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Myrtle Beach in January

Vacationing to Myrtle Beach in January might seem a bit silly. You can’t swim in the ocean, and you can’t wear your favorite flip-flops. But even though the temperatures have cooled down doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of hot and exciting things to do all over town. From discounted golf rates to crowd-less beaches, here’s your inside scoop on what to do in Myrtle Beach in January!


Grab a jacket and head to the beach!

During January, Myrtle Beach has an average high of 55 degrees and an average low of 34 degrees. Maybe it’s because there aren’t many vacationers or maybe it’s because of all the winter storms, but the beaches always seem to have buckets of shells and other great finds during January. With more than 60-miles of beach to explore, there’s no telling what incredible beach treasures you will go home with. 

Holiday Inn at the Pavilion is located at the North End of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, right next to the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. With over 80 businesses up and down the Boardwalk, including restaurants and specialty shops, there is endless fun to be had on the Beach.

Take to the Seas!

Voyager Deep Sea Fishing and Dolphin Cruises has fun for the whole family. Voyager offers everything from Private Sport Fishing Charters to Dolphin Tours. With the largest fishing boats in the area, you are sure to experience Myrtle Beach and beyond like never before. 

Here are some of the packages available for Private Sport Fishing Charters.

  • Half-Day Fishing: Trolling or Bottom Fishing for 4.5 hours; Up to 15 miles offshore catching King Mackerel, Bonita Tuna, Bluefish, and many more; Up to 6 people – $550, Over 6 people – additional $50/person
  • Shark Fishing Trips (Night or Day): Bottom Fishing for 4 hours; Up to 15 miles offshore catching Blacktip Sharks, Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks, and many more; Up to 6 people – $550, Over 6 people – additional $50/person
  • Full-Day Fishing: Trolling &/or Bottom Fishing for 8 hours; Deep-sea fishing catching Mahi Dolphin, Barracuda, Amberjack, and many more; Up to 6 people – $1100, Over 6 people – additional $75/person
  • Inshore Fishing: Creeks and Waterways; Stay within a couple miles of land catching Flounder, Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and many more; ½ Day (4 hours) – $450 for up to 6 people, ¾ Day (6 hours) – $650 for up to 6 people, and Fully Day (8 hours) – $850 for up to 6 people. 

For a full list of Charter Packages available and to reserve your fishing trip, visit their website or give Captain Larry a call today at 843-626-4900.  

Get a Bird’s Eye View!

The scenery around Myrtle Beach is breathtaking, even during the winter months. But from the sky, the view of Myrtle Beach will literally leave you speechless. You’ll see the ocean, the hundreds of golf courses, and all the amazing attractions just from a different perspective.

Here are the area’s top helicopter rides. All rides start at just $20!

  • Helicopter Adventures | 1860 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach | 1-800-FLY-4-FUN
  • Oceanfront Helicopters | 3000 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach | 843-946-0022
  • Executive Helicopters | 2800 Terminal St, North Myrtle Beach | 843-427-7351

Splashing Adventures!

Even though it’s too cold to take a dip in the ocean during January, that doesn’t mean you should leave your bathing suit at home when you visit the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion. You will love our climate-controlled indoor pool amenities

Relax in our heated Indoor Whirlpool. Enjoy wet ‘n wild fun at our Indoor Pool. And you are never too old or too young to float around the Indoor Lazy River. 

It’s Tee Time!

Another great perk of visiting Myrtle Beach in January is that many of the local golf courses offer discounted rates! Did you know that Myrtle Beach is home to over 100 golf courses? From Little River to Pawleys Island, there are endless courses to keep your favorite golfer entertained. 

Here are a few of the amazing courses along the Grand Strand that also offer great off-season rates. 

  • Arcadian Shores Golf Club | 701 Hilton Road, Myrtle Beach
  • Barefoot Resort | 4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge Road, North Myrtle Beach
  • Caledonia Golf and Fish Club | 2200 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island
  • Dunes Golf and Beah Club | 9000 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
  • Eagle Nest Golf Club | 3820 Fairway Drive, Little River
  • Founders Club at Pawleys Island | 7829 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island 
  • Grande Dunes Resort Course | 8700 Golf Village Ln, Myrtle Beach
  • Heritage Club | 478 Heritage Dr, Pawleys Island
  • International Club | 1560 Tournament Blvd, Murrells Inlet
  • Long Bay Club | 350 Fox Trail Dr, Longs
  • Man O’ War Golf Club | 5601 Leeshire Blvd, Myrtle Beach
  • Prestwick Country Club | 1001 Links Rd, Myrtle Beach
  • River Oaks Golf Club | 831 River Oaks Dr, Myrtle Beach 
  • Shaftesbury Glen Golf Club | 681 Cains Landing Rd, Conway
  • The Witch Golf Club | 1900 Hwy 544, Conway
  • Willbrook Plantation Golf Club | 426 Willbrook Dr, Pawleys Island


We hope this list of fun makes your vacation to Myrtle Beach in January one to remember. As you plan your next winter stay, remember to check out all the great deals that the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion is offering including the Free Stays Program, Vacation Assurance, and Early Book Savings Program. We’ll see you in January! 


Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights - Nights of a Thousand Candles

Gather around Christmas-light superfans! Holiday Inn at the Pavilion has your 2020 Guide for all of the Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights you and your family will be able to enjoy. 

From Little River to Georgetown, the Grand Strand twinkles during the holiday season. And no matter what the weather, there are indoor and outdoor light displays for you to experience. We have laid out all of the Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights from the north end of the Grand Strand to the south end with all of their joyful details. 

The Great Christmas Light Show

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, 150 Citizens Circle, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Ages one through ninety-two will marvel at this winter wonderland. There are over 2 million lights displayed along a 2-mile drive that are synced to music through your radio. Once you have seen the over 500 magical light displays, park your car and head over to Santa’s Village. Guests will enjoy a petting zoo, hot chocolate, s’mores, and photos with Santa all for FREE. 

  • Drive Through Experience: Nov. 23rd – Dec 30th, Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • Santa’s Village: Fri.-Sun. Until Dec. 13th, Open Nightly Dec. 14th – 30th, Closed Christmas Day
  • $15 per vehicle when Santa’s Village is closed (up to 15 passengers)
  • $20 per vehicle when Santa’s Village is open (up to 15 passengers)


Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights - Ripley's Festival of TreesRipley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees

Broadway at the Beach, 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Celebrate with your underwater friends this holiday season at Ripley’s Aquarium. Ripley’s has decorated over 55 Christmas trees throughout the aquarium. Each state in the US has a tree decorated to represent it. 

  • Event is included with all admission tickets at no additional charge


4th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Garden of Hope, 1395 Carver St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Hosted by the City of Myrtle Beach’s Neighborhood Services Department, the Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting brings together locals from the City and surrounding. The event will include hot chocolate and cookies, live music, and a socially-distanced photo opportunity with Santa. 

  • Dec. 6th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Free to all!


Christmas on the Farm!

Thompson Farm & Nursery, 100 Brickyard Place, Conway, SC 29527

In addition to all of the farm fun being had, guests will experience a 4D-hayride to Santa’s Village. Riding through hundreds of Christmas lights, you will pass Whoville and meet some new friends along the way. Hot chocolate, coffee, and s’mores will be served as you take a peek into Santa’s Toy Workshop on the way to meet Santa! 

  • Nov. 27th – Dec. 13th, Friday – Sunday ONLY, 5:30pm – 9:30pm 
  • Dec. 18th – 27th, Open Nightly, Closed Christmas Day, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
  • $15 for adults, $13 for kids, ages 2 and under are free


Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights - Celebration of LightsCelebration of Lights

Downtown Conway, 1515 Third Ave, Conway, SC 29526

Light up your holiday in the Historic Rivertown. The drive-thru Christmas Light Show begins on Third Avenue (next to Shelley’s Seafood). Participants will follow the route to Ash Pond Road and then to Marina Drive. 

  • Dec. 3rd – 20th, Thursday – Sunday ONLY, 6-10pm
  • Final Show Dec. 24th, 6-10pm
  • No admission fee!


Christmas Tree Lighting

Town Hall, 115 Hwy 17 Bus., Surfside Beach, SC 29575

Head down to the Family Beach Town Hall, and enjoy the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This event will feature live holiday music. 

  • Dec. 3rd, 6-7pm
  • Free to all! 


Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights - Nights of a Thousand CandlesNights of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Jump into an illuminated wonderland while you celebrate Christmas at Brookgreen. From sparkling wine and delicious entrees to live holiday music and a lighted art installation, Nights of a Thousand Candles will not disappoint. There are over 2,800 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights throughout the Gardens. Be sure to check the live music schedule and menus for each of the on-site restaurants when booking your visit. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

  • Nov. 27th – Dec. 20th, Wednesday – Sunday Only, 4-9pm
  • Dec. 26th – 31st, 4-9pm
  • Members: $20 for adults, $12 for children
  • Non-members: $25 for adults, $15 for children


Tree Lighting Ceremony 

The Hammock Shops Village, 10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Gather up the kids and join us for an old fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting. The event includes rides on the Santa Express Train located in Santa’s Village. 

