Friday, August 3, 2012

How to Spend a Rainy Day on the Grand Strand

For most vacationers, the biggest draw to the Grand Strand is 60 miles of sunny coastline. But what do you do when you wake up on a planned beach day to the sounds of rolling thunder? The appearance of threatening, dark clouds can be quite a disappointment. Fortunately, some of Myrtle Beach's best attractions and entertainment provide a fun-filled day while keeping you dry!


Professor Wonder and his team were attempting to create a contained man-made tornado at their lab in the Bermuda Triangle. When the scientists lost control of the experiment, the vortex lifted the laboratory and carried it all the way to Myrtle Beach where it landed, upside down, on top of a crab shack. Happily, none of the other experiments were damaged in the storm- which means they are available for us to enjoy! The dozens of interactive activities in this indoor amusement park include the Extreme 360° Bike, laying on a bed of nails, a variety of virtual sports, the bubble lab, laser tag and roller-coasters simulators! To learn while you have fun, stop by and feel how cold the water was the night the Titanic sank, experience a Category 1 hurricane simulator, learn about natural disasters and play a round of mind ball. You'll cap off hours of fun with the 3 story indoor ropes course located at the top of the building!

This is South Carolina's most visited attraction- and you'll see why! Get a close look at some of the ocean's most dangerous predators as you travel through the tunnel on the 340ft long moving glidepath. Dozens of sharks, sawfish, snappers, sea turtles, and a wide variety of fish cruise the waters, coming shockingly close to the glass! For the remainder of your visit, you'll be able to observe dozens of smaller tanks featuring jelly fish, a Pacific Giant Octopus, corals, tropical fish, piranhas, poison dart frogs and more. If you're feeling brave, you'll also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pet stingrays and horseshoe crabs. And, of course, you won't want to miss the seasonal mermaid dive show!

Additional Ripley's Locations

Ripley's has brought several popular attractions to the Myrtle Beach area. The Believe It or Not Museum provides "weird, wild, wacky fun" with 500 oddity exhibits including a genuine shrunken head, a transformer, a model of the world's tallest man and a stuffed 6-legged cow. Or head to Ripley's Haunted Adventure and get spooked by live actors, animatronics and special effects in their 3 story live-action haunted house (not for the faint of heart). Try your navigation skills at Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze, where hundreds of mirrors reflect dozens of pathways to throw you off course. Lastly, visit Ripley's Moving Theater, offering a 5D moving experience that includes surround sound, special effects, 3D imaging, and even smell!

Voted the best entertainment in Myrtle Beach for 26 years running, the Carolina Opry features two hours of singing, dancing, live music, clogging and comedy by a talented crew. The title Carolina Opry show includes a wide assortment of music genres including rock 'n roll, country, Broadway, pop and gospel. The Good Vibrations show takes you on a musical tour of your favorite hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Shows run Monday through Saturday at 7:30pm. Be sure to check their schedule, as they also offer varying matinees!

The Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre seasonally brings several different shows to the Myrtle Beach area. Their current production is Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline, a jaw-dropping performance featuring dangerous and thrilling acts of athleticism. You'll be endlessly entertained by contortionists, tumblers, aerial acts and clowns. The grand finale comes in the form of the Globe of Death, in which 3 daredevils ride motor bikes upside down in a 16 ft globe, narrowly missing each other in the process. Performances are every night at 7:30pm with matinee performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each night at 5:30, The Palace also presents Rock Around the Clock featuring favorites from the 50's, complete with poodle skirts! For a of couple hours, relive the good old days and boogie in your seat with this nostalgic show. Performances are held Monday through Friday at 5:30pm.

Other Shows

There are a variety of shows across the Grand Strand to suit every taste and preference! Experience the world's greatest live tribute show, Legends, honoring your favorite celebrities with uncanny look-and-sound-alikes. Travel back in time to cheer on 14th century knights in their sword and jousting competitions, all while savoring a four course banquet at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Enjoy singing, dancing, comedy and amazing costumes with a variety of music genres at Alabama Theatre's The One show. Finally, you can set sail with Pirates Voyage, where you'll watch the Crimson and Sapphire pirates battle each other on deck and in the water with breath-taking acrobatics, dives, live animals and sword fighting. They'll even treat you to a mouth-watering pirate feast.

If the rain puts a damper on your outdoor plans, head to one of these fun-filled attractions. Remember to purchase your tickets at the Official Myrtle Beach Welcome Center in Aynor, South Carolina to receive fabulous discounts. By the end of the day, you may even be glad it stormed!

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