Myrtle Beach Indoor Attractions: Things to Do When It Rains

Myrtle Beach ranks among the best beaches in America according to Travel Channel and among America’s best beach towns by Travel + Leisure. Part of its appeal are the beaches, but weather doesn’t always cooperate. When this happens, don’t worry. Vacationers won’t find themselves cooped up with nothing to do. These Myrtle Beach indoor attractions provide the ideal place to play when it rains. Check them out.

Top Myrtle Beach Indoor Attractions for Rainy Days

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See a Show and Live Performances

One of the top places for family entertainment in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach offers several venues to see live shows, concerts, tournaments and musical acts. Legends in Concert – a top venue for professional tribute performers – hosts year-round concerts featuring hit artists. The award-winning cast honors greats such as Elvis, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton and Nat King Cole. All concerts are family-friendly, and Legends has won awards for show of the year and entertainers of the year.

Other top venues include Carolina Opry, which hosts shows that celebrate dance, magic, lights, music and comedy. In addition, GTS Theater offers a cabaret-style venue that features Motown, swing, decade tributes and special holiday performances. View all Myrtle Beach live shows.

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Visit Ripley’s Aquarium

Voted among our best aquariums for close encounters, Ripley’s Aquarium offers fun for the family in its two-level facility. Also among the top Myrtle Beach indoor attractions, Ripley’s houses 10 large exhibits. Meet and greet mermaids, see reef marine life and slimy animals, and experience a glass-bottom boat adventure. The Discovery Center welcomes visitors to get hands-on while they interact and learn in a multimedia environment.

When planning a trip to Ripley’s, attend one of the live shows scheduled throughout the day. Guests enjoy watching animal feedings, dive shows and mermaid shows. These events occur during various times, so check Ripley’s show schedule for more information.

Try to Escape

Escape games provide groups an opportunity to work together. The game places a group inside a locked room where they find clues and solve puzzles. If they complete tasks within one-hour, they escape. If not, better luck next time.

Myrtle Beach has several escape room games in the area. If in North Myrtle Beach, head to Break Out on Main Street. Break Out has five different game options, such as Red Beard’s Revenge, CSI Myrtle Beach and Undead Outbreak. Games are recommended for all ages.

Other top-rated escape rooms in Myrtle Beach include: Riddles Escape Room, Backstage Escape Games and Myrtle Beach Room Escape. All escape room venues have different games, so visitors can play their favorites.

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Explore Museums

Museums also rank among the best Myrtle Beach indoor attractions, and many offer affordable or cheap things to do when it rains.

Hollywood Wax Museum is a must-see and houses wax statues of celebrities and famous icons. Wheels of Yesteryear displays over 50 vintage American muscle cars and trucks, and inventory rotates regularly.

Art lovers should visit Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, and toddlers have a blast at Children’s Museum of South Carolina. In addition, families enjoy Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, which has a mirror maze, 5-D movie theater, and over 200 exhibits and artifacts.

Paint a Masterpiece

Couples and friends looking for a rainy-day activity should try painting at one of the pottery and paint shops in Myrtle Beach. Top-rated and family-owned, Harry the Potter provides an affordable family-friendly activity. Visitors choose their piece, colors, design elements and paint. Once completed, the shop will fire and glaze it, and get it ready for pick-up. For out-of-towners, the shop also ships directly to their homes.

Paint and Unwined in Murrels Inlet and Wine and Design in Myrtle Beach offer more adult-oriented activities. These paint classes allow visitors to paint while enjoying conversation and beverages. Drinks include a variety of sodas, water, wine and beer, with the latter featuring South Carolina-made options.

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