Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina is coming up quickly! We are less than a month away from the biggest shopping period to prepare for back to school season. Anyone who has wandered into the mall madness unprepared before understands you always need a well thought out plan. We’ve got the best tips to help you get the most bang for your buck this Tax-Free season!
From August 3rd – August 5th, South Carolina exempts back-to-school items from the 6% sales tax and any local taxes.
The main idea of Tax-Free Weekend is to purchase school supplies for when the kids head back to school in the fall. Items considered tax free will include, clothing, shoes, book bags, computers, etc. Basically anything you would need for school. (Some home goods and dorm items are included in the list as well!) Click herefor a full list of what items are included in Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina.
Begin by mapping out where you want to shop. There are plenty of options for shopping to choose from along the Grand Strand! By planning ahead, you can reduce the stress of shopping for the fall necessities you’re searching for.
Head out to the mall early! By going early, you’ll beat the crowds and get the best selection of products before they begin flying off the shelves. You’re also likely to get a great parking spot!
Keep an organized list of what items are exempt from the sales tax. You can mark or circle the items that you want to purchase to make it a breeze while shopping. Print out or write down the list of items you can get for the best possible price during the weekend!
Stay organized and stay focused, there are so many ways to make the most of your shopping during one of the busiest retail weekends of the year!
When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all the attractions in Myrtle Beach. Shopping attractions include the Coastal Grand Mall, Market Common, Tanger Outlets, and many more!
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!