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!

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

Holiday Packages at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

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With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin planning a special holiday getaway to Myrtle Beach! When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re combining a luxurious stay with a central location to all your favorite attractions along the Grand Strand! Sneak a peek at our holiday packages and take advantage of the incredible deals!
Myrtle Beach Thanksgiving Package
Dates: November 21 – 25, 2018
Package Rates Start at $348
Skip the stressful meal planning and book a Thanksgiving to remember at the beach! Marina Inn at Grande Dunes will take care of all the cooking and clean up and all you’ll have to worry about is bringing an appetite! Here at Marina Inn, we are located in the heart of Myrtle Beach with attractions and restaurants only minutes from our luxurious property. Our annual Thanksgiving Brunch includes all your family’s traditional fall favorites like carved turkey and dressing along with coastal specialties like chilled shrimp and oysters on half shell.
Our two-night package includes all you need to make memories this holiday season in Myrtle Beach!
  • Luxurious accommodations in a Grande Queen guest room for two nights
  • Thanksgiving Day Brunch for 2 adults and 2 children
Myrtle Beach Holiday Shopping Package
Dates: November 1 – December 30, 2018
Package Rates Start at $154
The holiday shopping season is here! Myrtle Beach has a variety of shopping sure to please everyone’s budget all along the Grand Strand. Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach is only minutes away from Marina Inn! Newly renovated Barefoot Landing features unique specialty stores like Tara Grinna Designer Swimwear, Ron Jon Surf Shop or Purpleologist, (everything in this store is purple!). Head south toward Market Common where you can get your fix of high-end retailers like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn. Top your day off back at Marina Inn where you can relax and enjoy a scrumptious dinner at WaterScapes Restaurant!
Our package includes all you need to kick off the holiday season the right way; here at the beach!
  • Luxurious accommodations in a Grande Queen guest room for one night
  • One $50 Visa gift card
The Carolina Opry “Christmas Show of the South” Package
Dates: November 1 – December 31, 2018
Package Rates Start at $268
A must see for locals and visitors of Myrtle Beach, The Carolina Opry Christmas Show of the South is one you won’t want to miss this holiday season! Featuring a long list of house holiday talent along with the indoor transformation into a Christmas wonderland with 35 decorated trees, 5 miles of festive lighting, and hills of Christmas snow! And to top it off, when you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, The Carolina Opry theater is right across the street!
This two-night package includes all you need to kick off the holiday season!
  • Luxurious accommodations in a Grande Queen guest room for two adults for two nights
  • Two adult tickets for regular seating to the TCO’s “Christmas Show of the South”
Duplin Wine Package in Myrtle Beach
Available Now!
Rates Start at $176
The Duplin Winery Package in Myrtle Beach combines a luxurious stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, wine tasting at Duplin Winery, and a custom basket including items native to South Carolina. Duplin Winery is located just 10 minutes north of the Marina Inn.
This package is perfect for romantic couples or for a girls getaway weekend and includes:
  • Luxurious, spacious accommodations in a grande guest room for one night
  • (2) 45-minute wine tasting vouchers at Duplin Winery
  • Custom wine basket that includes a bottle of select wine from Duplin, wine stopper, bottle opener, Muscadine, Pineapple & Habanero Salsa and crackers upon arrival.
Duplin Winery is a top producer of unique sweet Muscadine wine! Muscadine grapes are native to the southeastern states and there is one other Duplin Winery location in North Carolina. Duplin Winery offers more than just delicious wine; the retail store features wine accessories, local items and a café with creamy homemade fudge!
 
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Walking and Biking Paths at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Even while on vacation fitness is still important! Utilize our beautiful local bike paths that are ideal for a late afternoon walk with the whole family! No matter how you choose to explore, whether on foot or on two wheels, you’re sure to be surrounded by South Carolina’s natural beauty! We’ve listed the paths near our property so you and your family can get outdoors and enjoy the Myrtle Beach weather during your visit with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

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Golf at Resort Course Grande Dunes

Marina Parkway at Grande Dunes

Distance: 2.7 miles

Marina Parkway leads you through the Grande Dunes residential community which means this trail is safe for a family workout! Whether you choose to walk or bike, this is a perfect path for the kids to enjoy the outdoors!

Marina Parkway to Wild Iris Trail

Distance: 4.8 miles

If you’re feeling up to a lengthier workout, extend your adventure past Marina Parkway; continue on the Marina Partway trail and it will stretch another 2 miles as Wild Iris Drive. 

This path will take you through residential areas that wind through the Grande Dunes and Pine Lakes communities! 

Biking will take you about 22 minutes while walking is 1.5 hours one way.

Colonel Robert Bell Path

Distance: 3.5 miles

Start your walk on Marina Inn Parkway, passing the Grande Dunes Marina then continue to Colonel Robert Bell Path! This flat trail crosses over a bridge, however, the path is protected from traffic so your workout is a breeze!

Perrin’s Path

Distance: 4 miles

To reach Perrin’s Path, continue your walk down Marina Parkway then cross over 62nd Ave. to Perrin’s Path! While strolling along, you’ll spot some of the scenic Myrtle Beach neighborhoods visitors and locals alike enjoy seeing!

Ocean Blvd.

Distance: 3.1 miles

Although dedicated to bikers, this trail works for walking and jogging! The path crosses 2 major highways so beware of rush hour traffic! Along this trail, you’ll spot the flawless residential properties along Grande Dunes Blvd.!

