A Guide To Duplin Winery

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What is better than enjoying good wine, a great atmosphere, and wonderful company?  At Duplin Winery, located in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,  enjoy the outgoing atmosphere while sipping on sweet wine.  Just off of Hwy 17 S, near Barefoot Landing, Duplin Winery has a big, beautiful tasting room and gift shop. The outdoor section has you overlooking a pond with games and fire pits all around.  The winery is open Monday through Saturday and best of all, no reservations are required to join. 

They are most known for their Muscadine wine, often seen at local grocery stores. Although there is much more to do than just walk in for a tasting and leave with a bottle. Here is our extensive guide on everything you need to know regarding Duplin Winery.

Take A Tour

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Come in alone for a relaxing afternoon, or bring a group of friends to learn about Duplin’s winemaking method. During your tour, you are able to watch the bottling process and learn more in-depth about the history of the winery’s roots in Rose Hill, North Carolina. The well-versed staff will not only educate you, but also entertain you. You might even be lucky enough to get a tour lead by the owner of the winery, Jonathan Fussel. You will hear all of his funny stories about what it was like to grow on a winery with the Fussell family. Upon request, you may even be able to have your favorite label bottled during the tour. 

Enjoy A Wine Tasting

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Ranked as one of the top wine tastings on the Grand Strand, Duplin’s Deluxe Tasting allows guests to sample up to 10 wines. In addition, you will receive gourmet crackers, an assortment of cheese dip, and Duplin gourmet dips.  After sampling the ten wines, the tasting also includes a full glass pour of your favorite glass of wine. Once you choose your favorite, you are able to keep the glass. After your wine tasting, head to the spacious outdoor deck, where the patio is the perfect place to relax and unwind.  Oftentimes, there is live music on the deck, and there is always friendly staff around to help with any of your wine needs.

Join The Club

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After your tour and tasting, the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You can take the fun with you when you join the wine club. As a wine club member, you will receive four shipments of Duplin wine per year, exclusive access to new wines prior to public release, and a subscription to Heritage Magazine, which features helpful information about the wine, recipes, and coupons.

No matter what you choose to do at the winery, we know you will have a blast. Try all of the different wines or shop in the retail room, you won’t be disappointed. We hope to see you soon on the sweeter side of Myrtle Beach, at the North Myrtle Beach Location.

North Myrtle Beach Surfing: Lessons & Things To Know

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When planning your trip to North Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coast, you’ll find yourself in one of the best surf spots in the Eastern United States for new surfers. On a typical day, the waves are of average size, making it easier for the first-timers and less experienced surfers to navigate the waters easily and still have a great time.

The knee-high waves are well-suited to body surfing, which is the best place to start for those who want to become good stand-up surfers. If you have a bit of experience and would like to try stand-up surfing, you can keep tabs on the waves and surf reports at Surf-Forecast to determine the appropriate time to hit the water. Look for breaks exceeding two-to-three feet to make sure you’re poised for a successful experience. You should also pay attention to life guard warning flags as an indication of potential hazards.

Looking to try something new during your beach vacation? Here’s your guide to one of the top things to do on the beach… Surf’s up, friends!

Surf Lessons With North Myrtle Beach Locals

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In North Myrtle Beach, surfing lessons and equipment rentals are available at Jack’s Surf Lessons, an award-winning surf shop and company serving the Myrtle Beach area and Murrells Inlet since 2010. Surf lessons are offered on a private, semi-private, or group basis with each lesson taking one or two hours. With Jack’s Surf Lessons and Board Rentals, you can learn surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking.

You can also find lessons, gear rentals, and tips for finding the best surf zones at Kokopelli Surf Camp LLC, where you will learn from surfing champions such as Wyatt Todd, the 2014 East Coast Longboard record holder, and his brother Brandon Todd. The surf boards for hire are delivered directly to you promptly after placing an order.

When To Hit The Waves

The weather at North Myrtle Beach is favorable for water sports and outdoor activities for the better part of the year. Sunshine and blue skies begin from early spring through late fall and sometimes extend deep into the Fall months. July is normally the hottest month of the year while January is the coldest. It is, therefore, advisable to visit the beach between March and November, although you will be met with much smaller beach crowds during the Winter months.

