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!

Ocean Annie’s: The Place to Be This Summer

Spice up your next Myrtle Beach getaway by frequenting one of the top 10 bars in SC: Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar. Located on an immaculate, lively beach, Ocean Annie’s is your summer entertainment headquarters. Just steps from your accommodation at Sands Ocean Club Resort and the River City Cafe, you’re bound to spend every afternoon with a specialty cocktail in hand, a juicy burger in your belly, and your feet in the sand. No other resorts in Myrtle Beach SC have equal beach access—Ocean Club Resort reigns supreme. Ocean Annie’s has an extensive drink list, and River City Cafe has dozens of finger-licking sandwiches. Take our advice and try these refreshing cocktails and tasty burgers.

Specialty Cocktails at Annie’s

Our lucky guests have exclusive access to Ocean Annie’s and their sensational specialty cocktails. For those booking a stay at nearby Sands Beach Club Resort, you’re just a short three-minute walk from this beachfront paradise. With over a dozen cocktails to choose from, it can be challenging to make a decision. A basic Carolina Cosmo—vodka and pink lemonade— always goes down smooth. Otherwise, many guests love our signature Annie’s Tea, a delicious combo of vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec, lime, and cola. A Push Up, amaretto, orange juice, and milk, is perfect on a Sunday afternoon. Sunsets at Ocean Annie’s go well with Annie’s Slammer: Southern Comfort, amaretto, melon liqueur, and pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices.

Beach Fun and Live Music

Now that you’re sipping on a specialty cocktail it’s time to sit back and bask in the cozy South Carolina sunshine. Ocean Annie’s has live music on select afternoons if you’re hoping to boogie. Otherwise, the ocean views and pool access here is second-to-none. Other resorts in Myrtle Beach SC can only dream of our beach, bar, and pool access. If you need a quick meal, slip over to River City Cafe for an afternoon snack or one of the tastiest burgers you’ll ever eat.

World Famous Burgers

River City Cafe’s juicy beef patties have been satisfying hungry customers for years, helping us earn the tag “world famous burgers.” One bite into a mouthwatering half-pound short rib cheeseburger, and you’ll understand why Ocean Annie’s was named one of the best bars in the state. The short rib cheeseburger, made from a prime beef cut, lies between a freshly toasted artisan bun. We recommend the creamy bleu cheese spread—trust us.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try one of our “Double Dog Dare Ya” burgers. The “OMG” burger has two patties topped with hickory smoked bacon and fried onion strings. The patties lie between two fried egg and cheese sandwiches—this is not a joke. The burger also arrives with giant fried onion rings. You’ll need a partner to help you finish this behemoth. The nacho crunch burger, topped with Doritos, and the fried mac & cheese burger are fun and delicious.

Other resorts in Myrtle Beach SC can’t compete with the beach, pool, and bar access at Ocean Club Resort and Beach Club Resort. Explore our accommodations and find the Sands resort perfect for your next summer getaway.

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.

Glass Kayaking: The New Must-Try Water Activity

Summer beach season is upon us. Coastal South Carolina is flush with enlivened families and couples from all over the globe visiting Sands Resorts’ Myrtle Beach Waterpark at Sand Dunes Resort. Convincing you to spend one afternoon away from our waterpark will be difficult. The waterpark is free for guests–yes, you read that right. A new Myrtle Beach craze, however, is blossoming on the surrounding rivers, marshes, and beaches: glass kayaking.

Glass Kayaking is For Everyone

The idea is simple: create a transparent kayak so adventurers can see into the clear waters below. The 21st century sure is fun! The idea was simple, but the creation was complicated. Glass kayaks, sometimes called clear or transparent kayaks, are frequently made from the same material as bulletproof glass. These modern marvels also feature a UV layer to keep the glass from yellowing and your skin from burning. The frame is anodized aluminum, which in layman’s terms is a protective layer that prevents the kayak from being susceptible to breaking. The glass has an imported Lexan film, a high-tech polymer to make the vessel smooth, durable, easy to handle and soft.

Being able to look down into the Atlantic Ocean is a dynamic thrill. The most inexperienced individual can pick up the sport in nearly an instant in these kayaks built for all skill levels. Glass Bottom Kayak Tours is the lone Myrtle Beach adventure company to offer glass kayak rentals and tours. Tours start at an astoundingly low rate of $25 per person. Take a glass kayak tour of Cherry Grove Salt Marsh or Wacammaw River, or try the Waites Island Kayak Shelling Tour. The tours last up to 3 ½ hours, are family friendly, and professionally guided. Tandem kayaks are available, and remember to make reservations online.

The Best Myrtle Beach Waterpark

After a spectacular afternoon of glass kayaking through a nature preserve, saltwater marsh, and shelling on the beach, head back to Sands Resorts Waterpark. Don’t worry about long lines, high admission prices, or long drives–the waterpark is just steps away from your cozy guest room. This Myrtle Beach waterpark offers speedy waterslides, waterfall pools, an aquatic treehouse, lazy river, bubble pool, and prime sunbathing. Come for the area’s adventure, and stay for Sands’ exciting waterpark and incredible amenities!

