Free and Affordable Activities

Plus Extra Money Saving Tips for Your Vacation

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, stretch your vacation dollar to the max. From free events such as concerts and firework shows to a relaxing game of miniature golf. Once you enter Myrtle Beach, you'll have a hard time narrowing down your top activity choices.

What's Free?

Our Beach
Create unforgettable memories while enjoying 60-miles of wide, soft sandy beach. Be sure to bring your beach towels, a sheet and/or beach chairs before you get here so you don't have to rent them. Wake up early in the morning, run along the ocean shore and take in the fresh air.  It's good for your body, mind and soul! Want to sleep in? Grab a chair, sit down, let your toes sink into the soft sand and just relax in the afternoon while listening to waves rolling in.

Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach, a 350-acre outdoor entertainment and shopping complex in the heart of Myrtle Beach, surrounds a man-made lake. There are hundreds of people walking and enjoying Broadway every day. There, you can find everything - you name it; you got it!  From savory restaurants and family-friendly dining, to live entertainment theaters and exciting nightlife. If you think you will get lost, don't worry, there are big maps all around Broadway to guide you to all locations. All summer long the Heroes Harbor section of Broadway brings the Sprite Under the Stars Concert Series, a variety of free regional concert acts every Tuesday night leading up to a free fireworks extravaganza.

Festivals and Events 
Join us every year as The Myrtle Beach Area plays host to many Free Events including the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival. These events are huge, extremely popular, and no entry fee is required. Some include free concerts, meet and greets, playgrounds for kids, and much more.  For a list of upcoming events, go to

Live Bands at The Pier at Garden City Beach 
Every night from 8:30-11 p.m., all summer long, enjoy live music and the ocean breeze at Garden City Beach Pier. Grab a bite at the pier café, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Considered The Grand Strand's home for contemporary visual art in all mediums since 1977, the Art Museum has been a showcase for living Southern artists including Myrtle Beach's own Alex Powers, Dixie Dugan, and Ouida Salvo. Housed in a restored 1920s beach cottage with signature green-striped awnings and a picturesque tea porch, the Museum has 10 galleries with visual art exhibitions changing throughout the year. The Museum also boasts works of historic regional significance including The Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild Collection and the Bishop Collection of Antique Maps and Prints. The Museum has exhibited works from some of America's foremost names in the world of art, including those of John James Audubon, Ansel Adams, and Jasper Johns. Special events are offered regularly. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (843) 238-2510 or visit

First Saturday Art Walk in Conway 
Hosted by the Historic District Artists of Conway, this interesting and interactive experience is offered the first Saturday of each month. Working artists open their galleries and studios to visitors to discuss their crafts. Art Walk sights include glass-blowing and quilting demonstrations, wine receptions in galleries, and live music. For one day each October, the City of Conway closes down its streets for "Art and Antiques in the Alley," a celebration of artistry that includes visits by antique dealers, art vendors, pottery demonstrations, and many other artistic outlets.

Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Visit the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet and experience nature along The MarshWalk which offers great views of the saltwater marsh, birds, and beautiful scenery. Home to many waterfront restaurants, music is in the air once evening rolls around. The MarshWalk is free to enjoy.

Hot Summer Nights
Ocean Boulevard's Hot Summer Nights presents oceanfront concert series from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Plyler Park on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and on Mr. Joe White Avenue in downtown Myrtle Beach. You will enjoy all kinds of music, from rock, jazz, pop, reggae, to Motown and country! This summer there's even more fun than ever happening on Ocean Boulevard. And it's all FREE! So come enjoy the beach's biggest fireworks display at 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday nights until the end of August. Also, there you will find street performers, balloon artists, face painting, stilt-walkers, jugglers and tons of kid-friendly fun including inflatable jumping rooms. Meanwhile, don't forget to get your own caricature. Have a blast!  

The Market Common
The Market Common is host to many free events during the summer! Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from mid June until mid August, Grand 14 Cinemas at the Market Common area will show a different kids' movie every week at 10 a.m. FREE admission for everyone! Come enjoy $1 drinks and $1 popcorn. On every other Wednesday, enjoy free movies in Valor Park beginning at 9 p.m. Come visit the Market Common on the third Thursday of the summer months for a free Concert on the Green featuring tribute and local bands! If you’re looking for fresh and local finds, visit the Farmers’ Market each Saturday during the summer from 10-3 on Deville Street!  The Market Common is located on Farrow Parkway off of Business and ByPass 17. For more information, please visit

Top Activities Under $25

Before you do anything, pick-up some brochures and coupons at our visitor information locations in the Myrtle Beach area. The main visitor information location is located on 1200 N. Oak St. Myrtle Beach, SC and the airport welcome center is located at 1100 Jetport Rd, Myrtle Beach. There are a couple of different coupon books that you can pick up at your hotel as well, (one is called Monster Coupon Book and the other is Strand). The coupon books have discounts for almost everything you may want to do in Myrtle Beach - dining, shopping, attractions, etc. Coupons are also online on the official visitor website at They could save you money!

