5 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach on a Budget

There’s no place like Myrtle Beach. An unmatched combination of gorgeous beaches, comfortable temperatures and unique entertainment opportunities, The Grand Strand has something to offer everyone – no matter how much spending money you have in your pocket when you arrive. From affordable beachfront hotels with the Atlantic Ocean just steps from your room, to fine dining with captivating views, there are always plenty of options that won’t break the bank.

Try these 5 budget-friendly things to do during your visit:

1) Broadway at the Beach
Part outdoor mall, part theme park, an experience at this signature attraction doesn’t have to cost big bucks. Admission is free, so you’ll pay only for what you want to do! See the firework show at night during the summer for free. Window shop and daydream. Sit and chat over a cup of coffee. Spend just a little on food for the ducks or ride the carnival rides in the children’s area. Depending on your budget, you may want to splurge on a movie or one of the many unique activities, such as the mirror maze, helicopter ride or Ripley’s Aquarium, but you won’t need to in order to have a good time.

2) Local Events
Each season brings new and exciting events to Myrtle Beach, many of which are either free or very affordable. In the warmer months, surf festivals, outdoor concerts, art shows, movie screenings and nature walks abound. When the weather cools, a variety of holiday-themed celebrations, cultural festivals, food tastings and fine arts productions take central focus. View a complete list of local events in Myrtle Beach now.

3) Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
Stretching over a mile down the coast from Pier 14 to the 2nd Avenue Pier, this well-known attraction costs nothing to walk down, but offers cool breezes, unbeatable views of the Atlantic Ocean and a carnival-like atmosphere. With plenty of gift shops and beachfront restaurants, visitors have the option to window shop or stop to refuel. During the summer, the popular free “Hot Summer Nights” outdoor concert series is hosted in Pylar Park at the northern end of the boardwalk, featuring a variety of musical guests and even fireworks on select nights.

4) Mini Golf
With over 50 miniature golf venues in town, it’s no wonder why some even call Myrtle Beach “The Mini Golf Capital of the Country”! By day or by night, with family or with friends, this game of putting skills – or lack thereof – is sure to bring a smile to every face at an affordable cost.

5) Myrtle Beaches
Of course, the most universally budget-friendly thing to do here is to visit our beautiful beaches! More than 60 miles of pristine coastline make the area ideal for shelling, wading, walking, jogging or stretching out on the sand in the sun. Have a contest to see who can dig the deepest hole, or build the strongest sandcastle to stand against the waves when the tides roll in. Bring along a football, volleyball or beachball to pass around. Challenge the waves with your boggie board or surfboard. Pay a small fee to learn to surf, or for bait to fish from Cherry Grove Pier.

An incredible visit to Myrtle Beach is within your grasp, even on a budget! Enjoy high-end amenities and wallet-friendly overnight rates at Prince Resort at the Cherry Grove Pier by calling (855) 710-4945.

Experience the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

When it comes to seaside entertainment hotspots, look no further than the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade!

Since its grand opening in May 2010, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade has become one of the areas most beloved local attractions for tourists and locals alike. A hub of the city’s community activities it has even gained the attention of both National Geographic and Travel and Leisure as a top boardwalk within the United States. In 2013, it received a Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Award as the “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year”!

Running 1.2 miles alongside the oceanfront of the beach itself, it stretches all the way from Pier 14 to the 2nd Avenue Pier and can be distinguished by three distinct sections. The northern segment features a raised wooden deck that runs from Pier 14 to Plyler Park. In addition to the pier, the famous enclosed Myrtle Beach Skywheel is just steps away and the park is home to many free and family-friendly events throughout the year, including a popular live summer concert series known as “Hot Summer Nights.” The middle segment, between Plyler Park and the former site of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion, offers many oceanfront gift shops, restaurants, bars, arcades, rides and gaming. Described by many as “a carnival atmosphere” this area provides a mix of wood and concrete to walk upon as well as colorful shade sails and many different types of events throughout the year. The Southern Promenade extends down from the former pavilion area to the 2nd Avenue Pier. A true oceanfront park, this part of the winding trail features many benches and fabulous ocean views in a more natural setting away from the hustle and bustle of the north end. In addition, the pier is known to host seasonal summer fireworks.

Located in an upscale neighborhood less than 15 minutes from the boardwalk’s north end, Horizon at 77th offers affordable yet spacious condos, indoor and outdoor pools, an on-site fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi and much more in an upscale neighborhood. Discover why your perfect vacation is on the horizon!

