Rain, rain, go away! Sometimes even the best beach vacation gets interrupted by an afternoon shower. But in North Myrtle Beach, there is no shortage of indoor hot spots to help keep everyone entertained.


The official “rain dance” in North Myrtle Beach is the Carolina Shag, the beach music craze of the 1950s and ’60s that was born on the boardwalks and dance clubs around the intersection of Main Street Ocean Drive. The surrounding clubs, including Fat Harold’s, OD Arcade and Lounge, and Spanish Galleon, keep the Shag alive and kicking, especially when rain invites everyone indoors to hit the dance floor. Many even offer free Shag lessons, so if you are new to the South Carolina state dance, you can learn to rock-step in no time!


There's nothing like a little retail therapy to brighten up a rainy day, and this megaplex of national chains and local mom-and-pop shops has the cure. Located near the Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach, the Tanger Outlets provides a haven for bargain hunters looking to stay high and dry. Tanger Outlets boasts dozens of outlet stores and is conveniently located for anyone staying in North Myrtle Beach or Myrtle Beach!


Although this entertainment, shopping and dining complex is open air from venue to venue, there are dozens of places where you can get out of the rain and into your happy place. Catch a concert or show at the House of Blues or Alabama Theatre; grab a bite to eat at Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, Umberto's or the Wild Wing Cafe; and shop till you drop—or at least till the rain stops—at Barefoot Landing.


Head to Duplin Winery and avoid the rain outside with a wine tasting. The North Myrtle Beach wine experts are ready to walk you through the bottling process, Duplin’s winemaking method and the different types of wine offered at the facility. Savor the sweetness with some friends . . . and your umbrella!


Get out of the rain and step into history by visiting the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum to learn more about your favorite beach vacation town. The museum offers two areas: a long-term gallery where you can see artifacts and become acquainted with the area’s rich history and a changing gallery that offers short-term exhibits highlighting regional interests. There’s always something new and exciting. After all, education can be fun too!


710 North Myrtle Beach has brought all our favorite things to do with the family indoors! They have bowling, billiards, bocce, ping pong, shuffleboard and air hockey available for hourly rental. But wait, there's more! They also have complimentary foosball tables and dart boards, giant Jenga and a variety of board games including checkers, chess, backgammon and Scrabble. After you work up an appetite, head over to the full bar with an extensive menu guaranteed to please everyone. You might not even want the sun to come out with all the fun this place offers!


A rainy day won’t stop your adrenaline rush with a visit to the Nexus Virtual Reality Arcade! Offering a variety of virtual reality simulations, you’ll find an option everyone in your group can enjoy. In their thrilling racing simulator, you can drive, fly, or ride through the world’s most popular destinations. Or, “run around” in a simulated virtual space on premiere multi-directional treadmill technology.


Don't let the name fool you. Located in the Briarcliffe Acres neighborhood, "Myrtle Beach" Mall is actually much closer to North Myrtle Beach. Featuring all the major anchor stores and national retail chains of the malls to the south, the recently renovated shopping center also has a few shops you won't find anywhere else on the Grand Strand, like the Bass Pro Shops superstore.


Enjoy some much-needed R & R at one of one of North Myrtle Beach’s premiere spas, like Touch MedSpa. Whether you want a romantic couple’s massage, an exfoliating face massage or a full body massage, their professionally trained staff knows how to rub your worries away.


This gambling boat sails out of nearby Little River both day and night and rain or shine unless the seas are too stormy for a comfortable cruise. Once the ship reaches federal waters, it's game on. Blackjack, slot machines, three-card poker, roulette and craps are among the many games on the Big M's menu, which includes a seafood buffet for evening cruises. If the rain lets up, take a break from the tables and enjoy the view from the top deck.

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