Top 5 Things to Do at the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve

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While most first-time visitors associate North Myrtle Beach with sandy beaches and soft waves, there is plenty more for nature-lovers to explore during their stay! Visit the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve during your stay on The Grand Strand!

Heritage Shores Nature Preserve is just one of the many great natural attractions to visit while you’re staying on The Grand Strand. For a full list, download our free Vacation Guide! It’s chock-full of great recommendations for historic sites, museums, parks, restaurants, and art galleries in the area. Planning your vacation is easy when you use our free Vacation Guide!

Visit the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve

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The Heritage Shores Nature Preserve was established in 2007 and is located on an island in the Cherry Grove marsh. This seven-acre park is perfect for fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, and picnics. Admission is free year-round, making this one of the best free things to do in North Myrtle Beach!

Enjoy Birdwatching

Heritage Shores is a renowned destination for birdwatching. Many different species can be found here, including blue herons, brown pelicans, white ibis, and great egrets. Visitors have even spotted double-crested cormorants, osprey, hawks, and barred owls! Grab your binoculars and take advantage of this thriving bird habitat.

Take Advantage of the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve Fishing

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Are you an avid angler? Take advantage of the preserve’s fishing pier in the Cherry Grove Hog Inlet. This body of water is home to a variety of native fish include silverside, winter flounder, mummichog, and pinfish. You may even catch Atlantic croaker and striped mullet. Keep an eye out for beautiful bottlenose dolphin who fish in this area too!

Take a Stroll

With more than seven acres of walking paths, park guests can experience a different hike each time they visit. Interpretive signs describe the plants, animals, fish, and birds in the area and a scenic mile-long boardwalk winds through the beautiful and diverse ecosystem. Be sure to bring your camera!

Have a Picnic

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There are several picturesque spots in the park where visitors can enjoy lunch with a view. Simply pack a sandwich or a few snacks and munch on your goodies while admiring the inlet and ocean. Picnics are fun for the whole family, and dogs are permitted in the park as long as they are on a leash.

Go Kayaking

After lunch, paddle your way through the Cherry Grove marsh by kayak! Great Escapes Kayaking Expeditions offers guided two-hour kayak tours through the preserve. You’ll explore hidden saltwater creeks and can watch awesome marine life in their natural habitat. Don’t forget to call ahead to make your reservations!

Book Your Stay in North Myrtle Beach With Seaside Vacations

After a day spent exploring Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, return to your gorgeous rental home or condo from Seaside Vacations! You won’t find a better selection of accommodations anywhere else on The Grand Strand.

If you’re visiting the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, consider renting one of our condos in Hyperion Towers! Our two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is just a 15-minute walk from the park. Prepare your picnic lunch in the fully-equipped kitchen or enjoy the views from the large oceanfront balcony. This condo also features a washer and a dryer, three televisions, and free internet access.

Please take a look at the rest of our rentals and book today! We are excited to have you.

7 Things You Need to Do on Halloween in North Myrtle Beach

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Are you looking for something different to do this Halloween? Then come to North Myrtle Beach for a scarily good time! Our beautiful beach town offers haunted houses, fright nights, trick-or-treating, and more throughout October. This is the perfect place to celebrate the creepiest time of the year! You’re not going to want to miss Halloween in North Myrtle Beach!

While celebrating Halloween in North Myrtle Beach make sure to take advantage of the delicious restaurants in town! Download our free Vacation Guide to find out our recommendations for the best places to eat in North Myrtle Beach! We’ve listed our favorite seafood restaurants, family-friendly joints, and high-end eateries. Is there anything worse than searching for a place to eat when you’re starving? With our Vacation Guide, find great recommendations you can trust in no time at all!

How to Have the Best Halloween in North Myrtle Beach

Tour a Haunted House

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Visit the East Coast’s scariest dark attractions during your visit to North Myrtle Beach! Nightmare Haunted House, located on North Ocean Boulevard, is a spooktacular time. It was first established in the 1980s and has been scaring visitors and locals ever since! During your time in the house, you’ll wander in and out of darkness as creepy zombies moan and hiss around you. General admission is just $15.99 and kids 12 years old and younger get in for only $11.99!

