If, like many Charlotte area families, you’re thinking about going to Myrtle Beach for your kids’ Spring Break, we have some information to help you.
We asked Joey Bevil, publisher of Myrtle Beach on the Cheap, for some ideas for frugal fun at Myrtle Beach. If you find Charlotte on the Cheap useful, you should definitely check out Myrtle Beach on the Cheap before and during your Myrtle Beach trip. You’ll find an insider look at fun events that are free or inexpensive, as well as deals on dining, entertainment and more. Look here for some Myrtle Beach discounts.
And, after reading Joey’s great advice, please keep reading for some excellent discounts on hotels and kids’ activities in Myrtle Beach!
Planning your Myrtle Beach Vacation (by Joey of Myrtle Beach on the Cheap)
Come on down to Myrtle Beach for your 2020 Spring Break!
We’ve got plenty of FREE and inexpensive things for the family to do.
Let’s start by stating the obvious. Going to the beach! After all, that’s why most families visit Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand has 60 miles of beautiful beaches, and they’re all free. Stroll the beach around sunrise and sunset. It does the soul good to view the beauty of the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening.
A favorite family beach activity is looking for shark’s teeth. You’ll have the best luck finding shark’s teeth several hours after a high tide. Also, be on the lookout for pretty shells. Be sure to take a ziplock baggie or some other sort of bag to carry your new found artifacts in.
Myrtle Beach has several large entertainment complexes the family can visit:
Broadway at the Beach is a huge entertainment complex that includes more than 100 specialty shops, a variety of restaurants and nightclubs (including Hard Rock Café, Senor Frogs, Fat Tuesday, and many others). There are plenty of inexpensive kid friendly rides available at the three Pavilion Parks located inside Broadway. Broadway at the Beach is located off Highway 17 By-pass, between 21st and 29th Avenue North. It’s the place with the ferris wheel and upside house. Groupon for WonderWorks (the upside down house.)
Just across the street is the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center. You can’t miss this either–it’s the one with King Kong scaling The Empire State Building. It’s a bit pricey, but if you want to rub elbows and get your picture taken along side your favorite celebrity, this is the place.
Visit Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, another huge entertainment, shopping and dining destination. Located between the Intracoastal Waterway and Highway 17, Barefoot Landing offers 15 restaurants that include the iconic Johnny Rockets Hamburgers to the fine dining at Greg Norman Australian Grille. Recently opened Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s, is part of the Jimmy Buffet chain of restaurants.
It’s not quite as big as Broadway, but unique in its own way. If the weather is nice, it may be worth the investment to visit Alligator Adventure. Home to hundreds of alligators, crocodiles, birds, snakes, and other animals, Alligator Adventure is a naturist dream. At last check, Alligator Adventure was closed for several weeks to prepare for the upcoming season, call (843) 361-0789 to double check.
- Insider tip for Alligator Adventure: When you purchase your ticket at Alligator Adventure, you can receive a 2nd Day Free Pass that is valid for one return admission within 7 days after your initial visit at no additional cost.
The kids aren’t left out of the Barefoot Landing fun. Check out the old timey Carousel, an authentic representation of a long-ago Barnum & Bailey carousel which features 41 animals cast from original molds. Barefoot Amusements features a variety of kiddie rides and family fun!
Watch tigers and tiger cubs interact and play at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, a free wildlife exhibit. It opens at 5:00 p.m. daily from March through October. You can also have your picture taken with the tigers for a fee.
Stroll the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade runs along the ocean between 2nd Avenue Pier (2nd Avenue N) and 16th Avenue North. Along the Boardwalk, which is free to stroll, you’ll find several oceanfront restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat or a frosty drink (some places are cheaper than others, so you might want to shop around).
The SkyWheel is the prominent feature here, and relatively inexpensive. Take the family on a SkyWheel ride for unbelievable views of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline.
There are numerous alcoves for sitting, resting and picture taking on the Boardwalk. Stroll out hundreds of yards over the ocean at any one of the two piers. It costs a few bucks, but you may be able to catch views of sharks and other marine life. Ample metered parking is available at 2nd Avenue North. Groupon for SkyWheel.
Visit The Market Common. Laid out in a in a beautifully-designed urban village setting, The Market Common is a shopping and dining complex located at the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. It has everything from upscale shops and restaurants to ice cream and pizza.
Visit Warbird Park, located just inside The Market Common, at the southern end of Ocean Boulevard. It is home to several static displays of several aircraft that once called Myrtle Beach Air Force Base home. Numerous markers about the park tell of the history of the base. Several memorials honoring, POW/MIA’s, the Merchant Marines, and those who did not come back, are a solemn reminder that freedom isn’t free. There is no admission fee and plenty of parking available.
The Market Common also hosts a lot of free festivals and family-friendly events throughout the year. Click here for the event calendar.
Visit Myrtle Beach State Park. Myrtle Beach State Park has a beach, picnic shelters, playground equipment, a nature center, a recreation area, and more. They also have a lot of educational programs, most of which are free with park admission ($5 for adults; $3.25 for SC seniors; $3 for kids age 6-15; free for kids 5 and younger). Click here for upcoming events. It is easily located between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach on Highway 17 Business.
Explore Pawleys Island. 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the little village of Pawleys Island holds its own magical charm. It is one of the oldest summer resorts on the east coast. Many mansions on former plantations still stand today, even through numerous hurricanes. A must-visit is the Pawleys Island Hammock Shop, where hammocks have been made by hand for over two centuries. The quaint little shops around town are a far cry from the commercialized retail in Myrtle Beach.
Visit the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach, the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk offers nature at its best.
Go to a museum.
- The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum has both permanent and rotating exhibits. It also has interactive educational and creative programs for people of all ages. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
- The Children’s Museum of South Carolina is an interactive playground for the mind. Kids can touch, explore, and play while learning through interactive exhibits and programs. Tickets are $8.00 per person; kids 23 months and younger get in free. Located at 2204 N Oak Street, it is inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. There is a $5 fee if you park in the Convention Center parking lot.
- Visit the Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum. Take a totally awesome journey back to the 1980s and 90s and share the games of your youth with your kids, or reconnect with friends. This is a unique museum where you can actually play pinball games from the 70s to the present day. If you’re on a budget and looking for Myrtle Beach arcades and affordable fun things to do, this is nostalgic must see! It’s located close to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and only 4 blocks from the ocean. This top-ranked attraction is currently one of the top things to do in Myrtle Beach, SC on TripAdvisor! The Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum is located at 607 N 27th Avenue in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Discounts on Myrtle Beach hotels
Here are some current deals on hotels. Please note that deals can change at any time. Also, make sure to check dates, because some hotels might not have deals or availability during your child’s spring break.