Myrtle Beach’s countless outdoor and indoor attractions and abundance of charming restaurants make the beach just as enjoyable during the wintertime as in summer. In addition to the plethora of winter attractions, the beach tends to be less populated during the colder months. Imagine getting to spend some quiet alone time with your significant other on a romantic, barefoot meander across the cool sand. Reduced crowds also mean less wait time for attractions, prime walk-in waterfront seating at any restaurant, and the rare opportunity to experience the local culture through the eyes of Myrtle Beach natives. Combine the following unrivaled activities with spectacular off-season rates at hotels like Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, and it’s guaranteed to be a worthwhile trip. Let’s explore the different avenues of fun and amusement your Myrtle Beach winter vacation has in store for you.
When it’s time to retire from your whimsical walk on the wintertime beach, look to Myrtle Beach’s variety of unique indoor attractions. Intrigue and exploration await at Ripley’s Aquarium, while invigorating shows and hilarious theatrical performances find their stages at Medieval Times and Carolina Comedy Club. Don’t let the winter blues make you miss out on countless hours of family fun and entertainment.
At Ripley’s Aquarium, all-ages exhibits enchant your kids and open your minds to outlandish discoveries! Their brand new gallery, Ocean Wonders, contains a 50-foot wall of glass and a 360-degree glass tunnel where you can see up-close a variety of exotic sea species from around the world. Move on to Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse to befriend some adorable African penguins. At Dangerous Reef, see how many 12-foot sharks you can spot in the gigantic 750,000-gallon tank. If the sharks don’t intimidate you, try petting a horseshoe crab, jellyfish or stingray! Check back with Ripley’s Aquarium for news of their upcoming seasonal events, including a Father-Daughter Dance and the Valentine’s Day four-course dinner date, Splash of Love.
Warp back in time several hundred years to the Middle Ages, when chivalry meant clashing steel on steel to win a fair lady’s heart. At Medieval Times, jaw-dropping jousting tournaments atop exquisite horses and heart-stopping sword fights test the courage and worthiness of our knights in shining armor. Majestic falcons dive and whirl in the air to teach you the art of masterly precision. While the show whisks you away into fantasy, enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Queen Isabella’s finest chefs. Dig into roast chicken, sweet buttered corn and savory tomato-bisque soup with garlic bread, washing it all down with two rounds of drinks — and let the games begin!
The stand-up routines at Carolina Comedy Club will bring tears of laughter to your eyes. The shows are for adults aged 18 and older and minors aged 15+ if accompanied by an adult. Myrtle Beach’s #1 comedy club presents household-name comedians from Showtime, Comedy Central and The Tonight Show. Plan dinner around your showtime at the club’s Back Stage Bar & Grill for some burgers, sliders and pizza, plus specialty cocktails from a full alcohol menu. Get your tickets before they are sold out to the upcoming shows featuring Marty Simpson, B.T., and James “Bodacious” Dobson.
Not all winter fun has to remain indoors! Myrtle Beach winter temperatures average around mid to upper 50’s, which is warm enough for outdoor adventures and cool enough for a nice contrast to the summer humidity. Rediscover the beach from the new perspective of an extraordinary tour, or play out your athletic skills in thrilling fantasy worlds.
Hop on a Big Red Bus tour for unconventional sightseeing and nightlife experiences of all that Myrtle Beach has to offer. The big red double-decker bus is not your average ride through town. With eight affordable holiday and all-season tour options to choose from, you can learn about the history and culture of Myrtle Beach in one go, or hop on and off the bus to spend time at the sights and attractions that speak to you. Take happy hour to the next level on the educational Wine Tour of the local vineyards or the Pub Crawl to sample the best brews in town. If you’re feeling extra spicy, belt your favorite jams from the open-air top of the bus during the Kruzin Karaoke tour! Big Red Buses are also open to custom tours for your upcoming special occasion or group vacation.
