Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Apache Pier

Medieval Times Dinner Theater

Carolina Opry

Ripley’s Aquarium

Barefoot Landing

Apache Pier is the east coast’s longest wooden pier and is on the grounds the the Apache Family Campground in north Myrtle Beach. You can just visit the pier for the day without camping but there is a day use fee for parking and for walking on the pier. There is also a pretty good restaurant on the pier called Croakers, which I ate at three times while staying there. Dogs are not allowed on the pier.

Medieval Times Dinner Theater is one of the many tourist attractions throughout the Myrtle Beach area. I went during the week a three weeks before Thanksgiving and it wasn’t very crowded. I was able to get a front row seat and even was picked as Queen of the Tournament with a green sash presented. The meal that was served was better than I expected and they do offer take-away boxes so you don’t have to feel obligated to finish everything. The show was quite spectacular although I had a little trouble hearing the commentary due to distortion in the sound system, but that might have just been me.

Carolina Opry

There are dozens of shows you can choose from when you visit Myrtle Beach but I decided on this one because of the theme. I went on the last night of a 60s retrospective called Time Warp before they started their holiday schedule. It’s not Broadway but I enjoyed the show and had a good seat. I knew most of the songs and some of the singers were actually quite impressive. They covered radio pop hits and some heavy rock too. The last 20 minutes of the show after the intermission was a Woodstock tribute.

Ladies of rock

Ripley’s Aquarium is a small tourist attraction with exhibits and interactives for children. Although the building is not huge, there are three floors and I spent about an hour walking around and enjoying all the displays. I also added one of the extra “experiences” when I bought my ticket and took the glass bottom boat, which I really enjoyed. The combination ticket was $35.

Pearl Harbor exhibit
Glass bottom boat

Barefoot Landing is a dog-friendly outdoor shopping experience on a lagoon setting in north Myrtle Beach. It’s free to walk around and features walkways across the water to the various properties. The day I was there was also a day that there was a local farmer’s market on the grounds and I purchased a few baked goods. There are shops, restaurants, entertainment, and a visitor’s center.

A photo op at Barefoot Landing
Walkway. Don’t feed the alligators.
Souvenir shop.

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