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There are many cool species of water birds on the Grand Strand, but none are cooler than penguins! And while you’ll see Grey Herons, Egrets, Pelicans and Sandpipers when you visit our amazing coastline, you’ll have to stop by Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach to see these incredible, flightless aquatic birds. At 5,500-square-feet, Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse is the largest expansion ever at the aquarium, located at Broadway at the Beach. Read on to learn more.

 

Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse

Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse will house African penguins, which prefer a much warmer climate than Antarctic penguins. These penguins have a streamlined body suitable for swimming, and sport black and white feathers with stripes and spots that serve as identification – similar to our fingerprints!

 

Their world-class habitat at the aquarium will feature floor-to-ceiling viewing glass with an immersive, 360-degree crawl tunnel for guests to “waddle” through. The addition also includes a brand-new Oceans of the World gallery with eight tanks housing species of fish from all over the world.

 

The highlight of this exciting new exhibit will surely be the Penguin Nursery, which will house and care for baby penguins in order to help conserve this endangered species. Numbers of African penguins have declined by 60%  in the past two decades, and the new colony at Ripley’s Aquarium will hopefully grow in numbers while helping people to learn about these vulnerable creatures.

 

In addition to an amazing habitat and adorable Penguin Nursery at  Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse, there will also be two brand new classrooms for educational programs, including Penguin Encounters and the VIP Penguin Painting Experience.

 

Penguin Encounters

At Penguin Encounters, guests can interact with and pet the penguins while learning all about them with an Aquarium staff expert. You’ll even get a photo USB of your encounter! The cost for this program is $52.99 plus aquarium admission. Children ages 4-7 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

 

VIP Penguin Painting Experience

The VIP Penguin Painting Experience includes everything in the Penguin Encounter and more! Guests will create and take home an 8×10 piece of original footprint art, with the help of a penguin pal. The cost for this experience is $90.99 plus aquarium admission.

 

Believe it or not, Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse is set to open early this year and you can pre-purchase tickets now on the Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach website. For an incredible place to stay on your 2020 Grand Strand vacation, contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, and check out our specials!

 

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!

If you’ve never experienced Nights of 1000 Candles at Brookgreen Gardens, it definitely should be added to your bucket list. There is a reason Travel+Leisure recently named it the “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina.” Each winter, this historic 9-acre botanical and sculpture garden is illuminated with thousands of hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights to celebrate the holiday season.

As you stroll the grounds with family and friends, each lush path and fine work of art is gorgeously bathed in a soft, magical glow. Massive Southern Live Oaks light the way, and each section has its own unique theme, from the Children’s Sculpture Garden to the Fountain of the Muses.

 

Entertainment includes live bands performing holiday favorites, carolers singing, and a reading of A Christmas Carol that will delight both young and old. You also won’t want to miss the lighting of the spectacular, 80-foot tall fir tree each night.

 

Feeling chilly? Enjoy a glass of wine, or a cup of warm cider or hot cocoa from one of the stands along your way. There is even a place to roast s’mores. Or stop by one of the indoor exhibits, like the ever-popular model train display featuring a variety of holiday vignettes, from vintage Myrtle Beach, to Hogwarts Castle and The Polar Express.

 

If you want more than a light snack, dinner is served in a heated dining tent and catered by Inlet Affairs. Options include burgers and salads, homemade She Crab soup, and lowcountry entrees like Shrimp and Grits, Chicken Bog, and a delicious Fried Fish Platter.

Nights of 1000 Candles begins on December 5th and runs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 31st, from 3-10PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance and space is limited. The price for non-members is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Visit the Brookgreen Gardens website to purchase tickets and for more information, including the full restaurant menu and entertainment schedule.

 

To truly experience the splendor of Nights of 1000 Candles, you’ll have to plan a holiday trip to the Grand Strand. Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach has wonderful properties available for the holiday season and we want to spread some cheer! Call us at 888-488-8588, and mention Promo Code Holiday2019 for 40% Off and Free Linens. This offer expires December 31st, 2019, so call today!

 

 

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!

Want to get that picture perfect vacation photo? Those beach shots are spectacular, but if you want an exciting and unique paparazzi experience, you need to plan a trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach. Here, you can strike a pose with your favorite “A-list celebrities,” as your adoring fans snap away! Costume pieces, backdrops and props help you get in on the action and will inspire fun photo ops that are more than share-worthy. Here is what you can expect when you go.

Get Starstruck

At the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, the hand-sculpted wax figures are so remarkably life-like, you will feel like you are really rubbing elbows with pop culture icons. Each figure takes more than three months to create. The process starts with a simple lump of clay, some measurements, and dozens of photos. The artistry is amazing and the end result truly captures the fine details and expressions that bring these figures to life. Along the way, you’ll also learn interesting details about you favorite stars, like their pets, pet-peeves, and accomplishments.

