We realize that taking a beach vacation can quickly add up and become a costly endeavor, but it doesn’t have to. An easy way to save money during your vacation is to enjoy some of the free things that Myrtle Beach has to offer. From our beautiful beach to our local events, there are plenty of ways to keep you and your family entertained without breaking the bank! Here’s a list of our favorite free things to do in Myrtle Beach.
Free Fun in the Sun
You’re at the beach! Why not take advantage of all the free fun you can have right in the sand or water. Walk along the beach while looking for shells and shark’s teeth, sunbathe on your beach towel, build countless sandcastles, boogie board the waves, or enjoy a friendly game of corn hole or bocce ball.
Myrtle Beach Museums
Save money on attractions by attending the free Myrtle Beach museums available to the public. Learn something new at Myrtle Beach Museums for free.
Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Dive in headfirst and explore the rich history of the Simeon B. Chapman Art Museum. With its continuous exhibits and educational/interactive programs, the Simeon Art Museum is a great spot for everyone in the family to enjoy. The museum is open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Sunday), closed on Monday.
South Carolina Hall of Fame
2101 N Oak St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Visit the South Carolina Hall of Fame and learn about the numerous inductees that range from artists, war heroes, community figures, and much more.
Horry County Museum & L W Paul Living History Farm
2279 Harris Short Cut Rd, Conway, SC 29526
The Horry County Museum is filled with the history, culture, and heritage Horry County is known for. Step back in time at the L W Paul Living History Farm. You can experience what it was like to live on a one-horse farm in South Carolina from the 1900s to the 1950s. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM (Farm closes at 4 PM).
Myrtle Beach Parks & Gardens
Another budget-friendly activity to cross off your vacation bucket list are the beautiful parks and gardens located along the Grand Strand.
Valor Memorial Garden
4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Valor Memorial Garden is located in The Market Common and features a lush little garden and mini maze. Oftentimes Valor Memorial Garden is dedicated location for free events like Art in the Park and Market Common’s Movies Under the Stars.
Vereen Memorial Historical Garden
2250 SC-179, Little River, SC 29566
Hit the natural and boardwalk trail at Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens. This 3-mile trail is perfect for nature watching, hiking, or admiring the Intracoastal Waterway views.
Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach SC 29575
The Myrtle Beach State Park is not free, but it’s still on our list of budget-friendly attractions in Myrtle Beach. $8 per adult and $5 for kids 3-15 will get you access to the beautiful park with a variety of activities like fishing, hiking trails, and picnicking areas.
93 Oak Dr, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
McLean Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a day with the family outdoors. You’ll find playgrounds, picnic shelters, tennis courts, and a two-acre lake to enjoy for free!
Atalaya Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Tour the mysterious historic gem, Atalaya Castle that resides on the Huntington State Park grounds. Though this is not a free attraction, it is still a budget-friendly option at only $5 per person.
Myrtle Beach Open-Air Entertainment & Shopping
Escape the beach and step into one of Myrtle Beach’s open-air entertainment and shopping complexes.
4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Stroll around Market Common and enjoy live music, festivals, and complimentary carriage rides (December only). The Market Common also features many boutiques & yummy restaurants.
4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Visit Barefoot Landing, a open-air complex built on winding boardwalks. Here you can enjoy the marsh views, walk the boardwalks, or take a ride on the carousel. Throughout the year Barefoot Landing offers some free festivals, events, and massive firework displays.
1325 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Broadway at the Beach is a must-see 360-acre outdoor entertainment and shopping complex. It features a small amusement park with rides for kids too!
4025 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
If you head just a bit down to the south end you’ll find the Murrell’s Inlet MarshWalk. Locals love the MarshWalk, with its row of restaurants, gorgeous inlet views, and free live entertainment all summer long.
Conway River Walk
2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526
Conway River Walk is a cute and quaint area that borders the Waccamaw River. There’s plenty of benches or grassy spots to enjoy your lunch (perhaps to-go from a nearby restaurant). Conway River Walk is close to downtown Conway where you can also find many boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants to grab a bite.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a 1.2 mile-long boardwalk that hugs the beach and is right outside Holiday Inn Pavilion’s back doors! You can stroll leisure or check out the variety of boardwalk attractions or restaurants. The Boardwalk comes alive with its free summer event nightly featuring musicians, live entertainment, games, and more.
Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge
1306 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Another budget-friendly activity is fishing off the Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge pier. It’s only $7 to fish and they have pole rentals and fishing bait that are affordable too!
Garden City Pier
110 S Waccamaw Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
The Garden City Pier is completely free to fish on and features live bands nightly in the summer. If the kids get bored, send them inside to play in a huge arcade & cafe at the beginning of the pier.