3 Safe Activities for Your Family to do this Summer in the Grand Strand

3 Safe Activities for Your Family to do this Summer in the Grand Strand

Article by Tanasia Brigman

Summer is here! Although we are going through a global pandemic, places are beginning to open back up. Many of these place have plans in place to ensure the safety of there visitors. Regardless if you are visiting or live nearby, here are three family friendly and safe activities to do this summer in the Grand Strand.

Brookgreen Gardens

Address:1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9:30 am-5pm

Southern Light Exhibit: Wednesday- Saturday 8pm-11pm

Cost: Children (3 and under)- FREE

Children (3-12)- $10

Adults (13-64)- $18

Seniors (65+)- $16

*Tickets may be purchased online or in person and are valid for 7 consecutive days after purchase.

Brookgreen Garden is one of American premier gardens and also a National Historic Landmark. Brookgreen offers tours and exhibits for all ages from beautiful botanical gardens to American sculptures to the low country zoo. It also feature the Bruce Munro exhibit, “Southern Light Show” The exhibit features seven works of art in light and mixed media in order for visitors to see the garden in a “new light”.

Children can enjoy the freedom of the outdoors in the beautiful gardens. They also have the Children’s Discovery Room, where they have interactive stations for children 4-12 to create projects they can take home and they also learn about the history of the garden. Also the Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail is where children can learn information about the garden through sensory stations  “Creative Physical Activity,” and “Unstructured Play” stations that reflect the nature and history of Brookgreen Gardens. There is also the popular Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each playhouse is based on a children’s storybook.

Brookgreen gardens is an outside area where you can keep a safe distance from people. Face mask are mandatory, when you are inside buildings. Also remember to wash your hands and sanitize. It is recommended that you do not bother the wild life, you do not swim in any of the bodies of water, and that you wear closed toe shoes. Also, bring the necessary sunscreen and bug repellent with you.

Cavrn Virtual Reality

Address: 4628 Factory Stores Blvd Ste B200, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-7pm

Cost: $35/ per player for 60 minutes

1 player = 1 booth 

*Reservations may be made on website, Facebook, or by phone.

CaVRn is a veteran owned and operated business. It is the Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience. They host parties, team building experiences, and corporate events. CaVRn also offers educational programs and 360 degree video production.

CaVRn has over 50 kid friendly games from race car games to escape room to carnival games. Virtual reality games (VR) can be either single or multiplayer. One of their most popular single player games is Fruit Ninja. Fortnite is one of their most popular multiplayer VR games along with Creed and others.  It is also kid friendly for kids 7 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver. This is to ensure the safety of your children while the family enjoys a night out. 

During COVID-19 pandemic they are only accepting reservations that can be booked via website, Facebook, or phone call. They will also be cleaning and sanitizing every 30 minutes between reservations. Also temperatures will be checked at the door.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Hours: Sunday- Saturday 9am-8pm

Cost: Adult- $34.99

Child (6-11)-$24.99

Child (3-5)- $12.99

*Tickets may be purchased online or in person.

Ripley’s Aquarium is a big tourist attraction at Myrtle Beach. It has two levels of numerous sea creatures to explore and experience, from jelly fish to stingrays. There are also lots of fun activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Ripley’s also has live shows that feature mermaids and dive tours through the exhibits.

Ripley’s is an indoor activity and has reduced capacity due to COVID-19. There are sanitation stations available throughout the building and PPE is worn by all employees. A mask must be worn at all times and if you do not have one, one will be provided for you. Also, some of the exhibits and activities are temporarily not available, like Glass Bottom Boat, Touch Tank and other interactives.

On the other hand the Penguin Playhouse is still open, which is one of the biggest attractions for kids. It is also the largest exhibit in Ripley’s, at 5,500 square feet. It includes 8 new tanks with new species of fish and also two new classrooms. This exhibit allows visitors to crawl through a tunnel and enjoy the penguin habitat. They can also stop by the penguin nursery and see baby penguins. This new attractions is fun for everyone!


