A Handy Myrtle Beach Arcade Guide

Myrtle Beach ArcadeNostalgia is a powerful sentiment, especially for us “old-timers” that remember the glory days of rotary telephones, CRT televisions, floppy disks, and, of course, arcade games. Many old-school products from the mid-to-late 1900s are making a comeback, including vinyl records, Polaroid cameras, and even cassette tapes. Likewise, classic arcade venues are suddenly trending as more and more kids are growing fascinated with these mysterious joystick machines. But our generation never lost interest in these dazzling, six-foot-tall apparatuses. And, luckily for you and your family, North Shore Oceanfront Hotel is home to a bright, newly-remodeled Myrtle Beach arcade: the Family FunZone Arcade.

Top 3 Myrtle Beach Arcade Venues

Researching and locating the best arcade in Myrtle Beach requires quite a bit of energy as there are nearly a dozen venues in the city. This handy list has a little bit of everything: a boardwalk staple, a pinball museum, and an arcade/mini-golf combo just a few steps from a free Myrtle Beach water park. To ensure that your upcoming wintertime escape to South Carolina’s coast is nothing short of flawless, we’ve pieced together this handy Myrtle Beach arcade guide.

North Shore Family FunZone Arcade

North Shore Oceanfront Hotel’s Family FunZone Arcade has a lot going for it: countless state-of-the-art arcade games, a blacklight mini-golf course, and an attached, newly-renovated pool area. Oh, and it’s just steps from Sands Resorts Water Park, which is entirely free to all guests at both North Shore Oceanfront Hotel and Sand Dunes Resort. Besides being free, convenient, and vast, visitors treasure this arcade’s diverse mixture of top-of-the-line video games and old-school arcade-style machines.

Myrtle Beach ArcadeMyrtle Beach Pinball Museum

Not only is the Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum one of the area’s most underrated hidden gems, but it’s home to perhaps the best collection pinball machines in the state. Most travelers believe that this timeless escape is just a museum, but visitors can conquer these blasts from the past during business hours for only $12 per hour. Visitors can bounce around from machine to machine to play classics such as Ghostbusters, Munsters, Simpsons, and Indiana Jones.

Fun Plaza

Fun Plaza is the premier Myrtle Beach Boardwalk arcade. We have a fondness for Fun Plaza’s many classic games, such as skee ball, table hockey, pop-a-shot basketball, and coin-operated “Batter Up” baseball. This facility’s location to the SkyWheel, Atlantic Ocean, eclectic shopping, and highly-praised restaurants instantly makes it a candidate for the “best Myrtle Beach arcade.”

Memorable Myrtle Beach Vacations

For those who’re yearning for even more arcade games in Myrtle Beach, the kids will love the lighthearted ambiance at Fun Warehouse! And don’t forget to read up about the area’s best beach activities, water sports, and rainy day ideas before your arrival. Sands Resorts has four affordable yet modern oceanfront hotels along the Atlantic Ocean’s edge here in sunny Myrtle Beach. There’s no better time to book a trip than right now as our fall and wintertime vacation specials have never been more affordable. Please give us a call today at 800-726-3783 to get matched up with a condo that perfectly suits your family’s size, style, and budget.

The Top 3 North Myrtle Beach Restaurants

Naturally, one of the first actions a person undertakes after booking a well-deserved coastal getaway to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is extensively researching the area’s culinary scene. There’s something for everyone along the Grand Strand, including ample fresh-caught seafood, longstanding Italian staples, and a plethora of cheap eats. Just a couple miles out of town, however, lies a gourmet cuisine mecca near North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing. To many people’s surprise, there are dozens of top-reviewed North Myrtle Beach restaurants along busy Highway 17 that have been wowing foodies for over a decade. And luckily for you, Sands Resorts have four oceanfront hotels just a couple miles down the road from North Myrtle Beach’s culinary hotbed.

