Myrtle Beach is one of the Atlantic coast's most fashionable tourist regions, combining a huge expanse of golden sands with loads of sunshine. But what if it rains? Well, there's plenty to choose from. With theaters, theme restaurants, bowling, health clubs, amusement arcades, libraries, museums and shopping malls to choose from, there's more to do on a rainy day than when the sun shines.
Ripley's Aquarium is located at the Broadway-at-the-Beach entertainment complex and occupies about 85,000 square feet. The exhibits include Dangerous Reef, the largest display that contains thousands of fish of every shape and size. This is where you'll get to see giant stingrays, squirrelfish, snappers, tarpons and large sharks. In the Rio Amazon exhibit, you can see piranhas, the tiger shovelnose catfish and many other freshwater fish that live in the waters of the River Amazon.
Bowling is always a great indoor entertaining activity, and there are two venues in Myrtle Beach where you can spend an hour or two. Try out the Surfside Bowling Center & Brickhouse Lounge (no website: 510 Highway 17 N, Myrtle Beach; 843-238-9754) or alternatively the Waccamaw Bowling Lanes (waccamawbowling.com). Both venues have a snack bar and a lounge to relax in, and Surfside Bowling features host DJs and line dancing and salsa from time to time, and is well worth a visit.
Children's Museum of South Carolina
The Children's Museum of South Carolina (cmsckids.org) is a great place to take the kids on a rainy day. Not only are the exhibits good, they're fun and entertaining and children benefit from the experience by learning as they play. Activities include the Magic School Bus, Seussville University, Berenstain Bears Activities for Learning & Fun, Bananaboo and National Geographic Kids. The Children's Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Myrtle Beach is blessed with having a good selection of theaters to choose from. As well as straight theater, there are a number of dinner shows. Options include Dolly Parton's Pirate Voyage, where you can witness swashbuckling pirates battle it out, and a Medieval Times dinner and show at Myrtle Beach Castle. In addition to Myrtle Beach's professional theaters, there are five theaters in and close to the city that specialize in community or amateur theater.
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