Top Family Attractions in Myrtle Beach

It’s almost summertime in Myrtle Beach and there’s so much to see and do along the Grand Strand. When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a four-diamond resort, you’re nearby all the hottest attractions our area has to offer.

Beach

The BEST attraction in Myrtle Beach…the beach of course! When you stay with Marina Inn, you’ll have access to our private beach. Just hop aboard the shuttle with your family and everything you need is waiting for you! We have towels, chairs, snacks, and drinks available at our private beach access. All you need to bring is your swimsuit and sunscreen!

Close up of family enjoying time on the beach

Broadway at the Beach

Located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach is a one-stop shop for all things dining and entertainment. With recent additions including new thrill rides at Pavilion Park and a Simpson’s 4D Movie Theater and Kwik-E-Mart, your family will have a blast exploring and enjoying all Broadway at the Beach has to offer. When hunger strikes, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from to satisfy any appetite.

Shark Wake Park

Get ready to shred! At Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach, you can experience riding a zipline while wakeboarding through the lake. Learn new tricks and tips and maybe even catch some air! Shark Wake Park also has an inflatable Aqua Park with large water inflatables for everyone to play on in the water. Just minutes down the road from Marina Inn, beat the heat at Shark Wake Park!

Barefoot Landing

Time to shop til you drop! Barefoot Landing is located in North Myrtle Beach and offers unique shopping and dining experiences. If you’re in the mood for a fiesta, head to Taco Mundo! A waterfront restaurant where you can indulge in authentic tacos and fresh margaritas after a day filled with shopping. Barefoot Landing also features live music and entertainment nightly throughout the summer so make sure to bring the whole family and make some memories!

Myrtle Waves Waterpark

Calling all thrill seekers! Myrtle Waves Waterpark is South Carolina’s largest waterpark and has tons of water attractions for your family to enjoy. From towering tube slides to a surfing simulator, there’s something for everyone to do. While visiting this summer, be sure to check their schedule for Summer Movie Nights to catch a film while floating around in the wave pool!

Summer is on the way and time is running out to book your Myrtle Beach vacation. Our guests are able to experience the best 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!

 

Spring Festivals in Myrtle Beach

Your spring getaway just got more adventurous! Step out of your routine and explore some of the incredible spring festivals being hosted in Myrtle Beach this year. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is a luxury 4 diamond resort and centrally located so you’re never too far from all the festival fun along the Grand Strand!

Food Truck Festival

From April 26th – April 29th head to downtown Myrtle Beach to try out the best food trucks along the Grand Strand! No need to worry about the cost to get in, the Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival offers FREE admission for everyone attending. Aside from a variety of food trucks to indulge in, the festival will also include fun kid activities, live entertainment, beer stations, and a corn hole tournament! The festival grounds are located between 8th and 9th Avenue so you’re only steps away from the beach.

Horry County Fair

Get ready for funnel cakes, pig races, and thrill rides! The 4th Annual Horry County Fair will take place April 19th – 28th at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Admission is only $5 and once you’re inside the fairgrounds there is plenty to keep you and your family entertained! Hop on one of the giant fair rides before diving into some delicious fried fair food. Local artists and bands will be providing live entertainment each night under the neon lights from the Ferris wheel!

World Famous Blue Crab Festival

Just a few miles up the road from North Myrtle Beach, Historic Little River Waterfront is home to the World Famous Blue Crab Festival! Taking place May 18th and May 19th, you can visit Little River and enjoy local fresh seafood from one of their many waterfront restaurants. Aside from the gorgeous views, there will be a variety of booths featuring local crafters and artisans you can shop from, live music and a kids zone for the little ones in the group.

Rivertown Music and Beer Festival

Located in the charming and bustling downtown of Conway, the Rivertown Music and Beer Festival is taking place May 4th from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission to the festival is FREE and there is plenty to see and do. From live entertainment to special beer tasting zones, you’re sure to fall in love with this hidden gem just a few miles from Myrtle Beach!

14th Annual Mayfest on Main

Located on Main Street in downtown North Myrtle Beach, the 14th Annual Mayfest on Main is the perfect way to kick off the start of summer! Up and down Main Street, local artists will be set up displaying their artwork to the community. A variety of food vendors are preparing tasty treats for you to enjoy while listening to the local live music onstage!

Interested in any of these exciting upcoming events this spring? When you book your spring getaway to Myrtle Beach with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you can save up to 25% with our Spring Sale! Available from March 1st – May 31st, take advantage of all of our luxurious amenities including outdoor and indoor pools, jacuzzis, fitness facility, and a gorgeous golf course! Wake up in one of our guest rooms with a stunning view of the marina right outside your window. Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, when you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes you’re never too far from the hottest spring festivals along the Grand Strand.

