Revel in the holiday magic of Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. The Myrtle Beach holiday event is an extraordinary light display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and candles, all of which illuminate the lush, green gardens of Brookgreen. Each section has its own unique light display and nightly shows and indoor exhibits are also offered during Nights of a Thousand Candles.

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The gardens and sculptures of Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach come to life amid the soft glow of over 5,000 candles and sparkling lights, creating a delightful holiday experience. Grab a cup of cider, walk the paths of the historic gardens, listen to carolers singing and hear the holiday bells ringing in the Christmas cheer. This year has an all-new feature too – an 80-foot tall China Fir tree ornamented with 60,000 lights. The tree is illuminated nightly at 5:45pm. Other new Nights of a Thousand Candles events include The Peppermint Forest in the Children’s Gardens and The Ice Garden in the Lower Left Wing Garden.

The 17th Annual Nights of a Thousand Candles is held from 3pm-10pm on the select dates December 1 through December 18, 2016, with featured entertainment noted:

December 1, 2, 3
Thistledown Tinkers Celtic 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Vocal Edition Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Ron & Natalie Daise Gullah Family Christmas 6:00, 8:00 pm

December 8, 9, 10
Ross Holmes Band Standards 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Indigo Choral Society Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
TruSol Band R&B 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Bill Oberst “A Christmas Carol” 6:00, 8:00 pm

December 15, 16, 17
Timmy & Susanna Family Folk 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Mike Frost Band (15th & 16th) Jazz 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Roof Cat (17th only) Guitar & Ukulele 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Vocal Edition Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm

December 18
Timmy & Susanna Family Folk 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Mike Frost Band Jazz 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Ron & Natalie Daise Gullah Family Christmas 6:00, 8:00 pm

All Nights Peggy and Mark Gaudreau (Bagpipes) – Roving throughout Gardens NOTE: Schedule is subject to change without notice

Inlet Affairs will offer a dinner buffet in a heated tent for an additional fee for those would like to dine during the event. Served from 3:30pm to 9pm each evening, the menu features lowcountry fare such as seafood, barbeque, chicken bog and even vegetarian options. If you’d like a snack during your visit, The Old Kitchen will be open as well.

Get a sneak peak of Nights of a Thousand Candles here:

Keep these tips in mind to make your visit enjoyable:

  • Come on Thursday to avoid weekend crowds.
  • Arrive early to see the candles being lit and map out your evening.
  • Dusk (4-5pm) is the best time to take pictures.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. This is a walk-through, not drive-through, holiday light display.
  • You will need to purchase a special Nights of a Thousand Candles admission ticket to attend.

 

Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach is a National Historic Landmark as it has a significant collection of figurative sculpture and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas.


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Searching for things to do in Myrtle Beach this Christmas?  There are plenty of holiday events planned this season, all designed to bring out the joy and merriment of the season.  I’ve narrowed down the events so you can easily plan your itinerary. With these things to do in Myrtle Beach during the holidays, you’ll have an all-access pass to a beachy-keen Christmas. 

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Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays

1) Christmas Parades

Christmas parades are a classic yet festive way to usher in the holiday season. Numerous parades take place in the Myrtle Beach area. Check out the schedule below:

Conway: Downtown Conway Christmas Parade, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

Little River: Intracoastal Christmas Regatta (see separate entry), Nov. 28, 5 p.m.

Murrells Inlet: Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, Dec. 6, 3 p.m.

Myrtle Beach:  Holiday Parade, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.

North Myrtle Beach: North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.

Surfside Beach: Surfside Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.

Calabash, N.C.: Calabash Christmas Parade, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

2) Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

Although this event is technically located in Murrells Inlet, it’s a holiday highlight of the Grand Strand.  Plus, Murrell’s Inlet is only a short 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach.  You can see Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 candles and countless sparking lights.  Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.  Nights of a Thousand Candles is scheduled from 3pm-10m December 1-3, 8-10, 15-18, 2016.

3) Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

Watching Christmas shows is one of the absolute best things to do in Myrtle Beach during the holidays. Theaters on the Grand Strand pull out all the stops for their holiday productions.  Two of the best are The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater and Carolina Opry Christmas at Calvin Gilmore Theater.

