At Coral Beach Resort we believe that change is good. Our guests are always our first priority and we want to ensure that our accommodations stay top notch! With more 5.5 million dollars in renovations and improvements recently completed and scheduled for this year, we are excited to announce them all and be able to make your stay at our resort more comfortable, convenient, and memorable! Check out some of the highlights below:
Here is our list of recently completed renovations:
New drapery in all oceanfront suites and condos
New artwork in all units
Replaced all wall beds with new mattresses and box springs
Replaced love seats and sofas in all suites
Installed new state-of-the-art (and user friendly) door lock system
Installed new wood paneled closet doors to all units
Installed new carpet in all units
Installed new wall surfaces and repainting throughout all units
Here is our list of scheduled renovations for spring of 2020:
Upgraded and expanded (complimentary!) Wi-Fi throughout the entire resort and all units
New furnishings being installed, includes dining tables, dining chairs,
floor lamps, desk lamps, and lounge chairs
Stay tuned for even more changes and improvements that will happen in the fall of 2020 and throughout 2021! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and “like” us on Facebook for updated property photos and videos, as well.
Last year, we revamped our 6th floor and overhauled our fitness room, which doubled in size!
Our Resort Shoppe and meeting and banquet rooms also received updates. Our Resort Shoppe is one of the on-site amenities our guests love – not just for the great Myrtle Beach-themed gifts, but also for the convenience of being able to pick up last-minute items from snacks to sunscreen without having to leave the resort!
Although Myrtle Beach is known for its pristine beaches and ideal weather – we aren’t immune to an occasional rainy day or two! If you get stuck with less than ideal weather on your vacation, fret not! The Grand Strand is packed with tons of great rainy day activities. Whether you’re looking for an entire day of fun or just waiting for the storm to pass, there is plenty to do here in Myrtle Beach, SC. Check out our list of the area’s top rainy day activities and let us know what you think!
Hollywood Wax Museum | Myrtle Beach
We can’t promise you’ll see any celebrities wondering the beach while you’re here, but we can promise you can hang out with plenty of them at the Hollywood Wax Museum! This exciting attraction is fairly new to the Grand Strand but has quickly become a Myrtle Beach favorite. The hand-sculpted wax figures at this museum are so realistic that guests have reported: “ it was like they were going to speak to you!” In addition to rubbing elbows and taking pictures with your favorite stars, you will also learn about their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments. They are open daily from 9 am until midnight. For more information about Hollywood Wax Museum and to purchase tickets visit their website or give them a call at 843-444-0091.
Backstage Escape Games | Broadway at the Beach
The magic question: can you and your teammates beat the 60-minute clock to escape? Transport to an alternate reality at Backstage Escape Games located at Broadway at the Beach. Featuring intense sound and lighting effects, props, and decorations, choose from different storylines and search to find clues. Solve a series of puzzles to see if you can beat the clock! This rainy day activity is sure to keep you and your family on your feet and having fun! Open daily from 10 am -11 pm, contact them at 843-474-2887.
Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze | Myrtle Beach
We know a rainy day can be a bummer, but at Ripley’s Mirror Maze you’ll forget all about the beach day you’re missing. Work together to find your way out of the marvelous mirror maze, or lose yourself in their enchanting labyrinth! With lots of LED lights and infinity mirrors, you will challenge your perception and sense of direction with lots of laughs and fun times along the way. Ripley’s Mirror Maze is opened daily from 11 am -11 pm and is located along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. For more information, contact them at (843) 448-2331.
Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum | Myrtle Beach
The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest art museums in the Carolinas. With over 11 art galleries that change throughout the year, come experience exhibitions that feature paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, photography, and more! The best part? It’s free! Bring the whole family and enjoy some time appreciating art of many different forms. Need more information? Visit their website or give them a call at (843) 238-2510. You can also inquire about weekly classes such as pottery and watercolors!
EdVenture Children’s Museum | Myrtle Beach
Do you have a large group of little ones in tow? Load them up and head over to the EdVenture Children’s Museum for an afternoon full of fun and adventure! Located in Market Commons, this 3,000 square foot museum is full of excitement and over 20 interactive exhibits! Get hands-on with their interactive space ship and three-screen flight simulator where kids can test their piloting skill and feel the sensation of controlling a modern passenger plane. Your kids will learn science, math, and everything in between. Open Mon-Sat from 10 am – 6p m and Sunday from 12 pm – 6 pm. Contact then at (843) 839-0475 for more information.
Ripley’s Aquarium | Broadway at the Beach
Get in touch with your nautical side at the Ripley’s Aquarium. Easily one of the most popular attractions in the area, this venue is great for groups and guests of all ages. See familiar friends, like fish from Finding Nemo, at Rainbow Rock and get up close and personal with friendly rays at the Ray Bay. Other exhibits include the Dangerous Reef, Planet Jellies, and the Discovery Center. There is also a café where you can grab a bite to eat and a gift shop for the kids to pick up a souvenir. For more details, call (843) 916-0888.
