Even among the Southeastern United States there's a bit of a language barrier. Some say “y'all,” others say “you'uns” and many correctly say “you.”
The same is true of the term “spring break.” Say it in Florida and images of wild college crowds come to mind. But say it in South Carolina, and more specifically in Myrtle Beach, and you'll find a fun, family friendly atmosphere in the spring months.
While other warm-weather destinations cater to the college kids, Myrtle Beach offers a spring break experience designed for the entire family. Guests at Paradise Resort can find lots of fun in the sun without leaving the resort, but there's plenty to do and see for those who venture off the premises. Here are five fun spring break activities:
* Attractions: Myrtle Beach has so many family friendly attractions than you can't possibly do them all in a week, but it sure is fun to try. With lots of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from, Myrtle Beach has lots of entertainment for all tastes and weather conditions. Hit the Myrtle Waves waterpark or Broadway Grand Prix go-kart track on those warmer days and nights, and check out Ripley's Aquarium or WonderWorks when it’s cool or rainy. Guests at Paradise Resort receive one free ticket to the above mentioned attractions, plus many other through the Sun & Fun Rewards program.
* Beach: After a long cold winter, your skin is begging for some sunshine. And there's no better place to get some rays than the beach, where the sand, surf and sun are like spring time therapy for the soul. The ocean waters may be a bit cool for swimming, but the fun and games that can be played on the beach, or just relaxing in the sun with a good book, make the beach the No. 1 attraction in town … and it's free.
* Golf: The best game in town attracts thousands of visitors to Myrtle Beach each year, and spring is prime time to chase the little white ball around some of the Grand Strand's 100-plus courses. Play courses designed by the top players and architects in the sport, such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Pete Dye. Let the Paradise's professional golf staff book your tee times and save money on golf and accommodations.
* Restaurants: Finding a place to go out to dinner that everyone in the family can agree on can be tough. Dad wants steak, mom wants seafood and the kids want pizza and chicken fingers. But with more than 1,700 restaurants to choose from on the Grand Strand, you're guaranteed to stumble across a few that are right up your family's alley. Try one of the many seafood buffets, which also feature carving stations and an entire section just for the kids. Or treat the little ones to a fun night out at the Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone, where excellent pizza, a high-tech arcade and a sports bar provide good times for everyone.
* Shopping: Stock up on gifts, souvenirs and your entire spring wardrobe by shopping at the many malls, outlet stores, national chains and local mom-and-pop shops. Of course, getting the entire family excited about shopping isn't always easy, unless you know where to go. Multi-purpose complexes such as Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Market Common offer lots of other activities beyond bargain hunting. Featuring attractions, dining, theaters and more, non-shoppers can find plenty to keep themselves entertained while the rest go shopping, that way everyone's a winner.