  • Dec. 6th, 5:30 – 6pm
  • Train Rides: Dec. 6th 3-6pm 


Shine Bright Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Sparkle and shine with family and friends at the Shine Bright event. In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, guests can enjoy s’mores, a photo booth, local art, and a live performance by the Pawleys Island Concert Band. Don’t forget your lawn chair to sit in while you listen to your favorite Christmas songs.

  • Dec. 6th, 6-7:30pm 
  • Admission is free!


Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights - Light up the LawnLight Up the Lawn!

Kaminski House Museum, 100 Broad St., Georgetown, SC 29440

Join us as we celebrate and Light Up the Kaminski House Lawn. Share a champagne toast (provided by Root – American Restaurant) and enjoy a holiday performance by the Saltwater Chamber Orchestra. 

  • Dec. 11th, 5:30 – 6:30pm


Please put safety first this holiday season. We recommend that you contact the events you are planning to attend to check for their current safety regulations. 

Once you have explored all of the Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights, don’t forget to check out the spectacular Christmas Shows that Myrtle Beach has to offer. And when you are ready for dinner, here are some amazing restaurants located along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. 

We are so excited that you have included us in your holiday plans this season. We are looking forward to providing accommodations with whichever room best suits you and your family.

Happy Holidays! 


Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at Sunset

If you’re googling Myrtle Beach Boardwalk right now, you’re probably looking to have a variety of questions answered like what hotels are nearby, what is there to do, what restaurants are nearby, etc.

We decided to take the opportunity and answer all your questions here in one fantastic blog all about the boardwalk! Here’s a quick rundown of everything we’ll answer for you:

How Long Is The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

What Time Does The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Open?

What Is There To Do At The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

What Shops Are On The Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach?

What Restaurants Are On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

Does The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Have Rides?

Where Can I Stay On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

How Long Is The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is 1.2 miles and runs oceanfront along downtown Myrtle Beach.

What Time Does The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Open?

The boardwalk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for visitors to enjoy year-round!

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with all the answers to common questions on one page for your convenience.

What Is There To Do At The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

There are so many fun, entertaining things to do and attractions on the boardwalk, you and your family could easily spend the entire day there. Here are our top 5 favorite things to do and attractions:

  1. SkyWheel – get the best view of the Grand Strand from 200-ft up on the SkyWheel!
  2. EAT! – we have so many fantastic oceanfront restaurants on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Can’t beat dinner AND a view!
  3. Gay Dolphin Gift Cove – one of the first shops on the boardwalk, the Gay Dolphin is a sight to see with its 26,000 square-feet covered in wall to wall of gifts and beach souvenirs.
  4. Hurricanes – if you love basking in the sun and sipping frozen drinks, you’ll love Hurricanes and their daiquiri bar!
  5. Promenade – one of the best places to relax in Myrtle Beach is right on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade! Kick back, enjoy the salty air, and the occasional street performer.

What Shops Are On The Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach?

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has a handful of beachwear shops and souvenir shops (like the Gay Dolphin) for visitors to peruse. Tsunami Surf Shop is another favorite with a wide variety of beachwear like swimsuits, hats, surf gear, etc. They also have beach gear for your convenience, like surfboards, boogie boards, beach chairs, and more.

What Restaurants Are On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

One of the best things about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is the variety of restaurants for you to indulge in while on vacation. Here are our top 5 picks of restaurants near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk:

  1. Bandito’s Cantina – Latin inspired restaurant with a stunning view of the ocean. It’s also a perfect place for predinner cocktails!
  2. Landshark Bar & Grill –  a casual atmosphere and dining experience with some delicious burgers.
  3. Tin Roof – known for its southern-style pub grub, great oceanfront view, and live music every night.
  4. Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar – this pick is for all the seafood lovers! They have a raw bar menu, amazing fried baskets, and more!
  5. Strong Waters Cafe – the perfect place for an amazing handcrafted cocktail and small plates.

Does The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Have Rides?

Yes! Myrtle Beach has a few thrill rides that are not for the faint-hearted. Here’s a quick list of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Rides:

  • Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures & Adrenaline Matrix
  • The Skyscraper
  • The Slingshot
  • Family Kingdom – a family-fun theme park with tons of thrill rides and more just off the Myrtle Beach boardwalk.

Where Can I Stay On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

We are totally biased when answering this question, but of course, you should stay at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront Resort at the Pavilion. Our hotel offers easy access to the bustling boardwalk and beautiful beach with amenities like our tropical beach bar and outdoor pool that are sure to keep you in paradise during you stay.