Broadway at the Beach and 4 Other Unique Myrtle Beach Attractions

Although the extraordinary beaches and fantastic water amenities of Myrtle Beach are one-of-a-kind, we know what you’re really thinking: What can I do in Myrtle Beach that I can’t do anywhere else? What is 100% unique about The Grand Strand and the surrounding area? Here are five popular and unique Myrtle Beach attractions:

1. Broadway at the Beach: For all kinds of entertainment, nothing beats Broadway at the Beach! At once both a theme park and outdoor mall, this area offers everything from excellent shopping and dining to unforgettable attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, MagiQuest, a zipline, helicopter rides, a movie theater and much more.

2. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade: Tourists and residents alike find dozens of activities for children, teens and adults along this beloved wood and concrete walkway. Stroll 1.2 miles past everything from arcades and gift shops to restaurants and bars. And be sure to ride the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel – a first-of-its-kind ferris wheel whose 42 climate controlled and fully enclosed gondolas soar 200-feet above sea level and overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

3. The Carolina Opry: Legendary voices, intricate dances and dazzling special effects come together in thrilling performances like none other in South Carolina. Each two-hour show offers high-energy entertainment that mixes humor with musical genres such as rock ‘n roll, country, pop hits, gospel and more!

4. Local Outdoor Events & Performances: Whether you prefer live music, art shows, historical festivals, fishing tournaments or something else entirely, you’re sure to find a unique event happening in Myrtle Beach during your visit! View the full Visit Myrtle Beach Calendar of Special Events

5. Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Oceanfront Water Park: Part carnival, part theme park, Family Kingdom is fun for everyone! A true seaside amusement park, it offers over 30 rides, from bumper cars to roller coasters. Next door, you’ll find Splashes, Myrtle Beach’s only oceanfront water park right on the beach! Cruise down speed slides or flumes, float slowly down the lazy river and treat the kids to the children’s play areas.

So, the next time someone asks, “When was the last time you did something truly unique?”, you can quickly tell them “At Myrtle Beach!”

*Looking for affordable accommodations in Myrtle Beach? Grande Shores Ocean Resort offers free Wi-Fi, comfortable guest rooms, designer furnishings and more.

Best Boating Activities and Tours in Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, boating and sailing are a way of life for locals and a favorite activity for visitors.

From Little River all the way down our beautiful coastline, you’ll find many tours and rentals designed to help you get up close and personal with Mother Nature.

We recommend:

The Carolina Rover Boat Tours
Board a modern 40-foot power catamaran and choose a shady seat from which to enjoy all that lies ahead on this three-hour ecosystem tour. Steered by a USCG licensed captain alongside a naturalist who will narrate and answer questions, the boat will bring you through peaceful vistas and salt marshes to an unsettled barrier island and the historic Winyah Bay Lighthouse. You may even see dolphins, sea turtle, gulls, terns, herons and egrets along the way!

Downwind Watersports
Discover hands-on water adventures in Myrtle Beach! Whether you’d prefer to relax on a professional catamaran tour, captain your own Hobie Cat or ocean kayak, or just hold on tightly to a banana boat towed behind a jet ski, there’s something here for everyone!

Enchanted Charters
Treat yourself to a captained sailing charter, waterway cruise or private charter trip, ranging one to three hours long. Sail along the intracoastal waterway to destinations including Bird Island and Waites Island, where passengers can relax with shell hunting, sunning, swimming or surfing. Sailing lessons, jet ski rentals, dolphin sight-seeing and sunset trips are often available as well.

As a guest of Avista Resort, you’ll also find world-class opportunities for many other beach adventure activities, including fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and surfing!

6 Resorts With Water Amenities Everyone Will Love

With all the great opportunities for sand, surf and sun, it’s no wonder Myrtle Beach is consistently voted one of the nation’s best beaches on dozens of annual lists!

Why not choose an affordable resort on the beach with even more to offer? Each of these six properties offers unique water features:

1. Avista Resort
This oceanfront resort is located in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach and features one of the best pool areas around. Guests can enjoy free wireless Internet, fully appointed kitchens with microwaves, refrigerators and ovens, private balconies, and a convenient location near popular shopping and dining.

Water Amenities Include:
• 2 Outdoor pools
• Outdoor lazy river
• Indoor heated pool with lazy river
• Kiddie pool
• Multiple hot tubs
• Sundeck with lounge chairs

2. Grande Shores Resort
A centrally located beachfront property, Grande Shores Resort provides an excellent selection of guest rooms and condominiums, many with ocean views. Located on a stretch of white sandy beach, this resort’s pool bar and grill, water amenities, covered parking and free Internet access help make every stay as comfortable as possible.

