Free Things to do in Myrtle Beach

If the best things in life are free, then the best things in life are in the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach. From activities to do, galleries to see, and performances to take in, there’s something that everyone will enjoy. Here are a few examples:

Shelling on Pawleys Island

The best time to go is after a storm at low tide when the shells wash up. Just make sure you don’t take a shell that still has a resident inside of it.

The Beach

It kind of goes without saying, but since the Myrtle Beach oceanfront offers so much to do (swimming, building sandcastles, walking along the shoreline, shelling and relaxing) it definitely deserves recognition. More often than not, you’ll also find free concerts, festivals and evening fireworks in the summer that can’t be beat!

Hot Summer Nights

Every Tuesday through Sunday, beginning in June and ending in August, you can party to the music of local bands as they perform at stages along the boardwalk. As an extra free bonus, buskers (better known as street performers) stroll the boardwalk on Fridays and Sundays, entertaining and delighting visitors with their talents.

South Carolina Hall of Fame

Many amazing individuals have, at one time or another, called South Carolina their home. To glorify their achievements, the South Carolina Hall of Fame (at 21st Avenue and Oak Street) showcases the Palmetto State’s best and brightest. Here, you can learn about their accomplishments, from signing the Declaration of Independence to writing award-winning novels or paving the way for the rights of all.

Hall of Heroes

Countless people have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, and it is so very important to take the time to pay tribute to these brave souls. The Hall of Heroes does just that with a scaled-down version of Washington DC’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and other touching displays honoring our nation’s bravest citizens. Located at the entrance of Market Common on Highway 17 Business.


Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum: Often referred to as hidden treasure in Myrtle Beach, this museum houses amazing artistic displays. Artists, both locally celebrated and nationally acclaimed, have their works upon the walls. Often, there are special exhibits and workshops just for children (sometimes for a small fee).

Out of the Ordinary

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing: Its mission is to preserve one of the rarest tiger species in the world, the Golden Tabby tiger, but T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing also showcases the majesty of these beautiful animals close-up. To see them interact, play or parent their cubs at this location is completely free. However, you can also support the conservation of these rare species by purchasing a photo session with a baby tiger or orangutan sitting in your lap. The experience is priceless and the picture is definitely worth a thousand words. It may also save a few endangered lives.

Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk and Goat Islan

There is an island inhabited by goats throughout most of the year just across the water from Drunken Jack’s Restaurant at Murrells Inlet. Aptly called Goat island, its residents have been the island’s chief landscapers for nearly a quarter of a century—though now, they also receive vegetable trimmings and hushpuppies from the restaurant. Residents and recurring visitors to Myrtle Beach look forward to seeing the small herd of goats each year and now the goats have feathered companions… peacocks.


Ooh and aah as bursts of light illuminate the night sky. For much of the summer season (weather permitting) fireworks explode along the Grand Strand. Every Monday, Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach puts on quite a display. On Tuesdays and Fridays, gaze up at the vibrant colors from Broadway at the Beach. Plyler Park on the Boardwalk hosts the fireworks show on Wednesday nights as part of the “Hot Summer Nights” concert series.

Window shopping along the Boardwalk

You don’t have to come away with a new purchase, but you’ll likely find something irresistible that calls out to you. That’s the beauty of window-shopping—it’s free to look. And here on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you’ll be in the center of the action. Feel free to stroll the boards, take in the scenery and maybe even do some “people watching” while relaxing on a side bench. Other great places for window-shopping include the Tanger Outlets, Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach.

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