Weekend Adventures in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I went to Myrtle Beach for the first time ever in my life. Which is really odd if you live in the south, because everyone goes there a few times a year. Like if I want to go to a beach, I’m going to Topsail on the NC coast, where I have family. However for my friend, Heather’s birthday we went for a girl’s weekend. The trip overall was amazing, minus the horrible “hotel” we got through Hotel Tonight. I’ll save that for last. We also went the same weekend, there was a tropical storm going through, so it basically rained the WHOLE TIME.

Now there’s only a gift shop on like every corner, but there’s only one you need to go to. It’s like this one never ends, there were so many awesome things in this gift shop. Like, I almost got lost, most likely the most fun I had the whole trip. It’s called the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove.

Weekend Adventures in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is located at 910 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States, and calls itself “the nation’s largest gift shop”. As of 2011, the Gay Dolphin had 26,000 square feet and store owner Justin “Buz” Plyler said the store averaged 70,000 items.

Sky Wheel

Take a ferris wheel ride on the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel and look out over Myrtle Beach and the ocean inside your own private gondola reaching up to 20 stories high. If you want to upgrade your seat you can even get a gondola with a glass-bottom floor and leather seats.


WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind with 50,000 square feet of “edu-tainment”. The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Dive into adventure at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. Enjoy a hands-on encounter with prehistoric horseshoe crabs, gentle stingrays, and jellies. See over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in exhibits like Rio Amazon, Dangerous Reef, Ray Bay, and more!”

Broadway at Myrtle Beach

Broadway at the Beach is a hotspot among Myrtle Beach visitors, Broadway at the Beach offers a mix of shopping, dining and entertainment in the heart of Myrtle Beach. From specialty shops and eateries to speed-boat rides and zip-lines, Broadway at the Beach truly has something for everyone. New restaurants joining Broadway at the Beach include Bar Louie and MELT. Serving shareable, chef-inspired grub, craft cocktails, and local beers, Bar Louie is scheduled to open this summer in The Avenue, between Carolina Comedy Club and Crocodile Rocks.

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Now we didn’t eat at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. But I really wanted to, next time I go back I want to eat there. They got some weird mid-day hours between meals, but you’re still able to check out the store. I had to get myself a picture, just to say that I actually was there.

Weekend Adventures in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Hey! I'm Natalie and I live in North Carolina. I'm a single mama of four awesome kiddos. These are my thoughts on life, motherhood, fitness and everything in between.


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