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FUNand Games SHOWTIME in Myrtle Beach LEARNING at the beach OUTDOOR exploration RESTAURANT Resource

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yrtle Beach is the destination that your youth and student travelers have been looking for. Sixty miles of sandy shoreline should be enough to excite any group of young travelers. But in the cities of the Grand Strand area, the beach is only the beginning. The popularity of Myrtle Beach and nearby communities has led to the creation of a tourism mecca with amusement, entertainment, shopping and outdoor thrills to keep groups busy for days. Educators, youth leaders and others planning trips for young people will find various ways to make the most of the Myrtle Beach bounty. Nature, history and science abound in attractions throughout the area, giving trip organizers a wide menu of educational opportunities for their groups. And the wealth of coastal areas and marshland habitats make for plenty of ways to enjoy a day exploring the great outdoors. Manmade elements enhance the fun throughout the destination. Marquee attractions and amusement areas around town offer plenty of ways for young travelers to let loose and enjoy some high-energy thrills. And theater and entertainment venues throughout the area provide shows as well as backstage programs and performance opportunities for groups. Peruse the pages of this magazine to get some ideas for your next youth and student group trip to Myrtle Beach. To make plans for your visit, contact Sandy Haines, group tour sales manager at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 800-488-8998 OR SANDY.HAINES@VISITMYRTLEBEACH.COM.

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f there is one thing that Myrtle Beach never runs out of, it is entertainment. Whether students are looking for a quiet, relaxing activity or something a little more active and thrilling, they are sure to find it along the Grand Strand. Pirate-themed mini golf, treetop obstacle courses, racecar tracks and water parks are just a few of the diverse attractions in the area that groups can choose from.

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BROADWAY AT THE BEACH

Broadway at the Beach is one of the Grand Strand’s most legendary attractions, boasting more than 350 acres of shopping, dining and entertainment. Student groups will run out of time long before they run out of things to do at this bustling venue, which includes major attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, Backstage Escape Games, Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf, WonderWorks and the Hollywood Wax Museum. There are dozens of unusual shops to explore, from the Flip Flop Factory to Broadway Magic, and Hollywood Heroes and Villains. Later in the day, students can pick up a tasty snack or meal from eateries like Ben and Jerry’s, the Hard Rock Café and Extreme Pizza. Broadway at the Beach hosts numerous events and

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BROADWAY AT THE BEACH OFFERS A WEALTH OF RESTAURANTS, ATTRACTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT.

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festivals throughout the year, including free nightly entertainment during the summer where students can enjoy face painting, street performers and fireworks. WWW.BROADWAYATTHEBEACH.COM

OCEANFRONT BOARDWALK AND SKYWHEEL

Just a short distance from downtown Myrtle Beach, visitors can stroll along the city’s new 1.2-mile Ocean Boardwalk and Promenade, which stretches from 14th Avenue to the Second Avenue piers. The beautiful boardwalk, completed in 2010, consists of nearly 800,000 feet

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of lumber. In addition to relishing the view, groups can take advantage of scenic beachfront dining at locales like Landshark Bar and Grill, Pier House Restaurant and Moe Moon’s Beachside Burgers. The centerpiece of the Boardwalk is the SkyWheel, a towering 187-foot Ferris wheel that offers an unparalleled view of the sand, the ocean and the downtown area. The ride has 42 climate-controlled, glass gondolas that each seat two to six guests, so passengers stay cool and comfortable throughout the experience. When it opened in 2011, SkyWheel was the first climate-controlled wheel ride in the United States and the second-tallest Ferris wheel in North America. WWW.SKYWHEEL.COM

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BROADWAY GRAND PRIX

The race is on at the Broadway Grand Prix, where guests can fight for the finish line on seven go-kart tracks. Across from Broadway at the Beach, the Broadway Grand Prix makes sure every age group has an enjoyable time, offering various levels of difficulty on each track. The Slick Track challenges drivers with tight turns and sleek pavement, and the Grand Prix Pro Track allows the gokarts to race up to 20 miles per hour. Younger kids can take a spin on the Family Track, the Junior Racer or the Kids Track. In addition, the attraction offers a mini golf course, a rock-climbing wall, an arcade and a soaring bungee ride called Sky Coaster. Groups can swing by the snack bar to grab a bite of funnel cake, pizza, burgers or Dippin’ Dots. Groups of 15 or more can take advantage of great package deals with food vouchers and unlimited time on the tracks. WWW.BROADWAYGRANDPRIX.COM

WILD WATER AND WHEELS

Wild Water and Wheels is “more than just a water park,” offering a wonderful variety of water rides and many other activities. Groups can compete for best race time during five different go-kart experiences, go head to head on bumper boats or play a round of putt-putt on the 18-hole mini golf course. The Free Fall Cliff Dive is not for the faint of heart; it shoots riders through a near-vertical drop at 45 mph. On the mat slides, kids can race headfirst down a four-lane slide with steep rolls and drops. The 940-foot-long lazy river winds through waterfalls, a rain forest and raindrop fountains, and the Wipeout Wave Pool features eight different wave patterns that can reach up to four feet in height. Groups of 15 or more can take advantage of discounted rates, along with one free park admission for every 20 purchased tickets. WWW.WILD-WATER.COM

