Free and Affordable Myrtle Beach Activities

Plus Extra Money Saving Tips for Your Vacation

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, make the best use of every vacation dollar. From free events such as concerts and firework shows to a relaxing game of miniature golf. Once you arrive in 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 pack your beach towels, a sheet and/or beach chairs so you don't have to rent them. Wake up early in the morning and run along the ocean shore to take in the fresh, salty air. It's good for your body, mind and soul! Want to sleep in instead? Grab your chair, sit down, let your toes sink into the warm sand, and relax in the afternoon while listening to the soothing waves roll in.

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beacha 350-acre outdoor entertainment and shopping complex in the heart of Myrtle Beach, surrounds a man-made lake. There, you can find everything you wish. From savory restaurants and family-friendly dining, to live entertainment theaters and exciting nightlife - you name it; you got it! If you think you will get lost, don't worry, there are big maps all around Broadway to guide you to each location. All summer long, enjoy Broadway's Great American Summer Nights Entertainment Series! From stiltwalkers, fire dancers, acoustic performers, character appearances and more, you don't want to miss a minute of Summer at Broadway! All entertainment is weather permitting. Most Tuesday's and Friday’s at 10 p.m., Broadway even puts on a firework extravaganza!

Festivals and Events

Join us every year as The Myrtle Beach Area hosts many free events including the Food Truck and Seafood Festivals. 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 the Events Calendar.

Live Bands at The Pier at Garden City Beach 

All summer long from 8:30-11:30 p.m. 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

Consider visiting 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 11 galleries with visual art exhibitions changing throughout the year. Special events are offered regularly. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (843) 238-2510 or visit MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

Horry County Museum and LW Paul Living History Museum

The Horry County Museum in Conway, SC is a free attraction that focuses on the history, pre-history, and natural history of the area. Not far from the museum is the LW Paul Living History Farm where visitors can experience the everyday life of a historic Horry County farm. Free tours are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m.

Vereen Memorial Gardens

Enjoy an easy hike through the woods and along a beautiful salt marsh boardwalk at Vereen Memorial Gardens, just south of the North Carolina border in Little River, SC. Visitors are welcome to walk, hike or bike the park with their family and pets. The park is open from dawn to dusk with no cost to enter. 

Downtown North Myrtle Beach Music

Journey to downtown North Myrtle Beach and delight in the sounds of a live band on Main Street. Families are encouraged to come downtown after work or after a long day on the beach to experience the many restaurants of Main Street, listen to live music, shop, and dance til’ you drop. You can also kick back and unwind in your beach chair right on Main Street. To accommodate golf cart parking, Main Street will be blocked off from Ocean Boulevard to McMillan Real Estate from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. throughout the summer. 

Concert Location: Horseshoe: 1 WW South Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. All Concerts are on Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and admission is free. Bring a chair! Click here for more information.

Barefoot Landing

At Barefoot Landing, enjoy the great outdoors as the temperatures warm up with live music every Friday and Saturday night through May 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dockside Village Amphitheater. Bring a blanket or your lawn chairs and settle in for some free entertainment before or after a delicious dinner out at one of Barefoot Landing’s many restaurants. For more information visit BFLanding.com

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

At the Sounds of Summer Concert Series hosted at the NMB Park and Sports Complex, enjoy an evening with your family and friends listening to live music at the amphitheater under the stars. Each concert will feature a different band playing family-friendly music. Bring a beach chair or blanket. For your convenience, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Tobacco products, coolers, outside food and beverages are not allowed.

Location:  NMB Park & Sports Complex at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater in the McLeod Seacoast Meadow (150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC 29566). All concerts are on Fridays from 7 – 9 p.m. FREE admission and open to all ages.

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 salty air once evening rolls around. The MarshWalk is free to enjoy.

Hot Summer Nights

Every night of the summer, from June 12th to September 4th, Plyler Park and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk are transformed into a family-friendly entertainment zone. Best of all, Hot Summer Nights Myrtle Beach activities are free. Events run from 8 to 11 p.m. each night. For more information visit MyrtleBeachDowntown.com

The Market Common

Located on Farrow Parkway, between Business and Bypass 17, the Market Common is home to many free events during the summer! For more information, please visit MarketCommonMB.com/events/

  • Movies Under the Stars - each Friday, from June 28th to August 2nd, starting at dusk in Valor Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and the whole family for these fun, free films. PLEASE NOTE: The start time is DUSK and may vary from the 9 p.m. start time. Here is the lineup.
  • Complimentary carriage rides - Tuesdays during the summer! Carriage ride pick up and drop off occurs in front of Dolce Lusso Salon (3050 Howard Avenue). Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is weather permitting.
  • Concerts on The Green - Held each third Thursday this summer from 7 – 10 p.m., in Valor Park. This is a clear bag event – no large bags allowed. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Come early for a little shopping, then dinner at one of fabulous restaurants and top off the evening with a complimentary concert in Valor Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, but leave the purses and backpacks at home. THIS IS A CLEAR BAG EVENT. No coolers, bags or outside drinks are allowed.

Top Activities Under $25

Before you begin any of your activities in Myrtle Beach, 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. They could save you money!

Miniature Golf 

Known as the mini golf capital of the world, there are over 35 themed miniature golf courses along the Grand Strand 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.

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 $8 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.

Shopping

Many stores on Ocean Boulevard offer the best of the beach, from inexpensive sunglasses, beautiful purses, stunning dresses, tropical wear, souvenirs, and 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. 

Helicopter Rides

Only $20 and you get to see Myrtle Beach from above. 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.

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 discounts. You'll enjoy over 30 rides at the friendly amusement park by the sea, featuring four exciting new rides including the Twist 'n Shout steel roller coaster.

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 while giving you a beautiful view of the Atlantic Coast and Myrtle Beach. 

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.

Wine Anyone?

La Belle Amie Vineyard is an operating vineyard open to the public located in Little River. The Vineyard is a popular attraction for visitors 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. Free entertainment daily.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball

Peanuts and baseball anyone? Myrtle Beach's boasts their very own minor league baseball team, the Pelicans, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans games are 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 and fantastic fireworks shows at the end of several home games, as well as free promotions and giveaways. Check with The Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the latest schedule.

Splashes Oceanfront Water Park

Splash your way into fun at Myrtle Beach's only Oceanfront Water Park. The 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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