This is Why Kids Rule at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Stay, Play & Eat Free!

Myrtle Beach’s Top Family Friendly Resort!

Family friendly fun is an important part of Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach! Families return each year for our summer Kids Rule! program where Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free all Summer Long.

STAY….

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??

PLAY….

The Kids Rule Zone is a great way for your kids make new friends while they enjoy playing fun games and participate in various group activities offering a variety of kids activities for ages 5+.  The Kids Program is available daily with various games daily beginning at 10 AM and ending at 4 PM. Here are just a few of all the awesome ones we have to offer…

Almost everyone is familiar with the childhood game of limbo! This friendly, competitive game tests to see just how low you can go! The bar starts off at a tall height and gradually gets lower until only one person is left that can make it under. This is a great way to test your flexibility and have some fun while you’re at it.

There’s not much better of a way to cool off than with a water balloon toss! Find a buddy and see who has the better catch. You’ll start off close together and then slowly back up until someone drops the balloon, soaking that person in water. You and your partner will both get a good laugh!

Putting a spin on tag, Marco Polo is a great way to stay entertained on a pool day! You’ll pick to be either Marco or Polo and then the game begins. There will only be one Marco and several Polo’s. Whoever is Marco will call out the name Polo, with their eyes closed, and vice versa. Marco then has to wander the pool and try to tag the players that are Polo, who get to keep their eyes open. This game will provide endless entertainment!

If your kids are looking for a way to just hang out and relax then the arts and crafts activities are for them! They can use different types of paints, markers, and textures to design whatever they feel like. This gives them an opportunity to show their creative side while also making something they can take home and keep as a memory!

Hula hooping is a past time that I’m sure even your parents took part in! Whether they’ve done it before or are just learning, your kids can figure out how to do cool tricks and twirl their hoop around their waist or even try to use their arms, legs, and neck! They’re sure to have fun with their friends trying to see who can outdo the other!

EAT….

With all of this activity, kids can sure work up an appetite! Take advantage of our Kids Eat 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 for breakfast or chicken fingers, pizza, macaroni and cheese and more for lunch or dinner. Also includes a side item an a choice of drink.  WaterScapes is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. Dine inside our outside on the patio overlooking the pool.

Don’t forget to check our SUMMER SPECIALS available now – August 31. Remember to BOOK DIRECT for the best available rates! 

Fine Print….. Kids Activities: All activities will meet near the outdoor pool at the activities tent. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstance may cause a change in activities, but just check with the staff to see if alternate plans will be offered. Children must be 5 or older to participate and will not be supervised before or after the activity. If you have any questions, please see the activities coordinator. Kids Eat Free: Available only in WaterScapes Restaurant for kids ages 12 and under and includes one entrée and drink from the kids menu per seating per paying adult.

 

July 4th in Myrtle Beach – Fireworks & Festivals!

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”.
Popular Fireworks Locations at Barefoot Landing & Broadway at the Beach
  • 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.

Note: Parking is available in the City of Myrtle Beach, but  at a cost at the beach access locations or street meters. Click Here for more information on parking availability and  costs.

  • 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

Summer Family Package 

 

 

 

Myrtle Beach’s Best Beach is at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes!

Which Beach Would You Choose?

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.

Beach Cabana Cafe

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!

Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach this Summer!

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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!

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Property of Carolina Country Music Fest

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

There are Four Levels of Passes available for Purchase….

  • 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!

 

What Can Kids to Do in Myrtle Beach in Winter? LOTS!

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Myrtle Beach is known as one of the top vacation destinations in the summer but don’t forget the advantages of the off season because even during the winter months, there are plenty of indoor activities and attractions for you and your family to enjoy along the Grand Strand. Plus – when you book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you can take advantage of our winter rates and save up to 40%!

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So bring the entire family on your next Myrtle Beach vacation and visit these interactive attractions for some indoor family fun!

“Escape” to  Riddles Escape Room Myrtle Beach! 

Are you ready to get your adrenaline pumping as you and your family race against the clock? Located just 5 minutes north of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes – The Riddles Escape Room has created six “Escape Experiences” to solve….

Grand Strand Hotel Escape • Space Station Escape • Marooned Five Island Escape • Game of Phones • House of Cars •  Claustrophobia

The ultimate goal is to escape by deciphering various riddles and cracking clues hidden throughout the room. This is a challenge the whole family can enjoy and  as you must work together as a team to complete the task. Some clues are obvious, whereas others build on one another. The catch? You only have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and escape.  Oh the stress!

