Information updated on this page as of May 27, 2018 @ 9:30pm
I only post places I’ve actually visited. Though there are scores of things to do on a rainy day in Myrtle Beach, such as indoor mini-golf, etc….but if I’ve not gone and done it myself, then you won’t find it here.
Please excuse the wonky way the text is set up on this page while I work on fixing it. Thank you.
1. FUN WAREHOUSE, Surfside Beach
2349 Dick Pond Rd (Hwy. 544)
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Whether you have children with you or not, check out the website for the list of daily activities. Why not relive the roller skating rink days of your youth or play the fool by running around with the youngsters in Laser Tag ? There are also separate party rooms for young and old alike. There is a whole bouncy room for the little ones, 2 small bowling lanes and an arcade. I would suggest eating ahead of time, but that’s my personal opinion, as I’m not a fan of the taste of the food there.
The location on 544 near the Surfside Beach Wal-mart makes this central to most areas.
(As of Spring 2016, they have renovated and enlarged the facility and added go-karts.)
2. BEACH BEADS & GLASS STUDIO, Surfside Beach
1918 Hwy. 17 North
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Come in to shop, take a class, or do both.
This is not just a great place to pass a rainy day, but it’s perfect for a Girl’s Night Out event or for the Gentlemen in town playing golf who want to bring back something beautiful to pacify their wives and/or girlfriends upon their return. The ideas are limitless.
The Beach Beads website has been put together so as to entice the reader to, at the very least, come on down to the store and meet Heather, the owner, a woman who prides herself in her craft, enjoys sharing and teaches what she does and who has created a laid back and welcoming atmosphere.
3. Atalaya Castle @ Huntington Beach State Park Check out the website for hours, but individuals or families will enjoy this place. I was able to take my granddaughter and we did the self-tour, which I think was more appropriate for a then 6-year old. When you’re done walking through the castle and the grounds pop open your umbrella on a rainy day and walk down the path to see if you can view any alligators.
4. LOCAL LIBRARIES, Horry County
Follow the link to the nearest branch and come in from the heat or the rain and fall in love with books again. Many of the libraries have events during the week to keep the youngsters busy for a little while so Mom and Dad can sit back and relax and read a magazine or thumb through a good book or just nod off in a chair.
The Chapin Memorial Library on Business 17 has a great selection of books and many for sale…..dirt, dirt cheap. Check out their calendar for storytimes, free legal clinics, etc. I love the selection in this library and if you’re here as a local or out-of-town I think you’ll find something groovy on the Book sale shelves and many of the books are only 25 cents.
I personally love going to the large library in Conway as it reminds me of the large libraries up North…sort of. Surfside Beach built a new and bigger library a few years ago, but there are a lot of old and outdated books on the adult shelves. The kids section is nice.
5. SHOP FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUME or CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS while on vacation…. Why Not?
* Imaginations Inc.
Creative Costumers // Dancewear
3268 Waccamaw Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 – TAKE NOTE OF NEW LOCATION. They moved across the street sandwiched between Ron Jons and Magoos.
A HUGE selection of costumes and accessories and an extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff. Imaginations also has a super large inventory of dance wear, shoes and other pertinent paraphernalia.
* Christmas Mouse
2306 South Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
I first entered a Christmas Mouse store when I lived in Virginia several years ago. I thought I would find a store full of overpriced items, but I have found that not to be the case. There is really something for everyone here. I love a really nice and thoughtful ornament to give as a gift for a new baby, wedding, birthday or as a souvenir.
I saw the parking lot filled with cars as I passed by the store last night and it made me smile to think about all the people inside gettin’ their “jolly” on five months early!
6. ANTIQUE, CONSIGNMENT or USED ITEM STORES:
*Once Upon a Child, Surfside Beach
Next to the Wal-Mart in Surfside Beach on Hwy. 544
2727 Beaver Run Blvd.
Surfside Beach SC 29575
When you look up flea markets online, you will find Hudson’s Surfside Flea Market. Out of an extreme sense of civic duty; I urge you to avoid this place. Unless you enjoy mass-produced crap which you can find in any Dollar store, then you’re better off hitting some local garage sales.
*Fringe, A Vintage Shop , Surfside Beach Business 17.
Cool place to rummage around. I went there during their Grand Opening and the place was cram jammed full to overflowing. I’m not sure if it has stayed that way.
I highly recommend that you check this place out. If you’re like me, you’ll walk out with a new dvd or cd and if you’re one of the fortunate ones to own a record player….you’ll find some awesome vinyl there.
* KILGOR TROUTS MUSIC & MORE, Myrtle Beach
512 8th Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach SC 29577
7. LOCAL COFFEE HOUSES/FOOD&DRINK VENUES
* Fresh Brewed Coffee House
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
A short walk from the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach. Great place to hang out and mingle. Cozy and intimate. They also have events/local entertainment some nights.
* Boardwalk Coffee House
104 9th Ave., North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Great location at the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach w/outdoor seating.
