Though Myrtle Beach is known for its pristine beaches and ideal outdoor weather, the occasional rainy day does pop up from time to time. If you happen to encounter bad weather during your stay at The Holiday Inn, you will quickly find that the Myrtle Beach area is more than prepared. When the storm clouds roll in, choose from our top 12 things to do during a rainy day in Myrtle Beach. From museums to theaters and indoor sports your family will never be waiting for the storm to pass.
Grab the gang and head to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (just steps from your room!) to check out one of the many local arcades. Not only are the area arcades an affordable way to entertain the family during a rainy day, they also provide a certain sense of nostalgia that can’t be found anywhere else. Fun Plaza has been operating for more than 80 years and is a destination for vintage and modern gaming, making it one of the most agreeable spots for a mix of all ages to enjoy.
With the Grand Strand being home to an array of indoor attractions, it’s easy to find rainy day activities in Myrtle Beach to interest your entire family! With Ripley’s Odditorium, Children’s Museum of South Carolina, or Rockin’ Jump, you’re sure to find the perfect museum or attraction to wait out the rain. Here are some of our favorites:
Nearby WonderWorks is an interactive entertainment center focused on sparking kids’ imaginations with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Each zone has a different feature, from weather to physical challenges and light and sound. Unimaginable experiences include feeling the winds of a category one hurricane, laying on a bed of 3500 nails, or even powering a bike to spin a 360-degree revolution! The museum has food and beverages for everyone, plus a snack bar where adults can pedal a bike to blend their own frozen drinks. WonderWorks is designed for children of all ages…but even adults enjoy these indoor activities in Myrtle Beach.
Ripley’s Aquarium has been a favorite indoor attraction in Myrtle Beach for both tourists and locals for years. This marine life attraction features two levels of sea animals and activities for the entire family! Visit the Dangerous Reef exhibit to see sharks, eels, and sea turtles all while gliding along a moving 340-foot path. Other exhibits include the Rainbow Rock coral reef, Rio Amazon rainforest sea life, and Ray Bay stingray habitat. Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop for a souvenir before you leave! For more information call (843) 916-0888.
The Hollywood Wax Museum is the most star-studded indoor attraction at Myrtle Beach. Featuring tons of wax figures of all your favorite celebrities, from NASCAR champs to pop stars, this museum showcases lifelike exhibits for hours of starstruck fun! The Hollywood Wax Museum also features Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors and the shrieking Outbreak. Choose to search for secret rooms in the midst of a million reflections, brave an old lab terrorized by the undead, or purchase tickets to both! No matter the age, this museum is sure to provide your entire family with laughs, fun, and surprises on a rainy afternoon! Call (843) 444-0091 for more information.
Recommendations for things to do in Myrtle Beach on a rainy day always include watching a movie at a local theater. Movies are an easy entertainment choice because they accommodate your entire family, there are offerings for all ages, and you know how long it’ll take. Find movie theaters located near the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion at Market Common, Coastal Grand Mall, or The Myrtle Beach Mall. If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t need a full-length showing, opt for more adventure with 3D films with lots of motion effects—up to 6D! The Simpsons in 4D is a special effects experience for any fans of this cartoon family, showing at Broadway at the Beach. Or, visit Ripley’s 5D theater in Myrtle Beach for a motion picture that’s actually in motion. WonderWorks 6D theater offers kid-friendly showings too, so be sure to check it out when you’re there!
A little family competition at 810 Billards & Bowling can be just what everyone needs to forget about the rain. If you’re looking for centrally located indoor things to do in Myrtle Beach, this is it! Reserve a lane or enjoy other challenges from bocce to billiards to darts. When you’re looking to make the entire day a hole-in-one, add indoor 3D haunted mini golf to your docket for unforgettable fun. A full food and drink menu makes it easy to stay all day, and the fun starts daily at noon. Call (843) 839-2695 for more information.
There are two unique dinner and show indoor attractions in Myrtle Beach ideal for family time. Both offer a four-course dinner with the featured entertainment, so choose the storyline that interests you most, or attend both! The first, Medieval Times, takes visitors back to a different time where Kings and Queens reigned supreme and knights and horses performed acts of valor. The second, Pirates Voyage, features stunning acrobatic acts and special appearances from friendly mermaids. For more information about these shows visit our entertainment page.
Included in your stay at Holiday Inn At the Pavilion, the indoor pool, and lazy river water amenities should be on your list of must-do indoor attractions in Myrtle Beach. Hop in a tube and ride the lazy river, swim laps in the indoor pool, or relax in the indoor whirlpool to wait out the rain. The pool is open daily from 9 am to 11 pm to entertain in the case of rain, morning or evening. You’ll love the convenience and oceanfront views of this on-site pool area and your kids will love the refreshing water and playful splashing. Win-win!
Pop into Myrtle Beach boardwalk shopping destinations to get out of the rain. From the legendary Gay Dolphin gift shop to newer beach and surf shops, you’ll find souvenirs and sights for all ages. Conveniently located near the Holiday Inn Pavilion accommodations, these shops are easy to navigate rain or shine so you can wander, shop, and make a day of it despite the weather. When you get hungry, stop for a bite to eat at one of the boardwalk restaurants.
Get everyone involved and work together with an escape room adventure. Solve clues and get your minds working to escape the room in the time allotted. Not only are the puzzles fun to figure out, but escape room challenges are among the most up-and-coming, popular indoor activities in Myrtle Beach. For a private experience, try the Captive Escape Rooms challenge that’s only a few minutes’ walk from Holiday Inn at the Pavilion. Other nearby options include Myrtle Beach Room Escape, which has shorter solving times from 20 minutes and up, or Escapology, a short drive away and offering many difficulty levels.
For kids with loads of energy, a trampoline park can be a lifesaving rainy day activity in Myrtle Beach. Luckily, the area near the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion has two awesome trampoline parks to choose from—and both fully encourage kids to climb the walls, literally. Show off your ninja skills, race up a climbing course, or practice your aerial skills at Rockin’ Jump. Or, try a virtual reality faceoff, ride a mechanical shark, or run on a rolling log at Big Air Trampoline Park. Both indoor attractions have a lot to offer. Kids will have so much fun they’ll wish for even more rainy days.
Make the most of your rainy day entertainment with an educational attraction: EdVenture Children’s Museum. This indoor attraction at Myrtle Beach combines learning and play, for your littlest vacationer to discover many lifelike exhibits. Explore the basics of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with a hands-on flight simulator and airplane balancing, and learn about community helpers with a visit to a pretend doctor’s office or grocery store. Encourage creative play with performance opportunities and mural activities too.
Indoor golf is an activity the entire family can enjoy during a rainy day. Practice your swing or challenge someone to a driving competition at Top Golf in Myrtle Beach. There are more than a dozen games to choose from so you can customize your play to match your skill level. If you’re looking for a little less tech, Molten Mountain is a mini golf range that features 18 holes in an air-conditioned interior for rain-or-shine excitement. There’s even a live, 50-foot volcano that erupts with fire and steam every 30 minutes. When the summer heats up, playing golf—whether virtual or miniature—in air conditioning is one of the most popular indoor activities in Myrtle Beach.
Whether it’s raining or you just want a break from the sand and sun, there are plenty of family-friendly indoor activities in Myrtle Beach—and the best part? They’re located near the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion so you can book your stay with comfort knowing you’ll enjoy every minute of your vacation. The hotel’s outdoor amenities and beachside accommodations are ideal for sunny days, but during stormy weather, count on these indoor activity ideas to keep making your stay at The Holiday Inn at the Pavilion part of the best vacation ever.