Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Spring and Summer Vacation in Myrtle Beach Early
The weather is cold, your schedule is full and the hectic holiday season is upon us, so thoughts of spending a sunny spring day or a hot summer night on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront might be the last things on your mind and to-do list. But all the holiday stress should serve as motivation to book your Grand Strand vacation early and put some sand, surf and sunlight at the end of the winter tunnel. Here are our top five reasons to make your spring and summer vacation plans at Bay View on the Boardwalk Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach today:
Five Ways to Enjoy Wintertime Fun in Myrtle Beach
Some people think there’s nothing to do in a beach town in the winter time. Those folks are wrong. While the Grand Strand was once a summer-only destination, the growth of the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coast that surrounds Myrtle Beach has seen an explosion in offseason opportunities. Although the winter months see smaller crowds and cooler temperatures (wait, that doesn’t sound so bad), Myrtle Beach is a year-round kind of town these days, and we can prove it. Not only can we name five fun things to do on the Grand Strand in the wintertime, we can come up with five that start with the letter “B” – beginning with Bay View Resort. Experience our comfortable accommodations, modern amenities and unbeatable location in the heart of Myrtle Beach. And we won’t even count that one; here are five more Bs for hot winter fun in Myrtle Beach:
Celebrate the Holiday Season in Myrtle Beach
Bay View Resort guests who visit during the holidays are in luck. There are so many fun things to do and see to get into the holiday spirit that will make your stay at Bay View even more enjoyable than normal. No matter when you are visiting, there is sure to be something good cooking at one of these holiday-themed events:
Your Black Friday Survival Guide in Myrtle Beach
A growing number of vacationers are discovering a dual purpose for visiting Myrtle Beach for Thanksgiving weekend. The obvious reason is to celebrate a full day of turkey and football with a relaxing four-day holiday on the oceanfront at Bay View Resort. But more and more tourists are also coming for Black Friday and the abundance of shopping opportunities on the Grand Strand. Featuring mega-shopping complexes like Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and Market Common, modern malls such as Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach Mall and Inlet Square Mall, and retail centers that include two Tanger Outlet Stores and countless big box chains, the Grand Strand is the perfect place to combine a peaceful beach retreat with a hectic one-day shopping spree. In fact, many bargain shoppers save enough money on their Christmas shopping to cover the cost of vacationing in Myrtle Beach during the offseason. With low room rates and small crowds, you can enjoy all the attractions, entertainment, dining - and most of all shopping - the Grand Strand has to offer while also knocking out that holiday shopping list in one trip. Here are a few tips for surviving Black Friday in Myrtle Beach:
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Non-Traditional Holiday Feast in Myrtle Beach
For generations Thanksgiving Day meant gathering at home with family and friends while feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie. But a trend toward turning the four-day weekend into a mini-vacation brings a growing number of visitors to Myrtle Beach to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in a new way. With offseason rates making it affordable to stay on the oceanfront and enjoy the Bay View Resort's comfortable accommodations and excellent amenities, many families make this downtown resort their home away from home for the holidays. For starters, you can relax in your room and watch football just like back at home, or get out and about and experience the uncrowded beaches and attractions. Best of all, you don't have to worry about all the long hours and hard work that comes with cooking and cleaning Thanksgiving dinner. You can go out for dinner and let someone else worry about not overcooking the turkey. But since you are making a non-traditional Thanksgiving trip to the beach, why not go all out and have a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast at one of these local restaurants:
Myrtle Beach Stays High and Dry in Wake of South Carolina Flooding
Bay View Resort and the city of Myrtle Beach have a message for those considering a getaway to the Grand Strand this autumn: Our coast is clear. Not even record rainfall and major flooding in South Carolina could put a damper on the fun this fall in Myrtle Beach. Only days after parts of the Palmetto State experienced as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of October, Myrtle Beach was back open for business. Contrary to common misperception, the Grand Strand escaped the tragic flooding relatively unscathed. "We are fortunate our beaches are up and running and ready for visitors," Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brad Dean said just days after the storm stopped and the floodwaters subsided. "Anyone who has visited the Myrtle Beach area knows our fall weather is typically gorgeous and sunny. We look forward to welcoming folks back to the beach."