Book your stay at our Myrtle Beach Boardwalk hotel!

Sunrise over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

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

Free Things To Do in Myrtle Beach - Child Builds A Castle IN The SandYou’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.

McLean Park

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 Castle

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.

Market Common 

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.

Barefoot Landing 

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.

Broadway at the Beach

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!

Murrells Inlet MarshWalk

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.

Free Things To Do in Myrtle Beach - Live Music At the Garden City PierFishing Piers

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.

What's open on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Vacationing is back in full swing as travel bans are lifted and businesses begin to open up around Myrtle Beach. We are bringing you a list of what’s open on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (just steps outside of the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion) and the extra precautions businesses are taking to keep your family safe while on vacation.


The larger-than-life wheel is a tourist favorite and is ready and open to receive visitors this summer! To keep riders safe, the SkyWheel staff is disinfecting every gondola after each ride, loading parties into separate gondolas one group at a time, and marking waiting-lines with safe social distancing signs. You can enjoy the 360-degree view of the Grand Strand from your glass gondola from over 200-feet in the air!

Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures

Get your thrills at Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures where you can zip across Ocean Boulevard or complete their Adventure Matrix ropes and obstacle course. Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures sanitize all their equipment and are open from 12-10 pm daily.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Mirror Maze, and Moving Theaters

Ripley’s attractions on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk are now open and have created new procedures and guidelines to help maintain the health and safety of guests and staff. At this time Ripley’s attractions have reduced capacity to encourage safe social distancing, limited the guest to staff contact, and create sanitization schedules to clean kiosks, interactive exhibits, restrooms, and surfaces. They are also requiring mask to be worn throughout their attractions and gloves must be worn in the Ripley’s Mirror Maze and Ripley’s Moving Theaters.

Pier 14 Restuarant & Lounge

Not only a great fishing spot but also one of the best restaurants on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Pier 14 is open for dining this summer. Come in and grab delicious bites like their Crab Cake Sandwich, Beer Batter Fish & Chips, or a Fire Grilled Steak! Outdoor dining is available at Pier 14.

The Bowery

Enjoy a cold beer, great eats, and live music this summer at the Bowery, a local favorite and historic gem. The Bowery has all the same great food, drinks, and rockin’ music for you when you visit for your Myrtle Beach vacation. They are requiring you to wear masks in compliance with the City of Myrtle Beach.

Landshark Bar & Grill

One of the most laidback restaurants you’ll find on the Grand Strand is Landshark Bar & Grill, located right beside the SkyWheel. Landshark is also asking that guests wear face-covering while not eating in an effort to stay healthy and comply with the city requirements. Other extra precautions Landshark is doing to make sure its guest are safe includes sanitizing all surfaces frequently, training staff on proper sanitation, having hand sanitizer available in the lobby and restrooms, and having staff perform wellness checks before coming into work. If you’d still like to dine but don’t want to dine-in, delivery and curbside pick-up are available!

Weekend Getaway to Myrtle Beach family packs the car

If anyone knows how hard it is to find time for a vacation, it’s us! We understand that taking a full week off of work or school and being away from home isn’t always easy and that’s why we’re huge fans of weekend getaways. From the proximity of it to many surrounding cities and the endless amount of dining, activities, and entertainment options all within miles of each other, Myrtle Beach is a great weekend getaway location! Since it’s only for a weekend, we want you to spend the least amount of time going from place to place, waiting in lines, or figuring out what to do. We’ve put together the perfect weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach for you and your family that will keep you entertained all weekend long! We’ll try to make the weekend last as long as we can…but like they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

Where to stay in Myrtle Beach?

We might be a little biased, but the best spot for you to stay along the Grand Strand is right here with us at Holiday Inn – “At The Pavilion”. We’re an oceanfront resort located right on the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk within walking distance to dozens of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. We pride ourselves on being Myrtle Beach’s only AAA Three Diamond Resort located on the Boardwalk. Come and enjoy our 5 pool attractions that include a children’s pool, indoor whirlpool, indoor pool, outdoor pool, and indoor lazy river. We have many other amenities as well! We also run different special offers throughout the year so be sure to check out our website to see what we are offering today.

Dining in Myrtle Beach

After a day on the beach or in the pools, you and your family will surely have worked up an appetite! We highly recommend taking a walk down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and dining at one of the 20 restaurants it has to offer, including some with beautiful oceanfront views! A few of our favorites include Landshark Bar and Grill, Pier House Restaurant, and New York Pizza Kitchen. Be sure to check out Mad Myrtle’s Ice Cream for dessert! If you are up for a short drive, Broadway at the Beach is another great location. Broadway at the Beach is located just 2 miles from us and is has restaurant options for even the pickiest of eaters.

