Best Things To Do When it Rains in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is blessed with 218 sunny days a year, making it an ideal vacation destination for more than 14 million visitors every year. But even in our sunny paradise, an occasional rainy day can interrupt your rays. Have no fear — there is plenty of indoor fun to be had while you wait for the showers to pass! Check out these great rainy-day activities, chosen by our expert staff and our loyal Facebook fans:
Rainy Day Shopping
Myrtle Beach is a shopper’s paradise and there’s absolutely no shortage of specialty shops, malls, outlet stores and boutiques in the area to keep you busy on a rainy day. Make your way to one of our outlet locations, check out a great gift shop or stay completely indoors at one of our great Myrtle Beach malls or indoor flea markets:
Coastal Grand Mall
Coastal Grand Mall, the largest indoor mall in the state, is the place to shop, take in a movie, or grab a bite to eat. Just off of 501 and Highway 17 By …
Everything Under the Sun Flea Market
So you’re in Myrtle Beach or North Myrtle Beach and you’ve got the shopping bug. Everyone knows that the Grand Strand is home to several traditional ma …
Grand Strand Vendor Mall
If you're looking for hidden treasure in Myrtle Beach, look no further than the Grand Strand Vendor Mall (formerly Myrtle Beach Flea Market). With mo …
Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
Located on the Boardwalk, this iconic gift shop has been a staple of Myrtle Beach vacations for millions of families over the years. Family-owned and opera …
Inlet Square Mall
Murrells Inlet has long been a popular excursion destination for visitors of Myrtle Beach. Whether you’re going to take a stroll on the MarshWalk, …
Lazy Gator Gifts
With over 12,000 square feet of shopping, THe Lazy Gator is a great place to find Lowcountry gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself. Consi …
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Myrtle Beach Mall
Located on the north end of Myrtle Beach across from Tanger Outlets, Myrtle Beach Mall is a destination for shopping, movies, comedy, and more. Formerl …
Area visitors will find an abundance of shopping at Tanger Factory Outlet stores. With two locations, Tanger Outlets is the place to shop for factory sto …
Rainy Day Attractions
Myrtle Beach is full of great things to do, including plenty of great all-weather attractions including museums, aquariums, wineries and more! Here’s a look at some of the best places to go on a rainy day:
Art Museum of Myrtle Beach
Located on the south end of Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum has been attracting and displaying fine works of art since 1997. Past and pre …
Big “M” Casino
Rain or shine, Big M” Casino is a fun thing for adults to enjoy year-round in Myrtle Beach. This attraction boasts the only two casino boats in all of South Carolina! The Big M” Casino Ship I offers a non-smoking experience, while Ship II is smoking-optional. Both shops offer Las Vegas style gambling such as Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Let It Ride, 3 Card Poker, Video Poker, and all of your favorite slots! Plus, you can also play Texas Hold’em Poker on Ship I. Don’t worry about getting hungry, as the Big M” Casino also has a buffet for gamblers to enjoy.
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Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach is bursting with excitement, even when it’s raining outside. Kids of all ages love the upside down building AKA WonderWorks and their endless exhibits for the mind. If you’re hungry the complex has more than 20 spots to grab a bit to eat including King Kong Sushi, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Good Time Charley’s and more.
Children's Museum of S.C.
Located at the former Myrtle Beach Mall site in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina offers interactive exhibits and activities to engage your youngster’s brain. A special traveling exhibit, Alice’s Wonderland, is at the museum through May 5. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. Children under 1 are free.
Escapology Myrtle Beach
If you love a good riddle or mystery, consider checking out Escapology Myrtle Beach! This escape room attraction is great for all ages and offers 3 challenging yet solvable escape room scenarios. Choose from Antidote, Th3 C0d3, and Arizona Shootout and make your way through the clues with your friends or family! Each game lasts 60 minutes; do you think you can make it out on time?
Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
One of Myrtle Beach’s newer attractions, Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center offers three fun activities under one roof. This family-friendly facility has something for every age. Wander through rooms full of wax statues representing your favorite Hollywood actors at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Run from terrifying, blood-thirsty zombies at Outbreak:Dread the Undead. Or, save Princess Hannah in Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. You can choose to do only one adventure, but it’s always more fun to do all three with the All Access Pass– especially on rainy days.
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Beat the wet weather with a trip to our famous aquarium, Ripley’s Aquarium, located at Broadway at the Beach. Grab a horseshoe crab, touch sharks and even pet a stingray. Mermaids swim daily at 10 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 2 p.m.; 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Perhaps the most exciting part of Ripley’s Aquarium is the glide path through the Dangerous Reef that’s full of sharks and other species. The aquarium is open 365 days a year.
Rockin’ Jump is an indoor trampoline park that is fun for the whole family! Boasting a professionally trained safety staff, Rockin’ Jump keeps you safe as you enjoy jumping the day away. From large trampolines to foam pits and many other fun features, Rockin’ Jump is definitely a place to spend your time on a rainy day!
