FREE Things to Do This Summer in Myrtle Beach

The sun is shining and the beach is calling your name! Is there anything better than a summer getaway to Myrtle Beach? Well, finding free things to do definitely comes close. When you stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a four-diamond resort, you’re conveniently located nearby the greatest spots to make memories in Myrtle Beach. We’ve listed our favorite events and activities that you and your family can enjoy for FREE!

Beach

It might just be the BEST free activity we can offer along the Grand Strand! Did you know that as a guest at Marina Inn, you receive access to our exclusive private beach? Plus you’ll even have access to a free shuttle to drop you off and pick you up at the end of the day. Chairs, towels, umbrellas and everything you need for the perfect beach day is located at our cabana. After building up an appetite from splashing around in the surf and building sandcastles, we have food and cold drinks available – as well as a place to take a break from the sun. So don’t worry about a thing and head to the beach for some unforgettable family memories!

Fireworks

In Myrtle Beach, there’s so much to see and do that will leave you speechless but nothing is quite as mesmerizing as a firework show on a summer night. There are plenty of places you can catch a free firework show this summer along the Grand Strand including:

Barefoot Landing – Mondays 10 p.m., 4th of July 10 p.m.

Broadway at the Beach – Tuesdays 10 p.m. through August, Fridays 10 p.m. June 21st – August 16th, 4th of July 10 p.m.

2nd Ave Pier –  Wednesdays 10 p.m.

Farmers Markets

Popping up all over Myrtle Beach, our Farmers Markets are filled with fresh and local produce to enjoy during your visit. In addition to colorful fruits and veggies, local artisans are showcasing their homemade crafts and artwork just for you! Did we mention there’s also live music to enjoy while you stroll through the booths? Head to Barefoot Landing, Little River or The Market Common for a terrific way to spend an afternoon!

Barefoot Landing – Fridays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Little River – Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Market Common – Wednesdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hot Summer Nights

Every night this summer, you can experience the thrill of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk during their nightly entertainment. Hot Summer Nights last all summer long and all events are completely free! From 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., spend a night out with the family enjoying the live music and street performers as you venture around the boardwalk in downtown Myrtle Beach.

Barefoot Landing

Just minutes up the road from Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Barefoot Landing is a one-stop shop for all things shopping, dining, and entertainment! This summer, Barefoot Landing will be hosting live music at the Dockside Village Amphitheater and offering live entertainment nightly. Before the show starts, plan a dinner at one of their various restaurants or just walk around the lake and enjoy the view. Plus a free firework show amazes visitors each Monday night at 10 p.m.!

The Market Common

A popular shopping district with upscale boutiques and a handful of restaurants, The Market Common has what you need for the whole family this summer! They offer free carriage rides with live horses throughout the summer which would make an average date night transform into a fairytale. Grab a beach chair and a blanket for their Movies Under the Stars where they show your favorite movies out on the lawn for your family to enjoy. The Market Common also offers free live entertainment with Concerts on the Green throughout the summer. The options for free, fun, family activities are endless!

Summer is on the way and time is running out to book your Myrtle Beach vacation. Our guests are able to experience the best FREE activities Myrtle Beach has to offer. Book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to take advantage of our summer sale package going on now! See you at the beach!

Top Family Attractions in Myrtle Beach

It’s almost summertime in Myrtle Beach and there’s so much to see and do along the Grand Strand. When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a four-diamond resort, you’re nearby all the hottest attractions our area has to offer.

Beach

The BEST attraction in Myrtle Beach…the beach of course! When you stay with Marina Inn, you’ll have access to our private beach. Just hop aboard the shuttle with your family and everything you need is waiting for you! We have towels, chairs, snacks, and drinks available at our private beach access. All you need to bring is your swimsuit and sunscreen!

