Best Things to do in Myrtle Beach in May

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The shoulder season is at its peak, and the crowds are getting ready to return to Myrtle Beach. May is here! Just about any post you read will tell you that May is the single best month to visit Myrtle Beach, and this is mostly because the weather rocks, but most kids are still in school. With kids in school, family vacationing is a lot less common, making Myrtle Beach relatively empty for how beautiful the weather is! Visiting while the crowds are minimal is one of the best ways to enjoy the Grand Strand, as the lines and wait times at all of the best attractions and restaurants are so much shorter than they are in the peak of the summer. In July, most restaurants have at least an hour long wait for dinner…and that is on weekdays!


In this post, we will take a look at all of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in May, ranging from music to penguins to food and everything in between. Once we’re through with all of that, we will give you the inside scoop on why May truly is the best month visit Myrtle Beach. Hopefully we can convince you to visit and stay a while before the crowds start to roll in in a few short weeks!


1.     Visit One Of Myrtle Beach’s Water Parks And Skip The Lines


Sunny and 75 has a nice ring to it, but sunny and 80 might sound even better. For a family, there is no better way to cool off than a day at the water park! Myrtle Beach has a handful of great water parks to visit, and each afford visitors with different attractions, amenities, and all kinds of fun. While the water parks are always fun to visit, there is something even better about visiting them in May…avoiding the lines! The water parks tend to open up just in time for Memorial Day weekend, and the crowds aren’t quite at their peak yet, meaning you will likely wait a lot less to get on slides than you would in July.


To be fair, the water parks will certainly be busy. It is a holiday weekend, after all! However, even though you will be waiting to get on slides and in the wave pool, the lines will be significantly shorter than they will be on a random day in June or July. You can get a lot more bang for you buck by visiting one of our local water parks before the crowds come in, and if you have kids, they are sure to find their favorite slide and ride it at least 20 times!



2.     Do Some Shopping At One Of Myrtle Beach’s Premier Shopping Destinations


Hopefully you still have some tax refund dollars left! If you filed taxes for the 2021 year and were eligible to receive a refund, it’s likely that it has already landed in your bank account. While there might be smarter ways to spend your newly acquired refund dollars, it can’t hurt to do a little shopping at one of Myrtle Beach’s premier shopping districts, Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, and the Tanger Outlers.


Myrtle Beach is more than just clear waters and crystal sand! Going shopping in Myrtle Beach is not a rainy-day activity like it is in many other places, as the best shopping venues in Myrtle Beach are all outdoors. If you’ve had enough of the beach for one day, try and get some steps in walking around each of these venus and taking advantage of all that they have to offer! From great deals at the Tanger Outlets, to warm (although still refreshing) evenings out at Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach, you have plenty of great places to shop in the Grand Strand, making shopping one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in May.


3.     Catch a Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Game


Being in May means that the minor league baseball season has been rocking and rolling for an entire month now, and this is definitely not something you want to miss! Without a doubt, hitting up a minor league baseball game is easily one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in May. The city’s minor league baseball team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, do a great job of making the game of baseball fun to watch; whether you are alone, on a date, out with friends, or watching as a family. Friends of ours at The Present Perspective ranked attending a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game as one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach, regardless of the time of year, and we could not agree more!


As they are just a Single A minor league team, tickets are quite cheap. Don’t worry, though…the games are just as fun as the major leagues! This May, the Pelicans play at home every night between the 10th and 15th, and again on the 31st. Even if you aren't a baseball fan, this is one of the best date night ideas or events for a night out as a family that you will find in the area during May. You won't regret it!


4.     Check out the 2022 Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally


The thought of a warm sea breeze blowing through your jacket is tantalizing, is it not? If you are a biker, visiting Myrtle Beach’s Bike Week Spring Rally is one of the top things that you can do in May. This event is one of the biggest biker meetups in all of South Carolina, and there are events all throughout the area. From day trips to nearby cities like Charleston and Wilmington to events in local bars and restaurants, this week is sure to keep you entertained and the rider in your satisfied.


This event runs from May 13 to 22, but you will want to make sure to check ahead of time for other details, and the plans vary depending on the day. Be sure to plan your itinerary wisely, as your week could be gone before you know it!



5.     Play a Round of Golf at One of Myrtle Beach’s Many Renowned Golf Courses Before They Fill Up


If you haven’t played a round of golf in Myrtle Beach yet this year, you should heed this advice: DO IT. Myrtle Beach is known as one of the best golf destinations in the United States, and you want to get in on the action before all of the other golfers figure out this secret!


As May rolls around, the weather is almost always beautiful and the humidity is as low as it will get. If you have had any thoughts about visiting Myrtle Beach to go golfing, this is the best time of the entire year, and you do not want to let it slip away! If you have been keeping up with our blog, Catch the Wave, you ought to know by now that Myrtle Beach’s nickname is the “Golf Capital of the World”!