WonderWorks | Broadway at the Beach
Walk into an upside-down universe – quite literally – at WonderWorks. This interactive museum brings science to life and even manages to sneak a little education in too. WonderWorks features over 100 exhibits designed for all ages so no one is left out of the fun. Experience the winds of a category one hurricane in the hurricane shack or become a human lightning rod at the Tesla coil. You can even lay on a bed of nails! If you get hungry, grab a bite to eat at the snack bar where the adults in the group can try out the blender bike to blend their own frozen concoctions. Fun for all ages, WonderWorks is definitely worth a visit.
Open daily from 10 am – 11:30pm, call (843) 626-9962 for more information.
Dinner & A Show
What could be better than enjoying a multi-course meal and a thrilling live show? Myrtle Beach offers two unique options to make this dream a reality with Medieval Times and Pirates Voyage. Medieval Times offers a live show featuring knights battling horseback to win over the heart of the princess while Pirates Voyage features a live show where two pirate ships battle for the rights to the hidden treasure. Both offer a five-course meal with the show, so you are sure to leave with a full belly and happy kids.
Medieval Times | Admission starts at $63.95 for adults and $36.95 for kids 12 & under | (843) 236-4635
Pirates Voyage| Tickets start at $49.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids | (843) 497-9700
Summer is finally here, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The sun is out, the sky is blue, there are tons happening here, where are you?!
Myrtle Beach offers plenty to do outside of the sun and sand during the summer. If your family is itching to get out and explore the area, consider one of these prime area events!
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball | Ongoing
Looking to take the family out for a night out on the town? If so, look no farther than the Myrtle Beach Pelicans! This local affiliate of the Chicago Cubs is a fun and affordable way to enjoy a bit of quality time together while on vacation. The Pelicans play all summer long and host several events throughout the week to keep guests entertained.
Special Weekly Promotions Include:
· $2 Tacos & Tallboys – $2 Tacos and $2 16oz cans from 6pm – 8pm
· Weiner Wednesday – BOGO Hebrew National hot dogs
Additionally, the Pelicans host different theme nights throughout the week and host between-inning games to keep the crowd pumped. Ticket start as low as $7 and can be purchased online.
Blue Crab Festival | Historic Little River Waterfront | May 18th & 19th
If you love seafood, this is the festival for you! The 38th Annual Blue Crab Festival kicks off in the Historic Little River Waterfront with live music, entertainment, vendors, and of course lots of seafood! Tickets are $5 per adult, children 12 and under are free.
Hot Summer Nights | Myrtle Beach Boardwalk | Ongoing
Looking for fun, affordable family entertainment? If so, look no farther than the Hot Summer Nights festival that takes place throughout the summer along the bustling Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This annual event features several weekly events for families, all of which are completely free to attend! Last year, this summer event included free concerts, a weekly Kids’ Carnival, roaming street entertainment, kids’ games, activities, and much more. Simply head down to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk between June 11th – September 2th from 8-11pm to see what all the buzz is about!
Sun Fun Festival | May 31st, June 1st & 2nd
Long-time beachgoers will remember this Myrtle Beach tradition! The Sun Fun Festival was an annual beach even for more than 50 years until 2011 when the event was put on hiatus. After a great 2017 extravaganza, the festival is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Festival events will include tons of live entertainment, the Sun Fun Parade (Saturday, 10 am along Ocean Boulevard), beach games and competitions, shag lessons and dance competitions, live music, family-friendly games and activities, fireworks, and more!
This event is free to attend and runs all weekend long.
Carolina Country Music Fest | June 6th – 9th
Pack your boots and grab tickets to the biggest country music festival the beach has ever seen! Get ready for four days of action-packed live entertainment featuring some of the industry’s biggest players. Headliners include Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bently, Alabama, Delta Rae, and many more. This four-day event will also host an impressive array of local souvenir and food vendors to keep you busy between shows. Tickets are available online and reservations at Coral Beach are still available – check rates now.
Water Lantern Festival | June 29th
The Water Lantern Festival is a one of a kind event for you to see thousands of hand-designed lanterns light up the night. This family-friendly event offers you a chance to write down your hopes, dreams, or letters to loved ones and send them out with thousands of others. Tickets start at $25 (tickets increase as the festival date approaches) and include a lantern, marker, commemorative drawstring back, and more. Festival-goers will enter at 5:30 pm and enjoy music, food, and entertainment until the lanterns are launched at 9 pm.
July 4th in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is the place to be on July 4th! From festive family activities and boat parades to foodie events and fireworks, there is plenty to do during this patriotic event. Here are a few events that your family can enjoy that weekend:
· Murrells Inlet Boat Parade (Thursday, July 4th) – The parade begins at the Garden City Point and ends in Murrells Inlet. This year’s parade will begin at 9 am.
· Independence Day Cookout (Saturday, June 29th) – La Belle Amie Vineyard is hosting their annual 4th of July cookout on Saturday this year at the vineyard. The event will include live entertainment, complimentary wine samples, and plenty of food available for purchase. Admission is $7.
· Fireworks (Thursday, July 4th)– Guests can find 4th of July Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Murrells Inlet, and Cherry Grove Pier.
