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Things to Do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on a Budget

Updated on July 12, 2013
Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC | Source
"Hakuna Matata" Beach House
"Hakuna Matata" Beach House | Source
"Southern Grace" Beach House
"Southern Grace" Beach House | Source

Hit the Beach!

If you're visiting Myrtle Beach you may as well break in that swimsuit and hit the beach! Myrtle Beach has miles and miles of gorgeous coastline with beautiful beaches and oceanfront attractions.

If you're not into big crowds you may want to check out Myrtle Beach State Park. Admission into Myrtle Beach State Park is $5.00. The beaches in the state park are typically less crowded and there is also more parking in comparison to the popular beaches near the Boardwalk.

You may also want to take a short drive to check out some of the surrounding beaches in the Myrtle Beach area. Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach are just a short drive from Myrtle Beach and they are just as beautiful as the beaches near the Boardwalk. If you do decide to take the short drive to Surfside or Garden City Beaches be sure to take a cruise down Ocean Boulevard so that you can enjoy all the bright colored beach houses along the coast with fun names like Hakuna Matata and Just Peachy. It's a fun and free sightseeing adventure that the whole family will enjoy!

Myrtle Beach Pier
Myrtle Beach Pier | Source

Check Out the Piers!

There are quite a few piers along Myrtle Beach and the surrounding beaches and each pier offers it's own unique experience. Most of the piers along Myrtle Beach are free of charge, however there are some that charge $1.00-2.00 for admission onto the pier.

You can fish off the piers, fees for that can vary from one pier to the next, so call ahead or ask the gift shop attendant if you're interested in the fees for fishing off the pier.

The piers are a great place to see sharks too! When people fish off of the pier it tends to attract sharks which can be seen from the pier. Be sure to keep your eyes on the water if you venture out onto the pier, you might just spot a shark lurking beneath the waves!

The piers are also great for family photo opportunities! You're sure to find a few friendly locals or fellow tourists who would be more than willing to snap some family photos with the ocean as your backdrop!

Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach SC
Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach SC | Source
Ripley's Aquarium, Broadway at the Beach
Ripley's Aquarium, Broadway at the Beach | Source

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the beach is a really fun family friendly attraction that has a lot to offer people of all ages. Some of the main attractions at Broadway at the Beach include:

  • Ripley's Aquarium
  • Hard Rock CafĂ©
  • Wonderworks
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Various popular nightclubs and bars (Senor Frogs, Wet Willies, etc.)
  • Celebrity Square
  • Carousel Park
  • Mirror Maze
  • Dragon's Lair Fantasy Golf

While you're visiting Broadway at the Beach be sure to feed the huge fish in the Broadway at the Beach lake, but be careful, you may attract more than a few ducks! You can even rent your own Swan paddle boat or take a short boat ride if you're up for it! If you're hungry there are plenty of options to choose from at Broadway at the Beach like Johnny Rockets, Margaritaville, Joe's Crab Shack, and the Tilted Kilt Pub.

Broadway at the Beach has a fireworks extravaganza on Tuesday and Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. weekly, which is completely free!

Myrtle Beach, SC Boardwalk
Myrtle Beach, SC Boardwalk | Source
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Sky Wheel at Night
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Sky Wheel at Night | Source

The Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has a lot to offer. The boardwalk is 1.2 miles long and has some amazing views of the beachfront. During the busy summer season you'll find live music and performances at Plyler Park just off the boardwalk. You'll also find tons of gift shops (be sure to check out the 4 story Gay Dolphin gift shop!), concession stands, restaurants, and mini-golf all along the Boardwalk!

If you're not afraid of heights you might want to ride the Sky Wheel on the Boardwalk near Plyler Park. You'll have breathtaking views from the Sky Wheel, and you'll get a glimpse of miles of the beautiful coastline! Try riding right around sunset for views that will leave you speechless!

Live Oaks at Brookgreen Gardens
Live Oaks at Brookgreen Gardens | Source
Brookgreen Gardens, The Sculpture Garden
Brookgreen Gardens, The Sculpture Garden | Source
Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Fountain
Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Fountain | Source
Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens | Source

Brookgreen Gardens

Just a short drive from Myrtle Beach you'll find Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC. You'll want to bring your walking shoes for this attraction, because there is a lot of ground to cover and you won't want to miss any of it!

Brookgreen Gardens is a magical place where you'll find breathtaking scenery, giant sculptures and beautiful fountains, and abundant history! There are no words to describe the beauty of the Brookgreen's something that will leave you awestruck once you've experienced it for yourself!

There is also a nature walk Zoo in Brookgreen Gardens, and the kids will definitely love being in the bird enclosure and getting up close and personal with some native SC birds! Don't forget to check out the butterfly house while you're at the gardens!

The cost for Brookgreen Gardens is $14.00 per person, but that covers access to the huge gardens and the zoo. The $14.00 ticket is also good for an entire week, so you can visit as much as you'd like for 7 days after you purchase your tickets! Well worth the $14.00!

If you want to hit the beach after your visit to Brookgreen, check out Huntington Beach State Park just across from the Brookgreen Garden main entrance! It's $5.00 admission, but you're guaranteed a few alligator sightings along the marsh and lots of parking for the beach!

There are so many amazing things to do in Myrtle Beach, but if you're like most families you're probably vacationing on a tight budget! Since Myrtle Beach thrives on tourism, it can get pretty pricey if you're not careful, but that doesn't mean that you can't create lasting memories that your family will treasure for years to come. I hope that you have found these tips on affordable attractions useful for your next vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!


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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Alisha. Myrtle Beach does look like a beautiful place with lots of activities and things to see.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub, Alisha. Hitting the beach in a hot summer day is the best thing one can do! Beautiful pics, tour and especially the aquarium at the Broadway at the beach seems like a great place to visit.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Hi Joe!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub! I've lived out East for about eight years now but just recently moved to the Myrtle Beach area. I love it so far, although it is quite different from Upstate New York! It's actually a bit of a culture shock for me, but I'm starting to get the hang of it.

      Aloha and thanks for the kind words!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hey there, Alisha!

      I've not traveled further east than Idaho, so this kind of hub is quite the treat for me. What great writing and lovely photos! I've seen that same picture or something uncannily similar to it of the people in that sort of glass tunnel looking at the shark and other marine life swimming by. Now I know that this was a scene from Ripley's Aquarium in Broadway at the Beach. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing, Alisha! Aloha!


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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Brookgreen Gardens is a definite must-see if you're in the Myrtle Beach area! It's sort of a hidden treasure that most people don't hear about, but when I went for the first time I fell in love with it! It reminds me of the movie "Secret Garden" which I always loved when I was younger.

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      We've been to Myrtle Beach a couple of times and there certainly is a lot to do there. The one place I've always wanted to go was Brookgreen Gardens, but I haven't made it there yet. You've done a great job of describing it and I love your photos. I definitely want to go now :)