Keep your vacation on budget with some of the top free things to do in Myrtle Beach. Sea Crest Resort is conveniently located near plenty of attractions that won’t cost you a thing. Plus, our oceanfront resort offers on-site amenities that are fun for the whole family.
Check out our list of the top free things to do in Myrtle Beach and fill your vacation itinerary with family-friendly fun that won’t break the bank.
We can’t say enough about the beach—it’s one of the best things to do here that’s totally free. Guests flock to our white, sandy shores year after year. Staying at our oceanfront Myrtle Beach resort means you won’t have to worry about the hassle of parking and can instead enjoy the pristine shores free of charge. When hunger strikes, you can head back to your room—where you have a fridge for snacks or sandwiches, saving money on eating out.
As one of the most educational free things to do in Myrtle Beach, the LW Paul Living History Farm offers all ages a glimpse of bygone days. Located inland from the shore, this free and educational farm proves interesting for the entire family! They offer hands-on activities for kids during their Jr. Program events on specific Saturdays, as well as guided tours every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The one-hour tour depicts what farm life was like from the early 1900s to the 1950s.
If you’re looking for something to do that’s off the beaten path, Pawleys Island Nature Park is a hidden jewel on the city’s south end. This quaint park includes a pavilion, benches, and landscaped gardens. The natural beauty is worth exploring, and it sits next to the marsh, which offers peace, quiet, and scenic views.
Kids and adults will love this free activity in Myrtle Beach. Once the home of a U.S. Air Force base and now a memorial, Warbird Park is dedicated to those who served in the USAF. Kids will love seeing the life-size A-10, F-100, and other military planes, all while learning how they are used within this military branch.
The Market Common offers many one-of-a-kind, inexpensive things to do in Myrtle Beach. Window shopping is entertaining and costs money only if you decide to splurge on something special. Stop into 810 Billiards & Bowling for a cheap game of bowling in its state-of-the-art bowling alley, or grab a bite to eat and play one of their free board games. The Grand 14 Cinema movie theater also offers discounts on all shows on Tuesdays.
Families especially love this shopping and entertainment complex for its diverse offerings. Stroll the village-like neighborhood with cobblestone streets and enjoy some of Myrtle Beach’s best free attractions and activities:
Put your wallets away—there are plenty of cheap things to do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!
This popular downtown promenade offers breathtaking panoramic ocean views, and the mile-long stretch is filled with shops, restaurants, and attractions. Grab your quarters and indulge in classic arcade games at Fun Plaza that will keep kids entertained for hours. Area restaurants have reasonably priced kids’ menus, and adults enjoy grabbing a cheap bite to eat or an evening cocktail during late-night happy hours.
The Boardwalk also hosts a variety of free events throughout the year that feature live music and family-friendly entertainment. Popular events include Hot Summer Nights and Winter Wonderland at Plyler Park, just 1.5 miles from Sea Crest Resort. Catch the SkyWheel’s free light show from anywhere on the boardwalk. It has been known to change its colors for a gender reveal or in recognition of special events.
Broadway at the Beach is an epicenter for Myrtle Beach attractions and is located just three miles from our resort! This area has free activities for all ages and hosts events and festivals throughout the year. After moseying around the promenade, visitors can enjoy trivia, bingo, and live music at local restaurants. Plus, weekly fireworks shows on summer evenings and on special occasions are favorited by all.
Exploring Myrtle Beach piers is an inexpensive favorite among tourists and locals looking to fish, drink, or party. Strolling the Garden City Pier is free, and the nightly entertainment provides a soundtrack for your evening. Anglers will find the daily pass for fishing at this pier to be reasonably priced, and the large arcade offers a variety of games and prizes for cheap, kid-friendly entertainment.
This half-mile waterfront boardwalk located in the old fishing village, Murrells Inlet, is home to more than seven delectable restaurants – all featuring free nightly entertainment in-season. The MarshWalk is also home to a variety of free festivals and events throughout the year. Our favorites include their annual Taste of the MarshWalk, MarshWalk Santa Crawl, Marshi Gras, Luck of the MarshWalk, and others!
Day trips to nearby cities are a fantastic, inexpensive thing to do while visiting Myrtle Beach. A favorite locale is the Georgetown Harborwalk. Walk around this historic district to see plenty of colonial-era architecture and take in the incredible sunset views. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch of their city-hosted events from tree lightings to parades. The Harborwalk also features a variety of delectable dining options. A few of our top choices include Soco Marina Grille, Buzz’s Roost, and the River Room Restaurant.
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When you’re looking for free educational things to do, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach offers an impressive experience. This museum showcases an assortment of local and regional contemporary art with rotating exhibits featuring paintings, textiles, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and other media. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
History buffs love visiting the South Carolina Hall of Fame inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This free attraction celebrates and showcases high achievers in South Carolina State history, including professional athletes, community leaders, war heroes, and more. The museum is completely free to visit and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Don’t overlook the indoor water features located at your resort when looking for free things to do in Myrtle Beach. Sea Crest Resort offers an interactive kiddie pool and lazy river, plus spas for relaxing so you can take a break from the sun or escape a rainy day. These amenities are open year-round and admission is included with your stay so you won’t need to spend an extra dime to enjoy a full day of fun.
Visit this popular North Myrtle Beach attraction nestled alongside the Intracoastal Waterway for cheap things to do while visiting the area. The shops and restaurants at Barefoot Landing feature inexpensive classes and events from Hops and Hot Talk to learning yoga to planting succulents. Count on free seasonal events, parades, summer fireworks, tree lighting ceremonies, plus live music in Dockside Village.
A hidden gem in North Myrtle Beach, Vereen Memorial Gardens is the perfect escape to get some fresh air. Walk, hike, or bike the three-mile trail and boardwalk as you take in beautiful scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Nature lovers, families, and couples love exploring this area to see a variety of birds and wildlife that call these woodlands home. There’s also a playground for children and a picnic area so you can spend the day at this park without spending a dime.
McLean Park is a lovely North Myrtle Beach community park with lots of free things to do. The 10-acre area offers playgrounds, picnic shelters, paved walkways, tennis courts, a meditation garden, and gazebos overlooking a serene two-acre lake. You and your family could easily spend the day here taking in the fresh air, stretching your legs on the paved walking path, and enjoying quality time together. This park is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., daily.
Need more inspiration for free or inexpensive things to do in Myrtle Beach? Check out our Top 8 Summer Events for Sea Crest Resort guests or ask your reservations specialist for more information about local festivals and events. Reserve your room at Sea Crest Resort and start planning your affordable getaway or family vacation today. The convenient location puts you near many budget-friendly activities to make your Myrtle Beach vacation one of the best yet.