8 Great Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall
While Myrtle Beach is a notorious spot for spring and summer fun, many people do not realize that the off-season in Myrtle Beach is always alive and kickin’. In fact, fall in Myrtle Beach is considered to be its “secret season,” offering some of the best deals, weather, and activities of the year.
Of course, we encourage everyone to visit Myrtle Beach any time during the year, but for those of you who haven’t been here during the autumn, or those of you thinking about vacationing here during the cooler fall months, we have compiled an awesome list of 8 great reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in the fall. Check it out:
While the Grand Strand hotels claim “no vacancy” in the summer months, you are more likely to find a great deal the room you want at your favorite hotel during the fall. At this time of the year, people are going back to work and school is in-session, leaving many hotel rooms with no occupants. With that being said, most hotels in the area reduce their nightly rates, making it more affordable to visit. Even if you stay in a beachfront hotel, you may still find that the weather and water are nice enough that you can still enjoy the sand and sun.
Of course, most people expect that the summer weather in Myrtle Beach is the best of the year, but let us let you in on a little secret: the fall months are the driest and have some of the best temperatures. Curious what these average temperatures may be? Here’s a quick little list:
- September: 85 degrees
- October: 77 degrees
- November: 69 degrees
- December: 60 degrees
While golfing in Myrtle Beach is wonderful any time of the year thanks to our great climate, fall is arguably the best time to play some rounds with your buddies on one (or a few) of the many courses along the Grand Strand. In fact, each fall Myrtle Beach sees a rise in golfers flying in from all over the country. Of course, the awesome variety of courses drive golfers to the area, but the cooler temperatures are also a plus for those who are ready to spend hours out on the green. At the beginning of this “secret season”, golfers may also catch good rates before they start to go up during October and November. But don’t worry; even if the prices get a little higher, playing your favorite sport and not sweating the entire time is worth every penny.
Myrtle Beach is known for the variety of shopping plazas peppered throughout town. And, while hours may change during the off-season, the malls do stay open all year. Between the summer crowd and the crazy holiday chaos, the autumn season offers some of the best shopping experiences in Myrtle Beach. From great sales to new merchandise, you will find yourself trying to not spend all of your “mad money” on cute sweaters and skinny jeans. But, the best part of it all is there are almost no lines! Stress-free shopping, yay!
Theaters & Nightlife
When you visit Myrtle Beach in the summer, sometimes it’s a little difficult to book your favorite shows because they can sell out really fast. However, when you come in the fall it is a lot easier to secure a good seat in any of the various theaters around. If you come on the cusp of the fall and winter season, you may even be able to catch a regular show and a holiday show. That way, you can experience the best of both worlds that each theater offers.
If you’re not a theater goer, there are always a large number of night clubs that stay open throughout the year. Check out shag clubs, piano bars, country clubs, and many, many more! No matter what taste you have in dance music, there is definitely a club for you in Myrtle Beach. Oh, and with the cooler weather, you probably won’t sweat so much while you’re shaking your booty.
Who doesn’t love a good festival? Thankfully, Myrtle Beach hosts quite a large number of fun filled festivals during the autumn since the mild weather offers a refreshing outdoor atmosphere for people to enjoy. Though there are way too many festivals to mention here, some of the top festivals include: St. John’s Greek Festival, Irish Italian Festival , Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival, Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, Art in the Park, California Roots Carolina Session, Coastal Uncorked, and many, many more!
Well, since we already know that the fall weather in Myrtle Beach is mild and beautiful, it is the prime time to be outside and do all kinds of outdoor activities. Go camping, biking, hiking, fishing, even surfing! Visiting outdoor places such Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach State Park, Huntington Beach State Park, and more. Once you experience the fall in Myrtle Beach, you will never want to go inside!
The haunted history of the South uncovers a lot of bone-chilling ghost stories during the fall. While there are some ghost tours such as Ghost & Legends at Barefoot Landing that operate all year round, more and more (like the Conway Ghost Walk) pop up around the beginning of October, preparing the Grand Strand for some good ol’ fashioned Halloween fun.
If you’re interested in ghost stories, you may also be interested in checking out haunted house attractions around the city such as Nightmare Haunted House, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, and Hollywood Wax Museum's zombie themed Outbreak: Dread the Undead.