Spend the Holiday Outside and with Friends and Family in Myrtle Beach

What are you doing for Independence Day?

Myrtle Beach is a classic spot to celebrate this holiday. This year, it’s on a weekend, which makes it twice as awesome. It’s a busy weekend for travel, so you’ll want to make reservations as soon as you can – and plan the rest of your beach getaway.

What’s fun to do in Myrtle Beach? Lots. We’ve gathered a few here, some you might have tried, and others that you probably should. We’ve all been dreaming about getting back out on the road again. What better way to go than Myrtle Beach for summer fun?


Fun facts about Myrtle Beach

  • Myrtle Beach’s first residents were the Waccamaw Tribe. They called it Chicora, which means “the land” in English.
  • Myrtle Beach is named for the southern wax myrtle, a locally abundant shrub. Leaders held a contest to name the area in 1900.
  • The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk extends 1.2 miles along the oceanfront. It gives easy access to attractions, entertainment, restaurants, and shopping on The Grand Strand.

Beach activities in Myrtle Beach

There’s a lot of fun to be had in Myrtle Beach – here’s just a sampling.

Play games

Bring a football, frisbee, soccer ball … whatever your game. Cornhole and spikeball sets are also ideal for playing in Myrtle Beach. You can also find an array of balls, games, and other diversions at the many beach shops along the Grand Strand.

Go bodyboarding

You can ride the waves without a surfboard. Bodyboards are perfect for Myrtle Beach. People ride in on waves on these short, brightly-colored boards. Don’t have your own bodyboard? No worries. You can pick one up when you shop for beach games!

Every tried parasailing?

Ride way above the waves as a parasailor. You ride behind a vehicle while attached to a canopy wing. The views are spectacular and the experience unforgettable.

Atlantic Water Sports.

Downwind Sails

Shoreline Watersports

Let’s go fishing

What can you catch in Myrtle Beach? Black sea bass, dolphin, grouper, king mackerel, large sea bass, snapper, trigger, and wahoo. Here’s who to go with:

Myrtle Beach Guide Service

Reel Action Fishing Charters Myrtle Beach

2nd Ave Fishing Pier

Surf’s up

Don’t know how to surf? Again, no worries! A few places in Myrtle Beach offer rentals and surfing lessons:

Jack’s Surf Lessons

Kokopelli Surf Lessons

Surf City Surf Shop


Activities off the beach

You could have a ton of fun in Myrtle Beach without ever getting to the ocean. Here’s how.

Hiking at Myrtle Beach State Park

There are two easy trails (Sculptured Oak and Yaupon), which both access the beach by boardwalks. You can see forests of hollies, oaks, poplars, magnolias, and wax myrtles, after which Myrtle Beach is named.

New penguin exhibit at Ripley’s

There’s an incredible African penguin habitat at Ripley’s Aquarium. We’re talking floor-to-ceiling viewing glass more than 50 feet long – and a 360-degree crawl tunnel for a really unique view. The biggest expansion ever at Ripley’s is part of a conservation effort.

Experience Brookgreen Gardens

This sculpture garden is also a wildlife preserve just south of Murrells Inlet. There are 400 statues in the garden and fountains. It’s a perfect escape for nature lovers. It’s a serene place to explore, or just sit and take in the beauty of nature.

Myrtle Waves Water Park

Myrtle Waves Water Park is a fun family destination, with more than 20 water slides, tube slides, and the FlowRider, which gives bodyboarders the experience of riding the waves. Visit the largest water park in Myrtle Beach.

Ready to plan that trip?

Choose a full-service oceanfront resort or family-friendly hotel with Brittain Resorts. With condos and rooms for big families or couples in town for a getaway and bonus tickets to local attractions and restaurants, it’s no wonder families make Britain Resorts part of their Myrtle Beach experience.