More Than Just a Bowling Alley at 710

If you’re looking for an active overall family friendly fun venue to spend the afternoon or evening, 710 Bowling Alley has it all. Located just 20 minutes north of the Marina Inn, this unique venue has a multitude of activities for the entire family!

  • For bowlers, here are 14 standard lanes with leather couches and each are full service – so you don’t even have to stop your game to order food or drinks.
  • Try out one of six boutique lanes that feature XTreme LED lighting.

There’s more than bowling here. They have activities and games galore!

Darts • Bocce Ball •  Ping-Pong • Pool • Shuffleboard • Skee Ball  • Foosball       Air Hockey • Corn Hole • Traditional Board Games

710 has a full service bar and has put a unique spin on pub food with a menu that features Beef Brisket, Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp & Grits, Flatbread Pizza, and Mahi Mahi Tacos – and much more.

Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach

Still one of the most popular attractions in Myrtle Beach – Experience a day underwater without even having to get wet! Ripley’s Aquarium is home to all types of aquatic life with numerous exhibits to see and explore.

Located at Broadway at the Beach, this facility is not only an attraction but also practices sea life rescue and release like the success story of “Magnolia” the Loggerhead Turtle….

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Magnolia the Loggerhead Turtle
  • Visit the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Adventure at Rainbow Rock and watch one of the dive shows where you will witness divers feeding exotics such as Triggerfish,  Blue Tang, Clownfish and more.  You may  even see Mermaids! Watch as the Mermaids gracefully flip and glide underwater.
  •  If you want to interact with the aquatic life, make sure to stop by the Discovery Center where you can experience hands on learning by touching a horseshoe crab or pet a slippery sting ray.
  • The Living Gallery has true works of colorful art  in the form of living species such as octopus, anemones and  sea dragons.
  • One of the most exciting exhibits is the Dangerous Reef. A moving path guides you through a winding glass tunnel where you get the best views of the variety of sea life with several different species of fish,  a giant green sea turtle, giant stingrays, and huge sharks! You might find yourself holding your breath as a large shark glides overhead as you get a glimpse of his razor sharp teeth!
  • New for this season –  you can experience the Dangerous Reef by Glass Bottom Boat where your tour guide will educate you on this home to over 8,500 aquatic animals including large sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, sawfish, and much more. And you might even get a glimpse of the resident sea turtle – Gabby – through the glass as she glides underneath the boat.

 WonderWorks Indoor Science Museum & Ropes Course

When you’re driving down Highway 17, a particular upside building might’ve caught your eye. No, it wasn’t capsized during a bad storm; it’s actually WonderWorks – an indoor interactive attraction featuring over 100 hands experiences that engages the mind and imagination. Jump right in and explore the Six WonderZones..

  • Natural Disasters – turn yourself into a human lighting rod
  • Physical Challenge – challenge yourself to peddle as fast as you can and see if you can generate enough power to spin in a 360-degree revolution
  • Light & Sound – every move you make translates into a vibrant array of colors
  • Space Discovery – experience landing a space shuttle
  • Imagination Lab – create designs with a giant Lite-Brite
  • Far Out Art Gallery – you might think your brain is playing tricks on you with the riddles and illusions hidden in the hallways of peculiar artwork

But that’s not all.  Sit back in the XD Theater 6D Extreme Motion simulated thrill ride or take in a  game of Combat Laser Tag. Once all these are completed, you can climb to new heights with the Spacewalk Challenge – a 3 story, glow-in-the-dark ropes course. Nothing is ordinary in Wonderworks!

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Indoor Ropes Challenge at Wonderworks Myrtle Beach

Rockin’ Jump  Ultimate Trampoline Park

This is a place where you can really let the kids get active and soar as they bounce on trampolines, flip and dive into pools full of foam cubes, and much more! More than just trampolines, there are seven different stations including

  • X-Beam – use a padded lance to try to knock your opponent off the beam
  • Open/Ultimate Jump area  – tons of room to bounce around freely, do flips and literally bounce off the walls
  • Dodgeball Area – taking the game to another level – the balls aren’t the only thing bouncing around during this competition
  • Slam Dunk Zone – use the trampoline launch pad to make the ultimate slam-dunk
  • Ninja Challenge Course – try your skills in this challenging course that includes trapeze walking, tube swinging, swinging across rings, hanging discs, padded logs – and ends with an wobbly bridge
  • Stunt Bag – feel like a movie star performing your own stunts as you flip, bounce and fly around the stunt bag area
  • Vertical Ops – this climbing wall lets you test your strength as you climb a tricky vertical rock wall

Don’t let the winter months pass by without experiencing some or all of these adventures. But hurry, spring will be here before you know it along with higher room rates! So if you’re ready to escape to the beach with your family this winter and save up to 40% off – Book our Advance Purchase Offer.