Fine Dining Done Right: the Best North Myrtle Beach Restaurants

These three hand-selected North Myrtle Beach restaurants have several traits in common: they’ll all high-end, romantic, and award-winning. While the price for an entree certainly isn’t cheap, the arresting experience at each location is well worth the extra dollar sign or two. Finding fresh seafood in North Myrtle Beach is quite easy, but savoring the best flavor combinations in one bite is hard to achieve. Luckily, these fine establishments have some of the premier executive chefs in the region.

North Myrtle Beach RestaurantsSea Blue Restaurant & Wine Bar

When we think of sophistication, elegance, and decadent flavors, Sea Blue Restaurant & Wine Bar immediately comes to mind. This posh, sleek, blue-lit wine bar is the epitome of romance. And, thankfully, the mouthwatering, succulent entrees match the dazzling decor. Sea Blue has one of the most extensive wine cellars in South Carolina for those with an adoration for fine vino. The menu at Sea Blue continually rotates with the changing of the seasons, but you’ll typically spot local seafood favorites, such as Maine lobster, seared diver scallops, and crab cakes. The 42-ounce, dry-aged porterhouse for two is one of life’s true culinary treasures.

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill remains one of our favorite Barefoot Landing restaurants. While it’s undoubtedly much more laid back than Sea Blue, the vibrant coastal flavors are unrivaled. And the Intercoastal Waterway location next to the Alabama Theatre is a huge plus for families that are looking for a meal in-between shopping and live entertainment. What we love about Flying Fish is that their scrumptious meals don’t break the bank—the $12 blackened mahi-mahi tacos are dynamite! Seafood classics, such as the surf and turf, snow crab, crab cakes, and Gulf shrimp boil, are crowd-pleasers, especially for large groups aiming to get a small taste of everything. Oh, and their daily happy hour includes $2 PBRs, $4 Long Islands, $5 buffalo shrimp, and $7 oysters.

North Myrtle Beach Restaurants21 Main Prime Steakhouse

If you plan to devour a juicy steak during your long-awaited Myrtle Beach escape, we highly recommend embarking on a short trek to 21 Main Prime Steakhouse (yet another one of our favorite North Myrtle Beach restaurants). The ultra-talented culinary team at 21 Main have crafted a marvelous menu that includes Chilean sea bass, seared scallops, and lobster tail, but you simply cannot resist the allure of a 12-ounce, certified Angus, center-cut filet mignon. 21 Main serves eight USDA-certified prime cuts in all, including a bone-in ribeye, New York strip, and a whopping 40-ounce porterhouse. One bite into their prime steak and you’ll instantly understand why they rank among the best restaurants in North Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Resorts with Water Parks

After half a day at Alligator Adventure, Duplin Winery, and LuLu’s Beach Arcade, retreat to Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar for a refreshing cocktail, a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, and a beach walk at dusk. Or head on down to our free Myrtle Beach water park located at Sand Dunes Resort. All four of our oceanfront resorts are just a short drive from the premier North Myrtle Beach restaurants, including Sea Blue, Flying Fish, and 21 Main. Give us a call today at 800-726-3783 to book a dreamlike coastal escape to sunny South Carolina!

Parasailing in Myrtle Beach: The Thrill of a Lifetime

It should come as no surprise that the best view of Myrtle Beach comes from the sky. Whether it’s atop the SkyWheel or inside a helicopter, there’s something magical about scanning the gorgeous Grand Strand high in the air. Perhaps our favorite method of aerial “exploration” here at Sands Resorts is an exhilarating parasailing expedition. Parasailing in Myrtle Beach is among the most popular midday activities for families, groups, and couples alike, especially for travelers with a thirst for adventure. When you’re not relaxing on the beach, visiting the area’s top attractions, and fishing in the Gulf Stream, we hope that you strap in for a trip into the sky!

Parasailing in Myrtle Beach (2)Discover the Best Parasailing in Myrtle Beach

To ensure that your well-deserved coastal escape is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled the area’s seven best parasailing outfitters. Parasailing in Myrtle Beach has never been more accessible thanks to a lot of buzz and word of mouth by frequent travelers. Myrtle Beach parasailing prices are as low as anywhere else along the East Coast, especially during the “offseason.” Hopefully, after reading through this list, you won’t have to search for “parasailing near me” during your upcoming getaway.