MYRTLE WAVES

A million gallons of fun awaits visitors at Myrtle Waves Water Park, the largest water park in South Carolina. The park features more than 30 thrilling waterslides, a wave pool, a 333,000-gallon lazy river and a 250-foot Racin’ River with a 10-mph current. On the inner-tube slides, guests can pair up with friends and take on the serpentine slides of Snake Mountain or fly down an enclosed Courtesy Broadway Grand Prix flume into a bowl-shaped funnel at Arooba Tooba. The Super Chute poses an exhilarating challenge, sending a single rider down a 20-foot enclosed tube with a four-foot vertical drop; the Turbo Twisters take riders on a wild, spiraling journey through pitch-black tunnels at 50 feet per second. Groups can purchase discounted all-day wristbands for parties of 15 or more, with one free park admission for every 20 tickets. WWW.MYRTLEWAVES.COM

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WILD WATER AND WHEELS

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FACT MYRTLE WAVES IS THE LARGEST WATERPARK IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

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FAMILY KINGDOM

Along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach, Family Kingdom is a classic seaside amusement park, guaranteeing youth and visiting families an unforgettable good time. Over the past few years, Family Kingdom has added four new rides to its collection, including the steel roller coaster Twist ’n’ Shout. On this electrifying adventure, groups twist and turn through the air in fourpassenger cars modeled after vintage vehicles. There are plenty of old favorites as well, such as the Ferris wheel, the Log Flume water ride, the Galleon pirate ship and the wooden Swamp Fox coaster, a staple of Myrtle Beach since 1966. Later in the day, groups can share a meal at the 100-seat Picnic Pavilion. Family Kingdom also includes Splashes, the only beachfront water park in Myrtle Beach, which features speed slides, inner-tube slides and a 425-foot-long lazy river. Groups can book all-day passes to one or both parks. WWW.FAMILYKINGDOMFUN.COM

FACT FAMILY KINGDOM HAS MYRTLE BEACH’S ONLY BEACHFRONT WATERPARK.

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FAMILY KINGDOM Courtesy Family Kingdom

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MYRTLE BEACH FAMILY GOLF

Myrtle Beach Family Golf invites visitors to step into a storybook adventure as they play at five themed mini golf locations. Winner of the 2017 Reader’s Choice Award, Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf brings the enchanted island of Neverland to life, with players having to cross through vibrant pirate ships and ominous skull caves.

The Dragon’s Lair takes guests on a fantastical adventure around a magic kingdom ruled by the fire-breathing dragon Sir Alfred. On Shipwreck Island, players take on the role of castaways navigating a strange and beautiful island where their ship, the Myrtle Maiden, has wrecked. Dinosaur lovers might enjoy a trip to Jurassic Golf, where prehistoric beasts like raptors and T. rexes still roam. At Jungle Safari, players will encounter jungle animals such as zebras, elephants and giraffes as they wander through the colorful savanna. Package deals for all five locations can be found on the Myrtle Beach Family Golf website. WWW.MYRTLEBEACHFAMILYGOLF.COM

BAREFOOT LANDING

FAMILY PLAYING JUNGLE SAFARI GOLF Courtesy Myrtle Beach Family Golf

Situated along the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, Barefoot Landing is a thriving shopping village where groups can explore dozens of shops and waterfront attractions. Young shoppers may enjoy stopping in unusual stores such as the TrickMaster Magic Shop, the Carolina Hat Company, Tiki Jim’s and PURPLEologist. Animal lovers can snuggle with baby tigers at the T.I.G.E.R.S.

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Preservation Station or pay a visit to Alligator Adventure, one of the largest reptile habitats in the world and home to colorful creatures like albino alligators, blue-necked cassowary birds and lemurs. Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, the House of Blues, Stillhouse Barbecue and Ultimate California Pizza are just a few of the appetizing dining choices in the area. WWW.BFLANDING.COM

HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM

At the Hollywood Wax Museum, visitors get the chance to see incredible wax replicas of Hollywood elites like Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Clint Eastwood, Beyoncé and Katy Perry. Groups can use fun props throughout the museum to take pictures with some of their favorite musicians and actors. The museum also houses Hannah’s Mirror Maze, a themed maze challenge that follows the characters of King Oscar, Queen Emmy and the Wizard of the Golden Globe as they race to rescue Princess Hannah. The maze features 288 potential turns through mirrored archways and walls. Outbreak is the third walk-through attraction in the building. At the beginning of the experience, guests learn

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CAROUSEL AT BAREFOOT LANDING Courtesy Barefoot Landing

