Celebrate Labor Day weekend with a fun-filled getaway to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for an exciting and relaxing way to bid farewell to summer and say hello to fall. The three-day weekend is the perfect time to make the seasonal transition, and the Grand Strand is the ultimate venue for giving one final hug to summer before embracing the approach of autumn.
Guests at Paradise Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront can enjoy the best of both worlds on Labor Day weekend. Offering a long list of on-site amenities, like indoor and outdoor pools and direct access to the beach, Paradise Resort is also close to all the Labor Day festivities taking place along the Grand Strand during the holiday weekend. So make your plans to visit Myrtle Beach for Labor Day and squeeze the last drops of fun out the summer sun at these festivals and venues:
* Attractions: Many Myrtle Beach attractions revolve around the water, so there’s not much time left to enjoy a splashing good time at the water parks and watersports outfitters. In fact, the local water parks (Myrtle Waves, Wild Water & Wheels, Splashes) all shut down after Labor Day weekend, and the days are numbered for water sports like parasailing, paddleboarding and jet skiing. Guests at Paradise Resort can take advantage of the final days of the summer Sun and Fun Rewards program, which provides free access to Myrtle Waves, Fun Warehouse, and Cancun Lagoon and Mutiny Bay miniature golf courses, as well as unlimited discounted admission to Ripley’s Aquarium for $19.95. The new fall Sun Fun Rewards kick in Sept. 5.
* Fireworks: Send summer out with a big bang by visiting one of the many free fireworks shows taking place on the Grand Strand over Labor Day weekend. Paradise Resort guests can catch the colorful displays on Sunday, Sept. 3. Both Broadway at the Beach and the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk launch their pyrotechnics at 10 p.m., while Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach lights the fuse at 10:15 p.m.
* Fishing: The fall is the unofficial start to the peak fishing season on the Grand Strand, with several piers and marinas hosting tournaments for anglers to win prizes for hooking a big one. In Myrtle Beach, Apache Pier, Second Avenue Pier and the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier offer excellent fishing as well as all the bait, tackle and licenses you need for a fun day over the ocean waters. Charter boats also offer half-day and full-day voyages, and surf fishing finally comes to full fruition.
* Food Festivals: Get ready to eat, drink and be merry at a couple of local food festivals on Labor Day weekend. The Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival: Guests in The Market Common district is scheduled for Sept. 1-2, delivering award-winning barbecue and brew with a side order of live music, dancing, a car show, a cornhole tournament and activities for the kids. This year’s Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival will be held at the new HGTC Culinary School campus with free admission for all ages. For more information, visit http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/beach-boogie-bbq-festival/
The Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival showcases the local food and beverage industry at Broadway at the Beach. Held Sept. 1-3 at the Pavilion Park Central section of the complex, Coastal Uncorked highlights some of the best grub, suds and vino on the Grand Strand with Friday’s Chocolate Under the Moon event, Saturday’s Brews ‘N the Beach craft beer party, and Sunday’s Grand Wine Tasting event. Tickets to each night are $25, or you can purchase a three-day pass for $70. For more information, visit http://www.mbhospitality.com.
With a full three-day weekend of festivities on the calendar, it’s time to book your Myrtle Beach vacation at Paradise Resort for the Labor Day holiday. It’s the perfect way to close the book on summer.