Ripley’s Aquarium Brings the Ocean to Dry Land in Myrtle Beach
You don't have to go scuba diving to discover the wonders of the ocean in Myrtle Beach. A short trip to Broadway at the Beach will do for a day of fun at Ripley's Aquarium. See sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, eels and rare species of fish - all on dry land. Rated as Myrtle Beach's No. 1 attraction in recent years, Ripley's Aquarium offers the unique experience of getting up close and personal with some of the most interesting creatures in the sea. Exhibits canvas the waters from the four corners of the earth to bring their inhabitants to light and give guests a first-hand view of their beauty. More than 1.5 million gallons of water are pumped through the facility each day to recreate the natural environments of the animals. The crystal-clear walls allow visitors to peer inside their worlds and gain a new perspective on the world's oceans, rivers and estuaries, along with the diversity of life that lives within them.
Best Places to get Valentine’s Day Gifts in Myrtle Beach
Valentine’s Day is approaching fast, and this is one holiday you don’t want to let slip up on you. Doing something special for your loved one, whether it’s a romantic weekend retreat to Myrtle Beach or a gift they will remember and cherish forever, this is your chance to set the tone for the next year of your relationship, so don’t blow it. Play it safe and do all of the above – flowers, chocolates, jewelry, the works – along with a relaxing weekend at Bayview Resort. Staying in Myrtle Beach will give you ample opportunity to shower your loved one in gifts, as well as make some lasting memories, like a romantic dinner for two at Sea Captain’s House and a scenic ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Here’s a list of five things to do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, and where to find it:
Top 5 Places for Live Music in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is famous for its sand and surf, its amusement rides and water slides, its fresh seafood and refreshing ocean breeze, and its championship golf courses and putt-putt palaces. But one of the Grand Strand's best-kept secrets is a bustling music scene that is as diverse as it is unique. From the country roots of South Carolina and the beach music of the Carolina coast to the rock-and-roll, reggae and rap genres all rolled into one, the music of Myrtle Beach has a rhythm and sound as recognizable as the crashing waves.
How and Where to Break Your New Year’s Resolutions
New Year's Resolutions were made to be broken, and Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to break them. If your 2015 has already started on a sour note, or if you just need some time away to treat yourself, stay at the Bay View Resort and follow these simple tips for breaking your New Year's resolutions Myrtle Beach style. Besides, if you do it on vacation it doesn’t really count:
Top 5 Tips for Saving Money on Your Upcoming Myrtle Beach Vacation
With holiday bills and tax time rolling around, it may seem like a tough time to start thinking about - much less saving and planning for - your Myrtle Beach vacation. But it will be here before you know it, and now is the perfect time to start shopping around for the best deals on the Grand Strand. There are lots of ways to save money on your upcoming trip Myrtle Beach if you follow a few simple rules and suggestions:
Top 5 Places for Seafood in Myrtle Beach
No trip to Myrtle Beach is complete without at least one night out for seafood. Or, if you love fresh seafood from right out of our back yard, you might prefer to belly-up to the buffet three times a day. Seafood is the breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions.
Elvis visits Myrtle Beach
Whatever you do, don't step on his Blue Suede Shoes! Elvis is coming to Myrtle Beach as Living Legends In Concert presents "Elvis Lives." This major national theatrical and musical hit has been touring the nation since 2013, but is being presented for the first time in Myrtle Beach. The production is coinciding with Elvis' 80th birthday, and it is a show to impress the most ardent Elvis fan, or the young soul who has never seen what made the King of Rock N Roll what he was. The show runs through Jan. 6, so don't miss this opportunity to see some of the best Elvis impersonators in the business.
Top 5 Places to Escape to Nature in Myrtle Beach
Everyone knows the side of Myrtle Beach with the neon lights and man-made attractions. But there's a more natural side beyond the roller coasters and putt-putt golf courses that some never see. For many, the natural beauty of the Grand Strand is a bigger draw than the amusement rides and water slides. Here are five of the area's most scenic spots on the Strand that are a short drive away from Bay View Resort:
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Top 5 Myrtle Beach-Related New Year’s Resolutions
Why do New Year's resolutions have to be so negative? Stop doing this and stop doing that. Is that any kind of way to start out the New Year, vowing to do less in 2015? No matter how healthy and well-intentioned those resolutions may be, why not take a few affirmative vows too? Do something good for yourself that takes you to that happy place, whether that be inside your mind or on the sunny, sandy shores of Myrtle Beach. So if you're ready to treat yourself and pursue happiness in 2015, take one of these Myrtle Beach-related New Year's resolutions. You will thank us next year:
“Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Myrtle Beach Lovers”
The chill of the holiday season may seem far removed from the sunny summer days in Myrtle Beach. But the two may be closer than you think, especially if you happen to have a big Myrtle Beach fan on your Christmas shopping list. Here's a list of five great Christmas gift ideas for loved ones who also happen to be Myrtle Beach lovers:
Oyster Roast 101: How to put out a Seafood Spread like a Seasoned Pro
It's oyster season in Myrtle Beach, and there's no better way to celebrate the occasion than by throwing your very own oyster roast. What's that, you don't know how? No worries, as we say here at the beach. These tips on how to hold an oyster roast will have you serving up this tasty and time-honored seafood spread like a seasoned pro. First step, of course, is finding the oysters. Sure, you can dig around in the pluff mud for hours digging up these juicy mollusks, or you can find them at any local seafood market. But be sure to buy South Carolina oysters fresh from local waters. South Carolina oysters are different from the more popular Apalachicola Bay (FL) variety. They are smaller but come in large clusters, so a savvy shucker can find a handful in one block. They are also juicier and saltier, with a flavor that tastes just like the sea.
