Top 10 Winter Activities on the Grand Stand

A trip any season to Myrtle Beach is plenty to be grateful for.

But even in the offseason, there’s so much to do here. Fun in the summer sun gets all the attention. But a chilly day at the beach is still pretty boss.

What are your favorite wintertime activities at the beach?

Tips for Packing for a Winter Beach Trip

There’s no limit to the fun you can have off-season on the coast. Here’s some advice for packing to be ready for anything.

  1. Accessorize

You’ll need a hybrid of cold- and warm-weather clothing. How to tie it all together? Accessories. Fun patterns in scarves or a necklace do the trick.

  1. Cover up

Wear short sleeves and shorts, but bring cotton or wool pants when the air gets chilly. Long-sleeved shirts and hoodies do the same. Bring wool socks!

  1. Don’t forget the bag

Even if it’s for a beach blanket and your beach read, it’s easier to transport in a bag. Bring snacks and a drink. And a baggie for the shells you’ll find.

Top 10 Winter Beach Activities

Winter at the beach isn’t the paradox it would seem. Here are 10 reasons to support that claim.

1. Bowling

When you retreat to the beach, you’ll want something for physical activity. Bowling is a perfect choice to stoke your competitive fire.

Where to go

  • 810 Billiards & Bowling – The Market Common: Knock over some pins, share a pitcher, and catch the game.
  • Myrtle Beach Bowl: You’ll love this fun place to compete and socialize for a couple of hours. Family-friendly with rates for seniors, too.

Pro tip: For women, it’s 11-12 pounds. For men, 14-15. Try for holes a bit larger than your ring size, and switch balls if it’s not a good grip after a throw or two.

810 BOWLING_MC Lanes

2. Dancing

This will get your blood to circulate! It’s great stress relief and boosts your mood. Shake it on the Grand Strand!

Where to go

  • 3001 NIGHTLIFE: You’ll have a ball in three clubs in one. It’s a welcoming atmosphere where you can dance the night away.
  • Club Envy. Great DJs, and awesome vibes. Large dance floor, and a booming sound system. You have to check out the VIP booth.

Pro tip: Dress smart. Killer heels are great for a night of elegant dining, but not the best choice for the dance floor. Go with flats or sneakers.

3. Visiting Downtown Conway

You’ve got to hand it to this little town. It’s always a good trip, no matter the season! Bonus points if you wear your Chanticleers teal.

Where to go

  • Classy Collections: It’s a tiny shop with loads of incredible fashion and buys. Accessories, bags, shoes … buy local in Conway.
  • Caribbean Jerk Cuisine: You’ll enjoy unforgettable food and great conversation. Authentic Jamaican food at its finest. 

Pro tip: Treat yourself to a cultural experience at the historic Theatre of the Republic. You’re in for great performances from local talent!

4. Heading to a Farm

Farms near the Grand Strand bring a refreshing brand of character to a beach trip. Especially for kids, but also adults, it’s a fun and educational trip.

Where to go

  • Freewoods Farm: Buy fresh produce, sugar cane serum, and more, in season. Take a tour and see the livestock and nature trail onsite.
  • Thompson Farm & Nursery: Lots of activities for the kids! Enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, and new things to do all the time.

Pro tip: Come dressed for the weather — and for the unexpected. Farm life is fun, but it can get messy. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, and bring water.

5. Cruise the Boardwalk

Discover the magic of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk without the big crowds and summer heat. Enjoy the shops and restaurants right by the shore.

Where to go

  • New York Pizza Kitchen: Cruise in off Ocean Boulevard for pizza by the slice and other swift snacks. Grab a hot dog and cold beer too.
  • I Love Sugar: A very cool stop! Enjoy an ice cream cone and find all the old-school goodies you haven’t had since back in the day.

Pro tip: Get plenty of pictures! You’re by the ocean, but the boardwalk also affords countless photo ops, from The Bowery to Gay Dolphin Gift Cove.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk At Night

6. Catching a Concert

The music industry is alive and well on the Grand Strand. And it’s going strong all year long. Check out a couple of the spots you can enjoy live music.

Where to go

  • Carolina Country Music Awards: On Jan. 21, head to the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach for this event.
  • Greg Rowles Live Music: Enjoy the talent of this lifelong musician. His travels have taken him from Nashville to Vegas to Wine Therapy

Pro tip: Late isn’t fashionable. Some places might close the door at a certain time, a total bummer if you’ve bought tickets in advance.

7. Perusing Educational Attractions

It’s easy to fix fun and learning in the same equation. Hands-on experiences are a great way to show your kids a great time AND teach them something.

Where to go

  • EdVenture Myrtle Beach: There’s a grocery store, a space climber, a performance stage, and more.
  • Hobcaw Barony: The discovery center tells the ecological and historical history of this unique region. Tours and programs are available.

Pro tip: Stay close to your kids, and engage them in learning. Ask questions about displays and what they’re doing, but also, let them play and explore.

8. Going on a Guided Tour

There’s no question that guided tours are a fun way to learn about the area. There are many year-round in Myrtle Beach.

Where to go

  • Myrtle Beach Segway: Zip around North Myrtle Beach or Huntington Beach State Park. They’ll even train you to ride before the tour.
  • Helicopter Adventures: It’s the ultimate tour! It’s walk-in only to ride a beautiful Robinson R44 helicopter over the Grand Strand.

Pro tip: Talk with others on the tour. Ask them about their experiences and favorite spots. You’ll get recommendations and make a new friend.

9. Bundling up for a Fishing Charter

We’ll clue you in: It’s never too cold for fishing. Mild winters are best, especially for redfish and sea trout. Little River and Murrells Inlet are prime spots. 

Where to go

  • Myrtle Beach Guide Service: Enjoy sight fishing in clear waters with Captain Pate. Good conditions look promising to continue.
  • Capt. Crumb’s Fishing Charter: Head into the Jetty Inlet Backwater. You’ll catch flounder, redfish, trout, and rocky bottom dwellers.

Pro tip: Pack a cooler with plenty of fluids and snacks. Be prepared. Don’t forget the sunscreen! And remember to tip your captain.


10. Solving an Escape Room

It’s pretty respectable to have what it takes to get out of one of these. Show your family you’re up to the task by leading them through.

Where to go

  • Myrtle Beach Room Escape: They have themes such as Walking Dead, Mummy, and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Rooms fill up fast, so book it.
  • Captive Escape Rooms Myrtle Beach: All rooms are private. They include Charlotte’s Attic, Dracula’s Library, Piece of 8, and more.  

Pro tip: Look high and low. Not everything is at eye level. That would be too easy. Look for clues in places you wouldn’t think of..

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