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17 Unique Experiences You Can ONLY Try in Myrtle Beach

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
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One of the best parts about vacation is seeing or trying something you’ve never done before. Myrtle Beach and the greater Grand Strand area have many unique and special attractions only found here, making them a must-try experience! From gardens to the ocean and good sightseeing, make a note of these for your next trip.

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1. Seakart Adventure

Welcoming the first of its kind, you can now ride like a jet ski inside the comfort of a boat. It’s a thrilling adventure to try in Murrells Inlet, swerving through the water alongside the beautiful Carolina marshes. With this first-of-its-kind U.S. attraction, you and two others can ride safely and easily in a Seakart for one hour.

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2. Myrtle Beach SkyWheel & Sunrise Flights

Maybe you have been on a ferris wheel before, maybe even one close to 200 feet high like the SkyWheel. However, have you ever had breakfast and coffee in the sky, overlooking the ocean as the sun rises? Featuring the new sunrise flights at the SkyWheel, come indulge in coffee and pastries as you experience a 30-minute ride with breathtaking views.

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3. Tiki Tours

If you like to pair your water experiences with a drink, grab your group and try the new paddle pub. The Friki Tiki Jr. is an 18-passenger boat that cruises the Intracoastal Waterway. BYOB and food to enjoy the Myrtle Beach sunset with friends in a topical-themed party boat. The packages include coolers, ice, a large sound system, charging ports, and some great views.  

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4. Dolphin Cruises & Eco Tours

Be prepared to learn about the Atlantic’s bottlenose dolphins and possibly be close enough to get splashed by one! On these tours, guests venture into the ocean where dolphins, turtles, fish, and other creatures are nearly close enough to touch. A guide will take you and your group out on your boat of choice while you learn and discover these intelligent creatures.

local's fav Myrtle Beach Segway
5. Myrtle Beach Segway

On a hot sunny day, tour Myrtle Beach on a scooter instead of walking on foot. Offering tours in North Myrtle Beach, Market Commons, and Huntington Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach Segway wants everyone to explore the area with eco-friendly transportation. Glide through parks, restaurants, and stores, with this attraction.

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6. Barefoot Queen Riverboat

Join the Barefoot Queen to embark on a journey along the Intracoastal Waterway. Featuring a new water adventure with options like a scenic day tour, or lunch and dinner cruises, this is your chance to sit back and enjoy the views.  There are different decks to choose from and a fully equipped bar that has drinks available for purchase.

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7. Brookgreen Gardens

One of the Grand Strand's must-see attractions is the remarkable Brookgreen Gardens. Once a plantation converted into a garden with various sculptures and exhibitions has been a cultural center in the area since it opened in 1932. Spend a few hours walking through this green space, and maybe even opt for a tour to learn more about the rich history of this spot and everything it has to offer.   

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8. J & L Kayaking

One of the best ways to get up close to the local marine life is by taking a kayak tour with J&L. Offering guides in both Little River and Huntington Beach State Park, you have the chance to learn about the marshes, different sea creatures, and opt for a sunset tour to see the Carolina sun while paddling. Groups are kept small so everyone can enjoy their experience to the fullest!

9. Horseback Riding on The Beach

Spend a day or evening on horseback while exploring the wonders of the Grand Strand. Whether it’s galloping through the woods or treading along the oceanside, no one will forget the day of excitement you’ll have. Reserve a spot and search to find a tour that best suits you and your group.

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10. Coastal Bonfire Co.

If you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to have a bonfire on the beach, congratulations, now you can! Coastal Bonfire Co. allows groups to rent various fire pit services to enjoy a nice, cozy evening near the ocean. Whether it’s a group of people or a date night, many packages are available, and yes, some of them include a s’mores kit.

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11. Beachfront Luxury Picnics

Instead of going to a restaurant on vacation like everyone else, try opting for something unique like a luxury picnic on the beach. Choose from various packages that will create a dinner set including pillows, candles, chairs, cutlery, and food, making it a photo-worthy experience you’ll dream of having again. The best part is that everything is already set up and then taken down afterward, all you do is reserve a spot.

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12. Free Fall Thrill Park

Just a block from the beach, you can ride the slingshot at the free fall thrill park. It’s the most intense ride in the area, shooting people 300 feet into the air, and propelling at nearly 120 miles an hour. If you’re one for stomach-dropping experiences and extreme rides, you’ll love nothing more than this. The park also has other extreme rides that do 360 rotations, reaching you so high that you can see the ocean while you’re above the buildings.

local's fav Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
14. Golfing at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

This golf course featuring oak trees and blue streams is known for its design and scenery. It’s consistently been ranked in the “Top 100” lists in Golf, Golf Digest, and Golfweek Magazines since it opened in 1994. Even if golf isn’t your game, make a trip to the clubhouse for a meal at the Caledonia Grillroom that overlooks the marshes and Intracoastal Waterway.

local's fav Heritage Club
15. Heritage Golf Club

It’s not every day you can play golf on land that used to be a rice and indigo plantation. Heritage Golf Club brings in people from around the country, and it’s no surprise. Trees are lining the property that once divided Mr. Pawley’s (who Pawleys Island is named after) house from the rest of the plantation. Now, when you play, Mr. Pawley’s grave is off the fourth hole, and a slave cemetery is off the eighth tee. This historical aspect plus picturesque views is enough to justify playing a round.

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16. Hammock Shops Village

In 1889, a Riverboat Captain named Joshua John Ward made a cotton-rope hammock that people soon fell in love with. So, years later in 1938, his family opened The Original Hammock Shop. Now, at the Hammock Shop Village in Pawleys Island, you can watch craftsmen weave together hammocks. There are also boutique stores and crafts to browse while in the area.

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17. Sandy Island Preserve

The Grand Strand is home to the largest protected freshwater island on the East Coast. Belonging to the Gullah people, an African American ethnic group in the Lowcountry, this community preserves the way of life of the Gullah culture by staying away from the operations of the modern world. Make a reservation to discover this way of living and the different plant species on this island that are only accessible by boat.

Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.