Top 5 Free Activities in Myrtle Beach
One of the best things about vacationing Myrtle Beach is you don't have to have a lot of money to have a good time. Sure, you may have to shell out a few bucks for room and board, but the sun and much of the fun are free. Here’s a list of five free things to do and see during your Myrtle Beach vacation:
South Carolina vs. Clemson: It’s a Palmetto State Thing
If you're a visitor and not a resident of the Palmetto State, you might not think much about the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry. After all, the state's two major universities may seem just like any other intra-state football feud, like Georgia-Georgia Tech, or North Carolina-North Carolina State. But there's more to this than just the annual gridiron rivalry, although tensions do seem to get higher in the fall as the Nov. 29 showdown approaches. The truth is these two schools have been at odds way before there was college sports, and that theme is still the underlying issue between fans and alumni of both colleges.
Top 5 Things to Pack for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation in the Fall and Winter
Everyone knows what to pack for a summer vacation in Myrtle Beach. Throw in a couple of swimsuits, kick on some flip-flops, grab a toothbrush and you’re pretty much done. With warm temperatures and virtually no dress codes, you could fit all the things you need in a grocery and and still feel overdressed. Not so in the fall and winter months, when the Sun Fun Capital gets a bit more brisk as the clouds thicken and the crowds thin. Although the Grand Strand continues to get warm, sunny days well into December, the chillier nights and cool ocean breeze call for a totally different wardrobe in the offseason. The change in seasons also opens some new opportunities not available in the summer. Smaller beach crowds and more relaxed beach rules and regulations may allow you to bring along some items you wouldn’t dream of packing during the summer time. Here’s a list of things you might want to pack for your fall and winter getaway to the Myrtle Beach area:
Lots to see and do in the Neighborhood at Bay View Resort
One of the best reasons to stay at Bay View on the Boardwalk isn’t just the outstanding accommodations and amenities on the property, but also the abundance of things to see and do around the resort. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which begins its 1.2-mile trek along the oceanfront to the downtown district at the Bay View’s backyard, is your personal pathway to some of the Grand Strand’s greatest attractions. And there are also numerous restaurants, shops and sights both north and inland of the property that are walking distance away from the resort. Here’s a list of some of the best attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife near your hotel door:
Bay View on the Boardwalk Welcomes Seasoned Traveler
Jennie Eakes first visited Myrtle Beach as a child 50 years ago. And like a fine wine, each trip just seems to get better with time. So do the accommodations. Eakes and her husband recently spent a short four-day fall getaway at Bay View at the Boardwalk, which she is calling her best stay yet. … with many more to come.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry at 31st annual Taste of the Town
The highlight of the fall social calendar in Myrtle Beach is the Taste of the Town culinary event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where food takes center stage. More than 10,000 pack the Convention Center's exhibition halls each year to sample some of the best cuisine in town. More than 50 restaurants participate in the annual fundraiser for St. Andrews Catholic School, which has seen this event grow from a small gathering in the school lunchroom in 1984 to perhaps the most popular festival on the Grand Strand in 2014. Visitors purchase food tickets for $1 apiece and roam the rows the food booths and drink vendors in search of satisfying their taste buds. There are plenty of different types of cuisine available to choose from, including seafood, sushi and steak dishes for the adults, and pizza, hamburgers and ice cream for the younger set. There’s also a kids play area to keep the little ones entertained, and live music plays on the main stage, where the winning dishes are announced later in the evening.
Fright Nights to Haunt Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in October
There are lots of adjectives that have been used to describe the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk - exciting, scenic, convenient and fun-filled, just to name a few. But when the calendar strikes October in downtown, a different kind of word comes to mind - spooky. That's because the Myrtle Beach Downtown Association puts on a month-long series of celebrations leading up to a spook-tacular Halloween in Myrtle Beach. Boardwalk Fright Nights get under way Oct. 3 and run through the main event on Halloween night. Fog machines and frightening music and lights will transform the Plyler Park area of the Boardwalk into a haunted district with scary attractions and entertainment for the whole family.