Best Surfing Areas

Please note, by order of the City of North Myrtle Beach, surfing is not allowed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15-Sept. 15, except in the following areas: Cherry Grove Pier, 13th Avenue South, 27th Avenue South, 38th Avenue South, and 6th Avenue North. Surfers are required to wear a surfing leash at all times.

By order of the City of Myrtle Beach, Surfing is restricted to certain areas May 1-Labor Day. During those dates, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., surfing is allowed only in these areas: from the terminus of the TA-80 Zone to the south city limits, from 37th Avenue North to 47th Avenue North, from 62nd Avenue North to 68th Avenue North, and from 82nd Avenue North to the northern city limits. The area from the south side of 8th Avenue North to the north end of the public boardwalk may be used for surfing Labor Day-April 30. Surfing is not permitted within 75 yards of any fishing pier.

  • From Hog Inlet to 5th Avenue North except the 300 feet on either side of Cherry Grove Pier.
  • From 6th Avenue South to 27th Avenue South.
  • From the south end of the Town of Atlantic Beach to 46th Avenue South.

There are many other great places to visit in North Myrtle Beach for a memorable experience. The diverse culture of the east coast is in itself very exciting. If you love taking risks, the beaches along the East Coast offer some of the best water experiences.

What are you waiting for? No need to pack a surfboard, you can rent one easily and plan your trip with Grand Strand Resorts at one of our popular oceanfront condo rentals so you’re just seconds from the beach. Book today and enjoy fun activities while you visit beautiful North Myrtle Beach.

2021 Blue Crab Festival: Everything You Need To Know!

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Little River, South Carolina is home to the annual Blue Crab Festival that will be celebrating its 40th year this May. Located on the Historic Little River Waterfront, this festival hosts about 50,000 people every year and provides local seafood, live music, and fun for the entire family.

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Guide to Christmas in North Myrtle Beach

When celebrating Christmas in North Myrtle the phrase “white Christmas” has a totally different meaning. To most, it is said to refer to snow falling on Christmas day. However, it’s not impossible here, but it is very unlikely. So, white Christmas to us in North Myrtle Beach is a reference to the beautiful white-sand beaches. Whether you are escaping the cold, enjoying a holiday vacation, or just visiting family or friends, North Myrtle Beach has plenty of Christmas activities to keep you busy. Here are a few of our favorite Christmas activities.

Holiday Shows

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Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach have several different theatres or dinner shows that all offer a holiday show. With the most beautiful imagery, talented singers, dancers, and performers, the award-winning Christmas shows will definitely kick off your Christmas vacation. Choose from shows like “The Christmas Show of The South in the Carolina Opry, or the South’s Grandest Christmas Show in the Alabama Theatre. For a more unconventional Christmas show, check out Pirate’s Voyage Christmas show, for a jaw-dropping and mouth-watering experience. Most of the shows run from the beginning of November until the beginning of January, but don’t hesitate to book your seats, as they tend to sell out fast.

Tree Lightings

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Feel like you are in a Hallmark movie with a small town tree lighting. Except instead of being in a small, remote town, you are at the beach. There are several different areas and atmospheres that will hold tree lighting. So schedule a dinner in one of the outdoor/ indoor dining restaurants located nearby and get ready for a magical evening. You can choose from a variety of places such as Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Market Commons, or even the Pawleys Island Christmas Festival. If you are a real lover of the lights, you can go to all of them to see the Grand strand all light up. Attending a tree lighting ceremony is a must on vacation during the holiday season.

Brookgreen Garden

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For years Brookgreen Gardens has been known for tit’s amazing Thanksgiving day and Christmas decorations. Featuring “Nights of a Thousand Candles” there are more than 2.700 candles and thousands of lights that illuminate the garden and the sculptures throughout Brookgreen. They host the event for only three weekends and tickets are limited, for great reason too. This is one of the most popular events in Murrells Inlet or even the Grand Strand. Each weekend there are entertainers and different performances. Though it is not all outside, there are a few areas inside where you can bask at all of the Christmas trees while grabbing a cup of hot chocolate or even check out the petting zoo.

