Turn up the Heat This Winter With a Grand Strand Getaway

When the winter doldrums take hold, there’s nothing quite like a fun vacation to get your juices flowing and to break up the cold, short days of the chilliest season of the year. And when you head for the Grand Strand, not only can you catch a long list of the area’s top attractions with thinner off-season crowds, but you can also score some great savings on your getaway.

Consider these five Myrtle Beach area activities that are tons of fun no matter what time of year you visit:

Walks on the beach: Sure, it may be far too chilly to hop in the water, but the winter months offer great opportunities for long strolls through the sand along the Myrtle Beach area oceanfront — and without any need to navigate your way around beach umbrellas, hop over spread-out towels or walk around beach-goers to avoid disturbing them. In fact, during winter visits, you’ll have over 60 miles of Grand Strand coastline nearly all to yourself for peaceful walks along the beach, beachcombing adventures, kite-flying outings, etc.

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach: There aren’t many better views of the coastline to be found than the one that can be seen from this iconic, 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel in downtown Myrtle Beach. Ready for riders throughout the year, the SkyWheel’s 42 glass-enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas provide a bird’s-eye view of not only the Atlantic Ocean, but also the Boardwalk and downtown Myrtle Beach. Learn more.

Shopping: The opportunities to enjoy some retail therapy on the Grand Strand are quite plentiful, to say the least. Among the great places to shop in the Myrtle Beach area are malls like Coastal Grand Mall and Myrtle Beach Mall; shopping/dining/entertainment complexes Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and The Market Common; and retail outlets like Tanger Outlets’ two area locations — the Highway 501 outlet center and the Highway 17 outlet center.

Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach: It may be frigid outside, but for lovers of marine life, this place is hot year-round. Featuring amazing attractions such as a 750,000-gallon shark tank, an Indo-Pacific coral reef filled with brightly colored tropical fish, and a hands-on multimedia playground where guests can learn about (and even touch) fascinating creatures such as horseshoe crabs and stingrays, Ripley’s Aquarium is sure to be a splash with your entire vacation crew.

Delicious dining: On our 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline, hungry visitors can find more than 1,700 restaurants that run the gamut from fresh-caught seafood to USDA Prime steaks and encompass popular international styles and flavors including American, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, French and more. No matter what kind of food your crew is craving, you’re likely to find something in the Myrtle Beach area that’ll hit the spot — no matter what time of year you visit.

Of course, the list of things to do and see on the Grand Strand is way longer thank five items long, no matter what time of year you visit. When you’re ready to heat up your winter, book an off-season stay at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation. With our wide range of amenities and comfortable and spacious accommodations, we’ve got everything you’ll need to create some warming winter memories on the Carolina coast.