Not Your Average Zoo

Monday, August 5, 2013 2:53 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

As longtime locals and experts on the Myrtle Beach area , we're often asked, ‘What are some of the area's best kept secrets?' And when we're asked, one of the things we often recommend is the Waccatee Zoo , or Waccatee Zoological Farm , to be exact. The zoo is located within 500 acres of private, preserved and wooded property where the Waccamaw River, Intracoastal Waterway and Socastee Creek come together. Along the many winding trails, visitors to the zoo will find thousands of animals representing over 100 species from buffalo to zebra to…

There are a number of amazing restaurants along the Grand Strand to choose from, and one of them is the Sea Captain's House in Myrtle Beach . It's the finest, freshest catches the Atlantic Ocean has to offer, coupled with a picturesque view of that beautiful blue water. All of these wonderful courses that locals and visitors have come to love over 50 years are being prepared by executive chef Andrew Gardo and his staff. Gardo has worked at the Sea Captain's House for 14 years and considers seafood his forte. A Pennsylvania native, he's…

Where can you expect to see the Blues Brothers, Elvis, Tina Turner, Steven Tyler and Michael Jackson all at the same time? Actually, they're impersonators, but we're not going to nitpick. Especially not when they're belting out these legendary artists' biggest hits. Legends in Concert is still going strong 30 years after its debut as a limited six-week engagement in Las Vegas in 1983. The ultimate celebrity tribute show has also changed its game here in Myrtle Beach , opening a new state-of-the-art theater at Broadway at the Beach . This…

Breaking the Record was Icing on the Cake

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:50 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Icing isn't the easiest thing to get out of your clothes. No, this isn't an advertisement for a new detergent or washing machine. It's simply something many of us came to realize after celebrating the city of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce's 75 th anniversary on July 20. To make this event even more special, we set out to break the Guinness World Record for the largest cupcake tower. The standing record was over 15 feet in height. Our motto might as well have been "go big or go home," because the size of the…

Warm Water, Fun Times

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:55 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Did you know that during the summer months, ocean water along Myrtle Beach area shoreline is about 20°F warmer than ?the ocean water along New York beaches? In fact, over the last 30 years the highest temperature Grand Strand ocean water has reached was 88°F, and it was in July! With July comes warm water, and with warm water comes the perfect time to indulge in some of the area's best watersports . With water temperatures in the eighties, there's no excuse not to explore the open sea. From SCUBA diving , parasailing , and kayaking to banana…

Hungry, Hungry Hippo

Friday, July 19, 2013 2:00 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

To us, not much says vacation like a fresh-squeezed margarita. While there are many fantastic places to enjoy the popular summer cocktail in the Myrtle Beach area, one of our favorites is Nacho Hippo Cantina Maximo . That's why we were thrilled to hear that-as part of Myrtle Beach International Airport's terminal expansion project-the restaurant opened up their second Grand Strand location inside the airport's new terminal. Those flying into and out of Myrtle Beach International now do so in a first-class atmosphere thanks to the $118 million…

In an effort to promote Myrtle Beach's accommodations, restaurants and attractions to the widest audience possible, VisitMyrtleBeach.com began using the Google Display Network to increase awareness about the destination. Since this initiative began, the Google Display Network drives one-third of the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's site traffic. Using the display also enhances the branding efforts of Myrtle Beach's television ads. The Google Display Network has also allowed the CVB to block their ads from sites that are…

Think it's easy to break a Guinness World Record? No, it's definitely not a walk in the park. After all, they don't call them world records for nothing. On July 20, both the city of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are celebrating their milestone 75 th anniversaries. We're making this a party to remember. Our world record attempt? Only the biggest cupcake structure known to man, one that will be comprised of over 7,500 cupcakes. We need help with putting this behemoth together, and that's where the stars of…

One of our favorite activities along the Grand Strand is kayaking . Whether on a tour or solo rental, we've always thought that kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the natural side of the Myrtle Beach area. But some area outfitters also offer much more than kayaking for those looking to explore the outdoors, and Plantation Island Tours , located at Tilghman's Point in Little River is one such business. Plantation Island Tours offers daily UTV rides, surf fishing expeditions, eco tours, summer day camps and kayaking tours all on the…

One of our favorite attractions in the Myrtle Beach area is the Children's Museum of South Carolina , which is why we were thrilled to learn that beginning this past June 30, the museum began opening its doors to visitors on Sundays from 12-5 p.m. Educational and interactive, the Children's Museum of South Carolina is a wonderful addition to the Grand Strand as thousands of local visitors and tourists pass through the doors each year. For days when you may need a break from the sun or clouds are in the sky, the Children's Museum of South…