Honestly I feel like the photo's speak for themselves for most of these posts. It's hard for me sometimes to put my thoughts into word that make sense of what I was feeling then and now revisiting each stop but non the less I will try.
If you didn't know I grew up in what I consider to be a pretty small town. k-12 when I was there was roughly 350 students. We didn't have a stop light, one grocery store, and a gas station. The best little pizza joint within 30+ miles but small. People took tractors to prom. Ha, cliche sounding right. So since graduating I have lived in big cities, I feel I adapted well, pro's and con's for sure. Now we live in the burbs but it is still pretty big. I promise I have a point to all of this. Upon pulling into Myrtle Beach we were slammed with traffic. Probably not a big deal but when your in a big ole RV pulling a car its a tad overwhelming. It was raining a little but nothing like what we experienced going through Willmington, NC on the way down. Very tourist heavy but the main strip of road was filled with FUN!! Go carts, seafood buffets, mini golf, shopping, and lots of people!! Our kids eyes lit up like the 4th of July. I should mention while I am sure it is a busy place often, it was a few days prior the 4th so we knew holiday was driving a lot more people there.
We didn't plan many stops on this Summer trip, in fact we only booked 3 camp spots the whole 2 months. So as soon as we got to Myrtle Beach we found our Wal-Mart of choosing and unloaded the car to find the Boardwalk and the beaches. Side note: if you didn't know MOST Wal-Marts are RV friendly (be sure to ask) so we stayed in MANY Wal_Mart parking lots along the way.
The rain eased up just in time for us to get in the car and head out. My friend who is a Myrtle Beach regular sent me a whole list of ideas to do while in town. I will share her list below in case you want to visit too. We were only going to be there for roughly 24 hrs so we did what we could. First stop ... the BEACH!
Maybe it was the rain but the beaches were near empty compared to the cars and pedestrians we saw everywhere else. We took full advantage. We bought the kids a bucket of sand toys at Costco before we left and today was the perfect day to break them out. We built our own little "pool" as the kids called it which was perfect for Sky. They had a whole mote, castles, and a stream all the way back to the ocean. I didn't get a picture of the whole set up before they destroyed it. BOYS.
That big ole ferris wheel in the back, yea that is the famous one of Broadway. We parked ourselves on the beach right in front of it. The kids were scared and refused as soon as they saw it and the entire time on the beach they were trying to convince each other that if one agreed to do it then the other would. Pretty sure it went like this. "If you aren't scared and you do it, I will do it" I will be honest, I was NOT upset that they didn't want to do it. While I am confident the views were amazing, being in a glass box going in circles way in the air ... meh. I like the beach, where my feet are on the ground, in the sand.
No ferris wheel meant more time for boogy boarding and lets face it, that is better. I can't recall but I think we picked these up in Wal-Mart at our first stop to have at the pool, send Dad into the store with the kids and who knows what they will come out with. More on that later. Lets just say, its never a dull moment and I am never surprised at what they come home with. So while the boys played in the waves, Sky and I walked a long the beach picking up every shell we saw to add to our collection.
In our true family fashion there was only one thing we could do next. The boys were still trying to convince each other that they were brave enough but were waiting for the other one to say he wanted to go on the ferris wheel. So while they did that off we went for ice cream. We dropped a small fortune but it was well worth it, I mean look at that face. We got really lucky with local shops having dairy free options so she doesn't have to miss out on the fun. Once we wrapped up on the beach and the boys decided that maybe next time the other would be ready to ride the big wheel it was time to leave the boardwalk and head back for some more fun we found a long the road.
Look at that sunset we had for the night at The Track!! The boys were beyond excited to hit the track and the lines were long so they opted for the smaller track first where they could drive. It was so funny to see them trying to pass each other. I can't possibly imagine where their competitiveness comes from. Ha! Unfortunately as they finished their laps here it started to pour and they closed the track until it was dry enough. We waited around but it got late so they refunded us the difference and we headed out for dinner. So dinner ended up being a learning experience for us. We went to a large seafood buffet right by the track because it was raining, my husband was on a mission for crab legs, and it was right next door. There were pirates upon entering, an entire ship dressed staff, and food and nautical memorabilia everywhere you looked. Honestly, the biggest buffet I have ever been to. I am sure its strategic but you walk by all the amazing food, the dessert buffet, and beautiful decor before you get seated. They take your drink order and then tell you the cost. For some, aka my husband, it was perfect price ... unlimited king crab and all the seafood I don't typically eat. For myself and the kids, it was a bit of a stretch. They even charged for the Sky and she is 1. So my advice, unless you are like my husband, be sure to ask before you are drawn in by all your surroundings. It was delic and I had my first southern sweet tea while there!! We didn't sweat it as we took in our surroundings and that this trip was all about trying new things and different experiences. So in reference to my story above about my growing up, we had a BLAST in Myrtle, the hubs and I did agree it was a bit more touristy than we prefer. So next visit we hope to find some hidden gems located in or around Myrtle Beach. Ok, just one more picture for fun and of course the list I promised from my friend. CHARLESTON is our next stop baby!!!!
List of recommendations from my friend Cindy -- for Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas
Broadway at the Beach! There is the Nostalgic Pavilion Park (major history) knick knack shops and more! We are doing Wonderworks and Ripleys Aquarium this year 😆 both at Broadway -Margarittaville is there too cool for kids but can be $$
On the Boardwalk ride the Skywheel and then have lunch or dinner at Peaches Corner
Putt-putt everywhere!! And go earlish because it gets CROWDED
Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle - more shops and stuff - dicks last resort restaurant for a good laugh. (We stay in North Myrtle because it's a lot quieter)
Calabash, NC (just inside NC - prob could hit up on your way down the coast) - shop at Callahan's - then drive to the waterway and eat at Dockside for a cool dinner on the water!
Murrells Inlet is fantastic for fresh seafood on the water its southern Myrtle Beach. We love Flo's
Brookgreen Gardens is a botanical garden that awesome.
If you have time you have to take a early morning and go shelling in Pawleys Island!
If you want to buy fresh seafood to cook yourself then in Cherry Grove (north Myrtle) then "Platt's" is the place to go!
**If you have anything to add to the list, comment below as I would love to check them out on future trips as well as other readers would love to hear your idea's.