SC State Bluegrass Festival Comes To Myrtle Beach for Thanksgiving Weekend
There will be a whole lot of picking and grinning going on in Myrtle Beach for Thanksgiving weekend, and we're not just talking about picking up a fork and digging into some pumpkin pie. The South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival returns to the Grand Strand for the 46th consecutive year, bringing some of the nation's most popular bluegrass, gospel and American roots music acts to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Nov. 26-28. Held for three days from noon Thursday through 10 p.m. Saturday, the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival is an annual family tradition for hundreds of music fans who have been spending their Turkey Day weekends on the Grand Strand for generations. In fact, the entire festival is like one big happy family, united in their love for Appalachian music, fellowship, and the food that comes with the American holiday.
Catch Your Own Seafood Buffet aboard a Myrtle Beach Fishing Charter
Myrtle Beach is famous for its bountiful seafood buffets, but the freshest catches are just off the coast waiting for you to wet a line. It's hard to reach the big ones from the beach or even the fishing piers, but the Grand Strand is lined with fishing charters ready to take you out to sea for a fun day of fishing. Whether you want to take the family out for a quick, half-day trip just offshore, or you want to spend a full day going after the whoppers in the Gulf Stream, you can find the perfect trip for you and your crew at one of the many outfitters along the Strand. In fact, if you want to go angling in the backwaters of the Intracoastal Waterway or freshwater fishing in some of the inland lakes and rivers, fishing charters and guides can hook you up with all the gear, bait, licenses and a boat ride to where they are always biting.
Top 5 Places to Take Kids Trick-or-Treating in Myrtle Beach
This Halloween promises to be a big one on the Grand Strand, thanks to a little help from the calendar. Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday this year, allowing for a full weekend to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year. It only happens an average of once every seven years, so a kid may only experience a Halloween on a Saturday night once in their trick-or-treating career. Make the most of it with a Halloween weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach and a relaxing and fun stay at the Bay View Resort, which is right in the middle of all the Halloween excitement. Whether you want to take the kids trick-or-treating at one of the major attractions and festivals around town, or let them experience Halloween the traditional way by going door to door for candy, our top five list has you covered:
Beach Ball Classic Brings Top Basketball Talent to Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach may be best known for the multi-colored inflatable beach balls you see bouncing in the air and blowing in the breeze on our white-sand beaches. But for thousands of basketball fans who attend the event every year, the Beach Ball Classic represents the finest holiday high school hoops tournament in the nation. Since 1981, the Beach Ball Classic has been bringing the top-ranked teams and most talented players in the country to compete in a six-day showcase by the sea. The 35th annual installment is no different, and may be one of the best and brightest fields to appear in the Dec. 26-31 event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The 16 participating teams have been announced for the 2015 Beach Ball Classic, which includes several nationally ranked teams and top-rated recruits. College scouts and high school hoops fans will flock to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to get a look at the next crop of talent, and to root for their respective teams.
Six Great Hiking and Biking Trails on The Grand Strand
Fall is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors on the Grand Strand, and perhaps nothing is more enjoyable and rewarding than the area's abundance of biking and hiking trails. While Myrtle Beach's many attractions, shops and restaurants may be more popular forms of entertainment, hiking and biking are better for the body and mind. So lace up your sneakers and air up your tires for a full day of fun on the Grand Strand's trail systems. Whether you prefer a walk along the oceanfront or a ride through the backwoods, Myrtle Beach has a wide selection of hiking and biking trails to add a little exercise to your restful and relaxing vacation. Here's a list of five great places to go for a walk or a ride on a nice autumn day on the Grand Strand:
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall
Did you miss out on your Myrtle Beach vacation fix this summer? Or did your one-week whirlwind trip fly by so fast that you already feel like you need another getaway? Don't let the calendar fool you; the summer may be over, but the fall is the best time to visit Myrtle Beach. But what about the millions who come every summer to enjoy the sun, surf and sand? It's true; the summer is the hottest time of year for tourists on the Grand Strand, both literally and figuratively. But that's part of the point. With smaller crowds and cooler temperatures, the fall is ideal for a Myrtle Beach retreat and a stay at Bay View Resort. Those are just a few of these top five reasons to escape to the Grand Strand this fall:
Experience Myrtle Beach Fall Festivals at Bay View Resort
The summer season may be coming to a close, but the fun is just starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach and Bay View Resort. The end of the busy tourist season also signals the start of the fall festival lineup, and guests at Bayview are in a prime location to enjoy some of the best events the Grand Strand has to offer.
