What should I do on cold days in Myrtle Beach?

News flash: it’s not always sunny and warm in Myrtle Beach.

But – it’s still Myrtle Beach. We could think of a thousand places we’d pick a chilly day here over. With about 220 sunny days a year, you’re bound to be on The Grand Strand on a day it might not be so idyllic.

Lucky for you (and all those millions of travelers who point their cars to Myrtle Beach annually), there’s plenty else to do than soak up the rays.

We’ve rounded up a few ideas for what to do when the temps drop a bit in Myrtle Beach. Some of it happens indoors, and some, outside, with a little bundling up. Whether it’s as simple as a walk on the beach, or a great indoor attraction in the must-see department, it’s all here.

Why Myrtle Beach in the winter?

No matter what the weather, Myrtle Beach is a prime vacation spot. Snowbirds, those winter travelers from chillier climates, migrate to the Carolina shore in winter. The off-season mild weather sure beats snow-pummeled places north. Beaches aren’t as crowded, and tee times a bit easier to nail down in the winter.


Not sure what to do when it’s cold at the beach? Try these activities

For top entertainment

Carolina Opry

You’ll love the show – especially the Christmas themed – at the Carolina Opry. You won’t want to miss a chance to see some of the most talented performers on The Grand Strand while you’re here. If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas mood, nothing will!

Also, try:

Long Bay Symphony:

They hope to start their season in January 2021.

Medieval Times:

Great fun, delicious food, and a good (medieval) time for all.



For fine dining in North Myrtle

Martini Classic Food

Head to Martini Classic Food for Myrtle Beach’s best happy hour in a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. Both pleasant and enchanting, Martini is a spot destined to become your favorite hangout when on vacation. Try the prime rib and she-crab soup!

Also, try:

SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar:

Lobster, steak, pasta, and a well-constructed wine list.

Villa Tuscana:

Lively, lightly romantic Italian eatery – veal tomahawk chop will change your life.

For winter-friendly activities

Hollywood Wax Museum

Your family will have a blast here. You’ll love all the characters, but the zombie zone isn’t for the faint of heart! A friendly staff is on hand to help you navigate all the stars on site. You could spend all day here and take dozens of photos. Don’t miss the hall of mirrors.

Also, try:

Myrtle Beach Art Museum:

A marvelous, intimate spot that showcases local artists.

North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum:

A nifty place to shore up your NMB knowledge.

For shopping

Broadway at the Beach

Get out and stretch your legs. Take your significant other, kids, or grandkids. The lights are a delight at night as you check out so many marvelous shops and restaurants. Amusement rides satisfy the wild child in us (as do the fast boat rides!) Or just stop in at Wahlburgers. Your call.

Also, try:

Coastal North Town Center:

A variety of shops, superb food, and Tropical Smootie Cafe.

Tanger Outlets:

On Highway 17 or Highway 501, find incredible deals on brand names.

For chilly but sunny days

Skywheel Myrtle Beach

Take in an amazing view your whole family will love on Skywheel Myrtle Beach. It’s a lovely ride with multiple revolutions, and you can buy a photo of your experience at the end. You’ll want to make Skywheel part of your every visit.

Also, try:

Alligator Adventure:

See a wealth of amphibian and reptile life and have a great time.

Brookgreen Gardens:

Nights of a Thousand Candles is an incredible spectacle.

For a day at the movies

AMC Classic Myrtle Beach 12

Formerly the AMC Colonial Mall 12, the AMC Classic Myrtle Beach 12 is open Friday-Sunday. Visit McGuffin’s Bar before the show, or order food and drink online. New AMC Safe & Clean policies are in effect, with drinks available with no-contact pouring.

Also, try:

Cinemark at Myrtle Beach:

Courteous staff, clean, comfortable theaters, terrific experience.

Stone Theatres – Grand 14 at Market Common:

See Hollywood hits in the lap of luxury.

Bundle up and come to Myrtle Beach

You probably won’t need your heaviest coat or doubled-up mittens. You can still heat up your getaway with a fantastic show, classic cocktail, or selfie with your favorite wax celebrities when you hit the coast on a cold-weather day. It’s the kind of place you’ll need a hoodie and sunscreen for a weekend trip.


Stay at The Strand Resort this winter

The moment you walk in, you’ll know you’re taken care of at The Strand Resort. You’ll find a clean, spacious, comfortable room – and be sure to enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning. Check out specials, hear stories from recent guests, and take a tour of rooms at The Strand Resort, and plan your stay today.

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