Things to do in the Myrtle Beach area on July 4

July 3, 2014 

Bathers line up at Myrtle Waves Water Park in Myrtle Beach.

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Splash at water parks

All three local water parks are open on this federal holiday, and prices vary per site:

• Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, across from Family Kingdom Amusement Park, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 916-0400 or www.familykingdomfun.com.

• Myrtle Waves Water Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue North Extension and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 913-9260 or www.myrtlewaves.com.

• Wild Water & Wheels, 910 U.S. Business S., Surfside Beach: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., including concert 5-9 p.m. by Below the Bassline. 238-3787 or www.wild-water.com.

Also, Trippo inflatable beachfront water slide, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at First Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach. 280-5674 or 280-5620.

State parks open daily

Both area state parks are open every day of the year, including this holiday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., for walks, bicycling, and nature and bird watching. Details at www.southcarolinaparks.com:

• Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Farrow Parkway/South Ocean Boulevard, across from Seagate Village; 238-5325 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.

• Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens; call 237-4440. Also, in “Coastal Kayaking,” Mondays through October, take a guided salt-marsh tour from Oyster Landing in Murrells Inlet, for $35. Register at 235-8755 by 4 p.m. the previous Sunday.

Details | Same admission for each park: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15.

Pick a space show

Sky Theater dome shows play Mondays-Saturdays through Sept. 1: “Legends of the Night Sky” at 11 a.m. for half-price admission, “Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea” 1 p.m., “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” 2 p.m., “Undiscovered Worlds” 3 p.m., “Back to the Moon for Good” 4 p.m., and “Dynamic Earth” 5 p.m.; and laser shows 6-8 p.m. hourly Thursdays-Saturdays. Also, at noon on this day: “The Science of Flight,” a free lecture by Robert Morris. Details at 910-575-0033 or www.museumplanetarium.org.

Details | at Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C.; per show: $8 ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. Also, seven-day “vacation pass” for $69 for two adults and as many as four children, and through Blue Star Museums program, free tickets through Sept. 1 for active duty military personnel with ID, also good for five family members.

Brookgreen extends hours

“Cool Summer Evenings” continue, with extended hours Wednesdays-Fridays through Aug. 8, including on Fridays, “Concerts on the Lawn,” on this night with Big Bang Boom. Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.

Details | 5-9 p.m. at Brookgreen Gardens (open 9:30 a.m. daily), on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach; free with admission, which lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12.

Free skating for locals

Monthly free-skate nights are today (till 11 p.m. on this night) and Aug. 18 for local residents with a VIP card. Details at 748-0302 or www.funwarehousemb.com.

Details | 5-10 p.m. at Fun Warehouse, 2349 Dick Pond Road (S.C. 544), near Surfside Beach, a half-mile west of U.S. 17 Bypass. Show local ID to obtain free card.

For a complete list of upcoming events, festivals and shows, visit MyrtleBeach

Online.com/kicks.

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