About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug. 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
Piers & Boardwalks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Rides & Activities, Observation Decks & Towers
Starting near the North Carolina Border at Little River, the Grand Strand stretches 60 miles to the south, with Myrtle Beach as its bustling hub. On these white sands you'll find plenty of fun in the sun, from sailing and surfing to sunbathing and shell hunting. You can also fish, shop, or simply stroll along the Strand.
Winding 1.2 miles from the 14th Avenue Pier to the 2nd Avenue Pier, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade hugs the beach. In addition to myriad places to shop and eat, you'll also find wild entertainments, from the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel to the Nightmare Haunted House. Throughout the summer, the Boardwalk's abuzz with festivals and events, including a 'Kids' Carnival' every Monday night, fireworks off the 2nd Avenue Pier on Wednesday nights, live music, and much more.
Part of a larger amusement park, the Family Kingdom is the only oceanfront park on the Grand Strand. It features more than 35 rides, from classic wooden rollercoasters to bumper cars to a 100-foot free fall — a thrilling way to get some amazing views of the ocean!
For some of the best views in Myrtle Beach, take a turn on the SkyWheel, a Ferris wheel on the Boardwalk that takes you 200 feet above sea level.
Unlike many of the restaurants on the Grand Strand, SeaBlue is more 'fine dining' than 'family.' Order a martini and enjoy a menu that highlights the best from the ocean that you enjoyed all day today. The 'under-the-sea' atmosphere completes the effect here.
Myrtle Beach is famous for its golf courses — both PGA-style greens and goofy mini-golf versions! There are several mini-golf options along the Grand Strand, each with its own unique theme. Mt. Atlanticus is one of the wackiest of them all, complete with its own mythology (about having broken off from the lost city of Atlantis and floated up to Myrtle Beach...) Its two courses (the Conch and the Mintoaur) offer plenty of challenges, and along the way you'll spot minotaurs, Elvis, sea monsters, and more.
Yes, Broadway on the Beach definitely caters to the tourists, but where else could you spend your entire day browsing through shops, stocking up on candy, riding a mechanical bull, feeding the fish, zip-lining and more? There is enough here to keep your entire group occupied for hours.
Craft beer is consistently gaining popularity, and sampling a local brew (or several) is a great way to get a taste of a town. New South Brewing has been brewing some of Myrtle Beach's favorite beers since 1998. On their brewery tour, you'll learn how these tasty beers are made, and then get to try a few samples to decide your favorite.
You can't visit Myrtle Beach without visiting Peaches Corner. This hot dog stand has been serving its famous chili dogs and cheeseburger baskets since 1937, and though Myrtle Beach has changed, the menu at Peaches remains almost the same. Head in for a taste of the past, and enjoy great people-watching from the counter stools.
Ripley's Aquarium is a great place to get 'up close and personal' (from behind the safety of a sheet of glass) with denizens of the deep. From petting pools to a Dangerous Reef exhibit featuring turtles, eels, and huge sharks, Ripley's offers adventure and discovery for kids of all ages.
Start your last day with a bit of quiet time at Myrtle Beach State Park. Consisting of 312 acres of land at the southern end of the city, the park offers walking trails, fishing piers, picnic tables, and a nature center where you can learn about the park and its inhabitants.
The South Carolina Civil War Museum houses three different collections and an impressive selection of period firearms and edged weapons. You'll also see a cannon carriage from the Rockbridge Artillery unit that supported Confederate General Stonewall Jackson.
Part restaurant, part art gallery, the Collector's Cafe and Gallery displays artwork from local artists while serving up cuisine that is equally artistic. The menu changes frequently, but it always features tasty, healthy fare with a creative twist.
Wrap up your Myrtle Beach vacation with an unforgettable show at the Carolina Opry. For more than 30 years, the Carolina Opry has played host to a wide range of entertainment acts, including musicals, variety shows, and comedy. You might check out a musical revue of tunes from the '60s or a laser and dance show. Of course, the classic Carolina Opry, an award-winning music/comedy/dance extravaganza, is always a hit too!