Summer Adrenaline Rush in Myrtle Beach for Teenagers & Adults
Let’s face it. You can take only so much of the beach and the pool before it’s time to venture out to experience some high level fun things to do in Myrtle Beach! If you and your family enjoy high thrill activities check out these adrenaline-pumping adventures!
Looking for an unique NASCAR Racing Experience at a real, historic race track? Check out the Myrtle Beach Speedway! This venue has been around since 1958 and is full of racing history. Known as the training grounds for some of NASCAR’s biggest stars like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Richard & Kyle Petty and Bobby Allison. It was home to the NASCAR Busch Series from 1988 to 2000. Now you can drive the same type of car that these legends did with the NASCAR Racing Experience or be a spectator at one of their weekly races guaranteed to make the whole family excited. Be sure to check their Schedule of Events for events like the Myrtle Beach Nationals Car Show, Free Movie Night and more. The speedway is only a 20-30 minute drive from Marina Inn at Grande Dunes located right by Tanger Outlets on highway 501.
Not really considered a thrill ride however, is your goal to get that bird’s eye view of Myrtle Beach? The strand is home to many helicopter adventures looking to give you the best sight seeing experience possible. Helicopter Adventures in Myrtle Beach is the closest and most well known. With Seven Tours to choose from you’ll be able to pick just how much or how little of the beach and landscape you wish to see. Starting at just $20 per person for a quick two mile ride up to $179 per person for the Grand Adventure! With 12 helicopters, you’ll be sure to find yourself having the experience of a lifetime. They welcome you to walk right on in or to make an appointment beforehand. Helicopter Adventures is conveniently located right across from Broadway at the Beach and just a 15 minute ride from the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.
Now this adventure is quite different from the others and I will bet it will be the most unique of your Myrtle Beach vacation experience at Carolina Backwoods ATV! This adventure is all about gettin’ down and dirty! Their tours take into consideration what level of dirty you want to get! For real muddy memories…take a two-hour tour guided ATV “Down N Dirty” tour through the rough and rugged countryside. For those who aren’t looking to get too dirty, they offer a lighter version with their High n’ Dry tour. They offer tours for any level of rider so don’t be intimidated! Be sure to check out their website and call ahead because this adventure is by reservation only. They are located about 30 minutes north of the Marina Inn just over the SC/NC state line Ash, North Carolina.
Ok, now we are really gettin’ into heavy adrenaline territory! Is skydiving on your bucket list? Skydive Coastal Carolinas will be sure to have you bragging to all your friends about what an adrenaline junkie you are! The closest sky diving facility to North Myrtle Beach, you’ll be flown 14,000 feet in the air, giving you the chance to see the Atlantic Ocean, Bald Head Island and the Oak Island Lighthouse like never before! They offer programs for first time divers and special rates for licensed divers. As a first time diver you’ll take a 30-minute ground class, learning safety, rules, and an overview of the dive process. After you’ve had your lesson, you’ll be ready to go free-fallin’ on your Tandem Skydive! Offering special pricing for groups of 10 or more. Located about an hour north of the Marina Inn, in Southport, North Carolina, they are open Monday through Sunday. Make sure to call ahead to book a reservation.
How about some good ole amusement thrill rides located in the heart of Myrtle Beach! The Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides flip, spin, toss, drop, and turn, giving you the ultimate theme park ride experience while getting a birds eye view of the ocean and the happenings on Ocean Blvd. There’s three intense rides to choose from including the Skyscraper, the Slingshot, and the Air Strike. The Slingshot is a catapulting thrill ride that takes you more than 300-feet in the air at speeds up to 100 mile-per-hour. Experience the same force as a jet with the Skyscraper, sending you 170-feet in the air at 600 miles-per-hour. If you still haven’t satisfied your adrenaline rush, check out the Air Strike. At 62 miles-per-hour with 360-degree rotations, you’ll be sure to be mind blown. For the less adventurous or little ones, check out the Shooting Star, the Sun Dance or the Sky Bounce. All rides are easily accessible located at 12th Ave. North & Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.