4) Broadway at the Beach

Christmas charm can be felt throughout Myrtle Beach’s premier entertainment complex the entire month of December.  Home to attractions like WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium, families can take in wholesome family entertainment while also enjoying festive decorations and even a Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony (December 6 only).   In town for New Year’s Eve?  Broadway at the Beach is the place to be! They are hosting a rockin’ New Year’s Party at Celebrity Square with a DJ spinning music, club crawl and midnight fireworks.

5) Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees

While you’re at Broadway at the Beach take in the Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium.  More than 50 decorated trees, covering all 50 states and U.S. territories, are spread throughout the building through December 31. A 20-foot-tall, red, white and blue tree is in the outside plaza, and the S.C. tree tops off at 18 feet, with magnolias, golf balls, sea-shell wreaths and stars.


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Ring in the New Year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a festive farewell to 2016 and entertaining hello to 2017. There are special events, parties geared for kids, adults-only celebrations and much more planned for December 31 in Myrtle Beach. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Just check out our list of New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach.

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Couples at New Years Party

2001 Nightclub
Hit the dance floor this New Year’s Eve at 2001 Nightclub. The celebration lasts for three full nights, all for one low price. Thursday features the Pizazz Band in Next Level and Chocolate Chip & Co. in Club Touch, January 1st will feature Too Much Sylvia, and January 2nd will feature Blackwater Rhythm & Blues. Tickets are only $25 and include admission to all three events.

Barefoot Princess Riverboat Cruises
Sail into the New Year aboard Barefoot Princess Riverboat Cruises. There are three cruises set for December 31, 2016. The first cruise, from 2-3:30pm, will have live entertainment from Steve  Calfee ($21/person). The second, from 6-8pm, will feature a dinner buffet and entertainment by Johnny Cobb ($49/person). The third, from 10:30pm-12:30am, will feature music from Johnny Cobb as well as a free dessert selection and dance party ($58/person).

Boom Boom Wine Room
Attention all wine aficionados! The Boom Boom Wine Room is hosting one of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach just for you. There are two seating opportunities available, one from 6-8pm and the other from 8:30-Midnight. The first seating has a four course menu and live music from a local Jazz Duo ($65/person). The second features hors d’oeuvres, entertainment from Clairborne and Friends of Atlanta, as well as a champagne toast at Midnight and one bottle of wine per couple ($75/person).

Brookgreen Gardens Garden by Candlelight Pre-Party
Searching for one of the casual New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach? You’ve found it! Stroll through Brookgreen Gardens during their Garden by Candlelight pre-party. The sculpture garden is illuminated by candlelight, and features hand-lit candles, holiday lights and decor, as well as strolling musicians. Held from 6-9pm, advance reservations are required. Tickets are $20 for non-members, and $15 for members.

Comedy Cabana
Comedy Cabana hosts a Myrtle Beach New Year’s Eve party with party favors, toasts and plenty of laughs. This year, guests can look forward to performances from Troy Thirdgill, Devin Siebold, Eric Grady, and Cooter Douglas. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $35 for the early show at 7:30pm and $45 for general admission or $50 for preferred seating for the late show at 10:00pm.

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille
Head out for an evening of fine dining and live music at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille at Barefoot Landing. Surfside (formerly Groove Deluxe) will perform live from 9pm to 1am and it promises to be a night to remember with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner specials include cream of lobster soup; a mixed green salad with grilled pear, candied bacon, goat cheese and smoked ham; pan-seared and butter-poached grouper served over lump crab risotto; ribeye; surf and turf and a lemon Bavarian cake for dessert.

Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Bash 
All guests enjoy live music with Black Glass, balloon drop, confetti cannons, live simulcast from Times Square and a complimentary appetizer buffet at midnight. General admission tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Reserved seating is also available for $40 / person and VIP tickets that include a 3-course meal are available for $150/person. Ages 21 & older only. Call Hard Rock Cafe for info and reservations. For reservations please call (843) 946-0007.

House of Blues New Year’s Eve
A New Year’s Eve dinner and dance is on the menu at House of Blues Myrtle Beach. The night begins with a four course dinner,. A dance party with music by will keep you on the dance floor throughout the night. $84.95 Per Person (includes tax, gratuity, meal & show).champagne toast and party favors will be featured

Medieval Times
Reserve the 9:30pm show at Medieval Times to enjoy a dinner and show with a New Year’s Eve twist. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, a tour of the medieval museum of torture, a live show, delicious four-course feast, free party favors, and a DJ dance party. In addition, there’s a champagne toast a balloon ball drop at midngiht.