The Great Christmas Light Show

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Located in the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, the Great Christmas Light Show is a family-friendly event that starts at the beginning of November and lasts through the month of December. The park will be decorated with almost two million lights this holiday season. Take a 1.5 mile drive through the park to see the giant light displays, featuring 30 new animated figures and holiday scenes specifically made for this event. Once you finish the drive-through magical light displays, hop out of your car and head towards Santa’s Village for hot chocolate, s’mores, and the Santa’s Express Train Ride. This will be an event everyone in the family will enjoy.

Ripley’s Aquarium

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Every year the aquarium hosts the Ripley’s Festival of Trees. Enjoy the lighting of and beautifully decorated trees, while sitting underneath the sea life. There are trees to represent all of the 50 states and a few trees with eye-catching decorations. There are trees to represent Mardi Gras with masks and beads to a Las Vegas-style tree with a feather headdress. The tree to represent South Carolina is over 18 feet tall and is decorated with seashells, magnolias, golf balls, and of course USC and Clemson memorabilia. Try out the free scavenger hunt the Aquarium offers that will test your knowledge about each state’s tree.

Inlet Christmas Weekend

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Murrells Inlet hosts a weekend packed with holiday festivities. Starting on the 30th of November when Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will kick off the night with a tree lighting ceremony in Morse Park. Enjoy Christmas music, hot chocolate, crafts for kids, and plenty of Christmas Cheer to go around. On December 2nd head down to the oceanfront for a spectacular Christmas Parade. From smiles, candy, and entertainment, the parade will leave you feeling the true spirit of the season. The parade also doubles as a fundraiser for toys for tots, so grab an unwrapped toy and enjoy the parade.

Holiday Bazaar at The Market Commons

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Head over to The Market Commons to experience an up-close look at local vendors offering live greens, fresh foods, produce, honey, homemade holiday gifts, baked goods, artisan crafts and so much more. After strolling through the market, check out the shops around Market Commons and bask in all of the beautiful Christmas decorations. you can even see where they will throw the New Year’s Eve party, also known as the Southern Time Square. The market will be along the esplanade in the middle of Howard Avenue every Saturday from November 2 through December 21.

No matter what you decided to do during your time in North Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of lighted celebrations, marshmallows, and Christmas trees to go around. Come with your friends, family, or even alone and experience the holiday cheer at the beach. From Little River to Conway, and Surfside Beach, Horry County offers nothing shy of a great Christmas experience. If you have a little extra time check out the boardwalk and see all of the hotels lit up for Christmas, walk Main Street and grab some delicious village treats. We hope to see you this holiday season, the City of North Myrtle Beach welcomes you and your Christmas Cheer.

North Myrtle Beach Shark Wake Aqua Park!

Water parks are centers of recreation, fun, happiness and a great time – and for a great example of that, you must check out the water park-hybrid at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Shark Wake Park is home to an enormous suspended playground/ obstacle course and more on a freshwater lake! This water park is open to the general public, across from the baseball fields, since June 2017.

The state-of-the-art aqua park is home to two separate attractions – Cable Park and Obstacle Island – as well as the Shark Shack concession stand, and epic summer camp opportunities. Cable Park offers watersports for all skill levels, including wake boarding, knee boarding, water skiing, wake skating, and foil boarding. Obstacle Island is a floating playground featuring monkey bars, climbing towers, slides and more. Children must be at least 7 years old, 45” tall and know how to swim to take advantage of the course.

A 2-hour Cable Ticket runs $35, or play all day for just $55. Gear costs extra. A 50-minute pass for Obstacle Island costs $25. The Twilight Pass offers unlimited play from 4PM-7PM for $30. Parking is free, and the park is open seasonally.

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North Myrtle Beach Day Trips

When visiting North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina it is likely that you will not want to leave after your trip is over. From the beautiful beaches to the celebrity golf courses there is so much to see and do in town. However, if you have several days to spend in the area, there are many unique and fun places to see and visit that could be achieved in just a day or even an afternoon. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit around North Myrtle Beach.

