With such a variety of exciting things to see and do, it's no wonder so many people return to Myrtle Beach time and again. Blessed with beautiful beaches, fascinating history and gracious culture, Myrtle Beach offers an astounding array of activities for the whole family—water parks, amusement parks and NASCAR® SpeedPark; historic plantations, antique museums and The Children's Museum; exhibits of unique oddities and fascinating aquatic life at Ripley's Believe It or Not!® Museum and Ripley's Aquarium; foot-stomping, heart-pounding live entertainment and dinner shows; and shopping widely regarded as among region's best.
The Grand Strand
From your comfortable villa at Sheraton Broadway Plantation, you're within minutes of all the beach, ocean and sport recreation that make South Carolina's Grand Strand a preferred vacation escape, with outstanding boating and fishing, over 100 championship golf courses, and the beautiful white-sand shores of Myrtle Beach itself, named "Best Beach in the U.S." by TripAdvisor.com readers.
Huntington Beach State Park
Unspoiled beaches, a freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and maritime forest comprise over 2,500 acres of native flora, fauna and divers birds at this oceanfront state park named for the noted American sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington, who made her castle home here. Enjoy a breezy walk or guided Segway tour along miles of scenic coastal hiking trails and rich shelling down a gentle shore.
Art, nature and history are harmoniously blended at Brookgreen Gardens, a 9,000-acre national landmark where you can wander through the world's largest collection of American sculpture set in a paradisal outdoor setting of majestic oaks, intimate arbors and stunning garden compositions, cruise on a pontoon down historic rice fields and observe wildlife at the respected Lowcountry Zoo.
Myrtle Beach is a seat for some of the South's most exciting live entertainment—from extravagant variety shows like Calvin Gilmore's acclaimed The Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre's popular ONE, The New Show to themed dinners like the high-energy, rat-pack-era Dino's TV Variety Show and the adventurous Pirates Voyage.
Complementing unique specialty shops you'll find at the adjacent Broadway at the Beach complex, two nearby Tanger Outlet malls promise deep discounts on top brands through factory stores, with over 100 brand name outlets at each Myrtle Beach location and even more substantial savings in a free Tanger coupon book and voucher available through the resort's Vacation Services desk.
Can-Am Days (March)
For over half a century, this Myrtle Beach festival has celebrated Canadian and American cultures with a full week-long canon of eclectic events ranging from music concerts of brass, chorale, barbershop and spiritual singers, to regional shows featuring a sea of dolls and bears or classic cars at Run to the Sun, to festive dances, parades and celebrations in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo (April – October)
This free, long-standing event awards monthly commemorative and cash prizes for great catches reeled in from pier, surf, inlet or deep sea and includes the popular Take a Kid Fishing Tournament in late October, with location and age categories for child/adult teams, an exciting opportunity to share the love of fishing with the next generation of anglers.
Myrtle Beach MayFest (May)
The Sun Fun Celebration of Summer kicks off the season with exciting MayFest events along Myrtle Beach's new 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk, from beachfront food and wine festivals to live entertainment and music, including the annual Beach Blast! Christian Music Festival around mid-month.
Pelicans Baseball (April – September)
A minor league affiliate in the Carolina League, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the current farm team for the Texas Rangers, playing home games at BB&T Coastal Field, a family-friendly ballpark with a speed pitch, obstacle course and moon bounce to enjoy on the concourse. In February, the field also hosts Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon and Baseball at the Beach collegiate baseball tournament.
Beach, Boogie & BBQ (September)
This family-friendly festival caps off the Sun Fun Celebration of Summer in Myrtle Beach, with free live entertainment, wake board demonstrations, free boat rides and appearances by celebrity chefs complementing the main attraction: mouthwatering barbecued eats from racks of the country's finest southern-style cooks and vendors, competing in an official champion cook-off.