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Pirateland Family Camping Resort: How to Enjoy Myrtle Beach Like a Local



Visit Myrtle Beach in the summer, while staying at Pirateland Family Camping Resort. You’d think any place named “Pirateland” has something to keep youngsters engaged. You’d think right. But as fun as Pirateland is, the kids will hear about the other attractions at Myrtle Beach, like Ripley’s Aquarium. They’ll want to go. You really must take them. If you don’t have kids, you really must take yourself. This is one incredible aquarium.

Ripley’s® Aquarium is located in Broadway-at-the-Beach (an entertainment and dining complex). The aquarium is 85,000 square feet of stunning exhibits no one will soon forget. Can you say “piranha?”

The Dangerous Reef exhibit is one of the most popular of several exhibits; it must be something about all those humongous sharks everywhere you look. The good news is you’re not swimming with them; instead, you’re moving on a 340 foot “glide path” that moves you through tons of giant sting rays, thousands and thousands of fish, snappers, sea turtles, and oh yes… quite large sharks. You’ll feel like you’re deep in the ocean.

Another kid/grown up thriller is the Rio Amazon exhibit. What is there about the mere mention of Piranhas and stingrays that gets our blood pumping? You’ll find out when you’re nose to nose with them! Well…maybe not nose-to-nose, but being separated by glass feels awfully close. Rio Amazon exhibits fantastic freshwater species that bring new meaning to the word “exotic.” Kids, and adults, have a fascination with the equatorial rainforest. It’ s incredible to think the rainforest gets almost an inch of rain every single day all year long.

If you burn out on staring down sharks and baring your teeth at Piranhas, head to South Carolina’s first State Park, in yes, Myrtle Beach. Right in the center of Myrtle Beach is Myrtle Beach State Park. Winter or summer, hike the nature trail, fish from the pier (or shoreline), visit the cool gift shop and store, or let the kids run amuck at the playground. This 312 acre oceanfront State Park is a jewel, as it’s one of the last of the natural areas.

When the need for rest rears its head, it’s time to head back to Pirateland. You may want to read and relax, but if your kids don’t, turn them loose on the myriad of activities going on: basketball free throw contests, horse shoe tournaments, swimming races, rec rooms for all kinds of crafts and games, and the the heated indoor pool. They also offer miniature golf, a 510 foot “lazy river,” a kiddy pool with a waterfall, paddle boat rentals, beach lifeguards, and it just goes on.

Pirateland serves as a terrific family base camp while you’re cruising around Myrtle Beach. Your stuff is safe with their 24 hour Patrol (so are you!), they have a full Laundromat, free Cable TV, and WI-FI (at most sites and common areas), along with your other RV essentials.

Myrtle Beach is truly awesome in the summer with its great weather and seasonal benefits. The locals know this, and now you do. Have a great time there, while staying at Pirateland. Check out Pirateland’s website http://www.pirateland.com/ or call them Toll free at 800-443-CAMP.