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The Best Things in Life are Free

At many vacation destinations, finding affordable activities for the entire family can be challenging. Fortunately, there are a number of things to do in Myrtle Beach that don’t cost a penny! After all, if the best things in life are free, then the best things in life are in the Grand Strand. Here are a few examples:

Nature

  • Visit a park: There are quite a few natural, wide-open areas that are perfect for riding your bicycle, flying a kite, playing tennis, basketball or baseball, or simply having a picnic. Some parks have nominal fees but others—including the City of North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex—are completely free! This park even has a fenced-in doggie play area that caters to our canine companions.
  • Shelling on Pawleys Island: The best time to go is after a storm at low tide when the shells wash up. Just make sure you don’t take a shell that still has a resident inside of it.
  • The Beach: It kind of goes without saying, but since the Myrtle Beach oceanfront offers so much to do (swimming, building sandcastles, walking along the shoreline, shelling and relaxing) it definitely deserves recognition.

Performances

  • Hot Summer Nights: Every Tuesday through Sunday, beginning in June and ending in August, you can party to the music of local bands as they perform at stages along the boardwalk. As an extra free bonus, buskers (better known as street performers) stroll the boardwalk on Fridays and Sundays, entertaining and delighting visitors with their talents.
  • Music on the Pier: Put on your dancing shoes and stroll out over the water to take in some live music at The Pier at Garden City. Every night in the summer when the weather is nice, musicians provide the backdrop for an entertaining evening. During the day it's also free to walk out over the pier and watch the fishermen haul in their catch.

History

  • South Carolina Hall of Fame: Many amazing individuals have, at one time or another, called South Carolina their home. To glorify their achievements, the South Carolina Hall of Fame (at 21st Avenue and Oak Street) showcases the Palmetto State’s best and brightest. Here, you can learn about their accomplishments, from signing the Declaration of Independence to writing award-winning novels or paving the way for the rights of all.
  • Hall of Heroes: Countless people have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, and it is so very important to take the time to pay tribute to these brave souls. The Hall of Heroes does just that with a scaled-down version of Washington DC’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and other touching displays honoring our nation’s bravest citizens. Located at the entrance of Market Common on Highway 17 Business.

Art

  • Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum: Often referred to as hidden treasure in Myrtle Beach, this museum houses amazing artistic displays. Artists, both locally celebrated and nationally acclaimed, have their works upon the walls. Often, there are special exhibits and workshops just for children (sometimes for a small fee).

Out of the Ordinary

  • T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing: Its mission is to preserve one of the rarest tiger species in the world, the Golden Tabby tiger, but T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing also showcases the majesty of these beautiful animals close-up. To see them interact, play or parent their cubs at this location is completely free. However, you can also support the conservation of these rare species by purchasing a photo session with a baby tiger or orangutan sitting in your lap. The experience is priceless and the picture is definitely worth a thousand words. It may also save a few endangered lives.
  • Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk and Goat Island: There is an island inhabited by goats throughout most of the year just across the water from Drunken Jack’s Restaurant at Murrells Inlet. Aptly called Goat island, its residents have been the island’s chief landscapers for nearly a quarter of a century—though now, they also receive vegetable trimmings and hushpuppies from the restaurant. Residents and recurring visitors to Myrtle Beach look forward to seeing the small herd of goats each year and now the goats have feathered companions…  peacocks.

And Don’t Forget:

  • Carriage Rides: Is there anything more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? Even if romance isn’t the goal, it’s still a really cool way to get around! On Tuesday evenings in the summer, The Market Common offers complimentary carriage rides. Have a look at all of the stores and restaurants you’ll want to check out later while taking a leisurely ride through the market.
  • Fireworks:  Ooh and aah as bursts of light illuminate the night sky. For much of the summer season (weather permitting) fireworks explode along the Grand Strand. Every Monday, Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach puts on quite a display. On Tuesdays and Fridays, gaze up at the vibrant colors from Broadway at the Beach. Plyler Park on the Boardwalk hosts the fireworks show on Wednesday nights as part of the “Hot Summer Nights” concert series.
  • Window shopping along the Boardwalk:  You don’t have to come away with a new purchase, but you’ll likely find something irresistible that calls out to you. That’s the beauty of window-shopping—it’s free to look. And here on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you’ll be in the center of the action. Feel free to stroll the boards, take in the scenery and maybe even do some “people watching” while relaxing on a side bench. Other great places for window-shopping include the Tanger Outlets, Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach.
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