This past summer we decided to take a family trip to South Carolina to explore Myrtle Beach. I’d been to Myrtle Beach two other times, once in high school and once in college with friends. But this time I went with my husband and daughter, and fun was had by all.
Where we Stayed:
We stayed at the Paradise Resort. We chose this location because it had a decent rating on TripAdvisor and because the price was right! They were running a promotion which gave us a discount for booking within two weeks of our stay. We reserved a king suite that had both a sofa bed and a murphy wall bed. The room came equipped with a full kitchen and a balcony that overlooked the beach. We paid under $750 for a 4 day stay!
When we arrived, I was surprised by the fact that we would be staying in the hotel’s penthouse suite. This was my first time staying in a penthouse. However, this penthouse was not as fancy as the ones you see in the movies. It was basic, but the view of the beach was beautiful. Being on 20th floor meant we had a front row seat to some of the biggest birds I had ever seen up close. They made several flights past our balcony and it was quite exciting to watch.
The breeze from the balcony and the roar of the ocean was so relaxing and serine, that we decided to leave the balcony doors ajar. Not such a good idea. While I was worried more about the huge birds flying inside, turns out I should have been worried about the huge cockroaches that crawled up our balcony and into our room at night. During our stay we killed at least three of these massive cockroaches and decided that keeping the balcony doors open was no longer an option.
Besides our uninvited visitors, the resort was pretty good for the price. They were beachfront, but also donned a pool, lazy river, hot tubs, a restaurant, and a beach tiki bar equipped with food. Everyone was pleasant, and my daughter even made a new friend while floating along the lazy river.
My only gripe was that it was not walking distance to the strip, but because we went early in the day, and it was late in August, we were able to find close parking for only $5. So, no complaints here.
What we did:
Myrtle Beach has so much to do. I really wish we could have stayed a few days longer to really soak everything in. But we were able to cram in some activities, a few sites, and lots of water play during our 4 day stay.
We visited Ripley’s Believe it or Not! My daughter loves these museums. We have one in Baltimore too, but were curious about the differences, so we tried it out. We saw lots of fun and interesting sites and enjoyed the interactive activities.
Ripley’s ended up making a lot of money off us during this trip. They have several different locations in Myrtle Beach, and each one is different. My particularly favorite location was the aquarium located on Broadway at the Beach. This aquarium had so much to look at. Massive tanks, interactive digital games, a sting ray and jelly fish petting place, and the shark tank was like walking through a huge tunnel with water walls on all sides. It was amazing to look up and see large sharks of various types swimming just above our heads. The Ripley’s aquarium also had a mermaid shows for the kiddies. But our daughter, a tech savvy 9-year-old, was sorely unimpressed. However, she did enjoy the glass bottom boat ride and presentation. And she loved the sugar-coated donut holes they sold at a tiny stand on the second floor. They had various flavors, and we got an embarrassingly big bucket of 36 holes. We all ate our fair share and happily increased our risk for type 2 diabetes, while we swayed along the boardwalk. The boardwalk features a bevvy of shops of all kinds, both indoor and outdoor, restaurants, and plenty of seating for people watching. We also enjoyed feeding the fish and birds along the bridge.
But my favorite part of the trip had to be the helicopter ride! It was my first time on a helicopter. My daughter got the pleasure of sitting up front and me and the hubby were in the back seat. We flew over the boardwalk, the sky wheel, miles and miles of skyline resorts, and beautiful billowing waves along the sandy beach shore. Just as we were really soaking up that scenery, the ride was over. It was way too short. 8 miles was just not enough time to take it all in, but nevertheless, we enjoyed every minute of it. Well, except my daughter. She says it was too high up for her. She believes she’s afraid of heights, so we tried another soaring height, just to see if maybe we could conquer her fear. So, we rode the sky wheel, which is sort of like a fancy Ferris-wheel. Equipped with air-conditioning, automatic doors, and comfortable bench seating, it was a great way to see the whole of downtown Myrtle Beach in style. My daughter didn’t love it so much.
All in all, it was a nice trip and we had a lot of fun. I wish we could have stayed at least 5 or 6 days instead, but I’m sure we will venture there again in the future. This is a great family trip and would also be a great couple’s trip if you find yourself in the mood for a mixture of fun, sun and love.
Until next time, Happy Adventuring!