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Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach

Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach

I’m finally kicking off my Myrtle Beach travel series! I spent one week in Myrtle Beach with my family this spring. We were a mix of adults, teenagers and my little nephew, who was 1 year and a few months at the time we visited. So, the activities shared are fun for the WHOLE family. And I’ll be sharing all my tips and tricks for visiting over the course of the next couple weeks. This first post will be all about our day spent at Alligator Adventure and Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

Alligator Adventure is dubbed “The Reptile Capital of the World.” And you guessed it, they get you up close and personal with tons of alligators and other critters. Barefoot Landing is an outdoor shopping center with many different stores, wineries, restaurants and other entertainment. These two places are right next to each other.

First up, we’ll check out what Alligator Adventure is all about, and what we thought about it!

Alligator Adventure

*Address: Hwy 17 at Barefoot Landing
North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

*Ticket Cost: Adult – $24.00
Kids – $16.99
Under 4 – Free

Click here for their website.

Alligator Adventure

I have no special love for alligators or reptiles of any kind. So, I did not go into “Alligator Adventure” thinking I would enjoy it. However, I was fascinated by the many different types of alligators housed here. They even have an alligator who is over 18 feet long! (His name is Utan, and he stayed in the water when we were there. So, I couldn’t get a very great photo of him.) There are also Albino Alligators and alligators from all over the world, including Thailand and Egypt! Some of these guys are pretty crazy looking.

I also did not realize being born without a tail is the most common birth defect for American Alligators…and has 0% survival rate in the wild. Bob, is an alligator who also lives here and was born without a tail. She’s doing very well here!

You can also call ahead to attend live feedings and special live shows with the animals…that the kids really enjoyed! (Some are interactive.)

alligator

This guy is from Southeast Asia. I had never seen an alligator like this!

He looks like a dinosaur!


Also, I had a lot of folks ask me if it was smelly here, and it was not at all. The enclosures are very clean. And there are also turtles, and a few different types of birds and monkeys you can see here too.

This was one excursion we did together as a family and everyone enjoyed it!

Barefoot Landing

Address: 898 Hwy 17 S
North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Cost: No entry fee

Click here for their website.

Barefoot Landing
Shopping

Barefoot Landing has a little something for everyone. Us older people and the teenagers enjoyed shopping. There are stores with all kinds of fun stuff. We especially liked the Beef Jerky Outlet (the Bloody Mary jerky is SO good) and the Pepper Palace. But be warned, if you taste the salsa and hot sauces at Pepper Palace…”Death by Salsa” is not a joke! I took a big sample of it and honest-to-goodness thought I was going to die! (And I love spicy food.) Snot was coming out of my nose, my eyes were watering and my ears were ringing. It was quite the memorable experience! (All the other salsa and sauces we tried are good, though!)

This salsa will actually kill you.


Wine Tastings

And after sampling that insane hot salsa, us over the age of 21 folks enjoyed doing wine tastings. We went to Coastal Winery and Duplin Winery (actually directly next to Alligator Adventure). If you like sweet wines, these wineries have some great options! I’m a big fan of dry wines but was also able to find some good options too. (I’m told Duplin has more options for dry wines.)

*Check out these famous drinking quotes before you go!


Restaurants on the Water

And everyone enjoyed the lunch spots on the water! So relaxing!

The little guy enjoyed feeding the carp too. (For a quarter you can get some food for them out of dispensers.)

Barefoot Landing

Everyone enjoyed lunch on the water!

Feeding the carp was a hit too!

Feeding the carp was a hit too!

Other Activities

Barefoot Landing also has a lot of fun activities. One night when we were there, they had a shopping night where the stores had wine and snacks for everyone and all kinds of sales. (FYI – you can legally get your wine or alcoholic beverages in plastic cups and walk from shop to shop, haha.) Click here for their schedule of events.

There is also a tiger preserve in Myrtle Beach. (Who knew?) And for a couple of hours each day, the preserve will bring a “spokesmen tiger” over to an enclosure at Barefoot Landing. This way you can see a tiger up close and personal for no charge! They also hold photo sessions to raise money. Click here to check the times and prices for the tigers at Barefoot Landing. (We had missed them when we were there.)

There were also alligators in the water by the shops! Very cool to see!

 

Stay tuned for more Myrtle Beach posts coming up! And I’m curious, has anyone else been here? Let me know in the comments!

 

North Myrtle Beach Places Worth Visiting – Alligator Adventure & Barefoot Landing

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27 thoughts on “North Myrtle Beach Places Worth Visiting – Alligator Adventure & Barefoot Landing

      1. aclassicambition

        It was through the university that I went to in Ohio, but we got the alligators from Texas. They’re really beautiful animals!

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  1. Courtney Byers

    What a pretty place! I have never visited Mrytle Beach, but we almost booked a trip there. We have never been so we wanted to research more. This helps so much.

    Reply

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