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The Grand Strand area is going to be hopping with action the closer to when the total solar eclipse takes place culminating in a grand finale on August 21. This is a historical event you will want to be a part of and Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is a great place to do that.
Brookgreen Gardens is celebrating the Great American Eclipse by having a special ticketed event on Monday, August 21, from 11 am – 4 pm. The event will feature music by Oracle Blue. Free eclipse glasses will be provided to all attendees. There will be live streaming of NASA’s coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the USA, and live streaming coverage of the aviary in the Lowcountry Zoo; this will be a day to remember for sure!
Brookgreen’s Creative Education department will be hosting special eclipse related crafts as well as information and activities for the children. The Whispering Wings Butterfly Exhibit will be included with this special admission price.
It has been reported that many animals are confused by an eclipse and change their behavior thinking twilight has arrived, followed shortly thereafter by dawn. Seeing how the eclipse affects the butterflies and birds are one of the unique advantages to viewing the eclipse at Brookgreen Gardens.
Brookgreen members may reserve up to 6 free tickets for this event and may purchase additional tickets. Even though the 6 tickets are free, members must go online to order. Non-member tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children up to 12. Tickets may be purchased below http://www.brookgreen.org/eclipse or by calling 888-718-4253.
Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy lunch, music and all the festivities. On eclipse day, the gardens will be closed for general admission. This event is advanced ticket purchase only.
Brookgreen Gardens is located off Hwy 17 South in Murrells Inlet SC. Their exact address for GPS purposes is 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
The August Solar Eclipse
August 21st, 2017 is a special day this year as the Great American Eclipse will pass from coast to coast of the United States. The hype is pretty big for this celestial event, and especially for those who live in the path of what’s called totality. So we just wanted to point out some fun findings we came across while learning about the upcoming solar eclipse. It turns out we’re super close to the path of totality.
The Path of Totality
Sandy Beach Resort happens to be super close to this path of totality. Check out this fun article from Vox.com that helps determine what the eclipse will look like from the resort.
Our zip code is 29577 and states that we’ll see upwards of 99.4% of coverage of the moon in front of the sun. That’s pretty darn close to complete totality! Try it for yourself. Here’s the vox.com article.
That means if you drive a few miles south of the resort you’re right in the middle of the eclipse action, and if you’re too lazy to move from your poolside lounge chair at 1:30, then you’re pretty good too.
Just make sure you use special glasses, not regular sunglasses, to view the event. And make sure it’s somewhere special like our resort. There’s plenty of reasons to be at the beach this August. With great weather (for the beach), less crowds, and a upcoming total solar eclipse we know it’ll be a special end to summer.
Vacationing families, especially those with children, will appreciate knowing not everything has to cost money when you take a vacation to the Myrtle Beach area! The ever-popular Movies Under the Stars held at dusk every Friday night through August 25 at The Market Common is a good example of that as are the free carriage rides!
Valor Park on Market Common’s ground is a great place to watch family-friendly movies from 9-11 p.m. no matter what age you are! Just bring a blanket or chair!
Here’s the movie schedule for the remaining weeks of summer. Movies are cancelled in the event of rain.
July 28: Zootopia
August 4: Disney’s Moana
August 11: Back to the Future – PG-13
August 18: Monsters University
August 25: The Addams Family
There are also Free Carriage Rides from 6-9 p.m. that begin and end in front of Dolce Lusso Salon at Market Common, 3050 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach. Come shop, dine and finish your evening with a leisurely carriage ride through The Market Common. Here is the upcoming schedule:
Thursday, Aug 3 from 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 8 from 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 15 from 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 22 from 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 29 from 6-9 p.m.
Located at 4017 Deville Street in Myrtle Beach, Market Common is an upscale experience that offers art galleries, boutiques, movie theatres, restaurants, night clubs, gift shops, specialty shops and so much more.
Each year the City of Myrtle Beach publishes bicycle safety brochures along with maps designating bike lanes and multipurpose lanes around the city. For the convenience of those staying with us at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort we’ll share that information with you here.