New Year’s Eve with Corey Smith
House of Blues hosts Corey Smith December 31 as the Americana singer brings his signature songs to the beach. He has a number of hit songs, including  “Drinkin’ Again,” “If I Could Do It Again,” and “I Love Everyone.” Ticket prices start at $22.

New Year’s Eve at Big M Casino
For New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach, it doesn’t get any better than a scenic cruise aboard The Big M Casino Boat. You’ll sail from 6:30pm-12:20am, and be treated to hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner buffet and free champagne toast at midnight. In addition, a live DJ will be spinning tunes throughout the evening. A Cash bar an gambling games will be available. $75/person.

The Market Common presents a Southern Times Square
The third annual Southern Times Square is planned at The Market Common from 7pm-1am on New Year’s Eve. Watch a live feed of the New York City Times Square event, two live bands, two spacious beer gardens and street entertainment. At midnight a ball drop will welcome the New Year. Admission to the event is free.

These are just some of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach. Plan your night out on the town now parties fill up fast. Get ready to greet 2017 in style when you visit the Grand Strand!


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Myrtle Beach has a lot to offer. From endless golden beaches to high-rise amenity filled resorts, this place is an excellent place to get away. And let’s face it: all parents need a little time away to recharge and reconnect–no kids allowed. To give you a head start on vacation plans, take a look at these Myrtle Beach attractions for adults. Browse through these suggestions and your vacation schedule is sure to fill up!

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Casino Cruises
Who doesn’t like to gamble a little? You’re on vacation, so win or lose, it will be fun. The Big M gaming yacht offers favorites like blackjack, craps, roulette and poker. Plus, the views along the waterway are pretty great too.

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Brookgreen Gardens
I could spend days here leisurely strolling the lush landscaped grounds and sculpture gardens. Luckily, it’s affordable to do so as Brookgreen Gardens admission is valid for seven consecutive days. Named one of the Top 10 Public Gardens in America by TripAdvisor, this attraction is the perfect combination of art, history, wildlife and has a low country setting that whispers South Carolina at every turn.

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Golf Courses
With over 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, it’s easy to find a place to tee off. Grab your clubs, or rent some, and take to one of the famous public golf courses. There are several nationally recognized courses, included the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort which is ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest.

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Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Warm ocean breezes, endless scenic views and the beach is just steps away. All of these come together to create an ideal atmosphere at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Along with the southern scenery, though, is a variety of places to sit and sip. Several new bars and cafes have opened over the last few years, but my favorite places to get a drink with a view include 8th Avenue Tiki Bar, Art Sushi Burger, and Hammerhead Grill.

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Live Music
You can find an excellent showcase of talent in this beach town. From Myrtle Beach shows to live music joints, your entertainment needs will be met. Two of the best stage shows are Carolina Opry and One the Show. However, if you’re looking for something a little different you can find it here too. Head to the House of Blues to hear up and coming and popular music acts; The Bowery for a kick of country; and the Beach House for a blend of live music seven nights a week.

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Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Take your main squeeze on a scenic tour of the Grand Strand aboard the SkyWheel. Ride day or night—the choice is yours. I prefer the day for the ocean views, but perhaps the night lights will tickle your fancy. The climate controlled enclosed gondolas make it the experience cool and comfortable year round; the perfect environment to steal a smooch!

See, it’s easy to play when the kids are away in Myrtle Beach. These Myrtle Beach attractions for adults let you indulge in some me time–something all parents need.

There’s a lot to see and do here, so check back for more tips on visiting this South Carolina vacation destination.


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Stretching for over 60 miles, the Grand Strand offers an endless expanse of coastline. From lively Myrtle Beach to tranquil Murrell’s Inlet, there are a variety of places to stay that suit your vacation goals. Which coastal city is right for you? Follow along as I guide you through where to stay in Myrtle Beach.

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is the beating heart of the Grand Strand. Stay here to enjoy a mix of family-friendly beaches, lively entertainment, boardwalk fun and easy access to attractions. The biggest selection of places to stay are available here, with everything from luxury oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts to affordable condos and hotels offered to visitors.

