Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is an incredibly popular family vacation destination on the East Coast. But did you know that it is also a great spot for millennials? I grew up vacationing in Myrtle Beach and I find it just as enjoyable now, at 25 years old, as I did at 10 years old. Here are 13 things for millennials to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
1. Attend A Festival At La Belle Amie Wine Vineyard
The La Belle Amie Vineyard (home of Twisted Sisters Muscadine Wine) hosts 31 festivals a year. Festivals take place on Saturdays from 12 to 5 and admission is $5 to $10. Valentine Bonfire, Winter Parrot Head, Remember When Oldies Fest, Island Fever Music, and WineStock are just some of the festival themes. Be sure to visit with Ms. Vicki, the Vineyard owner. She is the perfect hostess!
Read about our visit to La Belle Amie.
2. Shop At Pawleys Island
25 miles South of Myrtle Beach is Pawleys Island, one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. The shopping here is fantastic! Be sure to visit the Pawleys Island Hammock Shop (birthplace of the Pawleys Island rope hammock), Litchfield Books, Christopher’s Fine Jewelry (“Little Tiffany’s of the Tidelands”), Kudzu Bakery, Harvest Commons (more than 50 vendors selling anything you could want), Pawleys Island Outdoors, and Island Art Gallery (home to more than 20 local artists).
3. Have Breakfast At Croissants Bistro & Bakery
For the best breakfast in Myrtle Beach, head to Croissants Bistro & Bakery. In business since 1995, Croissants serves quality comfort foods at affordable prices. Crepes, Benedicts, Bananas Foster French Toast, Shrimp & Grits, Pennsylvania Dutch Style Pancakes, and Croque Madame are just some of the breakfast menu items.
4. Attend A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Game
The Pelicans are Myrtle Beach’s Minor League Baseball team. This Class A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs plays from April to September. Although seeing the 2016 Southern Division Carolina League Champion Pelicans play is enough of a draw, the concessions at TicketReturn.com Field will blow you away. Named after the intersections at Wrigley Field, “Clark and Addison Grille” serves Chicago influenced food like Italian Beef Sandwiches, Deep Dish Pizza Burgers, and Chicago-Style Hot Dogs.
5. Kayak With Black River Outdoors
Black River Outdoors offers two or four-hour kayaking adventures. There are six to choose from: Cypress Swamp Tour (easiest), Georgetown Harbor History Tour (from Native Americans to today), Huntington Beach State Park Salt Marsh Tour (learn about Salt Marsh Ecosystems), Salt Marsh Tour (see birds, oysters, crabs, sea turtles, and dolphins), Sandy Island/Cypress Swamp Tour (spend 45 minutes walking through a long leaf pine sandhill), or kayak during a Full Moon.
Fishing and Birding outings are also offered by Black River Outdoors.
6. Do A Wine Tasting At Duplin Winery
Come experience the “Sweet Side of Myrtle Beach” (next to Alligator Adventure and Barefoot Landing) Monday through Saturday. Opt for Duplin Winery’s $10 Deluxe tasting: sample ten of Duplin’s Muscadine wines, enjoy gourmet crackers and dip, keep your wine glass, and have a serving of wine afterwards. When you are finished, shop Duplin Winery’s retail store (selling all of Duplin’s wine, Sweetzers, Gourmet foods, and wine accessories) and watch the bottling process.
7. See A Show At The Calvin Gilmore Theater
A visit to Myrtle Beach is not complete without seeing a show at the Calvin Gilmore Theater. There are six performances to choose from: The Carolina Opry (voted the top attraction in Myrtle Beach by CNBC), Time Warp, Thunder & Light, Pure Magic, Christmas Show of the South, and the Light Laser Show. Come experience the best live entertainment in town!
8. Eat An Affordable, Yet Delicious, Burger At River City Cafe
With seven locations in the Myrtle Beach area, eating at River City Cafe should be on every visitor’s agenda. Start your meal with some World Famous Onion Rings, Pickle Nickels, or Gravy Fries and a glass of Sweet Tea. Then, enjoy one of River City Cafe’s fresh, never frozen ground beef burgers in one of more than 20 creations (such as California Pizza, Cheetos, Peanut Butter, Nacho Crunch, Fried Mac and Cheese, Surf N Turf, and Texas BBQ).
9. Explore Murrells Inlet On The BrewBoat
The EastCoast BrewBoat will take you along Murrells Inlet’s MarshWalk and surrounding creeks. There’s only one catch: the boat is powered by you. Bring your own food, drinks, and music to this one hour aquatic party. This is a newer attraction and one of the most fun things for millennials to do in Myrtle Beach.
10. Enjoy A Liquid Nitro Cocktail
Where else can you enjoy a liquid Nitrogen Cocktail on the beach? This restaurant’s impeccable food quality and innovative cocktails make ART a must visit. The food and drink presentations are too beautiful not to Instagram!
11. Play Classic Arcade Games On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Head to the Fun Plaza Family Fun Center and enjoy a blast from the past. Play Skee-Ball, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Roll Down, and vintage baseball pitch and bat machines. Hear the dings and bells of arcade games at this Myrtle Beach staple.
12. Have A Fantastic Seafood Dinner At The Wicked Tuna
The Wicked Tuna provides a great experience and even better food. Enjoy waterfront dining on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, beautiful views, and “Hook to Plate” fresh, local seafood. Grouper, Oysters, Shrimp, Scallops, Crab, Lobster, and Calamari are just some of The Wicked Tuna’s seafood options.
13. Stroll Around The Market Common
The Market Common is one of the nicest shopping areas in Myrtle Beach. The village setting is great for walking around and enjoying the sunshine, evening if you don’t feel like spending money. Popular stores include Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Tommy Bahama, Southern Living, Coastal Urge, Chico’s, and White House Black Market.
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