WonderWorks Myrtle Beach
Make no mistake – this is an upside-down building. And it’s packed with over 100 science-based interactive exhibits where visitors can lie down on a bed of nails, play virtual major league sports, explore Mars, fly a fighter jet, and much much more. There’s also laser tag, a 6D theater, and a ropes challenge course. This is a perfect place to spend several hours if the weatherman is calling for day of rain.
Rainy Day Shows
The list of shows along the Grand Strand almost reads like a choose-your-own-adventure – Alabama Theater, Carolina Opry, The Palace Theater, Medieval Times, Legends in Concert. With shows daily at most of the theaters, the entertainment is available year round, rain or shine.
One of the Grand Strand’s favorite entertainment attractions, Alabama Theatre offers area visitors an evening of singing, dancing, and comedy. Opened by …
Ready for a new experience in Myrtle Beach? GTS Theatre is a new show venue which presents shows like no other place in town. Located by Jammin’ Leat …
Legends In Concert
Experience the ultimate evening of entertainment! This international award-winning production features an outstanding cast of accomplished tribute artist …
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Step back into a time of knights and princesses at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, a thrilling, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by the fea …
The Palace Theatre is an impressive auditorium that sits at the corner of the Broadway at the Beach complex. This 63,900 square foot theatre seats 2,638 gu …
The Jolly Roger flag is hoisted and the pirates are ready to do battle at Pirate’s Voyage Dinner Attraction! This Dolly Parton production features two pi …
The Carolina Opry
The first variety show in Myrtle Beach—and still voted #1 every single year—the award-winning 33rd season of The Carolina Opry show blends two hours of …
$15 Show Ticket Package at The Calvin Gilmore Theater
Rainy Day Movies
The Market Common, Coastal Grande Mall, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach Mall, and Inlet Square Mall each have places to catch the latest flicks, so why not enjoy a summer blockbuster at one of these Myrtle Beach movie theaters?
AMC Broadway 17
As if there isn’t enough to do at Broadway at the Beach, one of the Grand Strand’s largest movie theaters awaits visitors just in case your favorite mo …
Cinemark Myrtle Beach
Rainy days happen, even in Myrtle Beach. But even on sunny days, this Coastal Grand Mall venue has 14 theatres that show the latest Hollywood blockbusters, …
Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille
This combination movie theater-bowling alley-restaurant-cocktail bar-and-game room is a one-stop-shop for hours of entertainment at Inlet Square Mall. Stop …
Grand 14 Cinema
Grand 14 Cinema is Myrtle Beach’s premiere movie theater conveniently located at The Market Common. The theater features more than 2,600 comfortable …
Rainy Day Games
When is the last time you took your entire family or a bunch of your close friends out bowling? Bowling alleys can be found in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Little River and offer fun themed days as well as glow bowling. There’s also some great arcades in the Myrtle Beach area for those looking to get their game on:
Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille
When is the last time you took your entire family or a bunch of your close friends out bowling? Bowling alleys can be found in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Little River and offer fun themed days as well as glow bowling. Frank Theatres CineBowl and Grille offers features bwoling, movies, a full bar, games and a tasty menu with appetizers, sliders, pizza, chips and dip and more.
Fun Plaza Arcade
Video game consoles have put plenty of arcades out of business, but Fun Plaza Arcade is a Myrtle Beach tradition. As far as arcades go, they’ve got it all – skee ball, air hockey, racing simulators, old-timey baseball games, skill games, and video games, too.
Garden City Pavilion Arcade
Garden City, a short drive south from Myrtle Beach, has been a popular family vacation destination on the Grand Strand for decades. And among the mainstays …
Rainy Day Activities
If you’d rather save a few bucks and don’t want to indulge in the many attractions and shopping centers Myrtle Beach has to offer, here’s a few more ideas to keep you busy when it rains:
Look for shells
Some of the best shells can be found during and immediately after a good rain. Be sure it’s safe to go outdoors and bring a basket or a bag to collect some goodies. They make a perfect souvenir to bring home or a special gift or accessory for your home. Enjoy the peace and quiet before the crowds hit the beach again in search of the sun.
Eat out at a restaurant
Myrtle Beach is home to over 1,000 restaurants, from steak houses to endless seafood buffets. Fan favorites for a rainy day include Oscar’s in North Myrtle Beach, the many restaurants at The Market Common, Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach. Fans love to waste the day away at Margaritaville! If you’re craving something specific try any of our fabulous Italian restaurants, pizza parlors, sandwich shops, sushi spots and raw bars.
Relax in your hotel
Use the rainy day as quality time to unwind in your Myrtle Beach hotel or rental. Relax, read a book or take a nap. Just be sure to leave your balcony door cracked so you can hear the rain against the waves. Some fans said they use these days to teach their kids new games or have fun movie marathons (Jaws, anyone?). Check with your hotel to see if they offer free DVD rentals or in-room movie selections.
Our visitors take advantage of the indoor amenities at their Myrtle Beach resort like the pools, hot tubs and lazy rivers. Some of them even said they’ll swim outside as long as there’s no lightning. Like one fan said, you’re wet anway.” Click here for a list of hotels with great indoor pools and water features.