Myrtle Beach Offers Visitors A Variety Of Affordable Entertainment Options This Summer

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Whether its new attractions at Broadway at the Beach or oceanfront camping at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach has something to fit any budget.

It's that time of year again. Time to take a break from work, pack the family up and head to the beach for a relaxing vacation that everyone will enjoy. The best part about having that family vacation in Myrtle Beach — aside from the beautiful beaches, assortment of restaurants, and different attractions to choose from — is the affordability. The only hassle visiting families will face is figuring out how to fit everything in.

Families looking for a one-stop location that has it all — dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions — will want to check out Broadway at the Beach. In order to keep South Carolina's largest festival entertainment complex and top travel destination fresh and exciting, Broadway recently added several new attractions this year and has welcomed back a successful one from last summer.

Helicopter Adventures, the nation's first and only attraction offering helicopter tours from a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, is Broadway's newest attraction. Guests are shuttled to the launch site for an adventure that provides a birds-eye view of Broadway at the Beach. Tours start at only $20 and there are a variety of tour packages. Price depends on the length of the tour.

Returning for another summer is the Bodies Revealed exhibit, which — as the Associated Press recently reported — is one of South Carolina's most popular attractions. Because this exhibit was so popular last year and had to extend its run, it was an obvious choice to bring it back for a second season. It features preserved human specimens and organs that are tastefully displayed, allowing visitors of all ages to learn about the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Visitors are given a three-dimensional tour of the human body in ways that only doctors have previously been able to view it.

Looking for some fun that transends time? For a limited engagement, Broadway at the Beach will serve as the site of LEGO® Summer Brickation. This fun and hands-on experience will be open through July 17. A variety of activity areas are featured, providing families enjoyment in everything from building, games and challenges, to photo opportunities with life size LEGO models. The LEGO Summer Brickation is only appearing in four markets across the United States. The location at Broadway at the Beach is the only one in the Carolinas, so families visiting Myrtle Beach will want to check out this "must see" attraction.

In addition to its many attractions, Broadway at the Beach will feature "Coca-Cola Summer Nights." Through September 2, a variety of free entertainment will occur nightly. The family-friendly "Bryan Dangerous Comedy Show" will entertain families with an interactive comedy juggling show set to high energy music. Broadway's Celebrity Square will feature a Thursday night concert series, as well as a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night. And it wouldn't be summer at Broadway at the Beach without the traditional Tuesday night fireworks extravaganza over Lake Broadway, sponsored this year by Helicopter Adventures. Add in strolling entertainment with a few more surprises and there's something for everyone.

In order to make navigating the complex's 100+ specialty shops, 23 restaurants, three theaters, three on-site hotels, thrilling attractions and fabulous nightlife as simple as possible, Broadway at the Beach recently introduced a mobile app. Available in the Android and iPhone markets, it features all merchants by category, an interactive map, daily deals, events, and a car finder. It is easily downloadable by searching “Broadway at the Beach.”

A great way for families to combine art and entertainment is to plan a trip to the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, which now features the South's only nine-hole miniature golf course inspired by well-known works of art (including Starry, Starry Night and The Scream). The course is located on the ground level of the Art Museum and will be open throughout the summer. It's part of their summer-long theme, Art for Fun, and the year-long celebration, I Heart Art, which is in honor of the Art Museum's 15th Anniversary Year. And at just $3 for nine holes, this is one of the most affordable mini-golf experiences in town.

There's a good reason why those cruising to Myrtle Beach via RV choose to stay at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, the #1 RV Park in America: it's as budget-friendly as it is a fun place to stay. This 310 oceanfront-acre park is the 2011-2012 National “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category and offers 3,447 sites, 893 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RV's. Families can enjoy its nearly mile-long pristine beach, two-acre Recreation Center, pools, mini-golf, skate park, marine life Nature Center, freshwater lakes for fishing, year round activities — which includes the 14th Annual Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Weekend from August 24-25 — and much more during their stay. Guests never have to leave this campground for fun and amusement. It truly is a destination within a destination.

Helicopter rides. Exhibits and shows. Mini golf. Camping. With all of these exciting, family-oriented things to do, Myrtle Beach vacationers will find themselves getting more fun for less money this summer.

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