Why settle for entertainment that everyone experiences at Myrtle Beach? Step outside the box with these breathtaking, mind-blowing attractions while staying at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, of course!
Book now and save up to 35% with our Summer Special Offer. Now – August 31, 2017
Myrtle Beach’s Top Family Friendly Resort!
We don’t charge additional fees for children under 17 traveling with their family. With our spacious 2 & 3 bedroom suites, kids have a lot of room to do….well…. kid stuff! Like gathering in the living space and watching a movie, spreading out the seashells gathered from the beach across the kitchen table, gather with the family for a meal, claim one of the large bathrooms as your own for the week or, dare we say….pillow fight??
With all of this activity, kids can sure work up an appetite! Take advantage of our Kids Eat Breakfast Free program in WaterScapes Restaurant located inside the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Yes…kids 12 & under eat free from the kids menu where they can enjoy their favorites like pancakes or waffles WaterScapes is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. Dine inside our outside on the patio overlooking the pool.
Fine Print….. Kids Eat Free: Available only in WaterScapes Restaurant during breakfast for kids ages 12 and under and includes one entrée and drink from the kids menu per seating per paying adult.
Myrtle Beach has long been considered the vacation spot for families in Myrtle Beach, SC especially during the traditional July 4th week. Fireworks is the first activity that may come to mind when planning your July 4th Myrtle Beach vacation. Here are a few of the locations to check out for some of the best Fourth of July celebrations!
Popular July 4th Fireworks & Festivals Locations in Myrtle Beach
- SummerFest at Barefoot Landing The closest location to the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is only a 10 minute drive north to the popular Barefoot Landing. SummerFest Festival is happening all summer long and on July 4th, they will be hosting a special Independence Day firework show! You can start your night off with some some shopping at some of their 60 unique stores such as White House/Black Market or Ron Jon Surf Shop followed by waterfront dining at one of their several restaurants on Barefoot Lake . Live entertainment occurs throughout the complex before finding the perfect spot by the Barefoot Landing lake to catch the firework show, which begins at 9:30 pm. After enjoying the fireworks festivities, continue to stroll around & indulge in some homemade ice cream at “Sweet Molly’s Creamery”.
- Broadway at the Beach is Myrtle Beach’s mega shopping, dining, entertainment & amusement complex with over 14 million visitors annually! If you like to be in the middle of Myrtle Beach July 4th crowds, this is one of the most popular and breathtaking firework shows at the beach! Conveniently and centrally located in Myrtle Beach, it is easy to find. This venue is an easy 15-20 minutes south of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Weekly firework celebrations occurs every Tuesday and Friday throughout their “Summer Nights” Festival . However, in honor of the Fourth of July, they will have a special celebration that begins at 10 pm that evening. You can see the fireworks from any location around the 23 acre Lake Broadway but you may want to go early and grab a spot on one the bridges over the lake for the best views. Arrive early as parking will fill quickly!
- For less crowds, but just as exciting; located just across the street from Broadway at the Beach is the Ticketreturn.com Field, home of the Myrtle Beach minor league baseball team the Myrtle Beach Pelicans! Take in a game starting at 7:05 pm that evening. Then, following the game with the Buies Creek Astros , you will already have your own seat as you get ready for their own spectacular firework show on July 4th . If you decide to join the Pelicans for the Fourth of July, you are able to purchase the “All-American Package” which includes a 24 oz. Budweiser draft, ticket to the Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck, a hot dog, cracker jacks, and a mini American flag – all for just $17.76.
