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UFOs in Myrtle Beach? 10 Space-Themed Activities to Try on Your Next Trip

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
UFO in Myrtle Beach?

For many years, South Carolina has been the leading state in the Southeast for UFO sightings.

Myrtle Beach, specifically, has been the city that has seen some of the most extraterrestrial signals in the sky from tourists and locals alike. There have been a few news stories recently that have also mentioned the city and its being a hotspot for UFO activity. Since there have been so many accounts of sightings, there is a Facebook group dedicated to this phenomenon called “Myrtle Beach UFO Sightings" where over 500 members contribute what they have witnessed across the Grand Strand.

From time to time, local news outlets have tried to dig into this unexplained phenomenon that continually creates buzz with visitors and locals alike.

Just recently, news station WBTW covered some “firsthand accounts of UFO sightings in Horry County,” with reports from several people that have sent in their reports of seeing things in the sky. People including tourists, ex-military, law officials and more have all reported seeing orange lights in the air that moved and circulated like nothing they had seen before.

The topic was also covered recently on the popular local podcast, Dispatches from Myrtle Beach, hosted by Link Neal — a noted YouTuber of "Good Mythical Morning" and "Rhett & Link" fame — and his dad Charles Neal, who is lives in North Myrtle Beach. The pair discussed whether Charles has seen any UFOs since living in the Myrtle Beach area, talk about their accounts of sightings and try to decipher the situation of whether extra-terrestrials visit The Grand Strand.

Adding to the area's long lore on the existence of UFOs, a local museum called Encounters: UFO Experience, once highlighted ancient evidence that proved aliens exist. The attraction, which was located at Broadway at The Beach in the summers of 2013 and 2014, aimed to tie science to extraterrestrial creatures and also features various alien-related pop culture pieces including props from sci-fi movies and more. 

Whether you're a true believer that is sure we're not alone in the universe, or just a casual fan that likes to revel in the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, Myrtle Beach is definitely a destination for you. 

Here are a list of some great space-related attractions and activities related to unexplained phenomena that you can enjoy while visiting The Beach. Who knows, if you look hard enough you may just be the next one to spot a UFO flying over the Atlantic here in Myrtle Beach!

UFO House
1. Visit The UFO House
1566 S. Waccamaw Drive, Murrells Inlet

Created in 1976, this house is known by locals as “The UFO House” because its shape resembles a saucer. It was designed to be hurricane-proof by Miami architect Peter Vander Klout for winds up to 300 mph, and it has held to that statement. During the numerous hurricanes that have taken place over the years, it’s one of the only structures that’s always remained intact. 


south carolina hall of fame
2. Pay Tribute to S.C. Astronauts
South Carolina Hall of Fame, 2101 N Oak St, Myrtle Beach

The S.C. Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach holds tribute to two South Carolinians who have walked the moon. One is Ronald Erwin McNair who was one of the first black astronauts selected by NASA’s space program in 1978. Then, in 1984, he went on an eight-day mission aboard the Challenger to deploy two communication satellites. Later in 1986, he and his crew members died in the Challenger right after liftoff. The other is Charles Duke who was and still is the youngest person to walk on the moon. He was 36 years old, and his moon boots can be found imprinted in front of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.


Ripley's Illusion Lab room with man's head on table
3. Explore Ripley's Odditorium

901 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach

If you’ve never been transported to another planet or witnessed things that are so strange that they feel like they are from out of this world, Ripley’s Believe It or Not will have you feeling like that as soon as you step inside. Featuring all sorts of unique things like a “Vortex Tunnel” and ancient mummies, you can easily lose yourself inside. You can also participate in the Crazy Golf and Illusion Lab which will have you feeling all sorts of crazy, weird things that you’ve never imagined.


4. Discover Space at WonderWorks
1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Located at Broadway at the Beach, WonderWorks has many exhibits that will make you question why things happen the way they do. It has a zero gravity area that you can experience plus a Space Discovery Zone. Here you can explore the suits that astronauts wear in space, try a two-person gyroscope that will spin you around as a simulation reflecting how it feels to be in space, and much more!


Escape Game Timeliner room two people with hands in tubes, what's in there?
5. Escape a Space-Themed Room
Various Locations at The Beach

Hurry! You only have one hour to escape before your spaceship gets stuck and you have no return to earth. Featuring the Riddles Escape Room, here you can travel through the galaxy on the Spaceship Tavos 7 with panoramic views, prepared meals, and a personal assistant while conducting scientific experiments. If you’re searching for something a little more down to earth, check out The Escape Game’s Time Travel room, where you will have the chance to hop between Jurassic and Medieval times plus everything in between.  

Hickey's InterActive laser tag
6. Play Laser Tag
Various locations around The Beach

Many laser tag arenas in Myrtle Beach are futuristic and space-themed. You can head to Stars and Strikes and navigate its two-story arena that will make you feel like you’ve stepped inside an action film. Or go to the Fun Warehouse for a few rounds of roller skating and then a round of laser tag at just $12 a game. Lastly, you can visit Hickey’s InterActive where a VR headset is incorporated into the laser tag experience, making it heart-pounding and twice as fun.

7. Eat Like an Astronaut
Sugar Life Ice Cream & Candy Bar, 3105 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach

If your UFO search has you craving sweets, Sugar Life Candy has the perfect treat for you. Serving astronaut ice cream sandwiches, you can pick from mint chocolate chip, vanilla, or cookies and cream. They are freeze-dried, so there’s no need for a refrigerator – you’ll really feel like you’re preparing to enter outer space! The establishment also has other UFO-themed candies that you can scout out when browsing the store.

8. Meet Alien, Predator & More!
Hollywood Wax Museum, 1808 21st Ave N., Myrtle Beach

There’s no way you’re a fan of UFOs and other life forms, and you haven’t seen the classic Hollywood movies Alien or Predator! The Wax Museum lets you see all your favorite characters from these films up close. You can take photos with Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek along with many others during your visit.


9. Experience Ingram Planetarium
7625 High Market St, Sunset Beach, NC

Just over the North Carolina border is the Ingram Planetarium. It’s about 45 minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach — closer if you're on the north end of the Grand Strand — but it’s definitely worth the trip! Featuring a large planetarium with laser light shows and videos that teach about the depths of space, other planets, astronauts, and our solar system. If you’ve never done something like this before, it’s surely an experience you won’t forget.  

10. Go Stargazing on the Beach
All across the Grand Strand

Of course Myrtle Beach is a prime destination to catch sight of UFOs, but where should you go to search? According to The Sun News, stargazing at the Huntington Beach State Park is an ideal spot because it’s a little further off the beaten path and away from most of the city lights. Also, the Playcard Environmental Education Center in Loris is the prime area to seek out stars and the night sky. It is centered in the woods, completely closed off from light pollution. However, the establishment is only open to the public on an event basis, so check their pages to see when the next stargazing night is happening.

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.