Brookgreen Gardens Summer Music Festival | Ongoing
Bring your best beach chair to Brookgreen Gardens weekly at 7 pm throughout the summer for concerts under the oak trees! The Summer Music Festival is a leisurely, ongoing event complete with the tunes of some of the area’s best bands. Enjoy singing, dancing, and grab some light refreshments while you’re there. Brookgreen Gardens Summer Music Festival takes place Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening from June 19 – August 10. Admission to the festival is free with garden admission.
The Salt Games | September 15th – 16th
Think you have what it takes to throw down in the sand? Or maybe you just want to watch all the action, either way, the Salt Games on Ocean Boulevard is one of the best festivals on the beach! Watch as the brave take on cross fit, surf, volleyball, and 5K competitions right on the beach! This is a family affair, kids are welcome to watch or participate in other games and activities. This is a free event beginning at 8 am each day September 15th – 16th. Food trucks and vendors will camp out all day for convenient access to food and beverages to patrons.
What is your favorite summer event in Myrtle Beach? Let us know!
Spring is in the air and Myrtle Beach has plenty in store to help you get out and enjoy the warm weather. From festive St. Patrick’s Day festivals to tasty culinary events, Spring offers plenty to do for our beach visitors! And our family-friendly resort is situated close to all of the action. Curious about what Myrtle Beach has in store for you?
Take a look at these top Spring events in Myrtle Beach!
Irish Festival | Market Common | March 171th
Looking for a family friendly St. Pat’s celebration? If so, head just a short drive south to the annual Irish Festival at Market Common. Visitors and locals alike flock to Valor Park each year to take part in outdoor games, family crafts, inflatables, face painting, and so much more. There will also be live entertainment throughout the afternoon, plenty of food vendors, and a spacious craft beer garden for the adults. The fun runs from 11 am – 7 pm – you won’t want to miss out!
North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Downtown North Myrtle Beach | March 17th
Kick off your Irish celebration bright and early by attending the 29th Annual North Myrtle Beach Parade & Festival. This family-friendly event begins promptly at 9 am with the parade down Main Street. The official festival will begin immediately following the parade at 11 am and will feature three live entertainment stages, children’s activities including games, rides, and inflatables, and 150 local food and retail vendors.
Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival | North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex | March 23rd – 25th
Celebrate time with family and friends and the great Scottish heritage at the annual Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival. This festive three-day event showcases several Scottish games and athletic competitions, an authentic clan village and Celtic marketplace, Scottish whiskey tastings, live music and entertainment, tasty food, and plenty of activities for kids. This event is free to attend and takes place from 6 pm – 10 pm on Friday, 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, and 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday.
Breakfast With The Easter Bunny | Market Common | Various Dates
Breakfast With The Easter Bunny is a four-week series presented by Market Common. Each Saturday in March the Easter Bunny will make special appearances at a select area restaurant. The morning event will include breakfast and a meet & greet with Mr. Bunny. The price is only $10 / person and children under 3 are free of charge. Locations and dates for the events are as follows:
March 17th – Tupelo Honey Café (843) 315-3780
March 24th – Travina Italian Kitchen (843) 233-8500
March 31st – Gordon Biersch (843) 839-0249
Please call each restaurant location for more information and reservations.
Horry County Fair | Myrtle Beach Speedway | April 20th – 29th
Welcome spring with the 3rd Annual Horry County Fair at the Myrtle Beach Speedway! For 10 exciting days, guests will enjoy thrilling carnival rides, kiddie rides, delicious fair food, fun carnival games, a petting zoo, pig races, and a whole lot more. Each night celebrates a different theme for guests, including Family Fun Night, Monday Funday, and Hospitality Day. Ticket prices for adults and children vary by day. Children ages 4 and under are free every day and Military/Seniors 65+ are $3 every day. You can view the times and days of the Horry County Fair below:
April 20th – Grand Opening – 12 pm – 11 pm
April 21st – Family Fun Night – 12 pm – 11 pm
April 22nd – Hospitality Day – 12 pm – 11 pm
April 23rd – Monday Funday – 5 pm – 11 pm
April 24th – Tuesday – 5 pm – 11 pm
April 25th – Senior Citizen Night – 5 pm – 11 pm
April 26th – “It’s Ladies Night” – 5 pm – 11 pm
April 27th – Local Students Night – 12 pm – 11 pm
April 28th – A Day At The Fair – 12 pm – 11 pm
April 29th – Last Chance Day – 12 pm – Close
Mayfest on Main Festival | Downtown North Myrtle Beach | May 12th
Bring your appetite and excitement to the 13th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival in downtown North Myrtle Beach! From 10 am – 6 pm, 15,000 people will celebrate the month of May along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach with food vendors serving delicious treats, crafters displaying their work, two live performance stages featuring live entertainment and some of the best musical talents including Firehouse, Taylor Dayne, and The Entertainers, and a kid’s area for the little ones to enjoy!
