You may think Myrtle Beach as a summertime destination, but locals enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer year-round! YES, even in the winter! There are so many things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter from exploring the state parks to shopping the outlets without the crowds.
Average Myrtle Beach winter temperatures
- January high 56° / low 38°6
- February high 59° / low 41°5
- March high 65° / low 47°5
What to wear in Myrtle Beach in winter
You’ll find yourself grabbing a lightweight jacket more often than a heavy coat and mittens. The winter weather tends to mild in Myrtle Beach and snow / ice is rare but not completely out of the question!
- Comfy, stretchable pants (Beta brand Yoga pants disguised as jeans)
- Duck boots for walks on the beach (love the seersucker Sperry’s!)
- Lightweight jacket (water repellent Patagonia fleece is warm + matches anything)
- Layer-able tops (this is a cute tunic from Amazon!)
35 affordable things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter
- Walk on the crowd-less beach. Obviously.
- Get outside and take a walk. Here are 10 places to get outside and take a scenic walk in the Myrtle Beach area.
- Breathe. Take in the mildly chilly air and be grateful for the moment. 💕
- Go out to eat while the restaurants aren’t crowded. Here is a round-up of locally-owned must-try restaurants in and around Myrtle Beach.
- And if you’re in the mood for seafood, here’s where to get the best local seafood in Myrtle Beach.
Head to the south end
- Head to the south end for a day or the weekend, and explore Pawleys Island.
- Grab your camera and head out to explore Huntington Beach State Park. Don’t miss Atalaya Castle, which must be one of the top three most beautiful spots for photos in South Carolina (if someone has created this list?? If they did, Atalaya would be on it.)
- Check out the Hammock Shops for small gift shops and cool boutiques in a beautifully quaint, southern setting.
- Family-friendly bisQit serves up savory hamburgers (including one topped with Pimento Cheese!) with a pile of hand-cut french fries in a beach-shack setting on picnic tables at the Hammock Shops. and the diner-inspired menu makes spot this an excellent choice for lunch. Bonus: you can order a spiked milkshake. Cheers!
- Chive Blossom’s outdoor area has heaters, making it a beautiful spot for a fancy lunch.
- You absolutely need to spend at least an afternoon strolling Brookgreen Gardens, which features a world-renowned American figurative sculpture collection, Lowcountry Zoo, and acres of beauty to explore. Tickets are good for 7 days, so do this on your first day so you can come back! There is so much to discover and enjoy, from the gardens to the Lowcountry Zoo.
- Walk around the pretty waterfront area on Front Street in Georgetown, which features beautiful shops and excellent restaurants!
Check out The Market Common area
- Take a walk on the boardwalk and pier at Myrtle Beach State Park for gorgeous, scenic views. You can even rent a fishing pole and fish off the pier!
- The Crazy Mason at The Market Common has insanely large milkshakes that are like a three-story dessert building with layers of ice cream, cookies, donuts, toppings… you just have to check this place out!
- Browse for a book at Barnes & Noble.
- While you’re at The Market Common, swing by and pick out the perfect pair of shoes at Centro Shoes, a locally-owned boutique with the best selection of shoes, jewelry & boho chic clothes in the Grand Strand. And even after that milkshake, the shoes will still fit! 😂
- You can’t beat the beers brewed at Gordon Biersch.
- Bijuju is another locally-owned boutique you won’t want to miss: affordable, stylish, and incredible customer service!
- You can also check out locally-owned Tidal Creek Brewhouse. The creative craft kitchen menu includes shareable snacks like buffalo chicken dip, crabby taters, beer brats, and chicken + waffles. Plus, the brunch menu includes shredded bacon. Need we say more?
- And after all that beer, it might be time to relax and watch a movie at the Grand 14 Cinema.
- Get your steps in around the 3-mile trail at Grand Park, directly across the street from the Market Common.
- Bring your frisbees and play a round of frisbee golf at Splinter City Disc Golf Course.
- If the weather is nice, take the kids to Savannah’s Playground at The Market Common, which is the largest playground in the area.
Keep heading north
- On a rainy day, take the kids to Rockin’ Jump, a huge trampoline park where they can jump out their bottled-up energy.
- Dolly Parton’s Pirate’s Voyage is always a fun adventure for families!
- Barefoot Landing is a beautiful spot to walk around and shop.
- Riddles Escape Room is a blast for the whole family!
- Shopping at the Tanger Outlets is a year-round popular activity and usually have excellent sales during the winter. The North Myrtle Beach outlets have Tory Burch, Vineyard Vines, and Banana Republic!
- Alligator fans will love Alligator Adventure, located at Barefoot, the “reptile capital of the world,” with plenty of alligators to see!!
- Grilled blueberry muffins, fresh salads, and southern inspired farm to table fare are on the menu at Blueberry’s Grill, which has a large, beautiful location at Barefoot Landing.
- Lucy Buffet’s Lulu’s at Barefoot is another favorite, which features a gigantic beach playground to keep the kids entertained while the adults enjoy their dinner & drinks!
- Cozy up by the fire over at Joe’s Bar & Grille on the Raccoon Cove Deck Bar, and have a glass of wine on the outdoor deck overlooking the marsh and raccoon runway.
- If the weather isn’t too chilly, the North Myrtle Beach playground at McLean Park is fun for the kids.
- Golf. There’s always golf, since Myrtle Beach is the golf capital of the world!
- AND MINI GOLF! Most of the mini golf courses are open year round.
- And finally… Top Golf, an entertainment golfing venue with drinks + golf! Fun for everyone, even non-golfers!
The Ultimate Guide: Where locals go in Myrtle Beach
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