This valuable information is what keeps our city’s many cycling visitors and residents safe in and around the Grand Strand area. Thanks to a suggestion from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee, the city has created a new mobile device BikeMB App that shows bicycle trails in The Market Common. Now in beta testing, the app also lets riders log any bicycle accidents they may have had. Click here to view the new app.
|What you need to know to ride safely
1. Bicyclists riding on the roadway must travel in the extreme right lane in the direction of the traffic — not against it!
2. Whenever possible, bicyclists should ride on bike paths or designated bicycle lanes, such as those located on Mr. Joe White Avenue or North Ocean Boulevard.
3. Bicyclists must obey all road signs and traffic signals, and must give turn signals just as motorists do.
4. Bicyclists may not ride on ordinary pedestrian sidewalks. They may ride on special wide, multi-purpose sidewalks designed for a combination of bicycle and pedestrian traffic, such as those running along Grissom Parkway.
5. Bicyclists should not disregard the rights of pedestrians and motorists — respect them just as you want them to respect you.
6. It is illegal to ride through a pedestrian crosswalk. Climb off the bike and walk your bicycle across the road.
7. A bicyclist riding in the dark must have a headlight on the front of his bicycle and a red reflector or light on the rear.
8. Never carry additional passengers on a bicycle!
9. Watch motorists carefully! They may be talking on a cell phone, texting, eating… But they are bigger than you are so, as the saying goes, “give a fool a wide berth.”
10. Protect your head. Wear a helmet!
Bicycles are allowed on the beach before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day. Bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk only between 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.
With July 4th fast approaching you’ll want to know where the best festivities are being held as well as where the best places to watch the fireworks are. For those staying oceanfront at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort, you’ll have the best seat in town right outside your windows!
Myrtle Beach knows how to have fun and put on an array of July 4th events for the holiday. Fireworks are sold here and many are setting them off up and down the coastline.
6 a.m. 4th of July Independence Day 5k and 8k, Market Common, 4017 Deville Street Myrtle Beach, SC. Join this competitive run in Myrtle Beach. Race begins at 7:30 am. Registration for runners is from 6 a.m.- 7:20 a.m. at the start in Valor Park, Market Common.
Garden City Golf Cart Parade, Calhoun Dr. (behind Willards Fireworks), 717 15th Ave. S., Surfside Beach, SC 29575. Annual parade to celebrate Independence Day!
10 a.m. 51st Annual 4th of July Parade, Pawleys Island, 321 Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
1 p.m. (Time is approximate) Special Event! Salute from the Shore on the 4th! Be on the beach and watch the Shaw AFB F-16s from 20th Fighter Wing fly from Cherry Grove along the 60 miles of Myrtle Beach coast! See vintage WW2 aircraft! You can help support “Salute from the Shore” by doing these: Get a huge flag, Take video and pictures of your Salute! Share your videos, pictures and stories from the Salute at www.SaluteFromTheShore.org. Please check website for updated schedule.
2 p.m. July 4th 6th Annual Cupcake Eating Contest, Croissants Bistro & Bakery, 3751 Robert Grissom Parkway Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Competition participants,18 years and older. The winner will be crowned, “Cupcake Champion” of Myrtle Beach. Prize packages include a trophy, medal, $500 cash and tickets to Myrtle Beach area attractions, restaurants and retail stores as well as an oceanfront vacation package, all valued close to $1500.
4 p.m. Annual Boat Parade, Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, 4025 US 17, Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
6 – 9 p.m. Surfside Beach Celebration featuring live entertainment on Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach, SC from 6-9 p.m. (Surfside Beach has cancelled their July 4th fireworks.)
7 p.m. Kaminski House with Indigo Choral Society, 1003 Front St. Georgetown, SC 29440. Highlights of the concert will include a Color Guard and songs from the American genre, Carolina-themed songs and a salute to our Armed Forces.
"Once again I was not disappointed staying at the Sandy Beach Resort. I have tried staying at other hotels so save a little bit of money, but always end up leaving that place even before we spend the night, and driving to the Sandy Beach Resort where we know it is clean and friendly."
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