Myrtle Beach on a budget- you can enjoy your vacation at Myrtle Beach while staying on a budget!

If you haven’t been to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you haven’t witnessed the Southern charm and multitude of family-friendly attractions that keep families coming back year after year. The ocean and beach might be a big draw, but that isn’t the half of it. Myrtle Beach is one of the top family beach destinations in the country and can totally be done on a budget!

When and Where to Stay

Myrtle Beach hotel rates are sky high during the season, especially on “the strip,” or Ocean Boulevard, so if traveling off-season is an option, that is definitely your best pick. Rates during the winter are, of course lowest. But ‘shoulder months’ of March/April and September/October offer great prices and typically good beach weather.

If you plan on going during the months between June and August, consider a privately owned condo, such as those at Here, you will find ocean front and ocean view units with full kitchens, ocean views and updated furnishings at prices comparable to any on the beach!

Anytime you stay at a place with a kitchenette or efficiency, you save money by cooking your own meals. This doesn’t have to be a stressful situation; think sandwiches, cereal, even microwave items if you really want to relax. (See our blog on bargain meal planning)!

Attractions to Visit in Myrtle Beach

Amusement Park – Family Kingdom

Amusement parks in Myrtle Beach have come and gone, but Family Kingdom has withstood the test of time. This seaside amusement park offers an unlimited pass for their 38 rides at a set per day price. That will keep the kids scrambling from ride to ride and the energy level high. Opt to buy individual tickets, but that can be expensive if you wish to enjoy more than a few rides. Add an all-day Splashes Water Park pass or visit the water park without going to Family Kingdom. Sign up on Family Kingdom’s website for money saving park coupons.

Free Concerts!

Free concerts are available at North Myrtle Beach (Music on Main) on Thursdays from 7 to 9 PM and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Monday through Saturday, both during the summer months. There is often face painting and balloon animal options for the kids, while adults can enjoy talented musicians and live music.

Play Mini Golf

Myrtle Beach has more mini golf courses than any other vacation destination in America. You probably won’t be able to drive through Myrtle Beach without your kids begging to play at one of the many enticing courses. Hack: pick up a free coupon book for discounts on mini golf play.

Myrtle Beach Miniature Golf

Dining in Myrtle Beach

Most beach resort destinations are lined with seafood buffets, and Myrtle Beach is no exception. For families, you might try one of the hundreds of pancake houses instead. Here, you will find breakfast/brunch dining at a reasonable price. And most kids will enjoy this king of outing.

Of course, bargain hunters will find the usual fast food outlets in Myrtle Beach. But we suggest taking advantage of the fully equipped kitchens in condos at And take a look at our blog on in-unit dining ideas!

For adults, travel a bit off of Ocean Boulevard and you will find midrange and upper end dining such as Bonefish, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Olive Garden, and others.

Budget Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Tanger Outlets has two locations (Highway 17 and Highway 501) with hundreds of shops and deep discounts on clothing, household accessories, and pretty much anything you are looking for. Pick up a Tanger Outlet coupon book for additional savings.

Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach are two other popular shopping options, as well as awesome places to walk around and just enjoy the climate and scenery in Myrtle Beach. While you are at these two complexes, kids will love feeding the fish and ducks.

Sightseeing in Myrtle Beach

What was formerly known as the heart of Myrtle Beach is now referred to as the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk,  lined with shops, restaurants, old-school arcades, and plenty of family-friendly attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not,  Haunted Adventure, and Mirror Maze.

You can also ride the Myrtle Beach Skywheel, where you’ll have great photo.