Vacationing in the Myrtle Beach area can be an expensive endeavor. From gas or airline tickets to get there to the many lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options such as golf and theaters, it can cost a pretty penny just to spend the week on the Grand Strand, but that doesn't have to involve doing nothing.
With a little creativity and knowledge of the area, visitors can find lots of enjoyable activities without going broke, or even spending a penny.That can be a handy bit of information for families vacationing on a budget, retirees seeking the simpler things in life, or spring-breakers who are road-tripping with empty pockets.
The most obvious option is also the best - the beach. For all the man-made resorts and fancy restaurants, golf courses and theaters on the Grand Strand, the area's No. 1 drawing card is still, and always will be, the Atlantic Ocean and the strip of white sand that surrounds it. It's like a free playground for all ages.
But there are plenty of options off the immediate coast that don't cost a thing, such as the many entertainment complexes in the Myrtle Beach area with no admission fees. The Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum near Springmaid Beach requests only donations for admission, and there are lots of local festivals and events that are free to the general public.