Best U.S. Resort Towns to Visit this Summer

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Myrtle Beach, SC Makes the Top of the List

(BPT) – Summer is here, which means it’s time for an annual vacation for many families. Since most Americans plan to travel within the U.S., Expedia.com has picked the best small towns and coastal cities to inspire your vacation planning. America’s historic resort towns, along with thousands of miles of beautiful coastlines, offer great destinations for you and your family this summer.

Towns like Ocean City, Gatlinburg and Myrtle Beach are great places to visit with friends and family. They are all within driving distance of major cities, and who doesn’t love a road trip? They offer budget-friendly accommodations, warm weather, beaches and fun activities. And when travelers book on a site like Expedia, vacation dreams quickly become reality through their selection of affordable airfare, hotels, vacation rentals and amazing discounts.

Ready to hit the road? Here are some of America’s best small towns and coastal cities to visit on vacation.

Myrtle Beach: Enjoy sand and sun on South Carolina’s beaches, then hit the nightlife in one of America’s most picturesque beach towns. Stay at the luxurious Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

Destin: This Florida town is surrounded by water, with ample opportunities for whale watching and recreation. The Henderson, a Salamander Beach and Spa Resort, is a family-friendly resort with two pools and full-service spa.

Virginia Beach: This Virginia town offers rich history and pristine beaches, listed as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a gorgeous beachfront property with excellent accommodations.

Gatlinburg: Surrounded by Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg offers unparalleled wilderness activities near several major cities. For adventurous hiking and river rafting, there’s no better place. The Margaritaville Resort provides an equally exciting place to stay.

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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 5 Water Attractions in Myrtle Beach

A summer vacation spent by the ocean is serene and calm, but if you’re looking to take this year’s get-away to thrilling new heights; look no further than the best water attractions on the Grand Strand! The parks featured below offer a more action-packed family experience in Myrtle Beach that everyone is sure to love.

  1. Myrtle Waves

Myrtle Waves Waterpark offers a family-friendly atmosphere where everyone can cool off on a hot day on the Grand Strand! A unique feature of the park is a summertime movie night every Thursday beginning June 12th and lasting through August 16th. Myrtle Waves screens the movie above the wave pool so you can watch the movie while floating on an innertube! During the day, your family can spend time on the various water slides and even take turns surfing on the Flow Rider! Open throughout the summer from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm but on movie nights they will stay open until 9:00 pm!

Shark Wake Park

Located just a short drive from Myrtle Beach, Little River is home to the rugged Shark Wake Park! This intense water park includes a wake park where the bravest adventurers can experience cable wakeboarding. The park offers lessons and special packages making it a fantastic venue for a birthday celebration! There are a few requirements to consider before bringing the family and enjoying the park; children must be 7 years or older and meet the minimum height of 45”. The Wake Park is open Wednesday – Sunday throughout the summer. Be sure to visit their website to sign their waiver before you arrive!

3 Aqua Park at North Myrtle Beach Complex

A part of the Shark Wake Park, the Inflatable Aqua Park is a gigantic, colorful floating obstacle course built to make you feel like you’re walking on water! This attraction is perfect for kids and family friendly. If hunger strikes, you can visit the Shark Shack for refreshing beverages and tasty food to refuel after being in the sun. The Aqua Park is open Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day and is open every day during the summer. They’re also available for booking parties.

Jump Jam Jungle Floats

Jump Jam offers wild fun with large floating jungle gym rentals. Located at Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet, Jump Jam allows for large families and parties to all enjoy their very own floating water park! With a variety of different jungle gyms to choose from, there’s no doubt your family will be satisfied with one of them. Attendees will always make sure safety comes first and keep a watchful eye on the participants. Regardless of whether you’re just floating in the water or launching off the trampoline, everyone is required to wear properly fitted life jackets. Open play is available every day this summer but be sure to visit their website to book a party!

5 Wild Water & Wheels

Wild Water & Wheels is unlike any other with a unique combination of both water fun and a race zone for go karting! The park also features a mini-golf course which makes this the perfect park to keep everyone entertained! Fun in the sun is a given so take your pick between the Head Rush slide and the heart-stopping Free Fall Cliff Dive. These towering slides are not for the faint of heart!  The waterpark is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and stays open until 9:00 pm on Fridays in the summertime. The rides are open every day at 1:00 pm. 

When you book your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close by all the wet n’ wild action. And when you book under our Family Package, you’ll receive 2 Adults and 2 Children’s passes to Myrtle Waves WaterPark.

While the beach will always be our favorite main attraction here on the Grand Strand, you’re not going to want to miss out on what these parks can offer. Whether it’s watching your favorite movie while floating in the wave pool or learning how to shred on a wakeboard, paying a visit to these parks will offer a unique experience for you and your family!