Contrary to popular belief, going on vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. Myrtle Beach is loaded with fun, family-friendly activities that you can enjoy without spending any money. From live entertainment to scenic boardwalks, I can guarantee you won’t get bored on your trip.
Here are the top 15 free things to do in Myrtle Beach:
1) Soak up the sun and sand.
Above all else, the most popular activity in Myrtle Beach is hitting the beach and it doesn’t cost a dime. Bring a chair and a book for a relaxing day or a surfboard for a more exhilarating day. A day on the beach is always a day well spent, just don’t forget the sunscreen!
2) Walk through Broadway at the Beach.
Centrally located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this popular outdoor shopping and entertainment complex is a hot spot for tourists. Visitors walking through the complex have plenty to look at between the many shops, street performers, regional festivals, and free concerts throughout the year.
3) Take advantage of the events hosted by the Market Common.
The Market Common hosts a variety of free events throughout the year, including live music performances, complimentary carriage rides, and outdoor movie showings. Before your trip, make sure to check out the Market Common’sevents page to see which events will be taking place during your stay in Myrtle Beach.
Photo Credit: The Market Common
4) Explore the South Carolina Hall of Fame.
This popular museum is free to walk through and showcases famous South Carolina natives like Dizzy Gillespie, Declaration of Independence signers, and Nobel Peace Prize winners. You can find the South Carolina Hall of Fame on the first floor of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Photo Credit: The South Carolina Hall of Fame
5) Stroll down the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk.
Located in the historic village of Murrells Inlet, the MarshWalk is a half-mile stretch of boardwalk that runs along a saltwater estuary. Bring your family and enjoy an easy walk filled with natural beauty and a wide array of wildlife. Pro tip: Go in the evening for extraordinary sunset views.
6) Hit up a free festival.
Throughout the year, visitors can find festivals with free entry all over Myrtle Beach. Filled with live music and free entertainment, festivals are a great choice for a free family outing. Be sure to check theMyrtle Beach Events Calendar before your trip to see if there are any festivals taking place during your vacation.
7) Admire the natural beauty of the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens.
Located just a short drive north of Myrtle Beach, you can find this 11-acre park and wildlife refuge. The park features saltwater marshes, boardwalks, trails, a Civil War cemetery, and stunning views of the landscape. The best part? Exploring the park doesn’t cost a thing.
8) Stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Spanning over a mile, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Myrtle Beach. With stunning ocean views, shops, restaurants, and attractions, there’s plenty to see on a walk down the boardwalk. For a small fee, a ride on the SkyWheel is a fantastic way to see all of Myrtle Beach from above.
9) Visit the La Belle Amie Vineyard.
Located in Little River just a short drive from Myrtle Beach, La Belle Amie Vineyard is a gorgeous destination. Set on a former tobacco plantation, this vineyard features regular live entertainment and free wine tastings. It’s free to come hang out, so bring a cooler with some snacks and enjoy!
10) Explore Barefoot Landing.
This massive entertainment complex is located in North Myrtle Beach and is a hot spot for shops, restaurants, and exciting on-site attractions. It’s filled with relaxing, family-friendly fun and is completely free to wander around.
11) Walk the Garden City Beach Pier.
Consistently voted the “Best Fishing Pier,” the pier at Garden City is known for its lively atmosphere and family-friendly fun. Located just eight miles south of Myrtle Beach, the pier is great for long walks and people watching. If you end up wanting to spend a few bucks, grab a bite to eat at The Pier Cafe or play some games at the Pier Arcade.
12) Take a tour of the New South Brewing Company.
Beer lovers, this one’s for you! If you have an interest in seeing how beer is made, you can take a free tour of the popular New South Brewing Company. This Myrtle Beach brewery has been a local fixture since 1998 and produces approximately 3,000 barrels of handcrafted beer each year.
13) Check out the L.W. Paul Living History Museum.
Less than 20 minutes north of Myrtle Beach, you can find this family-friendly farm in the town of Conway. There are events at the farm year-round and guests can take a free one-hour guided tour of the property every Saturday, so bring the family and get a taste of everyday life for farm families.
14) Spend the day at McLean Park.
Located in North Myrtle Beach, McClean Park is a picturesque park that features playgrounds, walking trails, tennis courts, gazebos, and a meditation garden. There’s also a two-acre lake on the property that is teeming with assorted wildlife, making for the perfect backdrop for a picnic. The gorgeous park is free to explore and is a relaxing spot to unwind for an afternoon.
15) Check out the animals at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station.
The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, or T.I.G.E.R.S. for short, is located within the Barefoot Landing property. It provides a home to tiger cubs and other endangered animals. The exhibit is free of charge to walk through, but snapping photos with the animals will cost a fee. I highly recommend going to see the tigers, especially if you have little ones with you!
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