Surrealist murals of outer space—complete with orbiting dolphins and bowling pins—look down from overhead as customers topple pins on the 32 USBC-certified bowling lines inside Planet Fun. This cosmic theme extends throughout the 50,000-square-foot family entertainment center, and kids and adults flock to its many attractions. At the two-story indoor laser tag arena, epic sci-fi battles are fought with focused beams of light amid spirited debates over hypothetical confrontations between the Enterprise and a Star Destroyer. The nine-hole mini-golf course allows guests to immerse themselves in the black-lit glow of the sea, accompanied by sights of giant neon oysters, starfish, and divers. To refute theories that life isn’t all about games, Planet Fun also boasts a redemption arcade stocked with more than 100 titles. After exchanging tickets for prizes, players tackle stomach rumblings at the on-site Starz Grill, which serves up a family-friendly menu of steaks, salads, burgers, chicken, pasta, and all-you-can-eat crab legs.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology. At Curves, estrogen-touting exercise mavens move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. The Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness incorporates the Curves philosophy within the moves of Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that focuses on free-form movement instead of belligerently counting reps over the music.
North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum collects history from the area to share with its residents and visitors. The history begins 5,000 years ago with the Native Americans who first occupied the land, and continues up to the present day, featuring exhibits on shag dancing, beach culture, and natural history. Artifacts gathered from the state line down to Barefoot Resort detail the past and present, and hands-on elements help visitors get a feel for the region's science and history.
Myrtle Beach Jetpack Adventures wants everyone to be able to feel weightless at least once. To achieve that goal, the company hosts jetpack lessons out on the water. Fliers strap on a water-powered jetpack, work with a flight instructor and navigator, and zoom out of the water in minutes. During the session, they tumble and swoop in the air as swimmers gaze up in envy. A safety helmet with an inset speaker will relay one-on-one coaching to ensure your flight runs smoothly.
As a conglomerate of paintball facilities, Paintball International is a one-stop shop for weekend warriors seeking some chromatic outdoor combat. Partnering with fields across the country, the company helps players live out their battlefield fantasies, whether they're sneaking up on an enemy installation, executing tactic strategies, or painting Water Lilies on the chest of a charging opponent.
While in the Mirrormaze USA, you may turn a corner and see a surprise dead end or an infinite reflection of yourself, staring back from all sides. The maze holds thousands of mirrors that bewilder and confuse, and a few funhouse mirrors that transform you into a new you, stretched thin, squished flat, or sporting a cape and hat atop a steed.