Express Watersports

Location: 4042 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC

Reservations: 843-357-7777 (or book online), rates start at $65

Why Choose Them? Express Watersports is one of the only establishments that have online booking, which is a huge plus for planners.

Downwind Sails

Location: 2985 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-236-7245 (or book online), rates start at $59

Why Choose Them? Their parasails fly approximately 300 feet in the air.

Ocean Watersports

Location: 410 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-445-7777

Why Choose Them? This team has been parasailing in Myrtle Beach since 1981. And the $5 coupon doesn’t hurt.

Parasailing in Myrtle Beach (2)Aloha Watersports

Location: 2208 Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-249-9908

Why Choose Them? If you’re hoping to spend an afternoon parasailing in North Myrtle Beach, we recommend Aloha Watersports. They’re one of the only companies that offer three-person rides.

Shoreline Watersports

Location: 409 Ocean Boulevard, Surfside Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-272-2420 (or book online), rates start at $40

Why Choose Them? Shoreline is the cheapest option in the Myrtle Beach area.

New Wave Watersports

Location: 1701 Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-361-3322

Why Choose Them? New Wave is just 2.5 miles from Barefoot Landing.

Atlantic Watersports

Location: 3102 Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-272-2420

Why Choose Them? Atlantic Watersports has the best specials in town.

4 Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resorts

Sands Resorts has four oceanfront destinations along the Grand Strand: Sand Dunes Resort, North Shore Oceanfront Hotel, Sands Ocean Club, and Sands Beach Club. Each unique resort is elegant, inexpensive, and conveniently located to the area’s top attractions. You’ll also discover a whole lot of perks, such as free entry to a water park, beach access, on-site dining, and ocean-view accommodations. Spend your afternoons shopping, jet-skiing, snorkeling, and parasailing in Myrtle Beach before returning to your oceanfront getaway for dinner, cocktails, and a moonlit beach stroll. To book a well-deserved family vacation to sunny Myrtle Beach, please give us a call today at 800-726-3783.

Where to Find Live Music in Myrtle Beach

myrtle beach hotels with water parksWhile many may not consider Myrtle Beach a music hotbed, our live local and regional music scene is exponentially growing. With dozens of locales to discover new artists and rediscover old favorites, Sands Resorts should be your next coastal South Carolina getaway headquarters. Sand Dunes Resort is king among Myrtle Beach hotels with water parks, and Sands Ocean Club and Beach Club are a short walk away from Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar. Throw on a band tee, grab an ice-cold beer, and seek these local music halls for an entertaining evening of live music.

Rock and Roll at the House of Blues

Co-founded by actor Dan Aykroyd, the House of Blues is a Barefoot Landing staple. While it’s unlikely you’ll be hearing any blues at this venue, a memorable night of hard rock awaits. This unique, two-story concert venue sees a large number of rock bands, spanning generations, including Seether, Blues Traveler, Marilyn Manson, Puddle of Mudd, Steel Panther, and Gwar. Rappers Pusha T and Lil Xan will also be performing later this year. The tribute bands are just as popular. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, or Stevie Wonder tribute band. These artists are as close to the real thing as you can get. The House of Blues not only has nightly entertainment, but their jambalaya, baby back ribs, sliced brisket, and fried chicken is to-die-for.

Beach Music at Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar

For an entirely different concert experience, Sands Ocean Club guests can walk 10 feet to Myrtle Beach’s premier beach bar experience at Ocean Annie’s. Nearby Sands Beach Club is also a scenic three-minute beach walk from a specialty cocktail and hot summer jams. Our talented cover bands play Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Journey, Guns and Roses, Little Big Town, and many more. There’s nothing better than free live music steps away from a cozy accommodation.

