Save Some Vacation Funds With These FREE Grand Strand Activities

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We all know that vacations can sometimes require taking a dip into the savings account. In addition to the days spent away from work, most vacationers have to pay for lodging, activities, dining out and more during their getaway, most of which normally might not have factored into the budget. But savvy Myrtle Beach vacationers know that one of the many reasons the area is such a popular vacation destination is its wide range of fun activities that won’t cost you a dime.

Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the free Grand Strand activities that can help you and your family save some money during your stay at Long Bay Resort:

The Beach — Arguably the biggest attraction on the Grand Strand (and definitely the largest in terms of size), the Atlantic Ocean brings vacationers from far and wide to swim, surf, parasail, jet ski and more in its waters. And visiting the soft, white, sandy beaches of the Myrtle Beach coastline is free of charge. Better yet, for guests at Long Bay Resort on the oceanfront on Myrtle Beach’s tranquil northern end, the beach is right out the resort’s back door — along with a long list of other water attractions like the Silly Sub Water Park and our oceanfront pool deck.

Museums — Fans of art and history can fuel their passions at no charge on the Grand Strand by visiting a trio of free-of-charge museums. At the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, visitors can peruse 11 galleries filled with paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and more. At the South Carolina Hall of Fame, located in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, visitors can learn about prominent South Carolinians and their contributions to the state’s heritage and progress. And at the Horry County Museum, history buffs can explore the history, pre-history, and natural history of Horry County.

Shopping/Dining/Entertainment Complexes — The Myrtle Beach area is rife with large complexes featuring the best in retail, dining and entertainment options, and there’s no charge to visit, walk around and people-watch — not to mention take in regularly scheduled (and often complimentary) activities and events. Such hot spots in the area include Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and The Market Common. Bonus: While not a retail complex per se, the oceanfront Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is filled with charm and mom-and-pop shops and restaurants, and visiting is also free of charge.

Fireworks — Some of the same complexes mentioned above offer free fireworks shows throughout the year, and especially during the summer. Check out the schedules at and

The Boulevard — Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, which runs parallel to the Atlantic coastline through the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, passes a long list of the area’s top sights and was practically made for cruising — especially with the windows down on a beautiful day. And of course, taking a leisurely drive along the area’s signature street will cost you nothing more than a little time and a little gas. Bonus: For Long Bay guests, the Boulevard is right out the front door.

At Long Bay Resort, we’re ready to help you and your family create some summertime memories that’ll last a lifetime — and won’t cost you a fortune. Visit our website to check out our specials today, and get ready to save some money while having a great time on the Grand Strand.

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