Myrtle Beach, with its high-rises and hyper-development, is the nerve center of the Grand Strand and one of the major seaside destinations on the East Coast. Visitors are drawn here for the swirl of classic vacation activity, from beaches to golf to nightlife to live music and theater shows.To capture the flavor of the place, take a stroll along the sidewalks or boardwalk of Ocean Boulevard. Here you'll find an eclectic assortment of gift and novelty shops, a wax museum, and a museum of oddities. When you've had your fill, turn east and make your way back onto the beach amid the sunbathers, parasailers, kite fliers, and kids building sand castles.
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Stroll the beach without getting your shoes wet. A mile-long boardwalk has ocean views on one side, shops and restaurants on the other.
One way to tour Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is on a 48-foot pontoon boat. You'll see alligators and ospreys in their native habitat.
Camp on Huntington Beach to watch the sunrise. Birds flock all year, but you'll see the biggest variety of ducks, puffins and razorbills in winter.
The band Alabama got its start in Myrtle Beach. The theater named in the band's honor stages concerts, comedy and an extravagant Christmas show.
Golf rules here. Play three courses at Myrtle Beach National, designed by the king, Arnold Palmer. Book tee times at the city's courses online.
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