Say Cheese

Prop stations are filled with fun garb that enhances the experience. Grab a tiara to walk the red carpet with Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Don a fedora with Frank Sinatra or a pirate hat with Johnny Depp. Pump iron with the Rock, or share a trophy with Dale Earnhardt. You can also cuddle up close to Bradley Cooper, enjoy breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn, marry George Clooney, escape from King Kong’s grip, and get beamed up with the Star Trek crew.

Movie stars include Harrison Ford (as Indiana Jones), Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Bruce Lee, Sylvester Stalone (as Rocky), Julia Roberts, Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino (as the Godfather), Tom Cruise, and Cameron Diaz, to name a few. There are also figures of musicians like Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, and Madonna, sports stars like Tiger Woods, and many more wax celebrities. There is even a section devoted to horror movie villains!

Open 365 days a year, the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is located across from Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. You can’t miss the building — It made the list as one of 11 Bizarre Roadside Attractions In South Carolina That Will Make You Look Twice (along with Wonderworks) by Only In Your State. The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center was also recently named a “Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Attraction.” For ticket info to the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, click here.

If you are planning a fun-filled fall vacation on the Grand Strand, contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach at 888-488-8588 for a fabulous place to stay! Don’t forget, we want to see your Grand Strand family vacation pics! All you have to do is tag us at Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach or use #vacationrentalsofnmb for a chance to be featured on our site.

 

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!

Nestled in Historic Little River, South Carolina, you’ll find a beautiful Victorian house built in 1910. It was once the family home of Clarence and Essie Bessent-McCorsely. After Clarence died and their four children had grown and moved away, Essie began renting rooms to visiting fishermen for a dollar per night, plus an extra 50 cents for a hot breakfast. Decades later, this old house with a wrap around porch was lovingly restored and transformed into The Brentwood Restaurant. And while it’s owners and purpose have changed, the charm of this house remains much the same as it did over 100 years ago.

 

Guests dining at The Brentwood can expect to enjoy fine wine and expertly prepared, award winning French cuisine. The menu includes Escargot, Mussels Poulette, Duck Foie Gras, Salmon Béarnaise, and Chateaubriand for two, with flambéed Creme Brulée, Chocolate Fondant,  and Profiteroles for dessert. Guests can also expect some rather strange happenings. Did we mention The Brentwood is considered one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Restaurants is the US, or that it was featured on A&E’s program, My Ghost Story?

 

The Grand Strand is no stranger to ghost lore. After all, The Bowery and The Dead Dog Saloon have their own paranormal residents, and everyone knows the tales of the Gray Man, Drunken Jack the pirate, and poor Alice Flagg. But The Brentwood is uniquely spooky. The owners, employees, and visitors have all reported shadowy apparitions, loud noises, voices in the walls, floating orbs, broken glasses, and other extraordinary events. When the paranormal investigation team, P.I.T. Crew, were invited to spend the night, they reported more activity than they had ever experienced, including objects moving without explanation and cameras being instantly drained of power.

 

With such a spooky reputation, The Brentwood naturally offers a three-course Ghost Dinner and Tour. And if you did not believe in ghosts before, you will! On the 45-minute guided tour with a knowledgeable storyteller, you will learn about the history of The Brentwood and past inhabitants. Watch for shadows passing by the upstairs bedroom into the front room or going through the fireplace, and listen for strange noises. On your way out, turn your eyes to the upstairs windows – you may see a face peering back at you!

 

If you are planning a fall vacation on the Grand Strand, be sure to make a reservation by calling The Brentwood Restaurant at 843-249-2601 or visit TheBrentwoodRestaurant.com for more information. And contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach at 888-488-8588 for a grand and ghost-free place to stay! Happy Halloween!

 

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!

 

A vacation is a much-needed break from everyday life — but a Grand Strand vacation is the ultimate “escape!” Here are seven reasons why, from marvelous mirror mazes to brilliant break out games!

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Find your way out or lose yourself in this enchanting labyrinth.  Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze is embellished with LED lights and infinity mirrors that challenge your perception and sense of direction. Located across from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this Ripley’s attraction is fantastic fun for the whole family, including little vacationers. For grownups and older kids, try the glasses to up the difficulty level. Don’t worry about getting lost — they send search parties every half hour!

Backstage Mirror Maze

Get lost in the fun at the Backstage Mirror Maze at Broadway at the Beach. This fully immersive attraction offers over 2,000 square feet of sound and lighting effects, infinite reflections, surprising corners, dead ends, and continuous circles that will challenge visitors of all ages.

In addition to the Mirror Maze and The Vault Lazer Maze, there are escape room challenges, where guests are “locked” in a room and tasked to find clues as a group. Solve a series of puzzles and escape before times runs out! The Haunting of Hyde House is spooky and perfect for Halloween, or go on an epic adventure in The Legend of Atlantis.

Visiting the Grand Strand for the Holiday Season? Try the new Dark Winter Nights escape room. This frightfully festive game features the dreaded Krampus and holiday-themed puzzles. Do you have what it takes to save Christmas?

