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Free or Affordable Activities in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach offers plenty of free and affordable activities that help you stick to your budget during a stay at Monterey Bay Suites. Beyond the enticing amenities included with your reservations—our complimentary hot breakfast served daily, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness room, and lots of entertainment for littles—the Grand Strand is home to a bounty of free or inexpensive activities for visitors of all ages. Here are just a few to add to your itinerary, that won’t empty your wallet:

Enjoy a Day at the Beach

After all, the beach is most likely why you came to the Grand Strand in the first place, right? Your accommodations at Monterey Bay Suites offer convenient access to the ocean for surfing, building sand castles, or just tackling your summer reading list, and our oceanfront playground provides fantastic entertainment options for the young and the young at heart—slather on the sunscreen and load up the beach bag to stay for an hour or for the entire day, and then recharge in the comfort of your room so you can do it again. If a dip in the pool sounds more appealing, take advantage of any of the three we offer our guests, including the rooftop pool, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch after your swim.


Explore the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Strolling the quintessential beach-town boardwalk is a must for every Myrtle Beach vacationer. Not only is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk packed with affordable dining and entertainment options for couples and families, but walking and window shopping cost nothing and provide plenty of sightseeing and photo opps. Don’t leave without taking a spin around the Skywheel, a familiar sight on the Myrtle Beach shoreline that offers passengers soaring views from 200 feet aloft—a 12-minute ride costs $15 for a child and $19 for an adult. Get your camera ready to make vacation memories in climate-controlled comfort atop this Myrtle Beach landmark.

Visit Myrtle Beach State Park

Not only does this destination state park get you outdoors with your crew, but everybody will enjoy this immersive experience taking in the unspoiled natural landscape. Here are just a few free or inexpensive things to do at the park: Get an ice cream cone at the gift shop to enjoy on the fishing pier; explore nature at the Nature Center or create your own scavenger hunt outdoors; search for seashells and sharks’ teeth on the beach; or take a walk on the Sculptured Oak Nature Trail. From March to November, the park opens daily at 6 AM and closes at 10 PM (closing time is at 8 PM from December through February). Park admission is $8 for adults, $5 for SC seniors 65 and up, and $4 for children ages 6–15; kids under 6 get in free.

Take in Free Concerts and Events in Myrtle Beach

Music on Main | Every Thursday From June Through September at 7:00 PM

Your accommodations at Monterey Bay Suites put you close to this favorite summer concert series. Stake your claim to a spot on Main between Ocean Boulevard and the ocean side of Melt Ice Cream, and set up bag chairs to enjoy free live music starting at 7 PM. While you’re there, explore the restaurants and shops in the area.

Summer Concert Series @ The Landing at the Boathouse | Sundays at 5:00 PM 

This hotspot about 20 minutes from Monterey Bay is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway and attracts concertgoers by land and by sea. Check the event calendar for artists (concerts are free!), or follow their advice to “come early, come hungry, come thirsty,” and make an afternoon of it. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music and the summertime party vibes with your entire crew. Tip: If you need to feed them, you’ll love that the menu features plenty of budget-friendly options for every appetite. 

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing | Mondays through August at 10:00 PM

This favorite free event unfolds every Sunday night at Barefoot Landing, about a 15-minute drive north of Monterey Bay Suites. Schedule a Monday on your vacation itinerary to spend shopping, dining, and visiting any of the many attractions at Barefoot Landing, and then make the free fireworks display an exciting end to your day before heading back to your comfortable hotel accommodations. If your vacation plans put you in Myrtle Beach for Labor Day weekend, don’t miss the Barefoot Landing fireworks on Saturday, September 2nd at 10:00 PM.

These are just a few ideas to fire your imagination—Myrtle Beach promises visitors so many free or inexpensive things to do, from farmers markets and free popup performances to free days for kids at the local bowling lanes and educational eco-events on the beach.


Getaway to Monterey Bay Suites

Plan your Myrtle Beach vacation today—from surfing to sightseeing, the Grand Strand offers plenty of entertainment options that cost little or nothing so you can stick to your budget. Choose Monterey Bay Suites as your home base and book your reservations now during our Unlimited Fun Summer Sale, to enjoy 25% off plus free tickets to local attractions: Your dream vacation in Myrtle Beach awaits!

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Planning a Trip to Myrtle Beach

The best time to visit Myrtle Beach is June through August, perfect weather for splashing around in the Atlantic and lying on the beach! But, Myrtle Beach is truly beautiful year round and anytime is a great time to come stay on the Grand Strand.

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