5 Best Water Adventures in Myrtle Beach in 5 Days

WATER FUN DOESNT HAVE TO END WITH SWIMMING THE SURF OR POOL – THERE’S MUCH MORE WATER ADVENTURE TO TRY IN MYRTLE BEACH!

We’re letting our visitors in on some secret places they may not know about while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. While the pool at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is a great place to relax and the ocean is spectacular, there are other ways to enjoy the beautiful weather and water activities during the hot summer months. Check out some of these awesome  cool and unique water adventures!

Myrtle Beach Watersports has been locally owned and operated since 1996 and the best part is one of the two locations are located right here beside the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes at the Grande Dunes Marina offering different adventures for everyone. Get up close and personal with the dolphins of the Grand Strand on a Jet Ski Dolphin Watch Tour. Watch as these dolphins swim right along with you!

For thrill seekers, take an adreneline pumping ride into the back river waters on Shawn’s Backwater Adventure. 

Or you can rent a couple of jetskis or pontoon boat for a relaxing ride down the Intracoastal Waterway.

A few minutes drive north you will reach Barefoot Landing where you can find some treasure aboard Blackbeard’s Pirate Cruise. This is an interactive pirate adventure that both kids and adults can enjoy together!

Images courtesy of Myrtle Beach Water Sports

And when you book with Myrtle Beach Watersports, they offer a GoPro rental so you can capture your water adventures in an awesome video!

Reservations are highly encouaged for all tours at Myrtle Beach Watersports! 

If you’re interested in giving back to our environment, all while enjoying the waters of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, then try some paddleboarding with the Carolina Waterman. 

They are a non-profit organization that aims to give back to our fragile aquatic environment in Myrtle Beach while educating the community. You can head south of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes down to Peachtree Landing in Myrtle Beach on the Intracoastal Waterway for an adventurous 2-hour paddleboard experience that includes 20 minutes of instruction and 1:30 of paddleboarding time for an all inclusive price of just $65.00 per person.

If you’re feeling brave enough to tackle some ocean waves, come out for a one-hour surf lesson for just $45.00 per person. Surf lessons take place at Springmaid Beach – just south about 30 minute drive of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Check their calendar for available times/dates and to book reservations at Carolina Waterman. 

Want to get serious about surfing? Learn how to Hang 10 with Jack’s Surf Lessons! A more intensive surfing program specializing in teaching the art of surfing.  Jack, the owner, wants to give you memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re interested in learning how to surf, they offer lessons tailored to any individual so prices vary. Or, if you already know the basics, you can rent your own surfboard and ride the waves for the entire day!

If you’re interested in a slower pace, they offer a sunrise or sunset Kayak Tour along the ancient waters of the Waccamaw River or the inlet waters of Murrells Inlet for just $55.00 per person. And if you’re interested in doing a little solo exploring, feel free to rent a kayak for the day.  Located on the north side of the Springmaid Pier on Springmaid Beach in Myrtle Beach, give them a call or check out their website – Jacks Surf Lessons to see times, prices and availability.

Courtesy of Jack’s Surf Lessons

Although the beach is what draws people to Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, there is so much more to explore! Black River Outdoor Tours lets you experience the Lowcountry of South Carolina in a variety of ways from sightseeing to bird watching and even fishing.

These kayak tours take you to a wide range of locations, including the Waccamaw River. You’ll get to see a range of wildlife, ecosystems, and beautiful Cypress trees with hanging Spanish moss.  There are 2-hour and 4-hour tours available along with birding trips and fishing trips. The birding trip takes you to Huntington Beach State Park, which is known to be one of the top birding sites on the east coast. You’ll have the opportunity to go on a guided 3-hour kayak tour of the marsh along with a 3-hour tour around the freshwater lagoons. These unique Kayak Tours allow you to explore parts of  South Carolina’s lowcountry that are usually completely missed by Myrtle Beach tour visitors. The various locations of tour sites include Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, and Georgetown.

If you’re in town during the upcoming solar eclipse on August 22 then check out Black River Outdoor Tours  Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour that will take place at Harris Landing – just south of Georgetown about 1:15 drive from the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.  This once in a lifetime event will last 3.5 hours and is $100 per person of which 75% will go towards the rebuilding of the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center that was lost in a fire last year.

