• Laiken Howard

9 Essential Stops Along the Grand Strand

Updated: Jan 18

Best Way to Take a Tour of the Southern Shore The open road is calling and your dream beach vacation awaits! You’ve booked your vacation and made travel arrangements, now its time to get planning! There’s plenty of places and things to do while visiting the Grand Strand. With so many places to consider, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We’ve gone ahead and listed the top places to visit during your vacation down south.

Surfside Beach

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Walk on “The Family Beach”

How does a walk on the beach sound? When it comes to an ideal vacation, you choose the beach hands down. It’s the perfect place if you’re the kind of vacationer that enjoys having tons of fun in the sun. Surfside Beach, known as, “The Family Beach,” is the ideal place to relax and maximize your family’s fun in the sun. Let our complimentary beach shuttles take you there! (See Welcome Magazine for shuttle times.)

Brookgreen Gardens

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Visit a Beautiful Historical Site

Brookgreen Gardens is a must-see Myrtle Beach area attraction, named one of the Top 10 Gardens in the US by TripAdvisor. Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet. We’ve partnered with Brookgreen Gardens to provide an intimate group tour of the sculpture gardens that includes a shuttle ride there. Check out our Welcome Magazine for more details on how to book your tour.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Stop by one of the Nation’s Best Aquariums

Make sure you visit one of the most popular aquariums in the country, Ripley’s Aquarium! This 85,000 square-foot aquarium features touch pools and, most popularly, the Dangerous Reef, a huge 340-foot underwater tunnel where you can see various sea life up close without getting wet. Want to know more? Read more about Ripley’s here.

Visit Huntington or Myrtle Beach State Park

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Spend the Day at a State Park

Whether you are looking for the perfect picnic spot or have some history buffs in your family, everyone will be happy with our state parks. We are proud to host two, Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park, which are located right along the coastline which makes for an amazing view! Ask our Front Desk for free passes to these state parks! Make sure you read our article, 5 Things to Know About Myrtle Beach Weather to help you better prepare for the weather too!


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Experience a Wonderful Attraction

Take your vacation to the next level by visiting WonderWorks! This indoor adventure features 100 interactive exhibits including glow-in-the dark ropes, fast-paced laser-tag, and a 6D Extreme Motion Ride XD Theater. Perfect for the whole family!


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Sightsee on top of the SkyWheel

Sit back, relax and look at that! Enjoy the wonderful view of the breathtaking high-rise hotel skyline and sky-blue Atlantic waters. Towering nearly 200 feet above the oceanfront boardwalk in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the SkyWheel is the only one of its kind on the Grand Strand.

Tanger Outlets & The Market Common

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Shop till You Drop

Luckily, Grand Palms Resort is close to all the action- shops at The Market Common and the Tanger Outlets which are just a short drive away! The Market Common has a village design that makes for a perfect stroll within the shopping district. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and events to take part in. Tanger Outlet features over 100+ stores, and a food court in a beautiful scenic outdoor shopping center.

Murrells Inlet

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Restaurant Row, Goat Island, Marsh Walk

There are tons of exciting things happening along the Inlet. Restaurant Row is referred to as a foodie’s dream. The freshest and finest of seafood, sights and sounds can all be found along The Inlet’s Restaurant Row. A place that seems to stand out is known as, Goat Island which is located on a small island off the Marsh Walk. And yes, there are goats on the island (as well as peacocks). One of the best views of Goat Island is found from the Drunken Jack’s back patio. There are plenty of happenings going on along the Marsh Walk, all of which are filled with fantastic food, lively music, sites and scenes that all inlet goers find incredible.

Broadway at the Beach

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Take in the Sights and Sounds at Broadway

The most popular vacation destination in Myrtle Beach is Broadway at the Beach. There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Broadway at the Beach has a wide variety of options such as, The Carolina Comedy Club, Hard Rock Café, Carmike Cinema, Legends in Concert, WonderWorks, Ripley’s Aquarium, and much more. Whether it’s time with family or friends, Broadway at the Beach is full of exciting options to enjoy on vacation.

Stay With Us at Grand Palms Resort

All of these places are just a short drive from Grand Palms Resort. To reserve your stay, call one of our friendly Reservations Representatives at 888-913-4477.

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