Boardwalk Fright Nights

Are you looking for more zombie fun? Then check out Boardwalk Fright Nights, located right next to Nightmare Haunted House. Every Friday and Saturday night in October, you’ll find creepy undead zombies roaming the city streets, sidewalks, and boardwalk. They might be looking for their next meal…or they might just be looking for a fun photo-op with visitors! Visit the haunted attractions nearby and enjoy plenty of off-season discounts at shops and restaurants.

Broadway at the Beach Trick-or-Treating

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For a great trick-or-treating experience, bring the kids to Broadway at the Beach! Each year, participating stores and shops hand out special treats around the complex. Trick-or-Treating will begin at 4:30 pm and end at 6:30pm. It’s a fun and safe environment that’s perfect for the little ones.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

For a different take on a haunted house, visit Ripley’s new Haunted Action Adventure: Laser Strike! Armed with a laser gun, you’ll roam the halls of this haunted house, zapping the zombies that are trying to make you their next meal. While you’re there, check out the other great exhibits at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not facility!

BooFest! at Barefoot Landing

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If you’re traveling to North Myrtle Beach with your children, definitely attend BooFest! at Barefoot Landing. This kid-friendly event is perfect for families and pets hoping to show off their costumes!

Howl-O-Scream

The Saturday before Halloween brings Howl-O-Scream at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. This event is open to all ages and offers hayrides, marshmallow roasting, trick-or-treating, and so much more! There are scare-free zones for anyone not looking for a spooky time. Best of all, admission is only $2 for ages 4 & up and free for ages 3 and under!

Halloween at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk

On October 31, join families at The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to enjoy the festivities! There will be trick-or-treating for the kids and a costume contest for kids and adults. Don’t miss it!

Stay at Seaside Vacations

You want your Halloween in North Myrtle Beach to be full of spooks and scares; not your rental home. With Seaside Vacations, you know you’re getting one of the best rental homes or condos in the area for the best price. All of our properties are located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, just minutes away from the best Halloween attractions in town. Consider renting a condo from Windemere. This gorgeous condominium is in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, minutes from Broadway on the Beach. Take a look at our other great rental options and book your room today! We look forward to having you.

3 Things to Do this October with the Family in North Myrtle Beach

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Visiting North Myrtle Beach in October can be an excellent time to enjoy the pleasant fall weather and fewer crowds. While the summer beach season may be winding down, plenty of activities and attractions remain. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals can help keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at three things you can do with the family in the area this October.

Did Someone Say “Four?”

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North Myrtle Beach is known for its excellent golf courses. October’s mild temperatures and gorgeous weather make it a great time to hit the greens. Several golf courses in the area are great for everyone in the family. Some are Possum Trot Golf Club, Tidewater Golf Club, and River Hills Golf & Country Club. If you’re not a golf pro and just want to hit some balls, head to Top Golf for fun with the whole family.  

Fishing

Fall is a fantastic time for fishing in North Myrtle Beach. There are several places along the Grand Strand where you can fish, or if you’re seeking more adventure, then there is deep-sea fishing. Depending on where you decide to fish from will decide on where you stay. We have many vacation rentals in the Cherry Grove area if you want to fish from a pier. We must mention fishing from the beach, inlets, and rivers. Be sure to check if you will need a fishing license or any additional information.

Shopping

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Shopping in the fall can be the best thing to do out there. Stroll along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, where you’ll find a variety of shops, boutiques, and souvenir stores. It’s an excellent place to pick up unique gifts or souvenirs for your trip. Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach are two other significant shopping areas for extraordinary things to take home.

Overall, North Myrtle Beach in the fall offers a more laid-back and peaceful beach experience while providing plenty of outdoor activities. Now is the time to book your North Myrtle Beach vacation rental to relax and take in the area’s coastal beauty.

