8 Best Things to Do in North Myrtle Beach for Adults

Are you planning an adult-friendly trip to the beach and looking for a vacation home destination loaded with fun excursions and beautiful sandy shores?

Look no further than North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This coastal getaway destination offers pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, and many attractions to fill your itinerary with. It is the perfect getaway for adults seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  

Whether you want to tee off at a world-class golf resort or engage in a thrill-seeking adventure, this gem of the Grand Strand offers something for everyone. No matter what’s on your agenda, you’re sure to find something on this list of can’t-miss attractions in North Myrtle Beach! 

Rent the Perfect Vacation Home

Before you start planning your vacation itinerary, go ahead and secure yourself the ultimate vacation rental. Golf Villa? No Problem. Penthouse for privacy? You got it! And if you’re looking for the comfort of home, with the scenery of the beach, a Grand Strand condo may be the perfect fit. 

An for the ultimate relaxation? An oceanfront vacation home is just what the getaway doctor ordered. You’ll have the ultimate convenience of the ocean being outside your door! Your Grand Strand Resorts rental also comes with the finest modern amenities and boasts some of the most meticulously maintained properties in the area. 

Enjoy the Scenic Shoreline

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North Myrtle Beach is one section of the South Carolina tourist mecca affectionately known as the “Grand Strand.” This 60-mile stretch of beachfront towns boasts 60 miles of stunning shoreline. 

One of the best things to do in North Myrtle Beach is to explore the sandy shores.  You can take a leisurely stroll in search of seashells or soak up the sun while listening to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing in the distance. Better yet, take a dip in the refreshing waters when the summer heat looms too heavy.  

Every day on the beach in North Myrtle is a good one! 

Embark on an Aquatic Adventure

If you’re looking for a water excursion, you’ll find no shortage of aquatic adventures in North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. From family-friendly adventures to wild watersports you’ll easily find some fun things to do on the water. 

You can rent a kayak or paddleboard for a quiet afternoon on the intercoastal waterway. Or have a wild ride on a jet ski cruising over white caps in the Atlantic. You can even book a boat tour on a banana boat!

If you’re hoping to cast a line and looking for a fishing pier, Cherry Grove Pier offers some of the best saltwater fishing in the area. This 985 ft. pier has been home to some record catches, including a world record 1,780 lb Tiger Shark and a 98 lb. Tarpon. There is also a bait and tackle shop on the premises, and equipment rentals are available. 

For a unique experience, check out Shark Wake Aqua Park, located in the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. This water park is quite literally built ON the water! You’ll have a blast exploring their inflatable obstacle course that spans an acre across the lake.

If a day hitting water slides and lounging around on the lazy river sounds fun to you, you’ll want to check out Myrtle Waves Water Park. Located just outside of North Myrtle in Myrtle Beach, this 20-acre park is the largest in all of South Carolina. 

Amp up the Adrenaline with a Thrill-filled Adventure

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If you and your friends are looking for exhilarating excursions and North Myrtle Beach attractions, you’ll surely find something to get your heart racing here! 

Alligator Adventure 

Located in Barefoot Landing, Alligator Adventure is an area’s top attraction where you can view over 800 different alligators and crocodiles in captivity. This facility offers live shows where you can watch alligator feeding and learn all about these powerful creatures and other exotic animals.  

Breakout Escape Room 

Looking to get your thrill fix while solving a mystery? There are plenty of Escape Rooms in North Myrtle Beach to test your logic and clue-finding skills! Head to Break Out Myrtle Beach for your choice of six different interactive experiences. You’ll have one hour in each room to beat the clock and escape.

The Ocean Drive Pavilion Amusement Park

If carnival rides are more your idea of fun, you’ll want to check out O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park. This scenic park overlooks the ocean and offers a wide variety of rides. From thrill rides like roller coasters to slower-paced rides, you’ll surely find something your speed at this oceanfront amusement park. 

You can also find amusement park rides, including the Myrtle Beach Skywheel, just outside of North Myrtle Beach at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Broadway Grand Prix

Look for the Broadway Grand Prix across from Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. This venue has an arcade, go-kart racing, miniature golf, and bumper cars!

Tee Off in a Golfer’s Paradise

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Golf enthusiasts will be pleased to find no shortage of golf courses in North Myrtle Beach. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice player, there are options to suit all skill levels.

Golf Clubs

The Barefoot Resort & Golf is a renowned 72-hole facility featuring courses designed by acclaimed architects. They run summer and fall golf promotions where kids can play free, or you can receive a discount for playing multiple rounds. 

Nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Tidewater Golf Club offers an unforgettable golfing experience with its rolling fairways and breathtaking views. 

Mini Golf

North Myrtle Beach offers several miniature golf courses for those looking for a fun and lighthearted golfing experience. You’ll find many creatively designed mini golf courses, each with unique themes and challenges. 

You can enjoy a tropical landscape at Hawaiian Rumble Golf, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by cascading waterfalls and palm trees. Or perhaps you’d enjoy embarking on a lava-themed adventure at Molton Mountain. Adventure enthusiasts may best enjoy Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf, where they can uncover hidden treasures while putting their way along the course.

Experience the Natural Beauty of North Myrtle Beach

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You’ll find that the natural beauty of North Myrtle Beach extends far beyond its coastal shoreline. Venture beyond the beach to discover the many natural wonders of North Myrtle. 

Inlet Point Plantation Stables

One of the best ways to experience North Myrtle Beach is horseback riding with Inlet Point Plantation Stables. This stable offers scenic beach and waterway trail rides. Be sure to book your ride in advance, as rides fill up quickly in the busy season!

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

You’ll find plenty of spots to enjoy nature at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. You’ll find three different hiking trails inside the complex, a sprawling 10-acre meadow, and a 25-acre lake. If you’re traveling with your pup in tow, you’ll find two different dog parks for your fur babies to enjoy.  

Waites Island Preserve

For a unique experience, visit one of North Myrtle Beaches’ best-kept secrets, Waites Island Preserve. This 1,000-acre secluded barrier island is only accessible by boat or horseback.  This saltwater marsh is brimming with diverse wildlife that inhabits this unspoiled preserve. 

Brookgreen Gardens

You’ll find Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, just a short drive south of North Myrtle Beach. Hailed as the floral jewel of the South Carolina coast, this 9,000-acre property does not disappoint. You’ll find no shortage of scenic landscapes here, from the Butterfly Garden to the Live Oak Allee.

Explore the Nightlife Scene

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In North Myrtle Beach, the party doesn’t stop after the sun goes down. In fact, you’ll find the streets of this city come alive after dark with vibrant nightlife and a vast array of live music and entertainment options

Main Street

One of the best nightlight scenes in North Myrtle is actually on Main Street. You’ll find the street lined with bars, restaurants, and clubs where you can have an adult beverage while enjoying live music.  

Barefoot Landing

For entertainment that combines music, comedy, and theatrical performances, check out the Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing. This state of the art theater hosts live concerts, music reviews, and even comedy acts. 

Also located at Barefoot Landing, you’ll find the House of Blues. This live music venue hosts many high-profile artists and performers. From rock to blues to country to soul, you’re sure to find your choice of music here. They also have a restaurant on-site that serves up delicious Southern cuisine. 

Broadway on the Beach

You’ll find that the whole Myrtle Beach area has a vibrant nightlife scene. Just a short drive outside North Myrtle in Myrtle Beach, you’ll find Broadway on the Beach, home to many tourist attractions, including the Carolina Opry. Broadway at the Beach is also home to family-friendly attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium or Wonderworks. These spots aren’t just for family fun, though! They make a great date night adventures also. 

If you happen to be visiting in May, you can’t miss an opportunity to catch a festival with live music and delicious food. The Blue Crab Festival in nearby Little River, SC, is a popular local festival. One of the largest festivals in the southeast, you’ll find a two-day lineup of beachy beats to groove to.

Explore the History and Culture of the Area

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If history and cultural arts are more your thing, you’ll find no shortage of experiences to immerse yourself in.  

North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum

You can explore the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum to learn about the region’s past. From the earliest Native American inhabitants to its development through time as a popular coastal vacation town, you can immerse yourself in the area’s history through interactive exhibits and displays.

Hollywood Wax Museum

For a fun rainy-day excursion, pay a visit to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach. You can grab a selfie with lifelike wax figures of prominent historical and pop culture icons. From walking the red carpet with movie stars to jamming with a rock star, there’s no shortage of fun at this quirky museum.  

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

While in Myrtle Beach, you can also visit the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Located in a quaint historic cottage, you’ll find a range of exhibits here, from sculptures to paintings to photography and mixed media installations.  

Book Your Adults Themed North Myrtle Beach Getaway

Whether you’re searching for a quiet day on the beach or a thrill-seeking adventure that gets your adrenaline pumping, you’re sure to find it in this attraction-packed beach town.  Don’t wait! Summer spots are filling up fast! Reserve a vacation home with Grand Strand Resorts and start planning your itinerary today!