Dinosaurs and the Grand Strand: Attractions at Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach has earned a reputation for being any amusement park lover’s dream vacation destination. Enthusiastic fans of theme park rides, interactive exhibits, miles of sandy beaches, and Southern charm will find more than their share of thrills in and around this 60-mile stretch of coast. We’ve put together a list of the latest and greatest in Myrtle Beach attractions, including experiences new for 2017.
- Broadway at the Beach – Despite the name, Broadway at the Beach has absolutely nothing to do with show tunes. It is, in fact, a one-stop shop for some of the area’s best in vacation entertainment. From attractions like Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park to nostalgic amusement park rides, there’s an exciting experience to satisfy everyone. In fact, it may take a few days to see and do everything Broadway at the Beach has to offer.
- Dinosaurs: The Exhibition – They say that it’s been more than 60 million years since dinosaurs roamed the earth, but the prehistoric giants have been spotted right here in Myrtle Beach! Through full-scale animatronics, the dinosaur exhibit at Broadway at the Beach is an exceptional interactive attraction that gives kids (and adults) an opportunity to get up close and personal with 25 handmade replicas of these prehistoric creatures. Will you be ready to hear their roars and see them get up and move right before your eyes?
- WonderWorks – Want to turn your vacation to Myrtle Beach upside down? Invert reality as your imagination runs wild at the WonderWorks amusement park at Broadway at the Beach. This mentally challenging and physically exhilarating indoor facility is highly recognizable as you approach – it’s the only structure that actually appears to have been built entirely upside down. The architecture should tell you all you need to know about what to expect from the more than 100 interactive exhibits and experiences inside.
- Ripley’s Aquarium – Head to Ripley’s® Aquarium to spend a fun-filled night camping with your kids in Dangerous Reef Tunnel. Thousands of sea creatures including giant stingrays, sea turtles and sharks swim all around you in crystal-clear water—they’re so close you’ll feel like you can reach out and touch them.
- The Grand Strand – As the principal hub of the 60 miles of Atlantic coast known as the Grand Strand, its beachfront boardwalk features the old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park and SkyWheel, one of the country’s highest Ferris wheels. It’s also got plenty of arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, and draws visitors from all over the world. The Grand Strand is packed during the summer months, but less so during fall and winter. Broadway at the Beach, a popular shopping and recreation destination, is the home of more than 100 stores, 20 restaurants, 10 nightclubs and 15 attractions.
Coming in 2017: Dave & Buster’s – kind of an adult Chuck E Cheese, this indoor amusement center has tons of arcade games of the ticket-dispensing and non ticket-dispensing variety, as well as pool, air hockey and a brew pub complete with large-screen TVs to watch sports.