By Emily Forkey
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a popular destination illuminating the South Carolina coastline. The sound of the waves crashing against the sand echoes as one is walking down the promenade. People are laughing and smiling, enjoying time with their friends and family as they take that first lick of their ice cream cone. When night comes, the Skywheel glistens, lighting up the night sky.
As you walk down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, different restaurants filled with hungry tourists and even local citizens line the pathway. Shops and rides are embedded between restaurants, allowing for a wide variety of entertainment for all ages.
Brenda Forkey, who recently visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, said, "The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was definitely my favorite part about the trip, there are so many fun things to see and do -even cost-friendly."
The boardwalk located in South Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination for many families and people looking for a great getaway. There are many attractions during all the different seasons.
This beautiful boardwalk is 1.2 miles of fun! It runs along the oceanfront of South Carolina from the Pier 14 at 14th Avenue North to the Second Avenue Pier.
The boardwalk officially opened in May 2010 and is widely visited due to the pleasant weather. Since 2010, the boardwalk has continued to flourish.
Places to Have Fun
The Myrtle Beach Skywheel stands tall at 187 feet. Its location is beautiful, overlooking the relaxing shore of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding coastal city. The price for the Skywheel ranges from $14 for adults 12 and up to $9 for children ages 3 to 11. The experience is well worth the money, as it takes one around the wheel approximately eight to 10 times, depending how busy it is that day.
Ripley's Moving Theater is another popular attraction located right on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The realistic 5-D theater makes one feel like a part of the action. One's five senses are occupied throughout the entire experience. This activity is cost-friendly with adults costing $12.99 and children $9.99. Feel every dip, turn and bump as you embark on the journey in Ripley's Moving Theater.
There is a wide variety of other entertainment located directly on the boardwalk, including:
- Myrtle Beach Skywheel
- Nightmare Haunted House
- Fun Plaza Family Fun Center
- Sling Shot Thrill Ride
- Ripley's Believe it or Not
- Ripley's Haunted Adventure
- Ripley's Moving Theater
- Ripley's Mirror Maze
- Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures
- Gay Dolphin Arcade
- Pier 14
- 2nd Avenue Pier
- Ground Zero
Places to Eat
Moe Moon's is a highly rated restaurant where the food ranges from seafood to tacos. If one needs a place to relax after a long walk on the boardwalk, enjoy Moe Moon's where you can eat with a view of the ocean. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until midnight and prices range from about $8 to $20. Moe Moon's is a cost-friendly restaurant with great reviews.
I Love Sugar, located on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, is the place to go when one has a sweet tooth. From sour to sweet to chocolate flavors, I Love Sugar sells everyone's favorite candy. It is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Don't miss your chance to dive into that candy you've been craving.
There are also other restaurants and dessert places to chose from, lining the boardwalk, including:
- LandShark Bar & Grill
- Mad Myrtle's Ice Creamery
- The Bowery
- Moe Moon's
- I Love Sugar
- Pier House Restaurant at 2nd Ave North
- Pier 14 Restaurant
- Hurricane's Daiquiri Bar & Grill
- Sharkey's Oceanfront Restaurant
- New York Pizza Kitchen
- Peaches Corner
- 8th Ave Tiki Bar
- Olympic Flame
- Myrtle Beach Fries
- Abraham's Gyro's & Pizza
- Beach House Bar & Grill
- SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt
- Boardwalk Coffee House
- Boardwalk Snack & Icecream
- E-Z Eats Café
Places to Shop
Tsunami Surf Shop is a popular surf shop around Myrtle Beach. It is said it has the most unique gifts on the boardwalk. Men's, women's and children's surfing clothes and accessories are sold here.
Beach Creations is a very unique boardwalk shop that sells airbrushing artwork and vinyl graphics with current designs. It sells hats, shirts, shoes, helmets, hoodies, bookbags, headbands and even personalized car tags. It can even customize your own design!
Other places to shop right on the boardwalk where one can find that perfect souvenir include:
- Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
- I Love Sugar
- Surfs Up Beach Shop
- Tsunami Surf Shop
- LandShark Surf Shack
- Beach Creations
In addition to fun, food and shopping, there are many festivals right on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk throughout the seasons, including:
- Hot Summer Nights
- Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival
- Holidays on the Boardwalk
- The Salt Games
- The Sun Fun Festival
- Carolina Country Music Fest
Hot Summer Nights is every Monday from June 12 to Sept. 14. It's filled with live entertainment and family-friendly activities.
The Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival takes place at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place on Eighth and Ninth avenues. This event is free, and there is live entertainment, things for the kids to do, two beer stations, a cornhole tournament and, of course, delicious seafood vendors. For more information, click HERE.
Holidays on the Boardwalk runs from Nov. 24 to Jan. 1. The boardwalk is decorated with sparkling lights, decorations and a lit-up tree. Santa, the Grinch and elf visits are not the only activity, as there is a Polar Express train for rides.
Eric Forkey, who attended Holidays on the Boardwalk on its opening day, said, "The boardwalk was full of fun holiday lights, and I thought the fact Santa was right on the boardwalk made it even more fun for the kids and families."
The Salt Games are June 3-4, located at the same place as the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival. The day is full of sun-filled games for many competitors. For more information, visit this LINK.
The Sun Fun Festival has games, activities and performances by Too Much Sylvia, the Swingin' Medallions, and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team. For more information, click HERE.
About the Boardwalk
The Myrtle Beach boardwalk was completed in May of 2010. It took about nine months to fully complete. $6.5 million was spent on the boardwalk, which consists of 800,000 feet of lumber, about 300,000 nails, 555,000 screws and 10,000 bolts.
Hotels on the Boardwalk
It wasn't until 1901 that Myrtle Beach's first hotel, The Seaside Inn, was built. Now there are plenty of hotels located all around Myrtle Beach.
If you want to stay directly on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, you are at luck, since there are various hotels lining the beautiful walkway. Some of these convenient hotels include:
- Bay View on the Boardwalk
- Holiday Sands North "On the Boardwalk"
- Windsurfer Hotel
- Atlantica Resort
- Bermuda Sands
- The Diplomat Beachfront
- Holiday Inn - "At the Pavilion"
- SeaGlass Tower
One can also visit this website
for more information.
According to TripAdvisor, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade and the Myrtle Beach Skywheel located on the beach are some of the top things to do in Myrtle Beach. There are also attractions from the boardwalk in the budget-friendly section.
To find out what else there is to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina besides the boardwalk, visit TripAdvisor.
Typically, the weather in Myrtle Beach is above 50 degrees all year round. The warm temperature makes the boardwalk an often-visited destination, especially in the summer, when temperatures average high 80s.
The population of Myrtle Beach is approximately 32,240. According to the Post and Courier, "Myrtle Beach was again the nation's second-fastest growing metropolitan area, with a population increase of 3.9 percent during the year ending July 1."
People keep moving to Myrtle Beach due to the warm weather, safe environment and endless activities. It is not only South Carolina's fastest-growing area, but one of the nation's, as well.