Myrtle Beach Tourist Information and Tourism

(Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - SC, USA)

Myrtle Beach lies on the northeastern side of South Carolina (SC), at the center of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile / 96-km oceanfront area. The city of Myrtle Beach is a popular spring break location, also attracting thousands of holiday makers and families throughout the year.

This area is home to some of the world's most spectacular beaches and coastlines, and Myrtle Beach is also known for its exceptional golf courses, seafood restaurants, waterparks, seafront parasailing, water sports, shopping districts and lively nightspots. Myrtle Beach is a fairly young city and was incorporated in 1938, being granted city status in 1957.

Tourism is an important part of life in Myrtle Beach and the city's main tourist information outlet is the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which can be found on North Oak Street. Offering a range of tourism information and details about the city's many tourist attractions, transportation network, opening hours and eating out, the tourist information office also provides up-to-date tourism and things to do in the city's main districts of Central Myrtle Beach, Conway, Little River, Murells Inlet and Pawleys Island, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.

Hotels in Myrtle Beach are widespread and suit a range of budgets, with the most desirable hotels offering superb coastal views that seem almost endless. Many hotels can be found around 48th Avenue North, Grande Dunes Boulevard, North Withers Drive, Waccamaw Boulevard and Waccamaw Pines Drive, and also nearby Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), which is some 5 km / 3 miles from the city center. Accommodation rates vary greatly throughout the year, peaking between mid-June and mid-August, when Myrtle Beach vacation rentals and oceanfront condos are at their most popular. At the opposite end of the lodging spectrum, camping sites and cabins are available in the state park, which lies to the south. More information about Myrtle Beach Hotels.

Myrtle Beach contains many popular tourist attractions, including the IMAX Discovery Theater - an enormous cinema screening many realistic adventures; Myrtle Waves Water Park - full of sensational waterslides and rides; Myrtle Beach's NASCAR SpeedPark - with racing, video arcades, miniature golf and also rock climbing; Ripley's Aquarium - an appealing collection of aquatic life, including large sharks and feeding information; and Ripley's Motion Moving Theater - a truly unique cinema experience featuring 3D glasses.

Other tourist attractions in Myrtle Beach include the Medieval Times Castle - home to Medieval feasting, jousting and festivities for all the family; the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier - a popular spot for fishing, with picturesque surrounding scenery; Governor's Lighthouse - with an observation tower offering panoramic views of the Myrtle Beach coastline; Hampton Plantation State Historic Site - featuring a Georgian-style mansion and impressive gardens; and Myrtle Beach's Brookgreen Gardens - once plantation land, now vast landscaped gardens known for its stylish sculptures located around the preserve. More information about Myrtle Beach Tourist Attractions and Myrtle Beach Landmarks.

Some of the best museums and art galleries in Myrtle Beach include Ripley's Believe It or Not - housing a large collection of extremely unusual and surprising exhibits, including a large shark tank; Horry County Museum - housing many seasonal displays by local artists and some important Myrtle Beach artifacts; the Myrtle Beach National Wax Museum - home to many lifelike waxworks of celebrities and scary creatures; the Rice Museum - with information and exhibits about the history of the south's important rice industry; the South Carolina Hall of Fame - celebrating the lives of important Myrtle Beach residents over the years; the Children's Museum of South Carolina - offering a host of hands-on activities for children of all ages; and the Franklin G. Burroughs, Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - a major public art gallery, with a large permanent collection of paintings and sculptures. More information about Myrtle Beach Museums and Myrtle Beach Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions close to Myrtle Beach include Carolina Safari Jeep Tours - an exciting way to learn more information about the Myrtle Beach region; the Alligator Adventure - containing more than 800 alligators, together with tortoises, reptiles and exotic birds; the Paradise Skate Center - a large and popular large skating facility located in the Surfside Beach area; and Cherry Grove Fishing Pier - an extremely long pier and one of the area's best places for fishing and strolling. More information about Myrtle Beach Attractions Nearby.

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