HANNAH’S MIRROR MAZE AT HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM Courtesy Hollywood Wax Museum

about a mysterious viral outbreak in the government facility where they have been assigned cleanup duty. Groups must escape before the virus reaches them as well, trekking through a zombie-ravaged basement, morgue and science lab. Groups can purchase an all-access pass to visit all three attractions. WWW.HOLLYWOODWAXMYRTLEBEACH.COM

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RADICAL ROPES ADVENTURE PARK

Based in a beautiful, five-acre forest, the Radical Ropes Adventure Course challenges groups to step outside their comfort zones as they take on a treetop obstacle course, rock climbing and zip lines. The aerial adventure park caters to all skill levels, beginning with a safety training

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session. Guests climb over log bridges, swinging steps and more as they work their way up the three levels, which mount as high as 55 feet. The higher they go, the harder the challenge becomes. Groups can also test their limits on the 70-foot-high climbing wall and then rappel off the Leap of Faith platform, which uses an automatic belay system to gently lower climbers to the ground. The KidZips area is designed for children ages 4 to 8 and features small-scale zip lines and other obstacles that are no more than 10 feet high. Youth organizers can contact the park in advance to make special arrangements for their group. WWW.RADICALROPES.COM

MYRTLE BEACH ROOM ESCAPE

Escape rooms have become one of the hottest trends in live, interactive entertainment. During the activity, teams are “locked� in a room and given one hour to find clues and solve puzzles to break out, providing an excellent opportunity for youth groups to practice problem-solving skills and peer-to-peer coaching. Myrtle Beach Room Escape offers five different thrilling room themes from which groups can choose. In

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Walking Dead, participants learn that they are trapped in a safe house surrounded by zombies; someone must break out and locate more supplies before it is too late. In the Jail Break scenario, players have 60 minutes to break out of a prison cell while evading security lasers and prison guards. The Save E.T. escape room is a great option for younger groups; teams have one hour to help E.T. launch his spaceship and return home. Though each room is limited in capacity, youth planners can break their groups into smaller teams and play in several rooms simultaneously. WWW.MYRTLEBEACHROOMESCAPE.COM

As players work together to solve the clues, a staff member monitors the game from hidden cameras and provides helpful hints as needed. Designed for ages 12 and up, the game experiences a success rate of 18 percent, offering a great critical-thinking challenge to youth and adults alike. Up to eight guests can play at a time. WWW.BACKSTAGEESCAPEGAMES.COM

BACKSTAGE ESCAPE GAMES

Backstage Escape Games offers one signature escape room challenge: the Legend of Atlantis. World-renowned explorer Hathaway Wren claims to have discovered the lost city of Atlantis, but all communication with him has been lost. Players have 60 minutes to uncover the secret tunnels and doors that lead into the Temple of Poseidon, where Hathaway and the five legendary Atlantean Power Crystals are rumored to be.

BACKSTAGE ESCAPE GAMES Courtesy Backstage Escape Games

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GO APE

Located in 14 states across the country, Go Ape is a growing aerial adventure chain whose mission is to inspire people to “live adventurously.� At the Myrtle Beach location, student groups can push their limits in a scenic outdoor setting as they scale rope ladders, zip line through the trees and maneuver across moving bridges. After a brief safety lesson, challengers can spend two to three hours exploring the course through a thick canopy of trees over 50 feet above the ground. At one point, guests fly through the air on a Tarzan swing and then latch on to a rope net. The exhilarating experience is a terrific way to foster team building and self-confidence, especially for young visitors. The Treetop Adventure course caters to climbers 10 and up, and Treetop Junior includes a one-hour beginners course so kids of all ages can have a fun time as they traverse a high-ropes trail for the first time. WWW.GOAPE.COM GO APE

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MYRTLE BEACH SAFARI

For anyone who has ever dreamed of embarking on an African adventure, Myrtle Beach Safari is just the place to visit. The 50-acre zoo and tropical garden offers a oncein-a-lifetime encounter with some of the planet’s biggest and most exotic creatures, including tigers, cheetahs, chimpanzees and elephant. The most famous tenant of the zoo is a 900-pound “liger” named Hercules, the rare crossbred offspring of a male lion and tigress. One of the largest big cats in captivity, Hercules stands nearly 11 feet tall on his hind legs and can run up to 50 mph.  During the experience, students learn about animal care as well as modern conservation issues, such as the ivory trade and illegal poaching. Groups can also stop by Myrtle Beach Safari’s T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, a separate attraction in Barefoot Landing, for a furry photo-op with baby tigers. Ticket proceeds help support the Rare Species Fund, an international wildlife conservation program. WWW.MYRTLEBEACHSAFARI.COM

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yrtle Beach’s theaters feature some of the most riveting acts in the country, from distinguished musicians to acrobatic pirates and valiant knights with gleaming swords. Students can take advantage of the immense talent and expertise these entertainers have to offer by signing up for a creative workshop where they can learn dance, voice and comedy techniques

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from some of the best in the business. There are also many performance opportunities for choirs and dance groups to showcase their abilities outside a school setting. Aspiring young singers and dancers have so much to gain from a visit to one of these highly regarded attractions.

PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER AND SHOW

Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show takes guests on a swashbuckling adventure across the seven seas, where they

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HIP-HOP CLOGGING GROUP ALL THAT! PERFORMS WEEKLY AT THE CAROLINA OPRY. Courtesy Gilmore Entertainment

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encounter pirates, mermaids, sea lions, tropical birds and more. Featuring song, dance and aerial acrobatics over a 15-foot-deep lagoon, the show follows the daring exploits of Captain Blackbeard and his crew as they sail in search of lost treasure. “It’s constant excitement and adventure,” said Christy Cochran, director of sales and marketing at Pirates Voyage. “Most people don’t know what to expect except pirates, but when they leave, they’re just in awe of the entire experience.” As the lively narrative unfolds, guests are treated to a delicious four-course meal of roasted chicken, buttery corn

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on the cob, creamy vegetable soup, fresh Buccaneer bread and a slice of apple pie; vegetarian and gluten-free options are available upon request. Guests are asked to arrive 50 minutes early for the preshow in Pirates Village, where they can enjoy pirate-themed refreshments, sing-a-longs with the crew and face-paintings as a little pirate or mermaid. For a more exclusive experience, schools can book the entire theater and incorporate educational components into the preshow. Though the main arena is not designed for band performances, student choirs and other groups can perform outside the facility as guests arrive for the show. WWW.PIRATESVOYAGE.COM

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CAROLINA OPRY

After more than 30 years on the Grand Strand, the Carolina Opry has established a far-reaching reputation for excellence. Its signature award-winning show regales audiences with two hours of energetic song, dance and comedy. The theater also features a 1960s, 1970s and 1980s tribute show called “Time Warp,” an illusionist

show called “Pure Magic” and a laser light extravaganza called “Thunder and Light” starring the hip-hop clogging group All That! from NBC’s television hit “America’s Got Talent.” Student groups can take advantage of several educational opportunities at the theater, including dance workshops and voices lessons. “We have so many resources, with over 40 cast members to teach different areas, so we can tailor the program to each group,” said Jordan Gilmore Watkins, vice president and director of marketing at the theater. When students visit the theater for a show, they can learn more about the backgrounds and professional experiences of the performers through an informal interview session called Inside the Carolina Opry. During the program, a moderator typically asks cast members certain questions, and then people in the audience have an opportunity to take the mic and pose their own. WWW.THECAROLINAOPRY.COM

THE CAROLINA OPRY Courtesy Gilmore Entertainment

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ALABAMA THEATRE

Voted the No. 1 theater attraction in town by Myrtle Beach locals and tourists, the Alabama Theatre presents a dazzling variety show throughout the year titled “One the Show,” in addition to a weekly concert series from artists like Alabama, Josh Turner, the Temptations and the Four Tops. “One the Show” appeals to all age

A DANCE WORKSHOP AT ALABAMA THEATRE

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groups with a dynamic blend of pop, rock, country and Broadway music and includes show-stopping numbers such as “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King” and “Let it Go” from “Frozen.” In between the songs and dance routines, seasoned comedian Grant Turner keeps the audience laughing with his act as a bumbling stagehand named Ricky Mokel. “You can just look at him and laugh,” said Ellen Calhoun, national sales manager at the theater. “Ricky has been with theater almost 17 years.” Student dance groups and choirs are welcome to perform in the preshow before the main production. Students can also coordinate a master class with the dance captain or bandleader, followed by a technical tour of the theater with the stage manager. Afterward, the group often takes pictures onstage with some of the cast or production crew. WWW.ALABAMA-THEATRE.COM

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MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament transports guests to 11th-century Spain with a gripping live performance of sword fighting and jousting. Real sparks fly as knights clash in battle and gallop across the arena floor on white Spanish horses while different sections of the audience cheer for their favored champion. As the action

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unfolds, guests can dine on a lavish medieval feast of garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes and the pastry of the castle. “The knights put so much passion and energy into what they do,” said Amanda Mateo, marketing and sales manager at Medieval Times. “It can take up to six months to prepare for a performance.” Medieval Times also offers a special show for youth and student groups with a 20-minute educational portion. During this interactive program, the chancellor, the king and other cast members talk to the students about medieval history, drawing connections between modern issues and certain medieval values, such as the code of chivalry and standing up to bullies. Students are encouraged to ask questions and engage with the cast throughout the discussion. Cheer teams, choirs and dance groups can arrange preshow performances in advance. WWW.MEDIEVALTIMES.COM

