Myrtle Beach in Winter
Planning a trip to Myrtle Beach in winter? YAY!! Don’t worry one bit because there are a ton of fun things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter!
Our family has been visiting Myrtle Beach for over twenty years. We’ve visited in every season and today we are going to share some of our top picks for what to do in Myrtle Beach during the off season.
You’re going to have so much fun visiting The Grand Strand and I would even argue that you might love Myrtle Beach in winter more than the rest of the year! Why? Prices are cheap, crowds are lower, temperatures are mild, and there is no snow! You may get lucky and experience temperatures in the 70’s, you just never know!
Where is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?
Located in the northeast corner of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is best known for its beautiful beaches, world class golf, and larger than life tourist attractions. You can fly into Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) or arrive via major interstates in South Carolina. You will likely want to rent a car to get around, however Uber and Lyft are widely available. Myrtle Beach is also any easy weekend getaway from our home state of NC!
Looking for more family friendly winter vacations ideas? Check out our picks for the best winter getaways in the Southeast USA!
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What are the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter?
Myrtle Beach is actually a great year round destination. With average monthly temperatures ranging from 40 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit in December, January, and February you are easily able to do a lot of indoor and outdoor activities during a Myrtle Beach winter getaway. Myrtle Beach averages over 200 days of sunshine each year, so even if you have cooler temperatures, you are likely to see the sun shining!
So let’s get to it! Here are our picks for the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter!
Catch one of Myrtle Beach’s fabulous shows!
Myrtle Beach is known for entertainment. Make reservations for one of the famous Myrtle Beach shows. Here are a few of your options:
- Medieval Times Dinner & Show
- Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
- Alabama Theatre
- Carolina Opry
- Legends in Concert
- Broadway Theatre
- House of Blues
Looking for one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in December? Check out the holiday shows! They are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!
Insider Tip: Don’t judge a book by its cover. My husband and I never thought we’d actually like the Medieval Times or Pirates Voyage shows. We thought they were really for the kids and “too touristy”. We were wrong. We loved them. These shows have been successful for years and are popular for a reason! They’re actually really fun. Give them a chance! Also read reviews- not every show will be your thing- and that’s ok! (For instance, I personally did not love the Carolina Opry.)
Golf in Myrtle Beach
Golfers come from far and wide to check out the world class golf in Myrtle Beach. Pick from over 90 professionally designed golf courses in the self proclaimed “Gold Capital of the World”.
There’s likely a lot of discussion on the best golf courses in Myrtle Beach. The golfers in my family recommend The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. You will also find no shortage of golf super stores in Myrtle Beach! It’s a golfers paradise for sure!
Want more travel inspiration? Find out our top picks for destinations to add to your USA bucket list!
Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach is open year round. With tons of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and attractions, you can easily spend an entire day wandering around Broadway at the Beach. Here you will also find WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium, two of the best indoor things to do in Myrtle Beach. Our family loves both of these Myrtle Beach attractions for kids! (I mean I personally still love an Aquarium…maybe even more than my kids! LOL.)
Although you won’t be able to do the waterpark in the winter, there are still plenty of amusements that stay open in the winter! Escape rooms, Top Golf, Backstage Mirror Maze, and the wax museum are all great Myrtle Beach winter activities.
Insider Tip: Don’t miss the fireworks! Check out their schedule HERE.
More Shopping in Myrtle Beach
One of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in December? Shopping!! So many of us want to vacation and need to get our holiday shopping done at the same time. There are a ton of shopping options, but we recommend checking out:
- The Market Common (Our favorite place to shop in Myrtle Beach!)
- Tanger Outlet Mall
- Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach
Insider Tip: Love the color purple? At Barefoot Landing there is an entire store dedicated to the color! Literally everything inside in the color purple! Check out the Purpleologist if you’re curious!
Go to the BEACH!!