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North Myrtle Beach

Head north for a stretch of the Grand Strand that’s a bit quieter than Myrtle Beach. Couples and retirees flock to this area, which starts roughly near Barefoot Landing and ends at Little River. Beach homes, vacation rentals and amenity-filled North Myrtle Beach resorts create relaxing oases of comfort. Plus, you’re never too far from entertainment, with Myrtle Beach shows and attractions still just minutes away.

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Surfside Beach

Known as “The Family Beach,” Surfside is a quaint town just south of Myrtle Beach. Surfside Beach strives to maintain a small-town, laid-back, child-friendly environment for its residents and guests. It is a quiet haven close to all area attractions. Two miles of oceanfront are dotted with smaller resorts, which are usually cheaper than their northern counterparts. Stay near the pier to be close to restaurants and other activities.

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Garden City Beach

Head even further south to find Garden City Beach. Located past Surfside Beach, this Grand Strand town has a distinct feel all its own as Garden City is where the inlet meets the ocean. This makes it a hotspot for crabbing, fishing, and watersports, as well as an ideal place to watch the sun set and rise. Hotels here are more mom-and-pop, and allow travelers to truly make the most of their hard-earned money.

Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet
Dubbed the “Seafood Capital of the South,” Murrells Inlet is a marvelous place to play, eat, and get close to nature. Not only are there delicious pubs, cafes, and restaurants located here, especially along the MarshWalk, where award-winning places to eat line a charming boardwalk. Points of interest include Brookgreen Gardens, the Atalaya Castle and Huntington Beach State Park.

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Litchfield Beach & Pawleys Islands
These two areas are grouped together as just three miles separates them. That said, Litchfield locks itself in history with centuries-old plantations, while Pawleys Island is prime for a golf getaway. It’s steeped in tradition too, as it is the oldest rresort areas on the US East Coast. Both locales offer excellent scenery, with mossy oaks, the winding Waccamaw River, and sandy beaches beckoning visitors.

Come experience the stunning stretch of coastline known as the Grand Strand. Each coastal city offers a unique atmosphere, one of which is sure to be ideal for your next South Carolina vacation.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Myrtle Beach is one of the top family vacation destinations in America. One of the reasons it remains such a popular place to visit is the variety of things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach. In addition to spending time at beach or attending one of the many Myrtle Beach festivals, there are entertaining attractions available on the Grand Strand. It can be difficult to decide which should be on your itinerary, though, so I’ve narrowed the options down to the top five things I think you shouldn’t miss.

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1) Ripley’s Aquarium
The most popular attraction on the Grand Stand, other than the beach, is Ripley’s Aquarium. Families love to visit the aquarium as kids are immersed in an ocean of fun. Engaging aquatic exhibits and informative displays let kids discover life under the sea. The Shark Tunnel provides incredible views of species such as sharks, eels and stingrays, while hands-on experiences let you touch a sting ray or horseshoe crab. Mermaid shows are performed in the aquariums, too, which mesmerize little ones.

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2) WonderWorks
This Myrtle Beach attractions is a wonderland for kids. Known as an interactive amusement park for the minds, there are over 100 engaging exhibits on hand. Some of the most popular include the 360 Degree Bikes, Roller Coaster Simulators, Anti-Gravity Tunnel, Hurricane Shack, Bubble Lab and Virtual Sports Player. The best thing about WonderWorks is you can visit again and again and have a different experience each time.

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3) Pirates Voyage
Set sail on the high seas at the swashbuckling Pirates Voyage show. Kids love the lively atmosphere, which includes a full-sized pirate ship in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon. Two pirate crews – Sapphire and Crimson – battle it for rights to the buried treasure. Watch as live animals, acrobats, mermaids and divers present a show filled with stunning special effects and an original score by Dolly Parton. Kids can also get outfitted as a pirate before the show at Pirates Village, adding even more fun to the experience. The pirate feast fills buccaneer bellies of all ages, too, satisfying even the pickiest of eaters.

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4) Mini-Golf
Put your putt-putt skills to use during a family-friendly game at one of the nearby Myrtle Beach mini-golf courses. As the mini-golf capital of the world, there’s no shortage of unique courses, including the volcano themed Molten Mountain Mini Golf and pirate themed Mutiny Bay Golf. Switch up the fun by playing teams or see who can get the most hole-in-ones. No matter how you play, or who wins, it’s sure to be a fun time.