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LEGENDS IN CONCERT

For more than 34 years, Legends in Concert has set the standard for live tribute shows. Talented artists replicate the styles and sounds of some of the world’s most legendary performers, from Elvis Presley to Dolly Parton and Bruno Mars. “The singers constantly improvise, so they go off and joke with the audience or answer questions,” said Chris Beattie, general regional manager at the theater. “The crowd loves the interaction.” The acts alternate seasonally throughout the year so visitors can experience different versions of the show. During the spring, many student groups come to town for competitions and other scholastic events, so the tribute lineup caters to a younger demographic, with tribute artists who depict singers such as Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. In the summertime, when many families visit for vacation, the show brings in acts with more broad appeal, recreating the likes of Presley, the Blues Brothers, Steven Tyler and Prince. The fall sees a range of classic acts, such as Barbra Streisand, the Four Tops and Garth Brooks,

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STUDENTS PERFORMING AT LEGENDS IN CONCERT Courtesy Legends in Concert

followed by Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart and Nat King Cole around Christmastime. Students with an interest in dance or music can meet with cast members to learn more about their crafts. Preshow performance opportunities are also available. WWW.LEGENDSINCONCERT.COM/MYRTLE-BEACH

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GTS THEATRE

Beth and Richard Wylde founded GTS Theatre in 2016 after working as comedy stage hypnotists for more than 20 years. Though one of the newest theaters on the Grand Strand, GTS Theatre has already established itself as a quality entertainment venue where guests can expect an interactive, unforgettable show in an intimate setting. “Motor City Musical,” the theater’s signature show, highlights classic Motown artists from the ’60s and ’70s such as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and

GTS THEATRE Courtesy GTS Theatre

the Jackson Five. A new show recently debuted called “Black N Blueblay”; it commemorates the legacy of the Rat Pack, from Frank Sinatra to Sammy Davis Jr., and Michael Buble. During the holidays, a festive spirit takes over the stage with shows like “Crazy Country Christmas” and the “Motown Christmas Tribute Show.” Aspiring student performers can schedule Q&A sessions with the cast to learn about what motivated them to pursue theater and how they got their starts in the business. The theater also offers more extensive programs, such as acting, choreography and voice workshops. “We try to offer kids an education in theater when they come to the show,” said Beth Wylde, who manages group sales. “We talk about the No. 1 song during the time period and provide a brief history of Motown music.” WWW.GTSTHEATRE.COM

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ASHER THEATRE

Opening the spring of 2018, the Asher Theatre centers on wholesome, family-style entertainment, presenting an eclectic offering of tribute shows, jazz concerts, karaoke nights and more. The name of the theater derives from the biblical tribe of Asher, which means “joy” and “happiness.” “We’re committed to bringing people together from all walks of life and enhancing their lives through entertainment,” said Grace Stephens, who co-founded the theater with her husband, James. After traveling the world as a professional comedian and celebrity impersonator for more than 20 years, James Stephens decided to return to his roots in South Carolina and give his one-man tribute show, “Man of a Thousand Voices,” a permanent stage in Myrtle Beach. During the show, Stephens transitions flawlessly between impressions of music legends like Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Lil’ Wayne, adding a touch of his trademark humor. One of the characteristics that sets the Stephens family apart from other entertainers is their passion for youth. Once the theater opens, they plan to offer a wide selection of children’s programs, from costume design classes to screenwriting lessons and stand-up comedy workshops. “Stand-up comedy helps kids learn how to be more outspoken and confident,” said James Stephens. WWW.ASHERTHEATRE.COM

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ASHER THEATRE Courtesy Asher Theatre

“Stand-up comedy helps kids learn how to be more outspoken and confident.” JAMES STEPHENS ASHER THEATRE

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t many Myrtle Beach attractions, student groups will find education and entertainment rolled into one invaluable package. These state-of-the-art museums, gardens and animal habitats cater to a wide range of interests, engaging young minds through hands-on experiences that inspire learning beyond the textbook.

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RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is one of the most beloved attractions at Broadway at the Beach, drawing thousands of visitors every year. The 1.4 million-gallon aquarium carries all kinds of strange and wonderful sea critters, from 14-foot sawfish to giant stingrays and sea dragons. “Thanks to our location by the beach, it’s more of an educational and hands-on experience, especially for people who might be afraid of jellyfish or swimming in the water,” said Alexia Edge, sales manager at the aquarium. One of the aquarium’s best qualities is the interactive nature of the exhibits. In the Discovery Center, kids can pick up a horseshoe crab, one of the world’s rare living fossils, or stroke the glossy, umbrella-shaped bells of moon jellyfish in “Planet Jellies.” Later, in “Ray Bay,” guests get

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THE WONDERWORKS SCIENCE MUSEUM IS A STAPLE OF BROADWAY AT THE BEACH. Courtesy WonderWorks

KIDS TAKE A DISSECTION CLASS

A DIVER AT RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM Courtesy Gilmore Entertainment Courtesy Myrtle Beach Area CVB

the chance to befriend some playful stingrays as they glide by in the open pool. “Each touch tank has an educator stationed there to answer questions and let guests know how to properly touch the animals,” said Edge. The aquarium offers an extensive variety of classes and educational experiences for school groups that delve into subjects like coral reefs, marine fossils, ocean conservation and squid anatomy. Students can also take a 40-minute, behind-the-scenes tour to learn about animal care, food preparation and life-support systems. Youth camps and overnight experiences are available throughout the year. WWW.RIPLEYAQUARIUMS.COM/MYRTLEBEACH

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WONDERWORKS

As visitors wander through Broadway at the Beach, it is impossible to miss the giant upside-down building with palm trees dangling from the overturned lawn. True to its curious appearance, WonderWorks is an interactive science museum that challenges the imaginations of young minds through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based exhibits and games. “We hope that we’re part of the movement to get kids more interested in science and help them see that it’s important and fun,” said Erica Morehouse, corporate sales and marketing coordinator. “There’s something for every age in there.”