Myrtle Beach Entertainment

Sometimes you need a break from the sun, and luckily Myrtle Beach has no shortage when it comes to entertainment options, especially on weekends! The Boardwalk is another awesome spot for various types of attractions including The Sky Wheel, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Gay Dolphin Arcade, and more! Along with great restaurants, Broadway at the Beach also has entertainment options perfect for your families such as WonderWorks, Ripley’s Aquarium, TopGolf, Soar & Explore, Hollywood Wax Museum, and many more.

Hanging out on a budget? We’ve got you covered with all the free things to do in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Shopping

No weekend getaway is complete without a quick shopping trip! The Grand Strand area has many shopping malls and centers and luckily for you, most of these are close to the Holiday Inn! For a quick trip, stroll down the Boardwalk and check out the different shops it has to offer. Our favorites? Tsunami Surf Shop and The Gay Dolphin Gift Shop. Broadway at the Beach also has some great shops for you to check out. If you are looking for a more serious shopping excursion, we highly recommend a quick drive down to The Market Common. The Market Common is an outdoor shopping center that is located 5 miles south of us and features shops such as Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Southern Living, Bijuju, Barnes & Noble, and lots more!


No matter how many days you’re able to sneak off to enjoy Myrtle Beach for, we promise you will find countless ways to fill them with fun! We hope to see you soon!


Mature couple enjoying a meal at an oceanfront restaurant in Myrtle Beach

It’s no secret that people travel from near and far to vacation in beautiful Myrtle Beach! From shopping, state parks, endless amenities, great dining, to of course ocean views. One of our favorite things to enjoy along the Grand Strand once the weather starts warming up is grabbing a bite to eat oceanfront. Nothing beats delicious food accompanied by breathtaking water views! We’ve put together a list of our favorite oceanfront restaurants in Myrtle Beach for you to check out while you’re here!

North Myrtle Beach

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille

Greg Norman’s is the only Australian heritage restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. They are known for bringing all of the flavor and flair of the outback straight to your plate. They have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 15 years and serve a menu full of wood-grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Come enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the water…you’ll think you’re in the Sydney Harbour! Greg Norman’s is located at Barefoot Landing and is Sunday-Thursday from 11 am-3 pm, 4:30 pm-9 pm and Friday-Saturday 11 am-3 pm, 4:30 pm-9:30 pm. Give them a call at 843-361-0000 for reservations.

Filet’s Waterfront

Filet’s Waterfront is a North Myrtle Beach restaurant that offers a menu full of fresh seafood, steak, and sushi. They have a great happy hour that begins at 4 pm each day and features $6 and $7 appetizers as well as discounted delicious sushi and drinks. Enjoy live music, weekly specials, and fun events that they host. Visit their website for their calendar and to view their full menu. Filet’s is open Monday-Saturday from 4-10 pm.


Lucy Buffett’s (Lulu’s) is the ultimate coastal family experience filled with music, food, and fun! Come and enjoy old-fashioned southern hospitality full of gumbo, seafood, live music, and stunning water views. Their menu features a wide array of food including gluten, dairy, and egg-free options and don’t forget dessert! LuLu’s is located at Barefoot Landing and is open 7 days a week from 11 am-9 pm, give them a call at 843-491-5011.

Central Myrtle Beach

Sea Captain’s House

“A tradition since basically forever” is their motto, and we couldn’t agree more! Any Myrtle Beach native could tell you about this wonderful oceanfront restaurant and all it has to offer. Sea Captain’s house is known for its delicious seafood and its menu features items such as bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp and grits, award-winning she-crab soup, and Carolina surf and turf. They’re open Sunday-Thursday from 4:30-9:00 pm and Friday-Saturday from 4:30-9:30 pm. To make a reservation call 843-448-8082 or reserve online at

Wicked Tuna at 2nd Avenue Pier

The Wicked Tuna is one of our favorite local restaurants and an option that is surely not going to disappoint! The Wicked Tuna at 2nd Avenue Pier lets you take in beautiful ocean views while you dine practically over the water. The Wicked Tuna is known for its “hook to plate” food – meaning each week they catch the seafood locally by their own boats. From fresh sushi and fish to prime rib, everyone is sure to find something that will give them an amazing culinary experience. We recommend making reservations since this dining spot is so popular.

Damon’s Grill

This casual beachfront spot has been a Myrtle Beach local and visitor favorite for years. Enjoy lunch and dinner options such as pulled pork, prime rib, and their signature “best baby back ribs”. Damon’s is located on the southern tip of the boulevard and is open 7 days a week from 11 am-9 pm.

Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge

Located on the northern end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this oceanfront favorite is open for lunch and dinner and serves up a variety of beach favorites. Indulge in a hand-cut steak, a decadent seafood entrée, or stick with a hearty fried seafood basket. Their creative drink menu offers a wide variety of beachy drinks that set the stage for a night out on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. What’s even better? The convenient location means you are close to Holiday Inn At The Pavilion and to all of the downtown action! The Pier 14 Restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

South Myrtle Beach

Conch Café

This relaxed oceanfront café offers a simple but delicious menu of seafood, steak, sandwiches, soups, and salads. They also offer great drinks and have the perfect environment for enjoying a cold one after a hot day on the beach. Conch Café opens 7 days a week at 11 am. For more information give them a call at 843-651-6556.

Wicked Tuna at Murrells Inlet

The Wicked Tuna at Murrells Inlet is the second location of one of our favorite waterfront restaurants. Just like the 2nd Avenue Pier location, they feature their “hook to plate” philosophy with delicious menu options such as sushi, seafood baskets, fresh fish, and more. However, at this location you are dining over the Inlet rather than the ocean. The Wicked Tuna at Murrells Inlet is right along the Marshwalk which often features live music and events. Give them a call for reservations at 843-651-9987.

Sara J’s Seafood Restaurant

Sara J’s is a family owned waterfront restaurant located just south of us in Garden City. They pride themselves on serving fresh quality seafood while chatting about their fishing memories and adventures. The marsh views are amazing as is our menu favorite, the buffalo shrimp. Sara J’s is open for dinner 7 days a week from 4-9 pm.

No matter which waterfront dining option you choose, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t forget to check out our Tropical Beach Bar for great drinks, great views, and great company without having to leave the hotel! Or for more oceanfront options nearby, check out our list of oceanfront dining along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.


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Family flying kites is a top myrtle beach spring event

It might still be a little cool here in Myrtle Beach, but don’t worry because spring is right around the corner! When the weather starts to warm up, the local events start to pick up! Get out of the hotel and enjoy the breezy beach weather with these top Myrtle Beach spring events! 

Here are our top picks for Spring Events in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival | April 3rd – April 5th

The popular Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival is back for 2020! Enjoy this free event that is happening April 3rd through 5th at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9th avenue on the Boardwalk. The hours are Friday from 6pm – 10pm and Saturday-Sunday from 11am – 7pm.

Myrtle Beach Marathon | March 7th

Calling all runners, walkers, cheerleaders, and spectators! It’s almost time for this year’s Myrtle Beach Marathon! This race features a full marathon, half marathon, 5k, family fun run, and Wellness Expo. The race starts along the boulevard and finishes at the Pelicans Stadium. For more information and to sign up, visit their website.

Horry County Fair | Myrtle Beach Speedway | April 24th – May 3rd

Grab the family and head to the Myrtle Beach Speedway to attend the annual Horry County Fair. A spring tradition for many visitors and locals alike, this annual event packs tons of fun into just 10 days. Guests can enjoy a variety of exciting rides, decadent fair food, family-friendly games, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and face painting, and so much more. The fair schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, April 24 – GRAND OPENING, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Saturday, April 25 – SPECTACULAR SATURDAY, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Sunday, April 26 – SUN-DAY, FUNDAY!, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Monday, April 27 – DISCOUNT NIGHT!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Tuesday, April 28 – $12 TUESDAY!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Wednesday, April 29 – WACKY WEDNESDAY!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Thursday, April 30 – FAMILY FUN NIGHT!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Friday, May 1 – FUN FRIDAY, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Saturday, May 2 – SUN-FUN SATURDAY, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Sunday, May 3 – LAST DAY, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20 

Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam | April 30th – May 2nd

The 3rd Annual Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam is back and better than ever! Come and enjoy this 3 day festival that features an off-road obstacle course, car show, beach crawls, raffles, nightly parties, and over 90 vendors. This year they are predicting to have over 2,000 jeeps! It is happening at the old Myrtle Square Mall and tickets must be purchased. For more information and tickets, visit their website.

Jazz in the Park | April 26th

Save the date for this celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month and Myrtle Beach’s jazz history. This event is free to attend and features local bands, local food vendors, and local artists. Bring your lawn chair and find a spot to enjoy! Jazz in the Park is taking place April 26th from 2-6pm at Chapin Park (1410 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach).