8 Ways to Stay Active This Spring and Summer in Coastal SC

 

By now, just about everyone is ready to get out of the winter rut. The weather is warming up and it’s about time we started working on those beach bodies. If you’re like me, the problem isn’t just figuring out how to start getting more active again, but how to stay interested in being active throughout the warmer seasons.

Have fun while staying active! South Carolina offers some really cool experiences that you may have missed in the past, but this year, you don’t have to worry about missing out. Whether you’re looking for intense exercise or just some light morning or evening activity to get you started, hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for!

 

There’s something for everyone!

For the light activity seekers…

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1. Sculptured Oak Trail & Yaupon Trail

I lumped these two together because they are both located in Myrtle Beach State Park. Sculptured Oak Trail is .5 miles long, and Yaupon Trail is .4 miles. However, if you want to make your walk a little longer, you can do both! There is a parking area that you can walk across to get to each trail from the other. Both lead to the beach, so you can relax with a beautiful view after your walk (or run)! **Admission to Myrtle Beach State Park is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-15, free for kids under 5.**

For the family…

2. McLean Park

Dogs need exercise, too! Besides, let’s face it…when your dog knows you’re going for a run without them, it’s the ultimate betrayal. McLean Park is kid AND dog friendly, offering 2 playgrounds and a .5 mile paved walking path with a fitness trail and tennis courts so you can still get a workout in! It’s fun for the whole family! You can even make a day out of it and bring a picnic and sit in the gazebo.

For those who want a variety…

3. Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is home to 10 different trails! Odds are, even if you’ve been there before, you haven’t hiked/biked all of them. Ranging from .2 miles to 2.3 miles, you can get as much out of it as you want to! The trails are closed during the winter months, but once they are open, you can enjoy the forests and marshes that coastal South Carolina has to offer. You can also visit the lighthouse, marsh, or docks to get a fantastic sunset view. **Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-15, and free for kids under 5. Lighthouse admission is $2 per person.**

For the water enthusiasts…

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4. Kayak, Paddleboard, and Crabbing Rentals

When you’re near the salt marsh creeks in Pawley’s Island or Litchfield Beach, how are you not tempted to go kayaking?! Kayaking has to be one of my favorite spring/summer pastimes… and Pawley’s Kayaks offers a one stop shop for your water sport materials. They have rentals available for crabbing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding…even cornhole to complete your day on the beach! Check out their website for more info on the prices and rental packages. http://www.pawleyskayaks.com/

For the bikers…

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5. Bike the Neck

The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway spans 12 (paved) miles total and runs parallel to US 17, starting at Murrell’s Inlet and ending in Pawley’s Island. The ride takes you through a slew of pines, oaks, and wetlands. Looking for a shorter ride? There is a spot around the 3 mile mark where you can loop around and complete a 6 mile total ride around the western border of the park.

For the long distance runners…

Course Map from: bridgerun.com

 

6. Cooper River Bridge Race

The Cooper River Bridge Race is an annual 10k that is open to anyone! Whether you want to run, jog, walk, or if you’re in a wheelchair, they have opportunities for you to participate.  This year’s

race is held on April 7th of 2018, starts at 8 a.m. and spans from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston.  To participate costs as low as $35 is you get the tickets early, but can go as high as $55 when the date gets closer, so it’s definitely better to get the tickets sooner rather than later. You can still register today by clicking the link!

