North Myrtle Beach New Aqua Park Is Open!

Water parks are centers of recreation, fun, happiness and a great time. Now, a fun new water park-hybrid has arrived to North Myrtle Beach.
We’re proud to learn about the announcement of the arrival of a new floating aqua park on the freshwater lake at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.
We are talking about an enormous suspended playground or obstacle course. This way you and your family have the maximum fun and never, we can see it will be easy to have lots of fun at this new structure.

Photo credit: Shark Wake Park

This water park at the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Sports Complex is open to the general public, with the large floating complex used in part by the Shark Wake Park area across from the baseball fields. Plan a vacation this year to North Myrtle Beach and you’ll be one of the first to experience a brand-new attraction to the area.

The park is currently open (first people enjoyed the park in June 2017) and ready for your family to enjoy!

A 45-minute pass on the park is $25 and the park is open from 10am to 5pm every day during the season.

North Myrtle Beach Aqua Park

The new aqua park is so cool!

Posted by Grand Strand Resorts on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

North Myrtle Beach Surfing: Lessons & Things To Know

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When planning your trip to North Myrtle Beach, you will find it is home to the best surfing spots in East Coast for new surfers. On a typical day, the waves are of average size making it easier for the first time and less experienced surfers to navigate the waters easily and still have a great time.

The knee-high waves are best suited for 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 standup surfing, you can keep tabs on the waves at Surf-Forecast to determine the appropriate time. Look for breaks exceeding two-to-three feet to make sure you’re poised for a fun day on the water.

Surf Lessons With North Myrtle Beach Locals

Photo Credit: Jack’s Surf Lessons Myrtle Beach

In North Myrtle Beach, surfing lessons and surfing equipment for hire are available at Jack’s Surf Lessons, an award-winning company that has been around since 2010. The 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 will learn surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking. For more information on these other fun water sports, read our North Myrtle Beach kayaking guide.

You can also find surfing lessons and equipment for hire at With the Kokopelli Surf Camp LLC, you will learn from surfing champions such as Wyatt Todd, the 2014 East Coast Longboard record holder, and his brother Brandon Todd. The surfing boards for hire are delivered to you quickly after making an order.

While at the beach, you can also enjoy parasailing, which involves flying on a boat propelled parachute. While exploring surfing may be fun for you, not everyone in your group may want to join you — do not worry, there is plenty to do at the beach.

The weather at North Myrtle Beach is usually favorable for water sports and outdoor activities in the better part of the year. Sunshine and blue skies begin from early spring through late fall and sometimes extends 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.

If you love scenic and historical tours, you can take a trip to the wet, wild side of Myrtle Beach. Some of the areas to visit include the Cherry Grove Beach Park, a protected environmental site and the La Belle Amie Vineyard, a pastoral family-owned winery nestled in a forest of pines and oaks. If you are wine and nature lover, the La Belle will give you a lifetime experience. The vineyard is open from Monday to Saturday and is among the best places for live music and festivals in North Myrtle Beach.

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 seconds from the beach. Book today and enjoy fun activities while you visit beautiful North Myrtle Beach.


Paddleboarding In North Myrtle Beach: Tours, Guides & Local Spots


Paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. It combines a great full body workout with fascinating sightseeing experience. People of all ages, fitness and skill levels can enjoy paddleboarding. You can even bring your children!

North Myrtle Beach is a great place to hone your paddleboarding skills. Even the pickiest fans of different water sports choose it to enjoy their favorite pastime. Besides paddleboarding, North Myrtle Beach area offers fishing, jet skiing, and kayaking.

Take a look at the following North Myrtle Beach paddleboarding options:

Express Watersports


If paddleboarding is not your favorite hobby yet, you probably don’t own a paddle board. Express Watersports is offering you a great variety of different paddle boards along with free water shoes/boots for an enhanced paddleboarding experience. If you are after a fun time on the water, a good paddle board will become your best friend. The rate is $25 for the 1st hour and $15 for any additional hour.


Jack’s Paddleboard Lessons


If you’ve never tried paddleboarding before, don’t expect to ride like a guru. You will probably fall off the minute you climb on the board. Learning how to paddleboard on your own is not a good idea, especially if you are pressed for time. Jacks offers the services of world class paddleboarding instructors who will get you up and paddling during the very first lesson. A 2-hour group lesson will cost $60 per person.


Carolina Waterman


If you are looking for a good paddleboard lesson package for the entire family, Carolina Waterman is offering 2-hour SUP lessons. Besides learning how to stand up on a board about 10 minutes after the lesson starts, you will find out about Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge – a great place to enjoy the nature. The cost is $50 per person.


Great Escapes Paddle Board Tours


Whether you are looking to rent a paddleboard, spend quality time paddling, or both, Great Escapes is offering a full range of services. Besides providing various paddleboards for rent, Great Escapes is arranging paddle board tours. An experienced guide will show you the way through a peaceful saltwater marsh,offer you some tips on how to tell Great Egrets from Blue Herons and give you some intriguing information about the history of the area as well as the flora and fauna you see while on the tour. The tours start at $40 per person.