Which Myrtle Beach Attractions Close for the Winter?
Talk to longtime Myrtle Beach residents and they will tell you about the days when the town would roll up the sidewalks after Labor Day. You could lie down in the middle of Ocean Boulevard in the middle of September and not have to worry about being hit, they say. But that was back before Myrtle Beach became a year-round tourism destination, or at least a popular destination for nine months of the year. The so-called "shoulder seasons" of spring and fall have grown broader in recent years as more and more businesses manage to maintain a full-calendar schedule.
New Beach Rules Take Effect for Fall
The falling temperatures and leaves aren't the only changes that come to Myrtle Beach in the autumn. There are also some rules and regulations regarding local beaches that take effect in the month of September, and most of the changes fall in favor of beachgoers. Summertime restrictions have been enacted because of the larger crowds on local beaches, and those rules are relaxed once the calendar strikes September. The post-Labor Day changes effect rules regarding beach tents, lifeguard service, surf zones, parking and dogs on the beach
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall
Myrtle Beach is famous for its fun in the summer sun, but the best time of year to visit the Grand Strand might actually be the fall. Here are 10 reasons to come to Myrtle Beach in the autumn.
The Witch Offers True Test for Golfers
With more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, guests at Bay View Resort on the Boardwalk have a lot options when it comes time to book a tee time. Bay View has several golf packages available, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff can set you up at some of the most luxurious courses on the Strand, or at more affordable layouts that offer a stiff challenge without the steep greens fees. One of the best combinations of quality and affordability features an appropriate name for the havoc it can wreak on your golf game. The Witch, located in nearby Conway, offers a high degree of difficulty in beautiful setting among wetlands and woodlands.
Five Cheaper Options for Eating in Myrtle Beach
One of the easiest ways to blow the family vacation budget is by dining out without doing some homework. It doesn't take long to literally eat up all your fun money, especially at some of the more expensive fine-dining restaurants on the Grand Strand. You go out for what you think is an affordable family meal and wind up spending double and triple what you had planned. Do that three times a day and it adds up quickly, but not if you know where to go to get a great family feast for only a few dollars a head.
Spend the Dog Days of Summer at the Hot Summer Nights Festival
The dog days of summer coincide with the Hot Summer Nights Festival in downtown Myrtle Beach. The summer-long celebration begins to wind down in the month of August, and the oceanfront party saves some of the best concerts, fireworks and fun for the final month. Centered around Plyler Park in the heart of the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the Hot Summer Nights Festival has events scheduled seven nights a week from June through August, including live entertainment, awe-inspiring pyrotechnics and kid-friendly fun.
WonderWorks a Real Blast at Broadway
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to find one of Broadway at the Beach's best attractions, especially after a botched science experiment gone horribly wrong landed the WonderWorks building upside down on top of a crab shack.
That's the premise for this unique attraction that towers over the Broadway at the Beach skyline. Featuring uprooted and inverted palm trees on the top floor and a smashed-in roof on the ground floor, WonderWorks Myrtle Beach features three stories of interactive activities that are both scientific-based and entertaining.
The Top 5 Places for Chicken Wings in Myrtle Beach
Like most great inventions, the chicken wing was born out of necessity. The kitchen was closed at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y., when the owner needed to feed some hungry patrons fast, so he seasoned some leftover wings, dropped them in the fryer, and an American culinary favorite began. Today chicken wings are served all over the world, particularly in Myrtle Beach, where visitors flock to restaurants and sports bars in search of the ultimate wing experience. You can get them almost anywhere, but here are the top five places that are worth crossing the road to try the wings:
Croft Lawson Family Finds Fun for all at Bay View Resort
Talk about the ultimate family vacation: LeAnne Croft Lawson and three generations of her family recently spent a week at the Bay View Resort in Myrtle Beach. And like most family vacations, all ages had a great time, but the most fun was had by the youngest, 4-year-old son Tyler. “We all love staying at Bay View, but my son is crazy about it,” said Croft Lawson, whose family visited from Lewisville, TN. “He wears his floaty so he can jump in the ‘big people’ pool too, but he love playing on the giant mushroom on the Splash Pad area. And he loves getting in the hot tub, or as he calls it, the hot pool.”
