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Unique Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

  By  Ashley Daniels
People sitting on benches at Atalaya Castle

We know there is a checklist of the must-sees in Myrtle Beach that everyone writes about: our beaches, our water sports, our family attractions and entertainment, and our endless dining options. But we wanted to dig deeper to reveal a list of some unique, unexpected treasures to see and do while you’re here at the beach.

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1. Try to Escape

New to Broadway at the Beach, The Escape Game is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy a little challenge and put their critical thinking skills to the test! Choose from a variety of different themed rooms and get as many hints as you want as you unravel the puzzle to escape. 

2. Take a Segway Tour

For a twist on touring the beach, get off your feet and step foot instead onto a Segway with Myrtle Beach Segway. The company gives one- to two-hour tours on Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) in several areas of the Grand Strand, including the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, and The Market Common, where the company is based (self-guided).

3. Take a Cooking Class

Why not get a real taste of Myrtle Beach by signing up for a cooking class? The International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, a culinary school located on the campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College, offers several weekly cooking courses in the spring and summer that cover a wide variety of cuisine for kids and adults who have a wide range of skills in the kitchen.

4. Go Horseback Riding

Horse lovers, nature lovers, and history lovers will fall in love a horseback riding excursion on the beach. Inlet Point Plantation based in North Myrtle Beach offers rides year-round, oceanfront or on the waterway, with several different options for ages 7 and up of all skill levels. Dating back to 1861, the plantation itself is rooted in history, thought to once be home to Blackbeard and an army of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, so the ride is destined to be memorable.

5. Hop on a Helicopter Tour

For only $20, you can take off on a helicopter ride to see Myrtle Beach from the sky! The price of the flight is low, but the aircraft are maintained to the highest FAA standards, and the pilots are commercially rated with many years of military and civilian experience. All you need is your beautiful self and a friend or family member to enjoy the sky-high views of the Grand Strand coastline.

6. Sip in a Speakeasy

Yes, Myrtle Beach has its own distillery, complete with a speakeasy that you can sit, sip, and experience if you take the VIP tour at Twelve 33 Distillery. They produce a full lineup of handcrafted spirits from locally sourced ingredients, which will not disappoint. The VIP Tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look into the distillery, guided by one of their pros who will walk you through the entire distilling process and end in their speakeasy for a flight and signature cocktail.

7. Eat Chicken Bog

A staple dish of the Myrtle Beach area is one that you may have never heard of before - chicken bog! Made from chicken, sausage, rice and secret spices, this one pot dish will warm your belly and your soul. You can find it on the menu at many local places around town like Big Mike's Soul Food in Myrtle Beach, or Shorty's Grill in Loris. 

8. Learn How to Shag Dance

We’re not sure what you were thinking, but we’re referring to learning the shag dance, South Carolina’s state dance, and Myrtle Beach is considered its birthplace. If you’d like to try it for yourself, the longstanding Fat Harold’s Beach Club on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach spins beach music and teaches shag dance classes weekly.

9. See Some Hot Wheels

There are a couple of ways for car lovers to get their fix in Myrtle Beach. Wheels of Yesteryear is stocked with wall-to-wall vintage and classic cars. And, if you’re visiting the beach in the spring, the Run to the Sun Car Show takes up rows and rows and acres of classic cars and hot rods near the oceanfront in mid-March.

10. Discover a Castle

Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is home to Atalaya Castle, which dates back to 1931. The castle, boasting Spanish-style architecture, was the mastermind of Archer Huntington and served as the winter residence for him and his wife, sculpture artist Anna Huntington. You’ll be wowed at each turn of this tour.

Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels of Myrtle Beach is a full-time freelance writer, editor, wife, and mother of three sons (not necessarily in that order), and two fur babies. A native of Eastern PA, Ashley received her bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Today, her folio boasts nearly 25 years of regional and nationally published printed magazine features, blogs, and web copy for a lineup of clients on the East Coast, and ADDY award-winning copywriting. For more info, visit