No doubt, the Grand Strand is an area rich in history and nostalgia. This 60-mile stretch of land along the northern coast of South Carolina has long been one of the most popular vacation destinations. According to Wikipedia, the term Grand Strand dates back to a the winter of 1949, taken from headlines in The Myrtle Beach Sun and The Myrtle Beach News, with the word “Strand” meaning “Beach” in German. But of course, the Myrtle Beach area dates much farther back than that.

When you think of days gone by, the sights and sounds of shag dancing clubs, tourists strolling along the wooden boardwalk, and the historic Myrtle Beach Pavilion fill your head with wonder and wistful affection. Capture a little bit of that magic by taking a turn on one of these three historic carousels on the Grand Strand.

The Pavilion Carousel

This stunning 1921 Herschell-Spillman carousel features 23 unique menagerie animals, two chariots, and music from a Wurlitzer organ. It was a favorite at the historic Pavilion amusement park in downtown Myrtle Beach until the park closed in 2006, and now resides at the East section of Pavilion Nostalgia Park, located at Broadway at the Beach. There is also a second, newer carousel in the West section.

The Carousel at Family Kingdom

This amusement park by the sea has been delighting both children and adults for over 40 years. Located on Ocean Boulevard in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Family Kingdom is home to more than 35 thrilling rides, including the historic Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster. But the highlight is the classic carousel, built in 1923 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Part historic, part modern, the machine was saved from Asbury Park, New Jersey, and brought to Myrtle Beach. It was restored to its former glory, with fiberglass horses cast from the original company molds, and panels painted to reflect scenes from South Carolina.

The Carousel at Barefoot Landing

For a taste of a by-gone era, stop by the carousel at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. While not a true antique, this authentic representation of a long-ago Barnum and Bailey carousel honors the spirit of the past and features 41 intricate animals cast from original molds.

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The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

 

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

 

When you need to escape spring showers or the summer sun for a few hours, the Myrtle Beach area has many indoor destinations to choose from. Or maybe you’re looking for some good clean fun after hours? Whatever your reasons, bowling is always a winner! If you’ve got time to spare, read on to discover some of the best bowling alleys on the Grand Strand.

710 Bowling

1105 Hwy 17 S

North Myrtle Beach

This modern entertainment center in North Myrtle Beach features a bar and restaurant, along with bowling for up to eight people per lane. Bowling reservations require a 48-hour advanced notice. There are also other gaming options, like board games, billiards, Ping-Pong, bocce ball, shuffleboard, corn hole, skee ball, foosball, air hockey, and darts.

810 Billiards and Bowling

1220 Mosser Drive

Myrtle Beach

and

2001 Hwy 501 E

Conway

810 Billiards and Bowling is a new addition to the Market Common in Myrtle Beach. A second location was also recently opened in Conway. Both offer bowling, Ping-Pong, darts, shuffleboard, corn hole, and a variety of board games. Bowling lanes are on a first come, first serve basis. There is a full menu and bar for when you are in need of refreshments. Families can also enjoy 18 holes of 3D Haunted Mini Golf and an arcade at the Myrtle Beach location.

Myrtle Beach Bowl

101 Philip Gray Drive

Myrtle Beach

For a good old-fashioned bowling experience, Myrtle Beach Bowl is where the good times roll! This newly renovated bowling center offers affordable family fun, with weekly specials and a card operated arcade. There’s also a casual restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat while you play. Sign up for their Kid’s Bowl Free spring and summer program for 2 free games a day during your stay.

If you’re split on where to go, why not visit them all? Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach and take advantage of our vacation deals.

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

Travel and Leisure recently reported on a study from The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging that proves taking a vacation now and then is just as important for your health as eating right and getting enough exercise. In fact, it may even help you (and your loved ones) live longer! We’ve already told you that taking a trip with your girlfriends is also good for your health, and the most important girl in your life is undoubtedly your mom. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, why not plan a vacation on the Grand Strand with the woman who brought you into the world? After all, it’s a scientific fact that quality time together is good for both of you!

Here are a few more reasons to take a trip with your mother.

You will be making memories.

Remember when you were a kid, and you made your mom a macaroni necklace on her special day? She was so touched; she made you believe she cherished that gift almost as much as she cherished you. While it was incredibly thoughtful at the time, you’re all grown up now, and probably don’t get to see your mom as often as you did way back when. Instead of buying or making her a DIY gift this year, it’s time to make some special memories for her to cherish — just the two of you. While a crocheted scarf or wooden trivet is lovely, we guarantee you that spending time with you is at the top of her wish list!

You will get to know her better.

Now that you are both older, your relationship has surely evolved. Taking a vacation with your mother gives you a rare opportunity to really get to know the amazing woman she is. And it will allow her to see the incredible person you have become, thanks to her. With uninterrupted time together, you will be able to catch up away from distractions and your busy schedules. You will learn things about her life and the history of your family. You will have once-in-a-lifetime conversations that will stay with your forever. And you may just find you have a lot more in common with your mom than you thought.

You will have fun!

Vacations let you unwind, relax, and have fun. Imaging going on a helicopter adventure with your mom, or learning to shag dance at Fat Harold’s Beach Club. Take a surfing lesson, snap some photos with your favorite celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum, shop ‘til you drop at Barefoot Landing, or simply go for an evening stroll on the beach in search of seashells. Think of the things you’ll cross of your bucket lists! The Grand Strand really is the perfect destination for a family vacation.

Looking for a great place to stay with your mom? Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach and take advantage of our vacation deals!

Marcia and BarbaraThe sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!