Winter in Myrtle Beach is a laid-back time to relax before the hustle and bustle of summer returns. Laid back doesn’t have to mean boring! Here are the top 5 FREE and fun things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter.
1. Shell Collecting – The ocean brings beautiful and unique shells to our beaches all year long. The best times to go shelling are right after high tide or the very early morning after a stormy day. With fewer people out collecting shells (fewer tourists and visitors), the winter is a great time to find some truly amazing specimens.
2. Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum – This art museum has 11 galleries that feature different exhibits throughout the year and has offered free admission since 2003. Exhibits have featured many different forms of art, including paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles and more.
3. Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens – South Carolina is a state that is big on history and enjoying the outdoors. The Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens in Little River is one of those gems that combines both into one interesting and fun place to visit. The park is open to the public for free during daylight hours. There are plenty of hiking trails and wooden boardwalks over the salt marshes and tiny islands. The park also has a gazebo and observation deck that looks out over the Intracoastal Waterway.
4. Play Day at the Park – Grand Park and Valor Park in The Market Common offer everything you would want in a free play day at the park. Grand Park features ponds, picnic shelters, sports fields, a gymnasium and a roller hockey rink. Grand Park also has paved trails for biking or walking and great spaces for fishing, too. Head across the street to Valor Park to learn more about the history of The Market Common area, which was once the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. While in Valor Park, be sure to check out the urban garden.
5. The Marsh Walk – Located in Murrells Inlet, the Marsh Walk is one of the most popular walkways in the Grand Strand. An excellent place to observe local wildlife, even in winter (excepting only the most super chilly days), particularly the rich array of birds that frequent the area, such as egrets, herons and osprey. While the Marsh Walk tends to be a lively place in the summer, in the winter it’s a tranquil and serene place to renew and refresh.
In a place dedicated to having fun in life, winter is no time to hibernate in the Myrtle Beach area. There are lots of fun activities and free things to do all through the Grand Strand in the laid-back winter months. Get out and have some fun!