Calabash

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Located just over the North Carolina border, Calabash is a gold mine for any seafood lovers. It is the self-appointed seafood capital of the world and fishing village. It is known for its fried seafood and fresh catches. It only takes about a half-hour to get from North Myrtle Beach to Calabash. They have a variety of shops as well as golf courses. It is a great place to stop for those who are on their way to Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is only 10 minutes north of Calabash and is a great option for those who are looking for a secluded beach. Enjoy fishing, golfing, or just strolling through town. The quaint, small-town has enough charm to keep you busy all day.

Murrells Inlet

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If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, Murrells Inlet is the perfect place for that. Come and connect with nature and experience the natural habitat of the wildlife in the surrounding area. It is only about a half-hour away from Myrtle Beach, and it is the perfect place to catch a fishing charter, grab an outdoor dinner, or walk the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk/ boardwalk. Enjoy the beautiful marsh and beach view without any high rises in sight. While you are in the area, you can stop by Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park, to see more wildlife and the most beautiful sculpture gardens on the Grand Strand. You can also check out the famous Atalaya Castle in the state park.

Georgetown

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Noted as the fishing county, Georgetown is a unique and historic city that you must stop by. The downtown area is home to a popular harborwalk which offers many restaurants that serve fresh-caught seafood. You can also find many historic museums and even a boat museum downtown. If you are feeling nostalgic, check out the historic plantations that are open for tours. From fishing to waterfront dining, Georgetown has it all. For those who enjoy being by the water and history, you will love taking a day trip to this area. On your way to Georgetown, stop by Pawleys Island for some of the best pastries and hammocks you will ever see and taste.

Conway

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If you aren’t up for driving 30-45 minutes away to see a beautiful surrounding town, Conway is the perfect place to visit. It is only about 15-20 minutes from the heart of North Myrtle Beach. This historic city is worth seeing. They have local boutiques, a historic theatre, and the Horry County Museum. The variety of restaurants is also a plus. You can enjoy rooftop dining or waterfront dining. This historic district has so much to offer like the riverwalk, where you can enjoy watersports on the Intracoastal waterway. Take a ride on the riverboat tour or rent a pontoon boat, a fishing boat, try out kayaking, or paddleboard on the Waccamaw River with your friends and family. There are many guided tours you can check out for optimal exposure to the city. With so much to do and see, you may want to come back a second day.

Charleston

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Although Charleston is a bit of a farther drive, 2.5 hours to be exact, it is well worth it. If you can make time to swing an extra day or two here, you won’t be disappointed. This busy, historic city has so many shops to check out and historical landmarks to explore. From horse and buggy tours to shopping on Main street, and dinner at a rooftop restaurant with live music, there is never a dull moment. Check out the city market, Fort Sumter, The Hunley Submarine, house museums, Fort Moultrie, Morris Island Lighthouse, the battleships from the Civil War, The Powder Magazine if you are a history lover. While the City Market is the locals and visitors favorite, as it features hundreds of vendors selling an assortment of goods. You will always find someone weaving sweetgrass baskets, it’s a Lowcountry tradition. The baskets are symbols of the Gullah people who were from the Charlestown area. If you are able to stay for longer than one day, you will love the nightlife, as the city comes alive at night.

Wilmington

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Wilmington is also a tad further of a drive, however, it is just close enough to make it one day without feeling like you have spent all day in the car. It is about a 1.5-hour drive from North Myrtle Beach. You are sure to fall in love with this artsy city the moment you arrive. It has so much charm and history in one area. Check out the popular Wrightsville beach where you can throw up your hammock in the palm trees or take out a kayak. Wilmington is known for its breweries, shops, and tattoo parlors around town. Though you will not miss out on any southern charm. There are plenty of attractions to visit, boat tours to take, and museums to see. Walk through the Museum of the Bizarre, and the Cape Fear Serpentarium, your families will be fascinated.

North Myrtle Beach has so much to offer from water parks to amusement parks, and shopping plazas like Barefoot Landing. However, if you want to explore the east coast, it is the perfect place to go sightseeing in its surrounding areas. These towns are not only beautiful, but they are rich in history and culture. You can visit many different beaches from Wrightsville to Folly Beach, you will not be disappointed. A quick getaway is a. great way to relax from all of the hustle and bustle of the city. We hope to see you soon in the North Myrtle Beach area, and safe travels.