Little River Blue Crab Festival | Little River | May 19th – 20th
The “Word Famous” Little River Blue Crab Festival draws crowds of over 50,000 each year, making it one of the biggest festivals in the southeast. Guests flock from far and wide each year to take part in food, fellowship, friends, and plenty of crabs, of course! This weekend-long event will offer live entertainment from popular local performers, arts and crafts, children’s activities, games, and tons of local food and business vendors. This event is truly one of a kind and is fun for the whole family! Tickets are $4 if purchased in advance or $5 at the gate and the festival runs from 9 am – 6 pm each day. Call (843) 249-604 for more information.
A Snow Bird is considered anyone that travels from the northern United States and Canada to the south during the colder months, seeking refuge from the relentless colder temperatures in search of warmer climates. Myrtle Beach is an attractive destination for northern travelers, as our oceanfront town not only features milder weather and favorable conditions during the colder months, but also a plethora of attractions, entertainment, and dining for year-round enjoyment.
If you’re traveling south for the winter, follow our detailed guide to the best attractions, entertainment, dining, and other winter-friendly activities that you can take advantage of this offseason in Myrtle Beach.
With the mild weather, little to no humidity, and less-congested fairways, winter is the ideal time to head to the greens in Myrtle Beach. Boasting over 100 different courses to choose from, Myrtle Beach is a golfers dream, and no matter your skill level or price point there’s a course that you’re guaranteed to enjoy.
A few courses near Coral Beach Resort include:
World Tour Golf Links, which recreates 18 of the most challenging golf links from courses around the world.
Legends, home to five different golf courses.
Grande Dunes, previously named the National Golf Course of the Year.
Exciting Live Entertainment
Escape the crowds by experiencing one of Myrtle Beach’s great live theatrical showsduring the offseason. One such performance is Legends in Concert, featuring the area’s most talented tribute artists with special performances from Dolly Parton, Elvis, and the Blues Brothers. Visit the Carolina Opry for a variety performance of singing, dancing, and comedy with true Southern flare. Or travel back in time at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament where knights battle through sword fights and joust on horseback as you enjoy a delicious four-course meal.
The colder months bring special deals, offers, and promotions at the many shopping destinations throughout Myrtle Beach. And with smaller crowds, the winter may be the best time to get in a round of shopping when you visit the Grand Strand. Head to Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach’s premier indoor shopping destination, which boasts popular stores like Old Navy, H&M, Belk, and Palmetto Moon.
Or visit Broadway at the Beach, offering an eclectic selection of boutiques, specialty shops, gift shops, and much more! You can also save big at one of two Tanger Outlet locations in Myrtle Beach, featuring countless deals and promotions at stores like Gap Factory, Old Navy, The North Face, and Nike Factory.
The Market Common also presents a plethora of outstanding restaurants from Asian cuisine at P.F. Changs to juicy burgers at King Street Grill and Mexican-American cuisine at Nacho Hippo. Visit Gordon Biersch for a beer during happy hour or Travinia’s for a night of wine and authentic Italian cuisine.
Myrtle Beach’s most popular attractions are normally congested during the summer months, with long lines and large crowds. During the winter months, these attractions are perfect for a day of excitement with much smaller crowds.
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium for a day of exploring marine life, or head to Wonderworks, an attraction geared towards all ages that ask guests to think outside the box. Pose next to your favorite movie star at the Hollywood Wax Museum, and soar above Myrtle Beach when you take a ride on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. Or travel to North Myrtle Beach for wine tastings at Duplin Winery, a favorite among locals and visitors, serving over 30 deliciously sweet wines.
In the mood to change things up during your Myrtle Beach vacation? If so, head south to the charming seaside town of Murrells Inlet and check out the MarshWalk. This bustling Murrells Inlet MarshWalk offers a wide variety of decadent dining options, a lively night scene, and even a full marina packed with fun things to do. A trip south is a great way to see other areas of the Grand Strand and to enjoy a lively day at the beach with your family.
Crazy Sister Marina – Boat & Water Activity Rentals
Get your trip started right by checking out Crazy Sister Marina. This full-service marina offers a wide array of wet n’ wild fun suitable for all ages. Want to enjoy the sun and the sand? Try out banana boat ride or parasailing trip. If you are looking for a little family-friendly competition, try a full or half day paddle board or kayak rental. Guests looking for a more low key adventure will enjoy a dolphin tour or pirate ship adventure while those looking for a thrill can book a scuba trip or offshore fishing charter. Other options include a variety of full or half day boat rentals and a lively pirate tour, perfect for families with little ones. There is truly something for everyone at Crazy Sister, no matter the group size or budget!
Mouthwatering Murrells Inlet Dining
The MarshWalk is located in Murrells Inlet, the seafood capital of the state, and the restaurants here do not fail to deliver. Whether you are craving the area’s freshest catch or a sizzling steak, there is a restaurant here for every taste, budget, and occasion.
The Wicked Tuna
The Wicked Tuna features a diverse menu while also offering a fun atmosphere with spectacular views. Enjoy everything from sushi and crab legs to shrimp & grits and a burger! Their “hook-to-plate” philosophy ensures that what you’re eating is fresh, local, and delicious. For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
Fried favorites are plentiful at Creek Ratz. This is a casual restaurant along the Marsh Walk that features a rustic nautical atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating. Their menu features fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, and pizza all reasonably priced! Enjoy their daily happy hour and catch your favorite sporting events all while taking in the gorgeous waterfront views. Visit their website for more information and to see their events calendar.
