What do you do when it’s chilly – but all you want to do is chill somewhere it isn’t so chilly?
Myrtle Beach is a warm option. It’s not tropical in the winter, but it’s comfortable. Snowbirds – folks who come from colder climes in cooler times – flock to the Carolina coast to escape the harsh reality of ground that stays frozen and temps that lack the gumption to rise up until spring.
If you’re bummed about bumming around in frigidity until Easter, this is the post for you.
Through extensive research, we’ve outlined 5 cold, hard (or warm, soft) facts you should know about spending time in Myrtle Beach this off-season. The evidence is compelling, to say the least. So pack a hoodie and sunscreen and get to the coast with the most.
The benefits of a warm-weather retreat
“Hibernation mode” is fine for an inactive weekend after a tough week at work, but it’s no way to spend winter. Studies reveal negative effects on mental health when people endure extreme cold. We stay inside more and detach from favorite activities. This detachment can lead to feelings of depression. Why not infuse your winter with some Myrtle Beach fun?
5 facts about Myrtle Beach in the winter
1. The show must go on
Myrtle Beach has some of the most talented performers on stage in the southeast. Visit Alabama Theatre this offseason for one of the greatest Christmas shows around. Regular visitors to the Grand Strand make a show at Alabama Theatre a fixture of their plans. You’ll find yourself on your feet and applauding several times during the show.
We also recommend: The Carolina Opry. Another place to catch an unforgettable holiday program. You’ll feel revved up afterward.
2. There’s plenty of comfort in food
Top-notch service. Scrumptious steak. That’s what you’ll get when you visit Greg Norman Australian Grille in Myrtle Beach. With a splendid atmosphere and menu (we recommend the lobster), you’re in for a superb dining experience. It’s perfect for a special night out as a couple or with friends.
We also recommend: Villa Tuscanna. It’s family-owned, old-world, and homemade. Remarkable food and pleasant vibe.
3. Art is never out of season
William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art is an amazing place with incredible art and a friendly curator. This intimate gallery features William H. Miller’s work as well as that of other local artists. Pick up a pack of note cards for a beautiful addition to your personal correspondence. Many visitors find works here engaging and exquisite, and the hospitality wonderful.
We also recommend: Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Take a respite from the hubbub with a stop in this quaint exhibit of local art.
4. Museums are in season, too
The kids need a bit of fun on your Myrtle Beach winter getaway, too. The learning and magic at EdVenture are just right for them, from toddler to teen, for a couple of hours or an afternoon. A friendly staff is ready to help your children discover science in fun ways. There’s so much to discover, and many local families bring their children here regularly.
We also recommend: Hollywood Wax Museum. Movie aficionados will love this tour of the stars. The family will love the chance to take selfies with wax celebrities!
5. There’s plenty of fun indoors
No matter what the weather, you can always come in and chill out with the penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium. You can’t go wrong with all the other awesome marine life, including sea turtles and sharks. Ripley’s shines in its holiday season look, too, with shorter lines in the winter. The team at Ripley’s stays involved in making sure guests have a great time.
Myrtle Beach in winter for the win
The same captivating place you come to for fun in the sun is pretty spectacular for wintertime wonder, too. For super shows, delightful dining, awesome art, and more, Myrtle Beach is an enjoyable destination for your off-season vacation. Come ready to discover new favorite spots to add to your list for a visit any time of year.
Come to Ocean Reef Resort this winter
A cool place to have fun with family and friends, Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach is the property you’ll want to book again for your next excursion. Clean, quaint rooms and a friendly staff await you. Check out money-saving deals for your next visit, and book your vacation at Ocean Reef Resort today.