There are countless awesome golf courses that you can play at along the Grand Strand, and you can find one that matches your skill level, whether you play in the Masters or you just took some practice swings at the mini golf course. Whether you prefer a 6 pack and a cigar over a laid back day of 18 holes, or a more intense round with strict focus on the rules and final outcomes, you are bound to have a great time swinging some irons in the Myrtle Beach area. If fairways and drives aren’t your cup of tea, even miniature golf is a viable option in Myrtle Beach, as it feels like there is a miniature golf course almost every five minutes!



6.     Have Breakfast With a Mermaid at Ripley’s Aquarium


This month, you have two chances to eat breakfast with a mermaid at Ripley's Aquarium in Broadway at the Beach. On Saturday the 14th and Saturday the 21st from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, this event allows for patrons to meet and greet the aquarium’s own mermaid before the aquarium opens for the day while also having a unique visitor experience and eating a nice breakfast. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruits, coffee, and juices. In addition to the meet and greet with the mermaid and the breakfast, guests can expect a photo op with her, a craft session, and admission to the aquarium once the event has concluded.


Events like this are always a major draw, as the kids really get excited about meeting a mermaid, meeting penguins, meeting a pirate, or meeting whoever it may be. Taking your little ones to breakfast with a mermaid creates memories that they will not forget any time soon, and the smiles on their faces make the price of admission absolutely worth it. Trust us…you will agree!


Tickets cost $49.99 for adults and as low as $12.99 for kids depending on their age. Be sure to purchase your tickets online in advance to make sure that you have a spot, as there will only be two occurrences of this event in May! Breakfast with a mermaid is one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in May without a doubt, and if you miss this opportunity you won’t have another chance for several weeks. Unless you live here, that is probably not very useful!



7.     Attend a Concert or Show


Myrtle Beach has a handful of concert and show venues, and the event lineup in May is absolutely packed cool and diverse things to check out. From oldies tributes, to musicals, to outdoor music festivals featuring all kinds of music, the lineup of shows has a little something to please everyone. Here is a quick look at some of the best shows and concerts coming to Myrtle Beach this May:


·       Motown Tribute Show – Motor City Musical on May 7

·       Eaglemania: Eagles Tribute on May 8

·       Elvis Live on May 10

·       Elton John Tribute Show on May 12

·       Theatre Of The Republic Present Beehive The Musical on May 12

·       The Play That Goes Wrong on May 13

·       Groovin On The Green on May 13

·       Stayin’ Alive: Bee Gees Tribute on May 15

·       Blues Traveler on May 22

It is also important to note that this list doesn’t even begin to include everything that is going on here in May. There are way too many events, shows, and concerts going on to include in one small list. Truly, the things offered in Myrtle Beach are endless, and coming in May gives you the chance to take advantage of a fully open for business Grand Strand without having to wait in lines behind other people who want to eat at the same places and shop in the same stores as you. Whatever it is that you are looking for, it is very likely that Myrtle Beach has it and that it is going on in May – you just need to look for it!


Why is May One of the Best Months (Or Maybe Even THE Best Month) to Visit Myrtle Beach?


You have seen us write this before, and we will write it again: there really is no such thing as a bad month to visit Myrtle Beach. There is always something going on here, even in the peak of winter, and the weather throughout the entire year is quite tolerable for most people, if not relaxing and comfortable! With that being said, though, we do truly think that May is one of the two best months to visit Myrtle Beach. The weather is beautiful…in fact, depending what you are looking for, it may even be nicer in May than any other time of the year. May weather means some really enjoyable walks on the beach, rounds of golf, music festivals, water parks, and outdoor dinners. By this point, it should also be a given that the weather is warm enough to lay out and get a good sun tan on the beach, or maybe even throw a football. As if all of that were not enough, there are also all of the great things to do in May in Myrtle Beach that we mentioned above.


Further, the crowds aren’t quite at their peak yet. May typically doesn’t see anywhere near the number of tourists that June, July, and August do, as many families are still in school. While there will certainly be plenty of people around, it isn’t anywhere near the mob that you see in the middle of the summer. At this point, every one of the restaurants and entertainment venues are open for business for the duration of the summer, too. 

That is all we have for you about visiting Myrtle Beach in May. As you can see, May is actually one of the best months – in fact, probably the best month - to visit the Grand Strand's greatest city. There are countless great and unique things to do, the weather is great, and there are virtually no lines at all for the first half of the month – a striking change when compared to the busy summer months where it is not uncommon to wait in line for hours for a table at dinner.

If you decide to visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

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