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North Myrtle Beach Travel Guide: History, Attractions & More

North Myrtle Beach has entertained and delighted travelers for over 50 years. This picturesque South Carolina city is part of the Grand Strand and is made up of miles of public beach access, restaurants, shops, and attractions. This makes a North Myrtle Beach vacation perfect for any occasion.

North Myrtle Beach is perfect for travelers that need multiple bedrooms for their vacation, thanks to condo-style North Myrtle Beach accommodations available in the area.

Get the scoop with our North Myrtle Beach travel guide:


North Myrtle Beach History

In 1968, residents of Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive, and Cherry Grove voted to combine the four towns into one city. Since then, North Myrtle Beach has continued to grow into a thriving beachside destination.

These neighborhoods still comprise much of the beaches in the area with Windy Hill being the southernmost beach and Cherry Grove being the northernmost beach in North Myrtle.

North Myrtle Beach is known for its residents—Vanna White and Kelly Tilghman, the PGA Tour’s first female lead golf announcer—it’s fishing, natural beauty, and as the birthplace of the shag dance.

Shag dancing is so popular in North Myrtle Beach that an annual week-long event is held each spring to celebrate South Carolina’s official state dance.


North Myrtle Beach Attractions


Alligator Adventure

Address: 4604 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 361-0789

Come face-to-face with the world’s most exotic creatures. Exhibits include alligators, snakes, exotic birds, and hyenas. Alligator Adventure also hosts live shows including snake and alligator handling, and animal lectures.


O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park

Address: 90 South Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 315-4597

North Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park, O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park is a favorite among vacationers thanks to its many rides, games, and food that all ages will enjoy.


Cherry Grove Fishing Pier

Address: 3500 North Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 249-1625

Spend the day enjoying ocean views and sea fishing at this historic fishing pier. Cherry Grove Pier was built in the early 1950’s and has seen its fair share of record catches, including a tiger shark that weighed 1780 pounds! The pier includes its own tackle shop with rentals, gifts, and fishing equipment.


Live Entertainment

Alabama Theatre One The Show

House of Blues

Address: 4640 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 272-3000

See national touring acts and up-and-coming artists at one of the Grand Strand’s premier concert venues. Located next to Barefoot Landing, House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach has hosted some of the biggest names in music and is famous for its Sunday Gospel Brunch performances.


Alabama Theatre

Address: 4750 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 272-1111

The Alabama Theatre is well-known for its ONE The Show and South’s Grandest Christmas Show performances. Throughout the year, the theatre hosts concerts, comedy shows, tribute shows, and more.


Where to Eat

Tipsy Turtle Beach Bar at Beach Cove Resort

Tipsy Turtle Beach Bar

Address: 4800 South Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach (Inside Beach Cove Resort)

Phone: (843) 918-7720

Enjoy oceanfront views, flat-screen televisions, and delicious beach bites at Tipsy Turtle Beach Bar. Visitors can enjoy happy hour specials seven days a week and food specials on select days.


The Parson’s Table

Address: 4305 State Road S-26-850, Little River

Phone: (843) 249-3702

Sourcing ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, this quaint Little River restaurant is a must-try. The Parson’s Table also offers a children’s menu.


Joe’s Bar & Grill

Address: 810 Conway Street, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 272-4666

Joe’s Bar & Grill specializes in Lowcountry fare, steaks, seafood, and poultry dishes. This unique eatery includes indoor and outdoor seating options, with picturesque views of the saltwater marsh.


Area Shopping

woman carrying shopping bagsTanger Outlets

Address: 10835 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 449-0491

Enjoy name brands at discounted prices. Visit Tanger Outlets for bargain prices and deals at name-brand factory stores like H&M, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Express. This outdoor mall includes its own food court and has several covered areas.


Coastal North Town Center

Address: Highway 17 North & 11th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach

Enjoy a great mix of retailers and dining options at Coastal North Town Center, from large discount retailers like Ross and TJ Maxx to athletic-wear at Dick’s Sporting Goods and craft supplies at Hobby Lobby.


Outdoor Activities & Beach Activities

Go Ape! Zipline and Adventure Park

Address: 150 Citizens Circle, Little River

Phone: (800) 971-8271

For thrill-seekers, kids, or anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors. This outdoor adventure and zipline attraction features over 50 unique obstacles and a zipline that travels over 900 feet. Go Ape! offers two activity experiences: one for ages 10 and up and another for any age.


Kokopelli Surf Camp North Myrtle Beach Travel Guide

Aloha Watersports

Address: 2208 North Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 249-9908

Soar above the Atlantic Ocean on a parasailing adventure or tour by jet ski along the Intracoastal Waterway searching for dolphins. Other seafaring options include pontoon rentals and banana boat rides.


Voyager Deep Sea Fishing and Dolphin Cruises

Address: 1525 13th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (910) 575-0111

Anglers of all ages will enjoy one of these deep-sea fishing trips. Be on the lookout for dolphins and exotic fish!


Kokopelli Surf Camp, Paddleboard & Kayak Tours & Rentals

Address: 702 Sea Mountain Highway, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 340-9565

Learn to surf on your next North Myrtle Beach vacation with private lessons. Kokopelli Surf Camp also offers stand-up paddleboarding rentals and kayak tours.


Area Spotlight: Barefoot Landing

Address: 4898 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach

Barefoot Landing

North Myrtle Beach’s premier entertainment destination, Barefoot Landing offers the best in shopping, entertainment, and fun for families, couples, and friends.

Located along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, Barefoot Landing opened in 1988 as a rebrand of the former Village of the Barefoot Traders. The complex also hosts seasonal festivals and events, and summertime firework shows.

Check out some of Barefoot Landing’s best things to do:



Ron Jon Surf Shop | Beachwear, gifts, and surfing and skate equipment | (843) 272-0888

Pepper Palace | Everything hot sauce, featuring a free sample bar | (843) 273-0877

Earthbound Trading Company | Home decor, gifts, jewelry, and apparel | (843) 272-2430

Francesca’s Collections | Boutique offering an assortment of gifts, jewelry, and apparel | (843) 272-4700



Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s | Seafood, southern-inspired dishes, and more in a family-friendly setting | (843) 491-5011

Greg Norman Australian Grille | Waterfront restaurant serving authentic Australian cuisine | (843) 361-0000

Johnny Rockets | 50’s-inspired diner serving burgers, sandwiches, and shakes | (843) 361-0191

Dick’s Last Resort | A not-so-typical restaurant serving seafood, burgers, and drinks | (843) 272-7794


Attractions & Activities

Alligator Adventure | Houses some of the world’s most exotic reptiles, birds, and mammals | (843) 361-0789

Lulu’s Beach Arcade & Mountain Youth Ropes Course | Arcade and ropes course for all ages | (843) 427-0060

Carousel | Inspired by classic carousel rides for children and adults

House of Blues | The Grand Strand’s premier concert venue | (843) 272-3000


There’s more where that came from. Check out other things to do in North Myrtle Beach.


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