25 things to do in Myrtle Beach

1. Enjoy the boardwalk The new 1.2-mile boardwalk had its grand opening on May 15 and is open to the public.

2. See butterflies This spring, Brookgreen Gardens opens a new Butterfly House, displaying dozens of species of butterflies native to the Southeast. (brookgreen.org)

3. Live history The L.W. Paul Living History Farm is a 17-acre farm that re-creates life in Horry County in the early 1900s.

4. Soar above The Soar and Explore Zipline and Ropes Course at Broadway on the Beach opens in June and features a 1,000-foot zipline and a 3-story high-ropes course.

5. Get pampered Head to the spa for a facial or a massage. Massage Envy Spa and Sanctuary Spa at the Hampton Inn are two new destinations for those in need of a little therapy.

6. Eat at the inlet A number of restaurants can be found along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, including the newly renovated Bovine's, which offers 'wood-fired' specialties from steak to pizza.

7. Play golf Pick a course, any course — they're all beautiful. The area boasts more than 100 golf courses.

8. Hit the beach With 60 miles of shoreline along the Grand Strand, there's surely a nice spot you can have all to yourself.

9. Fish on a pier There are eight fishing piers located along the beach and on backwater creeks.

10. Pay homage to Cal The Ripken Experience, a collection of baseball fields modeled after historic ballparks, offers youth baseball and softball tournaments throughout the year. (theripkenexperience.com)

11. Go miniature Myrtle Beach is the miniature-golf capital of the world, with more than 50 courses to choose from.

12. Eat on the pier The Springmaid Beach Pier recently renovated and reopened the Pier Cafe, a casual beachfront eatery with a great view.

13. Join a parade The Fourth of July Boat Parade in Murrells Inlet celebrates in style with decorated boats and docks and a colorful fireworks display.

14. Stroll along Broadway Broadway at the Beach, a shopping and entertainment mecca surrounding a 23-acre lake, offers boutiques, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels.

15. Visit Pawleys Island Just 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, this Low Country hamlet offers shops, galleries, cafes and more. (thehammockshops.com)

16. Sleep under the stars Myrtle Beach offers a variety of camping sites, from beaches to lagoons to lakes. (southcarolinaparks.com)

17. Watch a stampede Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show features dozens of horses and riders performing feats, while you enjoy a four-course dinner. (dixiestampede.com)

18. Learn about rice The Rice Museum explores the history of the rice crop and culture in region.

19. See a legend Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley — they're all here at the Legends in Concert at Surfside Beach.

20. Shag it up The Carolina Beach Shag, a dance similar to a slow jitterbug, is popular in Myrtle Beach clubs, including Fat Harold's Beach Club and Duck's.

21. Visit a plantation The region has several former plantations, including Litchfield and Hopsewee, that offer tours, exhibits and even tea. (hopsewee.com; litchfieldplantation.com)

22. Have a close encounter Ripley's Aquarium's new exhibit, "Lethal Weapons," highlights deadly and dangerous sea creatures.

23. Light up the night Enjoy an amazing 45-minute laser light show at the Carolina Opry.

24. Dive into the ocean Scuba diving offers the chance to explore several historic shipwrecks off the coast, including the Richmond, a passenger ship, and the Hebe, a Dutch merchant ship.

25. Go to The Library This restaurant has been serving the Grand Strand for more than 35 years. The classic French menu includes Caesar salad, Steak Diane and Cherries Jubilee, all prepared tableside. (thelibraryrestaurantsc.com)

For more information, go to visitmyrtlebeach.com.

-Michelle Deal-Zimmerman

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