Myrtle BeachDon’t pack away your shorts, tank tops and flip-flops just yet… summer isn’t over in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! In fact, September and October are the very best months to visit with the family.

The weather and the water are still warm and the attractions and world-famous golf courses are less crowded. Or as residents of “the Grand Strand” like to say, along with their 60 miles of pristine, white-sand beaches… they also get 60 extra days of summer to enjoy them. I recently got to enjoy them too for the first time. I will definitely be remembering the soothing sounds of the ocean I fell asleep to every night in my beautiful beach house as the snow starts to fall here in Colorado in October.

Beyond the beach, there is plenty to keep you and your family entertained. I was awe-struck by the number of mini-golf courses I spotted. Besides being the golf capital of the world, Myrtle Beach is also the mecca of mini-golf. There are more than 50 putt-putt golf courses to be exact.

But, when it comes to activities, why not do what the locals do? Here are just a handful of activities they recommend:

Myrtle Beach Broadway at the Beach

Give yourself a day to explore the famous, Broadway at the Beach. Shopping, dining, attractions, live entertainment and nightlife await you. Glide on a moving walkway through the Dangerous Reef, a 750,000-gallon all-around shark tank at Ripley’s Aquarium. Ride the famous, 1912 Hershell-Spillman Carousel at Pavilion Carousel Park. And don’t forget to buy some colorful and delicious, salt-water taffy to bring home. If you can wait that long.

Myrtle Beach Brookgreen Gardens

Ready for a tour? How about a self-guided one through America’s largest outdoor sculpture garden, Brookgreen Gardens. And, it would just be wrong not to tour the former rice plantations and slave quarters of Hobcaw Barony.

Myrtle Beach Hobcaw Barony
If nature is more your thing, learn about the creatures of the coast from a park ranger at Myrtle Beach State Park. Join the fishermen on the pier for some surf fishing or try your hand at crabbing. Or, how about a swamp tour of the Black River in a kayak with BlackRiver Outdoors? This was my favorite activity. Not only was our most entertaining guide, Paul, full of facts about everything that grew or crawled along the banks of the river, he was also funny and engaging.

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No visit to Myrtle Beach would be complete without a flight on the SkyWheel. You’ll get the most magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean and the 1.2 miles of Oceanfront Boardwalk below from 200 feet up in the air, so be sure to snap lots of pictures!

These are just a few of the activities among those featured on VisitMyrtleBeach.com’s list of 60 Best-Kept Secrets that the locals love to do best! While you’re there, see how you can win a 3-night, 4-day stay for 2 to Myrtle Beach in one of 3 different ways!

Chris is a designer, WAHM and pilot’s wife living in Colorado. She writes as Standby Traveling Mom as well as at MamaBirdsBlog.com. Follow her on Twitter as @BirdBanter.

Disclosure: Visit Myrtle Beach hosted me for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by Visit Myrtle Beach.