Summer time is winding down, so don't let it slip past you and your family before taking one last vacation getaway to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Labor Day weekend provides the perfect opportunity to make one last summer splash, and the Grand Strand has plenty of fun activities waiting for you and your crew to close out the season with a memorable retreat.
Labor Day weekend is your last chance to enjoy our local water parks, which turns off the water works and the fun following the holiday. Myrtle Waves, South Carolina's largest water park, is located a short distance from The Breakers Resort and offers dozens of water slides, speed flumes, a surfing simulator and more. For those who prefer a slower pace, the lazy river, wave pool and kiddie splash pads provide cool relief from the summer heat. Myrtle Waves is open Sept. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Other popular water parks on the Grand Strand include Family Kingdom's Splashes Water Park, the only oceanfront water park in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. On the South Strand, Wild Water & Wheels in Surfside Beach offers water slides, go-kart racing, putt-putt golf and more. Both are open Sept. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Of course, guests can also enjoy all the great water attractions at The Breakers Resort, as well as these other fun festivals and special events for the holiday:
* Fishing: The fishing season on the Grand Strand is right around the corner, and local piers and charter boats are gearing up for the fresh catches. Popular piers like Apache, Cherry Grove, Second Avenue and Myrtle Beach State Park Pier have tackle shops offering all the bait, gear and licenses you need for a fun-filled day of fishing, while charter boats sailing out of Little River and Murrells Inlet are ready to sail to deeper waters for half-day and full-day trips.
* Festivals: The Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival allows guests at The Breakers Resort to follow their noses to this culinary celebration at Broadway at the Beach. Held directly down 21st Avenue North about one mile from The Breakers, Coastal Uncorked highlights the best in the local food and beverage industry. The three-day event is set for Sept. 1-3, beginning with Friday night's Chocolate Under the Moon party, Saturday’s Brews 'N the Beach Craft Beer event, and Sunday’s Grand Wine Tasting. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.mbhospitality.com/
The Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival at the HGTC Conference Center at The Market Common is the place to be for this Sept. 1-2 shindig. The 12th annual event offers mouth-watering BBQ and other food and beer, live music and dancing, and lots more fun for families to enjoy. More than 25 grill masters will battle it out for barbecue bragging rights. Other activities include arts and crafts vendors, live music, a kids’ carnival, a car show, a cornhole tournament and more. For more information, visit http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/beach-boogie-bbq-festival/
* Fireworks: The Grand Strand also lights the fuse on fireworks displays one last time for a spectacular summer send-off. No matter which side of town your adventure takes you on Labor Day weekend, you can take in free pyrotechnics displays at three different locations on Sunday, Sept. 3 - Broadway at the Beach and the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk at 10 p.m., and Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach at 10:15 p.m.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing good time at The Breakers Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, or you plan to hit the town and experience all the Labor Day festivities, you are sure to send out the summer with a bang and start the fall with a smile on everyone's face.