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Things to Do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on a Budget
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!
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
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 Café
- 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!
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!
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 Gardens...it'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!