Do You Own a Paddleboard?

If you are a real fan of paddleboarding and have your very own board, there is a special place where you can launch it and enjoy the experience. If you get to Cherry Grove Park and Boat Ramp you won’t just enjoy a 2-lane boat launch, you’ll get a chance to use a fishing pier, visit a bird watching pavilion and get access to Heritage Shores Nature Preserve


North Myrtle Beach paddleboarding is a great way to spend your time and learn something new along the way so whenever your adventures take you to North Myrtle Beach, never miss an opportunity of playing this adrenaline-stimulating water sport.

Holiday Shows along The Grand Strand

Come visit the Beach and see one of the great Christmas Shows during this Holiday Season


Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre both have Christmas Shows for you and your family to enjoy during your stay.  We have availability for 3 nights and longer stays during the off season.  Come down and enjoy a show, do some shopping or get in a Fall round of golf at one of our many championship courses.


Kayaking In North Myrtle Beach: The Outdoors Guide


Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports in North Myrtle Beach It really does offer something for everyone. It is great for people who want to exercise their bones without exerting too much pressure on themselves, and those who simply crave for an exciting pastime. All you need is a kayak, or a small boat and a double-bladed oar for paddling across the water. If you’re traveling to the North Myrtle Beach area, you have several choices for water sports like fishing charters, paddle boarding, jet ski rentals or kayaking.

The following are your kayaking options in North Myrtle Beach:

Great Escapes Kayaking Tours


A kayak is one of those things you are not likely to own so, you have to rent them whenever you need some. Great Escapes Kayak will offer you a kayak as well as a guided tour of North Myrtle Beach. They have a variety of kayaks either for your family or that special someone in your life. Stand up Paddle Boards are also exclusively available here and guided tours on the river are just a call away.


Address: 241 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Phone: 843-241-4588

J & L Kayak


If you value the sense of family, this is the place to go. It is a family operated business and therefore the best placed to understand your family needs. J & L Kayak tailor their services to cater for everybody across the board, ranging from greenhorns to the experienced paddlers. Their knowledgeable guides will help you out through your kayaking experience while maintaining a friendly and family atmosphere the whole time.


Address: 4208 Exchange St., Little River, South Carolina 29566

Phone: 843-267-6816

Kokopelli Tours and Rentals

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At Kokopelli Tours and Rentals, you will enjoy private and group kayaking lessons. In addition, they can deliver kayaks and other surfing gear anywhere you want. If you love the thrill of the ocean’s great waters, you are at home here since their guides have a wide experience and are duly certified and licensed. Money is not the only thing on their radar as they strive to keep the environment clean, ensuring a safe and ecologically health surfing experience.


Address: 3500 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Phone: 843-340-9565

Lighthouse Watersports

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If you are planning to spend a whole week at North Myrtle Beach, it would be prudent to seek the services of Lighthouse Watersports. This is because they offer week-long kayaking services at flat rates. At just $140, you have a whole kayak to yourself for a whole week. Tandem kayaks are available for $160, so you can have your friend or family member tag along. Nevertheless, you will have to remember to make an early booking and be available to pick your gear on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. You don’t have to pay them a visit as you can do the booking online or by telephone.


Address: Boat Slip D #6, 4909 Fish Factory Rd, Southport, NC 28461

Phone: 910-808-1713

Have Your Own Kayak? Use The Boat Launch

If you are among the lucky few to own their own kayaks, there is nothing in North Myrtle Beach to prevent you from using it as all you need is a boat launching space. Go down 53rd Avenue North and you will find the Cherry Grove Park and Boat Ramp which has plenty of parking spaces, a two-lane boat launch, fishing pier and a bird-watching pavilion.

Kayaking is a popular adventure in North Myrtle Beach, where you get to explore many options for renting kayaking gear.

Things To Do This Fall in North Myrtle Beach

If you’re someone that prefers taking their vacation at the end of the season when it begins to cool off just a bit you’ll have a great selection of vacation rentals available to choose from. Most of the families with children have long returned home in time for the kids to start school and overall there’s just less bodies on the beach giving you plenty of room to spread out!

Fall in North Myrtle Beach
As Fall fast approaches there are many events taking place in the North Myrtle Beach area that you won’t want to miss out on. Below is just a short list of some of them. Keep watching (and reading) our blog and as new events are announced we will share the information with you.

August 5
First Friday Business Builder – August 2016
Location: The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort

September 2
First Friday Business Builder – September 2016
Location: The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort

September 2
Letters From Home Show – 2016
Location: Our Lady Star of the Sea Banquet Hall

September 15
Business After Hours/Coastal Carolina National Bank
Location: Coastal Carolina National Bank

September 16-17
BFF Pink Ribbon Run
Location: Barefoot Resorts

September 16-25
SOS Fall Migration

September 24
13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival
Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

September 26-October 2
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally
Location: Grand Strand

October 8
Cruise to the Coast Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show
Location: Barefoot Landing

October 20
Business After Hours/Baywatch
Location: Baywatch

October 29
Endless Summer Festival
Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

November 26
Intracoastal Christmas Regatta/Boat Parade
Location: Waterway from Little River to Dock Holidays Marina

December 2
Christmas Tree Lighting
Location: North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

December 3
Christmas Parade
Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle Beach

All winter we look forward to the warmth of the summer months but sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Heat is great in moderation but if you’re looking for where to go to escape the worst of the heat in Myrtle Beach we have some great suggestions. Our first would have to be the gorgeous swimming pool at Grand Strand Resorts but we think you’re probably wanting something air conditioned about now. During the hottest days of summer, escape to any of the following cool spots.