World Famous Blue Crab Festival | Little River Waterfront | May 16th – 17th

Believe it or not, guests flock from far and wide to attend this famous Little River event! The “World Famous Crab Festival” is a two-day event that celebrates a favorite local cuisine – blue crabs. There will be more than 200 arts and crafts vendors present, live entertainment all weekend long, a spacious children’s area with rides and games, and plenty of food vendors serving up their favorite blue crab dishes, of course! Crab cakes, crab bisque, crab fritters, crab po’boys, crab salad, and crab dip are just a few succulent dishes that guests can look forward to. Tickets are only $4 in advance (per day) or $5 at the gates. Call (843) 249-6604 for more information.

Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light | Ongoing

This new Brookgreen Gardens exhibit will feature spectacular large scale light sculptures by internationally known artist, Bruce Munro. It will have seven works of art in light and mixed media, each designed specifically for the natural garden rooms where they will be installed. His sculptures will allow Brookgreen visitors to see the gardens in a new light! Even if you have been before, this exhibit is one you won’t want to miss. It is occurring April 8th – September 12th Wednesdays through Saturdays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Visit their website for tickets and more information.

live show at the alabama theatre myrtle beach

The Return of Live Shows | Ongoing

March is an exciting month for live entertainment in Myrtle Beach! Many of the local theatres close the curtains for a few weeks during the beginning of the year to work on new shows and revamp returning performances. With the return on warmer weather, however, comes the return of exciting entertainment. The following theaters are now OPEN for business for the 2017 season: 

Legends in Concert – Performers for the 2018 season include: Elvis Presley, Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson,  Lionel Richie, Cher, and more! Call (843) 238-7827 for ticket information. 

The Carolina Opry – Shows include: The Carolina Opry, Time Warp, Thunder & Light. Call (800) 843-6779 for ticket information.

Alabama Theater – Shows include: One The Show & Special Guest Performances.

Medieval Times – Dinner & show event encompasses a medieval theme and includes horse stunts, sword battles, and a live jousting tournament. Dinner includes four courses. Call (866) 543-9637 for information.

Pirates Voyage – Dinner & show event embraces a “pirate” theme and includes live acrobatic stunts, tumbling and rope stunts, and live animal appearances. Dinner includes four courses. Call (843) 497-9700 for more information.

baseball mitt on mound

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball | Ongoing

Spring also welcomes the beginning of baseball season in Myrtle Beach! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans kick off their season on Thursday, April 9th with a seven game homestead against the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Fredericksburg Baseball. If you aren’t in town that week, fret not, as the Pelicans have a packed schedule all summer long!

Visitors and locals alike look forward to these weekly promotions that can help you make the most out of your trip to the ball game:

  • Taco Tuesday
    • Wiener Wednesday
    • Thirsty Thursday 
    • Scheduled post-game fireworks shows
    • Scheduled theme nights

Be sure to check the Myrtle Beach Pelicans schedule to see when they are home during the season.

10th Annual Irish Festival | Market Common | March 14th

Looking to enjoy the area’s top Irish festivities? If so, look no farther than the Annual Irish Fest at Market Common. This day-long celebration is perfect for families and offers plenty to keep your crew happy. Visitors can enjoy Authentic Irish food and beverages, live entertainment, area vendor tents, and plenty of activities for the kiddos like inflatables, games, face painting, and much more. This event is free to attend and will take place from 11 am – 7 pm.

Sound like fun?

Be sure to check out our oceanfront accommodations and great on-site amenities to get your Myrtle Beach spring stay started.

young family shopping at Barefoot Landing

One of our favorite things about the Grand Strand is the array of outdoor shopping, dining, and event centers. From Murrells Inlet all the way up to North Myrtle Beach, whichever location you want to explore there is plenty to do! Today our destination spotlight is on Barefoot Landing. Barefoot Landing is a large shopping complex located on the waterway in North Myrtle Beach. It features popular shopping, delicious restaurants, and great entertainment. Here is our list of Barefoot favorites you must check out!



Lucy Buffett’s (Lulu’s) is the ultimate coastal family experience filled with music, food, and fun! Come and enjoy old-fashioned southern hospitality full of gumbo, seafood, live music, and stunning water views. Their menu features a wide array of food including gluten, dairy, and egg-free options. Don’t forget dessert!

Greg Norman Australian Grille

Greg Norman’s is the only Australian heritage restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. They are known for bringing all of the flavor and flair of the outback straight to your plate. They have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 15 years and serve a menu full of wood-grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Come enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the water…you’ll think you’re in the Sydney Harbour.

Taco Mundo

This new Mexican restaurant is already a crowd favorite. Taco Mundo features an assortment of Mexican food and drinks including tacos, rice, bowls, fajitas, and more! They offer hump day (Wednesday) food and drink specials as well as football specials on Saturdays between 4-7 pm. Check out their menu here!

