The star of the Grand Strand, 60 miles of South Carolina coast stretching south from the North Carolina border, Myrtle Beach has year-round appeal that can satisfy every whim. Care to pet sea anemones at the aquarium? Or do you long to spend your days on the golf course? Hungry for a seafood dinner and a show, or want to shop till you drop? No matter the season, Myrtle Beach has an activity that’s sure to entertain. If you want to, you can have a fantastic beach vacation without ever setting foot on the sand.
For those who want to experience a quiet and calmer side of Myrtle Beach, winter is a great time to visit. Because it’s considered the off-season, great vacation-rental deals are easy to find and crowds are sparse, but there’s still lots of activity. Though you won’t be lying out in the sun or bodysurfing, the beach is perfect for strolling, with average temperatures in the 50s and a nice breeze. Zip up a jacket and go for a long walk or ride fat tire bikes on the sand. Indoors, there are plenty of attractions to pass the time—Ripley’s Aquarium has sharks and stingrays that you can visit through underwater glass tunnels, while Alligator Adventure park at Barefoot Landing has land dwellers like wolves and snakes. Get a blast from the past at Wheels of Yesteryear with its collection of more than 50 vintage automobiles.
Temps are on the rise come spring in Myrtle Beach, but the weather stays mild, averaging around 75 degrees. March through May marks golf season, and with more than 100 courses to choose from, there are plenty of places a links lover can tee off, from beachfront greens to fairways tucked away in the woods. To please younger members of the family, head to the Apache Pier, the longest wooden pier on the East Coast. Kids can go fishing, or they can shred at the nearby skate park. For dining entertainment, feel as if you’re on the boat with Long John Silver at the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show. It includes acrobatics, animals, and a musical score by Dolly Parton.
Postcard-perfect weather means it’s high season in Myrtle, with temperatures in the 80s. The pier is where it’s at, with the SkyWheel giving you panoramic views of Myrtle Beach and the perfect selfie op. To take a break from the excitement, go off the beaten path to Huntington Beach State Park for more than three miles of secluded sands with trails and salt marshes. Carolina Backwoods offers two-hour ATV trail tours with your choice of staying dry or getting muddy. Come nightfall, opt for more low-key entertainment, such as a show at the Comedy Cabana or the House of Blues. You can send teens to Vue, a teens’ club with a sound-and-light show, a DJ, and a dance floor.
Fall Off the Beach
The weather in Myrtle Beach is still warm in the fall, lingering in the 80s. Since kids have gone back to school, there are fewer crowds but just as many opportunities for fun. For a festive Halloween activity, the Nightmare Haunted House provides a little scare. Or give your wallet a workout with a trip to one of the many shopping centers, such as the Market Common or Coastal Grand Mall. View the latest work by local artists at the Franklin G. Burroughs–Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, just steps from the beach. Or go inland and walk along the MarshWalk, a half-mile wooden boardwalk along a saltwater estuary. Wrap up your autumn visit with dinner at Wahoo’s Fish House, overlooking the estuary, with freshly caught seafood and dishes like coconut shrimp and ginger-encrusted sea scallops.
Top Things to Do in the Myrtle Beach
- Ripley’s Aquarium
- Alligator Adventure
- Wheels of Yesteryear
- Burning Ridge Golf Club
- Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
- Apache Pier
- Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show
- Huntington Beach State Park
- Carolina Backwoods
- Comedy Cabana
- House of Blues
- Nightmare Haunted House
- The Market Common
- Coastal Grand Mall
- Franklin G. Burroughs–Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
- Wahoo’s Fish House