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Winter Activities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

By Susan DeFeo

Don't give up on going to Myrtle Beach just because the weather is too cool for sunbathing poolside or swimming in the Atlantic. The sun shines more than 215 days a year, and the temperature rarely falls below 58 degrees Fahrenheit, making the Grand Strand a top place to visit in any season. While beachgoers can forgo the bikini and boogie board when Jack Frost hits, Myrtle Beach has loads of parks and outdoor activities, hundreds of golf courses, thousands of seats in live entertainment theaters and dozens of nightclubs that roll out the red carpet all winter long.

Beach Adventures

Even when the weather gets nippy, you'll find no shortage of things to do at the beach. The sand is less crowded, so it's an ideal time to take strolls along the wide white stretches with your family, friends and pets. Throwing a flying disc, enjoying a game of volleyball and building sand castles are also favorite pursuits. Bring your metal detector and hunt for treasure, or simply go beach-combing for shells, driftwood and sea glass. When the wind whips up, stop in at Klig's Kites, then head to the beach for some loops and dives with one of the shop's vast array of single-line or stunt kites.

The Night Fantastic

Trip the night fantastic at the Grand Strand's clubs and theaters. A four-course dinner of soup, roasted chicken, spareribs and pastries is upstaged by a rousing tournament featuring 11th-century jousting and horsemanship at Medieval Times. While the live theater cuts back on the number of shows performed during the winter, expect at least two shows per week during the off-season. In addition to its main music, comedy and dance show, the Carolina Opry hosts a retro Good Vibrations extravaganza filled with costumes and music of the '60s, '70s and '80s; and if you're in town during November or December, don't miss the The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. For those into dancing and nightclubs, you can Carolina shag the night away at Fat Harold's Beach Club and the Spanish Galleon. House of Blues and Froggy Bottomz attract a laid-back clientele, while Malibu's Surf Bar and Club Boca draw a wilder crowd.

Go Green

With Myrtle Beach's mild winters, don a sweater and enjoy one the nation's top golf destinations. Green fees are traditionally lowest in the summer, so don't expect reduced rates at the more than 100 golf courses in the area. Barefoot Resort & Golf and the "Granddaddy" of them all, Pine Lakes Country Club, are just a couple of the courses that you can include on your winter itinerary. While you're at Pine Lakes, check out the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, then head to the daily happy hour at the Pine Lakes Grill. For families with children, a number of miniature golf courses stay open in the off season including Spyglass Adventure Golf and Captain Hook's Adventure Golf.

The Great Outdoors

If golfing isn't your thing, Myrtle Beach has plenty of other outdoor activities to keep you busy. Beach cruisers -- ideal to ride on hard-packed sand -- and road bicycles can be rented at the Beach Bike Shop, and year-round J & L Kayak Ecoventures offers kayak rentals as well as guided scenic and fishing tours. You can take a stroll or do some licensed fishing at Apache Pier, enjoy the scenery at Brookwood Gardens, and Inlet Point Plantation offers horseback riding on the beach. Easier on the wallet, the city of Myrtle Beach operates a budget-friendly skateboard park and tennis courts as well as basketball courts, ball fields, playgrounds and fitness trails.

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