The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park's wood-framed rollercoaster whips along at 55 m.p.h.
Although the Grand Strand abounds with championship, full-size golf courses, it's almost as well-known for the preponderance of miniature golf courses (46 at last count). Our favorite has to be the Dragon's Lair Fantasy Golf course at Broadway at the Beach, where a dragon rises from a castle tower and spews fire.
As with most popular summer spots, Myrtle Beach has an abundance of outlet-style shopping complexes and superstores. In addition to Broadway at the Beach, there's Tanger Outlet Center and Myrtle Beach Factory Stores, with more shops popping up all the time.
Have a late lunch or early dinner at Capt. Dave's Dockside, about 12 miles south of town at Murrells Inlet. It's worth the short drive. You could make a meal out of the bacon-wrapped shrimp appetizer ($7.25), but then you wouldn't be able to enjoy the crab cakes with rémoulade sauce ($18.95); (843) 651-5850.
If you're leaving town tomorrow, here's your last chance to hang out on the beach. You might be surprised at how much less crowded it gets later in the day, but especially as the sun sets. In summer, that happens later than any other season. Time just seems to go by faster when you're having fun.
For more information Contact the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-356-3016 or www.myrtlebeachinfo.com.
This article is from the June 2003 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.