Best Holiday Light Shows in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Holiday Light Shows

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to get in the holiday spirit! Come spend some time this holiday season at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. There are plenty of spectacular Christmas shows to watch such as tree lightings, holiday shopping and of course plenty of twinkling Christmas lights to see. Marina Inn is in close proximity to all the holiday happenings, so you can simply throw on your favorite Christmas sweater and grab a mug of hot chocolate as you venture out to enjoy all these holiday festivities in Myrtle Beach.


Most Drivable Holiday Light Show

From now –  December 31st, you can take part in the “Great Christmas Light Show” in North Myrtle Beach. Over 2 million lights will be displayed throughout a 1.5 mile stretch in the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Over 500 festive light displays, with some measuring up to 55 feet tall, have been custom made for this magical light show. Guests can enjoy a new feature of the show this year as a section of lights come alive to synchronized music. Once you’re done driving through the display, you can visit Santa’s Village and see Santa himself and enjoy roasting a S’more or two. Be sure to check out Go Ape, where the normal ropes course has been transformed into a magical world of christmas lights or you can even go tubing down Santa’s giant inflatable slide!

Hours & Admission

  • The Great Christmas Light Show – Drive Through Experience will be open November 24 – December 31 (Closed on Christmas Day December 25)
  • Gates open 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Santa’s Village will be open Friday and Saturday only from November 24 – December 9.
  • Admission is priced per vehicle: 1-15 guests: $15 per vehicle; 16-30 guests: $30 per vehicle; 31+ guests: $60 per vehicle

Most Highly Sought After Holiday Light Event

Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens will transform under 5,000 handlit candles and countless lights for the annual Nights of a Thousand Candles event. You can enjoy exploring the gardens with friends and family along the lit path while sipping a cup of cider and singing along to holiday music. At 5:45 pm, the 85-foot-tall fir tree, decorated with over 100 thousand lights, will be lit in a ceremonial fashion. Nights of a Thousand Candles will be running from December 1-2, 7-9, and 14-17.  Due to the popularity of this event; admission must be purchased in advance online.  Pricing: Adults=$20.00; Child=$12; Children under 3: Free. Click Here to purchase tickets.


Most Unique Music &  Light Show

Courtesy of Calvin Gilmore Productions

The Carolina Opry Theatre in Myrtle Beach is well known for their annual Christmas Show but a little known, but just as engaging is LIGHT – Holiday Show.  This unique presentation includes stunning lasers coreographed to holiday tunes. Its hard to explain how they achieve this but lets just say the combination of color & movement from the lasers combined with holiday music is a one of a kind holiday experience!  All seats are general admisson and is it affordably priced at $15.02 for adults; $12.00 for children ages 3-16. Beer & wine is available for purchase at this event.  Check Here for days and times as they vary throughout December.


Dining & Drinking Under Holiday Lights

If you love visiting the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, there are several holiday event happenings to attend.  You’ll be amazed as it lights up under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights for the Marshwalk Wonderland of Lights. Watch the magical holiday display, featuring holiday music synced to  lights. The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk has transformed into a winter wonderland for the upcoming holidays. This event is taking place Monday – Saturday nights from 7:00-11:00pm. Check their Facebook page for more details. If you can make it on December 9 or December 16 – partake in the Merry Marshwalk Christmas! From 10am to 5pm, with local businesses and artists will line the MarshWalk. Don’t forget to to meet Santa from 12:00-2:00pm.

And then finally, the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk Santa Crawl happening on December 16 from 5:00-10:00pm is for adults only where you will enjoy Tito’s Vodka holiday drinks from each participating restaurant and a variety of dining from seafood to pizza! Win cash and prizes in the  “The Best Santa Attire “Contest. Winners of the contest will be announced at 10:00pm. So don’t be a Grinch and make sure to stop by and enjoy dining along the many restaurants along the walk or endulge in some holiday cheer!


Holiday Lights on the Ocean

A visit to Myrtle Beach would not be complete without a visit to, well, the beach! Visit “Holidays on the Boardwalk” and take a stroll  boardwalk will be lit with 10,000 holiday lights. There’s also activities for the kids such as holiday train rides, live entertainment, face painting, pictures with Santa and more!


There are plenty of festive happenings around Myrtle Beach during the holiday season. Make plans to reserve your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and enjoy the magic of the holidays with family and friends with one of our Holiday Packages like our Holiday Shopping Package now – December 28 that includes

  • Accommodations in a grande guest room
  • $50 Visa gift card
  • Rates start at $154++ per night

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.

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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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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!