Best Plantations Near Myrtle Beach

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Plantations are a staple of the South. These beautiful houses are full of incredible detail and fascinating history. Guests will be transported to another time as they wander through the grand plantation houses. The lush, colorful gardens are perfect for wandering through in the afternoon. Experience all the wonders of the past when you visit these plantations near Myrtle Beach.

Plantations near Myrtle Beach are just one of the many wonderful things to do in Myrtle Beach! For a full list, download our free Vacation Guide. Get local recommendations that you can trust when you use our free Guide. Find out about the best Myrtle Beach historical attractions, museums, art galleries, fishing charters, and family-friendly fun!

Visit One of These Plantations Near Myrtle Beach

Hopsewee Plantation

Enjoy one of the best Georgetown, SC, plantation tours when you visit Hopsewee Plantation. A South Carolina’s National Historic Landmark, Hopsewee has been impeccably maintained and cherished for years. Even though it was built almost 40 years before the Revolutionary War, only five families have ever owned this site.

This is one of the best plantations near Georgetown, located 40 minutes away from North Myrtle Beach. This is a great attraction to visit for a day trip. A typical low country rice plantation dwelling of the early 18th century, the beautiful plantation house features four rooms opening into a vast center hall on each floor, a full brick cellar, and attic rooms. The lovely staircase and the hand-carved molding in each room will take your breath away. The house was constructed on a brick foundation and is built of black cypress. The 18th and 19th-century furnishings will truly make your experience unforgettable.

Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC

Visit one of America’s oldest working, living plantations, Boone Hall Plantation. Located in Mt Pleasant, SC, the plantation is a trek from North Myrtle Beach. It is, however, worth every minute. The Plantation, open to the public since 1956, is a beautiful way to experience what plantation life was like. As guests tour each site on the plantation, the knowledgeable staff will help them understand the day-to-day activities of those who lived on plantations and the history of the people who lived at Boone Hall. Don’t miss out on this picturesque plantation.

Mansfield Plantation

Mansfield Plantation is a beautiful rice plantation and is not to be missed! Spanning nearly 1,000 acres of pine forest, rice fields, and cypress swamps, Mansfield Plantation was once one of the largest rice-producing plantations in the country. Established in 1718 on the banks of the Black River, Mansfield Plantation offers guests the rare opportunity to step back in time to an authentic, pre-Civil War Plantation. Visitors can take a personalized tour of the plantation grounds and plantation home. Guests can also take a tour then enjoy afternoon tea which includes three teas, lavender cake, traditional English finger sandwiches, fresh pastries, and fresh fruit.

Stay With Seaside Vacations

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After you’ve visited the best historic plantations near Myrtle Beach, return to a beautiful rental property from Seaside Vacations. From comfortable homes to oceanfront condos, we have the best accommodations in town.

Consider staying in Island Girls, our beautiful six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, Cherry Grove is one of the quietest sections of beach, with fewer tourists. This home features a private pool in the backyard, a grilling area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. You’ll get linens and departure cleaning at no additional cost!

Check out the rest of our beautiful rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.

6 of Our Favorite Free Things to Do in North Myrtle Beach

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a fun vacation in North Myrtle Beach! There are plenty of things to do and see in the Grand Strand (and a little beyond) that are free. Whether you’re interested in art, nature, history, music, or shopping, there is something for you to do. So put away your wallets for this list of free things to do in North Myrtle Beach!

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Don’t Miss These Free Things to do in North Myrtle Beach

The Beach

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There is no charge to visit public beaches in South Carolina! With all the oceanfront condos in our inventory, a fun afternoon is just steps away. Your kids will love splashing in the water and collecting seashells, and you’ll enjoy relaxing on the sand or wading in the shore.