Where to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachGo to the Movies
10177 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 272-6598
Hang out in the air conditioning while watching the big screen at any number of theaters in the area! The city has multiple theaters, showing the hottest shows. Grab your popcorn and Coca – Cola for some classic fun.

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachGo Bowling at 710 North Myrtle Beach
1105 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 663-2695
1105 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 663-2695
Come and enjoy a fun, casual atmosphere as you bowl a game or two with food and friends. Try out one of our 14 standard lanes or play on one of the 6 boutique lanes. Play your favorite games or try something new. There are six billiard tables, foosball, bocce ball, table tennis, darts, board games, and much more. Air conditioned bar and restaurant on site.

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachVisit an Arcade
100 South Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 249-6460
Arcade games galore can be found along the Grand Strand. Winning sounds and flashing lights welcome patrons to participate in the fun of hanging out on the strip and engaging in the carnival-esque style of the boulevard. Special areas such as the streets that outline the Pavilion have a number of awesome arcades so check them out!

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle Beach

1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 626-9962
WonderWorks, a huge house upside-down on a crab shack in Myrtle Beach, provides an amazing display of education and entertainment. For family fun and excitement as well as a tremendous learning experience, take part in the simulators or check out over 100 interactive hands-on exhibits. At WonderWorks, nothing is left unturned, not even you as you’ll be inverted to fit the upside-down sequence once you arrive. Myrtle Beach’s newest attraction has changed the way you look at science!

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachComedy Cabana
9588 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 449-4242
Get your laugh on while enjoying the air conditioned environment in Myrtle Beach comedy clubs. Head to places like Comedy Cabana, which features comics from around the country and share some gut-busting humor with the masses.

Casino Boat Cruise
4495 Mineola Avenue, Little River, SC
Phone (843) 280-2933
Take Las Vegas out to sea when you come to South Carolina! Myrtle Beach features the ever-popular casino boats that carry favorites such as roulette, poker, craps, slot machines, blackjack and bingo, all ready to carry you on a voyage of games, food and drinks.

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachMedieval Times
2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach
Phone (866) 543-9637
Come to the number one dinner show in America! Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach is one of the few places where you can take part in a live jousting and cheer on the knights in shining armor as they fight for the castle. As the King’s guest, you will feast just like the king in a three-course meal while the battles ensue in a delightfully air conditioned environment. Be in the presence of the full court just like the old days at Medieval Times, the country’s most popular dinner and theater show to ever hit the coast!


Local July 4th Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Independence Day will be here before we know it and there are plenty of local July 4th events taking place from where you’re staying at the Grand Strand Resort in North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown SC that you won’t want to miss. If you know of others, feel free to add them in the comments section below otherwise we hope to see you at one of these!

Local July 4th Events You Won't Want to Miss

The ever-popular Garden City Golf Cart Parade takes place at 2 p.m. on July 4, 2016. The parade begins at Calhoun Drive and proceeds to Woodland Avenue. The lineup starts behind Willard’s Fireworks at 1:00 p.m. For information about being in the parade or if you have questions call (843) 340-5835.


Our area Salute From the Shore VII will be throughout the Myrtle Beach coastal area starting at 1 p.m. on July 4. The focal point of Salute from the Shore has always been highlighted with a flyover of military aircraft and has evolved to include patriotic volunteer pilots of privately-owned vintage military aircraft with veterans and active duty military aboard. This year’s annual tribute will have a flyover of vintage military aircraft and F-16s from the SC Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. The Flyover starts at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove and concludes over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton, SC around 1:30 p.m.

The popular Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade takes place annually and begins at Garden City Point in Murrells Inlet on July 2 starting at 5 p.m. This year marks the 33rd boat parade that has been held in Murrells Inlet on Independence Day. Call 652-4236 for more information.

Sunday Celebration Concerts are held every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. from June 26 until July 31, 2016 in Plyler Park, 1000 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Each concert is anticipated to draw as many as 1,000 attendees or more. These free concerts are open to the public and are sponsored by Ground Zero. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.


Independence Day at Barefoot Landing will be celebrated with a 4th of July fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. Location: 4898 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach.

Experience the magic of fireworks right on the beach! Thanks to the Oceanfront Merchants Association, Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach is proud to host fireworks on July 4. As the southernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Second Avenue Pier is only a short stroll from Plyler Park, where free concerts are held throughout the summer months. Location: 110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 843-445-7437.