Traveling with large groups can be lots of fun, and create lots of headaches for whoever is in charge. The old adage “the more the merrier” certainly applies in Myrtle Beach, where there are plenty of things to do and see for everyone in your group. But that same blessing can be a curse when half your party wants to go this way and the others choose to go the opposite direction. That's why it's important to find places that cater to a wide range of interests and tastes. Here are a few helpful suggestions for keeping everyone in your large group both happy and together:
* Attractions: Shuttling everyone around to different locations can be a pain, so it's important to select spots that have a variety of options. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a great place to let your group split up and check out the many downtown offerings. Let some stretch out on the beach while others roam the 1.2-mile oceanfront walkway to check out the downtown district. If your group includes kids and adults, nearby Family Kingdom is a great place to let the little ones ride the rides while grownups can supervise without having to purchase tickets.
* Dining: Meals may be the toughest challenge of all. The only thing harder than finding restaurant than can accommodate a large party during the busier months is finding a restaurant to satisfy the varied taste buds of your group. An all-you-can-eat seafood buffet like Captain George's have larger dining areas with private rooms, as well as offering “land food” and children's favorites on the expansive buffet. For a more formal affair, restaurants that are located inside old cottages, like Sea Captain's House and The Brentwood House, have separate rooms for private functions.
* Nightlife: For adults who want to experience Myrtle Beach after dark, there's only one place where large groups can split up while still staying in the immediate vicinity – Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. Featuring a dozen clubs on the same city block, this multiplex has clubs for those who want to dance to a wide range of beats – country (Rodeo's), disco (Revolutions) and the blues (Froggy Bottomz). Guests can catch a comedy show, a dueling pianos act, a sports bar and a frozen drinks bar, all just steps away from the other. A cab stand is located behind Hard Rock Cafe, which makes a great gathering spot for the ride back to Paradise.
* Shopping: Large complexes like Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Market Common make great places for larger groups since members can go door-to-door to the shops that interest them. Coastal Grand Mall and the Tanger Outlet Stores are also ideal places for giving your group the widest possible selection of shopping venues. Featuring all the major national chains as well as several local mom-and-pop shops, these shopping centers are your best bet for group retail therapy.
* Theaters: Myrtle Beach is filled with quality live entertainment options, and most of them cater to large parties with discounted tickets and group seating. The Palace Theatre, Carolina Opry and Legends in Concert are located in Myrtle Beach, and the Alabama Theatre and House of Blues are just across the parking lot from one another at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. All five offer exciting shows that are designed to entertain young and old, although Pirates Voyage and Medieval Times are more popular among younger crowds. Although technically not a theater, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor-league baseball team puts on a quality show both on and off the diamond.