- If you want to be in the middle of the Myrtle Beach July 4th frenzy then you won’t want to miss a firework show while sitting right on the beach. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk will host a July Fourth celebration, which includes live music entertainment and a firework show. There are several oceanfront restaurants and bars to visit before the festivities begin. Live music will go on throughout the evening during the Hot Summer Nights concert series at Plyler Park underneath the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. You will be able to catch the firework show, starting at 10 pm from the 2nd Avenue Pier. The fireworks can be seen from various places up and down the beach and boardwalk.
- If you are looking for a low key July 4th Fireworks experience, you can simply drive along Ocean Blvd. and park at any of the Beach Access locations. You will be able to see fireworks in the distance There are several private venues and locations that will be just as good of a show as some of the bigger events with less crowds.
When you book your stay and celebrate the week of Independence Day at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re centrally located to all the top spots to view spectacular fireworks and festivities.
Combine your July 4th week or any time in the summer with our
When you think of Summer, basking in hot sunny days and splashing around in the warm surf may first come to mind. We at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes realize that’s what you come here for so we strive to make these amenities the best during your Myrtle Beach vacation!
Let’s face it…Myrtle Beach gets crowded in the summer and when you go to the beach, you not only have to pay to park but often times there’s the headache of getting all of your gear together, dragging it to the surf and the trying to find a spot on the beach to set up your chair, umbrella. Even if you stay at another hotel or resort on the beach, you will still have to either bring your own beach gear or pay for pricey rentals for umbrella & chairs for the day or week!
Do You Want to Spend Your Vacation Like This?
Not here! One of the best perks of staying here at Marina Inn, is you get to enjoy the private sanctuary of our own uncrowded beach with all of these amenities included in your stay! Yes, that’s right!
Imagine this…all you need to take with you is your beach bag and some sunscreen. You and the family can simply hop on our air conditioned beach shuttle for a comfortable 5 minute ride to the beach . Once there, a winding tree-lined path will guide you to beautiful coastal dunes covered in beach grass, guarding this quiet section of pristine beach.
Journey to our Exclusive Beach Experience!
You won’t need to bring your beach chairs with you because the beach chairs, beach umbrellas and towels are all set up and waiting for you when you arrive! So all you have to worry about is applying the suntan lotion and which book to read. And you can relax while you’re children play in the ocean because we have a beach lifeguard on duty at all times while the beach service is open.
Hungry? We got you covered there too. The Beach Cabana Café is available when you get hungry after splashing around in the ocean. They serve salads, sandwiches and light lunch items, beer and wine. You can enjoy either eating under your umbrella or the enclosed, shaded porch with tables and chairs if you wish to escape the sun for a bit.
After your day in the sun is over, don’t forget to leave the sand on the beach by taking full advantage of the shower, changing room & full facilities. Forget the hassles of finding your car because the beach shuttle is available throughout the day to and from Marina Inn. Simply push the button at the end of the path to call for the shuttle. Then when you and your family arrive back to the Marina Inn, you will be clean & ready to go! Easy enough?
Operating Hours May 27 – September 24:
- Beach Service available daily from 9:00am – 4:45pm including chairs, towels and umbrellas, changing room, shower, full facilities & Beach Lifeguard Service
- Food & Beverage available daily from 11:00am-5:00pm Light dining menu of sandwiches, salads and lite fare as well as beer & wine
- Marina Inn Shuttle Service available daily from 9:00am – 7:00pm
We know that you’ll enjoy all the amenities and seclusion our private beach experience has to offer during the summer. And it’s never too early to start planning and save up to 35% when you book with us now! We can accommodate any size group – whether you’re traveling with just your significant other, family or planning a group reunion. Reserve your spot today!
Your Perfect Myrtle Beach Wedding Venue
It’s a day most women have been dreaming about their whole lives – the day they get to walk down the aisle and say “I do” and marry the man of their dreams. Not only is Myrtle Beach an ideal location to celebrate your nuptials, but the AAA four-diamond Marina Inn at Grande Dunes can tell your special Myrtle Beach wedding story with our unique boutique venue, outstanding service and amenities unlike any other wedding venue in Myrtle Beach!
