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Underrated Accessible Destinations: Myrtle Beach, SC
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Underrated Accessible Destinations: Myrtle Beach, SC

The winter months are slowly closing in, and you will soon need to escape the frigid temperature they bring with them. Go down south and have some fun! When I think of the quintessential winter vacation spot, I think of Myrtle Beach. This beachside city rests at the perfect intersection between warm weather and affordability, making it an attractive winter getaway for groups large and small.

Myrtle Beach is as accessible as many major cities, with ramps for some sidewalks and restaurants. However, you’ll be doing most of your daily traveling by way of the car. Be sure to drive something that is comfortable over long distances, whether bringing your own car or renting one in Myrtle Beach.

To get you started on your accessible vacation planning, here are some great rentals, activities, and entertainments options for you to consider for your trip!

Where to Stay in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach:

Find something on the beach in the Grand Strand to explore the more than 20 miles of pristine beach. Most of the rental properties in the area are either condos or hotels. Make sure you select a hotel that complies with federal accessibility regulations. Call ahead to verify the facilities you’ll need for a comfortable stay. There are a variety of hotels that cater to different group types. Whether you’re looking for a resort stay that comes with a Myrtle Beach golf package, or you’re traveling with pets and need a pet-friendly winter rental, there are many properties to choose from.

Things to Do in the Area: 

1. Hit the Beach: The City of Myrtle Beach provides beach-going wheelchairs at no cost, though they are first-come-first-serve. They are well-equipped with balloon tires and safety belts for those who require them. A quick look at Visit Myrtle Beach will provide a full list of beach accessibility locations.

2. Cruise the Ocean: Other than the beautiful beach, there are numerous options for your group that are accessible to all. The Seas Screamer dolphin cruise is a great way to see some wildlife that you might not be able to see on your ordinary beach day, and it is completely accessible. If your family is seeking a bit more adventure, First Strike Charters offers an intro trip to deep sea fishing off the coast, where you’ll reel in some big catches!

3. See Sharks Up Close or Visit the Wax Museum: If you want to step it up a bit, you can also book them for a shark fishing expedition, though you’ll certainly have to work up a bit of courage before taking it on. If the weather takes a bad turn, however, you’ll need a respite in the form of a fun, indoor activity.

There are numerous options, including the Hollywood Wax Museum, but one of the most exciting and entertaining is certainly Ripley’s Mirror Maze. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in some great family bonding, as you and your group try to find your way out of this twisting, turning, confusing maze of mirrors. LED lights glow amongst the mirrored halls, and any age can participate! You’ve never experienced anything like this labyrinth!

4. Grub up at the Area’s Popular Eateries: Some fan favorites include Villa Romana and Sole, both excellent Italian eateries. But, since you are indeed traveling to the south, you have to try some barbecue. Simply Southern Smokehouse boasts tremendous reviews, and shouldn’t be missed on your adventure.

You really cannot go wrong in the Grand Strand. Your group will return home relaxed, well rested, and completely tired out from the endless activity and entertainment options you have to choose from.

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