Local Favorites Worth Checking Out

If you’re in the Murrells Inlet area south of town, stop by Dead Dog Saloon for daily live music and the best fish tacos on the coast. Two miles south of Sand Dunes Resort, chief among Myrtle Beach resorts with water parks, you’ll find Bourbon Street Bar & Grille. Bourbon Street is a local favorite because of their nightly entertainment and food and drinks specials. The supergroup Alabama performed six nights a week in 1973 at The Bowery. Alabama mostly covered Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard during their stint at this oceanfront bar.

Myrtle Beach hotels with water parks are few and far between. Your family can gain free access to Sand Dunes Resort Waterpark by staying in any of our four Myrtle Beach resorts. Consult our packages and specials for up-to-the-minute discounts on week-long and mid-week stays!

A Visitor’s Guide to Myrtle Beach Fireworks

myrtle beach family resortsSummer is still heating up in lively Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Sands has four grand Myrtle Beach family resorts central to the area’s best fireworks shows. While summer does, unfortunately, have an expiration tag, Myrtle Beach’s fireworks shows are a year-round spectacle. Witness stunning seasonal and year-round fireworks at these five South Carolina staples: Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Second Avenue Pier, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Pack your lawn chairs, a blanket, and a pair of binoculars because the show is about to begin!

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is a family-friendly entertainment hub with live theater, premier shopping, hip restaurants, and the state’s best amusement park, WonderWorks. Families can (and do) spend an entire day at Broadway. You can also witness the area’s best fireworks show from March through December. Broadway hosts 23 events during the summer months as well as six during the “off-season;” please consult their event calendar for specific dates.

Barefoot Landing

North Myrtle Beach also has a fantastic entertainment center at Barefoot Landing, five miles northeast of Sands Beach Club and Ocean Club. Both of these Myrtle Beach family resorts are next to the area’s famous hot spot: Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar. Barefoot Landing has 14 light shows in the summer and one each in September, November, and December. The fireworks fly high into the night sky above Lewis Pond and Joe’s Crab Shack.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Pelicans Ballpark

We’re proud to be the home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and four-time Carolina League champions. Not only are the Pelicans full of future MLB ballplayers but Pelicans Ballpark has fantastic daily promotions, including fireworks on Sundays and Tuesdays. Come for the $2 tacos and tallboys on Tuesdays and stay for the exciting light show. Visit on a Sunday and enjoy free face-painting, balloon artists, and a pregame catch on the field.

Second Avenue Pier/Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. during peak season, Second Avenue Pier and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk host a firework show for the locals and tourists. Take a stroll down the Boardwalk or to the pier at sunset then sit back and witness a glorious display high above the ocean’s waves.

Myrtle Beach Family Resorts

Sands Resorts is home to Myrtle Beach’s best waterpark: the Sand Dunes Waterpark, entirely free to guests of all four Sands Resorts. Discover the Sands Family Funzone, a sizable arcade and pool area, at our beautiful Ocean Dunes Resort. Start planning your next family getaway by booking a stay at one of the best Myrtle Beach family resorts!

Get Patriotic with Sands Resorts

July 4 Myrtle BeachThe 4th of July is arguably the busiest, most enjoyable and entertaining holiday in the United States. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and the beach is near at Sands Resorts. The fun is endless, and life is more comfortable thanks to our inexpensive Myrtle Beach packages and excellent amenities. Enjoy free water park access at Sand Dunes Resort, play free golf with a stay at Sands Ocean Club or Sands Beach Club, and witness a distinct parade and breathtaking fireworks in Myrtle Beach.

Sand Dunes Waterpark

Sands Resorts Waterpark is free to guests at Sand Dunes Resort in beautiful Myrtle Beach. The oceanfront property has not only breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views, exclusive beach access, and insanely low prices. Also a secluded world-class water park with a relaxing lazy river, bubble pool, fast waterslides, an aquatic treehouse, and waterfall pools. Try prying yourself from the endless summer fun at Sands Resorts Waterpark.