In the mood for a steak? No worries, just head over to Bovine’s for the inlet’s best chops. Also known for their spectacular brick oven pizzas and other wood-fired specialties, Bovine’s has an atmosphere that puts off all the warm and relaxed vibes. Enjoy drinks on their patio as you watch the boats come in and then indulge in a delicious meal with your loved ones. Don’t let their brick oven pizzas over-shadow the delicious seafood options they have as well! For more information visit their website or give them a call to make a reservation, 843-651-2888
Dead Dog Saloon
Dead Dog, a family restaurant, has been around Murrells Inlet for over 15 years! They are known for their great food, three bars all with HD TVs, and live music. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner as you dine with beautiful views! This casual but happening place has plenty to pick from food wise as well. Snack on Blue Crab Nachos before enjoying their famous Smokey Pig Burger or Crabby Cake Sandwich. For their full menu and more information visit their website.
Each restaurant is located waterfront and most offer expansive outdoor seating areas, ensuring a killer view. Additionally, most restaurants host live music throughout the week and offer a bustling night scene. The oceanfront boardwalk connects each venue and makes it easy to travel and enjoy what each spot has to offer.
Charming Local Shops
In the mood to do a little shopping? The MarshWalk is a great spot to find local gems that can’t be found anywhere else. Local vendors set up shop in the afternoon and sell their finest offerings; from handmade jewelry to various forms of art and souvenirs, you are sure to find the perfect trinket to remember your trip! MarshWalk is also located right across from The Lazy Gator, a local gift shop that boats over 200,000 unique items including jewelry, apparel, souvenirs, specialty food items, and much more.
If you are wondering around the Marsh Walk on a weekend, chances are you will come across some entertainment! Live music can be heard along the Marsh Walk most nights and with easy access to it all, you can dance the night away! The Marsh Walk also features events year round including celebrations for St. Patrick’s day, The Masters, July 4th, Halloween, and Christmas! Be sure to visit their website for their event calendar and more info.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach and head south to enjoy a slower pace of life. The MarshWalk offers a full-service marina with a wide array of water amenities, fantastic local shopping, and decadent local grub, all of which combine to make a perfect day at the beach. Be sure to check out this charming local town during your next Myrtle Beach adventure!
Fall is a busy time at the beach and a favorite season among locals and visitors alike. The temperatures fall to an agreeable level and area businesses are enjoying a break from the summer rush. Both of these factors contribute to the influx of fun, family friendly events that take place during this coveted time of year. Curious about what the season has to offer?
Take a look at the Top Fall Events in Myrtle Beach:
Coastal Uncorked | Broadway at the Beach | September 1st – 3rd
Coastal Uncorked is back again, providing guests the perfect Labor Day weekend event. This three-day festival features three nights of extravagent food and drink samples. Friday evening will host “Chocolate Under The Moon”, a dessert and moonshine cocktail event. Saturday will host the famous “Brews N’ The Boulevard” event with more than 30 craft beer and local food vendors. The event concludes Sunday evening with the Grand Wine Tasting Event, which will feature a wide array of regional and national wine samples and heavy hors d’ouevres. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of at the event gates. Discount tickets are also available for all 3 days.
Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest | La Belle Amie Vineyard | September 16th
Fall is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the agreeable weather! You can do just that at the Annual Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest, hosted at La Belle Amie Vineyard. This event will include live entertainment via The Don Colton Trio and The Tammy Tangent Band in addition to complimentary tours and tastings. There will also be plenty of tasty summer-time treats from Smokin’ Pitt BBQ and Sticky Fingers available for purchase. Admission is only $8 / person; call (843) 399-9463 for more information.
St. John’s Greek Festival | St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church | September 28th – October 1st
Opa! Gather your friends and (an empty stomach) and make plans to fill up at one of the tastiest festivals of the year – the St. John’s Greek Festival. This tasty event offers the area’s finest selection of homemade Greek eats like spanakopita, gyros, souvlaki, pasticcio, and plenty of desserts – of course. There will also be several local business and crafts vendors, live music, and plenty of entertainment for the little ones. This 4-day event is fun for the whole family! Call (843) 448-3773 for more information.
Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival | Huntington State Beach Park | September 22nd – 24th
Looking for a fun, family event during September? If so, be sure to check out the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, an annual event that is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Artists from across the nation flock to this huge gathering to showcase their finest work, which ranges from paintings and sculptures to woodwork and handmade jewelry – and everything in between. The event will also offer live entertainment throughout the weekend, games and crafts for the kiddos, and several food and drink vendors. Admission is only $10/adults for a multi-day pass and children under the age of 15 are admitted free of charge. Call (843) 237-4440 for more information.