Grande Dunes Marina

Grissom Parkway Trail

Distance: 9.1 miles

Grissom Parkway Trail is a lengthy, flat bicycle path that takes you down the Marina Parkway; then over to Perrin’s Path for a short ride – then becomes the Grissom Parkway Trail. Keep an eye out for Broadway at the Beach and Coastal Grand Mall along your near 10-mile path! Note that there are stop lights and crosswalks along the way! 

Horry County Bike Run Park Trail (The Hulk)

Distance: 6.8 miles

Considered the most challenging bike trail in the Myrtle Beach area is appropriately named, “The Hulk”. We like to think the trail lives up to its name! Stretching almost 7 miles, this is a single track trail that twists and turns along the undeveloped terrain. This park is also a trailhead for the new East Coast Greenway.

The East Coast Greenway is a developing bicycle trail system that spans 3,000 miles, from Canada all the way to Key West! In the Myrtle Beach area, it crosses S.C. 31 near Carolina Forest and Myrtle Beach was the first spot along the trail to have their path completed! If biking is your forte, you won’t want to miss out on these enticing trails; all just minutes away from Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach!

 

 

Golf with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach

It is officially Fall and the weather is perfect for a round of golf in Myrtle Beach! The Marina Inn, a luxury 4 diamond resort, offers a variety of Myrtle Beach golf packages including the Grande Dunes Resort Course located on site. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is centrally located to the best Myrtle Beach golf courses so traveling there will only be a short drive! We’ll also show you what there is to do in Myrtle Beach when you want to continue the fun after the game.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has long been known as the ‘Golf Capital of the World’ and it’s no surprise with our proximity to the ocean and beautiful weather year round! Some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world call the Grand Strand home.

Grande Dunes

With 7 out of the 18 holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Grande Dunes Resort Course is quite unique to the Grand Strand! No wonder PGA Magazine said it is “one of the great golf clubs in the world”. This is our on-site course so by staying with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes you won’t have to travel far to play!

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Resort Course at Grande Dunes

Barefoot Golf Resort

The four courses at Barefoot Golf Resort are named after four hall of fame players – Norman, Love, Fazio, and Dye. Each course has its own quirks and characteristics; just like the players! This resort was named as the 2017 North America Golf Resort of the Year!

Dunes Club

Located right next to the ocean, (literally in the dunes!), the Dunes Club courses are sure to satisfy any golf lover’s dreams. While playing the course you’ll get a chance to play up on hole 13, dubbed ‘Waterloo’ – which is known around the world! Experience a match with the sunshine on your face and the warm breeze blowing through as you play for a true Myrtle Beach golf game.  

Pine Lakes

A local’s favorite, Pine Lakes course keeps a loyal following coming back year round! Known as the first golf course of Myrtle Beach, the Grandaddy course has been restored to and makes all the other courses green with envy. It’s no surprise this country club’s classic features a rich history that keeps golfers coming back every year!

Dye Course #10 at Barefoot Golf Resort

If you need a break from the game, there’s plenty to do in Myrtle Beach to keep the fun going! Enjoy entertainment, attractions, shopping, and dining up and down the Grand Strand.

Broadway at the Beach or Barefoot Landing

The perfect place to go and spend time when you’re not quite sure what to do. Broadway at the Beach, located centrally in Myrtle Beach, is home to a movie theater, various restaurants, specialty shops, Ripley’s Aquarium, and so much more! Barefoot Landing, located further up the coast in North Myrtle Beach, is filled with delectable restaurants and shopping and right on the marina with a view that won’t disappoint.

PGA Superstore

Whether you’re in search of a new driver or need some new gear or balls – stock up on everything you need to play at one of the two locations along the Grand Strand!

Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar

A local’s favorite oceanfront spot, Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar is where you’ll want to spend happy hour after a long day on the course! There’s plenty of live music and ice cold drinks to unwind after the game.

New South Brewing

A local brewery in Myrtle Beach, at New South Brewing Company you can try a unique variety of craft beers and even schedule a tour to learn how their beer is made!

WaterScapes at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

After a long day of playing the course, grab your friends and treat yourselves to a dinner at our fine dining restaurant on site at Marina Inn! With a top-rated chef and an outdoor dining area, WaterScapes is the perfect spot to dine and relax for another round of golf in the morning!

When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes during your next visit to Myrtle Beach’s famous golf courses, you can choose from a variety of different golf packages. Click here to see our current offers. Pack your clubs and we look forward to seeing you on the course!

Hurricane Florence Update at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Thank you for the patience and support during the storm the past week! Hurricane Florence was predicted to hit our coast as a Category 4 storm and thankfully it weakened and we were spared from any damage. The mandatory evacuation for our area was lifted and we are happy to be back in operation!

The Myrtle Beach area is in excellent condition and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back on the beach. After a rough week for the Carolinas, we hope to see families and friends enjoying a getaway filled with quality time and good memories! The weather is warm and there is still plenty of fun to be had this fall around the Grand Strand. For the remainder of September, take advantage of our special offers to spend some much deserved time relaxing with your loved ones!

We wanted to update our guests on travel and road closures due to the continued flooding happening further inland. If you’re driving to Myrtle Beach by car, please be sure to check the roads and map out a route before you begin traveling. Utilize these websites below for current information on our state roads and various detours you may need to take.

https://scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=f89dbb607181411b86e999ed2897fb21

https://www.511sc.org/  

Use your smartphone and download the Waze app to view closures in real time!

https://www.waze.com/

 

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!