A visit to Myrtle Beach SC with your family does not have to break the bank.
There are several things you can do with your kids that are free or cheap during the summer months that will help you stretch your vacation budget.
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As a local, I’m always looking for free or inexpensive things to with my daughter. So, today I’m sharing some of those things with you.
Yes, I know, this is obvious. However, I don’t want to leave it off the list. If you are not staying within walking distance of the beach, you can still access the beach for free. There are several beach access locations along the Grand Strand.
To keep the kids entertained on the beach, try out beach games such as bocce ball or paddleball.
Every night during the summer, you can enjoy free entertainment on the Boardwalk as part of Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights. On Mondays, take your family to the free Kidz Carnival in Plyler Park (next to the SkyWheel). Kids will enjoy inflatables, face painting, games, live music and more. The carnival is from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. every Monday through August.
FRANKLIN G. BURROUGHS-SIMEON B. CHAPIN ART MUSEUM
This art museum on the south end of Ocean Boulevard (3100 South Ocean Blvd) is always free (donations are appreciated). In addition to their unique exhibitions, both kids and adults will enjoy interactive programs.
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH
This entertainment and shopping complex presents Summer Nights every night through July.
Entertainment includes face painters, musical performers and more.
On the weekends, kids can meet their favorite princesses and superheroes. After 6 p.m. on Saturdays, princesses will be roaming the grounds to meet kids and take pictures. Then on Sundays, superheroes will be strolling around after 6 p.m.
This shopping and entertainment complex is hosting SummerFest! through August 29. Kids can enjoy activities such as kids karaoke, street performers, face painting and more.
Also, like Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing will have princesses and superheroes on the weekend.
T.I.G.E.R.S PRESERVATION STATION AND WILD ENCOUNTERS TOUR
While at Barefoot Landing, visit T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station for free.
Visitors will see Bengal tigers, Royal White Bengal tigers, and a Golden Tabby tiger.
The tigers are available for viewing most days after 5 p.m.
Several communities along the Grand Strand host free outdoor movies.
On Thursdays nights through August 8, see movies in Surfside Beach. On Fridays see movies at The Market Common through August 28. North Myrtle Beach and Conway host movies monthly.
Every week you have several opportunities to see fireworks.
The Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach, and Barefoot Landing each hosts weekly shows.
You can also see fireworks after select Myrtle Beach Pelicans games.
MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS
Speaking of the Pelicans, the games aren’t free, but you can make it affordable with their daily promotions.
For example, Mondays you can get half-price tickets if you donate an item off the approved list for Backpack Buddies.
For a full list of promotions in season, click here.