Spring Break 2018 in Myrtle Beach is a happy medium for families and college singles
As spring break quickly rolls up on the calendar with a, “Hell, yeah!” and many of us prepare to pack up and get out of town for a week, others from beyond our state borders will descend on our beachfront in droves by plane and car.
Myrtle Beach, in fact, just landed the No. 10 spot on the Top 15 Spring Break Destinations in 2018 by CarRentals.com, an Expedia company, so it’s official. In the rankings, we’re sandwiched in between Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Mt. Bachelor, Ore.
But to us, there’s no competition. Destination Myrtle Beach consistently attracts 18 million visitors each year for a reason – and spring break is no different. Here’s why:
If “wild” isn’t necessarily your idea of how you want to describe your spring break experience, Myrtle Beach has plenty of tamer, family-friendly entertainment options with plenty of thrills. We win awards for our reputation with families, so no need to worry about running out of things to do.
The Carolina sun warms our 60 miles of beachfront – even in the spring – which is like a big, beautiful sandbox, complete with seashells, packing sand and saltwater in which to kick and splash (water temps may still be a bit chilly for complete submersion). Most of the resorts that line Ocean Boulevard also offer a plethora of pools and water amenities onsite, including splash parks, waterparks, lazy rivers and more.
Walk the oceanfront Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which hosts arcades, restaurants and the giant SkyWheel that gives you the best panoramic view of the coastline from 20 stories above the sand. Additional musts to hit outdoors are the hundreds of mini golf courses (or what we call “putt putt”), Family Kingdom Amusement Park, go-cart slick tracks, and ropes courses with zip lines. Plus, two big events are coming to the beach in April if you happen to be here: the Horry County Fair April 20-29 at Myrtle Beach Speedway and the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show April 28-29.
Even if you need to stay indoors on a rainy day, there’s no need to cramp your plans. Check out the interactive Ripley’s Aquarium and WonderWorks at Broadway at the Beach, any of the area escape rooms, the Hollywood Wax Museum, or roller skating at Fun Warehouse. There are movie theatres, of course, but Myrtle Beach also boasts one-of-a-kind dinner theatres packed with acts of actions, such as Medieval Times jousting show and the acrobatic Pirates Voyage.
So there’s been a big mix of national rankings by websites of Myrtle Beach’s spring break, college-style, from sexiest to trashiest (college code for fun) – kind of like a blend of champagne and Fireball. Sometimes Myrtle Beach even tops popular spring break destinations, like Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Montego Bay.
If Spring Break 2018 is luring you to Myrtle Beach, we have a handful of suggestions in the bar and nightclub scene (but there are so many to choose from), from chill to high-energy. The Celebrity Square section within Broadway at the Beach is like a giant cocktail party of bars and clubs, including Senor Frogs, Club Oz, Crocodile Rocks, Malibu’s Surf Bar, Broadway Louie’s and more. Two must-experience rooftop bars are the oceanfront RipTydz on the boardwalk and Soho Café & Bar, just a few blocks off the ocean. On the north end, the House of Blues hosts a full schedule of killer live concerts. A couple spots off the beaten path we think you’ll appreciate are the Atlas Tap House in downtown Myrtle Beach, The Boathouse on the Intracoastal Waterway, the swanky Bourbon Street, and Pawleys Island Tavern in Pawleys Island.
Best of Both Worlds
The ultimate bonus to Myrtle Beach is that Mom and Dad, as well as the kiddos, can have fun at the same time, thanks to entertainment hubs that cater to all ages: the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, featuring a lineup of waterfront restaurants and live music spots; the Market Common, a hip urban village that mixes bars and cafes with playgrounds, a movie theatre (and a soon-to-come upscale bowling alley); the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront calliope of bars, restaurants, the SkyWheel, arcades and ice cream parlors; Broadway at the Beach, part amusement park, part bar and restaurant showcase and part shopping section; and Barefoot Landing, a north end cousin of Broadway because of the entertainment offerings.
It’s all right here in Myrtle Beach, waiting for you to go wild (or just go) during spring break and this summer. What are you waiting for? Pack up and give yourself a break!