Next to a Carolina sunrise or a heaping plate of calabash shrimp, the most beautiful thing to see in Myrtle Beach these days is a “we’re open!” sign.
Visitors and residents in this area did a good job of masking up, keeping social distance, and respecting the threat of coronavirus, all while enjoying Myrtle Beach. Businesses altered plans and found a way to serve the community. As a result, much of what people love about a beach getaway was still available to enjoy.
Pair that with cool fall weather, and Myrtle Beach becomes rather enticing – as if it needed the help! Check Center for Disease Control guidelines for protocol updates, before you vacation and while you’re here.
What is Open in the Myrtle Beach Area?
Pretty much everything you love about North Beach Resort & Villas is open. Get your family together, or an extended family/friends group, and reserve spacious, well-appointed rooms for everyone. It’s family-friendly, and don’t be surprised if you spend an entire day on-site, enjoying the pools and local dining. Find the serenity your family wants in a beach getaway.
This is elevated social distancing: Losing yourself on the winding trails through wonderful gardens and statuary. If you forget your mask, they have them on site. You can visit this serene botanical garden in Horry County with a mask, especially in interior galleries and the museum shop. The Huntington Sculpture Garden tour is closed until further notice.
The theatre has posted rescheduled dates on its website, where you can also buy tickets. If you can’t get enough seats together ordering online, Alabama Theatre asks that you call them to make arrangements. You’ll love this unbelievably talented cast and an array of stellar shows.
If you haven’t experienced them yourself, you’ve probably heard lots about the shark tanks and tunnel. They’re astonishing! Don’t forget your mask when you visit. The glass-bottom boat and touch tanks, among a few other attractions, are still closed. Also, the aquarium staff asks for patience if lines are a bit longer than usual. Kids and grownups alike love this center.
Learn about this historic winery as you sample the finest sweet wine in the south. The winery has limited access to wine storage and disinfects all areas after each testing for your safety. Staff is masked up, too. Duplin is offering a discounted shipping rate if you buy a case of wine – just their way to help customers during the pandemic. This is a great Myrtle Beach escape!
You may enter the castle – with a few restrictions. You’ll be temperature screened when you get there, and Her Majesty insists you wear a mask in her castle. Social distance from others by about a sword’s length and the staff will seat parties at least 6 feet from each other in the dinner theater. This medieval tournament and show feature a delicious dinner, too.
The shops have temporary hours – so check the website first, and be sure to bring a mask. This nationwide outlet chain has put protocols into action that fit local ordinances, and have a process for self-screening and pre-shift temperature checks for staff. You’ll find ample hand sanitizing stations throughout to help shoppers shop safely.
Broadway at the Beach
Common touchpoints, such as restrooms, door handles, and more, are getting a little extra TLC from the cleaning crew. Before Broadway opens each day, it’s undergone a thorough inspection and protocol to ensure a safe environment for you. So come visit the eateries and shops you love here, take in some live music, and feed the fish if you choose.
At entrances and near touchpoint areas, Barefoot has provided sanitizing stations. Restaurant labels are spaced for social distancing, and floor decals remind visitors of social distancing protocols. You’ll find foot-opening and outward opening restroom doors in this have-everything complex, complete with dining, fun, shopping, and a cool arcade – yes, it’s open!
A ride on this Myrtle Beach icon is calm and breathtaking. The staff is cleaning to ensure a safe experience for all, so the wait might be a little longer than usual. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands before and after riding, for at least 20 seconds. Don’t touch your face as you ride and before you can wash your hands. You’re in for a spin like no other!
Hollywood Wax Museum
This one’s fun for visitors of all ages. The zombie lab and mirror maze are particularly popular. Masks are required for entry, by the Myrtle Beach mandate (not applicable to the wax figures!) They’ll give you a mask free if you forget yours. Please pay by credit or debit card until further notice. Come walk among the stars at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
Broadway Grand Prix
Even non-drivers have a blast here – with the kid- and family-friendly areas for fun, too. With fair-style food and fast action, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon. Please wear your mask while visiting, and excuse a longer wait between rides for thorough cleaning of cars. If you’re not feeling well, stay at the resort. If you’re good – there’s a ride for almost any aged rider here!
WonderWorks Myrtle Beach
Teachers get educator discounts with a school ID. Play a round of laser tag and visit the must-see bubble factory. Masks are required for entry. WonderWorks is in that cool upside-down building you see while cruising the strip! The staff keeps a close eye on sanitization all day, for your safety. It’s an awesome place to learn about science as you have family fun, too.
The Carolina Opry
There’s something for everyone with a huge array of genres on the show list. The show goes on at The Carolina Opry, with a modified seating arrangement and safety measures practiced. A marvelous cast makes for a memorable show. Buy concessions, including beer and wine, during your visit to one of the area’s leading performing arts centers.