Things for Myrtle Beach Locals to Do During Tourist Season
From March to September, Myrtle Beach is crawling with tourists. Smart locals who want to avoid the crowds but still enjoy the beautiful weather know there are few visitors at the very beginning of summer and the very end. That's because kids are either just getting out of school or going back. The best months with good weather and fewer people are early May and late September. During these less-crowded times, many locals take advantage of going to the beach. Besides the seaside, there are dozens of Myrtle Beach attractions that residents enjoy. Let's dive in to see what it's like living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina year-round and the top things to do while avoiding the crowds.
Myrtle Beach Attractions - Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park is our first destination of choice. Here's why - it's enormous at 2500 acres to explore, so although there may be quite a few tourists, locals still have plenty of space and never feel crowded.
Alligator and Bird Watching
If you’re adventurous and want to see some alligators up close, you can find quite a few of these native reptiles in the Huntington Beach State Park - especially on the straight road that comes out of the entrance to the park along Highway 17. The other spot is the causeway's freshwater side.
If you're a bird lover, check out around the Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail and on the marshy side of the causeway. You'll be able to catch some incredible shots with your camera, so come prepared.
Every September for the last forty years, the Atalaya Castle (winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington) has hosted The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. Local and traveling artisans display and sell their handmade art, plus there’s plenty of live music and entertainment. Also, there's a variety of food and refreshments for everyone. Locals take advantage of arriving early to avoid the crowds and get a good parking spot.
Myrtle Beach Attractions - Kindred Spirit Mailbox
If you’ve read the book by Nicolas Sparks, you have to visit the Kindred Spirit Mailbox, a well-known spot for locals and visitors alike. The mailbox sits along a secluded part of the Sunset beach. It’s a long walk, and it is easy to miss if you don’t know where to look.
As you walk along the wooden boards to the shore, you will pass lots of trees hung with giant sand dollars. Each shell has an inspirational personal message written on it.
When you arrive at the mailbox, you’ll read what past visitors wrote in the journal. You’ll find stories of triumph, loss, and dreams of the future. But, most of all you’ll find hope that you’re not alone and there are some beautiful people close by.
Myrtle Beach Attractions - GTS Theatre and Wheels of Yesteryear
One of the hidden gems sometimes forgotten by the spotlight of Myrtle Beach tourism is the GTS Theater. So, of course, for locals, this is one of the more popular things to do in Myrtle Beach.
This theater is a new addition to the Grand Strand reminiscent of a 1920s cabaret. Some of the shows include:
- A tribute to Motown
- Elvis Live Tribute
- Magic Acts
- Comedy Shows
- The Blues Brothers
- The 60s Beach Party
- Canine Shows
- Rhythm and Blues
- Whitney Houston Tribute
And because this is a small theater (only seven rows), the setting is more intimate, and the audience feels they are part of the act. And often they are! This family-friendly venue is a fun time for attendees of all ages. Most shows run around two hours.
And if you love cars you have to check out our next stop:
Wheels of Yesteryear
You'll see a collection of best muscle cars from over the past 60 years. These include:
- Muscle cars from around the '70s
- Super birds
- Indy 500 Pace cars
- Along with Indy and NASCAR memorabilia.
Each car has detailed information, including horsepower and the making of the vehicle. The vehicles do change so depending upon when you visit you may see a:
- 1955 Dodge Stepside Pickup truck
- 1962 Chevy 409 Bubble top
- 1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ
- 1969 Buick Wildcat convertible
- 1971 Plymouth “Hemi” ‘Cuda convertible
- 1980s Trans Am reminiscent of Smokey & the Bandit
Although it's a small museum, it has everything a local or visiting car buff could desire. Take your time and enjoy the ride into the past!
When you know the tricks of the locals, living in Myrtle Beach is lovely no matter what season it is. If you’re considering making this your home, check out Pulte’s beautiful new construction homes in Myrtle Beach.
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