Water Amenities Include:
• 7th Floor rooftop with outdoor pool, lazy river and panoramic ocean views
• Indoor Pool and kiddie pool
• 4 Hot tubs

3. Horizon at 77th
Located only steps from the beach in a quiet residential area, the Horizon features fully equipped condominiums with private balconies and scenic coastline views. A state-of-the-art fitness center, designer furnishings, high-speed wireless Internet access, water activities and many other amenities add to value to every trip.

Water Amenities Include:
• Elevated ocean-view water recreation plaza
• Outdoor pool
• Indoor pool
• Lazy river
• Multiple hot tubs
• Rooftop sun deck

4. Prince Resort
This island-inspired property brings the tropics to South Carolina with unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean from condominium units. Located at the famous Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach, this cheerful resort is ideal for on-site dining, working out in the fitness center, exploring the local area and spending the day poolside.

Water Amenities Include:
• Large outdoor pool
• Mushroom waterfall kiddie pool
• 9th Floor pool and lazy river
• Multiple hot tubs

5. Seaside
The Seaside Resort provides guests with friendly service, private balconies, fully equipped kitchens and continental breakfast options. Visitors can rest and relax in well-appointed condos with access to a fitness center and complimentary Internet, as well as a central location near golf courses, dining, shopping and nightlife.

Water Amenities Include:
• Outdoor and covered pools
• Outdoor lazy river
• Outdoor hot tub
• Indoor hot tub

6. Towers at North Myrtle Beach
With private beach access and unique pool amenities in the popular Cherry Grove section, this property offers quality accommodations and gorgeous views. Only minutes from excellent shops and restaurants, guests can enjoy their time both on and off property.

Water Amenities Include:
• Jungle-themed water park
• Covered outdoor pool
• Outdoor lazy river with waterfall
• Outdoor hot tub

Stay and play alongside the emerald waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Complete your experience with a wide range of unique water activities for both children and adults at these oceanfront resorts. We look forward to welcoming you!

Find Top Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

Whether you’re visiting The Strand for business or pleasure, be sure to take advantage of the many exceptional golf courses located just minutes from popular Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts.

With over 80 courses to choose from, our friendly reservations experts can help you find the right course to play based on:

• Your travel dates
• Your skill level
• Who you’re traveling with
• The kinds of courses you usually play
• Course architects you’ve enjoyed in the past
• And much more

Call us at (877) 624-6052 or browse these courses online now!

And remember, once you find the perfect course, our reservations team can also help you find the perfect hotel nearby. Many of the best spots are located within a short 15-minute drive of our six oceanfront resorts, and we can help you find one that’s close, affordable and exactly what you’re looking for.

At Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, finding and booking the ideal golf resort experience is easier than you ever imagined!

Myrtle Beach Area Events 2014: April – June

We love Myrtle Beach!

And with so many events happening here throughout the year, you’re sure to find one that suits your interests. Take a look at what’s coming up near our properties along The Strand:

April 5 – 6
42nd Annual Art in the Park: Sponsored by the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, this event features over 60 artists from the east coast to Tennessee.

April 5 – 6
An Evening of Motown: Experience the groovy sounds of Motown presented by the Long Bay Symphony Pops Orchestra and tribute artists playing The Temptations, The Supremes and more.

April 18 – 20
Myrtle Beach Shopping Days: Shop sales and sidewalk specials from dozens of retailers city-wide over 72 hours.

May 9 – 18
Myrtle Beach Spring Bike Rally: Be part of the Carolinas’ largest spring motorcycle event!

May 10
9th Annual Mayfest on Main: Bring the whole family to this one-of-a-kind event featuring live music on a community stage, arts and crafts, food vendors, a children’s area and many local shops.

May 17 – 18
33rd Annual Blue Crab Festival: Fresh seafood and great music are enjoyed each year in a celebration along the Little River Community waterfront.

June 1
Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo: Spring King Mackerel Tournament: Piers throughout the Grand Strand will host this highly-anticipated tournament.

June 7 – 8
Second Annual Native Sons Salt Games: Come out to this free, all-day event featuring water races, volleyball tournaments, tug-of-war, a CrossFit competition and more!

June 28
Conway Riverfest: This festival offers an artesian market, raft tournament, games, tennis matches, food, fireworks and more along the Waccamaw River in Downtown Conway.

Call us today at (877) 624-6052 to book a hotel room at a great rate, or ask about special packages available during your specific travel dates!

Myrtle Beach Area Events 2014: January – March

Come for our beaches. Stay for our events!