  1. Miniature Golf
    Known as the mini golf capital of the world, there are over fifty themed miniature golf courses along The Myrtle Beach Area with excitement at every hole.
    Tip: Check the local coupon books and find coupons for savings and hit the course at the discounted hours. Children 2 and under are free at most establishments.
  2. Shelling at Myrtle Beach State Park 
    Awesome shells, shark teeth, and more await you at this local favorite. Enjoy a wide beach, nature trails a fishing pier and more for a $5 or less per-person park admission fee. Pack a picnic, beach pail and shovel. The State Park also offers free children's programs throughout the year.
  3. Souvenir Shopping at Hudson's Surfside Flea Market 
    Located at 1040 South Kings Highway in Surfside Beach: Over 250 dealers make this a popular choice for both new and used merchandise. Find Myrtle Beach souvenirs including t-shirts, hats and more at some of the lowest prices on The Grand Strand. Check their website for days and times of operation.
  4. Shopping
    Many stores on Ocean Boulevard offer the best of the beach, from inexpensive sunglasses, beautiful purses, stunning dresses, tropical wear, souvenirs, painted t-shirts, to family portraits and temporary tattoos. After you're done shopping, relax at some of the most preferred oceanfront pubs and restaurant along the boardwalk. 
  5. Helicopter Rides
    Only $20 and you will be on top of Myrtle Beach. The aircraft are maintained to the highest FAA standards, and the pilots are commercially rated with many years of military and civilian experience. All you need is your cool sunglasses and a friend or family member to enjoy the view of beautiful Myrtle Beach.
  6. Affordable Motels
    Myrtle Beach has some of the most beautiful motels where you can shower and rest. Imagine, waking up to sun and surf, and when you're hungry, tired, or forgot the suntan lotion, relief is just a few yards away.
  7. Movies at Carmike Cinema
    Head to the southeast end of Broadway at the Beach for a summer blockbuster matinee.
  8. Family Kingdom
    Enjoy screams, dreams, and flying machines when you get an all-day wrist band at Family Kingdom's Amusement Park. Print out our coupon on this site for $ off. You'll enjoy over 30 rides at the friendly amusement park by the sea featuring 4 exciting new rides including the Twist 'n Shout steel roller coaster.
  9. Adrenaline
    The Slingshot ride, located at 1201 N. on Ocean Boulevard welcomes all the tough ones for a ride. The Slingshot Ride operates as a backwards bungee jump and catapults people into the air at heights that will reach up to 180 feet. It will bounce you up and down and upside down and it will give you a beautiful view of the Atlantic Coast and Myrtle Beach. 
  10. Brookgreen Gardens
    Every day Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, excursions, and exhibits for all ages.  Stroll through the gardens on a guided tour or explore these beautiful spaces on your own. Walk the Lowcountry Trail and experience some of the area's history; then it's on to the Zoo with native animals in their natural habitats.  Beautiful gardens, rich historical sites, world-renowned art collection, amazing animals, and gracious southern hospitality tempt you to return again and again, which is one of the reasons the admission is good for seven consecutive days.  Brookgreen Gardens is located at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC, on Highway 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. Admission tickets are valid for seven consecutive days and children 3 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.
  11. Wine Anyone? 
    La Belle Amie Vineyard is an operating vineyard open to the public located in the Grand Strand area. The Vineyard is a popular attraction for visitors to our wonderful beaches and hosts many popular festivals throughout the year. Vineyard guests are invited into the wine tasting room to sample the private label wines and a variety of gourmet foods.
  12. Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball
    Peanuts and baseball anyone? Myrtle Beach's very own minor league baseball team and affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans is an affordable and fun way to spend a spring and summer evening. Once you get in the gate, something special is always happening at the ballpark. There's a kids zone play area on the grounds as well as fantastic fireworks shows at the end of some home games, and free promotions and giveaways. Check with The Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the latest schedule.
  13. Splashes Oceanfront Water Park
    Splash your way into fun at Myrtle Beach's only Oceanfront Water Park. A new name for the Family Kingdom Water Park, Splashes is the perfect retreat from sun and sand. Purchase an all-day wristband and don't forget coupons. Enjoy wet and wild water flumes, exhilarating speed slides, relaxing lazy river, kiddie pools, and more at Splashes

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