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5) Brookgreen Gardens & Zoo
This attraction is a win-win for families. Many might be familiar with Brookgreen Gardens as an elegant sculpture garden. However, the attraction is home to so much more for visitors to explore. For instance there is a zoo with baby otters, goats, bald eagles, horses and other native species, as well as a butterfly garden. Kids also love the daily animal programs at Mother Nature’s Café and Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each house is based on a classic children’s story or nursery rhyme and has fun interactive elements such as swings, climbing walls, monkey bars and more.

Keep your family from getting bored with these entertaining things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach. Smiles are guaranteed!


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Come for dinner and stay for evening boat rides, live entertainment, and ‘just for kids’ activities like The Lowcountry Trail, Zoo,the Enchanted Storybook Forest, and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks when the gardens stay open until 9pm during Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances.

Looking for the perfect place to bring your family on vacation? Look no further than the Grand Strand. There are plenty of things to do for kids in Myrtle Beach! Play in the sand and surf of the beach, amuse yourself at one of hundreds of attractions or even see an entertaining show. There are so many kid-friendly options available, I’ve narrowed down the options to help with your vacation planning.

Myrtle Beach Family Vacations
Take a look at these 10 ten things to do for kids in Myrtle Beach:

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What child doesn’t love looking at live under the sea? You can dive into an ocean of fun at this Broadway at the Beach attraction. Hands-on Ripley’s Aquarium experiences let you touch a string ray and horseshoe crabs, while the Living Gallery provides an in-depth look at aquatic species you’ve probably never even heard of. The most popular exhibit is the Shark Tunnel which offers an engaging look at species such as sharks, eels and stingrays. Special mermaid shows are performed throughout the year, too, adding
even more to see and do.

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Take your kids on a trip aboard the giant Myrtle Beach SkyWheel for a birds-eye-view of the coast. Located on the oceanfront Boardwalk, the SkyWheel offers endless views of the Grand Strand during the day and really showcases the night lights of the town when you take an evening ride. You and your family will rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, all in a climate controlled gondola, take in panoramic views of your surroundings. Day or night, kids love this attraction.

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A Grand Strand tradition for over 40 years, Family Kingdom offers classic family-friendly amusement at affordable prices. The seaside amusement park has over 30 rides, including the Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, bumper cars, a carousel, log flume ride, traditional carnival attractions and even carnival games. Plus, there is the Family Kingdom Oceanfront Waterpark is located right next door.

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This show is full of fun, feast and adventure! Bring your kids to the Pirates Voyage pre-show and they’ll have time to get dressed up as a pirate or mermaid before you attend the actual show. Get ready, because this Dolly Parton production features two full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon providing a unique stage for its talented performers. Watch as live animals such as seals, acrobats, mermaids and unruly pirates battle it out on the high seas for Davy Jones’ lost treasure. A delicious dinner is served
too, so you can enjoy a bountiful feast while you attend the show.

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When you’re in Myrtle Beach you’ll spot a mini golf course around every turn. Stop at one for a fun round of play and a little family-friendly competition. Outdoor courses abound, although there are a few indoor courses perfect for a rainy day or even a cool option when you’ve had enough sun. Each Myrtle Beach minigolf course has its own theme too, ranging from buccaneers searching for treasure to deserted islands spewing volcanoes.

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Known as an amusement park for the mind, WonderWorks is a true playground for the imagination. It’s a great way to take a break from the Myrtle Beach heat. Plus, it entertains kids for hours making it a great value for families. There are over 100 hand-on activities and exhibits, a laser tag area, and ropes course creating numerous ways to play indoors. Some of the most popular WonderWorks attractions for kids is the Anti-Gravity Tunnel, 360 Xtreme Bikes, Roller Coaster Simulators, and Bubble Lab.

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You may not think Brookgreen Gardens is a good option for kids, but think again! The Myrtle Beach sculpture garden features a zoo with baby otters, goats, bald eagles, horses and other native species as well as a butterfly garden. Kids also love the daily animal programs at Mother Nature’s Café and Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each house is based on a classic children’s story or nursery rhyme and has fun interactive elements such as swings, climbing walls, monkey bars and more.

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Become a star at the Hollywood Wax Museum, an interactive musuem with numerous photo ops. The two-story venue showcases uncanny replicas of top stars, including Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey, Jr. and more, ideal for groups and families of all ages to enjoy together. Kids love to interact with the props while getting their pose on with their favoirte characters and actors.

