More and more vacationers are discovering the Grand Strand as a great place to spend the Thanksgiving holidays, and why not? Instead of another day of food and football in front of the same dinner table and TV, guests are opting for a long weekend in the lap of luxury in Myrtle Beach at the Breakers Resort, and a trouble-free Thanksgiving dinner at a local restaurant.
Forget about the cooking and cleaning and relax in your renovated room in front of the flat-screen TV. Kick back on a comfortable bed and fall asleep watching football from the effects of a Thanksgiving feast of turkey and seafood. Or get off the couch and work off that meal while exploring all the wonderful things the Grand Strand has to offer in the fall. Here are our five favorite ways to experience some great places while also getting a little exercise in Myrtle Beach:
Breakers: You don't have to leave the resort to enjoy some recreational time. Hit the on-site fitness center, which features state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, or visit the indoor pool, lazy river and hot tubs for some aquatic fun. Guests can also go for a stroll down the beach on a sunny day, or go exploring around the complex and check out all the amenities. Many of Myrtle Beach's top attractions are within walking distance of the resort.
Brookgreen Gardens: Enjoy a Lowcountry-style Thanksgiving dinner in the Seafood Capital of South Carolina at one of Murrells Inlet's many award-winning restaurants and work off that surf and turf meal of shrimp and turkey at nearby Brookgreen Gardens. You could walk for miles in this 9,000-acrew botanical sculpture garden and never see the same flower or statue twice. Built on a former rice plantation, this Murrells Inlet attraction provides the perfect setting for sightseeing. Stroll through the ancient live oak trees and manmade works of art, and explore the rest of the Lowcountry property at the zoo or a boat ride through the scenic creeks and swamps. Just across Highway 17 is Huntington Beach State Park, which features hiking and biking trails through a beautiful landscape of beaches, maritime forests and salt marshes.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: The best walk in Myrtle Beach is this 1.3-mile stretch along the downtown oceanfront. Spanning from 14th Avenue North to Second Avenue North, this wooden walkway provides the ideal route to all the attractions in the downtown district, such as the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Plyler Park and Second Avenue Pier. Check out the shops and cafes, and dip into a sports bar to catch one of the big games. For those who hate to exercise, walking the Boardwalk is a good way to sneak in a light workout after a delicious turkey dinner.
Shopping: If shopping were a sport, Black Friday would be the Olympics. Holiday shoppers in Myrtle Beach can not only pick up some great deals at local malls and outlets, they can also rack up some mileage by hitting all the local shopping hot spots. Complexes like Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand Mall, Market Common, and the Tanger Outlet Stores give guests the chance to walk off that heavy meal by finding some great bargains.
Turkey Trots: Runners can find a pair of Thanksgiving-themed 5Ks and road races to work up a sweat. The Myrtle Beach and Calabash Turkey Trots are held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. The Myrtle Beach Area Turkey Trot offers 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run options through the streets of Surfside Beach, while the Calabash (NC) Turkey Trot gives participants a 5K run/walk through the Seafood Capital of the World.
No matter where you decide to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, or how you decide to work off the meal, be sure to stay and play at the Breakers Myrtle Beach Resort this holiday season.