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Free Things To Do In Myrtle Beach

We know the cost of Myrtle Beach vacations can really add up, that’s why it’s always good to stretch your vacation funds as far as possible. Especially when it means you can splurge on those big ticket items that give your trip that real WOW factor! To help you plan an affordable vacation to Myrtle Beach, we’ve put together a list of activities that are totally free.

 

Free Things To Do In Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach Events

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Myrtle Beach knows how to celebrate, so keep an eye out for free events all year long. There are almost always free concerts, festivals and family events each weekend throughout the busy season, including:

  • Hot Summer Nights at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
  • Movies Under The Stars at Market Common
  • Free family events and fireworks at Broadway at the Beach & Barefoot Landing 

 

 

Explore The Great Outdoors


There are plenty of places to go for a stroll in Myrtle Beach, especially if people-watching is more your style than window-shopping. Try the Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade for a fun surfside stroll—it’s been ranked as one of the top boardwalks in the U.S.! You can also head down to Broadway at the Beach, which is free - provided you can resist all the shopping and dining options. Keep an eye out for free strolling entertainment as well as fireworks shows at night throughout the summer season. Myrtle Beach also offers several piers that you can explore completely free of charge! 

 

 

Parks in Myrtle Beach

 

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Lovers of the great outdoors rejoice - Myrtle Beach offers several public parks that can be enjoyed for free! Public parks are a great way to get in some exercise and play time during the vacation and take advantage of the breezy beach weather. Parks near our Myrtle Beach resorts include:

  • Valor Park (The Market Common)
  • Plyler Park (Ocean Boulevard)
  • McLean Park (North Myrtle Beach)
  • North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex (North Myrtle Beach)

 

 

Myrtle Beach Art Museum

 

Guests looking for a dose of cluture or who get stuck with a rare rainy beach day can still enjoy free fun! The Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum is located towards the end of Ocean Boulevard and has been the Grand Strand's home to contemporary visual art since the 1970's. The museum itself is housed in a charming 1920's beach house that was relocated and restored to it's natural beauty. Guests can peruse 10 unique galleries that feature different exhibits throughout the year and often includes local and regional artists.

Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sundays 1pm - 4pm. Call (843) 238-2510 for more information. 

 

 

The Beach

 

 

This may be obvious, but remember: Hanging out on the beach doesn’t cost a dime. We’ve got 60 miles of sun-kissed sand, mellow waves and gorgeous scenery, plus the city provides lifeguards to help make sure you’re safe—all for free. Up your beach game with these entertainment tips:

  • Pack a Picnic - This works for any time of day - breakfast, lunch, or dinner - and is a great way to save on meal expenses while not compromising the view. beach sandcastle
  • Bring a Few Beach Games - Beach games are a great way to keep the kids entertained or to get the entire family involved! Some of our favorites include cornhole, ladder ball, frisbee, vollyeball, football, beach bowling, and kite flying 
  • Create a Scavenger Hunt - Keep the little ones engaged with a fun scavenger hunt. This can be planned in advance or made up on a whim - just come up with a list of beach items for your crew to find!
  • Bring a Book - Knock off a few books from that reading bucket list while you soak up the sun! 
  • Surf Fishing - If you have a few rods handy, bring them along for a bit of surf fishing. Who knows, you may even catch dinner!
  • Sandcastle Contest - This beach classic never goes out of style! 
  • Beach Olympics - Enjoy a full day of beach games and activities with an Olympic style competition! This option is great for larger families or groups. 
  • Sea Shell Hunt - See how many unique sea shells you can collect, you never know what you'll find! These also make great free souvenirs. 

 


If you’re not sure whether there are free events going on while you’re here, just ask your Coral Beach hotel staff! We’re here to help—and we’ve got great ideas for fun.

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Guest Pick: Favorite Attraction at Broadway at the Beach

Anyone who has been to Myrtle Beach has surely heard of our family friendly mecca – Broadway at the Beach. This outdoor venue features plenty of attractions, shopping, and dining to keep any family busy for an entire day! Great for a day when you want to take a break from the beach or for when you get stuck with a rare rainy beach day, Broadway truly offers something for everyone.

