Along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, the breezy area of North Myrtle Beach attracts visitors with its breathtaking views and nearby landmarks. Look forward to days filled with splashing in the surf, hiking in the nearby state park, and fishing off the local pier. When you book a North Myrtle Beach vacation rental, you can enjoy easy access to the beach and family-friendly entertainment. North Myrtle Beach also features an eclectic blend of shopping, fine dining, and all the amenities you could want. Take a look at a few of the most exciting activities in and around North Myrtle Beach.

1. Sunbathe on Cherry Grove Beach

Avoid the crowds on Myrtle Beach with a day of soaking up the sun on Cherry Grove Beach. Your kids can splash in the surf, build sandcastles, and collect seashells in their favorite pail. The Grand Strand Resort rents and sets up umbrellas and beach chairs to make your day more comfortable. Rent boogie boards, catch up on your reading under an umbrella, and fly a kite. Before leaving your vacation rental, pack a cooler with drinks and sandwiches, so you don’t have to leave the beach for lunch. On-duty lifeguards during the summer season help keep everyone safe.

2. Learn More About Reptiles at Alligator Adventure

Alligator Adventure has more than 50 species of animals on display, and not all of them are reptiles. See alligators lazing in the sun, and hyenas resting in the grass. During the live feeding of an alligator, learn more about these large reptiles and their ecosystem. There’s also a show featuring large snakes of all breeds. See an African warthog, and admire the beautiful colors of the flock of flamingos.

3. Play at O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park

Stop by the O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park for an evening of fun and games. See most of North Myrtle Beach and its attractions from the top of the Ferris wheel, and test your courage on one of the park’s roller coasters. There are games of chance to win teddy bears or other prizes. When you need a little pick-me-up, stop by one of the concession stands for carnival food, including funnel cakes, hot dogs, and nachos.

4. Go Fishing on the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier

Choose a spot along the 1950s Cherry Grove Fishing Pier and drop your line in the water to catch fish. If you need bait or lures, go to Cherry Grove Pier Bait and Tackle to pick up anything you left back at the vacation rental. At the pier’s restaurant, enjoy a family meal with spectacular views over the ocean. Climb the two-story observation deck to watch the ships sailing by or catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the water.

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5. Visit Duplin Winery

Take a tour of the Duplin Winery, and find your new favorite wine at the tasting room, where you can enjoy a variety of samples and learn more about pairing the varieties with different meals. Stop by the gift shop to pick up a bottle to take back to your vacation rental. This winery hosts many special events, so check the schedule.

6. Go Wild at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station helps to rehouse large cats and care for them within they’re in at-risk situations. Get an up-close look at these large cats. Schedule a visit and spend time with a tiger cub. T.I.G.E.R.S. cares for a variety of animals in addition to large cats, including elephants and monkeys. While it’s free to visit, there is a fee to interact with the cubs and get your picture taken.

7. Hit the Water With Glass Bottom Kayak Tours

Head out into the ocean or one of the smaller waterways with a tour from Glass Bottom Kayak Tours. These kayaks give you a unique look at the life under the water. As you glide along the water, your guide points out unique plants, animals, and birds. Learn about the unique ecosystems and conservation efforts to protect them. There are several different tours, including the Cherry Grove Salt Marshes and Waccamaw River.

8. Play a Game of Chance on The Big “M” Casino

See if you have the luck of the Irish with a few hours of gambling on the Big “M” Casino. This boat takes you out onto the ocean before the games begin. Play blackjack and roulette, and drop coins in the slot machines that line the room. You can chow down at the buffet when hunger strikes. When you need a break, wander out on the deck to see North Myrtle Beach from the water.

9. Learn More About Ocean Life at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Broken up by regions, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has numerous exhibits to teach you about underwater environments from oceans and lakes to ponds and marshes. Put your hand in the touch tank, and enjoy the unique feel of a stingray as it glides by. Schedule a special swim with sharks, or just watch them swim overhead as you walk through the shark tunnel with aquariums surrounding you.

10. Ride Horses at Inlet Point Plantation

Ride horseback along the beach on a tour from Inland Point Plantation, as the wind ruffles your hair and the sounds of crashing waves fill your ear. This stable offers several horseback riding trips in and around the North Myrtle Beach area, suitable for all skill levels.

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