The Myrtle Beach area’s newest development, the new downtown Boardwalk is part of new efforts the city is taking to improve the downtown area of Myrtle Beach. The mile-long oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade is in the area between the 14th Avenue North Pier and the Second Avenue North Pier, and extends all the way to First Avenue. Construction was completed in phases, with the final Boardwalk comprised of three sections: North Dune Walk, Central Boardwalk and South Promenade. Several free events are planned throughout the summer of 2010 on or near the boardwalk location.
Come see what lives beneath the waves at Ripley’s Aquarium, located at Broadway at the Beach. As one of Myrtle Beach’s most visited attractions, Ripley’s boasts a 330-foot glidepath that takes you on a journey through the Dangerous Reef, where you are only a few close feet from several types of sharks and Moray Eels. The glidepath drops you off at Ray Bay, a rippling display of these graceful creatures and Friendship Flats, a shallow pool where you can pet the peaceful rays. Ride the fine line between fantasy and reality at MagiQuest as you let your personalized magic wand do all the work. With a flick of the wrist you can battle ominous ogres and evil goblin kings – don’t forget the dragon!
Looking for some cool refreshment? Cruise over to Myrtle Waves Water Park. Known at South Carolina’s largest water park, Myrtle Waves hosts rides for all ages. Whether you ride the tide in the Ocean in Motion Wave Pool or leisurely lounge in the LayZee River, you’ll beat the heat and have a wet and wild time!
If something a little more high-speed is what you crave, get behind the wheel and take off at NASCAR SpeedPark. From beginner and family tracks to slippery tracks for racing experts, you’re sure satisfy the need for speed.
Watch dazzling equestrians ride their way to victory in a face off between north and south at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show, or cheer on jousting knights at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. At the Palace Theatre, Le Grande Cirque is a must see! The daring acrobats in colorful costumes will leave everyone awe-struck. Myrtle Beach’s Alabama Theatre, Legends in Concert and Carolina Opry offer fabulous, award-winning live shows. The House of Blues features talented musical artists in jazz, the blues, gospel and rock every night of the week, as well as the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. Comedy is king as you head over to Uptown, the home of Carolina Improv Company or the Comedy Cabana.
Known as the “seaside golf capital of the world,” the Myrtle Beach area hosts award-winning golf courses for all skill levels. With more than 100 scenic courses to choose from, you’ll never have to play the same course twice! Endless golf packages are also available to meet your budget. Refine your putting skills at one of more than 50 miniature golf courses. From mermaids and pirates to dinosaurs and elephants, your choice of mini-golfing buddies is never-ending!
Shoppers will feel right at home in the Myrtle Beach area with the latest fashion at their fingertips. Stop by three traditional locations, Coastal Grande Mall, the Myrtle Beach Mall or Inlet Square Mall for shopping in any weather. To take in some sun, stroll through either of the two Tanger Outlet Centers, Barefoot Landing or Broadway at the Beach. Catch a bite to eat and enjoy roaming entertainers at Barefoot Landing in the evenings or create a snuggly companion at the Build-a-Bear Workshop at Broadway at the Beach. The Market Common offers a unique lifestyle experience for all visitors. Enjoy sophisticated dining, stylish shopping and glamorous events in this new urban village community.
After hitting the links or spending a lazy day in the surf, set your inner night owl free among the Myrtle Beach area’s ample nightlife. Learn the official dance of South Carolina, the Carolina Shag at either Fat Harold’s Beach Club or Duck’s in North Myrtle Beach. Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach is the hub of the night scene, with its New Orleans-inspired layout and several bars and clubs to dance the night away in. Beach bums can let loose at Malibu’s Surf Bar, swaying to the beat of hot hits and old school jams, or step to it oldies-style at Froggy Bottomz. Club Boca showcases a spectacular variety of Dance, House, Techno and Hip-Hop with a little Latin flair added and Broadway Louie’s is fun for everyone with a sports bar, arcade, karaoke and a 25-foot HD Jumbo Screen TV!
On the Grand Strand, as the Myrtle Beach area is often called, we’ve got what your taste buds crave with over 1600 full-service restaurants. Whether you’ve got an urge for fresh seafood, juicy steaks, Southern favorites like fried chicken or grits, Mexican, Thai or Tapas, your choices for dining are limitless! If you’re a movie buff, stop by Planet Hollywood and check out the behind the scenes side of film while you eat. Music-lovers will delight in the Hard Rock Café and its pyramid-like structure. In the Myrtle Beach area, there’s a restaurant to suit every taste and budget!