Planet Fun's 50,000-square-foot facility encloses a galaxy of black-lit, sound-blasting, light-flashing recreation to entertain family members of all ages. Embark on a mission of pin domination during a game of Constellation Alley bowling, with black-lit alleys equipped with comprehensive scoring systems and 32-inch flat-screen monitors ($1.25–$4/game, $2–$3/shoe rental) to methodically track every strike and cleverly camouflaged 11th pin. Space-themed, two-level laser tag ($6/game) arms imaginative combatants with a score-tracking laser vest and weapon and sets them loose in a double-decker arena of black-lit, futuristic obstacles. Guests fill fun receptors with nine holes of Ocean Quest Cosmic Mini-Golf ($3), amass a trove of tickets from more than 100 redemption and video games in the arcade, or relive their glory days as the school basketball in an inflatable bounce house with two slides.
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.
When Skydive Myrtle Beach’s instructors say that their careers are plummeting, they aren’t being pessimistic about their employment prospects—they’re telling the literal truth. Many of these professional plungers boast a background in the military and Special Operations, putting their extensive airborne experience to work helping civilians learn the art and thrill of free falling. They provide one-on-one instruction on the ground for new skydivers before loading them into a Pilatus Porter airplane for a 15-minute ride to altitude. At a height of a little more than 2 miles, they strap onto their students and execute a high-altitude jump, reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour before deploying the chutes. The resulting drift to earth lasts about five minutes, allowing students the perfect opportunity to capture photos of Myrtle Beach or very incautious birds.
With more than 170 participating courses stretching from New Hampshire to Georgia, MyGolf’s membership card grants golfers stationed throughout the Atlantic coast an opportunity to tour the region’s diverse links. Specific discounts vary from course to course, but all participating links honor the discount for members as well as their playing mates, encouraging social play while freeing up funds to send serrated sand wedges to culinary school. Affiliated golf academies prepare players for their rounds with discounted lessons, and clubbers can upgrade their equipment at participating golf shops. Along with cut-rate pin-hunting expeditions, the membership facilitates golf-centric vacations with discounts at restaurants, hotels, and Cold War-era bomb shelters near participating golf courses.
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.
Spread along the shore of Lake Tabor, Adventure Beach Scenario Paintball encompasses 108 acres of varying outdoor terrain. Areas ranging from forests to rolling hills to land with battle-scarred buildings become the stage for large-scale paintball and air soft games. Meanwhile, private parties let teams of friends or coworkers challenge each other on their own field. At an onsite pro shop, technicians provide all the necessary safety gear and equipment by Tippmann and Planet Eclipse, and do repairs if needed.