Top Free (or close to it!) Things to Do in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is renowned as a vacation spot that the entire family can enjoy, but it can get expensive when you factor in entertainment for everyone. When you’re on a family vacation, you need to get the most out of the money you’re spending. This is the reason why we have come up with a list of free things you can do at Myrtle Beach. These include the following options:
· Check out the Beach
Of course! The beach is the main reason why you have decided to visit! With over 60 miles of gorgeous, pristine white sand it’s no surprise why Myrtle Beach is one of the top destinations on the entire East Coast. Not only is the beach fantastic in front of your vacation rental, there’s also miles of unspoiled and undeveloped oceanfront located right down the road at Huntington Beach State Park. At Huntington Beach State Park, there’s tons of wildlife such as water fowl, otters, sea turtles, and especially alligators! You’ll be able to take a stroll through the live oaks and pines as you make your way to Atalaya Castle, a 1930’s Moorish-style castle with exceptional views. There is also camping, picnic areas, and perfectly located across from the gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens. Check it out here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/huntington-beach
Myrtle Beach has a lot of great parks nearby that are beautiful and provide you with the ideal spot to relax during the day. The low country is known for beautiful rivers, lakes, ponds and live oaks. You’ll be able to escape the hustle and bustle of tourists looking for entertainment as you watch the wind lazily play with the hanging Spanish moss. There are dozens of parks with playgrounds and picnic areas where you can sit and let the kids have fun during the day. You can check out Grand Park or Valor Park, where you can stroll around the lakes and have fun on the playgrounds. Many parks on the Grand Strand can be reserved for family and group events and are quite inexpensive.
There is also the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens that have more than 100 acres of amazing vegetation and wildlife for you to explore. Here, there’s plenty of shaded paths to explore amongst the live oaks and there’s plenty of opportunities to spot deer, raccoon, and possum tracks on the sand. Ask a local how you can do some crabbing or simply relax on the shell beach along the waterway and marsh. There’s family swing sets that overlook the marsh as well as a picnic area. Vereen Gardens is also very pet friendly, so be sure to bring fido! https://scgreatoutdoors.com/park-vereengardens.html
Also, be sure to check out Savannah’s Playground located in the Market Commons. Savannah’s Playground is free and open to any one, the playground is named after Savannah Thompson, a Myrtle Beach native with Williams Syndrome who is actively involved in the Grand Strand community. It’s proudly the Southeast’s first “Enabling Playground” where all equipment is ADA approved and children of all needs can socially interact and have a great time. It’s a multi-acre park that is perfect for a great day of inexpensive entertainment and fun. Being in the heart of the Market Commons, it’s a great place to play, relax and then get lunch, dinner, or a movie. Check it out here: http://savannahsplayground.org/
Myrtle Beach plays host to various annual parades and festivals throughout the year and you can take part in any festival during various seasons. The summer months bring about the MayFest that has nightly celebrations on the Boardwalk. During spring, you can check out the St. Patrick’s Day street parties and the Canadian-American Days Festival. The Carolina Country Music Festival is one of the South’s biggest music events. Fall brings several Oktoberfest events, a Greek Festival, the Endless Summer Festival, and more. Winter is also a great time for car shows, Holiday Events, Food Festivals, and Sports. https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/festivals/
One of the best ways to find out inexpensive and free things to do is to ask your vacation experts at Palmetto Vacation Rentals! We can let you know what’s going on in the Grand Strand no matter what you like to do. See you soon!
Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.