Close up of family enjoying time on the beach

Broadway at the Beach

Located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach is a one-stop shop for all things dining and entertainment. With recent additions including new thrill rides at Pavilion Park and a Simpson’s 4D Movie Theater and Kwik-E-Mart, your family will have a blast exploring and enjoying all Broadway at the Beach has to offer. When hunger strikes, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from to satisfy any appetite.

Shark Wake Park

Get ready to shred! At Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach, you can experience riding a zipline while wakeboarding through the lake. Learn new tricks and tips and maybe even catch some air! Shark Wake Park also has an inflatable Aqua Park with large water inflatables for everyone to play on in the water. Just minutes down the road from Marina Inn, beat the heat at Shark Wake Park!

Barefoot Landing

Time to shop til you drop! Barefoot Landing is located in North Myrtle Beach and offers unique shopping and dining experiences. If you’re in the mood for a fiesta, head to Taco Mundo! A waterfront restaurant where you can indulge in authentic tacos and fresh margaritas after a day filled with shopping. Barefoot Landing also features live music and entertainment nightly throughout the summer so make sure to bring the whole family and make some memories!

Myrtle Waves Waterpark

Calling all thrill seekers! Myrtle Waves Waterpark is South Carolina’s largest waterpark and has tons of water attractions for your family to enjoy. From towering tube slides to a surfing simulator, there’s something for everyone to do. While visiting this summer, be sure to check their schedule for Summer Movie Nights to catch a film while floating around in the wave pool!

Summer is on the way and time is running out to book your Myrtle Beach vacation. Our guests are able to experience the best Myrtle Beach has to offer. Book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to take advantage of our summer sale package going on now! See you at the beach!

 

Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament

Calling all basketball fans! If you can’t bear waiting until March for the madness, bring the family to Myrtle Beach this November and participate in the inaugural 2018 ESPN Events Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament! The tournament will be hosted at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University’s campus from November 15 – 18!

 

Cheer on top-rated college teams such as Cal State Fullerton, Monmouth, Saint Joseph’s, UCF, Valparaiso, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Western Kentucky as they battle for the championship title!

 

Autumn is the ideal time to visit the Grand Strand area, with fewer crowds and mild weather take the opportunity to ditch the cold and spend a weekend at the beach!

 

When wondering where to stay in Myrtle Beach for the tournament, look no further than Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is the perfect location for accommodations for a couple or the whole family! We are offering a special rate of $125.00 per night for the luxurious grande guest room. The grande guest room features a choice of one king or two queen beds, large bathroom, private balcony with views and more! Larger suites may be available at an additional rate.

 

Get ready to ball at the beach this month at the Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes!

 

Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament

HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University’s Campus

November 15 – 18, 2018

Rates starting at *$125.00 per night

Your Myrtle Beach Summer Bucket List!

As summer is fading to fall, don’t wait to book that final summer vacation to Marina Inn. Located right on the waterfront, Marina Inn is centrally located to all the exciting adventures, outdoor shopping, and award-winning dining Myrtle Beach has to offer. Wanting to make the most of your summer getaway? You’ll need a guide to have the best vacation ever. Make sure to check off these items before the cool weather comes and the kids head back to school!

Beach

It may be a bit obvious, but hitting the beach is a must while on the Grand Strand! When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you have access to our secluded, private beach! You won’t have to worry about chairs, umbrellas, towels, or snacks because they are all complimentary. All you have to do is hop on our shuttle to the beach and soak up the sunshine!

Insta-worthy food/view

The only way to truly give everyone back home vacation envy is by posting a picture of a yummy meal. Visit Ruth’s Chris on site at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to snap a photo of a juicy steak dinner with elegant wine paired along with it! Or order a ‘fresh catch of the day’ from our onsite restaurant, WaterScapes, to showcase a meal full of fresh seafood.