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

Housed within the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Myrtle Beach, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors is great indoor fun for the young and young at heart. Are you the Chosen One? This epic maze features a storybook theme and 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways. Help free Princess Hannah and save the day, but watch out for the kaleidoscope chamber and spinning floor!

Break Out Myrtle Beach

Are you smart enough to escape in 60 minutes or less? Test your mind in one of four escape rooms at Break Out in North Myrtle Beach. It will take intense cooperation to find the clues and solve the puzzles, whether it’s battling zombies, outsmarting a serial killer, searching for Black Beard’s buried treasure, robbing a bank, solving a murder CSI-style, or escaping an active volcano on a deserted tropical island.

Riddles Escape Room

Riddles Escape Room in Myrtle Beach offers seven uniquely themed options for all ages and skill levels, including an underwater laboratory, space station, wagon trail, and steampunk mansion. In each live action adventure, groups search for clues and hidden objects, break secret codes, and work together to solve puzzles and earn bragging rights. But be warned… what you think you see isn’t what you see! Groups with younger players receive assistance. Adults are on their own!

Myrtle Beach Room Escape

Test your puzzle solving skills and have a thrilling time at Myrtle Beach Room Escape. Whether its diffusing a bomb, surviving the walking dead, breaking out of jail, or escaping a witch’s castle, there is nothing virtual about these real-life escape games. You’re trapped in a room and your adrenaline is surging. Teamwork and sharp wits will help you solve puzzles and regain your freedom.

Escapology

This Myrtle Beach attraction takes you around the world with an exciting range of games. Saving Santa at Escapology is perfect for families with little ones. In this game, participants help North Pole elves on a holiday adventure, and you might even get to meet Santa on the way! Other options include fighting outlaws in a western-themed shootout, stopping a cyber terrorist with the FBI, and helping a team of scientists looking for the antidote to a deadly virus in an abandoned lab.

For a great place to stay this fall, contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, and keep sharing those Grand Strand family vacation pics! All you have to do is tag us @ Vacation Rentals of NMB or use #vacationrentalsofnmb for a chance to be featured on our site.

 

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!

Fall is the perfect time to take a Grand Strand vacation! The sun is shining, the crowds have gone, and best of all, you can score a great deal on a rental property in the off-season. If you’re planning a trip to the Myrtle Beach area this fall, why not have an aerial adventure? Here are the 4 best ropes courses on the Grand Strand.

Go Ape

Tackle dangling obstacles, explore the trees from a new perspective, fly around on multiple zip lines from exciting heights, and live life adventurously! Located at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, Go Ape is an unparalleled outdoor experience.

The Go Ape Treetop Adventure takes you tree to tree on a three-hour trek, with super long zip lines and thrilling Tarzan-swings. Go Ape also offers an introduction to aerial adventure that takes about an hour to complete. The Treetop Journey navigates suspended bridges, obstacles and zip lines, and while it may be smaller, it’s still big on fun!

Radical Ropes Adventure Park

Imagine soaring through the treetops of a five-acre forest while experiencing breathtaking views of the ocean. Radical Ropes Adventure Park in Myrtle Beach is a new attraction for those seeking adventure on the Grand Strand!  Set in a beautiful seaside setting, Radical Ropes is designed for all abilities and is fun for the whole family.

Radical Ropes offers three different levels of challenging obstacle courses that climb up to 55 feet, as well as extreme zip lines, and a climbing wall that allows adventurers to free-fall 70 feet yet land gently on the ground below. Radical Ropes also offers KidZips, with zip lines and obstacles that are uniquely designed for kids 4 to 8 years in age.

Wonderworks Soar + Explore

This outdoor adventure features a ropes course and dual-lane zip line that travels a whopping one thousand feet between two towers. Did we mention it’s also 50 feet above water? The tropical-themed ropes challenge course stands at 40 feet tall, spans three levels, and becomes progressively difficult.

Wonderworks is located at Broadway at the Beach, and also offers a glow in the dark indoor ropes challenge that scales 36 feet. Obstacles include suspension bridges and swinging beams that test the abilities of both beginners and advanced climbers.

LuLu’s Mountain Of Youth Ropes Course
Lulu’s at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is all about celebrating food, family and fun! Order something delicious from the menu and enjoy the stunning, Intracoastal waterfront view. Then, take a swing at Lulu’s new Mountain Of Youth Ropes Course!

This brightly colored, 49-foot-tall attraction has a tropical theme with multiple levels and an optional free fall exit. You must be at least 48” tall to participate, and the course usually takes about 20 minutes to complete. Lulu’s also has a great arcade with the latest video games and old-school favorites.

For a great place to stay this fall, contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, and keep sharing those Grand Strand family vacation pics! All you have to do is tag us @ Vacation Rentals of NMB or use #vacationrentalsofnmb for a chance to be featured on our site.

 

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!