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For those looking for a cause to make your workout worth it…

7. Run for the Children 5k

Run for the Children is held in Murrell’s Inlet on April 14th, 2018 and starts at 8:30 a.m.  at the Garden City Chapel.  It is open to all age groups and abilities, hosting 10 different age groups from under 10 years old to 80 years and older!  If you’re the type of person who needs a reason to work out, this is the work out you’re looking for.  The Run for the Children 5k benefits the Children’s Home Ministry and the funds raised contribute to hosting children’s homes at the GCC retreat and treating the children to local activities. Registration is anywhere from $20-$30 depending on when you decide to sign up.  Register today by clicking the link!  https://localraces.com/events/murrells-inlet-sc/run-for-the-children-5k

Finally, For those looking to de-stress and strengthen…

8. Folly Beach Yoga

Are you the type of person who likes (or needs) to strengthen and relax at the same time? If you love the beach, you’ll love beach yoga.  Folly Beach Island Yoga offers classes, group,and private yoga sessions all in the refreshing company of the morning sun and the soothing waves.  Passes are $12 for an hour long session.  Some friendly suggestions..be sure to remember sunscreen and LOTS of water.  It gets pretty hot out there! If you are a yoga enthusiast and haven’t tried beach yoga, I would highly recommend it.  Get passes and check out their available schedules here:  http://follybeachislandyoga.com/class-schedule/follly-beach-yoga-class-weekends-things-to-do/beach-yoga

 

 


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OD Arcade & Lounge

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Pool tables and arcade games.

OD Arcade & Lounge

100 Ocean Blvd S

North Myrtle Beach

South Carolina 29582

(843) 249-6460

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:00am-2:00am

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Website: www.odarcade.com

Called “The Biggest Little Bar in Town”, OD Arcade & Lounge is a favorite locals and visitors hangout. It is located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina…The mecca of The Dance of the South, The Shag. It’s a quick walk from the beach, where many people spend time on the sand and waters before going in for a drink or meal. You can enjoy live bands, karaoke, shag dance events, the latest in state of the art arcade games, billiards, dance floor, and DJ lineup & more!

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All ages dance at OD Arcade & Lounge!

This is a place that always has a great DJ, plenty of good eats and we always see someone we know when we go. Lots of food, fun and laughter!

Karen Scruggs Bradley on Facebook

 

Wonderful place to make new friends and to shag

Dianne Skaperda on Facebook

 

 

 

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[infobox color=”blue”]The atmosphere is fun and incredible for all ages! This is one of the best places to sing or watch people do karaoke, dance, and perform in live bands. It is one of the best places to experience nightlife on the Grand Strand!  [/infobox]

 

 

Features mentioned by reviewers:

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  • Fun atmosphere
  • Good service
  • Fantastic dancing
  • Great place to meet friends
  • Awesome food
  • Friendly staff

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Directions to OD Arcade & Lounge

Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, SC!


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Marshwalk Water Sports Dock

Marshwalk Water Sports

Marshwalk Water Sports Dock

Rent jet skis at Marshwalk Water Sports!

Marshwalk Water Sports

4079 Highway 17 Business

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 283-9080

Open March 1st-October 31st

Hours: All week. 8am – dusk.

Or by appointment.

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Website: www.marshwalkwatersports.com

Marshwalk Water Sports is your one stop shop for all your on the water fun, offering rentals for jet skis as well as a full selection of top of the line kayaks. Take a tour of beautiful Murrells Inlet, see the wildlife like on their dolphin tours. Take the longest ride in town on their Shark banana boat. They also offer inshore and offshore fishing charters, scenic inlet tours and sunset cruises on 37’ custom Scottie-Craft open sport fish. Located behind Dead Dog Saloon.

Marshwalk Water Sports Dolphin Pod

Dolphin tours available!

Had a great time on the dolphin tour with my sister and her 2 girls (8 & 9) we saw multiple pods of Dolphins. A few even jumped and some were within arms reach as they passed by the waverunners. I highly recommend this tour!! Exceptional guides and customer service. Looking forward to next season and doing it again 🙂

Brandy Brunatti

 

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Features mentioned by reviewers:

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Directions to Marshwalk Water Sports

Located off of Hwy 17 Business on the docks behind Dead Dog Saloon.


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