Sunrise on the beach

Here on the East Coast, the sun rises right over the ocean. During your stay, be sure to set the alarm clock a little early because the view of the sun rising from the beach is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Baseball game

If your idea of a perfect summer night is spent at the field with a jumbo hot dog and singing along to “Take me out to the ball game”, Myrtle Beach has exactly what you need! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans play throughout the summer and the activities and competitions during the game will keep the whole family entertained and cheering through the last inning!

Experience dinner with a show

Choose from a variety of entertainment during your stay in Myrtle Beach and even enjoy a show while eating dinner! Watch pirates battle and perform acrobatics aboard a ship at Pirate’s Voyage or watch as knights battle on horseback at Medieval Times. Either show is great for the whole family and will have you cheering from your seats!

Sparklers on the beach

There’s just something magical about a sparkling summer night near the ocean! Take advantage of those low prices on sparklers after 4th of July and bring a pack with you to the beach at sunset.

Arcade games on the boulevard

There’s plenty of options for a fun night on the boulevard, but what is a beach vacation without some classic arcade games? Head down to the boulevard for some fun and then take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel to see the beach during golden hour as the sun sets.

Ride a Jet Ski

Be bold and try something new during your visit to Myrtle Beach! Myrtle Beach Watersports is located on site at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and gives you access to boats, jet skis, and more! Take a spin on a jet ski and take in the incredible view of the waterway for a summer memory full of adventure!

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Jetski Rentals

When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes during your stay in Myrtle Beach, you’re just minutes away from all the top attractions along the Grand Strand. And it’s not too late to take advantage of the Ultimate Summer Experience Sale happening now through August 31st. You can save up to 35% off your final summer getaway. Summer is far from over in Myrtle Beach!

Five Family Friendly Live Music Venues in Myrtle Beach

When in Myrtle Beach for your summer vacation, you want to experience all the sights, tastes, and yes, even the sounds! There’s nothing quite like enjoying a beautiful waterfront view while listening to local musicians set the mood with their songs. When you’ve booked your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, make sure to check out these five hot spots located within a short drive from Marina Inn, that are sure to make you swoon!

MarshWalk

The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet is a Myrtle Beach locals’ favorite spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beach to relax and unwind. With multiple bars and restaurants, the MarshWalk is filled with a variety of atmospheres – each featuring their own live music each night! Grab dinner and a drink from one spot then stroll along to the next bar to check out the other musicians performing.

LuLu’s

One of the newest live music spots in Myrtle Beach, LuLu’s prides itself on having a family friendly atmosphere with great food and even better views of the water. Located at Barefoot Landing, a restaurant that’s a product of Jimmy Buffett’s little sister, Lulu Buffett, has got to have some amazing musical performers coming through the doors. After dinner, you can stroll along the boardwalk at Barefoot Landing and take in the beautiful views!

Tin Roof

A brand new spot located in downtown Myrtle Beach, Tin Roof brings all of your favorites together in one place. With live music every night and a unique drink menu, it’s always a new experience at this bar! The casual atmosphere and local community feel of Tin Roof, allows visitors to mingle with the musicians. This is the perfect spot for a fun night out in downtown!

Riptydz

Located next to the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel with perfect oceanfront views, Riptydz is a casual spot the whole family will love with a spectacular view of the water! Their giant menu that’s as big as their fishbowl cocktails, features a little bit of everything. Plus they have live music in the restaurant as well as a DJ on the rooftop bar, where you can dance the night away!

Boathouse

The Boathouse is located right on the Intracoastal Waterway and is a hidden gem, tucked away from the flashy tourist attractions. On Sundays in the summertime, The Boathouse features music from local to mainstream artists for a special Sunday Funday! Whether you enjoy it on foot or by boat, with a view of the waterway and a great band – you’ll sure to have the ideal summer night here!

Take advantage of Marina Inn’s Ultimate Summer Experience Sale from now until August 31, 2018. You can save up to 35% off your suite for a vacation that’s fun for the whole family. And by choosing to stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes for your summer getaway, you’re choosing to be minutes away from all the best live music venues in Myrtle Beach. Click here to take advantage of our sizzling summer sale going on now!

