North Myrtle Beach has long been known as the birthplace of "Carolina Shag," the fleet-footed, smooth-moving dance that became a beach sensation in the 1940’s and went on to become the official dance of South Carolina. The area is so well known for shag, the National Shag Dance Championships are held here every year.
While shagging may be its big claim to fame, North Myrtle Beach offers plenty for vacationing families, with myriad attractions, restaurants and recreational activities. At the same time, it’s also a place where you can get away from the hubbub and enjoy the natural beauty of a tidal creek, maritime forest and pristine barrier island.
And, of course, there are those nine miles of beaches that draw so many to this family-friendly community at the northern edge of the South Carolina coast.
For a one-stop-spot for outdoor fun, check out the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex where you’ll find a state-of-the-art wakeboarding facility, a floating aquatic challenge course, Segway tours, electric bike excursions, a zip line and treetop adventure course, three playgrounds, nature trails and a 25-acre lake for fishing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.
Barefoot Landing offers more opportunities for fun with its wide array of restaurants, shops and attractions. Set along the Intracoastal Waterway, this shopping, dining and entertainment complex is home to Alabama Theatre, House of Blues, Myrtle Beach Safari Preservation Station, Alligator Adventure, kiddie rides and an arcade.
As part of the Grand Strand, the beach town also has more than its share of miniature golf courses. In fact, the U.S. Pro Mini Golf Association Master’s National Championship is played here every year at Hawaiian Rumble Golf.
For the traditional golfer, the options for play are just as extensive with challenging courses by the game’s most iconic designers, including Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Greg Norman.
Those looking for quieter, more nature-oriented diversions also have plenty of choices, from horseback riding at historic Inlet Point Plantation to kayaking tours to the unspoiled Waites Island.
Whether you’re looking to relax on your beach vacation or pack your itinerary with activities and adventures, North Myrtle Beach has you covered.