With the official start of summer just days away, the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina is ready to welcome travelers near and far to its 100 kilometers of beautiful coastline. From families planning a fun-filled summer holiday to planners and groups coordinating their next meeting or event, the area has a handful of new developments that travelers will be sure to enjoy.

Air Service

For Canadian travelers looking for a quick and convenient getaway to America's Favorite Beach, there are several airlines offering non-stop seasonal service through the summer and fall months. WestJet is offering non-stop seasonal service for the second year from Toronto Pearson Airport to MYR. Flights continue to be offered twice per week on Thursdays and Sundays until October 23, 2014. Spirit Airlines also continues its seasonal non-stop service to MYR through the summer travel season from Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Detroit, Mich. Other airlines servicing MYR from Canada include US Airways, Delta, Continental, United and Porter Airlines.

Attractions & Events

The countless attractions in the Myrtle Beach area continue to evolve and expand, allowing visitors to experience an entirely 'new' Myrtle Beach area. The Horry County Museum has expanded and moved to the former Burroughs School, a historic landmark on the National Historic Register in Conway. The museum has welcomed countless visitors since its soft opening in October 2013, including Animal Planet's "Tanked!" which highlights the new salt-water aquarium located directly inside the lobby.

Brookgreen Gardens has welcomed a new traveling retrospective exhibit of pieces from Kent Ullberg, one of the world's leading wildlife sculptors. Nearly 50 pieces will be on display through August 3, 2014 in both galleries located on the grounds. The exhibit is comprised of actual monuments and small scale models of sculptures including pedestal-sized sculptures organized by David J. Wagner, Ph.D., an independent curator.

For travelers looking for a culinary experience sure to please any palate, trips should be planned around the 4th annual Coastal Uncorked from June 2 to June 8. The festival will include a Tasting Trolley with access to seven exciting Trolley Stop Parties, specialty wine, spirits and beer dinners and a new festival called Brews'n the Boulevard, where attendees can taste a variety of craft beers while enjoying live music and a boardwalk beach view.

The Hollywood Wax Museum will be the destination's newest attraction. Located near the popular Broadway at the Beach, this will be the only wax museum in the country devoted entirely to celebrity figures. The museum is expected to open this summer.

Visitors looking for a more educational experience can stop by Ripley's Aquarium for the new "Swarm" exhibit. Swarm takes visitors on a wild journey of how animals behave as a group to survive. This new, $750,000 exhibit will encompass such animals as Halloween Crabs, Leaf Cutter Ants, Blubber Jellies, Coral Catfish and mice.

Accommodations

The Crown Reef Resort, one of Myrtle Beach's signature south-end hotels, recently re-opened its doors to a newly renovated property including more than 500 rooms and a Town Center boasting entertainment and dining options. The property will also soon open a new water park featuring two, 21-meter enclosed water slides in early June.

The first new hotel in Myrtle Beach in five years will be built at 1805 S. Ocean Blvd, becoming the first and only Homewood Suites in the 399-locations that is on the oceanfront. The $25 million Homewood hotel aims to open in 2015. The Homewood will share pools and other amenities with the Hampton Inn Oceanfront next door. It will have 100 suites, a mix of two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studios, all with kitchens and private balconies. Homewood also will have a 300-seat conference center, three pools, a fire pit, fitness center, a Pilates-aerobics room for women only, an on-site chapel and a bistro serving sandwiches and snacks.

Meetings & Groups

The Myrtle Beach area was recently recognized by ConventionSouth as the top city to host a meeting or event during the winter months. Myrtle Beach celebrated this recent recognition at an event for meeting planners to 'discover the high end of the lowcountry.'

The Myrtle Beach area will soon have a nearly 9,300 square-meter indoor sports facility that will help expand sports tourism. Construction of the $12.4 million facility began earlier this year and will open in February 2015 adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The complex will include eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, a café and retail area, and entertainment zone complete with a climbing wall and a 1500-seat telescopic bleacher system configurable for numerous indoor sports.

The Myrtle Beach area, popularly known as the Grand Strand, stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, comprising 12 distinct cities along the South Carolina coast. Home to world-class golf, 100 kilometers of sandy beaches, an assortment of entertainment and family attractions and Southern hospitality, the Myrtle Beach area presents the quintessential vacation experience.

For additional information on the Myrtle Beach area, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com or call (888) Myrtle-1.

 

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