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Escape to the dark ages at Medieval Times, where knights ruled the land and scores were settled through jousting, swordsmanship and ancient weaponry battles. Kids love this show as they get to cheer their knight on to victory while watching them contend in chivalrous competitions. Arrive early and you can meet the King and his daughter, the Princess, as well as participate in pre-show activities. Come hungry, too, because a hearty medieval meal is served. These are the dark ages though, so you eat your
meal with your hands!

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When you’ve had enough fun in the sand and surf of the beach, head to Myrtle Beach waterparks. It’s a fun way to add even more aquatic fun to your beach vacation. Plus, kids will be entertained for hours on thrilling attractions, awesome splash zones and kid-themed lagoons. Parents will love adult lounge pools, lazy rivers and controlled wave pools. Two of the best options are Wild Water &Wheels and Myrtle Waves.


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Escape to Brookgreen Gardens for a memorable day in Myrtle Beach.  The sculpture garden and wildlife preserve is located in Murrell’s Inlet, just a short drive from the popular beach destination.  Quaint, peaceful and serene, Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach puts the full beauty of South Carolina on display.  Take a stroll through the manicured lawns and blooming gardens, admire the world-renowned sculptures and visit the wildlife that call the Gardens home.

There is something simply spectacular about the 9,200 acres of Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach.  From its beginnings in 1931, when Archer and Anna Huntington founded the estate, the focus of Brookgreen has been to preserve the native flora and fauna of the area while incorporating beautiful pieces of art into the natural setting.  That focus has led Brookgreen Gardens to earn a spot on the National Historic Landmark list and the Gardens are also recognized as having one of the most significant collections of American sculpture.    A varied mix of landscapes, from forested swamps to salt marshes, and low-hanging, twisting trees over 100 years old, make the setting of Brookgreen Gardens extremely picturesque.

One of my favorite places at the Gardens was the Live Oak Allee garden.  Here I found an area comprised of 250 year old oak trees planted when this land was used as a rice plantation.  Spanish moss and fern hang from the trees lined the garden space, framing it in a an ever-so-artful manner. The heart and soul of the Brookgreen Gardens are the sculptures, which beautifully blend with the natural scenery and vibrant flowers.  There are over 1,400 works total, by over 350 artists.  Some of the standout pieces include the Alligator Bender, Diana of the Chase, Samson and the Lion, and Fountain of the Muses. Plan to spend several hours at Brookgreen Gardens as there is a lot to explore.  Every day a selection of tours, programs, excursion and exhibits are planned.  Walk the Lowcountry Trail to discover some of the area’s history, while a visit to the Zoo will put you up-close to native animals of the Carolinas like alligators, eagles, wild turkeys and deer.  A cypress aviary and butterfly house add to the Zoo, which is the only Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of North and South Carolina.

Make time for a visit to Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach.  The expansive attraction is a hidden gem for many visitors, but ask any local and they rave about all the Gardens have to offer.  Plus, your admission to Brookgreen Gardens is valid for seven consecutive days so you can come back, explore even more or simply spend time in the solitude of this splendid South Carolina treasure.


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march_eventsCheck out these Myrtle Beach events planned for March 2016:

March 12-20: Canadian-American Days Festival
The 50th annual Can-Am Days Festival welcomes snow birds to the Grand Strand, during which special events and shows are held.

March 12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 9am along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Afterwards, the festival will feature Irish bands, singers, food, and beer from 11am-4pm.

March 12: Annual Irish Fest
The Market Common will be the site of the annual Irish Fest in Myrtle Beach. From 11am-7pm enjoy an oyster roast, kids’ activities, live entertainment, and plenty of Irish beer.

March 18-19: Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Festival
Always held the weekend following St. Patrick’s Day, the Festival is full of activities that offer something for everyone and include Athletic Competitions, Clan Village, Celtic Marketplace, Scottish Whiskey Tastings, Ripley’s Kid’s Glen, Amateur Adult Contest, Live Music & Entertainment, and many other exciting events. Held at the Market Common

March 17-19: 28th Annual Run to the Sun Pee Dee Street Rodders Car and Truck Show
Rev your engines for the largest car and truck show in South Carolina.

March 19: Diggin’ It Spring Garden Festival at Brookgreen Gardens
Members and guests will have an entire day of programs and talks when you can interact with some of the top gardening experts in the Southeast and Brookgreen’s horticulture staff. The event is free with Brookgreen Gardens admission.