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12 Ways to Get More out of Your CCMF Trip to Myrtle Beach

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
CCMF Weekend Crowd

The Grand Strand’s biggest concert of the year is quickly approaching and you're excited to attend — how could you not be?

It's four days full of some of the top acts in country music including Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, Old Dominion, Megan Moroney and more! 

But even the most hardcore CCMF'er knows that you can't spend ALL weekend at the event. And why would you when there's so much other fun to be had around The Beach, from laying out on the sand and splashing in the waves to exploring tons of fun attractions, restaurants and bars. 

Of course, we know why you're here — to enjoy the festival alongside 30,000 of your closest friends — but for your mornings, late nights and all the moments in between, we've created this list of additional ways to get the most out of your CCMF weekend.

Oh, and if you haven't already checked it out, be sure to see of full Guide to CCMF here.

Where to eat

local's fav
Grand Strand Brewing Taps
1. Grand Strand Brewing

Looking for a nice spot to cool off during the day while enjoying a beer?  Head over to Grand Strand Brewing located directly behind the CCMF grounds. Here you can grab your classic favorites, drink an IPA, or taste one of the locally crafted beers such as the Beach Easy or the Salty Golfer. If that still doesn’t sound like your type, maybe you want to sit out on the lawn while drinking down a sour. You can choose from cherry, First Rodeo smoothie, or key lime.  

Cheeseburger and fries on display
5. The Bowery

Just a one-minute walk away from the festival, The Bowery is celebrating 80 years of business this summer. There is going to be live music and events like never seen before. The establishment is known for being a venue where the popular country band “Alabama” performed from 1973-1980, and still calls it home today. It only makes sense that one of the biggest country music festivals on the East Coast is near this spot. Come out to The Bowery to experience Southern hospitality while crunching on chicken wings and burgers.

The Hangout outdoor live music crowd
6. The Hangout

If you miss the days when you were younger and could eat outside at picnic tables or even while sitting on the grass, The Hangout brings back that nostalgia by making it a reality again. At Broadway at the Beach, you can come to The Hangout and fill your day with live entertainment, games, relaxation, and good food. Try their one-pound lifeguard burger, shrimp boil, or pulled pork BBQ sandwich with one of their signature cocktails to get the full experience. The establishment is open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and until 10:00 p.m. on the weekends.

Activities for Pre-Concert Fun

Mini Golf Course at Red Dragon Cove
2. Miniature Golf

Known for its various miniature golf courses, there are various greens that you can visit. The closest course is Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Golf, which is within walking distance of the concert grounds. This spot has two 18-hole courses each intertwined with blue streams and tiki huts. It’s an ideal location for two hours of fun at a low price, and the final hole, number 19, is a special treat that very few people accomplish, so let's see if you can pass it! Other nearby mini-golf spots include Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf, Jungle Lagoon Miniature Golf, and Cap’N Cain Miniature Golf.

3. SkyWheel

Myrtle Beach’s iconic SkyWheel is directly down the street from the CCMF grounds. This ferris wheel is 200 feet high, offering impeccable views of the beach and city at any time of the day. Up to four people can fit in one gondola and each one is air-conditioned so you don’t have to worry about sitting in the summer heat. One ticket is $20 a person, or you could get a combo price with the SkyWheel and a nearby restaurant, Landshark Grill. This is Myrtle Beach’s cannot-miss attraction!

4. Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball

What goes together with country music? That’s right, baseball and hotdogs. The Pelicans are Myrtle Beach’s local baseball team who are in affiliation with the Chicago Cubs. If you are extending your stay at The Beach, you can catch the Pelicans in actions June 11th-16th against the Columbia Fireflies. Individual tickets can be bought through the team's website, and depending on what day you visit, some special deals and promotions take place. Be sure to plan ahead, so you can witness the full Southern experience when you come to the beach!

5. Broadway at the Beach

One of the best ways to spend an afternoon is strolling around Broadway at the Beach. This large outdoor shopping area has restaurants, attractions, stores, and views that will keep you occupied for hours. Some fan favorites to visit at Broadway are the Escape Game where you must solve puzzles and riddles to escape the room you’re trapped in and Popstroke, Broadway’s newest attraction that includes two mini golf courses equipped with a restaurant, bar, and jumbotron screens to watch the latest game. This is a spot where everyone will find something to enjoy.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with Gay Dolphin and SkyWheel
6. Shopping on the Boardwalk

If you want to stay closer to the beach or find some souvenirs to bring home with you, the boardwalk is calling your name. Full of various beach stores, you can find custom-made t-shirts, matching bracelets, jewelry from the Gay Dolphin, or random knick-knacks to remember your time in Myrtle Beach. Additionally, you can check out the other establishments that are nestled between the boardwalk stores such as the arcade, cafes, and henna tattoo artists.

Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.