, and it offers great entertainment for people of all ages.
  16. You can soar 187 feet in the air and experience the best view of Myrtle Beach inside a gondola on the SkyWheel.
  17. Vintage Carolina wine can be found at Duplin Winery and La Belle Amie Vineyard.
  18. Myrtle Beach's oldest eatery, Peaches' Corner, offers great burgers and hot dogs.
  19. Vanna White's favorite restaurant is Hoskins in Myrtle Beach.
  20. Painters Homemade Ice Cream has ice cream named after your favorite celeb!
  21. The savory she crab soup at the Sea Captain's House is quite famous.
  22. Nacho Hippo serves unique tacos such as “The Carolina Kid.”
  23. "White lightning" can be sampled at Palmetto Moonshine, S.C.'s first legal moonshine distillery.
  24. Some of the area's best seafood is at Wicked Tuna where the view is incredible.
  25. Southern, made-from-scratch comfort food is found at Tupelo Honey Café in beautiful Market Common.
  26. Myrtle Beach is home to New South Brewery where you can tour and enjoy samples.
  27. There’s a renowned wine list at SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar.
  28. River City Café has 7 Myrtle Beach locations including one on the Atlantic Ocean and one on the Intracoastal Waterway.
  29. You can find authentic soul food at Big Mike's Soul Food.
  30. Peachtini’s are served up at the fabulous Aspen Grille.
  31. You can make your own piece of art at Conway Glass’s glass blowing class.
  32. South Carolina's official state dance is the shag--with free lessons available at Fat Harold's.
  33. The new WonderWorks exhibit at Broadway at the Beach will teach you about forensic science!
  34. There are plenty of fun exhibits for the young and young at heart at the Children's Museum of S.C.
  35. The L.W. Paul Living History Farm allows you to experience what life was like on an early 20th century farm.
  36. You can sip afternoon tea at a Declaration of Independence signer's home, Hopsewee Plantation.
  37. There’s an intact African slave plantation to explore at Hobcaw Barony.
  38. Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens has a haunted cemetery you can walk through! 
  39. You can enjoy the works of classic composers as performed by the Long Bay Symphony.
  40. The songs of Elvis, Prince and more are performed by their look-alikes at Legends in Concert.
  41. Myrtle Beach is home to the 70-person community choir, the Carolina Master Chorale.
  42. You can zip over the water at Go Ape Treetop Adventures and enjoy stunning views spanning six acres!
  43. Picnics and boat tours are available at America's largest outdoor sculpture garden at Brookgreen Gardens.
  44. The 2nd Avenue Pier offers fishing, delicious food, refreshing beverages, and an amazing ocean view.
  45. Parasail Express will send you 500-plus feet in the air to enjoy views of the Myrtle Beach area.
  46. There are loads of bike trails for leisure pedaling or thrill biking throughout the region.
  47. Surf the Earth on Pawleys Island offers surf camps and kayak tours.
  48. You can take a self-guided tour of stately old homes along the Historic Conway Riverfront.
  49. The Atlantic's happiest inhabitants can be viewed with the help of Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour.
  50. Radical Ropes Adventure Park lets you climb 50 feet into the trees in downtown Myrtle Beach.
  51. There’s always music and incredible scenery along Murrells Inlet Marshwalk.
  52. The 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk offers breathtaking views and plenty of dining options.
  53. If you’ve never been crabbing you can try it at Garden City Pier.
  54. A plethora of unique boutiques and other stores and restaurants await at Broadway at the Beach!
  55. The excellent Hook & Barrel Restaurant is a sustainable, eco-friendly establishment.