We attended the Sunday Gospel Brunch.
The food was average : a buffet with bacon, sausage, baked corn, rice, salad, chicken, omelet, eggs, etc
The music and the songs were better. The singer comes after to discuss with the audience.
24$ per capita (the website mentions 18$95 ??)
I had been to the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg before, so I knew somewhat, what I should expect. The tickets were $17.95 and it took us less than an hour to get through the entire thing. The one in Gatlinburg was actually better. The pirate exhibit did not have a lot of material either. Perhaps the lack of fun was due to the fact that we didn't have children?
Will not be going to another Ripley's Aquarium for a long time. I feel that the $20 per person that we spent could have been better used at another attraction or for drinks somewhere.
This is sooooo fun. You get to ride on a big long Banana boat out to the main boat where you then are helped into the parasail. They price varies so call ahead. I pd. About $95.00 for 2 people.
oh, now you nearly can see :-) that's me holding the board up and trying to jump high LOL
I love the ocean. If it hadn't been for the salty water I could have stayed there for many many hours. Always, when I got tired of jumping with the waves I always tried to sneak behind the rough waves and simply float on my board.. then, I could look at the beach and water and pelicans and even some crazy butterflies heading straight for Europe ;-)
Roberts Pavilion, 1836–1954.
The Roberts Pavilion, built in 1936 by William Roberts, was an early open-air oceanfront pavilion on the Grand Strand. The rhythm & blues of the post-World War II ear—later called beach music—was played on jukeboxes here and at other popular pavilions on the beach. At these pavilions dancers perfected the Shag, named the state dance in 1984. Beach music was named the state popular music in 2001.
Myrtle Beach is famous as the east coast's hotbed for country music. A dozen major concert venues such as the Carolina Opry, the Beach Wagon Night Club, and the Alabama Theatre allow visitors to see country music's biggest stars past, present, and future.
The Carolina Opry began this trend back around 1986, and this town's music scene has grown so big in recent years, it now rivals Branson, Missouri, as the place to see country music concerts. With the beach nearby, I think I'd rather go to Myrtle Beach!
Don't think Myrtle Beach is just for country music fans, though. In town, various bars and clubs offer live rock, R&B, Irish folk, pop, and anything else to meet just about everyone's tastes.
Enjoy a moonlit stroll along the entire length of the beach year round. The weather : "wait a day and it will change". It is the end of Feb. now and it is ^ 60's durin the day and lower 40 @ night. Local seafood @ every resturant & available year round. Unlimited golf courses, mini-golf, water slides,shop 'til you drop outlets and malls. I enjoy collecting various shells that can be found all along the beach and if you are lucky you can find a shark's tooth washed up. The airport is easily accessible. We use it to fly out of instead of the CHS because of the lower fare $$$.
Ripley's Believe it or Not has three awesome attractions on Ocean Boulevard. The moving theater is a thrilling action ride with seats that move and snow in the theater! The Believe It or Not Museum is a collection of the bizarre and strange from all over the world. It is fun and can be quite informative at the same time. The Haunted Adventure is not for the faint of heart. (Or kids under 6) This three story hautned house with live actors (some with power tools!) is a real heart-stopper. The three of them make for a great day. You can also add the aquarium which is tons of underwater fun with huge sharks. Buy a combo pass and save yourself some money.
The Atlanta Braves minor league team plays here in a new stadium, very near the airport. Season runs about May thru September.
Their pelican mascot is named Splash, and is attired in beachwear--go figure. ;)
Tickets run about $7-$9, and all seats are very near home plate, except for a few along the foul lines in right and left field. Costs of food/drink are slightly less than in a major league park. They also have a burrito area in the concessions area so Mexican food is plentiful! Yea!
Parking is free, and you're very close to the stadium. They do a lot of giveaways, t-shirts and the like and they throw them in the stands. Most of them are tossed behind their dugout on the 1st base side, so if you want in on those....sit in sections 105 & 106.
Many people think of Myrtle Beach as beach, sand, golf courses, and expensive resorts without end. Unfortunately, that assessment is increasingly correct. If you would like a small taste of what originally put Myrtle Beach on the tourism map, visit the Main Street corridor in North Myrtle Beach.
In 1948, two outcasts from Carolina Beach in North Carolina found this unincorporated spot in South Carolina and opened a beer joint, The Tijuana Inn. In those days, segregation was still the rule of the day but these two white men, Jim Hanna and Chicken Hicks, soon discovered that in order to survive financially, they had to do something different. After several visits to the black areas of the Grand Strand, Mr. Hicks decided that they had to put the music that was popular with the black people on their juke box. Mr. Hanna, who now lives in Charlotte, NC, feels that this one decision was what sealed their success. He has said that once they put the hard-driving rhythm and blues records in their juke box, "You could not get in the place. The people just loved that music." "The people" were still predominantly Southerners with many of the traditional prejudices but many, of the young men at least, had been to the far corners of the world during the War and had begun to realize that things were different in a lot of places.
While most of the area has been consumed by fancy resorts, this little area seems to have been preserved in a 1960s time capsule.
Brookgreen Gardens is a lovely southern garden across from the entrance to Huntington Beach State Park. It has beautiful statuary set in the gardens amid beautiful flowers. There is also an excellent zoo here with walk in cages where you are up close and personal with the birds and animals. This zoo features birds and animals found in the wild in South Carolina. There is a restaurant here in the gardens which serves good sandwiches and salads. The garden is especially beautiful in April when many people visit but there are flowers to be seen year round. When we were there in Jan, there were already daffodils, and Camelias in bloom. It is interesting year round.
4-D Adventure Theater
The action literally jumps off the screen and guests not only feel they are part of the movie, but they can feel the heat of a dragon's breath, the spray of a waterfall or the tickle of a spider running across their arms.
THE MYRTLE BEACH PAVILION has been entertaining generations of families for more than fifty years. An 11-acre playground by the sea, The Myrtle Beach Pavilion features more than 40 spectacular rides ranging from a large variety of kiddie rides to the Hurricane Category 5, the biggest, baddest roller coaster in South Carolina.
Individual Ride Ticket - $1.00 per ticket
*Rides require from 2-5 Tickets.
Alligator Adventure. Yes it's touristy. Yes it's silly. Yes it's fun. There were a lot of gators. Seeing them was a treat. It's a must do if you have kids. They let you feed the bears during their feeding demonstration (the kids loved it and we loved watching them). Lots of fun.
Hunting for shark teeth and other fossils along the beach is great fun. You are not likely to find any 15 cm (6") megalodon (ancient great white) chompers but 2.5 cm (1") sand shark teeth are a possibility. I found the smaller (pointy) tooth to the right of the photo on the beach at Huntington National Park. The squiggly bone is from the ear of an ancient whale.
Mytle Beach metropolitan area has a population of about 300,000, and is one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Each year some 10 to 15 million people visit the beachfront resort town to hang out at the beach, golf, or enjoy country music. The town has nearly 500 hotels and some 90,000 total accommodation units.
In the summer Myrtle Beach offers Wednesday and Friday farmers markets, Wednesday night fireworks over the beach, various arts and crafts festivals, various concerts at city parks and more.
My favorite thing about Myrtle Beach is their ban on bikinis because they reveal the buttocks, resulting in indecent exposure. Can fat old dudes still wear speedos?