Food, Music, Fun Highlight Labor Day Weekend in Myrtle Beach
Labor Day was designed to give hard-working Americans a break from the daily grind before summer fades into fall. Celebrate the occasion with a long weekend in Myrtle Beach filled with lots of fun and free activities. Food and music are the main courses on the menu this Labor Day weekend, along with the usual fun of the beach, fireworks and festivals. Here’s a list of all the action you can cram into a 72-hour getaway to the Grand Strand:
Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Bay View Resort
There are so many reasons to spend your Myrtle Beach vacation at Bay View Resort that it’s hard to pick just five. But the important things that matter most to you and your loved ones, the things that can make or break your vacation experience, are the very things Bay View Resort does best. Here’s a list of the top five reasons to book your next getaway at Bay View Resort:
Tupelo Honey Cafe Delivers Flavors of the South in Myrtle Beach
There's an old Southern expression reserved only for the best country cooking dishes: "These (fill in the blank with biscuits, ribs, collards greens, etc.) are so good they will make you slap your Pappy." If you've never heard it before, there's a decent chance you will overhear it at the new Tupelo Honey Cafe at Market Common in Myrtle Beach. In fact, you might even catch yourself saying it for the first time.
This regional chain out of Asheville, NC, is growing like kudzu for its Southern cuisine with a modern twist. It's recent expansion to the Myrtle Beach market has given the Grand Strand a new standard for traditional American comfort foods made from scratch, and its location in the upscale Market Common shopping district has added to the vibrant dining scene. With an atmosphere that stays true to its Southern roots and a creative menu that uses all-natural ingredients, Tupelo Honey Cafe features updated versions of time-tested recipes that yield healthier and more flavor cuisine. The farm-to-table philosophy not only involves the use of local meats and produce, but also fresh seafood straight from the nearby docks and markets.
Top 10 Attractions for Large Groups in Myrtle Beach
Vacation is supposed to be for relaxing, but trying to organize an outing for a big group can feel more like hard work. It's hard enough to get a family of four to agree on what to do, and when and where to do it; try getting a large group on the same page. But knowing where to go for a group trip to Myrtle Beach is half the battle, so we have compiled a list of 10 places where the old "the more the merrier" adage applies:
Top Things You Forget to do Before Leaving for Vacation
Counting down the days till your Myrtle Beach vacation can be exciting. You can get so carried away thinking about all the things you are going to do that you forget to do the things you need to do before you leave. Here's a short check list of things to do back at home to make sure you are ready for a worry-free Myrtle Beach:
Top 10 Sports Bars in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is famous for its beach bars, and the nightlife scene offers a diverse mix of live music, dancing and general partying. But there’s something special about finding a sports bar where you can catch the big game or mix and mingle with fans of similar sports interests. Fortunately, the Grand Strand also has an abundance of sports bars where visiting and local fans can gather to root for the home team, or the teams from your hometown. Because so many folks move and visit here from all over the country, you are sure to find fans and make friends supporting the same squad. Here are the top 10 sports bars in Myrtle Beach:
The Locals List: Best of the Best in Myrtle Beach
The best way to avoid the pitfalls of tourist traps is to ask a local. The folks who live here year-round know where to go, and more importantly, where not to go. Although these places aren’t exactly secrets, you can at least rest assured of getting your bank for your buck if it also gets a thumbs-up from locals. Check out these local favorites: Attraction: Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Passengers on this 190-foot high-tech Ferris wheel can see the Atlantic Ocean, downtown Myrtle Beach, and entire Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline. The only thing you won't see is a better attraction.
