Five Reasons To Visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina This Fall

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Enjoy Outdoor Activities Or Shopping, Dining, And Entertainment At Establishments Like Broadway At The Beach, Where There Is Something For Everyone

Broadway at the Beach Holiday Parade

Fall is one of the best times to visit Myrtle Beach. Whether it's shopping, dinning, golfing or attending holiday celebrations, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Fall is one of the best times to visit Myrtle Beach. The weather is beautiful, with average temperatures at about 70 degrees. Visitors can enjoy comfortable outdoor events, play a round of golf, or stroll around and begin holiday shopping while the kids are entertained at places like Broadway at the Beach.

If planning a fall getaway to Myrtle Beach, here is a list of the top five things that can't be missed.

1. Visit Broadway At The Beach — Whether indoors or out, there are plenty of things at this 350-acre destination for the entire family. According to a list compiled by Google, Broadway at the Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States. Keep the family entertained by visiting attractions like Ripley's Aquarium or WonderWorks. Grab a bite to eat at restaurants like Paula Deen's Family Kitchen or Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Take a stroll down The Avenue, a section of Broadway that's home to Hard Rock Cafe, Wahlburgers, and a 40,000-square-foot Dave & Buster's. And, on September 28, it's the site of the largest Halloween Bash along the Grand Strand, featuring an adult costume contest and prizes. On October 31, the kiddies get to have all the fun trick-or-treating throughout Broadway. The holidays are fast approaching so begin shopping for Christmas by strolling through the many specialty shops. One of the highlights each season is the annual “A Very Broadway Christmas” which begins on Saturday, December 2 with the Ripley's Attractions Holiday Parade, followed by family-friendly activities. An hour-long tree lighting celebration and entertainment program leads up to fireworks over Lake Broadway.

2. Head South And Enjoy The Beauty Of Brookgreen Gardens — Don't miss the highly anticipated annual “Nights of a Thousand Candles” celebration. On November 30, December 1-2, December 7-9, and December 14-17, Brookgreen Gardens comes to life with more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can walk along the paths, sip a cup of warm cider, enjoy holiday music and be awed by the 80-foot tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights. There are sculptures and other displays to enjoy. And on select nights, Bill Oberst comes back to the Lowcountry from his Hollywood base to perform his famous one-man-show of “A Christmas Carol.”

3. Hit the Links At Over 100 Golf Courses — This is one of the best times of the year to tee it up in America's Seaside Golf Capital. The area's premier resource for tee time bookings, Myrtle Beach Golf Trips has been putting together great golf experiences for customers since 1927. One of the best options offered during the fall season is the “Most Rewarding Package” where golfers can choose four rounds from 22 award-winning courses and receive a $100 rewards card to be used for food, merchandise and more. Single rounds start at just $39. Golfers can choose from courses like TPC Myrtle Beach where PGA TOUR players competed and it's the only Myrtle Beach golf course to ever be awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest. World Tour takes golfers “Around the World in 18 Holes” with recreations of 18 of the world’s most elite, renowned, and challenging golf layouts from 15 courses in three countries and nine states. Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature course, offers subtle greens well-guarded by bunkers and challenging fairways dotted with water. A scenic round every time, it has received numerous accolades from Golf Digest, Golf magazine and other national media.

4. Head North To Experience Barefoot Landing — This coastal village atmosphere features boardwalks and bridges that weave through this 100-acre nature-friendly complex with its wide variety of specialty and retail shops, waterfront restaurants, and entertainment venues. Set along the Intracoastal Waterway and featuring a lake, there are fabulous restaurants like the House of Blues or Greg Norman's Australian Grille. Kids can be entertained at places like Alligator Adventure or 7D Cinema with its 10 different rides. On Saturday, October 28, kids can have lots of fun at the annual BooFest! with costume contests for kids and pets, as well as activities like face painting, a balloon artist, and kids' karaoke. On October 31, there's a night of safe, family fun trick-or-treating throughout the complex. Get ready for the holidays at the Christmas Mouse or find a perfect gift for the sports fanatic at the Sports Zone. And on November 18, Barefoot Landing will host its annual tree lighting celebration, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks spectacular.

5. Get In A Festive Spirit With One Of The Holiday Shows — The Carolina Opry and the Alabama Theatre are long-time favorites. By combining Christmas classics and contemporary holiday songs, spectacular dancers and some holiday humor, these shows have something to please everyone. For a night of action, food and fun, check out Pirates Voyage with its many acrobatic feats and a live nativity, or Medieval Times with its action-packed tournament on horseback. Or how about a holiday show featuring entertainers like Elvis Presley or Nat King Cole singing some holiday favorites. At Legends In Concert, this November and December, these tribute artists make it possible.

So whether its shopping, dinning or holiday entertainment, Myrtle Beach is the place to visit this fall.

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