Free Golf at Diamondback

One of the many perks at Sands Ocean Club or Sands Beach Club is the free golf. Sands Resort has partnered with Woodland Valley Country Club to bring guests a free round of golf at scenic Diamondback Golf Club. Diamondback, located in North Myrtle Beach, is challenging, quiet, and rustic–not the type of golf course you would expect in Coastal South Carolina. The course has large trees, pristine greens and bunkers, and short rough. Ocean Dunes Resort and Sand Dunes Resort also offer exclusive Myrtle Beach packages for golfers starting at $289 for three nights!

Unique Parades

Catch one of South Carolina’s unique parades in the Myrtle Beach area. Boring, old street parades won’t cut it ever again after witnessing the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade and the 51st annual Pawleys Island Golf Cart Parade. The colorful and patriotic boat parade runs through wild Murrells Inlet where spectators can watch from the marsh walk. The golf cart parade has cars, trucks, and boat floats, but the little golf carts are always the main event. These two July 4th parades don’t run at the same so that you can catch them both!

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing

Before finishing the Fourth with fireworks, grab some tasty grub and a signature cocktail at Ocean Annie’s, located at Sands Ocean Club right on the beach. Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment hub, is home to the best fireworks show in South Carolina. The fireworks at Barefoot Landing fly high above the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of the restaurant and carnival district. Your week with Sands Resorts will go down in history much like Independence Day.

Sands Resorts Presents its Signature Collection

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Just in time for prime vacationing to Myrtle Beach, Sands Resorts is presenting its Signature Collection, a collection of premier luxury bedroom suites and townhomes.

Featuring one, two, three and four bedrooms, the collection has the perfect size for you and your guests to have a relaxing stay.

The two bedroom suites and condos have a fantastic view of the ocean, shutter-style furnishings, and a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops. You are close to all the fun, including the beach, the pools, lazy rivers, Sand Dunes WaterPark, and the oceanfront restaurants.

The three bedroom penthouses are luxurious, elegant and comfortable. They are newly remodeled and decorated with a beachy vibe that encourages you to relax and enjoy your time. With a fully equipped kitchen and a private oversize balcony, you will have everything you need for a great vacation.

A four bedroom townhouse is an excellent option for large parties that don’t want to be separated, but still want access to all the resort amenities. These multi-level townhouses have: an attached two-car garage, wifi, a washer and dryer, a kids room with bunk beds and a DVD player, and more. The townhomes are located right across from Sands Resorts so you will only be steps away from all the amenities the resort has to offer.

Staying at Sands Resorts is now better than ever. The Signature Collection offers you even more choices of accommodations so you can pick the best setting for your dream vacation with us.

Book Early and Save Big at Sands Resorts

Are you planning your next vacation to Myrtle Beach? We have just what you need at Sands Resorts including the best amenities, beautiful accommodations and amazing getaway specials. At Sands Resorts, it is always better to book in advance, no matter how long you plan to stay.

Did you know that when you book six months or more in advance, you can save up to 33% on your vacation? Talk about a great deal! Now is the time to book your 2016 summer vacation and take advantage of our book early and save package. While there are restrictions that apply, our staff at Sands Resorts is ready to help you find the ultimate deal.

Our book early and save package applies to any of our six oceanfront hotels and resorts along The Grand Strand. Each resort is located nearby the best attractions, golf, dining and shopping. Guests can enjoy one of the many oceanfront rooms, villas and 1, 2, or 3-bedroom suites.

Also, guests of Sands Resorts can enjoy the wonderful amenities at each property. Some of our amenities include the Atlantis Spa, Health Club, Sands Water Park, Mango’s Restaurant, Ocean Annie’s and more. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy when you book a vacation at Sands Resorts.

Now is the time to take advantage of the book early and save deal! Enjoy great savings now, allowing you to have more for those shopping trips, golf days and show tickets!

New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach

Who’s ready to ring in the New Year in Myrtle Beach?

Visit Sands Resorts and join in on the New Year Weekend Celebration! Whether you are celebrating with friends, family or that special someone, we have a party ready for you.

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