10 things to do this summer in Myrtle Beach

beach views from resort of the Atlantic Ocean from Myrtle Beach

Some things are just meant to be together.

Summer and Myrtle Beach, for example. For generations, when the weather heats up, we’re drawn to the Carolina coast. Whether you want to work on your long game, your tan, or your wardrobe, this is the destination.

Summer days on The Grand Strand have become an institution, not only for Carolinians who equate Myrtle Beach with the best things in life – but for travelers from everywhere.

It all starts with a plan to travel. Booking a room, checking out attractions. Remembering the things you loved doing the last time you were here – and those that you made a mental note to check out the next time. Well, the next time is here.

Why is it important to take a vacation?

Modern Americans aren’t the best at taking time for themselves. Not everyone can take two weeks to live the beach life, but even a weekend or overnight stay can do wonders for you. Trust us: The office will manage without you! In Myrtle Beach, you can go all-out on your excursion, on jet skis or parasailing; you can also go low-key, with a cold beverage in your hand and a well-placed beach chair. (And there’s no rule saying you can’t have both here!) Whatever refuels you, you can find it here, at Myrtle Beach.

People who vacation often have lower stress, more optimal health, and brighter outlooks on life. So let’s see what you can get into when you get to Myrtle Beach!

10 fun things to do in Myrtle Beach

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1. Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours

Visit the Grand Strand and learn cool facts about the South Carolina Lowcountry. Take one of two tours out of Georgetown with area legend Captain Rod Singleton. Visit an unspoiled barrier island on the Lighthouse Shell Island Tour. Native animals such as dolphins, eagles, and turtles await near the lighthouse. An easy ride past mansions, old oaks, and other splendors is the gem of the Plantation River Tour. Unwind on a relaxing tour with Captain Rod.

2. Downwind Sails Watersports

It’s all the most fun on the ocean! Parasail, or take a stand-up paddleboard – or venture out on a jet ski. Go the laid-back route with a banana boat tour for six. Trek out in a Hobie Cat, whether you can do it on your own, need a professional skipper, or want to train to go solo. For a wonderful workout and spectacular views, consider a double ocean kayak ride with your significant other. There’s tons of fun out in the Atlantic with Downwind Sails.

3. Express Watersports

Express offers jet-ski rentals, parasailing, scuba diving, and more – in a facility with onsite changing rooms, seating areas, and showers. Their craft fleet is United States Coast Guard certified. Their team is AED and CPR certified, too. Try out Myrtle Beach’s longest banana boat cruise, only with Express. This family-friendly business has been around for 18 years, serving guests in Murrells Inlet.

4. Jack’s Surf Lessons and Board Rentals

Open since 2010, Jack’s is the spot locals and vacationers come to learn to surf. Jack Hannigan, the owner, was made to teach his craft! Adventurers of all ages can learn to kayak and paddleboard, too, from Jack’s impressive staff. In addition to lessons, you can rent a board or take a guided tour. Safety and fundamentals are key at Jack’s, where you can get lunch and surf-tificates for completing instruction! You’ll love the staff and want to visit year after year.

5. J&L Kayaking

J&L garnered a No. 1 ranking with TripAdvisor as one of 65 top outdoor activities in North Myrtle Beach. For any age or experience level, J&L delivers a safe, comfortable, and exciting excursion. The friendly staff can steer you toward the best choice for you. Forgot your sunblock or water? No problem – J&L stocks the basics. Make some memories on the Waccamaw River with J&L Kayaking.

6. Myrtle Beach Watersports

This place is for the thrill-seeker in all of us. Myrtle Beach Watersports features top-notch instructors who go the extra mile to ensure you’re having the time of your life. Steven and Shawn opened Watersports in 1996 with a fleet of three jet skis! Today, they’re all over the Grand Strand. Find them in Little River, at the Socastee swing bridge off Highway 544; Grand Dunes Resort; and in Barefoot Landing, their newest location.

7. Myrtle Waves Waterpark

Where else can you ride The Arooba Tooba, Riptide Rockets, and Rockin’ Ray? There’s 24 slides in all, and an ocean-in-motion wave pool. And of course, a lazy river! South Carolina’s only flow rider surf machine, Tsunami, is a Myrtle Waves Waterpark exclusive. Take the little kids to Bubble Bay, the Racin’ River, and Saturation Station for the coolest fun. Did you know: Myrtle Waves contains more than a million gallons of water on 20 acres!

8. North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

All the big youth tournaments are here – soccer, softball, baseball, and more. Teams travel from everywhere, and can you blame them? It’s Myrtle Beach! The game is just the start. Check out the park’s 25-acre lake for fun in the sun. With 3 playgrounds, biking and walking trails, there’s something for everyone. Even the canine members of the family can have fun in the 3-acre dog park. The park has a full calendar of events and is close to everything else fun in Myrtle Beach.

9. RedLine Motorsports

Get to RedLine for your next ride. They have a collection of new and pre-owned ATVs, boats, motorcycles, scooters, utility vehicles, and watercraft. Welcome to one of Myrtle Beach’s premier dealers of fun on wheels (and water!) They carry the big names, such as Can-Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Sea-Doo, and Yamaha. Stop in for the best apparel and OEM parts and accessories. They’re here to help you enjoy, maintain, and upgrade your best ride.

10. Attractions at The Strand

What a bonus it is to find fun things to do in Myrtle Beach – at the place you’re staying. At The Strand, the oceanfront pool deck features a tanning lawn, a firepit, and direct beach access. Enjoy a daily FREE continental breakfast and incredible dining options, such as the Market Restaurant, the upscale Modern Lounge & Bar, and a perfect spot for a craft beer or specialty cocktail – the Strand Bar.

Myrtle Beach has it all

On a banana boat, a jet ski, or just poolside, there’s a perfect spot for you waiting in Myrtle Beach. For the thrill-seeker in us all, or the part of us that just wants a bit of tranquility. Myrtle Beach was made for summer – join us soon for your next adventure.

Escape to The Strand

For a single getaway or a family reunion, The Strand has the room and type to fit your needs. Experience the perks of the new Brittain Rewards program with FREE DVD rentals during your stay and more. Come browse the dream rooms available! Create your stay today.


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