*Good Day Cafe 819 Main St., Myrtle Beach Directly across from the Zipline on grounds of old Pavilion downtown. I highly recommend this place for food, atmosphere, friendly owners, space and customer service. They also have an Open Mic down in their “basement” on Wednesday nights and I believe they have local bands play downstairs on the weekend. Check out their Facebook page for entertainment updates.
*Local Grind Coffee House Murrells Inlet — also serving breakfast and lunch…off of Inlet Square Dr. You could blow right by it if you aren’t looking. Cozy inside.
8. GO SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING INTIMATE:
When I first moved to Myrtle Beach; I used to pass by Priscilla’s (as I affectionately refer to Priscilla McCall’s) and tell myself “I need to go in there and look at their lingerie”. I told myself this because there is a huge display window filled with all sorts of cute and (ahem) interesting styles of nighttime garb.
The first visit to this store was amazing. I was much surprised to find that Priscilla’s not only sold intimate apparel, but also a large variety of adult sex toys and accessories. This was my maiden voyage into such a place and I was filled with wonderment and I have to admit, a bit of confusion.
It can be quite an uneasy feeling to navigate the isles when you aren’t quite sure what the heck you’re looking at. Those who work in Priscilla’s know this and they came to my rescue. I was immediately put at ease as most of the women in there were my age and let me tell you…they are very knowledgeable about the products they sell.
Now, I’m trying to compose this next sentence without having it sound awkward. Here goes: The store personnel enabled me to see a demonstration of some of the products I was interested in purchasing. You see, that sounds risque. It sounds like I’m saying they “demonstrated” the products, when in all actuality, they just popped in some batteries and explained how each piece could be utilized in such a way so as to gain the most pleasure.
Moving right along. I think any single person or couple on a visit to Myrtle Beach should definitely visit Priscilla’s. You’ll meet the nicest people, learn a thing or two and I bet you’ll walk out of there with something special.
* Priscilla McCall’s
1100 South Kings Hwy (Business 17)
This is one of the best ideas…if you don’t have children with you:
9. NEW SOUTH BREWERY, Myrtle Beach
1109 Campbell St.
* Visit to buy beer or to take a tour. I’ve become a fan of New South beer from the moment I popped a can of their White Ale which I found at my local Piggly Wiggly store in Surfside Beach.
It’s nice to taste a local brew which doesn’t have that watered down taste and appearance.
10. Day Pass at Most of the Local Gyms:
A few that I’m familiar with:
— American Fitness in Murrells Inlet : they have a wide range of group exercise classes, cardio machines, strength-training equip., huge bathrooms w/showers and a lounge and a separate ladies workout room.
—Sky Fitness 24/7 on the Bypass: it’s not a huge facility, but it has a very central location. They’ve also opened up a second complex which is on 707 at the intersection of Holmestown Rd. It looks to be quite a bit larger though I haven’t been inside myself.
11. Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park 2200 No. Oak St. (Next to the Children’s Museum) I’ve taken my granddaughter here and she had a blast, but it is a much better experience when it is shared with at least one other friend or adult.
12. Nature and Activity Centers @ Myrtle Beach State Park Check out the website for the current schedule. My granddaughter and I have even gone out in the rain on the Turtle Patrol when it’s the correct season. I’m telling you…if you get a chance to do that…jump on it. It was amazing to come upon the nests and find those little turtles and watch them make their way to the sea.
While walking the beach, we also picked up trash…of which there is an unbelievable amount. This is also a separate activity which can be done any time of the year.
As a general rule, if you head South from Myrtle Beach, there is usually less traffic. Of course, you then have to be aware of the time of day that you head back to MB or you might get stuck in the traffic anyway. Pawley’s Island is known locally as being on the more expensive side, but they do have fast food joints and a few little eateries which won’t set you back anymore and many times a lot less, than some of the beach buffets. The Hammock Shops are a cluster of little specialty shops in the self-proclaimed shabby elegant town of Pawley’s Island. There you will find the Hammock Shop and in there you will find a man named Marvin and he is the dude who has been making the hammocks by hand since about 1993 or so. You will find him in the Hammock Weavers Pavilion.
A rainy day always seems to lend itself to shopping and it’s pretty cool to also soak up some local folklore by watching a hammock being made and learning the history behind it. And who knows….you may decide that purchasing a handmade hammock is a great investment in your relaxation future.
14. Palmetto Moonshine of Myrtle Beach: While I was at a Doctor’s appointment, my daughter stopped in to check out the new Legal Moonshine store on Business 17 in Myrtle Beach. If you are heading North it will be on your right….just before you get to the Harley Davidson store. There is usually a dude out by the side of the road waving a sign and according to the Palmetto Moonshine Twitter page….you can stop and have your picture taken with him and post it to Twitter.
The process of making moonshine is described and there are tastings every so many minutes. Show your I.D….get your hand stamped and wet your whistle with the basic white lightning moonshine and a few other flavors. There are recipes on the website and gifts in the store. My daughter said everyone is super nice and helpful. Check it out!
P.S. Feel free to engage in any or all of these activities on a non-rainy day as well !!