Begin with an Enchanting Ceremony…..
Here at Marina Inn we offer a complete wedding package that makes it easy to turn your dream wedding into a reality. Everything from the ceremony to the reception, we have plenty of options to customize and make your day as enchanting as you’ve imagined. Whether you desire to exchange vows indoors or outdoors, we have options for both. For outdoor weddings in Myrtle Beach, Our Grande Lawn is an enchanting space with a wood pergola that can be lavishly decorated for the ceremony. The beautiful green manicured grass of the lawn can accommodate seating up to 300. All of this with a serene background overlooking the green manicured fairways of the Resort Course at Grande Dunes. Sunsets over the golf course and waterway are breathtaking and will make for some unforgettable wedding photos. If an outdoor ceremony is not your style, our Nautilus Ballroom is equally as captivating with towering taupe Corinthian columns and old world sparkling chandeliers hanging from 18′ tall ceilings surrounded by Tuscan inspired decor.
A Wedding Reception To Remember!
Following the official “I do” it’s celebration time and depending on the size of your wedding wedding party, there are a variety of inspiring spaces inspired by Tuscan design with tall floor to ceiling columns, old world chandeliers and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Grande Lawn. For smaller receptions of 60 or less, the Outdoor Loggia that, although is outdoors, is completely covered. This space can also be be paired with the indoor Pre-Function Area to add an open-air element to your indoor/outdoor reception. The Pre-Function Area and Loggia combined 4,000 square feet can accommodates up to 200 guests. The Pre-Function Area and Outdoor Loggia are also both excellent places to host your rehearsal dinner. For large weddings of up to 350, the Nautilus Ballroom is the perfect location. It is 5,000 square feet of pure elegance. This space can be paired with the Pre-Function Area to host reception/bar in Pre-Function and dinner/entertainment in the Nautilus Ballroom. Even though the beauty of the space alone really does not require much decorating; if you want to go all out, decorating options are endless! We have had decorating themes that range from “Frozen” to “Travel the World” However you wish to decorate or not, your guests have plenty of space to both mix and mingle, dine and dance the night away.
See the Magic of a Marina Inn Wedding….
When you book your wedding at Marina Inn, you won’t have to worry about guest parking. We offer valet parking for $12 or free self-parking, depending on what your guests prefer. Either way, all parking is located conveniently on-site.
Details, Details, Details….
Whether you are looking at a full sit down 3, 4 or 5 course dinner or a heavy hor d’oeuvre reception, we offer a variety of menu options carefully created by our culinary team with every budget in mind. However, if you are looking for something other than what is included in our menus, just ask your sales representative and our catering team will price it for you. Our award-winning culinary team is sure to prepare a meal that will not only satisfy your guests but one that will be fondly remembered by all.
Don’t Get Bogged Down with Details…Hire a Professional Wedding Planner!
Wedding planning can make your dream wedding seem like a nightmare without the proper resources and advice! The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes catering sales team will assist with securing the right space for your wedding events such as the ceremony and reception as well as assist with choosing menus for your event and securing a guest room block for your wedding party. However, garnering advice and logistics from a professional wedding planner is invaluable! We work with some of the top wedding professionals in the Myrtle Beach industry that can create an event based on your specific style and budget that work with the most respected wedding vendors in Myrtle Beach to make sure your wedding is flawless!
Marina Inn Grande Dunes is thrilled about the potential to be your wedding day destination. We are eager to do answer your questions.
If you plan on getting married this year, we are featuring 2017 Value Package Dates with special incentives! Learn More!
Like country music? Pack your boots and cowboy hat because you’ll find the best country artists this June at the Myrtle Beach Carolina Country Music Fest! Mark you calendar for June 8th through the 11th and enjoy four days of sun, music and fun!
Following two successful years, this will be the third year in a row that the music festival will be kicking up its boots in the sand.