Your Guide to the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier

If you love to fish, you should know that the Myrtle Beach area is home to some of the best fishing along the East Coast. When you stay in our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals you’ll be near one of the most abundant fishing sources in the region – the historical Cherry Grove Fishing Pier, a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.

Finding the Pier

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North Myrtle Beach Family-Friendly Activities

North Myrtle Beach is a beautiful, serene city in South Carolina. It is a part of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile long string of Atlantic Beaches. On Main Street, you can find shops, restaurants, and bars all while heading to the beach. While there are plenty of opportunities for relaxing on the golf course or having dinner on the Intracoastal waterway, there are also many fun things to do with the family. Here are a few of our favorite North Myrtle Beach Attractions.

Alabama Theatre

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Located right outside of Barefoot Landing, Alabama Theatre is one of the Grand Strand’s favorite entertainment attractions. Enjoy an evening of singing, dancing, comedy and much more. The show changes every season so you never have to worry about seeing the same show if you are a frequent visitor. Visit year-round and experience their summer show or their Christmas show.

Website: alabama-theatre.com

Phone Number: (843) 342-2262

Address: 4750 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Alligator Adventure

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Alligator Adventure is a premier attraction that draws thousands to the multiplex of Barefoot Landing. Stare into the eyes of some of the world’s most intriguing and beautiful animals with tours and educational exhibits to reveal nature’s treasures along the way. Bring the family or take a field trip to one of the world’s largest reptile facilities, located in the heart of South Carolina’s coast!

Website: alligatoradventure.com

Phone Number: (843) 361-0789

Address: 4604 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Barefoot Landing

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Barefoot Landing has everything you could want in one location. In a relaxed setting of a beautiful landscape is the appearance of a fishing village. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and observe the surroundings of the huge lake. Not only are the surrounding views spectacular there is an abundance of shops, restaurants, high-level attractions, and entertainment. Perfect for a night out with the family.

Website: bflanding.com

Phone Number: (843) 272-8349

Address: 4898 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 2958

BROADWAY AT THE BEACH

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Broadway At The Beach offers everything you could ever want to do right here as visitors and locals alike revel in the features of the area. Hit up the IMAX Theater for a visually explosive film, do a little shopping then hit Hard Rock Cafe or Margaritaville for dinner and musical nostalgia. Stay a little while as Broadway at the Beach lights up and turns into Myrtle Beach’s own Sunset Boulevard, boasting all sorts of entertainment and nightlife at every seam. Enjoy Ripley’s Aquarium, Dave and Busters, or even the nostalgic Pavilion Amusement Park all located inside of Broadway.

Website: broadwayatthebeach.com

Phone Number: (843) 444-3200

Address: 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Cherry Grove Fishing Pier and Beach

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Visit the area’s only pier with a two-story observation deck, perfect for viewing the sea below! The Cherry Grove Pier has over 985 feet of fishing or family fun. On the pier, find a fully-equipped tackle shop that has all of your fishing needs and get daily or seasonal passes for continued access to the pier. Watching the sunset on the horizon is extra special when gazing at the sky from Cherry Grove Pier!

Website: cherrygrovepier.com

Phone Number: (843) 249-1625

Address: 3500 North Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Go Ape Ziplining & Treetop Adventure

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If you are feeling a little adventurous, head on over to Go Ape. The course has 5 ziplines, several ropes courses, and even Tarzan swings. Everything is broken down by level making it the perfect activity for the whole family. Enjoy climbing in the treetops or flying through the sky on a 900-foot-long sip line over a small lake. After your adrenaline rush, go one of the many hike or nature walks connected to the area.

Website: GoApe

Phone Number: (800) 971 8271

Address: 150 Citizens Cir, Little River, SC 29566

GOOD VIBRATIONS

Calvin Gilmore’s latest production, Good Vibrations, is a stand-out virtual and musical tour of America’s popular tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The cast of the Carolina Opry transforms into our favorite musical standouts and perform the songs that we remember from “back in the day.” Also featuring the comedy acts of the past, Good Vibrations is just that, being full of energy and excitement to remind you of the timeless classics for a well-needed trip down memory lane!