Top 5 Unmissable Attractions on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
There are lots of words to describe the sights and scenery along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Subtle is not one of them. Yes, the eastern view from the Boardwalk is a beautiful as it gets – undulating dunes, white-sand beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. But turn to the west and you will see some of Myrtle Beach’s man-made wonders, often lit up in neon so you’re sure to see them. Here are five places along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk you don’t want to (and can’t help but) miss. Be sure to take a camera for some uniquely Myrtle Beach memories:
There’s Plenty to Do, Eat, and See Around Bay View Resort
Located in the heart of the downtown district and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Bay View Resort has virtually everything you could want on property, and virtually everything else just a short walk away. With its scenic oceanfront lawn connecting to the 1.2-mile walkway that parallels the beach, Bay View gives its guest easy access to some of the top attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife on the Strand, all without moving your vehicle. Here are some of the nearby hot spots you don’t want to miss this summer.
Bay View on the Boardwalk Resort Overview
Stay steps away from the beach and the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at the Bay View on the Boardwalk Resort, one of the top-rated Myrtle Beach resorts for affordability and family fun. This luxurious oceanfront resort is located in the heart of the downtown Myrtle Beach district and allows easy access to all the great attractions, such as the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Second Avenue Pier and the Family Kingdom amusement and water parks. The 1.2-mile boardwalk serves as your scenic pathway to all the entertainment, shopping and dining in the downtown area.
Top Three Restaurants on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the Grand Strand's hottest spots for hitting the beach and the downtown district. But the 1.2-mile walkway has also become a major thoroughfare for some of the best oceanfront restaurants in Myrtle Beach.
5 Tips for the Best Myrtle Beach Sand Castles
For classic beach time family fun, you can't beat building a sand castle. Follow these handy tips for the best castle you can build.
5 Ways to Make Any Beach Your Personal Paradise
Every summer, locals and tourists alike flock to the beautiful waters of the Myrtle Beach area. Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, North Myrtle Beach–each has its own charm, and everyone has their favorite. But how do you make sure the flock doesn't spoil your fun in the sand? Here are five ways to create your perfect beach spot.
Top 3 Places to Play Putt Putt Golf
Myrtle Beach is famous for golf, with more than 100 championship courses on the Grand Strand. But the area also is home to the miniature variety, putt-putt golf, for those who prefer the sillier side of the sport. But putt-putt is serious business in Myrtle Beach. The self-proclaimed "Golf Capital of the World" has also gained fame as a putt-putt destination.
Top Five Water Sports to Try in Myrtle Beach
If a relaxing vacation sounds like a bore to you, how about trying some of these local water sports. We will tell you where, when and how to get started!
Myrtle Beach Activities Sure to Keep your Tween Entertained on Vacation
“I’m bored!” This saying has become a proverbial catch phrase in every household since … when, the beginning of time? Why not break the cycle? Fix this problem by loading up the car and driving to Myrtle Beach for a much-needed family vacation. Everyone in the family has been cooped up in the house since winter began, but signs of spring are here, and they signal to us the start of another season of fun in Myrtle Beach. Be first in line to ensure your kids have the time of their lives this year.
Freebie Alert! Free rides, Medieval Times tickets and more
Did someone say free? That’s right, we did! If you stay with us in Myrtle Beach this fall—and let’s face it, you know you could use an autumn getaway to the beach—you’ll automatically get a free Sun & Fun Bonus with free unlimited DVD rentals throughout your stay, a free admission to NASCAR SpeedPark's minigolf course every day of your stay, a free unlimited ride wristband at NASCAR SpeedPark, and a free ticket to Medieval Times!
Get Ready for a Toe-Tappin’ Good Time at Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Opry
Who doesn’t love a good live show when they’re on vacation? Here in Myrtle Beach, we offer up some seriously outstanding entertainment, and the Carolina Opry always tops the Grand Strand’s “Best Show” lists. Next time you’re here, you really should check out the live music and variety show.
Five Beach Toys that’ll Keep Your Kids Entertained In Myrtle Beach
While all you may need to be happy at the beach is a chair and an umbrella, there’s a good chance your kids will do better—and last longer without getting overly antsy or bored—at the beach if you bring some toys along. Of course, not all beach toys are made equal.
So check out this list of the best beach toys that will keep your kids entertained, and keep you at the beach as long as you’d like!
Coastal Grand Mall Cinemark 14 Theatre
While enjoying your vacation, make sure and catch those blockbuster movies at Coastal Grand Mall Movie Theatre in Myrtle Beach.
Ripley’s Master Moving Theatre along the Boulevard.
Check out of of Ripley's most fun and thrilling attraction here in Myrtle Beach.
Get Hooked to Deep Sea Fishing in Myrtle Beach Area with Captain Dicks
Are you looking to catch the big one? Or are you wanting to have an adventure and enjoy a day out on the water fishing with your best friend, wife or the little ones.
Captain Dicks in Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach can accommodate any size group for whatever adventure you are up for.
Myrtle Beach is Famous for the Sun, Sand and Surf of Summer.
Myrtle Beach is famous for the sun, sand and surf of summer, but the best times to hit the Grand Strand without straining your family budget are the spring, fall and winter.