Horry County Museum

The Horry County Museum celebrates the history and wildlife of this region. The exhibits are varied, focusing on everything from the Native Americans who first lived in Horry County to the beaches of the Grand Strand. Fans of the Animal Planet show “Tanked” might remember seeing the museum’s freshwater tank on the show. You can check out the real thing in the lobby! The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.

Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens

South Carolina doesn’t just have beautiful beaches. We also have gorgeous salt marshes and forest areas where visitors can hike, bike, fish, or birdwatch. Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens is perfect for guests who want to explore more of South Carolina’s wildlife. Be sure to explore the beautiful trails in the area, and read the informative signs explaining the native plant species growing.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

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If you need a break from the sun, head to The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum for a quiet afternoon. Opened in 1997, this museum showcases the works of South Carolina natives and residents. The exhibits are only displayed for a couple of months, so repeat visitors can find something new on display.

Barefoot Landing and Coastal North Town Center

North Myrtle Beach has two great malls, each perfect for an afternoon of browsing. Coastal North Town Center is a mega shopping complex, and Barefoot Landing is an outdoor outlet mall. Both of these spots feature awesome shops and restaurants, so you really can’t go wrong with either one. Be sure to check Barefoot Landing’s calendar of must-see events like the Barefoot Landing Fireworks.

Free Summer Events

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There’s always something happening on the Grand Strand! If you’re visiting during the summer, don’t miss the Music on Main Concert Series. Every Thursday from mid-May to early October, there will be a free concert on Main Street. Grab a beach chair and get ready to find your next favorite musician!

If you’re looking for even more great ways to save money, Seaside Vacations can help! We don’t just know the best free things to do in North Myrtle Beach. We also know how to help our guests land fantastic last-minute deals on amazing rental homes and condos. No matter the reason for your visit or the size of your party, we’ll find the right accommodations for you, every time.

Browse our full list of vacation rentals and book today! We look forward to having you!

2 of the Most Fun Water Parks near North Myrtle Beach

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If you’re looking for some wholesome, family-friendly fun during your trip to The Grand Strand, you’re in luck! There are some fantastic water parks near North Myrtle Beach that feature plenty of great rides, restaurants, and hours of enjoyment for the whole family. Whether you’re looking to relax on a lazy river or hit high speeds on a water slide, we know just the places to go for a great afternoon!

Planning a vacation for your family can be a struggle, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. It seems like there is so much pressure to make your vacation perfect. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! Download our free Vacation Guide to get our picks for the best local restaurants, attractions, shops, and more. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Finally, planning a trip can be as easy and fun as

Spend a Day at These Water Parks near North Myrtle Beach

Shark Wake Park

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For an interesting twist on a water park, visit Shark Wake Park! This fantastic facility features a wakeboarding section as well as the biggest aqua park in North Myrtle Beach! If you’ve never been to an aqua park, you’re in for a treat. This inflatable, floating fortress covers around an acre of water. You’ll love climbing up and sliding down the tubing and trying to navigate through the maze of obstacles. A session in the park is just $28 per person and lasts for 50 minutes. A double session is just $39 per person, which is a fantastic deal!

Myrtle Waves Water Park

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With 20 acres of slides, rides, swerves, and curves, Myrtle Waves is the largest water park in South Carolina and pumps out over one million gallons of water daily. Little ones will love jumping in the 20,000 square-foot wave pool or floating down the lazy river, and adult guests can get their thrills on the 10-story Turbo Twister or winding through Snake Mountain. When it’s time for lunch, take a short 2-minute drive down the street and indulge at one of the many Broadway at the Beach restaurants.

Dry Off with Seaside Vacations

If you’re looking for even more family-friendly fun, stay with Seaside Vacations! We have rooms in the best condominiums in town. Are you looking for a resort with a lazy river? Check our inventory and book your accommodations!

Consider staying in Crescent Shores, a gorgeous resort that offers an oceanfront pool, a kiddy pool, a lazy river, and a hot tub. They also have a gym and an indoor pool. Plus, their prime location makes it easy to get to the best North Myrtle Beach attractions.