Brew at the Zoo | Brookgreen Gardens | September 23rd
Do you enjoy good brews and good tunes? If so, the annual Brew at the Zoo event is calling your name! Enjoy the fantastic fall beach weather and sip on more than 30 regional craft beers as you peruse the local wildlife exhibits and take in all that Brookgreen Gardens has to offer. The event includes a silent auction, heavy appetizers, and a signature tasting glass. The cost of admission is $40 / person or $35 for members. Call (843) 235-6000 for more information.
33rd Annual Taste of the Town | Myrtle Beach Convention Center | October 17th
Looking for great food for a great cause? The 33rd Annual Taste of the Town event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th and promises to be bigger and better than ever! 50+ area restaurants will be present offering up their finest tapas-style creations. Guests will pay a small admission fee ($5 in advance / $6 at the door) and then purchase food tickets ($1 each) that can then be traded for the sample of your choice and all proceeds will benefit St. Andrew’s Catholic School. Taste of the Town will also feature live entertainment, children’s events, a silent auction, and much more. Call (843) 448-6062 for more information.
Little River ShrimpFest | Little River Waterfront | October 14th – 15th
A festival that even Forest Gump would approve of – the 13th Annual Little River ShrimpFest – is slated for the weekend of October 14th – 15th and you won’t want to miss out on the fun. The weekend will include live entertainment from several popular local bands, a wide array of local arts and crafts vendors, games and activities for children, and –of course – plenty of shrimp. Participants will be competing for the best shrimp concoction and it’s your job to help pick the favorite! The price of admission is only $4 in advance or $5 at the gate. Call (843) 249-6604 for more information.
Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival | Downtown Myrtle Beach | October 6th – 7th
2017 marks the second year for the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival and we couldn’t be more excited. The event will take place in the five points area of downtown Myrtle Beach and is free to attend. Guests can look forward to live entertainment, a variety of local vendors, kid-friendly games and activities, a spacious beer and wine garden, a corn hole tournament, and plenty of seafood – of course! Samples can be purchased at each individual vendor so guests only pay for what they enjoy. The event will run from 6 pm – 9 pm on Friday, October 6 and 11 am – 7 pm on Saturday, October 7.
Festa Italiana | Market Common | October 7th – 8th
If you are looking for a more low-key weekend event, be sure to check out the Festa Italiana at the Market Common. As the name suggests, this festival celebrates everything Italian with live music, roaming street performers, arts and craft vendors, and plenty of decadent Italian treats. There will also be a spaghetti eating contest, free face painting, and plenty of other family activities. Admission to this fun event is only $1 – call (843) 215-2662 for more information.
Myrtle Beach Wine Fest & Taste of Market Common | Market Common | September 16th
Lovers of food, wine, and all things delicious are sure to appreciate this culinary happening. The 7th Annual Wine Fest / Taste of Market Common is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st and always draws a crowd. Local restaurants will be present serving up their tastiest treats and regional wineries will be offering their latest seasonal concoctions. Admission is only $5 and includes a signature tasting glass; all food and wine samples will be purchased separately. This tasting event will from 11 am – 7 pm.
Annual Oyster Roast | Murrells Inlet MarshWalk | November 18th
Oyster season is almost here – are you ready to indulge in this prime local catch? This event is always a huge hit with locals and visitors alike – and it’s not hard to see why! The fun will take place in the Wicked Tuna parking area along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and will offer “all you can eat” oysters while supplies last. There will also be plenty of live entertainment throughout the afternoon, several local vendors present, arts and games for the kids, and drink specials along the MarshWalk.
What fall event are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know!
Summer is in full swing here at the beach and things sure are heating up! Though July and August are traditionally the most popular months to take a Myrtle Beach vacation they are also the two hottest months of the year. Proper sun protection and hydration will only get you so far. Sometimes, you need to take a step back from the sun, salt, and sand and kick back to cool off.
There are plenty of ways to beat the heat and keep your cool during your beach getaway, take a peek at a few of our top picks:
Wet n’ Wild Fun
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Myrtle Beach without a trip to the beach! But, there are plenty of other ways to keep cool this summer that don’t involve sloshing through the sand. If you need a break from the beach, check out one of Myrtle Beach’s three family style water parks!
· Myrtle Waves Water Park: Located right across from Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Waves is the state’s largest water park! Visitors can enjoy their choice of over 12 water slides, the expansive wave pool, several lazy rivers, and much more. Tickets start at $20.99 / person and include the next day for free!
· Splashes Water Park: Splashes, the closest water park to Coral Beach, is a great way to enjoy the best of both worlds! Located oceanfront, guests can take in the beach views from the various slides and other water amenities offered. Admission starts at $18.95 / person and can be packaged with admission to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park as well.
· Wild Water & Wheels: Located just a short drive south in Surfside Beach, Wild Water & Wheels is the perfect place for thrill seekers. This unique water park includes a wide array of water amenities in addition to several rides and mini golf. Tickets start at $26.98 for full park admission and include the cost of rides.
Did Someone Say Shopping?