The 2017 Carolina Country Music Fest promises to be even bigger and better than last year! With the cool ocean breezes in the background, The festival takes place in the heart of Myrtle Beach beside Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Headliners – Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldeen & Darius Rucker!
There have already been three amazing headliners announced including award-winning artists Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and South Carolina’s own Darius Rucker. Other chart-topping artists that have been released include Big & Rich, Billy Currington, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jordan Rager, Kevin Mac, Dee Jay Silver and Luke Combs. On March 8th the festival announced females that will grace the 2017 Carolina Country Music Fest stages including Gretchen Wilson aka ‘Redneck Woman’, up and coming female trio Runaway June, Morgan Myles, Laura Jenkins, Kennedy Fitzsimmons. So far this lineup is jam-packed with talented musicians – and the more artists that are released, the faster the tickets are sure to sell!
SCENES FROM 2016 CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
- 3-Day Super VIP
Premier experience at CCMP Separate platform level viewing area with full bar, exclusive VIP entrance, an air conditioned catering tent with seating, private bathrooms. Price is inclusive of food and drinks.
- 3-Day VIP
Exclusive roped section directly stage front with private VIP cash bars food tents and private bathrooms
- 3-Day General Admission
- Single ticket for McDonald’s Thursday Night Kick-off Concert
Come a day early on Thursday June 8th, McDonald’s is sponsoring a festival kick-off concert featuring Montgomery Gentry and Brett Young. This is sure to be a fun concert and the perfect way to commence a weekend full of exciting country music!
Book Your Tickets & Hotel Reservations Now!
It’s never too early to start purchasing tickets and making accommodation plans. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is located only 7 miles from the festival – close enough to fun but away from the highly congested areas of Myrtle Beach. A full service, four diamond resort offering a variety of accommodations for your party with everything from hotel rooms to two or three bedroom suites. All rooms offer private balconies with views of the Intracoastal Waterway or marina. During down times from the Carolina Country Music Festival, make plans to dine at our award-winning restaurant WaterScapes open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Take a break & have a cocktail out by our outdoor pool & pool bar serving casual dining and drinks. You don’t want to miss out on huge savings when you book with us early!
Get ready for a weekend packed full of sun, sand and country music at the 2017 Carolina Country Music Fest! Make sure to purchase your tickets and start making accommodation plans soon. You’re sure to leave Myrtle Beach that weekend with memories of new friends and some new favorite country songs!
The weather is warming up, flowers are beginning to bloom and we are getting spring fever here at the Marina Inn! And with spring comes Easter. The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is planning for another family fun filled Myrtle Beach Easter Package! It’s an Easter Weekend package full of activities that the entire family will enjoy the weekend of April 14-16th.
Get ready for an Easter Weekend filled with Pastels, Candy and Fun!
Saturday, April 13
The Easter Bunny arrives early at the Marina Inn delivering an Easter Basket filled with Easter candy and activities for each child upon arrival. Keep the basket handy because your little one will need it on Sunday for the Easter Egg Hunt!
The weekend will be filled with activities to entertain the entire family! Pack your imagination and creativity because all day Saturday our staff will be providing all of the necessary materials and leading several Easter Activities planned starting with Easter crafts at 10:00 am. That afternoon at 2:00 pm we will supply the cookies & accessories for Easter Cookie Decorating. The afternoon activity at 4:00 will be Easter egg Dying. Of course, you can forgo the Easter activities and hit the Marina Inn Secluded Beach! Available from 9:00am-4:00pm, our service provides transportation, chairs, towels, umbrellas, facilities, changing rooms, shower and snack bar with light dining, beer & wine for purchase. Or relax by our Outdoor Heated Pool or two Jacuzzis. The Outdoor Poolbar will be open from 11:00am-6:00pm for casual dining and your favorite drinks. Don’t forget to ask about the Drink of the Day!
