Attraction Deals Along the Grand Strand

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Brookgreen Gardens is just one of many Myrtle Beach area attractions that offer membership packages.

Myrtle Beach has no shortage of things to do and most of them are open all year-long. If you’re a local or you come to the beach frequently, you may want to look into purchasing season passes to these fabulous attractions- especially if you plan on visiting them more than once or twice this year.

Brookgreen Gardens | 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, 843-235-6000
The expansive grounds- 9,100 acres to be exact- at Brookgreen Gardens feature beautiful live oak trees, flowering bushes and hundreds of unique sculptures. It’s also home to great events, classes, historical tours and even a zoo.  They offer single memberships for $60/year or family memberships for $90/year. With individual memberships, you get a member card and two complimentary guest passes food for any single day gardens admission. The family membership offers cards for all residents of your household and two guest passes. Membership benefits include ten percent discounts at the shops, restaurants and tours throughout Brookgreen, reduced rates for Nights of a Thousand Candles and other special events, discounts on 7-day admission for guests, invitations to members-only events, a subscription to the Brookgreen Journal and the Garden Path newsletter and special member-only holiday shopping events.

Children’s Museum of South Carolina | 2501 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, 843-946-9469
The Children’s Museum of South Carolina boasts an extensive list of exhibits and events year-round in Myrtle Beach where children are encouraged to touch, explore, play and learn.  The museum offers a variety of membership opportunities. Passport members receive an e-newsletter with museum events, 10% off at the museum gift shop, special activities and events and 50% off museum events and programs. Family passports can be purchased for $90/year and include unlimited entrance for two named adults and all children within the household plus $3 off admission for additional persons and five one-time use passes to share. A Family Plus Passport is $125/year and also includes ten guest passes plus reciprocal membership for free or reduced admission to more than 200 children’s museums throughout the U.S. Add a nanny or grandparent to your membership for $20/year.

Other passport options are also available. Just for Two Passports are available for $50/year and include unlimited visits for one adult and one child plus $3 off admission for additional guests. The Summer Fun Passport is $60 and is good for two named adults and all children for unlimited visits from Memorial Day through Labor Day and $3 off admission for additional guests. Grandparent Passports are available for $85/year and include unlimited entrance for two named grandparents and all grandchildren plus five guest passes and discounted admission for other guests. The Friends & Family Passport is $125/year and includes unlimited entrance for the passport holder and up to five guests, discounted admission for guests, $50 off birthday packages, five guest passes and reciprocal membership for other children’s museums. Memberships cannot be used for admission with groups or birthday parties.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans | 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, 843-235-6000
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Season tickets are available for $630 in the field box and $560 in the reserved box or Grand Strand reserved. Season tickets include membership in the Triple Crown Club, your name on the back of your seat, rain-out ticket options and more. Flex books are available for $126 in the field box, $102 in the reserved box or Grand Strand reserved box or $90 for the Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck. Books include 12 undated vouchers good for any game in the 2013 season. Mini plans are also available starting at $39.

Myrtle Waves | 3000 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, 843-918-8725
Myrtle Waves is an exciting place to cool off on a warm day. Lounge around in the lazy river or race down the Turbo Twisters. Myrtle Waves offers season passes for $79.99 plus tax. Passes include unlimited visits all season long, bring-a-friend days, 15% off in-park food and merchandise, cabana rental discounts and free parking. The season pass is paid for in less than two visits. Combo passes are also available with NASCAR SpeedPark and Pavilion Nostalgia Park for $149.99 plus tax for a three-park pass or $99.99 for a two-park pass.  The Myrtle Waves passes are good through September 8, 2013. Online deals are currently listed on the website.

NASCAR SpeedPark | 1820 21st Avenue North Ext., Myrtle Beach, 843-918-8725
NASCAR Speedpark is a race car fan’s dream come true. Buckle up and zip around the tracks then head inside to the 20,000 square foot arcade. NASCAR SpeedPark has a 30 day pass for $39.99 plus tax which includes unlimited go-kart tracks (excluding Thunder Road), mini golf, a rock climbing wall and kiddie rides. They also offer a four month pass for $59.99 plus tax that offers the same perks as the one month pass for 120 days. The two-park pass is available for $99.99 plus tax with admission to either Pavilion Nostalgia Park or Myrtle Waves. A three-park pass can be purchased for $149.99. They include unlimited admission to NASCAR SpeedPark through December 31, 2013.

Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park | 1171 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, 843-918-8725
Pavilion Nostalgia Park and Carousel Park bring back the old rides from the former site and give them life at their Broadway at the Beach locations. Kids can spin around on the tea cups and the Herschell-Spillman carousel. Pavilion Nostalgia Park offers a four month pass for $59.99 each plus tax which includes unlimited visits for 120 days to both parks. A 2013 three park season pass is available in combination with NASCAR Speedpark and Myrtle Waves for $149.99 plus tax.

Ripley’s Aquarium | 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, 843-916-0888
Broadway at the Beach is home to Ripley’s Aquarium. The aquarium has live mermaid shows, a dangerous shark reef, discovery areas, stingrays to pet and tons of aquatic life to see. Ripley’s Aquarium offers annual passes which include unlimited general admission to the aquarium for a full year, discounts to all Ripley’s Attractions in Myrtle Beach, 20% off meals in the Feeding Frenzy Restaurant, 20% off merchandise in the Cargo Hold Gift Shop and discounted general admission to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Annual passes are $49.99 for adults ages 12 and older and $28.99 for children ages 3 to 11. U-PICK Combos are available with aquarium admission plus and one or more Ripley’s Myrtle Beach attractions. Combo ticket prices start at $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for children.

South Carolina State Parks | Myrtle Beach State Park 4401 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, 843-238-5325; Huntington Beach State Park 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, 843-237-4440
Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park host family-friendly events year-round and are a great way to explore nature. The South Carolina State Parks offer a statewide Park Passport for $75 which allows you and everyone in your vehicle free admission to all South Carolina State Parks for one year. The Park Passport Plus is $99 and in addition to free admission for everyone in your vehicle, you receive free admission to select park programs for up to four people, free admission to Atalaya Castle at Huntington State Park, free weekend admission to the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival for up to four people and a $10 State Park Service Gift Card to use for park reservations.

Wild Water & Wheels | 910 Hwy. 17 South, Surfside Beach, 843-238-3787
Go crazy at Wild Water and Wheels. They have everything from exciting slides and pools to go karts and mini golf. Wild Water and Wheels offers season passes for the waterpark and combination passes for the waterpark with unlimited go-carts, bumper boats and mini golf. Waterpark passes are $74.95/person and combo passes are $114.90/person. Their website is listing an online sale price for both. Daily admission for the waterpark only is $27.98 (over 48” tall) and $17.98 (under 48” tall). All day full park admission is $37.98 (over 48” tall) and $27.98 (under 48” tall).

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Pawleys Island Perfect Vacation Destination

Looking for a beautiful beach community on the east coast of the USA as your next holiday destination? The Pawleys Island may be the place you are looking for. Located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coastline, Pawleys Island is a small, historic town, which became a prime vacation spot as early as the 18th century. Pawleys Island is a perfect destination for all types of people looking to relax, unwind, rest and get away from everyday life.

Pawleys Island offers an array of small to large vacation rentals. There are small one-bed roomed houses to large ocean-front houses that can house up to 20 people. You may be looking for a romantic long weekend away or a week on the beach with your kids, or even a fishing trip with a group of friends.  Not to mention golf.  The area boasts some of the best golf courses in the United States.  Pawleys Island caters to all of these, and more.  A vacation on Pawleys Island is very affordable and enjoyable, and perfectly relaxing for all ages. How about a nice two bedroom condo in the community of Litchfield by the Sea?

Once you have got your Pawleys Island beach rental sorted out you can go and enjoy the attractions that surround you.  Maybe you want to head up the coast to Myrtle Beach for a day to enjoy the bustle and the fun of the boardwalk; and then spend the rest of your vacation sunbathing on the beach, fishing in the creeks, kayaking with the family, and eating some Palmetto cheese as this is where it comes from! Don’t forget to check out the local fish and seafood restaurants too.  And maybe, late in the evening, a local will tell you all about the Pawleys Island ghost stories around a beach campfire! No historic town is complete without its ghost stories!

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Paula Deen at Coastal Uncorked in Myrtle Beach

May 8 – 15, 2011

May 14 – Paula Deen Cooking Demonstration

Experience a fine southern cuisine cooking demonstration with Paula Deen at the Alabama Theatre on Saturday, May 14th. During this hour long demonstration you will see Paula at her finest paired with an area chef cooking up some delicious dishes. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 8 – 15 – Coastal Uncorked Restaurant Week

Coastal Uncorked Restaurant Week will feature local cuisine from participating restaurants along the Grand Strand from May 8-15. This event includes several different dining options to choose from including wine dinners, beer dinners, three course $20.11 chef’s tasting menus, and Coastal Casual’s from 5-7 p.m.