Website: thecarolinaopry.com

Phone Number: (843) 913-4000

Address: 8901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Miniature Golf

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Not only does North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach offer some of the best golf courses on the east coast, but they also have many great mini golf options too. Find whatever mini-golf course looks most interesting to and try it out. There are more than 50 mini-golf places scattered throughout North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach. From octopus and marine life inspired miniature golf courses to volcanoes and plane crashes, the family and kids will not be disappointed.

Pirates Voyage

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If it’s a rainy day, no worries check out this gem. Pirates Voyage is an action dinner theater presentation. Watch two pirate crews battle it out over the lost treasure of the Atlantic with high-flying action and heart-clutching drama. A fantastic score composed by Dolly Parton herself adds to the tremendous experience while amazing stunts and acrobatic flips and twists are done by pirate crews dueling in the air, on deck, and in the 15-foot lagoon built within the theater. Cheer as the show goes on and enjoy a full three-course dinner feast.

Website: piratesvoyage.com

Phone Number: (843) 497-9700

Address: 8901-B Highway 17 Business, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Shark Wake Park 843

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Jump, dive, and splash into your next family adventure at the Shark Wake Park. This adventurous park offers an outdoor water park with waterslides, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and so much more. This outdoor theme park will be the perfect thill for your family vacation. If the little ones are getting restless in the oceanfront condo, or in the lazy river, try out this gem to spice things up a bit.

Website: Shark Wake

Phone Number: (843) 399-9253

Address:150 Citizens Cir, Little River, SC 29566

The Skywheel

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This amazing attraction brings star gazing to another level…literally! The Skywheel allows you to travel 200 feet above sea level to engage the Atlantic Ocean in all of its vastness. Enclosed in climate-controlled, Swiss-manufactured gondolas, be in one of the only observatories of its kind in the United States. The Skywheel turns into an awesome LED display at night, creating a new attraction right on the oceanfront Myrtle Beach boardwalk and promenade.

Website: skywheel.com

Phone Number: (843) 839-9200

Address: 1110 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The Track

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Enjoy a multi-level go-kart track while racing your family to the finish line. No worries about small kiddies, they can ride with an adult too. Enjoy other games like laser tag or mirror mazes located inside of the building. They also offer arcade games that the whole family will love, just a couple of streets over from ocean boulevard, right off of hwy 17.

Website: The Track

Phone Number: (843) 491-1732

Address:9589 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station

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T.I.G.E.R.S. has appeared on programs such as The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and NBC’s Tonight Show to inform millions of the importance of wildlife conservation. Catch live performances of these big cats in and around Myrtle Beach at various times of the year. For an exhilarating experience make sure to check out these locals and visitors’ top things to do.

Website: myrtlebeachsafari.com

Phone Number: (843) 361-4552

Address: PO Box 31210, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

No matter what you decide to do in North Myrtle Beach you are sure to have a blast. IF enjoying the beachfront is starting to get stale, check out a few additional places like the Family Kingdom for more kiddie rides and roller coasters. You could also spend a day on the water kayaking. Let us know if you checked out any of these places and how you liked them, and as always we are happy to have you in the beautiful North Myrtle Beach.

Free Things To Do in North Myrtle Beach

While vacationing can get expensive after adding up airline tickets, money for gas, lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment, there are always many options of free attractions to visit in the North Myrtle Beach area. By stepping outside of the normal routine of being on the water or in the sun during the day and going shopping and to dinner at night, you are able to unlock some pretty unique experiences throughout the town. South Carolina is rich in history and with over 60 miles of beach in the Grand Strand there are plenty of free adventures to go on. Here are some of our favorite free things to do in North Myrtle Beach.

The Beaches

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When exploring the east coast it is important to know which beaches are free to visit and what regulations they may have. Fortunately, North Myrtle Beach is free no matter where you are. Though you may have to pay for parking in some areas. However, depending where you are staying, you may be able to walk to the beach. Beaches offer all day fun from building sand castles, body surfing, or just soaking up the sunshine. Find a couple of perfect seashells and it is a day well spent and for free!