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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SOUTH CAROLINA

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SOUTH CAROLINA By Carl Kerridge, Courtesy Children’s Museum of SC

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The museum offers six themed exhibit areas as well as group activities like laser tag and zip lining. One of the most popular features is a three-story, glow-in-the-dark ropes course where challengers face more than 20 obstacles such as swinging beams and suspension bridges. In the Space Discovery zone, groups can try on an astronaut suit, land a space shuttle on a simulator and take a seat inside a replica Mercury capsule. The “Natural Disasters” zone contains a hurricane center that simulates 84 mph winds and a Tesla coil that shoots 100,000 volts of electricity right to guests’ fingertips. To supplement the learning experience, teachers can download a free educator’s guide from the WonderWorks website that includes previsit and postvisit lesson plans and scavenger hunts. In addition, guest speakers such as astronauts, engineers and other STEM professionals can sometimes coordinate a visit to speak with students about their field. WWW.WONDERWORKSONLINE.COM/ MYRTLE-BEACH

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Many longtime visitors to Myrtle Beach know the Children’s Museum of South Carolina as one of the best family attractions in the area for younger kids. Catering to children around the ages of 8 and under, the museum features 7,500 square feet of interactive exhibits that foster creativity and learning through activities like arts and crafts, a giant chess board, foam building blocks and a pirate ship playground. The expansive space allows children to let their imaginations run wild as they interact with the games and toys. Kids can learn about constellations and outer space in the planetarium, or hunt for precious stones at the gem-mining station. Friendly museum staff members are present throughout the facility to accommodate any needs. After exploring the exhibits, groups can convene at the picnic area in the front lobby for snacks or lunch. Many school groups sign up for one of the museum’s

“We hope that we’re part of the movement to get kids more interested in science and help them see that it’s important and fun.” ERICA MOREHOUSE WONDERWORKS

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special educational programs, which typically involve staff-led group activities followed by a period of free time for kids to explore the museum on their own. WWW.CMSCKIDS.ORG

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When Brookgreen Gardens was founded in 1931 by philanthropist and poet Archer Huntington and his wife, the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, it was the first public sculpture garden in the country. Today, the 9,100-acre garden and wildlife preserve displays more than 2,000 sculptures by American artists, making it the largest collection of American sculpture in the nation. Student groups will find so much to experience and explore throughout this lush, wooded escape, which features art, history and animals all in one scenic location. The native wildlife zoo is home to a variety of animals endemic to southeastern low country, among them river otters, foxes, alligators, goats and bald eagles. Continuing through April 2018, a temporary exhibition called “Dinosaurs!� features 17 animatronic dinosaurs around the zoo area. During the daily creek excursion,

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an interpreter takes guests on a pontoon ride along former rice fields and shares the history of rice crop cultivation as well as the slaves that developed it. Throughout the year, the education department offers interactive programs on Gullah culture, butterflies and bees, tree identification and more. Brookgreen Gardens

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also hosts many special events aimed at youth, such as Breakfast With the Butterflies, which includes a catered breakfast, admission to the Whispering Wings Butterfly Habitat and a pair of costume butterfly wings for each child to take home. WWW.BROOKGREEN.ORG

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BURROUGHS AND CHAPIN ART MUSEUM

Based in a beautiful vintage cottage near the beach, the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum features 11 exquisite art galleries with paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, video and more. The museum opened in 1997 because of collaborative efforts by local artists and business owners, and today remains the only art museum on the Grand Strand. In 2013, the museum received the prestigious Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award for Outstanding Arts Organization. Over the years, the museum has showcased the talents of acclaimed artists like Ansel Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright and Norman Rockwell, as well as South Carolina natives Brian Rutenberg and Jonathan Green. Other rotating exhibitions have focused on engaging youthoriented subjects such as “Goodnight Moon,” “Babar,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and the golden age of animated films. Student groups and youth organizations can take advantage of free guided tours, which last 30 minutes to an hour. There is also a workshop tour, which is a guided

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tour followed by a workshop based on one of the exhibits. Planners can check the museum website for more information on special programs and educational lectures from exhibiting artists or museum staff. WWW.MYRTLEBEACHARTMUSEM.ORG

SOUTH CAROLINA HALL OF FAME

At the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the South Carolina Hall of Fame commemorates prominent figures throughout South Carolina’s history, giving students the opportunity to learn about the Palmetto State’s rich background. Each of the 80 portraits on display features a small biography beneath that describes the individual’s contributions to the state and why they were instrumental to history. Though the museum no longer commissions portraits of the inductees, new inductees are honored at the annual induction ceremony and added to the museum’s audiovisual displays. Visitors can access one of the touch-screen kiosks to watch three-minute documentaries on each inductee.

