Year after year, during the month of May, more than 300,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts head over to South Carolina's most popular vacation destination for the Myrtle Beach Bike Week: The Carolinas' Largest Motorcycle Event. It's happening on May 13-22 this year, and aside from hordes of bikers, you can expect fun and exciting activities in Myrtle Beach. You don't need a hog to enjoy the Myrtle Beach Bike Week, just drive over to South Carolina and take note of our list of things to see and do:
1. Participate in the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Festivities.
Haul your bike into your toy hauler and join around 300,000 other riders in the 10-day festivities. No bike? No problem. Motorcycle rentals are easily found around Myrtle Beach. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a motorcycle class driver's license and a credit card. Not a rider? No problem here either. There are other activities you can enjoy such as watching the motorcycle race, attending the concerts, shopping for souvenirs, ogling bikes, and joining parties.
2. Indulge in Seafood.
Myrtle Beach is blessed with bountiful waters and is billed as the seafood capital of South Carolina. Travelers can hardly wait to get their hands on superbly fresh, succulent, and delectable seafood, especially those who have to make do with frozen seafood back home. If you're looking to go to seafood heaven, you may want to try the seafood buffet at these famous restaurants: Original Benjamin's, Captain George's, Crabby Mike's, Seafare Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet, and Preston's Seafood & Country Buffet.
3. Get Lost in the Beauty of Brookgreen Gardens.
Located south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens is a tapestry of lovely sculptures, colorful plants and flowers, lush vegetation, and magnificent live oak trees. It is a collaboration between Mother Nature, brilliant and attentive caretakers, and some of America's most renowned visual artists. This National Historic Landmark is the brainchild of philanthropists Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
4. Bring Your Children to the Ripley's Aquarium.
Take a visit to Ripley's Aquarium, see colorful undersea animals, and let your children learn about new and exciting creatures. Visitors watch and interact with plenty of species of fish, sharks, and stingrays in the different sections of the aquarium.
5. Spend a Day at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk.
A wholesome place to bring your family, Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk is a historic fishing village that is now a popular attraction in Myrtle Beach. Restaurants line the boardwalk, serving regional and international fare, and there are also jazz pubs, nightclubs, and several boutiques. You can go bird watching, fishing, dolphin watching, kayaking, and scuba diving.
6. Be Among the First to Ride the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.
When finished, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will be a massive 187-foot ferriswheel comprised of 42 climate-controlled, glass-encased gondolas that will take guests on a spectacular 10-minute ride. It will serve as the centerpiece of along the Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade and feature a nightly, one-of-a-kind LED light show. While the ride won't officially open till Memorial Day on May 30th, you can see the finishing touches being put on during Bike Week or stay around for Memorial Day to be among the first to ride it.
7. Shop for Treasures at the Myrtle Beach Flea Market.
Measuring 80,000 square feet, the Myrtle Beach Flea Market happens to be one of the biggest flea markets in the country. Whether you're after buying antiques, clothing, jewelry, or even appliances and bikes, you'll surely come across something that'll tickle your fancy. Shopping at the Myrtle Beach Flea Market is a comfortable experience, as it is climate-controlled, handicapped-accessible, and well-organized.
8. Improve Your Golf Handicap.
Golf is a popular sport in Myrtle Beach, and you'll find more than a dozen beautiful golf courses in the area.
9. Get Entertained by World-Class Shows and Concerts.
At Myrtle Beach's theaters such as The Carolina Opry, Palace Theatre, and Alabama Theatre, there are variety shows, comedy shows, impersonations, musicals, circus shows, and magic.
10. Enjoy the Beach.
What's a trip to Myrtle Beach without a leisurely time under the sun? Slather on sunscreen, lay out a beach blanket, and soak up the warm Carolina sun.
There are many campgrounds and RV parks in Myrtle Beach and neighboring towns. Make early reservations to guarantee your spot.
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