Crooked Hammock Brewery…Coming soon

Crooked Hammock Brewery offers a great environment for those who love enjoying food and drinks with friends and family all with a backyard feel. Their signature brews are made from scratch and their food “gets the party started”. This fun eatery is coming soon in 2020!



Monkee’s is an upscale women’s clothing boutique featuring shoes, clothing, and accessories. Some of their featured brands include Crosby, Sheila Fajl, Anchor Beads, Anna Cate, and more!

M.R. Ducks

Outdoor lovers look no further! M.R. Ducks carries casual wildlife apparel, and is known for editions of ducks in flight and new designs that celebrate the great outdoors!

Pick a Pearl

You can’t leave the beach without a souvenir and what better gift than a pearl you picked?

The Mole Hole

The Mole Hole carries unique fine gifts, collectibles, and jewelry. They feature brands like Pandora, Swarovski crystal, Rhythm Clocks, and more!


Lulu’s Mountain of Youth Ropes Course and Beach Arcade

New in 2019, this ropes course and beach arcade has already been a huge hit! Perfect for the whole family, come and experience the adrenaline of the 48-foot tall mountain of youth ropes course with 26 different obstacles! For children under 48 inches tall check out the little ropes course. They are closed for the season right now but will be reopening this spring!

Alligator Adventure

Located adjacent to Barefoot Landing, Alligator Adventure is one of the largest reptile facilities in the world. Come face to face with nature’s fiercest and most beautiful animals and enjoy different educational shows, events, and reptile themed activities. 


House of Blues

This Myrtle Beach concert hall has been here for years and it never disappoints! Enjoy a fun night out with great live music and be sure to check out their restaurant and bar for southern-inspired food. Visit their website for access to their show and event schedule to see what’s happening during your time here!

Alabama Theatre

The Alabama Theatre’s One The Show has been voted #1 by Myrtle Beach visitors. The Theatre presents its Guest concert series with acts like The Temptations, Four Tops, Josh Turner, and The Oak Ridge Boys. You’ll feel like you’re in Vegas with this level of entertainment. Visit their website for their full list of shows and times.

Santa and Snow Maiden in Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us once again! One of our favorite ways of getting in the Christmas season is to attend the many Myrtle Beach Christmas shows that go on each year. With so many awesome choices, you really can’t go wrong!

Christmas at Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show

For the action and competition lovers, this is the Christmas show for you! Enjoy an epic battle between pirates as they search for the coveted Christmas Treasure. This show features a 15-foot lagoon, full-sized pirate ships, and a delicious 4-course meal. The Christmas at Pirate’s Voyage show is running through January 4th and tickets can be purchased online or by calling their box office at 843-497-9700.

Brookgreen Garden’s Night of A Thousand Candles

Perfect for a romantic night out, Night of a Thousand Candles features more than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Enjoy walking the paths through the sculpture gardens with hot cocoa, see carolers, enjoy catered food from some of the Grand Strand’s top restaurants, and listen to pianists, violinists, and more! This event sells out every year and tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit their website. 

Carolina Opry’s The Christmas Show of the South

Be taken to a winter wonderland full of singing, dancing, and a real horse-drawn

Sleigh. The Carolina Opry is celebrating its 34th season and for 2019 they are bringing about some exciting changes. You don’t want to miss Moses, Bogie, or the comedy that comes along with the musical performances. The Christmas Special is running until January 4th and you can visit their website to purchase tickets. 

Christmas On Ice

A new Myrtle Beach Christmas show for 2019, Christmas on Ice features a cast of World Champion Ice Skaters, Singers, and a 50-foot real ice stage! Enjoy skating performances to the tunes of your favorite holiday songs. This show is running through December 28th and you can book your reservations online!

Alabama Theatre’s The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

Celebrate the holidays with talent, scenery, special effects, and your favorite Christmas music! The South’s Grandest Christmas Show will take you and your family back to the true meaning of Christmas through different performances all while leaving you with smiles and laughs. Give them a call 1-800-342-2262 or click here to purchase tickets


A Christmas Carol at Atlantic Stage Theatre

Atlantic Stage Theatre, Myrtle Beach’s only professional non-profit performance group, is proud to present A Christmas Carol throughout the month of December. Follow the tale of miserly Mr. Scrooge as he is visited by three Christmas ghosts. The ghosts show him the error in his ways and what the future holds for him if he does not come to terms with his wrongs. This classic story of human redemption is the perfect way to re-connect with family and friends over the true meaning of Christmas. Call (877) 287-8587 for more information or purchase tickets online.