Spring into the Garden at Sands Resorts

Spring season is here, and as things begin to warm up, you’re going to want to enjoy a day walking through the gardens. The spring months bring a sense of rejuvenation and livelihood after the colder off-season. When you’re here at one of the top Myrtle Beach South Carolina resorts, Sands Resorts, we know what you want to do for fun on a beautiful spring day! Enjoy a family adventure to Brookgreen Gardens and experience springtime excitement!

Spring Gardens Make a Great Family Adventure

If you’ve already hit up Ocean Annie’s for some beachside food, and you’ve enjoyed the Boardwalk, as well as our fantastic Waterpark, we have just what you might need for some downtime, Brookgreen Gardens. A trip to this magical location will be a treat for both you and your children! A spot where art, gardens, and landscape mix perfectly your kiddos will enjoy walking around the gardens. It offers a fabulous area of serenity among the busy spring and summer season that the Boardwalk tends to have during the warmer months.

What can you and your kids find at Brookgreen? You can walk through the gardens at your own pace or for an additional price you can go on a scenic tour. Beyond the flowers and foliage that are sure to bring a smile to any face, you can also experience the Lowcountry Zoo which features a wide variety of animals. Plus, check back for their events because with the garden’s every changing fun events, there is sure to be something new to see wherever you go!

Springtime at Sands

Don’t let the warmer season deter you away from the beautiful serenity and peaceful atmosphere that Brookgreen Gardens has to offer guests. When staying with Sands Resorts, one of the best Myrtle Beach South Carolina resorts, you’ll be close to this fantastic springtime gem, and you won’t want to miss out! Make your reservation today and take a step back on your vacation to allow for some educational learning, outside fun under the sun, and lots of fabulous flora and fauna to view.

Myrtle Beach in the Summer: What to Know

The heat is about to rise, and when you’re spending multiple days under the southern sun, you’re going to want to protect yourself! Staying at one of the leading ocean resorts Myrtle Beach has to offer, is one way to get out of the sun, but here at Sands Resorts, we understand you’re going to want to outside experiencing our city. Here is what you need to watch out for when it comes to our summer heat, what to bring, and what you won’t want to forget at home!

Southern Summer Heat

Summertime in South Carolina is a hot one! It’s also a reason people visit during this time of the year because the weather is warm and the ocean is cool, but when trying to escape the heat, there are ways you can still have fun in Myrtle Beach without sacrificing your well-being from too much sun exposure. We know that our Sands Resorts Waterpark will help cool you down but make sure you bring lots of sunscreens to ward off those nasty UVA and UVB rays.

What to Bring

When packing for summer vacation, there are a few things you will want to bring with you! Check off swimwear on your list because you’re going to be in and near the water, for sure when staying at one of our ocean resorts myrtle beach has to offer! Sunglasses, especially ones that are polarized will help reflect sunlight, so you don’t have to damage your retinas when on vacation to the sunny south. A hat is also an excellent item to have a long for a trip because people often forget that you can burn your scalp! If you have spent too much time in the heat, a lightweight cover-up offer protection so you can continue being outside without worrying about exposing your skin even more.

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Lightweight cover-up

Don’t Forget These at Home

There are a couple of items you’ll want to ensure you have with you at all times; sunscreen is one of them. Sunscreen helps to ease sun exposure, and you’ll want to remember to apply multiple times throughout the day. You can set the alarm on your phone to remind you to re-apply every half-hour to an hour, especially when under the sun for long periods of time. Plus, With plenty of ways for sun protection we know that sunburns can happen, so bring aloe vera or an after sun lotion to help ease your way into healing. If you did happen to forget these items or run out during your time here, no worries, Sands Resorts has you covered where you can purchase items at our convenience store right on site!

  • SPF Sunscreen
  • Aloe vera
  • After Sun Lotion

Enjoy Sands Resorts

Whether you’re by the beach relaxing, hanging out at our waterpark, or you’re just enjoying the warm southern sun, make sure you take a break to cool down, chill out, and spend some time indoors. It’s okay to enjoy some time indoors, and there are lots of places like our fantastic lodging options. Summer is one almost here and preparing for days spent under the sun is crucial, don’t forget to enjoy one of the top ocean resorts myrtle beach is known for at Sands Resorts!

Searching for the Best Shell in Myrtle Beach

Our Myrtle Beach resorts are known for more than just the fantastic accommodations and fantastic on-site activities; you’ll be able to experience one of the best things to do on a beach vacation, shelling! Hunting for the perfect seashell takes time and some skill but when you’re staying at Sands Resorts you’ll be near the beach so you can find something spectacular!