Yes, yes we did. Shopping is a great way to pick up a few souvenirs or stock up on a few essentials for the coming school year. The Grand Strand offers a wide array of shopping options to meet all of your needs. Visitors looking for a traditional mall experience should check out Coastal Grand, the area’s largest shopping mall complex. Upscale shoppers will love the high-end offerings at The Market Common, a swanky outdoor shopping complex. Souvenir shoppers should check out Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Or, if you are looking for more of a local’s touch, try The Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island. Yes, it’s a bit of a drive but we promise it’s worth it! And finally, the bargain shoppers – don’t worry, we didn’t forget you. If you are looking for a deal look no further than the Tanger Outlet stores.
Kick back, cool off, and enjoy an afternoon or evening of live entertainment at one of the local theaters. Whether you are in the mood for a lively concert or you want to see a mind boggling magic performance, you can find just about everything at the beach. Live entertainment options in Myrtle Beach include:
· Legends In Concert: Elvis Presley, Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson, Adele, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift – to name a few (*artists vary seasonally)
· Alabama Theatre: ONE The Show
· The Carolina Opry: Time Warp, Thunder & Light, and The Carolina Opry
· Medieval Times: Dinner & Show
· Pirates Voyage: Dinner & Show
We All Scream For Ice Cream
Tempt your taste buds with some of the area’s tastiest treats! Nothing “screams” summer quite like a family trip to the ice cream parlor and Myrtle Beach offers plenty of places for you to cool off your palette. If you are at Broadway at the Beach, be sure to indulge in your favorite flavors at Ben & Jerry’s; or, if you are looking for a healthier alternative, create your own frozen yogurt concoction at Froyoz. Guests who travel to the north end of the strand will definitely want to try one of the creative cool treats at Maggie Moo’s. With over 50 ice cream flavors and 50 unique mix-ins, the options are endless! Maggie Moo’s is also known for their enticing ice cream cakes and ice cream pizzas. Other popular ice cream spots include Cold Stone Creamery, Kirk’s Ice Cream Parlor, and Friendly’s Ice Cream Shop.
There’s no better way to cool off than with some ice-cold… air conditioning. Indoor attractions are plentiful in Myrtle Beach and are best enjoyed with the weather is just a bit too warm for comfort. Here are a few of our guests’ favorite indoor attractions:
· WonderWorks: This attraction is hard to miss! Often referred to as the “upside down house” at Broadway at the Beach, WonderWorks is actually a hands-on science museum. Visitors can interact with and learn from more than 100 exhibits hosted inside. The museum also offers two obstacle courses, laser tag, a 6-D motion ride, and a full restaurant and bar area.
· Rockin’ Jump: Welcome to Rockin’ Jump, one of Myrtle Beach’s newest family attractions! It’s balls to the walls crazy in here – literally. Let the kids run wild in the trampoline park arena where they can bounce and flip their little hearts out. Rockin’ Jump also offers an obstacle course, rock climbing, games, and more!
· Children’s Museum of South Carolina: If you have a few younger tikes in tow, look no further than the Children’s Museum of SC for a few hours of hands-on entertainment. Explore over 20 interactive exhibits including favorites like the Famous Fraction Pizza Delivery Truck and the Habitat Habit. The museum is open daily and kids under 2 admitted for free!
· Hollywood Wax Museum: The Hollywood Wax Museum is a fun way to interact with all of your favorite celebrities. Unlike other similar attractions, this wax museum actually encourages pictures and provides hilarious props in each room. In addition to the wax museum, this center includes two other attractions – Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors and Outbreak, a Zombie Experience. Tickets may be purchased for one of all three of the attractions.
· Ripley’s Aquarium: Last but certainly not least – The Ripley’s Aquarium. Get a view of life under the sea with a vast array of aquatic exhibits. Guest favorites include Rainbow Rock, where you can find all of your favorites from Finding Dory, and Dangerous Reef, a moving glide-path that takes guests under a shark tank! It’s not hard to see why this attraction is a family favorite.
How do you keep cool during a hot summer in Myrtle Beach?
Planning a family vacation in Myrtle Beach can quickly escalate into a costly endeavor, especially after you add in the cost of dining, attractions, and entertainment. However, you are in luck. As a top affordable family destination, Myrtle Beach offers plenty of dining options that won’t break the bank.
If you are staying at Coral Beach Resort, check out these great local spots where you can enjoy a meal for under $10 / person.
Woodhaven Pancake House | South Kings Highway | (843) 448-2277
Start off your beach day on a high note with a tasty breakfast at Woodhaven Pancake House. The expansive menu at this local spot makes it ideal for even the pickiest palate and includes an array of homemade favorites. Guests love the 44 signature omelettes, more than any other pancake house in the area, and guests with a sweet tooth will enjoy the fluffy pancakes and waffles with signature add-ins. The menu also includes several lunch options like salads, sandwiches, and more.
Peaches Corner is a Myrtle Beach tradition for guests young and old. A boardwalk staple since 1937, Peaches is known for serving up tasty beach fare at a price you can afford. Popular options include the signature burgers, gourmet hotdogs, and hand-scooped ice cream. Peaches is the perfect spot to fill up on the go while exploring the bustling boardwalk area. Prices average only $6 / person for an entrée item.
