Stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach

(BPT) - Has summer just flown by? Did you run out of time to take a vacation, or just can’t stand to see summer end? Maybe you want to use up the year’s vacation days before they expire.

Whatever the reason, now’s the perfect time to stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach. You could enjoy a short stay. How about 60 hours to match the 60 miles of stunning beaches? Or if you have time, plan a longer visit. Don’t let the season end before you’re ready.

Stretch your body

Relax and stretch your legs along the shore at Myrtle Beach, then take a hike at Huntington Beach State Park to enjoy its numerous boardwalks extending into salt marsh and freshwater lagoons.

Or you can take in some golf at one of the area’s spectacular courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.

If biking is more your speed, tour the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway, or take a literal stretch at one of Myrtle Beach’s many yoga centers like Yoga in Common. You could follow your yoga with a beer at a Sunday session at New South Brewing.

Stretch your mind

Opportunities to expand your horizons abound in Myrtle Beach, from Brookgreen Gardens, consisting of over 9,000 acres of botanical gardens filled with stunning sculptures and art, to the Franklin G. Burroughs Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, where you can view visual art in a wide variety of media, from renowned artists including Ansel Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jasper Johns and Norman Rockwell. This fall's exhibit “A Visual Exploration of Southern Heritage” showcases Southern-history themed works.

Traveling with kids? Expand their minds at WonderWorks, featuring nearly 100 hands-on exhibits to explore science, weather and space. Step into the Hurricane Shack to feel storm-force winds, or sit in a replica of the Mercury capsule. Everyone will enjoy this unique educational experience.

Stretch your limits

Catch a wave with Jack’s Surf Lessons, or rent a Jet Ski at Myrtle Beach Watersports. You may even see a dolphin or two as you cruise the ocean or Intracoastal waterway!

If you’re really daring, consider parasailing up to 500 feet above the ocean with the help of Express Watersports, or you and the kids could join forces and fight your way through monsters at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Laser Strike.

Thrill the kids with the Dangerous Reef exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium, where they can watch sharks, stingrays and other sea creatures swimming around them.

Test your limits by taking a risk with Bartender’s Choice at Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen, where you choose any two words such as fizzy, sweet or smoky, and the bartender will create a unique specialty drink just for you.

Stretch your dollar

Savvy travelers know they can get the best deals when the tourist season is ending, so fall is a great time to enjoy oceanfront resorts and other amenities without the summertime crowds. Myrtle Beach accommodations offer more value for your money during fall, and there are plenty of area attractions that are free or low-cost to suit any budget.

The 60 miles of beautiful beaches are free to visit and enjoy. Wake up early to watch a gorgeous sunrise, spend the day surfing the waves, or bring along a beach chair to relax in the sun. Stroll along Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to take in the stunning views of the marsh.

Join some fall festivals and events, such as Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down in September or the Little River ShrimpFest in October, offering live jazz and mouthwatering shrimp. Don’t miss the Loris Bog-Off in October, celebrating the Southern specialty of rice, chicken, sausage and pepper. For more on upcoming festivals, visit GrandStrandEvents.com.

For families who truly need a vacation do-over, share your stories at visitmyrtlebeach.com. Visit Myrtle Beach will surprise those with the most compelling stories and photos with a trip this fall.

To find ways to stretch your summer, check out visitmyrtlebeach.com.