Top Free Things to do in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is known as a family-friendly and typically wallet-friendly vacation spot. Getting the most bang for your buck is important, especially when you’re on a family vacation. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach for free!
Ultimately, the beach is the reason you’ve come to Myrtle Beach. Take full advantage of this by spending your day and early evening here. If you're not staying at one of the amazing hotels in Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of free parking spots up and down the Grand Strand, even in the summer months. You can kill hours of time by doing absolutely nothing but enjoying the sounds of the crashing waves and soaking up rays. The kids will love the chance to play outside and splash in the ocean. Just make sure to layer on the sunscreen!
Broadway at the Beach is one of Myrtle Beach's top spots to visit and you don't have to spend a fortune to have a good time. There are plenty of great places to pose for pictures, play areas for the little ones and plenty of window shopping opportunities. During the summer months they host free fireworks shows and nightly entertainment with magicians, your favorite characters and live concerts. Hungry? Stop by Pepper Palace and the Fudgery for free samples!
Tour around the walkways at Barefoot Landing and you might be lucky enough to spot a gator! The complex is home to great shops like The Christmas Mouse and The Olive Shoppe. Stop at House of Blues and check out The Deck for a fun free concert in an outdoor setting. Barefoot Landing has fun entertainers every night throughout the summer as well as fireworks shows. Other fun events throughout the year include free trick-or-treating, fundraisers and car shows.
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is perfect for taking an evening stroll with the cool ocean breezes blowing in your hair. In the summer months, don’t miss the live action of their street fairs. Jugglers, kid’s carnivals and live music provide entertainment during Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights! The off-season gives way to less crowds and makes for a more relaxing walk down the boardwalk. The Boardwalk is also home to great events centered around Halloween and Christmas.
The Market Common is known as a walking community. Try out some of the games on the light-up contraptions for some friendly (and free) competition among family members. Take a walk through the shopping area and you may get lucky with free samples from Williams-Sonoma. Free events can be found on any given weekend in the parks including carriage rides, concerts on the green, holiday-themed events and more.
Myrtle Beach and the rest of the Grand Strand have beautiful parks. Myrtle Beach proper has more than a dozen parks with picnic areas, playgrounds and spots to relax. Check out Valor Park or Grand Park at The Market Common and have fun on the playgrounds and strolling around the lake.
Head north and you’ll find Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens with over 100 acres of gorgeous wildlife and vegetation to explore. The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex recently opened and offers free concerts throughout the year plus a large dog park, trails, ball fields and playgrounds.
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach offers free admission to their diverse exhibits. The museum boasts a collection of donated work from previous artists who have exhibited in the past that continues to grow. Maps and historical prints of the area fill the walls in addition to other exciting exhibits like sculptures, photographs, paintings and any type of art you can think of.
What would a vacation destination be without a plethora of parades and festivals? Myrtle Beach is home to dozens of annual festivals and parades. We use any holiday as an excuse to celebrate! Kick off the summer months with MayFest and nightly celebrations on the Boardwalk. The spring offers the Canadian-American Days Festival, St. Patrick’s Day street parties and more. Fall is the peak of festival season in Myrtle Beach with events like Oktoberfest (two of them!), the Fall BIke Rally and the Irish-Italian International Festival.
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