Simply Southern | 10th Avenue North | (843) 839-1913
Lovers of authentic southern BBQ rejoice! Simply Southern Smokehouse is the area’s one stop shop for decadent southern style food that is both delicious and affordable. This buffet-style eatery offers a plethora of homemade options that are served fresh daily. Offerings vary daily but often include entrees like fried chicken, pulled pork, chicken bog, and fried pork chops, and delicious sides like mashed potatoes, collards, okra, macaroni and cheese, and much more. Prices are only $8 / person for lunch or $10 / person for dinner with discounts for children.
Friendly’s | South Kings Highway | (843) 916-8636
Families always come first at Friendly’s. This popular gathering spot has been an American favorite for more than 75 years and Myrtle Beach is lucky to have not one but TWO locations. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner here for a ridiculously reasonable price. Popular items include flavorful sandwiches, breakfast platters, gourmet salads and soups, grilled burgers, and more. Prices average only $8 / person for an entrée item.
Hungry Howie’s | South Kings Highway | (843) 444-2000
Do you need to feed a hungry family on a budget? If so, consider grabbing a gourmet pie from Hungry Howie’s! This regional chain is a favorite among visitors and locals alike and is famous for their variety of flavored crust options. They also offer several creative pizza concoctions like the Bacon Cheddar Burger and the Howie Maui. Or, if you prefer, you can customize your own favorite dish. Prices average $18 / pizza – split 4 ways for a family that comes out to less than $5 / person! Call (843) 444-2000 or Click Here for online ordering.
Be sure to check the Myrtle Beach section of our website for even more affordable dining options.
Broadway at the Beach is known for being Myrtle Beach’s premier spot for family fun and entertainment. But, did you know that Broadway also boasts an impressive lineup of fantastic kid-friendly dining options? From south of the border favorites to an eclectic brew house, you can find just about everything at this bustling outdoor venue. Check out some of the visitor favorites at Broadway at the Beach:
Hard Rock Café
The recently renovated Hard Rock Café is now located front and center at Celebrity Square. The new building is a far cry from the former iconic pyramid and features a new modern feel with an impressive façade that features an oversized guitar and expansive outdoor dining. The new two-story experience is more than just visually appealing; Hard Rock still offers and extensive scratch-made menu that is sure to please everyone in your group. Menu items include an array of starters, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, house-smoked BBQ, and desserts. Hard Rock also showcases popular music paraphernalia and hosts live entertainment throughout the week. Call (843) 946-0007 for more information.
Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery
Looking for a casual spot to enjoy time with family and friends? If so, look no farther than Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery. This popular destination offers an eclectic atmosphere and creative cuisine that keeps both visitors and locals coming back time and time again. Nosh on happy hour snacks like pretzel bites, succulent wings, or even a pint of bacon and then dig in to one of their hearty entrees like homestyle meatloaf, fish n’ chips, or southern fried chicken. Grab a seat on the spacious outdoor patio and take in the bustling Broadway scenery or snag a table inside to enjoy waterfront views. Call (843) 626-4677 for more information.
This American classic boasts being the home of “the original hamburger” and the food definitely doesn’t disappoint. The 50’s style diner vibes and fast, friendly service are just a few of the perks guests can look forward to. Menu items consist of American classic like hand pressed burgers, philly cheese steaks, hotdogs, salads, baskets, and handspun milkshakes and floats. Kids in particular love the unique atmosphere and delectable menu selections. Call (843) 448-8575 for more information.
Landry’s Seafood has been a Myrtle Beach tradition for over 20 years and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. A great place for a more adult evening or girls’ night on the town, Landry’s offers a chic, fun New Orleans flare and the beach’s freshest seafood. Get started with an order of the flash fried calamari, the shrimp enbrochette, or oysters on the half shell or with a generous bowl of the famous Landry’s gumbo. For dinner, guests can choose from a wide selection of favorites like stuffed flounder, crawfish etouffee, BBQ shrimp, and cranberry pecan crusted mahi – to name just a few. The mouthwatering cuisine and fun atmosphere make this seafood spot a Broadway favorite! Call (843) 444-1010 for more information.
King Kong Sushi
Sushi experts and beginners alike will love the tantalizing bites offered at King Kong Sushi. Whether you prefer cooked rolls with items like eel, crab, shrimp or fresh favorites like tuna, salmon, and snapper, you are sure to find plenty of creative concoctions to suit your tastes. If, however, you are with guests who are not a fan of sushi or aren’t a fan yourself – fret not! King Kong also offers several grilled chops and plenty of Asian favorites like hibachi and ceviche. King Kong also offers a generous lineup of lunch specials throughout the year. Call (843) 626-2444 for more information.
Coming Soon – Summer 2017: Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
Lovers of southern cuisine, rejoice! Paula Deen is opening one of her signature family style restaurants right here in Myrtle Beach. The new eatery is currently under construction at Broadway at the Beach and is slated to open Summer 2017.
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will serve hearty southern favorites. This unique dining experience will be unlike anything else in the area and will feature true “family style” service. The menu will feature set prices for each meal and guests will have several options to choose from to share with the table. For example, during dinner service, guests will choose 3 dinner dishes and four sides to be shared with the entire table. Each guest will also get a signature dessert included in the meal price.