Keith Pierce of Visit Myrtle Beach Shares the Wonders of the Grand Strand.
Arguably one of the most popular destinations for Global Discovery Vacations members is Myrtle Beach. With more than 60 miles of uninterrupted beach land, people most often come here in the summertime. But there is much more to this tourist town year-round.
To find out just what you can do in the off-season, we asked an expert from Visit Myrtle Beach, Keith Pierce. In this Q and A, he tells you about South Carolina’s off-season treasures.
GDV: Let’s start with the weather! What is it really like in Myrtle Beach during the winter?
KP: From January through March, the average temperature in Myrtle Beach falls in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s mild and sunny, making it a perfect escape from the cold winter.
GDV: For our members who venture east outside of summer, what can they find to do in Myrtle Beach?
KP: What’s NOT to do! If you love the outdoors, Myrtle Beach is the place. You can enjoy the sunshine while touring the world-renowned sculptures and natural beauty of Brookgreen Gardens. You can see their local animal residents and their zoo and from January 7 through March 3. Take the ‘Silent Cities’ tour, a rare opportunity to view and learn about the cemeteries typically not open to the public.
Pack a picnic basket for a seaside lunch as you look for sea turtles, alligators and bald eagles at Huntington Beach Park. You can unplug from the world and look for wildlife as you kayak the rivers, swamps and marshes of the Low Country with Black River Outdoors.
Groups can let their imaginations run wild at WonderWorks, an entertainment and educational attraction that has more than 100 hands-on exhibits that stimulate the mind and senses. Families can touch a stingray, sleep with sharks and see some of the ocean’s most colorful, dangerous and important creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium.
After a day of excitement and exploration, there are a number of live shows and entertainment for the entire family. The Carolina Opry has amazing shows throughout the winter, featuring near-Broadway quality music, dance and production. Some of the country’s top performers stop in each winter! The Alabama Theatre holds its popular variety show, One, throughout the winter months and is sure to get everyone singing along. Those feeling a little nostalgic can stop by Legends in Concert to see tributes to some of the greatest artists in rock, country, jazz, blues and pop music. For a good laugh, visitors can check out the Carolina Improv for hilarious, family-friendly or 18-and-up comedy shows.
Of course, there are also numerous fabulous restaurants from Wicked Tuna at the MarshWalk, serving the day’s freshest catch, juicy steaks and sushi, to the red velvet waffles of Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery.
GDV: Are there any hidden spots you can discover that are better in the winter than the summer?
KP: Our parks, such as Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park, are great places to visit in the winter. Each feature ranger activities, educational sessions, fishing and crabbing, along with organized walks to search for wildlife all along a secluded beach. They provide scenic views and the peace and quiet people are looking for to kick of the New Year.
GDV: Wow! That is a lot to see and do! What are the most popular attractions to visit in the winter?
KP: As Myrtle Beach is a year-round destination, there isn’t one particular attraction that is more popular than the others during the winter – but for a grand view while picking attractions, the iconic SkyWheel is a great place to start. Our parks, shopping areas, theaters, beaches and most attractions remain open throughout the year, so visitors have a chance to explore the area throughout the winter without having to face the crowds.
GDV: Are there any cost savings to visiting Myrtle Beach in the winter?
KP: Myrtle Beach is an affordable destination any time of the year, but in the winter, there are even more deals and discounts. In fact, attractions and restaurants often provide tremendous deals that may not be available during the summer. Your members can find the most up-to-date listing of additional winter and spring deals at www.VisitMyrtleBeach.com.
Thank you Keith for sharing the wintertime wonders of Myrtle Beach with our travel club members!
If you’re ready to book your vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, there are plenty of Expressway Vacations you can reserve today!
Keith Pierce is the public relations strategist for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau. His 25-year public relations and marketing background includes director-level positions within corporate, government, education and nonprofit organizations as well as in the military.
Photos courtesy of Visit Myrtle Beach.