Brighten Your Winter With a Grand Strand Getaway

When the winter doldrums set in, there’s nothing quite like a fun getaway to get your juices flowing and to break up the cold, short days of the year’s chilliest season. 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 a blast no matter what time of year you visit:

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

Walks on the beach: Sure, the temps may be too low 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 hop over spread-out towels, navigate your way around beach umbrellas and walk around beach-goers to avoid disturbing them. In fact, during winter visits, you’ll have over 60 miles of Grand Strand coastline nearly to yourself for peaceful walks along the beach, beachcombing adventures, kite-flying outings, etc.

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach: There are few better views of the coastline than the one that can be seen from this iconic, 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel in downtown Myrtle Beach. Ready for riders year-round, 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.

Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach: It may be cold 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 running the gamut from fresh-caught seafood to USDA Prime steaks and encompassing popular international styles and flavors including American, French, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and more. No matter what your crew is craving, you’re likely to find some excellent examples in the Myrtle Beach area — no matter what time of year you visit.

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

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