Horseback riding on the beach is quickly becoming less available on the beach. What better way to create lasting family memories than with these amazing, beautiful horses.  Just a 30 minute drive north of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, saddle up to Inlet Point Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. These guided tours  allows you to ride along the shore on a Private Island Beach Ride or shaded trails along the Intracoastal Waterway while on horseback. This is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages and a fun adventure for the whole family.

Image Courtesy of Inlet Point Plantation

They have several options from a one hour beach tour to two hour beach/waterway ride. They also offer sunset rides for an extra special memory.  For little ones, they also offer :30 Pony Rides. Prices vary from $60 to $200 per person; depending on tour.

Images courtesy of Inlet Point Plantation.

So now that we have let you in on some local secret spots, why not take advantage of our “End of Summer Sale” where you can Save up to 40% with rates starting at $161.00++ per night and “Kids Eat Free” now through August 31st.

Book Summer Special Offers Now!

 

Top 5 Myrtle Beach Adrenaline Pumping Activities to Try Right Now

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!

Book now and save up to 35% with our  Summer Special Offer.  Now – August 31, 2017

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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.

 

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!

Luxury Honeymoon in Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is well known for an abundance of activities but it also has a soft romantic side for your honeymoon in Myrtle Beach!  Between the amazing attractions, assortment of restaurants and yes, the beach – it’s the perfect spot to escape to  after saying “I do”! Myrtle Beach is centrally located and easy to get to if your are flying into Myrtle Beach International Airport or driving.

Where to Stay?

After your big day, we have you covered!  Treat yourself to a honeymoon of luxury and reserve a suite at one of the top 5 star resorts in Myrtle Beach – Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Our resort is highly coveted as the best romantic experience in Myrtle Beach. We are a resort that spares no expense when it comes to making sure you have a first-class stay. Our guest rooms and suites are large and luxurious with private balcony with views from every room. You will not want to leave your room! But if you do, we are located on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway and feature amazing amenities including: a private beach, our location beside Myrtle Beach Water Sports for easy access to rent jet skis or a pontoon boat (March – October), outdoor pool with infinity edge entry, indoor pool and fitness center, tennis, spa the Grande Dunes Resort Golf Course is located onsite.

You can reserve only a room or suite but if you are interested in going all out and making your honeymoon special, we offer two romantic honeymoon packages available to choose from:

Grande Honeymoon Experience

This is the more extravagant of the two packages and includes everything you need to start your next chapter as a couple in Myrtle Beach.

  • Accommodation of choice of the most luxurious room – these include suites that have private balconies with stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll feel pampered as you relax in our complimentary soft cotton bathrobes and sleep like royalty on our Egyptian cotton bed linens and down pillows. Ask for the “Studio Suite Deluxe” that feature Jacuzzi tubs. Book early because these suites go quickly!
  • On arrival night, enjoy a chilled bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine and an assortment of chocolates along with an exquisite Gilchrist & Soames Spa basket full of luxurious products to pamper yourselves throughout your stay.
  • On your second night, two decadent chocolate martinis will be delivered to your guest room
  • Choose which night to experience a romantic three-course dinner for two at our award winning restaurant WaterScapes.
  • Also choose which day or night to relax with a one-hour “Couples Hot Stone Massage” in the privacy of your guest room – so you can be pampered without having to even leave your suite.
  • Every morning,  enjoy breakfast in bed delivered to your room

 

Classic Myrtle Beach Honeymoon Experience

If you want to cover just the basics, try our no frills “classic”honeymoon package

  • Accommodation of choice of the most luxurious room – these include suites that have private balconies with stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll feel pampered as you relax in our complimentary soft cotton bathrobes and sleep like royalty on our Egyptian cotton bed linens and down pillows. Our “Studio Suite Deluxe” feature Jacuzzi tubs – adding that extra romance to your experience.
  • On arrival night, enjoy a chilled bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine and an assortment of chocolates
  • Start each morning with a full delicious breakfast in our award-winning restaurant WaterScapes Restaurant.
  • Choose which night to experience a three-course dinner for two at our award winning restaurant WaterScapes Restaurant. 

There’s  Life Outside of the Resort!

Should you get antsy lounging by the pool or our private beach,  there are plenty of activities to entertain yourselves along the Grand Strand while spending some quality time together.

