Not every attraction is closed on Christmas Day, so anyone with cabin fever has several choices to get out on Dec. 25, for some activity, with or without family. Also, check with local bowling alleys and golf courses to see if they’re open for fun and exercise in rolling or whacking/putting some balls.
A ‘Knight’ out, at castle
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will serve up knight jousting along with dressage and a meal at 5 p.m.
Find the castle, which is decked out inside for the season, off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway. Tickets are $50.95 for ages 13 and older, or $30.95 ages 3-12. Details at 236-8080, 800-436-4386 or www.medievaltimes.com/myrtlebeach.aspx.
Shadrack’s keeps lighting up
The third annual “Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland,” benefiting the American Red Cross and Impact Ministries, will be open dusk-10 p.m.
Go to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, on Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, just south of 21st Avenue North for this two-part experience: a drive-through, all-LED light-and-music display in parking lot, synchronized to music on the car radio (95.3 FM); and Santa’s Village, with various activities, some for an extra fee
Admission is $25.50 car or family van, $40 activity of mini-/half-bus, $50 limousine, and $5 person in a tour/school bus; extra fees for other activities in Santa’s Village. Details at 888-321-7547 or www.shadrackchristmas.com.
Check out state parks
Both area state parks are open every day of the year, including Christmas, bicycling and nature and bird watching:
• Huntington Beach State Park, open 6 a.m.-6 p.m., on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. Also, for “Feeding Frenzy,” 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Sundays in the nature center (237-4440), see marine animals and take part in feeding a stingray and other creatures. Details at 235-8755.
• Myrtle Beach State Park, open 6 a.m.-8 p.m., on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Farrow Parkway/South Ocean Boulevard, across from Seagate Village; 238-5325 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.
Admission to each park is $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. More information at www.southcarolinaparks.com.
See many sea ambassadors
Ripley’s Aquarium, like the S.C. state parks, is open daily year round. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to swing by for the annual Festival of Trees, which goes through year’s end, take a scavenger hunt across the building’s two levels for factoids among 55 decorated Christmas trees honoring every U.S. state and territory.
The aquarium is an anchor at Broadway at the Beach, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
Admission is, plus tax:
• until 11 a.m.: $22.99 for ages 12 and older, $12.99 ages 6-11, and $4.99 ages 2-5.
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: $23.99, $14.99, and $5.99, respectively.
• (On other days, outside of Christmas) 5 p.m. until closing: $21.99, $11.99 and $4.99 and younger.
It’s free at all times for ages 2 and younger.
Details at 916-0888, 800-734-8888 or www.ripleysaquarium.com.
EASY ESCAPES: Battleship makes waves in history
The Battleship North Carolina, at U.S. Routes 17, 74, 76 and 421 in Wilmington, N.C., opens every day, but a tad later on Dec. 25, from noon until the usual closing time of 5 p.m.
Walk the multiple levels of this memorial, monument and museum moored across the Cape Fear River from the port city. It was the first of 10 battleships to sail during World War II,
Admission is $12 for ages 12 and older; $10 ages 65 and older, and active duty or retired military with ID; $6 ages 6-11; and free ages 5 and younger. Details at 910-251-5797 or www.battleshipnc.com.