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VMB Vacation Hack: How to Avoid Lines on Your Trip

By Julia Woehrer Follow me on Google+

How to Avoid Lines in Myrtle BeachStanding in line while on vacation can be one of the worst things you end up doing during your trip. You’ll lose valuable beach and family time by standing in line, which can be avoided.

There are many places you may encounter lines during your trip. Check out our tips below to learn how you can avoid lines during your vacation:

Purchase tickets ahead of time: If you are going to see a show, checking out a popular attraction, or planning some fun watersports action during your trip, it’s best to see if you can purchase these tickets ahead of time. Many resorts have entertainment departments that pre-sell tickets (often at a discounted price!) to guests at the resort. Sometimes these tickets can be added while booking your reservation, while others can be purchased while on property at the front desk. Check with your resort before you arrive to make sure you get tickets to as many things that you can before you find yourself in line at the attraction or show.

Know when they open: Checking out the hottest new attraction? It’s best to find out when the attractions you want to visit open for the day. That way you can get in quick and beat most of the crowds. Additionally, some attractions will have information on their website that lets you know when their busiest times are, which are sure to vary by season. During the off season your best bet is to visit the attraction during a weekday as opposed to a weekend to get the most out of your time there.

Don’t follow the crowds: When it rains at the beach, almost everyone does the same thing---they go inside. Then, they look for alternative forms of entertainment which almost always involves an indoor attraction in Myrtle Beach. WonderWorks, Ripley’s Aquarium and local movie theaters almost always see a large increase in crowds during rainstorms. Your best bet is to visit these attractions when the weather is nice outside, to avoid having to wait in line to view the sharks or have fun in the Bubble Lab.

Eat early or late: Restaurants tend to have early bird specials for a reason—often their pre-dinner hours are their least busy. If you can manage to eat dinner early, say at about 5 p.m., or late, say at 8 or 9 p.m., you are less likely to have to wait in line for a table. During summer and on weekends in the shoulder seasons, it’s not unusual for peak dinner waiting time to be about an hour for many of the popular restaurants on the Grand Strand. Of course, if you are dining at a restaurant that accepts reservations, be sure to take advantage of that service.

We hope you now feel more equipped to take on the crowds at some of Myrtle Beach’s most popular restaurants, attractions and shows! Click here to learn more about what Myrtle Beach has to offer.

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