Five Places to Spend the Fourth of July in Myrtle Beach
There's a party every day and night during the summer months in Myrtle Beach, but the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. That's when all the great things about the Grand Strand come together for one big party along the 60-mile stretch of coastline. From baseball games and boat parades to free fireworks shows and concerts, the Myrtle Beach area goes all out to put on a major birthday bash for America. And with the Fourth falling on a Saturday this year, expect an entire weekend of hot fun in the summertime. Here are five places to celebrate the Fourth of July in true Myrtle Beach fashion:
Top 5 Reasons to Spend Your Vacation at Bay View Resort
There are hundreds of reasons to spend your Myrtle Beach vacation at the Bay View Resort, so narrowing the list down to five is a tough task. From the resort's prime downtown location and clean, comfortable accommodations, to wealth of on-site amenities and extras, Bay View is the ideal destination for a fun vacation. Here are five reasons why:
Tips for Protecting Your Kids From the Sun During Your Myrtle Beach Vacation
Parents instinctively protect their children from all kinds of dangers. You know the list – Don’t run with scissors, look both ways before crossing the street, don’t talk to strangers. Yet when it comes to the sun, parents often forget the silent skin assassin. Youngsters have more sensitive skin than adults and require extra attention to avoid getting burned. Besides, no one wants to see their child experience the painful 1-2 punch of bad sunburn and a ruined vacation. Here are five tips for keeping your kids safe from the summer sun and making sure they have a Myrtle Beach vacation filled with happy memories:
Five Things to do with Dad on Father’s Day in Myrtle Beach
Father’s Day can be the toughest holiday to shop for the honoree. Dad doesn’t ask for much, and has no clue what he wants when you ask him. That’s one of the reasons he ends up getting ugly ties he never wears. Instead, show your father a great time in Myrtle Beach with one of these five ideal Father’s Day gifts:
Enjoy a Night at the Ballpark with Myrtle Beach Pelicans
What do you get when you cross America’s favorite family vacation destination with America’s pastime? The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Advanced Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and one of the most entertaining venues on the entire Grand Strand. Located across from Broadway at the Beach on 21st Avenue North, the Pelicans Ballpark is a popular gathering spot for both locals and visitors when the team is in town 70 days a year from April through August. Playing in the Carolina League, the Pelicans play host to teams from around the region and fans from all over the East Coast as baseball is as much an entertainment attraction in Myrtle Beach as it is a sport. Opened in 1999 after the old Durham Bulls franchise, featured in the hit movie “Bull Durham,” relocated to Myrtle Beach, the Pelicans have been known for providing family-friendly fun at the ol’ ballpark, which is actually like new by most minor-league baseball stadia. Pelicans Ballpark is repeatedly ranked among the best facilities in the country, and the team’s new partnership with the Cubs, ranked as the No. 1 minor-league operation in all of baseball, gives the Pelicans a solid 1-2 punch of baseball and entertainment.
Beach Rules for 2015 in Myrtle Beach
Summertime means more vacationers swimming, splashing and sunning on the beach. In the city limits of Myrtle Beach, the increased traffic also means the addition of new beach rules that are only in affect between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Here are a few recently added summer beach rules and regulations, along with some long-standing laws you need to know:
Top 5 Places for Live Music in Myrtle Beach
The Myrtle Beach music scene is happening, if you know where to look and listen. Here are the top 10 music venues on the Grand Strand:
Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is famous for its abundance of fresh seafood and restaurants that serve it, so trying to narrow that list down to a top five is a tall task. It’s sort of like trying to choose your favorite child – they are all special in their own way, but a select few really stand out. So if you are looking for the best seafood in town, this top-five list of popular favorites is a good place to start:
Myrtle Beach Fireworks Extravaganza Lights Fuse on Summer Fun
This summer is going to be a blast in Myrtle Beach - in more ways than one. In addition to all the fun attractions, tasty restaurants and tantalizing shops on the Grand Strand, the skies will light up all summer long with colorful fireworks displays at hot spots up and down the 60-mile stretch of coastline. The summer-long pyrotechnics celebration gets under way Saturday, May 23, at Broadway at the Beach. Scheduled to start once the sun goes down and the sky is good and dark at 10 p.m., this weekly fireworks display (twice weekly once the summer is in full swing) attracts large crowds to the multi-purpose complex to see the professional pyrotechnics shows light up the skies over Lake Broadway.