Kayak and Canoe Adventures in Myrtle Beach

Skip out on the crowded tourist destinations in Myrtle Beach and try our something unique! Between kayaks and canoes in saltwater and freshwater, there’s always somewhere new to explore along the Grand Strand! We’ve gathered the best places to adventure through the waters of Myrtle Beach on a kayak with. 

Kokopelli Surf Camp – Kayak Tours and Rentals

With the professionals at Kokopelli Surf Camp, you can experience the beauty of the Grand Strand with a guided kayak tour. These tours take you through the scenic salt marshes in the low country. The shorter guided tours are perfect for families or newcomers to this adventurous activity. 

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours is a must-see attraction in Myrtle Beach. Include the whole family and explore the local wildlife. Myrtle Beach locals love the guided kayak tour through the Waccamaw River! You can choose to experience a tour during the day or beat the heat and head out on a twilight tour for beautiful colors on the water.

J & L Kayaks

Located in North Myrtle Beach, J & L Kayaks have a special Kayak Crabbing Tour that takes you through the Cherry Grove bay and heads toward Hog Inlet. After exploring the island and learning about the area’s local wildlife you can begin crabbing. This tour is perfect for families and any crabs you catch that are larger than 5 inches are yours to take home with you! 

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions

With Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions, you’ll have an unforgettable experience to share with family and friends about your adventure in Myrtle Beach. Choose between saltwater and freshwater tours to see the beauty of the Grand Strand! If you’ve been in a kayak a time or two and are familiar with the basics, Great Escapes offers unguided tours so you can rent a kayak and explore freely!

 

Take a break from the beach or the pool and choose an adventure the whole family will surely love! When you stay with the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all of the attractions and thrills in Myrtle Beach.

Top Fishing Activities in Myrtle Beach for Families

When visiting Myrtle Beach for your summer vacation, there can be an overwhelming amount of attractions to choose from. Fishing along the Grand Strand is a great option to get the whole family out in the fresh air for some fun! If you’re looking for family-friendly fishing spots, we’ve got the hook-up! Spend this year’s summer getaway one on one with nature at these areas in Myrtle Beach.

Fishing Charters

The possibilities are endless when you choose deep sea fishing during your stay! Fishing Charters in Myrtle Beach offer hours of fun out in the deep blue. Choose from a full day of fun or maybe you’d prefer a half day of fishing in the Atlantic. All you’ll need to bring along with you is water, sunscreen, and a smile!

Cherry Grove Pier

Visit the historic Cherry Grove Fishing Pier for a great family-friendly atmosphere. The Cherry Grove Pier is the perfect spot for reeling in a fish or grabbing an ice cream and taking a stroll. If you love the location but want a different fishing experience, the Cherry Grove Park & Boat Landing has a fishing dock.

Apache Pier

A local’s favorite for fishing, the Apache Pier is the largest wooden pier on the east coast and open from 6 a.m. – midnight during the summer! The Apache Pier is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. There is a fee if you want to fish from the pier, but the pier also provides rod rentals for beginners.

 

Murrells Inlet

Head further south for a brand new fishing experience along the inlet! The Murrells Inlet Jetty is about 3,000 feet of asphalt along the rocks that you can fish from. The view from the jetty is spectacular and provides the perfect backdrop while reeling in the best fish!

Myrtle Beach State Park

While there is a fee to enter the park, the lack of crowds more than makes up for the price! At the Myrtle Beach State Park, you are allowed to fish along the surf of the ocean while there are not crowds of swimmers nearby. Whether you choose to fish on the pier or try surf fishing, you’re sure to have a fun time!

By staying at The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes during your visit to Myrtle Beach, you’ll be minutes away from the best fishing spots along the coast. You can also save big when you book your accommodations under our summer sales package. Aim to catch the biggest fish for bragging rights when you return home!