Oh, how we want summer to go on and on. When you find yourself longing for that endless summer, then head to Myrtle Beach this fall, where the fun never stops. Autumn means the crowds have thinned out a bit and the daily average September temperature hovers around 84 degrees while October’s is 76, making Myrtle Beach the perfect location for a fall getaway. The abundance of fun activities can be overwhelming, but don’t fret, my family brought back a list of favorites from our last visit.
Experience the Waves
Start your thrills with some time on the water. Zoom over the ocean on a banana boat, make a splash on a jet ski, fly high in the sky on a parasail, or set sail on a guided tour with a professional sailor. Daily through October, Downwind Sails Watersports offers a variety of water sport activities for the whole family. One of their most popular activities is an ocean ride on a jet ski, while some affordable family fun can be had on their banana boat.
For more, go to downwindsailsmyrtlebeach.com
Go on a magical ride high above the action of downtown on the second tallest Ferris wheel in North America. A flight is three revolutions lasting about 8-10 minutes. SkyWheel is the centerpiece of the 1.2 mile-long oceanfront boardwalk and has become the most photographed symbol of Myrtle Beach.
For more, go to myrtlebeachskywheel.com
In the heart of the Grand Strand, a new brand of candy shop takes buying sweets to a whole new level at I Love Sugar. A dazzling display of every candy imaginable shines bright and makes filling up your candy bag easy. This candy shop has become a tourist destination for everyone with a sweet tooth.
For more, go to ilovesugar.com
Stepping into this fun house, kids are sure to have a ton of fun, but will not realize how much science they will learn along the way. With more than 100 hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, this is the perfect place to spend some precious vacation time. Don’t miss the glow-in-the-dark ropes course where participants conquer over 20 different obstacles. After that, try a fast paced game of laser tag in a black lit maze, a ride on the 6D simulated thrill ride, and a chance to soar 50 feet above water on a 1000 feet zip line.
For more go to, wonderworksonline.com
Indulge At A Delicious Seafood Buffet
The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet is an award-winning restaurant that has cultivated a huge following, so reservations are a must. With their 170-item buffet, there are more than enough choices to please even the pickiest eater in your family. The shining star of the buffet is their crab legs station.
This family-friendly restaurant invites you to stay awhile. On the back deck, there are plenty of rockers for diners to look out over the Intracoastal Waterway or play a game of corn hole. Downstairs, you can check out their model ship builder’s workshop while little kids can explore the Life Like A Sailor kids area and teens can play video games.
For more go to, theoriginalbenjamins.com
Looking to be entertained, then see a show at The Calvin Gilmore Theatre. Check out their all-new show, Time Warp, featuring music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s performed by their amazing singers, dancers, and musicians, all of which is very family-friendly. A wildly popular show that was only slated for a few months, but has now turned into a yearlong show, Thunder and Light featuring All That! – a clogging group that gained national attention on America’s Got Talent. The award-winning The Carolina Opry show has entertained audiences for almost 30 years with a wide range of music, comedy, and dance. This theatre constantly produces incredible shows, so whatever show you choose, it will be a night to remember.
For more go to, thecarolinaopry.com
Cruise Down the Intracoastal Waterway
If you are looking to sit back, take in the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, and enjoy a relaxing buffet dinner, then book a cruise on the Barefoot Princess Riverboat. This excursion is a nice change of pace from the bustling Grand Strand and a chance to experience the quieter side of Myrtle Beach. You can even take your kids up to the wheelhouse and the Captain will let them have a turn steering.
Once a Coast Guard buoy tender, this riverboat holds only 130 passengers, so it’s not a crowded experience. The dinner buffet includes salad, barbeque chicken or pork, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls and dessert. A dinner or sunset cruise is a relaxing way to end an action-paced day at Myrtle Beach.
For more go to, mbriverboat.com
For more information about Myrtle Beach, go to visitmyrtlebeach.com.