Rivertown Music and Arts Festival Puts Conway in Spotlight
For the millions of Myrtle Beach visitors who arrive by car, the city of Conway, South Carolina means the last town on Highway 501 before you can finally start your vacation. Many have passed through it, but few take the time to explore the historic city. Well, here's your chance to see the oldest city and county seat of Horry County on one of its most exciting days - the May 2 Rivertown Music and Arts Festival. Held in the downtown district and along the Waccamaw River in Riverfront Park, this family-friendly festival crams a whole lot of fun into one Saturday.Featuring live music, dance and theatrical performances on two different stages, the Rivertown Music and Arts Festival puts on a wide range of activities to appeal to all ages and interests. Hosted by Conway Alive, a local civic group designed to highlight all the city has to offer, this event has expanded in recent years to add a classic car show and a craft beer tasting to the existing mix of music, arts and crafts. Oh, did we mention food? There's tons of food too. The party gets started at 11 a.m. when the curtain draws on the main and family stages, and the tent flaps are opened to row of arts and crafts vendors displaying their wares. The craft beer tasting and the vintage car show follow, along with fun and entertainment throughout the night. Here's a look at the full lineup and schedule for the Rivertown Music and Arts Festival:
Six Amenities to Keep you Happy at Bay View Resort
There are a million reasons to spend your Myrtle Beach vacation at Bay View on the Boardwalk - affordability, comfort, convenience, and hospitality - but we've decided to focus on five. And not just any five, but five amenities that make Bay View an even more desirable destination by bringing fun to your back yard. Have a great vacation without leaving the property thanks to these five amenities:
Art in the Park Opens 43rd Season in Myrtle Beach
No one should have to choose between a full day of shopping and a beautiful day in the great outdoors, especially in such a sun-soaked and retail-rich location like Myrtle Beach. But for savvy bargain-hunters and outdoor-types, the perfect solution also happens to be a Grand Strand tradition. The 43rd annual Art in the Park series holds its opening weekend on April 11-12 at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach, followed by a second event at Market Common’s Valor Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19. The doubleheader serves a dual purpose for visitors who enjoy a relaxing day of multi-tasking by shopping for deals and spending some down time in the sunshine.
Barefoot Princess Offers Unique View of the Grand Strand
All sorts of sightseeing tours are available on the Grand Strand, giving visitors a scenic view of the area by road, or excellent access to the Atlantic Ocean by boat. But none offer the unique views of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Barefoot Princess, a paddleboat-style vessel designed for maximum comfort and entertainment. Located at the Barefoot Landing Marina in North Myrtle Beach, just behind Greg Norman's Australian Grill at the popular Barefoot Landing complex, the Barefoot Princess offers a wide selection of cruises - daytime sightseeing tours, evening dinner cruises and other special voyages that feature live music and entertainment on the main stage. Climb aboard the 64-foot, triple-decker Barefoot Princess and prepare to see the Myrtle Beach area as you have never seen it before. While highways and ocean routes can take you to places with familiar landscapes and seascapes, the Intracoastal Waterway offers ever-changing and breath-taking views as you sail down the man-made river at a leisurely pace to the rarely seen locations and hidden treasures of the Grad Strand.
