My Most Memorable Vacation
Last year, my boyfriend and I took our three children and decided go on vacation. Since our bank account bears some scars, we decided to do something a little simple for a vacation. We settled on going to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
On the morning of August 17, 2011, we all piled our luggages into our family SUV and headed to South Carolina. It took us about 6 hours to get to South Carolina from Hampton, VA. When we finally arrived in Myrtle Beach, I stepped out of the vehicle into a hot, muggy tropical air surrounded by palm trees. It reminded me of Florida.
We had a room at the Sea Dunes. The rate was only $52.00 per night. It was a nice room and the staff was nice. The only issue that we had with the room is that the non-smoking rooms were all occupied so the room that we had smelled just like smoke.
After we got situated, we visited a nearby ice cream shop, where they served the kids meals in Frisbees. The kids wanted to go the hotel pool but instead, we visited the fabled Broadway at the beach. It wasn’t so much fabled as it hyped. It wasn’t exactly Broadway and it wasn’t on the beach. Think of it as an amusement park, without most of the rides. You’re left with lots of somewhat pricey restaurants, a bunch of gift shops, and a few tourist attractions.
Ripley’s Aquarium and the Butterfly Pavilion, which includes the Lorikeet Aviary, was very exciting. Ripley’s Aquarium was a wonderful example of modern architecture at its best. The highlight is a long, curving glass tunnel that takes you underneath a massive lagoon filled with sharks, rays, and exotic fish of all types. The kids really enjoyed the moving pedway that carried us through the tunnel. The sharks swam over our heads and on the sides of us. The effect was dazzling. Climbing up to the upper floors lets you look down into the same lagoon. The mast of the sunken ship pokes through the...