Best of the Beach (6/10-20)

Beach Fun for June 10th - 20th

Our suggestions for the coming week include lots of fun for the whole family fun.

And, some rocking celebrity concerts!

  • "Rock of Love Bus Tour" with Bret Michaels at the House of Blues on the 10th
  • Colt Ford and Southern Blue in Concert at the House of Blues on the 13th
  • Merle Haggard in Concert at the Alabama Theatre on the 18th
  • Band of Horses in Concert at the House of Blues on the 18th

See more on our Beach Fun Forecast.

World's Largest Inflatable Waterside

3-Story Inflatable Waterslide Now in North Myrtle Beach

The Beach Services Division for the City of North Myrtle Beach will be unveiling a new summer fun attraction in North Myrtle Beach… the world’s largest inflatable waterslide. The three-story inflatable waterslide will be set up on the beach between 1st and 2nd Avenues South in North Myrtle Beach and is scheduled to welcome its first riders on Friday.

“We are very eager and excited to be able to offer residents and visitors of North Myrtle Beach an exciting new attraction that will make lasting memories and help attract and retain visitors to our City,” said City of North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley.

Dubbed “The Hippo” by the manufacturing company FreeStyle Slides, the slide is 36 feet tall, nearly 180 feet long and weighs in at 3,700 lbs. To get to the top, riders must climb one of two 60-step staircases, which come equipped with form-fitting handrails and non-slip grooves for a safe climb to the top. The most exciting part is that the wild ride to the bottom can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

The world’s largest inflatable waterslide is scheduled to be inflated on the beach today and will be open to the public Friday and will operate beginning at 10 a.m. daily throughout the summer.

The waterslide is affordable for beachgoers at only $3 per ride or riders can purchase an all-day wristband for $20. Tickets and wristbands will be available for purchase at the city’s Ocean Park, which is located at 2nd Avenue South street end.

Bird Watching at the Beach

Coastal Bird Watching

If you enjoy birding as a favorite way to relax and bond with nature, come to the South Carolina beaches and visit some of the local hot birding spots. With just a little luck and sharp eyes, you’ll likely see a wide variety of birds soaring including the bald eagle, our national emblem, as well as hawks and ospreys. On my last trip along the Intracoastal Waterway, I was fortunate enough to see four eagles' nests - and one was occupied by a stately eagle!

Huntington Beach State Park, with its three miles of undeveloped beaches and pristine salt marshes, is home to more than 300 recorded species of birds. Long considered one of the best birding spots in South Carolina, Huntington Beach is particularly known for migratory birds that flock to our area for the warmer Carolina waters.

Grab your field glasses and camera for a stroll along the park’s causeways to search the freshwater lagoon and salt marsh to observe the marsh birds and waterfowl. Get a bird’s eye view of hundreds of bird species from the lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park. Colorful painted buntings, slender terns and white egrets all make the park their home. And birders can spot skimmers, tanagers, orioles, pelicans, oystercatchers and wood storks. Egrets and herons also can be found in abundance at this prime birding destination. ~ some information from SCPRT

Special Deals at Freestyle Park

Great Deals for Carolinians at Freestyle Music Park

The Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is offer some excellent deals during the grand “re-opening” of the park (formerly Hard Rock Park). The Grand Opening is set for this Saturday, May 23rd.

Through June 14th, residents of North and South Carolina can purchase admission to the park for $10 OFF the regular price of $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids. Just bring along a valid picture ID and enjoy the excitement of the park and the cool savings!

Active firefighters, medics and members of the military get FREE ADMISSION through May 31st.

Coming This Weekend...Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival May 16th & 17th

The historic and quaint community of Little River, on the border between the Carolinas, will play host to the 28th Annual Blue Crab Festival this weekend. With a permanent home in the beautiful and popular North Myrtle Beach area, the Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest and most fun festivals in the southeast.

This year's festival will feature booths manned by over 175 vendors offering regional arts & crafts and festival treats. There will be a fun zone with kids' activities and amusements, a full slate of entertainment, souvenirs, contests and fun for the whole family. AND you'll find lots & lots of steamed blue crabs, shrimp and other local delicacies.

Saturday's lineup includes the fabulous Castaways from noon until 4pm and Sea Cruz that evening from 4 'til 8pm. Sunday will feature the Fantastic Shakers from noon 'til 4pm and Jim Quick & the Coastline Band from 4 'til 7pm. There will be beach music and rock & roll almost all weekend long.

Lots of fun, food and music... at a really great price! Advance tickets are $3 daily or $5 for a 2-day pass. General admission at the gate is only $4 per day. Kids under 6 are admitted free. Come on down for a great time. Beach houses and condos are available at low rates so call us at 800-249-2100 and make your reservations today.

MayFest on Main 2009

Fun for All at North Myrtle Beach's Street Party

This past Saturday, several thousand locals and visitors were in attendance for the annual MayFest on Main street party in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Main Street was open only for pedestrian traffic for the day and was lined with booths manned by all sorts of arts & crafts folks, specialty food vendors, and more. There were kids’ areas with lots of fun stuff for toddlers to teens, including rides on Bubba – an eight foot tall North African camel.

Live music was the biggest draw of the FREE EVENT with a long list of bands providing the entertainment. Headlining were Sixties Surf Musicians from the former Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and others. Popular bands including Mother’s Finest, Chairmen of the Board, and Coco Loco played long and hard and had the crowd dancing in the street. Created to provide fun for all ages, the festival grows larger and larger each May. Be sure to include it in your plans for 2010.

Spring 2009 Motorcycle Rally

Harley-Davidson “Cruisin’ the Coast 2009”

Even though the City of Myrtle Beach passed additional rules geared toward eliminating the spring motorcycle rally, a large crowd of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts are present here in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Riders are congregating at the various vendor exhibits and event venues at Barefoot Landing and at Barefoot Commons in Windy Hill.

The atmosphere, so far, is a bit more subdued and the crowds not as large as recent years. This is due partly to the Myrtle Beach city agenda mostly to the general economic malaise. North Myrtle Beach city representatives say everything is business as usual and plan to regard the motorcycle rally attendees the same as other visitors. The Harley Rally kicked off this past Friday and will run through the next weekend.