Curious about what this popular family spot has to offer?

 

We asked our Facebook fans what their favorite part about Broadway at the Beach was and this is what they had to say...

 

“Ripley’s Aquarium!” – Debbie.

Nice choice, Debbie! The Ripley’s Aquarium offers over 85,000 square feet of space – an impressive amount for an indoor attraction. The aquarium itself features several themed exhibits including the “Rio Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle BeachAmazon”, “Rainbow Rock” where guests can meet familiar faces like characters in the Disney movie Finding Nemo, and the famous “Dangerous Reef” where visitors ride a glidepath through an underwater tunnel filled with sharks! Other aquarium draws include several touch tanks, a discovery center, an on-site café, and the gift shop. Call (843) 734-8888 for more information.

 

“Baseball at the Pelicans stadium” – Chris.

Perfect timing, Chris. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, formerly of the Texas Rangers, are not a minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and their season kicks off in just a few weeks! Families and locals alike love grabbing tickets to a Pelicans game because it’s cheap and a great way to entertain the whole family for an evening. The Pelicans do a great job of providing between-inning entertainment to keep everyone busy and they also offer great weekly promotions like “Weiner Wednesday” ($1 hotdogs), “$2Day BrewsDay ($2 craft beer drafts from 6-8), and scheduled post-game fireworks. Call (843) 918-6000 for more information.

 

“The Magic Show at Palace Theatre.” – Connie.

As Connie mentioned, the magic show at the Palace Theatre is a popular draw for families during the summer. For the past several seasons, Palace Theatre has offered new and exciting shows for families centered around a "magic" theme. This year, Palace is featuring a brand new cast and crew for the "Cirque Extreme" show that promises to be bigger and better than ever! This award winning family-friendly show includes heart pounding danger acts like The Wheel of Destiny and the Globe of Doom, in addition to plenty of comedy and dancing in between to keep you on the edge of your seat. Call (843) 448-9224 for more information.


“Mini Golf” – Stefanie.

Yes – Broadway at the Beach even offers putt putt and the elaborate course is hard to miss! Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf offers two 18-hole courses that are set in a magical kingdom backdrop. Players will golf through castles, on ships, around water features, and through obstacles as they work their way towards the finish. Be on the lookout for Sir Alfred, the friendly fire-breathing dragon that keeps watch over the kingdom.

 

These are just a few of the many, many exciting attractions that Broadway at the Beach has to offer.

Additionally, Broadway is always adding more fun to the mix, including “Dinosaurs The Exhibition” which is opening for the summer of 2015 – stay tuned for more news on dates and prices.

 

We also had several guests comment on specific Broadway at the Beach Restaurants that they look forward to each year:

 

“Margaritaville!” – John.

Jimmy Buffet approves of this choice, John. Guests love to kick back and relax at this popular beach destination. Margaritaville offers scrumptious island inspired eats and juicy hand-pressed burgers that are hard to  Margaritaville Myrtle Beachbeat. Selections include fish tacos, crispy coconut shrimp, “drunken” shrimp skillet, Landshark Lager fish & chips, and their famous “Burgers in Paradise”. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Margaritaville without their signature homemade drinks! Guests can choose from over 12 unique margaritas and “boat drinks”. Call (843) 448-5455 for more information.

 

“Johnny Rockets!” – Paula.

Johnny Rockets, the home of “the original hamburger”, is a favorite of many, Paula. This upbeat eatery offers a classic and authentic American diner feel and the tasty cuisine to match. Menu items are lighthearted (and light on the wallet) and include a variety of melts, cheese steaks, gourmet hot dogs, salads, starters, and scrumptious diner style burgers. Be sure to save room for one of Johnny Rocket’s signature shakes or floats! The fast, friendly service and nostalgic atmosphere are a great way to keep the family happy while on vacation. Call (843) 448-8575 for more information.

 

“Chuck & Duck’s” – Steve.