May 12 – Coastal Uncorked Golf Tournament

Hit the links in 2011 for the Coastal Uncorked Golf Tournament being held at the Myrtle Beach National South and West courses. Tickets for single player $150; team $400. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 13 & 14 – Tasting Trolley Signature Event

All aboard! It’s time for the Coastal Uncorked Tasting Trolley event. Your all-inclusive trolley pass gets you unlimited access to the trolleys on both Friday and Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm. Don’t miss this exclusive tasting event. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 15 – Food Challenge & Tasting Finale Event

Join the elite culinary Grand Strand community for the Coastal Uncorked Finale Gala & Food Challenge at the Marina Inn. Prepare to watch six of the area’s top chefs square off in an iron chef style competition. This finale event will include tasting tables from area restaurants, specialty desserts, drinks silent auction, live entertainment, tastings and more. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

Celebrate 2011 Along the Grand Strand

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament  | 6:00 PM. Enjoy the splendor, pageantry and romance that would have been yours as a royal guest centuries ago.  Two-hour live performance with utensil-free feast served by wenches/serfs – set inside of an 11th century style castle.  Located at 2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach, SC  29579, call for tickets 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit http://www.medievaltimes.com.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Broadway at the Beach  | 6:00 PM. Start you evening with a tremendous fireworks display right over the Lake Broadway.  And when the fireworks are over the night will be just beginning.  Whether looking to ring in the New year with a raucous party or looking to keep it low profile with a romantic beach walk, Myrtle Beach will offer the atmosphere you’re looking for.  Broadway at the Beach is located at 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC  or visit http://www.broadwayatthebeach.com

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1st Annual Thompson Farm & Nursery Country Christmas

1st Annual Thompson Farm and Nursery Country Christmas
Come join our family for a down home country Christmas on the farm. Enjoy family fun events during the week of December 4th to December 12th 10:00am to 8:00pm Mon thru Sat and 1:00pm -8pm Sun.

Bring the whole family for an enjoyable Christmas treat you will not soon forget. Choose your fresh cut #1 grade Frasier Furs and Poinsettias. Christmas tree sizes range from 6 to 9 feet at a cost of $10.00 per foot. Take pleasure in decorating a complimentary tree swag with your family. Families receive 1 free decorative swag with every Christmas tree purchase. Tree delivery is available. A variety of Poinsettias are also available. Create custom wreaths, table arrangements, tree ribbons, and many other assorted Christmas decorations designed by you with help from our floral designer. (Custom orders available)
Families can enjoy our festive Pappy’s Play area at a rate of $7.50 per person

Play area admission includes: Enjoyment of all games in Pappy’s Play Area Live animal feedings
Complimentary hayride with price of play area admission
Giant Slide and Jump Castle

Complementary activities Include
Nightly Bonfire
Big screen projected outdoor Christmas movie at 5:30pm nightly at bonfire

Special Music performances, call for updates and schedules

Also available hot cider, hot chocolate, marshmallows and smores for roasting, also enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers.

Be sure to capture your 1st Annual Thompson Farm and Nursery Country Christmas memories with a family photograph taken with Santa!

Call (843) 236-1400 for Santa’ schedule.

Please contact Thompson Farm at (843) 236-1400 or visit their website at: www.thompsonfarmandnursery.com for more information.

 

Things to Do: Holiday Events Along the Grand Strand

  • Christmas Parade at Broadway at the Beach
    • From: 12/4/2010
      Time: 11:00 am
  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting North Myrtle Beach, McClean Park
    • From: 12/3/2010
      Time: 6:00 PM
  • Brookgreen’s Nights of a Thousand Candles
    • From: 12/3/2010 to: 12/18/2010
      Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Phone: 800-849-1931
      Web: www.brookgreen.org
  • Springmaid Beach Winter Arts & Craft Show
    • From: 12/3/2010 to: 12/5/2010
      Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: 3200 South Ocean Blvd
      Phone: 843-315-7182
      Web: www.springmaidbeach.com
  • Annual Christmas Parade North Myrtle Beach, Main Street
    • From: 12/4/2010
      Time: 5:30 PM
    • Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
      Phone: 843-280-5570

Holiday Events Along the Grand Strand

The holiday season is upon us and many of the local events over the next few weeks will be centered around that theme.

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