YES, going to the beach is still one of my favorite things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter!! With over 60 miles of coastline, the beach is amazing in Myrtle year round! Can you go swimming in the ocean in Myrtle Beach in December, January, or February? Well, no. Unless you’re wearing a wetsuit you’re gonna be pretty cold. But, you can still watch the sunrise over the ocean, take a long walk on the beach, collect seashells, and soak up some vitamin D.
You can also go fishing!! One of the more popular things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter (well, year round really) is go fishing. Don’t have your own fishing gear? No worries…most of the piers offer rentals, bait, everything you need to get started!
Not sold on Myrtle Beach? We LOVE the beach! Find out our other picks for the best family friendly beaches on the east coast!
Brookgreen Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the Southeast USA and is lovely even during the winter months. Home to botanical gardens, a sculpture garden, galleries, Lowcountry History Center, and even a zoo, a visit to Brookgreen Gardens is a must when visiting Myrtle Beach. Get away from the crowds and into nature!
Selfie WRLD in Myrtle Beach
Years ago, I would have walked right past a place like this. Totally gimmicky. Totally not worth the money. Totally Not my thing. And I would’ve been totally wrong!! Y’all this place was the MOST fun!! If you’re looking for a place to smile and laugh and make memories with your family- check this place out!
Selfie WRLD is one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach with teens, tweens, kids, or grandkids! It is also a perfect solution for what to do in Myrtle Beach on a rainy day!
Insider Tip: Not able to go while you are in Myrtle Beach? No worries…there are locations all over the USA from Miami to Boston to LA!
Have a teenager in your life? Tickets here would be an awesome (and inexpensive) experience gift for a teenager!!
Sweeten up Your Vacation
The saying “like a kid in a candy store” had to come from these candy superstores! Giant gummy bears, classic candies, hard to find candies, and even vegan candy are just a few of the sugary delights available. We know many families who have a tradition to make a stop every single visit to Myrtle Beach.
BUT…our family, goes for the outrageous milkshakes at The Crazy Mason’s Milkshake Bar located at the Market Common. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Take a look at these larger than life milkshakes on Instagram and you’ll see why there’s often an hour wait for these epic treats!
So which would you choose? Candy heaven or insane milkshakes?
Fun for all ages!
There are so many Myrtle Beach winter activities beyond the beach. Here’s what else we love:
- Go karts– you can find them all over, but my kids LOVE them! They get so competitive. We had a blast at our most recent visit to The Track.
- Mini putt putt. Myrtle beach is a mecca for mini golf!! They are everywhere!! PRO TIP: Rainy day in Myrtle Beach? There are several indoor mini golf options in Myrtle Beach!
- The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk – I’ll be honest, this isn’t for everyone. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is often crowded and loud and I personally wouldn’t take my children here on a Friday or Saturday night. BUT, there are some fun attractions and if you go during the day or on a weeknight, it is worth a visit. If you do go, take a ride on the Sky Wheel. For $16 per adult and $12 per child, you can ride in a climate controlled cabin for epic views of the city and coastline.
- Dave & Busters – need things to do in Myrtle Beach when it rains? This is a fun treat for the whole family!
Need more ideas for things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter? Check out an escape room, laser tag, or a trampoline park!
Full Disclosure: There are several animal experiences in Myrtle Beach. I’m not listing them here because I’m really not sure how ethical they are. But just FYI, they are there and people love them.
Day Trips from Myrtle Beach
There are so many great day trips from Myrtle Beach! Hop in the car and see somewhere new while you are on vacation! Here are some of our favorite Myrtle Beach day trips and approximate drive times:
- Murrells Inlet, South Carolina – 40 minutes south of Myrtle Beach
- Huntington Beach State Park – 40 minutes
- Georgetown, South Carolina – 1 hour to the cutest little waterfront town!
- Charleston, South Carolina– 2.5 hours south…but be careful, you’ll end up wanting more than just a day here!
- Calabash, North Carolina – 30 minutes to the “Seafood Capitol of the World”
- Southport, North Carolina – 1.2 hours from MB (BONUS: From Southport, take the ferry over to Bald Head Island, NC!)
- Wilmington, North Carolina – 1.5 hours north to my favorite city in the US!