Spring Beachtime Shelling

Spring is one of the best times to hunt for seashells by the seashore. This season allows for perfect temperatures as the weather isn’t too hot, nor too cold. We suggest if you’re going to enjoy a day full of shelling that you start in the morning. The crowds at the beach won’t be too busy, and you’ll find the best spots. When the groups at the beach become too much, we recommend taking a midday break at Ocean Annie’s for some food and drinks!

There are lots of different shells to find on the beach, and with small shovel and bag, you can take home some of the prettiest seashells from your vacation. Many people like to bring home remembrance of their getaway, and a few shells are the perfect way to take home a souvenir. Check out this handy list of standard seashells you’ll find near our Myrtle Beach resorts.

No matter what you choose to do during your stay make sure, you find the best shell to bring home! You’ll turn your moments into beautiful designs to remember here in South Carolina at one of the top Myrtle Beach resorts, Sands Resorts. Whether you place your shells on a picture frame or have them in a jar, you’ll love seeing your beach memories every day, and it can make you want to book another trip with us!

How to Battle the Spring Break Crowds

Planning a vacation can be stressful, but when it’s spring break in South Carolina, the crowds begin to double. Battling these crowds, as a visitor can be daunting and quite frankly, we understand that you might not want to venture out past the best resort in Myrtle Beach, ourSands Resorts! Here are a few ways you can avoid the crowds and the hustle and bustle that Spring Break season brings to our beautiful, coastal area!

Skip The Beach

When there are a lot of visitors, many enjoy going to the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach’s famous boardwalk and promenade, but if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of other options which will help you keep your sanity. Figuring out what to do so that you avoid having to wait in long lines or trying to find a spot at the beach, check out our fantastic Sands Resorts Waterpark! No need to fight for a spot on the sandy shores and it’s right at our Sands Resorts. Plus, no matter which resort you choose to stay at, you’ll receive free admission to the waterpark!

Find Hidden Gems Near The Coast

When looking for things to do near the best resort in Myrtle Beach you’re going to want to go somewhere without the crowds. While the Grand Strand is famous among visitors, it gets jam-packed and you won’t want to have to wait in line or deal with long wait times for food. Hit those hidden gems on the coast like Huntington Beach State Park or Myrtle Beach State Park, these parks are great options for family and allow for hiking and biking with access to plenty of trails.

Take A Tour Of The City

Tours make up a great way to experience more of Myrtle Beach while staying away from the most crowded areas. Take a journey away from the city, Carolina Safari Jeep Tours will get your off-roading as you explore the town and surrounding area from the comforts of the Jeeps! Other tour groups include Glass Bottom Kayak Tours where you’ll be able to enjoy the Intracoastal waterways while seeing more than you typically would with a regular kayak. We also recommend renting a Pedego Electric Bike to bike around the city and the Market Commons.

However you choose to enjoy your trip to the best resort in Myrtle Beach, Sands Resorts, you’ll find that when you hit the town, you won’t want to wait in the crowded lines that you’ll see this summer season. Get out and experience more when you opt for a tour of Myrtle Beach, or skip the lines with our Waterpark passes for a fun-filled day splashing in the water, while not having to worry about finding a spot at the beach. We’ve got everything here at our resorts to make for an all-inclusive stay near the ocean! Reserve your accommodation today and get ready for one of the most fantastic summertime adventure vacations, ever!

Experience the Luck of the Irish in South Carolina

Grab your green and gold coins because the luck of the Irish is heading to South Carolina! We know that there are plenty of ocean resorts myrtle beach has to offer, but there is nothing like staying at our beautiful Sands Resorts this spring! When you’re here this March, experience St Patrick’s Day, as that rainbow and pot of gold, lands on the weekend. You’re going to want to celebrate all the fun that St. Paddy’s Day brings, so here are our local happenings and the best brews on March 16-17, 2018!

Where to Spend your St Paddy’s Day

There is nowhere else you’d rather be, than at the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Myrtle Beach! Located right in the heart of the city on Main Street you’ll enjoy this event on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Not only are we celebrating Irish culture but we like to welcome in the spring season, which will kick off our busy season. Enjoy the parade and follow it to one of three stages where live music will be, as well as an area dedicated just for kids! Plus, with over 150 vendors featuring food, crafts, and more, you’ll be set for a fantastic day during your trip!

Find the Best Brew!

If you need even more St Paddy’s Day fun head our very own oceanfront bar, Ocean Annie’s! We just reopened at the end of February after our winter season, so we’re ready for buckets of beer and lots of fun, right on the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach! We’ll be your one stop shop for delicious food and even better beers this St. Patrick’s Day. Check out our list of fantastic brews, and then join us for a cold one right on the beach!

No matter how you spend, your spring make sure you take flight and go somewhere new to Myrtle Beach! Our Atlantic Coast is waiting for you at one of our ocean resorts Myrtle Beach has to offer. Choose Sands Resorts, and we’ll ensure you have everything you need for the best weekend as you celebrate both the spring season and St Patrick’s Day! Explore our different resorts, look at our specials, and see why we rank among the best in South Carolina!