Myrtle Beach Offers Plenty of Entertainment for Early Bird

There are plenty of reasons to get up early in the morning during your Myrtle Beach vacation. When the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean and shines through your hotel window, it's tough to stay in bed with the beach and waves beckoning, the 100 area golf courses calling, the fish biting and, of course, the kids screaming to go outside and play.

The result can be a vacation day that starts much earlier than your usual sleep-late/party-late getaway, and your entire schedule gets shifted ahead. Happy hour and early bird specials suddenly seem reasonable times of day for dinner, and your night out on the town might start before the sun goes down. Fortunately for early-risers and early-partiers, Myrtle beach has you covered.

The various musical and performance theaters adjust their show times accordingly, so The Palace and Alabama Theatre ensure their shows are over before 10 p.m. The same is true for comedy clubs, like the Big Laughs Theater and Comedy Cabana, and hybrid entertainment clubs such as Crocodile Rocks. And even if you prefer to hit the same hot spots as the late-night crowds for dancing and live music, there are a handful that cater to the early crowd.

So get your nightly entertainment started early so you can enjoy the next morning on the beach.

2001 Nightclub
Photo courtesy of 2001


2001 is billed as three clubs in one, and indeed it is. Razzie's Beach Club is the most time-tested of the three, a live music space that's been open since Reagan was in office and welcomes to its stage classic beach bands like The Fantastic...  Read More

North Myrtle Beach
Fat Harold's Beach Club


South Carolina's state dance is alive and kicking at Fat Harold's, a legendary beach club that claims to be "Home of The Shag." Located on North Myrtle's famed Ocean Drive, the club looks like a big shack from the outside, but don't let...  Read More



This massive sports bar, part of the Celebration complex at Broadway, is loaded with tons of fun diversions for adults. If you want to catch a game, match or race on the big-screen (or 50 screens), this is the place to do it! If you want to...  Read More

Crocodile Rocks Dueling Pianos


A unique and fun entertainment experience featuring your requested songs performed by some of the coolest and funniest piano players anywhere. Enjoy your favorite libation, sing-along and join in the fun. The two pianists are not only talented...  Read More

GTS Theatre
Photo courtesy of Wild 4 Hypnosis Fusion Family Show


Big laughs come in small places at the GTS Theatre in Myrtle Beach. This venue allows for intimate crowds for one of the most creative comedy outfits on the Grand Strand. The husband and wife hypnotist team of Rich and Elizabeth Wylde convince...  Read More

Carolina Opry


In 1986, Calvin Gilmore unveiled his Carolina Opry, which brings to the Grand Strand area some of the industry's top dancers, musicians, and singers for shows that dazzle audiences with their unique blend of music and comedy. Two decades later...  Read More

Legends In Concert


Like something straight out of Las Vegas (actually, it is!), this five-concert impersonator show is so good that a lot of patrons admit these performers do the songs as well as (in some cases better than) the originals. If you're thinking, "No...  Read More

Alabama Theatre


Named for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grammy Award-winning group that got its start on the Grand Strand, the Alabama Theatre stands as a testament to the band's roots. Live concerts and regular theater performances keep the action hopping...  Read More



If laughter is the best medicine then the Comedy Cabana is like the local hospital. The longest-running laugh factory on the Grand Strand brings in nationally touring comics that normally wouldn't travel this far off the beaten path except for...  Read More



Rising high above the complex at Broadway at the Beach is the shining Palace Theatre, which hosts some of the top concerts and off-Broadway productions in the Southeast. This elegant theatre has hosted such talent as Aretha Franklin, Kenny...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry