Sometimes all you need is to get away for a quick weekend, but sometimes our budget has other ideas.

One of our favorite things about North Myrtle Beach (NMB) is that it’s family-friendly and affordable. Visitors can find a lot of free or very inexpensive activities to do while here. And there are enough entertainment options that won’t break your budget but will create memories that will last a lifetime.


Life’s A Beach

The best part of vacation here is free and already in the name: North Myrtle Beach! Nine miles of beach stretch out along the Atlantic, and it’s all there, 24/7 and free. Pack up your best beach towels, a few of your favorite snacks, and a couple of tubes of sunscreen, and you have all the ingredients for a successful beach vacation.

The waves roar ashore while you work on getting a perfect tan and enjoy some refreshments from the local restaurants that line the beach. Or put on a pair of running shoes and go jogging. 

In the distance, Cherry Grove Pier juts out over the water and is famous for being home to the best fishing along the east coast. You can visit the two-story observation deck that will give you a view of the Grand Strand that’s unlike any other. The restaurant there, Boardwalk Beach Café, is great for a quick bite to eat. Afterward, you can rent some fishing equipment and reel in your own “Catch of the Day.” It might not be as big as the 1,780-pound Tiger Shark once caught there, but it will be just as exciting! 

Dancing In the Streets

There’s nothing like grabbing a chair, ordering a drink, and listening to a free concert on a summer evening. Visitors love a night of the Music On Main concert series. Ocean Boulevard shuts down for the free shows and is such a great time. It’s a good idea to get there early, because this is a favorite for locals, too!


Wake Up!

Keep your balance, or slip and splash! Shark Wake Park was one wet treat after another. Entrance to the park is free, though there are nominal fees to use the attractions. The obstacle park is so fun and reminiscent of reality shows where people struggle to stay on the floats and not get knocked into the water. Spoiler alert: You will get knocked into the water!


Once you’re finished at Shark Wake Park, you can enjoy the rest of the 160+ acres of North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. There are soccer and lacrosse fields, plus a ten-acre meadow and a 25-acre freshwater lake.

Heritage Shores Nature Preserve is another great, outdoor spot. There are observation decks where you can see the wild animals live in their own habitats, as well as elevated boardwalks over the Cherry Grove Marsh.

No matter your budget, North Myrtle Beach is the place to be!