Sports fanatics or families looking for a fun, casual spot to grab some great grub are sure to love Chuck & Duck’s Sports Bar and Grill just as much as Chris does! A more recent addition to the culinary lineup, Chuck & Duck’s serves up great food and a lively atmosphere. The restaurant offers a spacious outdoor patio, perfect for spring and summer beach weather, in addition to tons of high definition TVs that are great for game day. The menu offers an eclectic selection of appetizers, sandwiches and wraps, burgers, baskets, salads, and entrees, making it easy to please even the pickiest palate. Call (843) 232-7084 for more information.

 

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Which Room Is Right For Me?

Located along the bustling south end of Myrtle Beach, Coral Beach is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular destinations for families. The coveted oceanfront location, generous on-site amenities, and ease of access to a wide variety of local attractions and dining makes Coral Beach ideal for families of any size. And, with seven different room types to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect place to call your home away from home!

Guests planning a Myrtle Beach vacation often wonder - which room type is right for me? Well, we’ve got the answers!

 

Learn more about the different accommodation options offered at Coral Beach Resort:

 

Couples / Small Families

 

Hotel Room at Coral Beach ResortCouples enjoying a romantic getaway of small families who don’t need a ton of space will find several cozy options to meet their needs. The Oceanview King Room is the coziest option with sleep space for three while the Oceanfront King Suite and Oceanfront King Suite offer sleep space for up to five. The main difference between these units is size, view, and kitchen features – all of which are something to consider when you are seeking a smaller unit. Learn more about these cozy options here:
Oceanview King Room – 475 square feet; sleeps 2 adults, 1 child
Oceanfront King Condo – 800 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 1 child
Oceanfront King Suite – 720 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 1 child

 

 

Large Families / Spacious Units

 

Whether you are traveling with a large family or just want to enjoy a little extra elbow room, Coral Beach also offers several spacious units to meet your needs. These units also include a full kitchen which could be crucial for feeding the masses. The kitchen in each unit comes fully stocked with a full refriegerator, oven/stove, microwave, coffee maker, and all of the dishes, plates, and utensils you could need. Learn more about these units here:

Oceanfront One Bedroom Condo – 800 square feet; sleeps 5 adults, 2 children
Oceanfront Family Suite – 720 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 2 children
Oceanview Double Efficiency – 475 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 1 child

 

 

Oceanfront Options

 

Oceanfront Hotel Room at Coral BeachIf an uninterrupted view of Atlantic is high on the priority list, check out one of the four oceanfront accommodation options offered at Coral Beach. Accommodation options include the Oceanfront 1 Bedroom Condo, Oceanfront Family Suite, Oceanfront King Suite, and Oceanfront 1 Bedroom King Condo. Each unit offers at least one private balcony, ideal for enjoying a cup of coffee during an early sunrise or a relaxing dinner al fresco. Learn more about these units here:

Oceanfront One Bedroom Condo – 800 square Feet; Sleeps 5 adults, 2 children
Oceanfront Family Suite – 720 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 2 children
Oceanfront King Suite – 720 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 1 child
Oceanfront One Bedroom King Condo – 800 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 1 child

 

 

Budget Friendly Options

 

Guests who are on a strict budget can still enjoy a fabulous Myrtle Beach vacation at an oceanfront resort! If saving a bit on a room appeals to you, opt for an oceanview room. The oceanview units at Coral Beach are offered in three styles – Oceanview King, Oceanview Double Efficiency, and Oceanview Double. Each unit offers 475 square feet of space, though the layout does differ greatly between the three, making it easy to find the perfect set up that works for you and your family. Additionally, each unit offers a spectacular side view of the Atlantic and a private balcony so you won’t even miss out on the exciting beach action! Learn more about these units here:

Oceanview King Room – 475 square feet; sleeps 2 adults, 1 child
Oceanview Double Efficiency – 475 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 1 child
Oceanview Double Room – 475 square feet; sleeps 4 adults, 1 child

 

 

Do you still have questions? View our full Accommodations Page or our Hotel Specials Page for more information.

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