Friday’s Fun Five – Nature Walks, Oyster Bars, Free Concerts & More!

We all love the beach, right?  Most of us think of our dream vacation as laying on the beach, doing nothing but working on that perfect golden tan!  BUT, if you want to make your vacation truly memorable, try something different, pick up a souvenir, or find out a few “local secrets”, then read on!  Here are five things in and around North Myrtle Beach you should know about!

 1.  Vereen Memorial Garden – Connect with Nature

2250 Hwy 179, Little River

marsh at Vereen Gardens

With 114 acres of woodlands and salt marsh, this is definitely considered one of the “hidden gems”  of Horry County.  A must for all nature lovers, spend the day hiking the marked nature walks, featuring educational plaques on the wildlife and plant species you may encounter.  Don’t forget to pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic area while bird watching.  This is also a great place for fishing, and crabbing.  The garden is open for the public free of charge. [separator]

2.  Bimini’s Oyster Bar – Laid Back & Live Music

930 Lake Arrowhead Rd, Myrtle Beach  843 449-5549

Bimini's Oyster Bar

One of the top questions among visitors to North Myrtle Beach is “Where can I find good seafood?”  My pick for this month is hands down Bimini’s!  The laid back atmosphere, live beach music and FRESH fish and shellfish make it a favorite for locals.  Don’t forget to try an oyster shooter!! [separator]

3.  Music on Main – Beach Music Every Thursday

Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

Music Note

North Myrtle Beach is known for many things,  smiling faces, laid back attitudes, the shag (we will talk about shagging another time!!) and BEACH MUSIC!  Every Thursday night throughout summer, Main Street is blocked off for just this reason!  For those of you who don’t know, beach music is a combination of rock, R&B, and pop music.  I know what you’re thinking, BUT trust me,  give it a shot and I guarantee you’ll be tapping your foot in no time!  Bring a chair, get a drink and enjoy a free concert!  You will definitely understand how North Myrtle Beach earned the laid back, friendly, music loving reputation! [separator]

4.  Inlet Point Plantation – Horseback Riding on the Beach

5800 Little River Neck Rd, North Myrtle Beach  843 249-2989

horses on beach

Ok, who hasn’t wanted to ride a horse on the beach? Inlet Point Plantation offers just that, guided horseback rides along the waterway and on the shores of a private island beach.  Choose from a number of different packages, including a Moonlight Island Beach Ride (honeymooners, sounds pretty romantic, right?).  Family friendly and packages ranging from $50 – $200.

5.  Boulineau’s – Everything You Need, All Right There

212 Sea Mountain Hwy, North Myrtle Beach  843 249-3556

Grocery store

Located on the corner of Sea Mountain highway and Ocean Blvd, once you’ve found it, you won’t need to go anywhere else.  The two story grocery store features on the first level all the groceries you need for the week, along with a salad bar and cafeteria (with some of the best fried chicken around).  On the second level is a nautical style gift shop, perfect for picking up a souvenir ot two.  The surrounding buildings include the Dairy Hut, (raise your hand if you love soft serve!!!), Barnacle Beach Shoppe, Boulineaus Laundromat, and Ace Hardware (with a post office located inside).  In the 1 block radius, you will find all of your groceries, souvenirs, flip flops, and fishing needs!  Definitely check it out next time you are in the Cherry Grove area!


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