An introduction to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
We are so excited to be sharing this blog post with you today! As you probably saw from the title, we are going to be sharing all the details of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Being such a popular local attraction in the area, and bursting with fun around every corner, we are sure it is going to make you want to take the day off tomorrow and head right to the boardwalk!
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk spans along the glistening Myrtle Beach oceanfront from the 2nd Avenue Pier at 2ndAvenue North to Pier 14 at 14th Avenue North and is 1.2 miles of incredible shopping, delicious restaurants and plenty of exciting attractions. It officially opened in May of 2010 and cost a whopping$6.4 million to construct. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has ranked number three in the country by the National Geographic, and number two by Travel and Leisure. If you haven’t had the pleasure to check out this amazing attraction in the Myrtle Beach area, we hope this post outlines a day of fun in the sun for you and your family!
Where to eat?
There are so many delicious places to indulge in while visiting the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Take your pick from restaurants such as Sharkey’s Oceanfront Restaurant, which offers visitors a modern beach atmosphere and a menu consisting of tasty drinks, delicious poultry and fresh seafood. Or for an authentic “tiki” experience, be sure to check out the upscale 8th Ave Tiki Bar for some of their famous fish tacos, boneless buffalo chicken sandwiches, schnitzel sandwiches, or home-made hummus. If you are looking for a little live music to groove to while you eat and sip, look no further than The Bowery, which has their own in house band and offers many delicious dishes for visitors to enjoy. And if drinks, burgers, hot dogs, tacos and fries make your mouth water, check out Moe Moon’s or the Olympic Flame Pancake House for delicious breakfast and lunch items.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, be sure to check out SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt, Boardwalk Snack & Ice Cream, Mad Myrtle’s Ice Creamery and I Love Sugar. And for those looking for pizza, look no further than New York Pizza Kitchen and Abraham’s Gyros & Pizza. There is also the Boardwalk Coffee House for those looking for a little afternoon pick-me-up. Or bar and grill’s such as Landshark Bar & Grill, Hurricane’s Daiquiri Bar & Grill and Beach House Bar & Grill. Other restaurants along Myrtle Beach Boardwalk include Peaches Corner, Pier 14 Restaurant, and E-Z Eats Café.
Where to play?
Where do we even start?! There is so much for adventurers of all ages and thrill levels to choose from at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk! For those who like a little haunt in their days, there is the Nightmare Haunted House, where guests shiver with terror as they go in and out of total darkness as they encounter everything terrifying including zombified clowns. For the arcade junkies, there is Fun Plaza Family Fun Center and the Gay Dolphin Arcade, and for those looking for a little thrill, don’t miss all the Myrtle Beach thrill rides including the Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures. There are also Ripley’s Believe it or not, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Moving Theatre and Ripley’s Mirror Maze. Pier 14 is the perfect place for those looking for a lounge, restaurant and fishing pier all in one place. It also happens to be the Grand Strands only lounge and restaurant. There is also 2nd Avenue Pier, which is a local landmark that offers guests food, fun and fishing.
Finally, it is safe to say that we saved the best for last! The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is located near Plyer Park and is the first observations wheel of its kind in the country. Standing at a staggering 200-feet above sea level, guests experience a thrilling flight that overlooks the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. At the time it was constructed, the SkyWheel was the tallest Ferris Wheel in the country east of the Mississippi river. The SkyWheel features 42 fully enclosed gondolas that are climate controlled, and is an incredible centerpiece for the boardwalk. It is also surrounded by lots of tasty restaurants, wonderful shopping and the warm, pristine Atlantic sands – what more could you ask for?
Where to shop?
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has a wonderful and unique shopping district for guests to enjoy! For the most unique gift shop in the Grand Strand, look no further than the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, where you will find twenty-six thousand square feet and seven levels of incredible shopping. The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove has been one of the anchors of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and has been welcoming eager customers since 1946. For a great beach shop, there is Surfs Up Beach Shop and Tsunami Surf Shop, which offers high end men’s, women’s and children’s surf fashions. This tiny but quaint shop is also the first smoke shop on the boulevard. The LandShark Surf Shack offers shoppers a variety of themed merchandise, as well as an impressive selection of souvenirs of the SkyWheel. Lastly, there is Beach Creations, which has vinyl and airbrushing artwork for sale with the most current designs. They also specialize in t-shirts, tank tops, shoes, hats, headbands and backpacks, and offer customization with your own design.
Where to sleep?
For those who want to make a little staycation out of their Myrtle Beach Boardwalk experience, or maybe you have family and friends coming in town to visit and they want a fun environment, there are many places to stay in the area. Some of the hotels and resorts near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk include Bay View Report, Brittain Resorts & Hotels, Holidays Sands North, Sandy Beach Resort, Winds Surfer Hotel, Holiday Inn at the Pavilion, The Hampton Inn & Suites, The Yachtsman Resort and Bermuda Sands. The area also has the Myrtle Beach Timeshare Resorts, which are perfect to enjoy a lifetime of wonderful vacation and memories in Myrtle Beach!
Festivals at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is home to many fun festivals and events throughout the year that are a great excuse to ditch any indoor plans and trade them in for a day outside in the beautiful South Carolina weather. For those Halloween enthusiasts, the Boardwalk Fright Nights is a must-attend! Happening from October 7th through Halloween night, watch as the boardwalk transforms into a spooky Halloween theme beach at dusk, complete with haunted attractions and live zombies! For those families looking to kick off the summer season right should visit the Sun Fun Festival, which is hosted by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oceanfront Merchants Association, and runs from June 3rd through June 5th. This family-friendly festival has everything from parades and entertainers to yummy food and dance-worthy music! Finally, the Carolina Country Music Fest is the ideal place for country music lovers to be from June 8th through the 11th to enjoy country music along the boardwalk. There is a huge stage at the festival that attracts many well-known country artists to perform on. So grab your boots, chaps and cowboy hat at the beginning of June for some incredible country music on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!
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