Take a look at our full selection of rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.

Some of the Best Steakhouses in North Myrtle Beach

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Tired of the same old options at Outback Steakhouse, Applebee’s, and TGI Friday’s? Treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the many steakhouses in North Myrtle Beach, SC! From dry-aged meats to savory sauces and sides, these restaurants have everything you expect from a high-end steakhouse. Here are a few of our favorites.

Top 4 Steakhouses in North Myrtle Beach

1. 21 Main at North Myrtle Beach

Located within the North Beach Plantation Resort, 21 Main Steakhouse offers the finest 28-day dry-aged meats available. The restaurant’s atmosphere is elegant and beautiful, and the service is top-notch. If you’re not in the mood for steak, try a succulent seafood dish or specialty sushi roll. 21 Main is usually busy so call ahead to make a reservation.

2. Tbonz Gill & Grill

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TBonz Gill & Grill in North Myrtle Beach has set the standard for fresh, quality fare for more than two decades. Diners can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and excellent service at this area hotspot. In addition to steaks, burgers, salads, and seafood specials, Tbonz boasts an award-winning selection of New South Homegrown Ales and offers daily happy hour specials from 4 to 8 p.m.

3. Thoroughbreds Restaurant

Since opening in 1988, Thoroughbreds has become a local favorite and is one of the best fine dining restaurants on the Grand Strand. Enjoy mouthwatering appetizers, tender cuts of beef, and fresh seafood in the dining room or on the patio. Not sure what to order? We recommend the bacon bourbon tenderloin, an 8 oz. tenderloin grilled to perfection and finished with a bacon bourbon demi-glace. Yum!

4. New York Prime

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New York Prime was voted “Best Steakhouse” by the Myrtle Beach Herald, and with fabulous service and top-quality ingredients, it’s easy to see why. This eatery serves USDA grade prime for every cut of beef (including filets!) and cooks your steak on a 1,700-degree broiler. Steaks are aged for a minimum of 4 weeks, giving the meat tons of extra flavor. Pair yours with a glass of vino from the extensive wine list and you’re sure to have an unforgettable meal.

Book Your Stay with Seaside Vacations!

If you feel yourself drifting into a food coma, head back to one of our beautiful North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals and relax! Seaside Vacations offers a wide variety of condos and homes that are just minutes from the best eateries in town. All of our properties feature wonderful amenities like spacious living areas, comfortable bedrooms, and stunning views. Search our website to see what’s available, then start planning your getaway. We look forward to seeing you on the Grand Strand!

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A Packing Guide for Your Next Vacation

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Are you planning a family vacation to visit North Myrtle Beach soon? If the answer is yes, then allow us to share a packing guide with you. We know figuring out what to pack for the whole family can be overwhelming; we’re here to help. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals can make for a great and exciting vacation with the family. Look at our packing guide for your next vacation to North Myrtle Beach.

Vacation Rental List

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  • Linens, Wash Clothes, Towels, and Hand Towels (if the unit does not provide them)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Coffee Filters
  • Sponges
  • Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets & Fabric Softener (check and see if the unit has one)
  • Dish Soap & Dishwasher Tablets (if the unit has one)
  • All-Purpose Cleaner/Disinfectant Wipes
  • Trash Bags
  • Aluminum Foil/Plastic Wrap
  • Storage Containers/Ziplock Bags
  • Hand Soap for bathrooms & kitchen
  • Tissues
  • Clothes Basket/Hamper
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Spices/Non-Stick Cooking Spray/Oil
  • Nightlights
  • Sound Machine
  • Items for Baby (i.e., Pack-n-Play, Bedrail, Toys)
  • Toys for Kids
  • Items for Dog if staying in a pet-friendly unit
  • Movies/Board Games