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Top Christmas Shows in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate the spirit of the season at one of Myrtle Beach’s spectacular Christmas shows! Get the family together for a special night out of incredible entertainment at one of these local shows!

Carolina Opry’s “Christmas Show of the South”

Carolina Opry’s famous Christmas special, adorned with the name “Christmas Show of the South”, is back and better than ever in its 33rd season of holiday performances! During the show, you and your family will experience a grand performance with production flair all while keeping your treasured Christmas traditions alive!

Alabama Theatre’s “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”

A Southern tradition perfect for the whole family to enjoy! Alabama Theatre Christmas Show blends the tried and true favorites you know by heart with contemporary music and entertainment! Prepare to be amazed by spectacular scenery and costumes throughout the festive show!

Pirates Voyage “Spirit of Christmas”

If you’re looking for a show that will take you to new heights, you have to go see the acrobatic pirates at Pirates Voyage “Spirit of Christmas”! A spectacular show perfect for the whole family filled with original music that will have you dancing, classic Christmas carols, and live animals performing tricks! The best part is, a yummy and filling dinner is served during the show!

Legends in Concert Christmas Special

This is the spot to be to get into the holiday spirit with all of your favorite musical icons! Legends in Concert Christmas Special features the iconic songs and performances from Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin! Legends is located right next to Broadway at the Beach which makes it easy to grab a tasty dinner before the show!

When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes this holiday season, you’re only minutes away from all of Myrtle Beach’s top attractions! Take advantage of our special holiday packages and book today! Wishing you and your family a Happy Holidays!

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

Shopping Tips for Tax Free Weekend in Myrtle Beach

Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina is coming up quickly! We are less than a month away from the biggest shopping period to prepare for back to school season. Anyone who has wandered into the mall madness unprepared before understands you always need a well thought out plan. We’ve got the best tips to help you get the most bang for your buck this Tax-Free season!

From August 3rd – August 5th, South Carolina exempts back-to-school items from the 6% sales tax and any local taxes.

 

The main idea of Tax-Free Weekend is to purchase school supplies for when the kids head back to school in the fall. Items considered tax free will include, clothing, shoes, book bags, computers, etc. Basically anything you would need for school. (Some home goods and dorm items are included in the list as well!)  Click here for a full list of what items are included in Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina. 

Begin by mapping out where you want to shop. There are plenty of options for shopping to choose from along the Grand Strand! By planning ahead, you can reduce the stress of shopping for the fall necessities you’re searching for. 

Head out to the mall early! By going early, you’ll beat the crowds and get the best selection of products before they begin flying off the shelves. You’re also likely to get a great parking spot!

Keep an organized list of what items are exempt from the sales tax. You can mark or circle the items that you want to purchase to make it a breeze while shopping. Print out or write down the list of items you can get for the best possible price during the weekend!

Stay organized and stay focused, there are so many ways to make the most of your shopping during one of the busiest retail weekends of the year!

When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all the attractions in Myrtle Beach. Shopping attractions include the Coastal Grand Mall, Market Common, Tanger Outlets, and many more!

Kayak and Canoe Adventures in Myrtle Beach

Skip out on the crowded tourist destinations in Myrtle Beach and try our something unique! Between kayaks and canoes in saltwater and freshwater, there’s always somewhere new to explore along the Grand Strand! We’ve gathered the best places to adventure through the waters of Myrtle Beach on a kayak with. 

Kokopelli Surf Camp – Kayak Tours and Rentals

With the professionals at Kokopelli Surf Camp, you can experience the beauty of the Grand Strand with a guided kayak tour. These tours take you through the scenic salt marshes in the low country. The shorter guided tours are perfect for families or newcomers to this adventurous activity. 

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours is a must-see attraction in Myrtle Beach. Include the whole family and explore the local wildlife. Myrtle Beach locals love the guided kayak tour through the Waccamaw River! You can choose to experience a tour during the day or beat the heat and head out on a twilight tour for beautiful colors on the water.

J & L Kayaks

Located in North Myrtle Beach, J & L Kayaks have a special Kayak Crabbing Tour that takes you through the Cherry Grove bay and heads toward Hog Inlet. After exploring the island and learning about the area’s local wildlife you can begin crabbing. This tour is perfect for families and any crabs you catch that are larger than 5 inches are yours to take home with you! 

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions

With Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions, you’ll have an unforgettable experience to share with family and friends about your adventure in Myrtle Beach. Choose between saltwater and freshwater tours to see the beauty of the Grand Strand! If you’ve been in a kayak a time or two and are familiar with the basics, Great Escapes offers unguided tours so you can rent a kayak and explore freely!

 

Take a break from the beach or the pool and choose an adventure the whole family will surely love! When you stay with the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all of the attractions and thrills in Myrtle Beach.

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!