Spice Up Your Next Myrtle Beach Vacation With These Insider’s Tips

While visiting a destination’s most popular attractions is always worthwhile, experienced travelers know that the best way to take in a locale is often to do so with some insider knowledge. Because, after all, who knows better than a local where an area’s true heart and soul can be found?

With that in mind, the next time you visit the Grand Strand, consider these seven off-the-beaten-path attractions that might not grace the pages of the tour guide, but are well-known by the people who live, work and play in the Myrtle Beach area:

Attractions & Activities

Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball — Serving as the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, this minor league baseball team plays its games at Pelicans Ballpark near Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. Game-goers can count on a fun, laid-back game-day atmosphere that allows them to catch America’s pastime right here on the Grand Strand — and without the heavy crowds and steep prices often found at major league venues. Learn more.

La Belle Amie Vineyard — For the vino lovers, this Little River winery may be one of the area’s best places to soak in some local flavor. The establishment’s tasting room offers visitors the chance to try some of its range of Twisted Sisters wines on Tuesdays through Fridays (and most Saturdays), and the events calendar here is loaded with fun happenings and specials like Wine Wednesday and Throwback Thursdays — with many of the gatherings featuring live music and a bonfire. Visit now to learn more.

EdVenture Myrtle Beach — For those traveling with children, this under-the-radar children’s museum at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach is a great find. Its 3,000 square feet of space packs in an array of learning opportunities disguised as fun adventures for the kids — such as an interactive spaceship climbing structure with a “mission control” area attached, a “maker’s space” art area, a flight simulator and lots more. Learn more.

Natural/Cultural Sites

Myrtle Beach Art Museum — Officially known as the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, this facility is home to 11 separate galleries that change throughout the year, and the works on display include paintings, sculpture, textiles, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. Even better, admission is free of charge — every day for everyone. Learn more at org.

Vereen Memorial Gardens — Located in Little River, the Vereen Memorial Gardens feature 155-plus acres of forest and marshland, with parts of the property situated alongside the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can explore the approximately 3 miles of boardwalks and nature trails that meander through the park’s botanical gardens and wildlife habitat. The on-site C.B. Berry Community Center also offers a range of community events and recreational programming. For more information, visit the Horry County parks website.

Restaurants

Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar This oceanfront bar/restaurant features a great back deck boasting a pool, sweeping ocean views and regular live music. The burgers here are a local favorite, and they pair well with the establishment’s famous frozen drinks. Bonus: Guests who want to soak up some sun can kick back here wearing their beach attire — no shirt, no shoes, no problem! Visit com to learn more.

Hot Fish Club — Housed in the Grand Strand’s oldest existing restaurant building, this seafood restaurant located on the South Strand in Murrells Inlet specializes in serving up fresh catches accompanied by fresh local produce. Signature dishes here include Lobster Pot Pie, Blackened Mahi Stuffed With Crabmeat, Char-Grilled Cobia and Inlet Crab Cakes. When the weather’s right for alfresco dining, head to the restaurant’s back deck to take in some photo-worthy marsh views with your meal. Explore the full menu.

Plan your oceanfront getaway at Ocean Reef Resort today, and start looking forward to enjoying all the Grand Strand has to offer — like a local. With our wide-ranging and comfortable accommodations, our long list of fun amenities and the insiders’ tips above, you’re sure to find some serious fun in the Carolina sun at Ocean Reef Resort.

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