VEREEN MEMORIAL HISTORICAL GARDENS

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Vereen Memorial Garden is a breathtaking 115-acre park that is designated to the wildlife refuge. The park is located just north of North Myrtle Beach on Highway 17 into the Little River community. It is free to enter and offers many trails and boardwalks that extend into the saltwater marshes and passes by the Civil War cemetery. Relax and bird watch or take a break from hiking at the gazebo overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

Barefoot Landing

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Barefoot Landing offers a wide variety of free things to do within one general area. From free concerts and entertainment to feeding the fish and checking out the unique shops, you will love your time there. While you can enjoy the ambiance for free there are a few larger attractions within Barefoot that might be worth spending a couple of dollars on. Barefoot Landing is the home of the t.i.g.e.r.s. preservation station, as well as Alligator Adventure. They also have a fireworks show every Monday night.

North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex

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This entertainment complex is filled with exciting things to do, that are all free. Enjoy live music at the amphitheater or a nice picnic by the pond. They have a baseball and softball field as well as soccer, lacrosse, and football fields too. Stroll down the nature trail or take your furry friend to the dog park. With so many free options, you can play all day and still not want to leave.

HERITAGE SHORES NATURE PRESERVE

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Known to be one of the most unique places in the city, Heritage Shores Nature Preserve was created in 2007 and features over 7 different walking and hiking paths. There is free admission and pets are welcome. This is the perfect trail for hot summer nights when you want to look out over the salt marshes and just take in the beauty of the scenic city.

RUSSELL BURGESS COASTAL PRESERVE

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Located along the creek near northern 36th avenue, this area is the perfect way to explore the city and see all of the natural habitats on the way. The boardwalk was added in 2009 to help maintain the habitual areas of the preserve. On the boardwalk, you can see the salt marsh as well as the oceanfront buildings, and native flora. The preserve is great during sunrise and sunset, as it creates the most beautiful purple, pink skies right over the water.

Franklin g. Burroughs-Simeon b. Chapin art museum

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Located a little further south, The Franklin g. Burroughs- Simeon b. Chapin art museum is known for its holdings of Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guide works and a collection of antique maps and prints. It is currently located in the former Springmaid Villa, a 10,000 square foot 1927 mansion that originally stood at 5429 North Ocean Boulevard. It was labeled for demolition, but an enthusiastic art lover came in and moved it to its new location 8 miles south.

Horry County Museum

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Take a dive into the culture of the area at the Horry County Museum in Conway. Learn about the humble beginnings of the logging and railroad town before it became a tourist destination. Learn about how the locals lived and worked, while also learning about the natural history and wide range of wildlife including, bears, alligators, and many other creatures.

Broadway at the Beach

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Located in Myrtle Beach, this outside shopping complex offers many things from unique shops, amusement parks like the Pavilion, to Ripley’s Aquarium. The area is free to walk around and there are plenty of free things to do with the whole family. Enjoy feeding the fish, live entertainment, crazy boat rides, and much more. Broadway at the Beach also hosts special free events all year that attract millions to this popular venue.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

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The Myrtle Beach boardwalk is the perfect place to see everything the Grand Strand has to offer in one place all while having a lovely view of the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy the nightlife at Plyler Park and any entertainment they may have, as well as see the Skywheel all lit up at night. You can walk down the boardwalk and look for souvenirs or have a nice, relaxing night full of family fun. You will stumble across many Myrtle Beach attractions, like water parks, or the Family Kingdom while walking the boardwalk and may even see some marine life.

Vacation can sometimes quickly add up, there are plenty of things to do for free while you are here. If you have a day that you would like to fill somewhere other than the beach, think about taking a day trip to Pawleys Island or Garden city. There you can find the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens and even the Myrtle Beach State Park.

Escape Rooms Around North Myrtle Beach

While the craze of escape rooms continues to rise, South Carolina’s Grand Strand has been affected in a huge way. North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach account for more escape rooms than any other city in South Carolina. The thrilling, team building activities are known for their live and interactive entertainment where their participants may be locked up or held captive until completing the challenges. The experiences can range from fantasy like the walking dead, or real-life like a bank heist. Escapees will often get a prize if they are able to make the jailbreak. The immersive atmosphere will have everyone in your group fascinated and ready for more escape games. So if you are ready for a room escape, here are a few of our favorites in the North Myrtle/ Myrtle Beach Area.

