Vacations can quickly turn into an expensive outing, but coming to Myrtle Beach doesn’t have to break the bank. No – really!
Did you know that Myrtle Beach actually offers plenty of free things to do? Believe it or not, there is plenty of fun to be had that won’t cost you a dime.
Check out our roundup of FREE Things to do in Myrtle Beach:
Parks in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach has plenty of parks that are open to the public and completely free of charge! Most have play areas for children, green space for games, and picnic shelters for public use. Parks in Myrtle Beach include:
• Plyler Park (Myrtle Beach Boardwalk)
• Grand Park (Market Common)
• McLean Park (North Myrtle Beach)
• North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex
TIGERS Preservation Station
Located at the popular Barefoot Landing complex in North Myrtle Beach, the TIGER Preservation Station allows guests to get up close and personal with cuddly tiger cubs! Guests can see Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, royal white Bengal tigers, and even the most rare tiger of them all – the golden tabby tiger. This attraction also showcases an array of other animals like apes and reptiles, all of which can be seen free of charge. Guests will only pay if they want to take a photo with the animals as a souvenir. Call (843) 361-4552 for more information.
Myrtle Beach Festivals and Events
Myrtle Beach has plenty of free local events and festivals that are happening throughout the year. Many are right along Ocean Boulevard. In the summer, Market Common hosts “Movies Under the Stars” and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk hosts “Hot Summer Nights”. Be sure to ask your Myrtle Beach Resorts staff what’s going on during your vacation!
Myrtle Beach Museums
There are several intriguing museums in the area that are free to the public and are a great way to escape the heat or a rare rainy beach day. The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum showcases visual art from all mediums and genres and also features several special exhibits throughout the year. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday. The Horry County Museum is also free to the public and gives visitors a true taste of the low country culture. This museum is open Tuesday – Saturday.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Located in the popular downtown section of Myrtle Beach, the recently expanded boardwalk section provides almost a mile of scenic open space and one of the area’s longest piers. The boardwalk hosts a wide array of free events throughout the year that offer live music and family friendly entertainment. Popular events include the Hot Summer Nights promotion during the summer and their St. Patrick’s Day festival. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is also a great spot to window shop, people watch, or even take a leisurely stroll along the beach.
There are plenty of places for live music in Myrtle Beach. In the summer months, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk hosts live bands playing all kinds of genres on weekends. Garden City Pier also hosts live music throughout the busy season.
If you’re willing to venture south, there are plenty of restaurants along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk that host live music throughout the week. This inlet-front boardwalk stretch offers a lively marina and 9 unique restaurants that provide a wide array of local music selections.
Of course while you are in Myrtle Beach, you are probably planning on going to the beach. With over 60 miles of beautiful beaches and 3 great oceanfront resorts, you won’t have to travel far to get on the beach. Enjoy relaxing in the sand, gathering seashells, and playing in the waves all for free—of course! Other great beach activities include:
• Beach games (bocce ball, cornhole, Frisbee, football, etc.)
• Bring your favorite book
• Sandcastle contest
• Fly kites
• Scavenger hunt
All of our Myrtle Beach Resort properties are located oceanfront, making it easy to get your toes in the sand and take advantage of all that the sandy shore has to offer.
What activity are you most looking forward to this year during your Myrtle Beach vacation? Let us know!