There’s always something exciting happening just minutes from our Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts. Consider attending one or more of the following events or festivals happening soon along The Strand:

January 9 – 19
Restaurant Week: Try out delicious fare from dozens of local restaurants at discounted prices!

January 10 – 12
30th Annual Grand Strand Boat Show: Be part of this renowned show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

January 19 – 21
2014 Weekend Freedom Rally to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.: Honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at this event featuring a luncheon, parade and more.

January 24 – 25
39th Annual South Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention: Dance and dream through several parties and workshops during this two-day event.

February 1
Conway Chocolate Walk: This annual event features decadent treats from over 25 shops and restaurants in combination with delightful shopping in Downtown Conway.

February 15
17th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon: Participate in the full marathon, half marathon, 5K, fun run, bike ride route or other festivities to benefit local charities.

March 1
6th Annual Taste of the Coast at Barefoot Landing: Indulge in the best food, drinks and fun from throughout The Grand Strand, all in one exciting location.

March 9 – 17
Canadian-American Days Festival: From beachside barbeques and movies, to concerts and games, this is an event like no other!

March 15
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: See the largest parade in the area with over 100 entries each year.

Call us today at (877) 624-6052 to book a hotel room at a great rate near these events, or ask about special packages available during your specific travel dates!

10 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach Year-round

Home to world-renown beaches and some of the best golf courses in the state, The Strand is a popular summer destination for families, couples and college students. But did you know that there are also plenty of other things to do in Myrtle Beach during the winter months?

Here are 10 of our favorite things to do year-round:

1. Ride the Myrtle Beach Skywheel 200 feet above sea level for beautiful views of the ocean by day and sparkling city lights by night.

2. Explore unique attractions at Broadway at the Beach like the Backstage Mirror Maze, MagiQuest, WonderWorks and Helicopter Adventures.

3. Catch a comedy show at Comedy Cabana or the Carolina Improv Company!

4. See hundreds of ocean creatures as you walk along glass-walled tunnels, pet stingrays and horseshoe crabs, and much more at Ripley’s Aquarium .

5. Experience the glitz, glitter and glam of The Carolina Opry – a theatric musical performance unmatched by any other in the state.

6. Indulge your adventurous side at Family Kingdom Amusement Park, an old-fashioned park featuring 30+ rides, including a wooden roller coaster, go-karts and the biggest Ferris wheel in the state.

7. Grab dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast and Adventure or at Medieval Times to experience live music, acrobatic dances and special effects.

8. Test the limits of speed at NASCAR SpeedPark, where you’ll find 19 race-themed attractions, including go-karts, a SkyCoaster, kids’ rides, an arcade and more!

9. Hunt for unique souvenirs at Barefoot Landing, home to gift shops like Del Sol, Cloud Nine, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Bombay Bomba and Surf & Sand Beach Shoppe.

10. Go for a hike along the nature trails at Myrtle Beach State Park to explore unspoiled marshes and natural wildlife.

As an added bonus, the crowds at many of these attractions thin out during the winter months, so you and your companions can spend less time waiting in line and more time on rides, laughing out loud or reconnecting with natural wonders.

Start planning your visit today!

Expand Your Palate During Restaurant Week South Carolina

Restaurant Week 2014 comes to Myrtle Beach, January 9 – 19, 2014!

During these 11 days, hundreds of South Carolina visitors and locals will take advantage of special menus and pricing for meals at some of the best local restaurants. Many different types of food, including American, French, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish and Thai, will be featured in a variety of styles such as fondue, barbecue, gastro pub, steakhouse, tapas and more!

How can you participate in Restaurant Week South Carolina?

Step 1: Take a look at the list of participating Myrtle Beach restaurants.

Step 2: Decide which ones you’d like to try. Consider bookmarking the websites or saving the phone numbers so you’ll have them on hand.

Step 3: If you’ll be visiting us from out of town, book your Myrtle Beach hotel stay at a great rate!

Step 4: Arrive in town during Restaurant Week and call ahead to reserve a spot at your eatery of choice.

Keep in mind:
• Restaurant Week specials are only available during dinner hours.
• All participating restaurants also serve from their standard menus, so there will be plenty of options to choose from.
• No tickets are required, but having a reservation is recommended because the most popular restaurants tend to fill quickly.

Step 5: Tell us about your experience. Our Concierge staff would love to hear feedback on your visit, or even help you choose additional restaurants to try upon arrival.

Experience Restaurant Week 2014 in Myrtle Beach – your taste buds will thank you!