Birthday celebrations are grand, but birthday experiences have become our jam lately. A couple of years ago we surprised JaMonkey with a trip to Walt Disney World for her birthday. This year we visited Myrtle Beach for her birthday, and the kids had a blast. We planned a fun-filled day for her and even had a little surprise that she wasn't expecting.
There is something special about visiting a beach town during the offseason. It is like having the whole town to yourself. No traffic on the roads and no large crowds to deal with at the local hotspots. Take a look at all the fun we had in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The morning of her birthday we woke up early to watch the sunrise from our room in the Captain's Quarters. It was so beautiful! Then we packed up the girls and headed to Johnny D's Waffles and Bakery to have a special birthday breakfast. The girls were so excited about having whatever they wanted from the menu. That included the Banana Split Waffle and the Coconut Banana French Waffle. My husband and I went for anything with ghost pepper cheese on it. This was one of the best breakfasts I've ever had! If there were one in Atlanta, I would be there for breakfast all the time.
After breakfast, we went to the Hollywood Wax Museum to take fun photos with the celebrities. The outside of the building looks like a fun action movie. The girls had a blast using props and posing with some celebrities and singers. The Hollywood Wax Museum also has a zombie apocalypse haunted Outbreak and Hannah's Maze of Mirrors that you can do as well. They weren't our cup of tea but having three attractions in one place is nice. Here is a coupon for you to save $2 off admission to the Hollywood Wax Museum.
After acting like the paparazzi, we wandered over to Broadway at the Beach. Everyone I spoke to said to visit the area for fun things to do and great places to eat. Essentially it's a huge outdoor mall. There are tons of shopping stores, chain restaurants, and fun attractions. We ended up spending the rest of our day here.
First stop within Broadway at the Beach was to the Ripley's Aquarium to explore. We visited during the Festival of Trees which was pretty cool. There was a Christmas tree decorated for every state in the country. When we entered, there is a scavenger hunt sheet that they gave us to help find them around the building. One of my favorite exhibits at Ripley's is the “Touch a jellyfish” area. You can touch the backs of a jellyfish to feel how rubbery and squishy they are on their bodies. While we were visiting Ripley's Aquarium, we ran into one of my best friends, Serious Krystyn, who was also visiting Myrtle Beach at the same time we were. Our girls love hanging out together, and I knew they would be there at the same time. We were planning a special birthday dinner, but because we ran into them at the aquarium, we enjoyed the kid's area together before heading to lunch. The touch tanks are always a huge hit with the kids. Having little girls always makes for funny faces. After our wonderful surprise gathering, we went our separate ways to explore more of the Broadway at the Beach area. Next on our stop was Wonder Works, located in the neat upsidedown building. On the way, we stopped to look at the fish that you could feed on all the boardwalks that crossed the lake. I've never seen so many fish and ducks fighting for food in all my life.
Wonder Works is filled with lots of great hands-on, interactive experiences. Our favorite was the giant piano and the bubble station.
There are so many great things to do in Myrtle Beach and if you go during winter there are no crowds or traffic in the area. A lot of the hotels even have heated indoor pools so you can still have some water fun.