Top 5 Spring Beach Activities
The beach never closes, but it sure seems that way in the winter months when the seagulls and hermit crabs pretty much have Myrtle Beach's sandy shores to themselves. But that changes when spring rolls around and the two-legged visitors start to arrive. The warmer temperatures and sunnier skies attract people to the beach for a number of activities that serve as spring rituals in Myrtle Beach. If simply soaking up some sun isn't enough to keep you entertained, here are the top five spring beach activities:
Glide, Slide and Ride at Downtown Myrtle Beach Attractions
For decades, downtown Myrtle Beach revolved around the old Pavilion, which closed in 2008 to the dismay of longtime visitors who got their thrills at the historic amusement park. Just a few years later, the downtown district has filled the void with lots of new thrill rides, water slides and zipline glides high over the Myrtle Beach skyline. Best of all, Bay View on the Boardwalk guests can simply stroll down the beach, the Boulevard or the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk to find some heart-thumping entertainment. With the Adrenaline Adventure zipline moving into the old Pavilion site, the addition of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and upgrades to Family Kingdom, downtown is hopping again. The thrills start at Adrenaline Adventure, where two towers now stand on opposite ends of the old Pavilion property. Standing five stories tall, the towers have a series of cables that cover a 600-foot stretch of zipline. Groups of up to six can soar down the zipline together and race to the other end, or enjoy the bird's-eye view of the ocean.
Myrtle Beach Speedway Offers Fast Cars, Festivals, Concerts
For more than a half-century, Myrtle Beach Speedway has played host to thousands of NASCAR-sanctioned races and entertained countless numbers of fans. But today, the high-speed, high-drama action on the race track has been expanded to include a number of concerts and festivals, transforming this historic venue into a multi-purpose hot spot for outdoor entertainment. In addition to putting on a full slate of Saturday night racing under the lights, Myrtle Beach Speedway also has a solid lineup of non-racing events, from arts and crafts fairs to major concerts. The green flag drops on the races in April, while country music stars Charlie Daniels and Travis Tritt kick off the 2015 concert calendar with a big show on May 15. The show is only part of the festivities for the annual Harley-Davidson Bike Rally held at Myrtle Beach Speedway, where motorcycles take over the race track.
Top 5 Ways to Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Myrtle Beach
If you are lucky enough to be in Myrtle Beach around St. Patrick's Day, spend it by celebrating the luck of the Irish at one of several events planned on the Grand Strand. Although St. Patrick's Day falls on Tuesday, March 17, festivities are scheduled days in advance if so you have lots of opportunities to enjoy some corned beef and cabbage and wash it down with a few green beers. Or if you are really in the holiday spirit, pack plenty of green clothes and hit several events. Here are the top five places for St. Paddy's Day parties:
Carolina Country Music Fest Coming to Myrtle Beach in June
Nashville may be known as the Capital of Country Music, but for three days this summer that title will shift to the Sun Fun Capital of Myrtle Beach. Event organizers and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the inaugural Carolina Country Music Festival will be held June 5-7 in the downtown district. Headline acts scheduled to perform include Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Colt Ford, Eric Church, the Georgia Satellites, the Davisson Brothers and more. A total of 35 acts are scheduled to take the main stage during the three-day festival, which is expected to attract 20,000 to 25,000 fans each day. The event will serve as a kickoff to the summer tourism season and bring in large crowds from out of town to see some of the biggest names in country music play just steps away from the beach.
Top 5 Places to go for a Progressive Dinner in Myrtle Beach
The latest trend in dining is called “progressive dinner,” but the concept has been around for a while in drinking circles as the “pub crawl.” For foodies, however, it’s more like a grub crawl where diners stroll from restaurant to restaurant to taste the best each has to offer. Myrtle Beach was made for this kind of four-course moveable feast. Filled with complexes and developments that place a number of dining options within close proximity, visitors can sample dishes from some of the best establishments on the Grand Strand. Here are five places that are perfect for a progressive dinner and a fun night out on the town:
Top 5 Buffets in Myrtle Beach
Google "Myrtle Beach Buffet" and you get flooded by all-you-can-eat seafood restaurants, and rightfully so. The close proximity to "The Seafood Capital of South Carolina" in nearby Murrells Inlet to the south, "The Seafood Capital of the World" just north of the Carolina border in Calabash, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east makes Myrtle Beach a mecca for seafood smorgasbords. The Grand Strand is like one big 60-mile seafood buffet table. But lost amid the sea of seafood eateries are some "land food" buffets that are also top-notch, especially if you need a break from the fresh catch of the day. From American country cooking to good ol' Southern barbecue and from Asian to South American cuisine, Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of all-you-can-eat establishments to choose from. Here's a list of the best buffets in the Myrtle Beach area:
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.