Myrtle Beach is famous for its sand, surf, golf and other fun in the sun. But even in a family vacation paradise a little rain must fall. No need to the kids cooped up inside for hours of couch and cell phone surfing, especially since the Myrtle Beach area is filled with great indoor venues to spend a rainy day.There have been a few major additions to the long list of local indoor venues over the past year, including a new No. 1 (Spoiler Alert: Myrtle Beach now has its first and only trampoline park, Rockin’ Jump, which has been a big hit with locals and visitors alike). Here is your 2017 list of the Top 10 fun things to do on a rainy day in Myrtle Beach:
10. Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
10) Myrtle Beach SkyWheel: The best view of the city and the Atlantic Ocean can be found atop this 190-foot, high-tech ferris wheel in the heart of the downtown district. Flashing neon lights illuminate the massive structure, which features climate-controlled gondolas to protect passengers from the elements. Wait out the weather at the adjoining LandShark Landing, Jimmy Buffett’s tropical-themed restaurant, bar and gift shop.
9. Cancun Lagoon Mini-Golf
9) Miniature Golf: Just as Myrtle Beach has an abundance of championship golf courses, there are also plenty of putt-putt places to play. However, there are only a few indoor facilities where you can chase around the little, polka-dotted ball on a rainy day, like Cancun Lagoon Mini-Golf on the south side of town, and Mt. Atlanticus in the downtown district. Both offer indoor and outdoor play, as well as video game arcades.
8) Dancing: The Carolina Shag started along the sandy shores and shady clubs of North Myrtle Beach, and the 1950s dance craze is still alive and kicking today at some of the same venues. Ducks, Fat Harold’s Beach Club, and the Ocean Drive Arcade & Lounge feature classic beach music and dance floors covered with sand and sawdust so you and your partner can slide and glide in unison. Don’t know how to shag? There are always a few longtime locals around to teach you the steps and show you a good time while learning the state dance of South Carolina.
7. Cinzia Spa
7) Spa Day: Treat yourself to some serious pampering with a Mani/Pedi combo, Facial Scrub, or Ritual Massage at one of Myrtle Beach’s many spas and salons. Cinzia Spa in North Myrtle Beach also features exercise classes for Yoga, Pilates, CrossFit and more.
6. 710 Bowling
6) Bowling: Renting shoes never meant so much fun. Take the family for a fun day of bowling at one of the area’s bowling alleys, including a new high-tech center at 710 Bowling in North Myrtle Beach. Featuring modern bowling facilities and other indoor games like billiards, bocce, ping pong, and corn hole, 710 Bowling also offers excellent food and a full bar.
5. Children’s Museum of South Carolina
5) Museums: We see your eyes rolling at the thought of taking your family to some fancy-shmacy art museum. But remember, this is Myrtle Beach. The Franklin G. Burroughs Art Museum on the south end of Ocean Boulevard sits in an old beach house and is filled with local history and culture, and there’s even the Hollywood Wax Museum where you can take selfies with wax figures of today’s hottest celebrities. (Bonus tip: The Children’s Museum of South Carolina is located beside Rockin’ Jump, so you can let the little ones learn and play at CMSC while the older kids bounce off the walls next door.)
4. Coastal Grand Mall
4) Shopping: Nothing erases the rainy-day blues like a little retail therapy, and Myrtle Beach is loaded with clinics for shopaholics. Coastal Grand Mall is the newest and largest indoor center, offering all the major national chains, anchor stores, as well as an arcade and movie theater for those non-shoppers in your party. Two Tanger Outlets offer covered walkways from store to store, and if the rain is light you can stroll from shop to shop at Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and The Market Common. For bargain hunters, Hudson’s Flea Market in Surfside Beach is prime territory.
3. UCP Game Zone
3) UCP Game Zone: This Ultimate California Pizza chain also has an ultimate arcade. Featuring the latest in high-tech video games and classic carnival games contests like Skee-Ball and Pop-a-Shot, UPC Game Zone gives guests the chance to feast on pizza, sandwiches and salads while also testing their skills in the arcade. Combo passes provide kids with an individual pizza and game tokens at a discounted rate, and the adjoining sports bar allows the adults to take a break while the little ones play in the arcade.
2. The Carolina Opry
2) Theaters: Myrtle Beach may be way off Off-Broadway, but you wouldn’t know it from the local theater scene. Several professional venues, such as The Alabama Theatre, The Carolina Opry and The Palace Theatre, present regular productions and concerts, while dinner theaters like Pirate’s Voyage and Medieval Times & Tournament offer a fun night out for families. For those who prefer the silver screen, there are modern complexes at Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand Mall and The Market Common.