Wine Tasting

Want to spend an afternoon sampling wine? Duplin Winery is located right up the road and features tastings Monday-Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. You’ll learn about the family history of the winery and see the bottling process in action. Once you find a Muscadine wine you enjoy – there is a beautiful outdoor patio to sip and relax with your sweetheart. Make sure to grab a bottle or two for a souvenir to enjoy when your honeymoon is over.

Beer Sampling

If you prefer beer rather than wine, you can check out Myrtle Beach’s only microbrewery – New South Brewing.

Courtesy of New South Brewery

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this brewery is passionate about their craft beer and they offer tours so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and sample up to 5 of their beers. It is such a small brewery that you’ll get the opportunity to see first-hand how they hand-package every six-pack. Once your tour is complete, stick around and enjoy some of their delicious craft beer on tap. And you can even fill up a growler of your favorite beer for a tasty souvenir.

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a romantic place to explore. You can wander and meander through the gardens full of blooming seasonal flowers and admire all the handcrafted sculptures.

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Beautiful Live Oak Ailee at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is known for having one of the largest collections of American figurative sculptures in the country. There are over 1,400 pieces crafted by 350 different artists. You can also visit the onsite zoo and, if you’re honeymooning in the summer months, be sure to check out the Butterfly House – a magical exhibit where hundreds of butterflies flutter through the air.

 Surfing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking….

If you’re newlyweds that are looking for activities with a little more excitement – you can try taking a surf or paddle boarding lesson. And if you want to get above the surf and soar above the waves, try out parasailing. Try Jack’s Surf Lessons & Board Rentals – located close by in Myrtle Beach they offer surfing lessons, board rentals, Stand Up Paddleboarding and kayaking.   Or for a  laid back afternoon in Murrells Inlet, you can rent kayaks or Stand Up Paddleboards  and experience the beauty of the marsh up close and personal.

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Courtesy of Jack’s Paddleboarding in Myrtle Beach, SC

Seafood Dining in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach is home to some of the best restaurants and amazing seafood. To experience an award-winning dining experience at one of the Top 5 Lowcountry Restaurants in the state, you won’t even have to leave the property. WaterScapes Restaurant is well known for its intimate dining atmosphere with  cuisine prepared by award-winning Chef Corbett Rourk. Specializing in seafood and steaks, try the latest seafood selection such as diver scallops or shrimp and grits or a grilled filet or char grilled ribeye.

Just a few steps from our door is the nationally known Ruth Chris Steakhouse. They feature aged beef and top-quality ingredients with their a-la-carte style menu.

For a unique, upscale  local dining experience, check out Collector’s Café – an art gallery/restaurant. You’ll enjoy delicious cuisine among amazing pieces of art. Featuring beautiful paintings, stunning photography and amazing sculptures – all of which are for sale. The owners, Tom & Craig are among the artists. You will probably see one or both of them there!

Just around the corner in the same building as Collector’s Cafe is Fire & Smoke Gastropub. Local owner & Chef Tyler Rice has created an amazing, versatile menu that you won’t find anywhere else in Myrtle Beach using a wood-fired grill and hot an cold smoker for beef, lamb and pork. Try small or large plate servings.

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Romantic Fire & Smoke Gastropub in Myrtle Beach, SC

Just across the street from these two restaurants, a fun place to grab an after dinner drink or some tapas is the intimate Boom Boom Wine Room. Try their “wall of wine” where you purchase a hotel-style keycard, that you load with money – your “key” to purchasing wine. There is a various assortment of wines to choose from – both red and white – and you can either select a sip, sample, or pour. There is usually live music and it is a great atmosphere to sample some new wine and enjoy each other’s company.

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Pour your own Wine Selection at the eclectic Boom Boom Wine Room

If you’re looking for a classic, local  seafood restaurant, you’ll have to try the Sea Captain’s House. It’s the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On Sundays they even feature an award-winning brunch. Not only is the food they serve outstanding – but they’re located right on the ocean in a historic house– so the views while you dine are amazing.

Your Honeymoon Starts Here!

As you can see, Myrtle Beach has so much to offer newlyweds and is an amazing place to spend time together for your Special Honeymoon at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! We invite you to book one of our luxurious honeymoon packages for an unforgettable memory!