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By Patricia Blackstock

Everyone knows about the beach. But what else can you do for free? Take a walk, feed the ducks, look for shells, go to some of the free events the Grand Strand has to offer.

Current Free Events in Myrtle Beach:

Adults and Seniors Movie Schedule
Come enjoy a free movie for adults and seniors every Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane.  Soft drinks and popcorn arevailable for $1 each.
Base Recreation Center
April 18 – Line of Duty (PG-13), Jeremy Ray Valdez
April 25 – Paranoia (PG-13), Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford

Free Wi-Fi services are available at the Base Recreation Center Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Bring your own laptop

More Free Things in Myrtle Beach

Military Appreciation Days Three days of several events (listed below.)

May 14 - May 18 Vietnam Memorial Wall (The Wall that Heals) – A traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall returns to Myrtle Beach, May 14-18, and will be on display at The Market Common, near Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at Grand Park. 

May 14 - May 18 Vietnam Memorial Wall (The Wall that Heals) – A traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall returns to Myrtle Beach, May 14-18, and will be on display at The Market Common, near Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at Grand Park. 

May 24 Memorial Day Parade – This big downtown Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, with Grand Marshal Montel Williams.  This well-known talk show host spent 15 years in the military, where he discovered his public speaking talents, then went on to a national television career.

May 24 Family picnic, military exhibits and more – After the parade May 24, join us for a Family Picnic on the Pavilion Site, complete with activities for the kids, military exhibits, music and more.  Headlining the afternoon is a performance by the Andrew Thielen Big Band.  You’ll have a chance to meet Grand Marshal Montel Williams, too! 

More Free Stuff in Myrtle Beach:

Head down to Garden City Beach. Here you can walk this Garden City Pier for free. I think it is the only pier where you can walk the pier without a fee. There's free parking at the base of the pier, and under it as well!

While you're in Garden City Beach, don't miss the smaller pier where you can enjoy the free Childrens Park, see some lovely scenery, and even go crabbing.
Garden City Beach Pier 1.
Garden City Beach Pier 2,
Directions: Take17 Business S toward Garden City Beach. You'll see 2 overhead signs - one says Garden City Connector, and the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Turn left here and go about half a mile to the dead-end at Elizabeth. The park is straight ahead at the dead end. Pull in, and you can park free.

My tips about looking for seashells! Shelling is fun and free for your entire family! All ages love this activity!

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the most popular things you can do! Free to walk, and free music and entertainment all summer.

Public Parks and recreation areas are always free. See the list on this link, and find a public park near your vacation rental!

Walk the Marshwalk at Murrells Inlet. In my opinion, this is one of the best free things you can do! Don't forget your camera! The Veterans' Pier provides beautiful views of Garden City Beach and Murrells Inlet.

If bikes are your thing, check out Bike the Waccamaw Neck. This flat paved trail parallels US 17 from Murrell’s Inlet to Sandy Island Road near Huntington Beach State Park. By using sections of completed trail and roads with Share the Road signs, you can ride or walk from Murrell’s Inlet to Pawley’s Island. Map of Bike the Neck. Another suggestion for biking is the Pawleys Island Loop



March 14, 2014 5 - 7 PM Surfside Beach Library. A ceremony to acknowledge the 50 years since the town's incorporation and the people who have been instrumental. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. Free,

Friday, May 2, 2014 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Surfside Drive – Beach music provided by Sea Cruz, food available for purchase and fun times. Bring a chair and enjoy the evening celebrating the kick off to our weekend long celebration of Founder’s Day. Free.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Surfside Pier parking lot –Nostalgia is the theme of this Saturday celebration! A juggler, stilt walker, magician, carnival games, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, hot dogs and a carousel. 50th Anniversary shirts and hats available for purchase all day. Evening fireworks at 9 pm to finish the day long celebration. Free.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 – Surfside Pier/Passive Park - Join us in the morning for a special Blessing of the Beach at 7a.m.! Local clergy, choirs and praise teams will help us celebrate the gift that is our beach. In the afternoon, join us at our Passive Park for music and a family picnic from 1-3 p.m. Families can bring their own picnic lunch or concessions will be available for purchase.

Thanks for the Memories Friday, October 10, 2014 – 5:30pm – Old Fashioned drive-in movie to be shown at Dusk Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Surfside Drive - Oyster Roast and Jazz, Bar-B-Que and Blue Grass. Music, food and a Car Show

South Carolina Hall of Fame
Located inside the Myrtle Beach Convention
Center, the Hall of Fame recognizes
outstanding citizens. Free!
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B.
Chapin Art Museum

3100 South Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach. See
the website for schedules. Donations accepted
The Boardwalk, located in Downtown Myrtle Beach
Located in Downtown Myrtle Beach, you can walk the Boardwalk and the beach free. Events are held year'round with 2013 special emphasis onHot SummerNights, all summer long.
Warbird Park in Market Common, Myrtle Beach
arrow parkway just west of Highway 17. A-10 Thunderbolt, A-7 Corsair II , F-100 Super Sabre. At Warbird Park you'll also find the Wall of Serivce. Free!
Barefoot Landing
Enjoy the lovely views from the boardwalk and the dock! Stroll around the 27-acre lake. There's also a FREE AREA on the bridge tthat leads to Alligator Adventure.
Free fireworks and other seasonal free events
Broadway at the Beach. Go to the Information Center and ask for a map which contains coupons! Remember to take some bread and feed the ducks and the fish! And don't forget the FREE FIREWORKS, May through December!
The Market Common
Walk around the 1-mi. lake, play inter-active games, and enjoy the free children's park across the bridge from the stores. Also, free carriage rides and music free every Friday night June through August 6-9 PM
Planning to bring your dog?
These two dog parks (Barc Parks) are free to the public. (1.) Located on Mallard Lake Dr. and (2.) 67th Ave. N. More information is at the bottom of this linked pet page.
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