Myrtle Beach Marathon March 2 – 4, 2017

When you’re visiting the Grand Strand the first weekend in March, you might notice a lot more running shoes being worn rather than flip-flops. That’s because Myrtle Beach is hosting the 20th Anniversary Myrtle Beach Marathon. The event runs from March 2nd through 4th, 2017 and includes a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, Grande Dunes 5K and Family Fun Run. The Myrtle Beach Marathon always draws a large crowd, so if you’re planning on participating, it’s best to get a jump-start on planning your weekend. And when you book your stay at Marina Inn Grande Dunes, you can turn your “racecation” into a vacation!

Marathon Events at the Grande Dunes Marina

Two events will take place at the Grande Dunes Marina which is just steps from the Marina Inn. The Grande Dunes Marina is the location for the Myrtle Beach Marathon Kick-Off party on Friday, March 3rd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm to get participants pumped up and excited for the big run. There will be live beach music, a pre-race pasta dinner, and fireworks to kick-off the exciting weekend! The Grande Dunes 5K will also take place on Friday, March 5th at 7 pm. If you’re participating in either of these events you are in the best location when you book your weekend with us. You will be steps away from the race and you won’t have to worry about finding transportation back to your room.

Please note: Please contact the Myrtle Beach Marathon directly for questions regarding any of the above listed events. Thank you.

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Accommodations at Marina Inn

One of the main reasons to book your marathon weekend stay at the Marina Inn is its location. You can wake up with a peace of mind on race day knowing you are just steps away from the Grande Dunes 5K and the  Kick Off Party and only 6 miles away from the starting line of the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon and full Marathon.

Getting a good night sleep is very important before a race. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes features some of the most luxurious and spacious rooms and suites in Myrtle Beach. Are you planning race weekend for two? We have one-bedroom units that are the perfect size for you and your loved one with amazing views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Or are you escaping to the beach with your running group or participating in the Family Fun Run? We offer spacious two and three bedroom condos that come fully equipped with a kitchen, spacious living room, separate bathrooms for each room and private balconies. Imagine winding down after the race, sipping wine on the balcony while watching boats pass by.  WiFi included in all areas of the hotel.

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Winding Pathways at Marina Inn

The Myrtle Beach Marathon and the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon take place on Saturday morning, leaving you plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy some of the exciting attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer. We are centrally located to some amazing restaurants and area attractions like the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. If you’re hoping to catch a show while you’re in town, we are located across the street from The Carolina Opry and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. And of course there’s always the beach to enjoy as well!

Exceptional Amenities at Marina Inn

When you stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes you can escape the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach on the luxurious Grande Dunes Resort and relax in the solitude of of indoor and outdoor pools and fitness center.  Relax your sore muscles in the Jacuzzi or soak in the steamy sauna after the marathon. A unique feature of the hotel to take full advantage of after exerting yourself in a marathon is our in room spa services. You won’t even have to leave your room to get pampered!

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In-Room Spa Service

Is there a golfer in the group that’s not participating in the Myrtle Beach Marathon? The Grande Dunes Resort Golf Course is located right next door to the Marina Inn. Enjoy a round with stunning views alongside of the Intracoastal Waterway.

If you’re searching for an award-winning dining experience – you don’t even need to step foot out of the hotel. WaterScapes Restaurant is located on the premises for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Chef Corbett Rourk combines classic French style with a southern American twist. If you are staying more than one evening with us, Ruths Chris Steakhouse is located just outside our door.

Save up to 35% with Spring Special Offer at Marina Inn!

So if you’re ready to plan your marathon weekend or a future vacation with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you can save big if you book with us today. We are featuring a Spring Special Offer that can save you up to 35% when you reserve your room with us now. Give us a call today at 877-913-1333 or book your reservation direct for more information to take advantage of this special offer. And don’t forget to pack your running shoes!