- Carolina Beach, North Carolina – 2 hours – you can easily add Carolina Beach onto your Wilmington day trip!
**All drive times for these Myrtle Beach day trips are approximate as drive times will vary depending on where you are staying in Myrtle Beach and traffic.**
Where to Eat in Myrtle Beach
Finding a good quality restaurant can be challenging in Myrtle Beach. One of the best reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in the winter is because there are fewer crowds so you will be able to get into restaurants a little easier. Still, restaurant here can be hit or miss. Here are a few of our favorite places to eat in Myrtle Beach during our most recent visit:
- Blueberry’s Grill – Hand down the best french toast I have ever had! Still dreaming about it! They do not take reservations but you can add your name to the waitlist online before you arrive.
- Nacho Hippo- This was a perfect lunch stop while we were shopping at The Market Common.
- Carolina Roadhouse – This restaurant is huge and honestly I didn’t have high expectations…however, the food was all delicious and BONUS-They take reservations!
- Aspen Grill – It’s been a few years since we’ve eaten here but when we did go, it was delicious!
- Ciao – In full transparency we have not eaten here because there were no reservations available during our visit, but we have friends who swear this is the best place to eat in Myrtle Beach.
- Flying Fish Public Market & Grill – Also never eaten here (because I don’t eat seafood) but my Mom says it’s pretty awesome!!
Insider Tip: What can I say…we love to sample local drinks! Visit Duplin Winery for a wine tasting or New South Brewery for some local craft beer!
Where to stay in Myrtle Beach
Research where you are going to stay thoroughly! Do you want to be in the middle of the action? Do you want to be oceanfront? We have always stayed with family at their timeshare properties, however here are a few hotels I’ve heard from friends are great options:
- Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes (We are big Marriott people- they never disappoint!)
- The Breakers Resort
- Sands Ocean Club
I would also recommend looking into rental vacation condos or houses if you’re looking for a little more space- we have had great experiences with VRBO! One of the best reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in December, January, or February is you should have a lot easier time booking a place to stay and more reasonable rates!
Tips on Visiting Myrtle Beach
In full transparency, Myrtle Beach is one of those places you either love or hate. Mainly I think this is because it is heavily commercialized and there are often a lot of people. Honestly, one of the best reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in winter is because there will be a lot less people. But, I’m a firm believer that a vacation is what YOU make it. So…here are some of my best tips to help you enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation:
- Prepare yourself for crowds. Myrtle Beach is a very popular destination and hosts lot of events. Even during the off season you can run into crowds if your visit coincides with an event (like Bike Week).
- Research restaurants ahead of time and get reservations if available. Try to get recommendations from friends or locals and I always use Yelp. Many restaurants are huge and made for serving large numbers of people. Some places to eat are fantastic while others leave a lot to be desired. Don’t have high expectations.
- If your budget allows, stay in an oceanfront property. The beaches are beautiful and you can’t beat those ocean sunrises.
- Check the weather before your visit. You may need shorts for the daytime and pants and a coat for the evenings. You never know!
- Don’t forget your bathing suit and sunscreen. You never know when there will be an 80 degree winter day or your hotel may have an indoor pool, hot tub, or spa! It’s just always a good idea to just bring it along! Plus if you’re spending time outside during winter you can still easily get sunburned…and well, that’s just no fun!
- Everything in Myrtle Beach is larger than life. There are a thousand and one Wings type super stores. Just skip them unless you need a cheap souvenir.
- Consider Myrtle Beach for a multigenerational vacation. Not only are they able to easily accommodate large groups and families but there is literally something to do for everyone!
So what do you think? Ready to plan your next beach vacation? Feel like you have a good idea of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach? Honestly we really love Myrtle Beach in winter. There are still so many fun things to do, we’ve never felt like we were missing out due to the season.
Like I said before, a Myrtle Beach vacation is truly what you make it. It surely has created lots of wonderful memories for our family!! Add Myrtle Beach to your family bucket list– it’s a destination you should experience at least once in your life!!