Myrtle Beach, SC, also known as the Grand Strand, boasts miles of spectacular beaches, 100 golf courses, shopping and entertainment centers, and fresh local seafood. This isn't a locale where the sidewalks are rolled up at night. When the sun goes down, Myrtle Beach comes alive.
DAY 1: BEACH FUN
As the destination's name implies, the main attraction here is the beach and there is 60 miles of it. Give your group some beach time and the opportunity to swim, surf, lounge, or play Frisbee or volleyball.
Arrange for your group to get up close to aquatic marine mammals with Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour. This is the most experienced eco-friendly dolphin encounter along the South Carolina coast.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire Myrtle Beach area, Broadway at the Beach has something for every member of your group, with more than 350 acres of shops, restaurants, nightlife, and attractions. WonderWorks Myrtle Beach, one of Broadway at the Beach's most popular attractions, is a great place to build team camaraderie. Soar+Explore, a highlight, features an over-water zipline and ropes challenge courses.
DAY 2: FLY HIGH
Fifteen minutes' drive from downtown Myrtle Beach is the Waccamaw River, a beautiful blackwater river with towering cypress trees draped in Spanish moss. A guided kayak tour with Black River Outdoors Center will uncover a side of the Grand Strand not to miss.
The centerpiece of the 1.2-mile-long Boardwalk, the 187-foot-tall SkyWheel Myrtle Beach Ferris wheel offers beautiful panoramic views of the city. It features 42 Swiss-manufactured, fully enclosed gondolas, each seating up to six passengers. A VIP gondola is equipped with a glass floor and leather bucket seating.
The Carolina Opry has been thrilling Myrtle Beach visitors for nearly 30 years. High-energy music, comedy, and dance combine in this variety show that is held in the Calvin Gilmore Theater.
DAY 3: HISTORY AND NATURE
The 9,100-acre Brookgreen Gardens was created from four former rice plantations: The Oaks, Brookgreen, Springfield, and Laurel Hill. In the 1930s, this property was converted to what would become a National Historic Landmark with internationally renowned artists' statuary gardens, inspiring floral and indigenous plant displays, dirt road rover tours, pontoon boat tours, and even a zoo.
Take a scenic pontoon boat tour aboard the Waccamaw Lady out of the Wacca Wache Marina in Murrells Inlet for a Plantation River Tour. It will float by six plantations, slave cabins, ancient mossy oaks, alligators, and all kinds of South Carolina wildlife.
The 1930s oceanfront Sea Captain's House has been Southern Living's "Best Seafood Restaurant" for many years. It specializes in low country-style seafood and chops.
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This article appears in the May 2016 issue of Successful Meetings.