Beach Day List

  • Sunscreen/Face Sunscreen
  • Aloe/Aloe Lotion
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Blanket (or could use a fitted sheet as well)
  • Cooler
  • Boogie Boards/Rafts
  • Floats (if the unit has access to a pool)
  • Beach Toys for the Kids
  • Books/Magazines/Kindle
  • Sunglasses/Hats
  • SPF Shirt for kids (a light color shirt also works well)
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Beach Bag/Tote/Mesh Bag (for beach toys)
  • Beach Towels
  • Baby Powder (helps get sand off skin fast)

Clothing & Accessories

  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Undershirts/bras
  • T-shirts
  • Dress Shirts
  • Casual Shirts
  • Jeans/Pants
  • Shorts
  • Dresses (if you’d like to enjoy a date night)
  • Swimsuits/cover-ups
  • Leisure Shoes
  • Walking/Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals/Flip-flops/Water Shoes
  • Purse
  • Dress Shoes

Toiletries


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  • Glasses/Contact Lens (including solutions)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Body Wash/Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Haircare Products
  • Razors/Shaving Cream
  • Makeup
  • Hairdryer/Styling Tool
  • Brush/Comb
  • Face Cleanser
  • Insect Repellant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Moisturizer
  • Medications/Vitamins
  • Pain Relievers

Miscellaneous

  • Microfiber towel
  • Laptop/Tablet (plus chargers)
  • Waterproof Phone Case/Pouch
  • Insurance Cards
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Credit/Debit/ATM Cards
  • Cash
  • List of Emergencies
  • House & Car Keys
  • Camera/Charger with Memory Cards
  • Phone & Chargers
  • Driver’s License
  • First Aid Kit (plenty of Band-Aids, ointment, Gauze, and Tape)

There are many other things to pack, but if you stay in a condo, all linens will be provided. Before leaving home, we ask that you check the amenities included with your North Beach vacation rental. Seaside Vacations can’t wait to welcome you and your family to North Myrtle Beach for your next vacation!

The Best Places to Stop While Traveling From Ohio to North Myrtle Beach

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Driving through the golden fields of the Midwest en route to the Atlantic coastline can be daunting. Kids fighting, endless potty breaks, and fast food stops make for a longer trip than it needs to be. Let us help make your trip a little easier. Follow us down Interstate 74 for all of the best places to stop while traveling from Ohio to North Myrtle Beach. Once you arrive at your final destination, be sure to download our exclusive Vacation Guide for access to all of North Myrtle Beach’s fantastic restaurants and exciting attractions!

6 Best Stops for Your Road Trip From Ohio to North Myrtle Beach

Who says 10 hours in the car has to be miserable? We’ve done the research and compiled a list of everything you must see on your way south to Myrtle Beach. Start your trip off on the right foot by following our guide!

Clay Center—Charleston, West Virginia

After you cross over the Ohio state line into West Virginia, you arrive in Charleston. Be sure to check out Clay Center, which is in the heart of this capital city. You’ll find something for everyone to enjoy. The Juliet Art Museum is another great stop. It hosts an impressive permanent collection along with revolving, traveling collections ensuring that visitors never get bored.

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The Avampato Discovery Museum fully immerses kids of all ages in 12,000 square feet of hands-on exploration. Experience the art of producing music at The Maier Foundation Music Studio or get their wiggles out on the towering climbing structure. If you can easily access a change of clothes for the kiddos, be sure to hit the splash park outside! Then enjoy a peaceful ride as your tired kids doze off once you hit the highway.

Fort Chiswell Animal Park—Max Meadows, Virginia

Fort Chiswell Animal Park is not your typical zoo. The park gets your family up close and personal with all of their furry friends. Climb aboard the safari bus and let your kids hand-feed camels, zebras, buffalo, and so much more. Throw the kids on your shoulders and give them a giraffe encounter they will remember. Fort Chiswell is the perfect quick stop on your long road trip.  They are open from April until the end of November, so be sure to check out their hours of operation before heading there.

