8 Free and Fun Attractions in the Myrtle Beach Area

Hosting nearly 20 million visitors each year, the Myrtle Beach area is one of the premier vacation destinations on the East Coast. And with 60 miles of beautiful beaches, temperate weather nearly year-round, an array of family-friendly attractions, and a long list of shopping and dining opportunities, it’s no wonder that the Grand Strand is so popular with travelers looking to take a beach getaway.


But there’s another big reason behind Myrtle Beach’s popularity with family travelers. The area also provides a highly affordable beach-vacation option — offering an amazing value for visiting travelers, especially considering its status as a world-class tourism destination. In fact, on the Grand Strand, even vacationers on a shoestring budget can find plenty of free and low-cost activities to enjoy during their stay.

8 Free-Of-Charge Area Attractions

Looking to enjoy your beach vacation on a tight budget and still have big fun? Consider these eight great free attractions and activities available to Myrtle Beach visitors looking to stretch their vacation dollar:

The Beaches

One of the leading reasons vacationers flock to the Myrtle Beach area, the Grand Strand’s 60-plus miles of public beaches are wide, inviting and beautiful. And beachgoers can spend days relaxing in the area’s seaside sands and playing in and around the Atlantic Ocean free of charge.

Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum

Found on South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum offers 11 galleries filled with four distinct collections of breathtaking paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, ceramics and more. And to deliver extreme value to visitors, admission is free — every day for everyone.

Broadway at the Beach

One of Myrtle Beach’s most popular tourist destinations, Broadway at the Beach is home to an array of shops, restaurants, bars, attractions and entertainment options. It costs nothing to visit the complex, and regular events including fireworks shows, live musical performances and strolling entertainers are presented free of charge.


The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which runs for 1.2 miles along the downtown Myrtle Beach oceanfront, offers beautiful ocean views and a large collection of restaurants, bars, gift shops and entertainment venues. It’s a great place to take a seaside stroll, and doing so costs nothing for visitors. Further, as part of the “Hot Summer Nights” series of events, live musical performances, fireworks and other free entertainment offerings are presented regularly along the Boardwalk.

The Market Common

Known as Myrtle Beach’s “Uptown Downtown,” The Market Common features unique boutique shops, an array of restaurants, entertainment venues like bowling alleys and movie theaters, and more. Visiting the popular district is free of charge, and its loaded events calendar often features free-of-charge events.

Barefoot Landing

Another area hot spot, North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing offers a long list of shopping, dining and entertainment options, along with great views of the Intracoastal Waterway. It also boasts a packed events calendar, with highlights including free fireworks shows, live musical performances, and roaming characters such as superheroes, princesses and more.

The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk

Located a short drive south of Myrtle Beach in the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet, the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk is a great place to find fresh-caught seafood, regular entertainment including live musical performances, and beautiful views of the adjacent natural saltwater estuary. The events calendar here is full of free-of-charge offerings, and the attraction’s half-mile wooden boardwalk always costs nothing to stroll.

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

This open-to-the-public park and complex is free to visit and features a range of sporting facilities, a 10-acre meadow, a 25-acre lake, three playgrounds, a 3-acre dog park, picnic shelters, walking/biking trails and more. It also regularly offers free live music events, movie showings, community celebrations and more.

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Retreat to Bay View Resort

Ready to explore all the best — and the most budget-friendly — that Myrtle Beach has to offer? Book a stay at Bay View on the Boardwalk today! With our prime oceanfront location, comfortable and spacious accommodations, long list of amazing amenities, and money-saving promotional offers, you and your vacation crew are sure to have a memorable — and affordable — experience on the Grand Strand.

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