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Save Money Vacationing in Myrtle Beach
It's no secret that traveling can be expensive, especially if you are hoping to go somewhere that is popular with tourists. Businesses, hotels, and entertainment venues can charge more than their services are worth simply because they are in such high demand.
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is one of those places, but in this article, I've curated three ideas for you to use in order to save some money on entertainment. Let's get right into it!
1. Half Price Games at Dave & Buster's
If you like gaming in Myrtle Beach, Dave & Buster's is the place to be. They have games that are great for the whole family and at night, the vibe is more adult-oriented.
The game complex is located at Broadway at the Beach and features billiard tables as well as giant TVs with all sorts of sports broadcasts. There is a restaurant and bar inside. It's an all-in-one experience that can keep you entertained for hours.
With all that Dave & Buster's has to offer, it can be easy to spend hundreds of dollars. However, if you visit on Wednesdays, you can enjoy half price games. This will save you a lot of money, especially if you have several kids that want to play games.
They also offer a 15% food and beverage discount for heroes. This is for anyone in the military, first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and anyone else that fits the "heroes" category. This discount is offered every day and can be used for the whole group (up to four people). They also have half price cocktails and other drink discounts during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2. Local's Discount
There are many places that offer discounts to Horry County residents. Sometimes the discounts are minuscule, but there are places that may offer as much as a 50% discount to locals. What's considered local may vary from business to business, but in general, if your address is in Horry County, you're good to go.
Most of the time, it's easy to take advantage of this discount—just ask if they offer a local's discount and a tired employee might just give it to you with no hassle. However, they're supposed to check IDs for this and you may run into an employee who actually does their job! In this case, it may be helpful to know a local who has their local address on their ID. If you're visiting friends or family, just have them present their ID and the discount usually works for the whole group.
Here are a few entertaining places that offer a local's discounts:
- Steve Falcon's Comedy Hypnosis Hour - You receive a $2 discount per ticket.
- Comedy Cabana - You get 15% off the ticket price, not including celebrity acts or special events.
- GTS Theater - This discount is for everyone, not just locals! Simply call their number and select the option for discounts. They'll tell you all of their web codes for discounts on tickets. The current one as of this article is WEB10. Keep in mind that their discounts only apply to Gold and Bronze seating tickets.
- Ripley's Attractions - there are five Ripley's Attractions in Myrtle Beach. These five attractions alone are enough to fill your entertainment slots on your vacation! They are Ripley's Aquarium, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Ripley's Moving Theater, Ripley's Mirror Maze, and Ripley's Haunted Attraction. Locals get a 50% discount at all Ripley's attractions. You can save even more as a local by buying the ticket at the aquarium first at half off then you can add the tickets for the other attractions at $5 each.
- Jurassic Mini Golf - Receive a $1 discount on adult tickets.
There are plenty of other places where you can get a local's discounts in Myrtle Beach. A simple phone call is usually all it takes to find out about this discount or others.
3. Use the Monster Coupon Book
When you're in Myrtle Beach, you're going to see a little blue book (sometimes it's pink) almost everywhere you go. It's called the Monster Coupon Book. Despite its constant availability everywhere in Myrtle Beach, it's easy to ignore this book, especially if you're not a person who uses coupons. However, I'd advise that you pick up a few of these because the book has a ton of coupons that can save you money on entertainment.
Business owners know that this free book gets around, so they all clamor to throw a coupon or two in the book for free advertisement. It's a win-win situation—you save money and businesses get their names out to tourists.
The good news is that you don't necessarily need the book to take advantage of the coupons. The Monster Coupon Book has a website where you can print coupons. They also have an app you can download. They really make it easy for you to save money.
You'll find coupons for most entertainment and attractions in Myrtle beach. For example, in the latest book, there is a coupon for two free kid's tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket to the Alabama Theater. There is a $50 off coupon for parasailing for three people at Aloha Watersport. You'll also find a $2 off coupon for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This book is a couponer's dream. There are coupons for everything, not just entertainment. Don't pass this book by. You'll probably find one in the lobby of the hotel you stay at.
Save Money to Stretch Your Vacation in Myrtle Beach Further
Myrtle Beach is one of those places that doesn't have to be expensive, but certainly can be if you don't watch it. There is so much to do and see here, so it makes sense to use the above tips to save money on entertainment. By doing so, you may be able to squeeze in more entertainment than you planned for!