TMOM-disclosure-graphicMoms know that sometimes you need a family escape on a budget. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina there a lot of hotels, restaurants and entertainment options for less than you would expect. Here are my top 5 recommendations for visiting Myrtle Beach on a budget.

Crown Reef Resort

I visit a lot of hotels and find that it’s important to know when you can save money on a hotel and when you should spend a little more. I always say that if you can book a hotel with a water park, even if you need to spend a little more, you will usually save money in the end. Good news is that in Myrtle Beach you don’t need to spend a little more for built-in fun.

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We stayed at Crown Reef Resort which has just opened a brand-new water park with slides, pools and toddler play zones. My kids didn’t even want to leave the hotel in Myrtle Beach. Add that to the fact that you are on the ocean with direct beach access and this hotel is a great way to spend a weekend in Myrtle Beach. The rooms have also recently been renovated along with the addition of a new cafe and arcade.


Crown Reef Resort offers hot deals packages with rooms starting at only $49 a night. The rooms also have microwaves and kitchens so you can save a lot of money by bringing your own food.

Hot Summer Nights

On Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, you can catch free concerts from 8pm until midnight each night. We loved the free balloon animals and face painting and just sitting and listening to the music. There is also a weekly fireworks display on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm continuing until the end of August. The fireworks are also the perfect way to pull your kids out of the jumpy castles.

Family Kingdom

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While not free, Family Kingdom, a sea-side amusement park, is definitely doable on a budget. An unlimited ride pass for the entire day will cost you $26.95, but unlike other amusement parks, admission is free. You can also buy individual ride tickets so if you only want to do a few rides with your kids, you can save quite a bit of money. We loved the kids’ section at Family Kingdom and had a lot of fun on the rides. The park has a lot of variety for the money; you could easily spend an entire day exploring Family Kingdom.

Prosser’s BBQ

When you’ve worked up an appetite from all this playing, there are a lot of budget friendly restaurants in Myrtle Beach. We tried out Prosser’s BBQ for lunch where you get access to a huge buffet for $9. From BBQ to delicious mac n cheese, you can eat a lot for very little in Myrtle Beach.


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Although not exactly budget, the Skywheel at Myrtle Beach is a not to be missed experience with kids. For $9 a ride for kids and $13 for adults you get a fairly long ride but also an incredible view of the city. We loved riding the Skywheel and I recommend that if you are going to go a little over budget you consider spending it here.