Planning a Myrtle Beach Vacation on a budget can be tough, especially during the summer months. The accumulation of travel, attractions, and dining can quickly turn a simple beach vacation into a costly endeavor. Luckily, Sea Crest Resort is located close to a variety of attractions that won’t cost you a thing! Check out our list of Free Things To Do in Myrtle Beach and fill your vacation itinerary with family-friendly fun that won’t put a dent in your wallet.
North Myrtle Beach
This popular North Myrtle Beach attraction is nestled alongside the Intracoastal Waterway and is home to many family-friendly activities and special events. Barefoot Landing hosts free nightly in-season entertainment and weekly firework shows for visitors to enjoy.
Vereen Memorial Gardens
A hidden jewel in north Myrtle Beach, Vareen Memorial Gardens is the perfect little escape to get some fresh air. Walk, hike, or bike the 3-mile trail and boardwalks as you take-in beautiful scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway.
McLean Park is a lovely North Myrtle Beach Park with playgrounds, picnic shelters, paved walkways, tennis courts, a meditation garden, and gazebos overlooking the serene two-acre lake. You and your family could easily spend the day here taking in the fresh air, stretching your legs, and enjoying quality time. Located at 93 Oak Drive and open from 6 AM to 9 PM, daily.
We can’t forget the beach! Our beautiful beach is the main reason that guests flock to the region year after year. Staying at our oceanfront Myrtle Beach resort ensures that guests don’t have to worry about the hassle of parking and can enjoy the pristine shores of Myrtle Beach free of charge. Or, grab your suit and enjoy one of our on-site pools instead!
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Located in the popular downtown section of Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk claims breathtaking panoramic ocean views. Area shops, restaurants and attractions fill the mile-long stretch of fun.
Put your wallets away – there are plenty of free things to do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!
The boardwalk hosts a variety of free events and festivals throughout the year, featuring live music and family-friendly entertainment. Don’t miss the popular Hot Summer Nights, returning daily during summer nights at Plyler Park (1.5 miles from Sea Crest Resort).
Grab your quarters and indulge in classic arcade games at Fun Plaza, sure to evoke feelings of nostalgia.
Don’t miss out on the action-packed Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Once the home of a U.S. Air Force base and now a memorial, Warbird Park is dedicated to those that have served and serve for the United States Air Force. Kids will love getting to see the life-size A-10, F-100, and other military planes, all while getting to learn how they are used within this military branch. Best part? It’s completely free to visit!
Market Common is a one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment complex, located on the south end of Myrtle Beach. Visitors flock to this new community for its diverse collection of Myrtle Beach things to do. Free options include a stroll down its cobblestone streets through its village-like neighborhood, a walk around its Grand Lake that features a mile-long fitness trail with workout stations along the way, displays of real aircraft that once flew from Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from 1956-1993, a Wall of Service honoring veterans and more.
Pack up the kids for a visit to Savannah’s Playground, a three million dollar multi-acre park featuring ADA-approved playground equipment they are sure to love!
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.
Market Common also hosts plenty of free festivals and events year-round. From free holiday carriage rides to summer movie nights and more, there’s something for everyone.
Hunt down deals and window shop with friends in one of the many unique shops Market Common has to offer, or catch dinner and a movie at Grand 14 Cinema – the possibilities are endless.
Myrtle Beach Art Museum
The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum showcases an assortment of local and regional contemporary art. The rotating exhibits highlight artwork comprised of several genres. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
South Carolina Hall of Fame
The South Carolina Hall of Fame, located inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, is also accessible at no cost. Its goal is to celebrate and showcase achievements in South Carolina State history. Inductees include professional athletes, community leaders, war heroes, and more. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day.
Take a break from the sun and sand, or escape a rainy day at these Myrtle Beach museums.
Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach has become the epicenter of Myrtle Beach attractions and is located just three miles from Sea Crest Resort! Broadway at the Beach boasts a collection of activities and events for all ages.
Guests can mosey along the expansive promenade exploring the attraction’s villages, making sure to stop and feed to fish along the way!
The entertainment complex hosts a long list of free events and festivals throughout the year, including weekly fireworks shows every Tuesday and Friday in-season. Some others include their annual tree lighting ceremony and Halloween parade.
Broadway at the Beach also comes alive at night. Check our Top 12 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach at Night for more inspiration.
LW Paul Living History Farm
Just a bit west toward the Conway area is the LW Paul Living History Farm, it’s both free and educational for the whole family! They offer guided tours every Saturday at 10 AM that give you a glimpse of what farm life was like from the early 1900s to the 1950s.
South End of Myrtle Beach
Garden City Pier
Fish, drink or dance the night away at the Garden City Pier. This pier offers free access to patrons for leisurely strolls, pier fishing, or just sitting and taking in the view. They have a large arcade at the front of the pier for the kids to enjoy a variety of games and prizes!
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
This half-mile waterfront boardwalk located in the old fishing village, Murrells Inlet, is home to 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, including their annual Taste of the MarshWalk, MarshWalk Santa Crawl, Marshi Gras, Luck of the MarshWalk, and more!
Pawleys Island Nature Park
Another hidden jewel on the south end of Myrtle Beach is the Pawleys Island Nature Park. This park is quaint but worth exploring as it sits new the marsh and offers peace, quiet, and still views.
Georgetown Harbor Walk
Take a quick day trip to Georgetown to enjoy the historic district and harbor walk with incredible views. You don’t have to spend a dime to take in the fantastic scenery, but you can spend a little money and enjoy an incredible lunch or dinner at one of the area restaurants. A few of our favorite restaurants include The Old Fish House, Buzz’s Roost, and the River Room Restaurant.
Need more inspiration on inexpensive or free things to do in Myrtle Beach? Check out our Top 8 Summer Events for Sea Crest Resort Guests for some extra insight or ask your reservations specialist for more information about local festivals and events. Book your stay at Sea Crest Resort to enjoy a budget-friendly Myrtle Beach vacation.