Day Trips From Myrtle Beach

Road map of day trips from Myrtle BeachWho says you just have to visit one place and stay while on vacation? If you’re making a trip to Myrtle Beach this summer (or really any time throughout the year) there are so many other unique places to visit nearby. We’ve put together a list of fun short day trips from Myrtle Beach so you can shake things up and see more than just the Grand Strand this vacation!

Pawleys Island


28.5 miles / 45-minute drive

What To Do

Pawleys Island is a quaint and slow-paced little town south of Myrtle Beach. Other than hanging on the beach there are so many fun things to do in Pawleys like shop, eat, fish, or sightseeing!

Hammock Shops Village is a cute little cove or boutiques and unique shops including the Original Hammock Shop that hand weaves all their hammocks! 

Fishing is a big hit in Pawleys, you can enjoy fishing from the Pawleys Island pier, renting a boat or charter, or try surf fishing.

What To See

Brookgreen Gardens should definitely be on your Pawleys Island Things To See list! It’s one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 gardens to visit and has stunning blooms, live oaks, and sculptures for you to see. If you visit during the summer their annual Southern Lights event is a fun evening-time attraction. Admission tickets into Brookgreen gardens are $18 per adult, $10 per child 4-12 years old, and are valid for 7 consecutive days.

Huntington State Park is another beautiful spot to hang-out while in Pawleys Island. Here you’ll have access to the beach, picnic shelters, hiking trails, and the gorgeous historic Atalaya Castle. Admission into the state park is $8 per adult and $4 per child 6-15 years old.

Where To Eat

Chive Blossom Cafe | 85 N Causeway Rd

Beautiful outdoor and indoor dining with Bohemian charm. Lunch and dinner available.

Rustic Table | 10683 Ocean Highway

Like its name, this restaurant offers rustic vibes with contemporary spins on southern classic dishes.

Bistro 217 | 10707 Ocean Highway

A bistro with southern charm and an eclectic menu that will keep you wanting more.

BisQit | 10880 Ocean Highway

The best biscuits in town can be found at BisQit! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner –try their burger on a biscuit!

Murrells Inlet


16.9 miles / 30-minute drive

What To Do

The best seafood, live bands, and watersports galore are what you’ll find when you head south to Murrells Inlet. Murrells Inlet is a small little town known for its fresh seafood and MarshWalk attraction.

What To See

Get out on the inlet anyway you can! The inlet offers some gorgeous views and wildlife in all of South Carolina. Crazy Sister Marina offers a multitude of rentals to take out on the inlet including paddleboards, jet skis, and inlet boats.

Morse Park is also a great spot to visit while in Murrells Inlet. They have picnic tables, fishing, boat ramps, and also access to the East Coast Greenway.

When it comes to a laid back evening, check out the MarshWalk. Every restaurant along the marsh books live bands throughout the summer. You can sit outside, enjoy the breeze of the marsh, cold beverage in hand, and listen to music.

Where To Eat

Dead Dog Saloon

Dead Dog has great food, live music, and a view of the marsh. Be sure to get a basket of their hush puppies and homemade honey butter.

Wicked Tuna

Dine at an upscale and modern restaurant with freshly caught seafood from Wicked Tuna’s very own fishing boat!

Sign to Calabash heading from Myrtle BeachCalabash


24.5 miles / 31-minute drive

What To Do

Calabash is a quaint little fishing town with renowned seafood that is delivered to many coastal restaurants including Myrtle Beach! It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a really laid back day trip.

What To See

Since you’re in a town that is known for its seafood, why not charter a fishing trip while you’re in the area? Hurricane Fleet Charter Fishing offers Gulf Stream fishing, half-day fishing, and private charters.

You can also enjoy a winery tour and tasting at a local winery in Calabash, Silver Coast Winery. 

Where To Eat

Waterfront Seafood Shack | 9945 Nance St

A little shack serving up some of the best fried seafood and seafood sandwiches. Sit outside and enjoy the beautiful water view while chowing down.

Boundary House Restaurant | 1045 River Rd

Boundary House has some of the most mouthwatering seafood dishes in Calabash. Try the Firecracker Shrimp, Hot Crab Dip, or Scallop Appetizer as a starter.



101 miles / 2 hour and 17-minute drive

What To Do

Charleston is a chic port-city that is a favorite tourist destination and its only a couple of hours from Myrtle Beach! There are tons of things to do here including eating, drinking, historical sightseeing, and lots of boutique shopping.

What To See

The Historic Charleston City Market is a must-see in the heart of downtown Charleston. As you walk through the market you’ll see unique vendors selling everything from palm woven baskets to hand-made goods and art. Do yourself a favor a grab a bag of boiled peanuts and Benne wafers while you’re there.

Another place worth noting while you’re in Charleston is the beautiful waterfront park downtown. You’ll have the perfect view of the waterway, you can enjoy the stunning pineapple fountain, and you’ll also some of the best photo ops in the city! 

Where To Eat

Butcher & Bee | 1085 Morrison Dr

A cute little lunch spot with a seasonal menu that changes based on local ingredients available.

Pearlz Oyster Bar | 153 E Bay St

If you’re looking for an amazing raw bar, stop into Pearlz. They have some of the best raw oysters sourced locally and up the east coast!

Trattoria Lucca | 5760, 41 Bogard St #A

With an ever-changing menu based on locally sorted ingredients, the chef at Trattoria Luca transports you to Tuscany with the dishes he creates.

Fossilized shark teeth from Folly BeachFolly Beach


111 miles / 2 hour and 26-minute drive

What To Do

Another great beach to visit while you’re already on the coast is Folly Beach. One of the coolest things about this beach is finding HUGE fossilized sharks’ teeth! 

What To See

Be sure to check out the historical landmark, the Morris Island Lighthouse while you’re in Folly Beach. This lighthouse has been saved from falling into the sea by locals who have started a Save The Light non-profit, it’s truly a beautiful sight to see amidst the ocean waves.

Of course, hanging on the beach at Folly Island is definitely a must while you’re there. Soak up the sun or treasure hunt for those magnificent fossils we mentioned!

Where To Eat

Chico Feos | 122 E Ashley Ave

Popular among the locals, Chico Feos serves up some delish twist on Latin favorites like Mahi tacos, num pang, and Cuban beans and rice!

Surf Bar | 103 W Cooper Ave

Hang ten here with some fried food favorites, pub grub, and frozen cocktails that will help you cool off.



40 miles / 59-minute drive

What To Do

Another great little fishing town with a quaint Lowcountry vibe. This is a great little day trip specifically for grabbing some great food and doing some shopping.

What To See

The Rice Museum is an open-air market that you’ll want to stop in and check out while you’re in Georgetown. Here you can find unique gifts as well as learn a little about Georgetown’s history.

You’ll also want to check out the Harborwalk while you’re in town. You’ll get great views of the waterway, be able to sit outside and enjoy a delicious lunch or shop at the little boutiques nearby.

Where To Eat

River Room Restaurant | 801 Front St

Not only will you dine on some amazing Southern staples, but you’ll also enjoy an incredible harbor view!

The Humble Crumble | 2521 Highmarket St

Enjoy Italian favorites including artisan pizzas at this cute little restaurant in Georgetown.



74 miles / 1 hour and 24-minute drive

What To Do

From historical treasures and museums to family-friendly attractions, Wilmington is a favorite day trip even for Myrtle Beach locals.

What To See

History buffs will love the slew of museums and attractions in Wilmington like the Battleship North Carolina and the Wilmington Railroad Museum.

If you’re day-tripping with the family head over to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to see some of the local inhabitants of the freshwater streams and swamps of the cost. Another great family attraction is the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science!

Lastly, for all our beer connoisseurs check out the variety of local breweries around like Flytrap Brewing, Flying Machine Brewing Company, and the Waterline Breaking Co.

Where To Eat

Savorez | 402 Chestnut Str

Savorez offers up some Latin fusion noshes in a space that feels warm and sunny.

Rx Restaurant and Bar | 421 Castle St

This renovated drugstore has been transformed into an amazing restaurant with a menu that changes because the dishes here are made with locally sourced ingredients.