Sunday, April 14
Your kids will be surprised Sunday morning to wake up to an Easter Basket delivery from the Easter Bunny filled with goodies and activities. After emptying those baskets; put them to good use later that morning at the Grande Lawn at 10:00am to meet the Easter Bunny himself! At 10:30, get ready to gather up some more goodie filled eggs at the annual Marina Inn Easter Egg Hunt on the Grande Lawn and more hang out time with the Easter Bunny. The excitement of Easter morning will build your appetite for the Marina Inn annual Easter Brunch in the Nautilus Ballroom.
This extravagant Easter Brunch will have breakfast brunch favorites such as omelets, waffles, sausage, bacon and fruit. Before the traditional Easter feast; make sure you try our Chilled Seafood Display featuring oysters on the half shell, crab claws and chilled shrimp cocktail. Then move on to traditional Easter Brunch favorites such as carved honey ham and carved roasted leg of lamb accompanied by a large selection of salads, a variety of vegetables, grilled salmon, steak and more! Make room for dessert featuring assorted cakes, cookies and fruit. The kids will have their own Kids Menu with chicken tenders, cheese pizza, fruit and more. Reservations accepted from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. The Easter Bunny will still be around so don’t forget to grab him for some Easter pictures!
What’s Included in the Package?
The Easter Package at Marina Inn starts at $586* and includes
- Accommodations in the Grande Guest Room featuring one King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
- Easter Activities on Saturday
- Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday
- Sunday Easter Brunch
Although the package price is based on two adults and two children in a grande guest room, final cost will be determined based on the total number of people. Larger Suites are also available for an additional cost so bring the entire family! All rooms feature large travertine tile bathrooms with separate showers. The 2/3 bedroom suites feature separate living room & each bedroom with its own bathroom. Enjoy waking up and starting your day with a cup of coffee on the private balcony featuring a variety of views either overlooking the Grande Dunes Golf Course or the Grande Dunes Marina. So go ahead and invite the whole family to enjoy the Easter holiday at the beach!
This package is sure to book up quick so reserve your room with us today for a fun-filled Easter weekend in Myrtle Beach!
*Package price of $586 is based on two adults & two children and includes accommodations in a grande guest room with a choice one one king bed or two queen beds. Larger accommodations available at an additional rate. Price requires a two night minimum and includes all taxes and fees. Final price is determined by total number of guests.
Along with the unseasonably warm weather that the Myrtle Beach area has experienced this winter, along comes several events to keep anyone busy this weekend!
The largest event, the Myrtle Beach Marathon will be taking place this weekend. In addition to the grueling full and half marathon, you can participate in the Marathon Relay, Grande Dunes 5k and Family Fun Run. But if you don’t plan on partaking in this event. CLICK HERE for full event details.
The 40th anniversary of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held this weekend at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Conway is just a 20-30 minute drive. The tournament will feature 15 league teams with games through the weekend with the final championship game played on Sunday, March 5th. This is their 40th anniversary so there will be some extra celebration going on. Tickets start at $7.00 per person. Visit the ACC website for more information.
If you are interested in science and technology or have children that are; this the place to be on Friday and Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center this weekend. This is an intense three-day competition showcasing robots developed by high school teams from all across the United States as well as internationally.
This is an interactive competition among the teams and shows students that fields in technology that involve science, math, engineering and invention are actually fun and interesting!
The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.
Admission is free so don’t miss this exciting and interactive event!
For the art lovers in town, attend the “First Friday Artwalk” in downtown Myrtle Beach supporting local businesses and creative entrepreneurs for an evening of fun and entertainment this Friday from 4:00-8:00 pm. Nurture downtown Myrtle Beach’s
Visit local art galleries and local restaurants to see what has evolved since your last visit.
Don’t forget to check the The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes website for the best upcoming offers for spring and summer. Coming soon, our popular Easter Package that includes guest room, kids activities and our Sunday Easter Brunch. This package sells out every year so subscribe to this blog or like us on Facebook to get notified first!