Have a Grande Time in Myrtle Beach

March 27th, 2024

Just a short drive from Grande Dunes is a picturesque beach that’s 60 miles of dreamy white sand and welcoming warm waters. If you’re looking for a way to spend the day, whether you want to plan activities or just enjoy a rejuvenating afternoon, Myrtle Beach has plenty to share with its visitors.

But First, a Little Trivia

Myrtle Beach got its name from the wax myrtle trees that are native to the area and grow in abundance there. The official flower of Myrtle Beach is the crepe myrtle. Now that you know this, you’ll start noticing them everywhere!

If you’ve got family visiting and are looking for an experience a bit different than our award-winning Grande Dunes golf experience, you’re in luck. Myrtle Beach is the mini golf capital of the world with more courses per square mile than anywhere else. Indulge your inner child with a friendly little game of putt putt. 

Do you have a copy of “Sports Illustrated” on the coffee table? You can thank Myrtle Beach’s Henry Luce. He founded the magazine in 1954. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Grande Dune article in SI in 2022. You’ll find the link at the bottom of this blog.

Good Vibrations

You can’t mention Myrtle Beach without mentioning the Boardwalk. The 1.2-mile boardwalk is perfect for an easy stroll and for enjoying the oceanfront views. Play tourist for the afternoon and wander into the many trinket shops. The one can’t-miss on the Boardwalk is a standing piece of history – The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove. It’s Myrtle Beach’s oldest and largest gift shop, and has been a shopping experience for visitors since 1946. Even if you don’t need a mermaid snow globe, give the Gay Dolphin a visit for the sheer novelty.

After your stroll, you may want to enjoy some upscale Lowcountry cuisine. Head over to the Greg Norman Australian Grille for waterfront dining and dishes such as braised, wild kangaroo, or a bourbon-glazed Kurobuta Pork chop. You can’t go wrong with a classic steak and seafood dinner at Ruth’s Chris. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail and a butter-topped sizzling steak as you take in the coastal views.

A Different Kind of Beach Ball

In support of the area’s youth, the Myrtle Beach Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Department offers Youth Sports Programs all year long. Kids of all ages can play anything from lacrosse and volleyball, to basketball and baseball. More than keeping kids active, the programs focus on self-esteem, skill development, socialization, and sportsmanship. There are opportunities for the community to help support the programs by sponsoring teams to help cover the costs of equipment and uniforms.  

Maybe you could pick up a foam finger at one of the gift shops and head out to one of the parks and cheer them on.

It’ll Be Just Grande

The beach views alone are worth a visit to Myrtle Beach. But if you don’t want sand in your shoes, there are plenty of other activities – or opportunities to chill. We wouldn’t blame you if you can’t resist that glazed seashell refrigerator magnet.

Resource links:

Sports Illustrated: Inside a ‘Grande’ Course Renovation in Myrtle Beach

The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

Greg Norman Australian Grille

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

City of Myrtle Beach Parks & Rec Youth Sports