Take in the beachy coastline’s beautiful sights and sounds from atop a majestic horse with Myrtle Beach Horseback Rides. The magnificent horses are well-trained with docile temperaments, and of course, they love splashing in the shallows! Even if you don’t have any horseback riding experience, their expert tour guides will show you what to do, while recounting stories and fascinating facts about the area’s historical sites and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, pelicans, starfish, whales, sea turtles and other oceanic creatures. For over 15 years, Myrtle Beach Horseback Rides has delighted thousands of visitors with unforgettable views of the sandy beach trails.
Hop between three Paradise Adventure Golf locations in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach for a wide range of mini-golfing family fun! Molten Mountain features one 18-hole indoor course with air-conditioning and one outdoor 18-hole course surrounding a 50-foot Pacific volcano that erupts in a fiery flume every thirty minutes. Cancun Lagoon comprises 27 holes, both indoor and outdoor, set in the ancient Mayan civilization where the terrifying gods of thunder and lightning never hold back their wrath. Lastly, Mutiny Bay’s 36 outdoor holes thrust you into the chaos of a Caribbean pirate battle every half hour. Get your unlimited one-day pass or three-day pass to give your family or friend group enough time to make the full rounds.
Food & Drink
Eat, drink and be merry! Dining out at a classy restaurant is an indoor attraction unto itself when the entrées are as glorious as the cocktails are strong. These recommended upscale restaurants combine a distinctive atmosphere with select ingredients to make a truly sensational experience.
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse presents a refined cultural take on steak, seafood and sushi in a continuous table-side service format. Southern Brazilian cuisine uses wood charcoal to grill giant cuts of beef, pork, lamb or poultry skewered with pineapple for a sweet-and-smoky flavor that you’ll only experience in traditional churrasco. Plus, Rioz is proud to exclusively serve Certified Angus Beef. This top-rated beef brand upholds superior quality standards compared to other brands like USDA Prime, Select and Choice.
For a spectacular waterfront seafood experience, dine in at Flying Fish Public Market & Grill before you purchase the fresh catch of the day at their market. It’ll seem impossible to choose between Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and southern-fried seafood and classic Lowcountry recipes, such as jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and custom-made boils. Make the ethical choice to purchase seafood from Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, a participant in the Sustainable Seafood Initiative that standardizes harvesting and production methods to prioritize the environment’s health.
Since 1987, Chestnut Hill has been serving succulent seafood and tender steaks from the renovated historic site of Myrtle Beach’s First Baptist Church. Plan to dine in to enjoy their waterfront views over lobster tail, seared tuna, oysters, Alaskan king crab legs and the fresh catch of the day. For a romantic dinner date, entice your taste buds by pairing your filet mignon or veal with a glass or bottle from their extensive wine list.
Bars & Cantinas
Liberty Tap Room & Grill takes the love of craft brewing a step further with a diverse offering of house brews and local and Southern-regional craft beers, plus national favorites. When you’re in the mood to watch the big game over American pub fare and unique brews, look no further than Liberty Tap Room & Grill.
When it comes to combining music and delicious food, Mexican culture does it best! Nacho Hippo handmakes their tacos, burritos, quesadillas and TexMex, while hosting some of the most poppin’ live music shows in the Grand Strand. Stop by either of their two locations in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach when you’re craving a fruity beachy cocktail. Their diverse menu of delicious margaritas, martinis, mojitos and shareable buckets are there to remind you that the night is still young.
In seeking the warmth of the indoors, you’ll inevitably stumble upon the memorable winter attractions of Ripley’s Aquarium, Medieval Times and Carolina Comedy Club. On the other hand, nature-filled tours and fanciful mini-golfing worlds will expand your horizons of the wintry outdoors. When mealtimes become a chance to indulge your taste buds in new and extraordinary flavors, you’ll find yourself greeting hunger with eagerness. As long as there is decadent food to delight your senses and incredible performances to make you laugh and cry, a Myrtle Beach winter could easily be just as full of fun things to do as any other season.
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