Capture the moments you wish could last forever while on your vacation in Myrtle Beach! There are so many places to go and things to do – but how do know you when where to take the best pictures? We’ve narrowed down our favorite backdrops for the perfect family photo (and even a few silly ones) all over the Grand Strand. After all, you may want to frame it when you get home so it needs to be the best!

Broadway at the Beach

There are loads of places at Broadway that make amazing backdrops for your family photos! Go inside Ripley’s Aquarium or stand in front of WonderWorks – the famous upside down house. Hard Rock Cafe in the Avenues is a hot spot for photos all year-round as well as pictures all around Lake Broadway. Right outside of Broadway at the Beach is the Hollywood Wax Museum and Helicopter Adventures which will give you very unique photo opportunities from high in the sky too!

Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing offers terrific views of the Intracoastal Waterway from several different restaurants and lawn areas. The Alabama Theatre is a grand building with wonderful theater shows making it a great spot for the perfect family photos inside and out. Visit the best waterfront restaurants at the Barefoot like Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, Taco Mundo, Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s, and the brand new Big Chill Island House. The complex features a bevy of special events year-round on their waterfront stage and there’s also a great playground just next to Crooked Hammock Brewery which offers even more photo opps. Whether you are in the Low Country Village or the Harborwalk Village, there are plenty of photo-ready places for you!

The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk

With live music every night you can always find a great place to take selfies! There are plenty of events at the MarshWalk as well and with multiple waterfront dining options like Drunken Jack’s, Dead Dog Saloon, and Wahoo’s, you can always find a good backdrop for your new favorite photos. Grab a selfie on the rooftop at Wicked Tuna or even aboard one of the boats in the marina – with permission from the captain of course! There’s even a pirate ship adventure your little ones will love!

Brookgreen Gardens

The scenery at Brookgreen Gardens is picture perfect! You can make an entire album out of all the photos you’ll take here at the sculpture gardens, zoo, children’s storybook area, butterfly exhibits, and more any time of year. The botanical gardens are gorgeous, and you’re able to submerse yourself in the rich history of the land. Their annual Nights of a Thousand Candles is also a great time for amazing pictures as the gardens are illuminated by thousands of hand lit candles and twinkling lights.

The Market Common

Stage the perfect picture around the lake at The Market Common. There is a trail around the water and a large all abilities playground for the kids as well. Visit the shops and restaurants as well and take tons of pictures before you leave! They also offer complimentary carriage rides throughout the complex around the holidays and during the summer months offering lovely backdrops for pictures of the beautifully kept area in central Myrtle Beach.

The Carolina Opry

If you want a beautiful indoor backdrop for your photos, go see a show at The Carolina Opry. The lobby is absolutely stunning for your pictures and you’ll love the songs and dance numbers in The Carolina Opry, Time Wrap and Christmas shows while you’re at it! Even the building itself is enough to warrant a few more photo opps.

The Beach

The Myrtle Beach oceanfront resorts area is one of the best places to take pictures. During sunrise and sunset the sky has so many beautiful colors and it makes the best background for a family photo or romantic picture for two. No matter who’s in the picture and what pose they’re doing, having the ocean waves and white sand in your photos is always a good idea. Isn’t that what you’re here for? For an even more special experience you can hire a local photographer for those magical sunrise shots with your family – perfect Christmas card material.

The Piers at the Beach

Garden City Pier Myrtle Beach Photos

The Piers are great for pictures where you want the coastline in the back. Or, if you just want the sky as the background, take a photo at the very end of the pier! You’re up higher, above the water, so it gives you an advantage for better backgrounds. Here’s a quick list of the amazing piers along the Grand Strand:

  • Pier 14
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier
  • Springmaid Pier (newly renovated)
  • 2nd Ave Pier
  • Surfside Pier (just reopened in 2024)
  • Cherry Grove Pier (rebuilt for 2024)
  • The Pier at Garden City
  • Apache Pier

The SkyWheel

Myrtle Beach is home to one of the largest ferris wheels on the East Coast! Every evening, it’s lit up with many different colors which makes it a great place to take pictures in front of! You could also take pictures while you’re riding the SkyWheel. When you’re up 187-feet in the air, you can get some very unique photos of the Atlantic Ocean, our beautiful beaches, and even the downtown area!

The Best Picturesque Resorts In Myrtle Beach, SC

The Breakers Resort

Breakers Resort Myrtle Beach

Breakers Resort is a great place to stay and take candid photos of your family enjoying all of their amenities! With four new waterslides and one of the longest lazy rivers in the area, you and your family will love staying at The Breakers Resort. It’s in the heart of Myrtle Beach and offers 1 to 4-bedroom condos with a variety of view options for all your picture-taking pleasures.

Bay View Resort

Bay View Resort

Bay View Resort is known for its beautiful balcony sceneries. Between the oceanfront accommodations and the side view scenes of the coastline, you will have a picturesque trip to the beach. Located on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, you can take plenty of pictures in and around the resort to commemorate your vacation to Myrtle Beach!