Top 10 Things to do in Myrtle Beach in March
Spring is just around the corner, teasing bundled-up beachgoers with breaths of warmer air and memories of short sleeves, hot sand and sun-soaked days.
Though summer is still months away, March is a fine time to celebrate the loosening of winter’s grip in Myrtle Beach. Spring at the beach is a great time to shake off the cold-weather blues before sweltering heat of the dog days descends. Here are some ways to get back in the swing of all things spring.
Love music? You’re in luck this March! Here are some concerts going on this month:
– Oak Ridge Boys at the Alabama Theatre
– Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson at the Carolina Opry
– Little River Band at the Alabama Theatre
Spring daffodils, azaleas and dogwoods will be in full bloom as you wander through the world-renowned sculpture gardens, take a river boat tour or get to know some four-legged locals in the Native Wildlife Zoo. Seasonal opportunities to explore the charm of the Lowcountry abound in offerings such as the Reign of Rice Lecture Series (March 21), Dirt N’ Details Lecture Series (March 18) and many other educational events. An added perk: Regular admission tickets are good for seven consecutive days.
$1 Off Admission to Brookgreen Gardens
Huntington Beach State Park
Across Highway 17 from Brookgreen is Huntington Beach State Park, home to stunning beach views and Atalaya Castle. Atalaya, Spanish for watchtower, was the winter home of Anna Hyatt Huntington, whose sculpture is prominently featured at Brookgreen Gardens, and her husband, philanthropist Archer Huntington. The sprawling structure, now a lovely ruin of crumbling red brick, was designed to showcase Anna’s sculpture. Built using local labor during the Great Depression, the castle is an ideal escape for hours of exploring.
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Spectacular views, world-class dining and toe-tapping music can all be found in one leisurely stroll. Sample fresh Lowcountry seafood, snared mere steps from your table, as the sun sinks into the inlet waters. March is an R” month, which makes it local oyster season, so take a deep breath and appreciate the singular scent of the rich pluff mud that shelters the small, salty delicacies.
37th Annual National Shag Dance Championships
Shagging is a way of life at the beach. In these parts, that means dancing, and there’s no better place to witness the art than at the 37th Annual National Shag Dance Championships, to be held March 12-14 at The Spanish Galleon. The competition, which began in Myrtle Beach in 1984, is the country’s longest continuously running shag dance contest and has won two Feather Awards – dance’s equivalent of the Oscars – as the best swing dance event in the United States. Come see how the experts get down.
St. Patrick's Day
A plethora of options exist for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the beach. North Myrtle Beach’s renowned St. Patrick’s Day parade, which draws approximately 30,000 revelers, will be held on Saturday, March 14 along a festive Main Street. Also, be sure to check out Luck of the MarshWalk on Saturday, March 17 at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. There will be live music, drink specials, and tons of fun.
Main Street North Myrtle Beach
The Grand Strand is home to more than 100 golf courses, and the greens will be in tip-top scenic shape as spring begins. From Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, a Golf Digest, Golfweek and Golf Magazine Top 100 course in Pawley’s Island, to the aptly named Angels Trace in Sunset Beach, N.C., there is a course for every game and budget.
Run to the Sun Car Show
The 32nd annual Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show gives automobile enthusiasts the chance to check out more than 3,000 classic cars and trucks from across the country. Presented by the Pee Dee Street Rodders and City of Myrtle Beach, the show is set for March 19-21 at the former site of Myrtle Square Mall. Proceeds from the show benefit The Children’s Miracle Network, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Horry County Benevolent Fund, and Grand Strand Miracle League
60th Annual Can-Am Days
Our neighbors to the Great White North are a vital part of the Grand Strand’s industry and personality, and for more than half of a century, Canadians have laid claim to their very own festival. The 60th annual Canadian-American (Can-Am) Days will be celebrated this year from March 14-22 and feature concerts, dances, tours, and discounted attractions.