As a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs aim to enchant fans with shapely curveballs and winning line drives. The club takes the field at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, where fans can take in views of the Ashley River as they watch the next crop of MLB stars sprout from the nutrient-rich soil stored within their cleats. Between innings, fans can snack on the Riley Park's concession stands' pickle dogs, brat cheesesteaks, and old-fashioned boiled peanuts—just some of the delicacies that have lured ballpark-cuisine fans from the Travel Channel to The Joe.
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.
Ocean Sailing Academy, an international sailing and charter company and US Sailing-accredited school, specializes in instruction for novices to highly experienced sailors, with opportunities to participate in lessons, regattas, and other sailing events. The Academy boasts a fleet of 10 vessels—including a 26-foot Colgate keelboat, a 38-foot motored yacht, and a 62-foot schooner—which they make available for charters ranging from sunset cruises to Caribbean vacations.
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.
At Park West Tennis Club, an experienced tennis pro hosts lessons and clinics for players of all ages and experience levels. A USPTA-certified pro helms the staff, former youth tennis champion and Hawaii National head coach Nick Loudermilk. In addition to its lessons and free play on six courts, the facility includes a full-service pro shop with gear and restringing services.
The custom-built Gause Built 26 is an all-water fishing boat, designed to shuttle anglers from foot-deep water to offshore pods of dolphins. Owner and captain Chuck Griffin designed his boat to cater to the varied needs of the fishing community, outfitting it with a tower to spot schools in the distance and allow guests better views. He commands his boat armed with more than 25 years of experience, and he assists guests in snagging an array of fishy specimen such as inshore seatrout, nearshore barracudas, and offshore king mackerel. When not angling or fly-fishing, Captain Chuck glides with guests to the open water in pursuit of frolicking pods of dolphins that may or may not know the secret to holding your breath for a really long time.