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“A lot of times, folks don’t realize how many South Carolinians have made a huge impact on the nation and world today until they see all the portraits,” said Amie Lee, president of Palmetto Event Productions. Teachers can download quizzes and other supplementary materials from the South Carolina Hall of Fame website. WWW.THEOFFICIALSCHALLOFFAME.COM

HOPSEWEE PLANTATION

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Nestled amid a stand of towering live oak trees, Hopsewee Plantation seems like a world out of time. The centerpiece of the property is a beautiful 1700s-era manor that served as the home of Revolutionary War leader Thomas Lynch Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors can watch a 10-minute intro-

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ductory video in one of the original slave cabins and then tour the historic home and grounds. Afterward, they can stop by the River Oak Cottage Tea Room for gourmet meals, teas and other refreshments. Teachers can take advantage of the rich, historic setting to organize scavenger hunts throughout the grounds or bring in a local historian to talk about Gullah culture and rice planting. After the tour, students can stop by the tearoom to sample traditional low country food such as chicken pilau and rice. “Kids are able to get a sense of the importance of the rice culture in the area and the history of the Declaration of Independence,” said Rajean Beattie, who owns and manages the property with her husband, Frank. “One teacher brings her group every year. They must get something out of it because they keep coming back.” WWW.HOPSEWEE.COM

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“Kids are able to get a sense of the importance of the rice culture in the area and the history of the Declaration of Independence.” RAJEAN BEATTIE HOPSEWEE PLANTATION

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fter a day of wandering through Myrtle Beach’s countless attractions and shops, many visitors are ready to break away from the crowds and soak in the sun along the beach. Among the area’s outdoor escapes, there are so many hidden treasures to discover, from castle ruins to maritime forests and vibrant pirate ships. Student groups will love exploring these sites as they learn about the native environment, local fishing industries and more.

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MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK

Just a mile south of Myrtle Beach’s iconic Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach State Park is one of the oldest state parks in South Carolina, featuring 312 acres of beautiful, densely wooded coastline. Though small, the park attracts thousands of visitors each year as one of the most popular camping locations in the region. Guests can choose from six cabins and more than 300 campsites nestled under the cover of live oak trees and Southern magnolias, with a salty ocean breeze rising over the dunes. Horseback riding, bird-watching, biking, geocaching and swimming are just a few of the recreational opportunities available. On the fishing pier, visitors can relish the ocean view, grab a bite to eat from the snack bar and

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try their hand at surf fishing. There are three playgrounds and seven picnic shelters in the park. Along the one-mile stretch of beach, groups can comb the shoreline for shells and keep an eye out for loggerhead turtles. The Yaupon and Sculpted Oak Nature Trails wind through one of the last remaining sections of maritime forest on the northern coast of South Carolina and are lined with towering oaks, wax myrtles, poplars and more. Inside the education center, visitors will find educational exhibits as well as a wildlife habitat with live reptiles, birds and butterflies. There are also two self-guided scavenger hunts that take guests through key points of the park, highlighting various aspects of native plants,

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trees and wildlife. Handouts for the scavenger hunt can be found on the park’s website. WWW.SOUTHCAROLINAPARKS.COM/ MYRTLE-BEACH

CAPTAIN DICK’S AT THE CRAZY SISTER MARINA

Groups that enjoy aquatic adventure will find it in abundance at Captain Dick’s at the Crazy Sister Marina. Based in the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet, Captain Dick’s provides a wide selection of themed cruises and rental options, including sport-fishing boats, pontoons, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatable dragon boats.

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Groups can climb aboard the New Inlet Princess for a deep-sea-fishing voyage along the Continental Shelf and Gulf Stream, where many bottom feeders such as grouper, sea bass and snapper can be found. Thanks to a luxurious climate-controlled cabin, visitors can escape the elements and enjoy the ride any time of year.

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To learn more about the native environment, young travelers can join the Saltwater Marsh Eco Tour, a twohour boat excursion through the sweeping grasses of the Murrells Inlet salt marsh. Guided by an experienced marine naturalist, groups will encounter all kinds of wildlife, including crabs, oysters, sea turtles, herons and the occasional alligator. At one point, the guide pulls a real crab trap out of the water to show visitors the scuttling creatures up close. Later on, groups get the chance to step off the boat and comb the sandy shoreline for shells and other ocean treasures. One of the marina’s newest offerings is a pirate-ship adventure aboard the Barefoot Bounty where passengers can enjoy activities like face painting, water-cannon battles and treasure hunts. Specialty cruises such as dolphin sightseeing cruises, guided kayak tours and salt marsh cruises are available as well. After an adventurous afternoon on the water, visitors can stroll down the Marshwalk and grab a bite to eat at one of the local seafood restaurants, such as the Wicked Tuna, which offers an excellent view of the waterfront. WWW.CRAZYSISTER.COM

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Within a 15-minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach, Huntington Beach State Park offers 2,500 acres of serene beaches and marshland. Along the boardwalks and hiking paths, visitors will discover a vast and colorful ecosystem teeming with wildlife such as alligators, loggerhead turtles and more than 300 species of birds.

