Planning a Myrtle Beach vacation can quickly turn into a costly endeavor. Luckily, the Grand Strand area is full of fun and affordable things to do that your family will love. Check out our list of free family activities and learn how you can make those dollars stretch during your next vacation:
The Beach – Ultimately, the beach is the main reason a majority of visitors flock to Myrtle Beach each year. The best part about the beach is – it’s free! Pack a few beach toys and lunch for the day and you can enjoy an entire day of fun in the sun without spending a cent.
Local Festivals & Events – Myrtle Beach offers a variety of festivals and events throughout the year that are free to attend. Rivertown Music & Arts Festival is held every year in Conway and features live music, a variety of local art and craft vendors, and a classic car show. The Blue Crab Festival, held in Little River, features live music, local food vendors, business booths, arts & crafts, and a children’s area. If you are visiting in the fall, check out the Beach, Boogie, & BBQ Festival, featuring local arts & crafts vendors, live music, and –of course- award winning BBQ. The list goes on and on!
Museums – The Franklin Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum boasts is presence as one of the finest art museums in the state. Originally built as a textile building, this antiqued house is now home to a generous collection of permanent art in addition to seasonal featured exhibits. The museum is open throughout the week and admission is free! The South Carolina Hall of Fame is another museum that offers free admission to visitors. Bring the family here to enjoy learning about notable South Carolina natives and other persons who have made a difference in the community.
Live Music – Many restaurants and attractions in the area offer free live music throughout the week. Visit the Garden City Pier to enjoy a variety of bands that play nightly from 8:30-11:00. Music on Main, hosted on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, is another free concert series that boasts a robust summer schedule with local bands like Six Styles and The Tim Clark Band. The Boathouse offers a free summer concert series every Sunday afternoon and restaurants along Marsh Walk in Murrells Inlet feature free live music throughout the week.
Entertainment – Visit the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach for a night full of family friendly entertainment. As the sun sets and the boardwalk lights up, sounds of live music and laughter will begin to fill the air. Known as “Hot Summer Nights”, this oceanfront concert series offers much more than just live music. Street performers like jugglers and balloon artists scatter the sidewalks, entertaining guests as they stroll the streets. Monday night is the Kid’s Carnival and Wednesday evening features a colorful fireworks show over the ocean.
Parks – Myrtle Beach is home to over a dozen local parks and play areas. Withers Swash Park, located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, doubles as an area preserve and offers a fishing pier, lush walking trails, and a playground. Grand Park, in contrast, boasts more open green area, ideal for sports and games, as well as several ponds, playgrounds, and a gymnasium. Most area parks also offer free picnic areas, making it easy to enjoy an open air lunch in between games.
The Market Common – The Market Common is a popular walking community in the heart of Myrtle Beach that offers a variety of dining and shopping options. They are also home to Grand 14 Cinemas, a movie theater that shows a different children’s movie every week at 10 am that is FREE to the public. That’s right, a free movie! Guests can also enjoy $1 drinks and $1 popcorn. If you are seeking a night flick, they have you covered too as visitors can enjoy a movie under that stars every Wednesday at 9pm in Valor Park. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary carriage ride through the scenic alleys of Market Common at Tommy Bahamas or take a free fly fishing class at Orvis.
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