It’s natural to want to savor every last second of summer before the kids head back to school (which holds especially true for the students who are actually doing the heading back to school). And nothing says summertime quite like heading for the beach to feel the sand beneath your toes as you soak up some sun and listen to the calming sound of the crashing ocean waves.
At least for those in the Southeastern United States, there are few better destinations for taking in all of the above. Enjoy 60-plus miles of Carolina coastline that are accompanied by a range of opportunities to make some memories with loved ones. Before the clock runs out on summer, consider all of these “signature summertime” things to do in the Myrtle Beach area with your kids before they head back to the classroom. Keep in mind all of which can be done outdoors while maintaining safe social distancing!
Go banana boating — To get the thrill of a truly wet and wild ride on the water, strap on a life jacket and hop on one of these jet ski- or powerboat-pulled floating vessels. Make sure to hang on tight, as these inflatable watercraft travels at high speeds and are known to bounce as they pass over the waves. It’s a splashing good time for those brave enough to take the ride.
Check out these local vendors to book your trip:
– Downwind Sails Watersports, Myrtle Beach
– Express Watersports, Murrells Inlet
– New Wave Watersports, North Myrtle Beach
Rent a paddleboard or kayak — See what the latest crazes in watersports are all about for yourself by hopping onto a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or into a kayak to explore the local waters. Either offers a great way to see marine life up close, as when you explore lakes, rivers and even the ocean via paddle power, there’s no loud motor to scare off the water’s inhabitants.
Among the local vendors offering paddleboard rentals:
– Island Adventure Watersports, Myrtle Beach
– J&L Kayaks, Little River
– Black River Outdoors, Myrtle Beach
Hop on a jet ski — To chart a course all your own on the local waters and to have a blast while you’re at it, the jet ski is an old standby for aquatic adventure. Crank one up and let the Grand Strand winds blow through your hair as you navigate the area’s waters at high speed.
Just a few of the area outfitters offering jet ski rentals:
– Action Water Sportz, North Myrtle Beach
– Myrtle Beach Watersports, Myrtle Beach
– Shawn’s Backwater Adventure, Myrtle Beach
Reel in some fun (and maybe even dinner) on a local pier — While there are plenty of deep-sea fishing opportunities in the area, the easiest way to toss a line might be to head out on a local pier with your fishing gear. A few of the most popular piers for fishing in the area include:
– 2nd Avenue Pier, found less than a half-mile south of Bay View on the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach
– Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach
– Myrtle Beach State Park Pier, Myrtle Beach
Enjoy the sunset while grabbing dinner at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk — Found about 30 minutes south of Bay View on the Boardwalk in the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet, the MarshWalk offers an array of restaurants that serve up some of the area’s finest and freshest seafood. And to top things off, the surroundings featuring a half-mile wooden boardwalk along a natural saltwater estuary lend themselves quite nicely to outdoor dining. Bonus: Live music is a regular affair at many on the MarshWalk’s outdoor-dining decks.
Want to save some money while enjoying all of these awesome summer-ending activities? Check out the Great Summer Getaway Sale at Bay View on the Boardwalk! With this deal, your vacation crew can save 30% on your stay, which is a great way to make summer’s grand finale even sweeter and save some cash for the school supplies your kids will need soon.
When you’re ready to plan your summer-capping Myrtle Beach getaway, visit Bay View on the Boardwalk’s website to check out our accommodation options. With our comfortable and luxurious room options, an ideal location right on the oceanfront and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, and a wide range of fun on-site amenities, we’ve got everything you’ll need to send your summer off in style.