Myrtle Beach Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Myrtle Beach

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Myrtle Beach. Popular attractions include Myrtle Beachand Broadway at the Beach.
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    Things to do in Myrtle Beach
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    #1 in Myrtle Beach
    Beaches, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    The main reason families flock to Myrtle Beach is to swim in the mild waves and play along the light brown sand. Some spots along the Carolina shore offer opportunities for water sports like Jet Skiing or deep-sea fishing, while other areas are better for relaxing or playing with your children. You'll also find a few spots perfect for casting a line for a fresh catch.

    Most who visit the shore of Myrtle Beach do so directly in front of the hotel or rental property where they're staying. So keep in mind that if you're not a beachfront lodger, you might have more trouble finding a public bathroom, but ample metered street parking is available. Some parking lots are also available, most of which are also free and are an easy walk over the dunes at beach access points. Some sandy areas along Ocean Boulevard do have shops and restaurants. During the summer months, lifeguards are on duty along many of the Grand Strand beaches. Access to the beach is free 24/7, though swimming after sunset is not recommended.

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    Broadway at the Beach
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    #2 in Myrtle Beach
    Amusement Parks, Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Amusement Parks, Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This outdoor food, shopping and entertainment complex is a big hit with visitors, who enjoy all of the options on hand, from riding on a Ferris wheel to dining on the water to shopping. The complex is set along the 23-acre Lake Broadway, with big crowd-pleasers like the Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Ripley's Aquarium located here. There's a movie theater, more than two dozen food outlets, three hotels and all sorts of entertainment, including a piano bar, dance and comedy clubs. In the summer, there are firework displays every Tuesday and select Friday nights, as well as other family-friendly festivals.

    There is no charge to visit Broadway at the Beach, but certain attractions charge fees. Hours vary depending on the venue. Check the website for details.

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