It's not every day that you get to swim off the coast of your own private island. But thanks to Living Large Party Barge, you can to do just that. That's because the company whisks its guests on cruises aboard open-air boats that make their way to uninhabited islands. Once there, guests can swim, sunbathe, and learn historical tidbits about the area from the boat's captain and a wise old sea turtle that communicates telepathically. Guests can also charter boats for bachelorette parties and weddings or cruise around to water-adjacent watering holes during a boat bar hop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.