Things to do in Myrtle Beach When You're Tired of the Sand

Myrtle Beach vacations are typically full of a whole of sun and a plethora of sand. But, when the sand becomes too much and you’re ready for a change of pace, the area also boasts plenty of sand free activities.

Here are our top recommendations for things to do in Myrtle Beach when you’re tired of the sand:

Go see a show at Alabama Theatre.

Alabama Theatre is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Offering their own Broadway-style show, ONE The Show, most nights of the week, visitors will get the chance to see an outstanding performance that offers an excellent respite from the sand and the sun.

Pro tip: during the summer months, kids tickets for ONE The Show are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.


Spend time at the Ripley’s Aquarium or other Ripley’s attractions.

The Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach is a top-notch aquarium that will offer you and your family the opportunity to enjoy an up-close and personal experience with some amazing sea creatures. In addition to Ripley’s Aquarium, Ripley’s also boasts other attractions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Haunted Adventure, Moving Theater, Mirror Maze all located in Myrtle Beach. Each Ripley’s attraction offers some fun, family time and a chance to take a break from the sand!

Pro tip: for even more special experience, sign up for one of the aquarium’s Sharks After Dark Family Sleepover events held during summer and fall months.


Have fun at Broadway Grand Prix.

Friendly competition and a whole lot of family fun await at Broadway Grand Prix. With 7 go kart tracks, an arcade, mini golf, a rock wall, bumper cars and a kids zone, there’s plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained.

Pro tip: buy your tickets on their website to save on the overall ticket package price.


Try out different mini golf courses.

Just a quick drive through Myrtle Beach will tell you that the area is home to a plethora of different mini golf courses. When you’ve finally gotten tired of the sand, mini golf offers the perfect fun and family-friendly escape.

Pro tip: many mini golf courses in the area stay open late during the summer which offers a great late night activity.

Hot Summer Nights On the Boardwalk

There’s free nightly events going on from now through the end of September on Ocean Boulevard’s new boardwalk in Myrtle Beach. It’s called Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights. If you’ve not visited the new boardwalk and skywheel yet, let this be the summer you do! Just a short drive from any of the Garden City Beach beach houses we have available, all of these events are open to the public.

Garden City Beach beach housesOn Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. there’s an amazing drum display called “Whacker Barrel” not to be missed.

The Kid’s Carnival is held on Monday nights in Plyler Park on the new boardwalk. There will be a giant inflatable slide, bounce houses, face painters, stilt walkers and plenty of entertainers.

Enjoy a Live Concert Series on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. Just bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy the hottest bands in the area.

The Beach’s Best Fireworks Display is held on Wednesday nights at Plyler Park. Enjoy the spectacular display from the park, the boardwalk or from the beach.

Garden City Beach beach housesNew this year is Dixieland on the Boardwalk on Friday nights as you are serenaded by the strolling Dixieland Band. Get ready to sing along and stomp your feet as you enjoy some of the most inspirational sounds of the South.

If you haven’t found your accommodations yet, just give us a call at 1-800-833-8231 and we’d be happy to show you the Garden City Beach beach houses that we have available.