Break Out Myrtle Beach

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The 6 themed escape games located in North Myrtle Beach on Main Street, is for all ages. The rooms range from CSI type mysteries to treasure hunts. The Break Out Myrtle Beach was created by a group of young game enthusiasts, taking escape rooms to the next levels. The different rooms will have you engulfed in the game waiting for more. The escape rooms at Break Out Myrtle Beach are Red Beard’s Revenge, Serial Killer, CSI Myrtle Beach, Bank Heist, Undead Outbreak, and The Curse of Volcano Island.

Location: 314 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Phone: (843) 231-5644

Myrtle Beach Room Escape

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Located near the famous Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, on the boardwalk, Myrtle Beach Room Escape sees thousands of visitors every year. This one hour experience will feel like a “real-life adventure game”. Bring your family, friends, or small business for a thrill. No reason to search for haunted places in Myrtle Beach, this escape room has zombies straight out of the walking dead and Harry Potter-like castle scenarios. If you aren’t interested in show-themed rooms, try out the jailbreaks escapes. The thought-provoking games will be one of the highlights of your trips. Their escape rooms consist of The Witch’s Castle, Bomb in the Theater, Walking Dead-Road to Survive, and Jailbreak.

Location: 316 9th Avenue N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phone: (843) 990-1677

Backstage Escape Games

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If you are looking to experience an alternate reality, Backstage Escape Games is a perfect place for you. This super fun escape adventure offers a fast-paced escape or a tour through a haunted house. With the use of great props and state of the art sound and lighting effects, Backstage Escape Games is coined as the most immersive escape room in Myrtle Beach. It is located inside Broadway at the Beach where you can shop, eat and enjoy the atmosphere before or after you enter the escape room. Backstage Escape games offer other attractions as well like the Backstage Mirror Maze. The escape rooms at Backstage are The Legend of Atlantis, Dark Winter’s Night, and The Haunting of Hyde House.

Location: 1314 Celebrity Circle #165, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phone: (843) 713-1237

Riddles Escape Room Myrtle Beach

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This one hour quest will have your senses in overload. There are seven different themes for the escape games. The games include a mixture of puzzles, secrete codes, and hidden objects. If you’re lucky enough, or unlucky enough, you will get to experience their live actors who will come in to keep you on your toes. Riddles also has a unique VR escape room, as well as one of the smallest escape rooms in the USA. Feel the fear of Claustrophobia setting in as you try to escape in record time. The rooms at the Riddle Escape Room are Myrtletown Wagon Trail, Grande Strand Hotel, House of CARS Steampunk Mansion, VR- Space Station, Claustrophobia Extreme, Marooned Island, and Scuba Underwater Laboratory is coming soon.

Location: 9713 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Where: (843) 213-1586

Escapology Myrtle Beach

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Escapology in Myrtle beach has honed in on a real-life escape room experience. There are four different themed rooms that are 60 minutes in total. They have many different styles like a spy thriller or western shootouts, this place offers a unique range of never seen before rooms. The puzzles and riddles will keep the whole crowd perplexed and on the edge of their seats. Escapology also offers a seasonal room named “Thrilling Holiday Adventure” where the families are tasked with Saving Santa and Christmas. This Myrtle Beach Escape room offers Antidote, Th3 COD3, Arizona Shootout, and Saving Santa.

Location: 400 N. Kings Highway D, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phone: (843) 945-2830

Captive Escape Rooms In Myrtle Beach

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Captive Escape Rooms has locations all over the United States. This interactive experience offers fie different escape rooms that range from zombies, vampires, haunted mansions, and murder mysteries. The one hour thrill will have everyone in your group involved and dedicated to finding your way out. You can act as a surgeon or find out what really happened in an old sinister house. These escape rooms will ensure that you have the most fun you can imagine. Captive Escape Rooms are Dracula’s Library, Charlotte, Cabinet of Curiosities, The Surgeon, and 13 Doors.

Location:1120 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phone:(843) 444-8224

If the beach starts to get too hot, and you are looking for a thrilling time, try out one of the many escape rooms North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach offers. You can race against time or figure out who was the Myrtle Murderer, no matter what you choose you will have fun. Most escape rooms require anyone under the age of 17 to be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you soon, and good luck escaping.