NATIVE WILDLIFE AT HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK Photos courtesy SC State Parks

Surf fishing, boating, geocaching, camping, hiking and bird-watching are all popular activities. Student groups can stop by the education center for wildlife programs on turtles, geology, reptiles and insects. The park was founded during the Great Depression in the 1930s by well-known philanthropists Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, who also built the magnificent sculpture garden Brookgreen Gardens on the opposite side of Highway 17. “Both sides of the highway tell a very important story of the Huntingtons,” said Brenda Magers, who manages the park. “The Huntingtons had the vision and forward thinking to create a nature preserve during a time when many plantations were being purchased by hunting clubs.” Visitors can explore the enchanting ruins of Atalaya Castle, which once served as the Huntingtons’ winter home and sculpture studio. Each year in September, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival draws thousands of art lovers to the park; it is followed by the Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle in late October.

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HURRICANE FLEET MARINA

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Many groups enjoy stopping along the causeway near the park entrance for a sweeping view of brackish water on one side and the salt marsh on the other. “You can see a huge array of birds, and alligators are prominently visible from there,” said Magers. “There isn’t a day of the year that you won’t find people out there.” WWW.SOUTHCAROLINAPARKS.COM/ HUNTINGTON-BEACH

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For more than 60 years, Hurricane Fleet Marina has treated visitors to exceptional deep-sea-fishing experiences and educational cruises along the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean. Led by an experienced ship crew, passengers can sail over ocean reefs and wrecks up to 15 miles offshore, and reel in fish like king mackerel, barracuda, cobia sharks, sea bass and yellow fin tuna. Guests are welcome to pack their own lunches or order something to eat from the ship’s snack bar. For those more interested in sightseeing than fishing, Hurricane Fleet also offers a Dolphin Adventure Cruise aboard a 90-foot vessel. During this unusual experience, the cruise ship sails alongside a working shrimp boat so passengers can watch as the fishermen harvest their catches. Porpoises and sharks sometimes feed off the “bycatches,” fish unintentionally caught in the shrimp nets, providing a great opportunity for photographs. After a boating excursion, groups would be remiss not to sample fresh seafood from one of the neighboring restaurants in Calabash, which claims the title Seafood Capital of the World. WWW.HURRICANEFLEET.COM

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After a day of exploring one of South Carolina’s great seaside gems, step inside the uniquely stylish NEW! Hard Rock Café. Our cuisine is AllAmerican and features a wide variety of burgers, steaks and seafood along with fresh salads and delicious comfort foods such as Twisted Mac & Cheese with Chicken.

When you are hungry for something different, something homemade, something quick and easy yet like mom used to make… think Simply Southern Smokehouse. We are the newest addition to fix-your-own-plate buffet-style eateries in the area. With a nice selection of sides and entree dishes, you definitely won’t leave hungry.

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Welcome to Angelo’s Steak & Pasta, home of “The Greatest Steaks in the Universe” and the Grand Strand’s finest all-you-can-eat Italian buffet. All of our entrees and buffet are authentic family Italian recipes with our own personal touch. Individual dining rooms for large groups available.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament transports guests to 11th-century Spain with a gripping live performance of sword fighting and jousting. Guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herbbasted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.

The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood is the largest restaurant in Myrtle Beach; it features 1,000 seats, 11 dining rooms and the largest collection of nautical antiques in the Southeast. Shrimp and grits, blackened grouper and tomato pie are just a few of the savory Southern-style options available at our famous buffet.

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Dave & Buster’s in the ultimate combination of Food and Fun! The food is always fresh and there’s always something new! From wings to New York strips, we’ve got it all. While dining, your group can also enjoy playing hundreds of state-of-the-art games or watch sports on tons of massive HDTVS.

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Enjoy our high-energy games, then settle down for some of the best gourmet pizza the beach has to offer. Our menu offers a wide selection of specialty pizzas, build-your-own pizzas, fresh salads and sandwiches. We offer a buffet package for groups of 25 guests or more.

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Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show takes guests on a swashbuckling adventure across the seven seas, where they encounter pirates, mermaids, sea lions tropical birds and more. Guests will enjoy a four-course feast that includes our Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Buccaneer Bread, Half O’Roasted Chicken, BBQ Pork, Buttery Corn, Herb-basted Potato, Apple O’Me Eye Pie and unlimited Pepsi, tea or coffee.

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