Southwest Virginia Farmers Market—Hillsville, Virginia

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The Southwest Virginia Farmers Market is one of the largest in the state. The market is open seven days a week and offers the freshest Virginia produce along with unique jams, jellies, honey, and crafts. Curb the inevitable road trip snack cravings with healthy choices from the market. Kids will love being able to walk through and choose their own snack pack for the ride!

Speaking of snacks: be sure to save room for one of the South’s iconic roadside boiled peanuts stands. Even if they don’t satisfy your tastebuds, striking up a conversation with one of the generational stand owners is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up.

Riverside Park—Mt. Airy, North Carolina

The last place you want to be when the sun is shining is trapped inside the confines of your car. Stop off at Riverside Park in Mt. Airy and enjoy a day at the park. The paved walking trail parallels the river for a peacefully scenic walk. Explore local vendors such as Scoops Ice Cream & Such and enjoy treats along the way. End the trip with a stop at the newly constructed playground before hopping back on the road.

Cin Cin Burger Bar—Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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With fair prices and just enough creativity to entertain parents and kids alike, Cin Cin Burger Bar is the ideal dinner stop in Winston-Salem. The speakeasy vibe offers trendy drink selections and artfully-crafted appetizers, while the family-friendly atmosphere boasts creamy milkshakes and hearty burgers. Cin Cins ensures that your belly is satisfied the rest of the way to the beach.

Come Home to Your Seaside Vacation Rental!

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Ten hours is a long time to be in the car, regardless of how you spin it. When you finally arrive in North Myrtle Beach, you’ll be aching to kick up your feet at your private beach oasis. Stay at one of our oceanfront, pet-friendly condos or spread out in a whole house big enough for the entire family.

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Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

Do you and your family like to take walks on the beach looking for shells to take home? If you do, then we want to share with you some of the shells you can find in North Myrtle Beach. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the shoreline. Let’s look below at what shells you can find while you are on vacation here in North Myrtle Beach.

Lettered Olive

Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

The Lettered Olive happens to be the state shell for South Carolina since 1984. This is a standard shell that you will find on the South Carolina Coastline and is one that you will want to see more of. Known for its smooth, shiny, and cylinder shape along with Its unusual brown markings is a beautiful shell that you will want to continue to add to your collection!

Whelk Shells

Whelk shells are found a lot on the east coast, but they are often located here on the shoreline of North Myrtle Beach. These shells are often confused as being a conch shell by many, but don’t let that stop you from adding to your collection. Whelk shells are beautiful, and you will often find them with a spiral pattern on the outside of the shell. These do come in different sizes, so don’t be discouraged if you happen to find a small one compared to a larger one on your trip.

Cockle Shells

Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

Cockle shells are found on many beaches around the United States and will be easy to distinguish. These shells look a lot like a scallop, but they have a heart like shape to them, unlike a scallop. Cockle shells come in a variety of colors and sizes and are one to collect. You can use them with arts & craft projects, place them in a jar with a candle in the middle, or let the kids use them to decorate their sandcastles.

Coquina Clam Shells

The Coquina Clamshells are many that you will find along the shore and are often one of the most common shells found at the beach. Many children love to see these shells while at the beach and collect them. They are small clamshells that are around an inch long, and they are found in several different colors. These shells are often found alive by the water burrowing themselves in the sand.

Jingle Shells

Jingle shells are often found along the Atlantic coast and are known as clams or oysters. Often, you’ll find them with a very iridescent color shell, and their outside is shiny. Many children find them on the beach and will use them on the sandcastles they may build each summer.

Sand Dollars

Have you ever found a sand dollar while searching for shells along the shoreline? You may have found pieces of them more often than the whole one, but we promise you can find them in the area too. While you can go out and purchase them from local beach gift shops, finding some of your own is more fun and adventure. We will say they are very fragile, so if you find one, be careful with it.  

Many other shells can be found in North Myrtle Beach, such as Pen Shells, Banded Tulips, and Atlantic Moon Snail Shells. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy the beach to collect shells. We can’t wait to hear all about the shells you found while on vacation here in North Myrtle Beach!

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