Free & Low Cost Things to Do in the Myrtle Beach Area

A trip to Myrtle Beach doesn’t have to break the bank. Besides the beach, there are lots of fun low cost activities for families to do. We’ve listed some of our favorites:

Franklin G. Burroughs — Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

The Franklin G. Burroughs — Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum features an eclectic mix of artwork along with special exhibits. The museum’s gift shop offers handcrafted Low Country prints, pottery, paintings and textiles. The museum is open every day except Monday. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
3100 South Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC

Heritage Shores Nature Preserve
Part of the Cherry Grove Marsh, the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve offers prime viewing of the marsh and native plants and animals from a series of boardwalks and observation decks. The preserve also includes a native soil interpretive trial and two picnic shelters. The preserve is open daily.
Located at Cherry Grove Boat Landing
53rd Avenue North

Warbird Park


Warbird Park serves as a monument to the men and women who served at the now defunct Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. You’ll see several planes on display, including an F-100 Super Saber, an A-10 Thunderbolt and an A-7 Corsair II. The park is located right on Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach. (S. Ocean Boulevard becomes Farrow upon crossing Hwy. 17) the 4.6-acre park includes landscaping, benches and a trail overlooking the runway at Myrtle Beach International Airport.

“Dedicated to the men and women of the United States Air Force and their families who lived in our community for almost 40 years (1954-1993) while they served our country and courageously defended our freedom.”

Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens
(off Rt. 17 and Rt. 179) in Little River, SC, just North of North Myrtle Beach. This park features pathways and wooden board-walks that extend across several beautiful salt marshes and small islands, with a gazebo overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway with the Little River waterfront in the distance. A wide observation deck extends into the waterway. The view is great and the cost is free.

Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade

Myrtle Beach’s 1.2 mile oceanfront boardwalk stretches from the Second Avenue Pier to the 14th Avenue Pier with three different sections featuring benches, landscaping, beach access, as well as beachfront stores, shops sidewalk cafes, arcades, and amusements invoking a carnival and nostalgia atmosphere with its sights, sounds and energy.

Visits to Barefoot Landing
Barefoot Landing is a busy dining, shopping and entertainment district in Myrtle Beach, but travelers can head here for some free music, concerts and presentations by street performers any time of year. Barefoot Landing is located on the Intracoastal Waterway and attracts hundreds of migratory birds, exotic fish and wildlife to its shores. Visitors can spend a few hours viewing wildlife along the shore and window shopping at retail stores scattered throughout the area. Barefoot Landing 4898 Hwy 17 S.

Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

Well worth the drive. A boardwalk gives a unique view of the waterfront including fishing boats, sculpture and life in this picturesque seaside community.

Alligator Adventure Marsh Walk
Travelers who want to see alligators and native wildlife up close can take a self-guided walk along the boardwalk behind the House of Blues and around Barefoot Landing. The marshy area near the oceanfront attracts alligators, birds and other animals year-round. It’s located off 48th S. in North Myrtle Beach

avatar About Hilary

Hilary is from Conway, SC and has been a lifelong visitor to North Myrtle Beach. She has lived in North Myrtle Beach permanently since 2009. A graduate of CCU’s History program, Hilary enjoys the local history and legend of the low-country as well as the modern growth of the tourism industry in Myrtle Beach. She works as a Marketing and Guest Services Assistant for Elliott Beach Rentals where she has been given the freedom to express her love and enthusiasm for the Grand Strand.

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