Here in Myrtle Beach, we enjoy a much milder winter than many experience further North. Even in January, we’ll see temperatures in the 60s on occasion! But as we head into January and February, it’s a good time to explore some of the great indoor activities the Myrtle Beach area has to offer. This quick list of favorites also doubles as good rainy day activities if you see a cloudy forecast while on vacation.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Probably one of the more well-known and popular indoors attractions in our area, there is a lot to love about Ripley’s Aquarium. We actually visited over Christmas break and noticed a penguin exhibit was coming soon, so we’ll certainly be back again before long. From the Planet Jellies exhibit to the live show at Rainbow Rock, I always learn something new. It’s easy to navigate with children, holds their attention and offers lots of hands-on learning opportunities. Well worth the cost of admission, but make sure you check their website or local papers before going as you can usually find at least a $5 off coupon. Lastly, I just noticed they began selling adult beverages (beer) on the main floor of the aquarium, so it might even make for a fun afternoon date one day in our near future. For more information, check them out online at www.ripleyaquariums.com.

Myrtle Beach Art Museum

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum (aka the Myrtle Beach Art Museum) is the only art museum in Myrtle Beach offering 11 galleries throughout the year. Aside from the incredible works of local, regional and national artists, one of the best things about the Myrtle Beach Art Museum is that it’s free to visit. There is no admission fee! They also offer a variety of classes, workshops, talks, community and family days and more throughout the year, though occasionally those have an extra cost. We’ve loved every event we’ve ever attended and visited the museum multiple times throughout the year. They’re open every day except Monday and are located near The Market Common in a historic beach home facing the ocean. For more information, check them out online at www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.com.

Coastal Grand Mall

While shopping is probably a top indoor activity for most people, Coastal Grand Mall is one of our favorite places to head on cloudy or colder days in Myrtle Beach. Not only do they have a number of fantastic stores that I love, they also have a variety of activities to keep kids busy. There is a small arcade near the food court along with a bungee/trampoline jumping experience at Center Court. And smaller kids can expend some energy in the free play gym area, with slides and other fun things for climbing. By making a stop there first, I’m always able to get a little shopping done with kids in tow, who are generally happy to behave with the promise of Chick-fil-A in the Food Court before we head home. Lastly, there is a large movie theater at Coastal Grand Mall which we love. For more information, check them out online at www.coastalgrand.com.

810 Billiards and Bowling

810 Billiards and Bowling is indoor entertainment on steroids (a good thing!). This fun complex has 14 standard bowling lanes, 6 boutique lanes, 6 billiard tables, foosball, darts, board games, and corn hole, plus a full menu and sports bar on-site. While I’ve only ever visited the Market Common location, they also have a location in North Myrtle Beach and are currently building one to open soon in Conway. One of my favorite things about the Market Common location is the overall size of the facility. You feel like you have lots of space to yourself even when it’s busy. It’s also fairly new, and feels super clean and modern--in contrast to some other bowling alleys, I’ve visited before. Overall, it’s a great addition to the Myrtle Beach area, and absolutely worth checking out. For more information, check them out online at www.810bowling.com.

Rockin’ Jump

Another popular indoor activity for families with kids is Rockin’ Jump Ultimate Trampoline Park… and for good reason! This attraction offers fitness disguised as fun and does a fantastic job of channeling all of that kid energy into several different jump areas. They have a massive main trampoline jump area, trampoline basketball arena, trampoline dodgeball arena, trampoline stunt bag, climbing wall, and a new-ish Ninja Course, providing something for all ages. We’ve attended a couple birthday parties here, and it’ always a hit. They have a snack bar and area located inside the attraction and comfy seats for parents to relax in while children (and adults, too!) jump alongside. For more information, check them out online at www.rockinjump.com.

New South Brewery

The last one on my list for the grownups. New South Brewery has long been a favorite (and somewhat hidden!) indoor spot. This Myrtle Beach-based craft brewery offers sampling tours throughout the week, as well as other fun events periodically. For example, right now they are offering a yoga class and beer for $10 on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. They’ve been operating their taproom for the past 7 years and usually have a few brewery-only beers on tap, so checking them out in person is a must for any craft beer drinker visiting the area. It should also be mentioned they are a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient, so you don’t have to just take advice from me on this one. For more information on tours or what’s brewing, visit them online at www.newsouthbrewing.com.