10 Reasons to Visit the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Oct 05, 2021

10 Reasons To Visit the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
By Thomas Demarco

10 Reasons to Visit the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Perched between 60 miles of gorgeous coastline and a long list of family-friendly attractions, is the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Constructed in 2010, this seaside gem spans a whopping 1.2 miles long! Travel and Leisure ranks the Boardwalk as number two, while National Geographic ranks it number three for top U.S. Boardwalks! From Myrtle Beach boardwalk restaurants and bars, to free things to do in Myrtle Beach, the raised wooden deck and carnival-like atmosphere offers family fun and beautiful sights.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Hotels

And where does one stay that's close to the Boardwalk? There are more than enough beachside hotels that offer a great spot to lay your head. At the top of that list (shameful plug not intended) is Westgate Myrtle Beach! The family-friendly hotel offers top-notch accommodations just minutes away.

Keep reading to discover 10 more reasons to visit the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!

1 | 5 Minute Drive from Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort | Finally, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is only a short five-minute drive from Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort making it extremely convenient for you and your family to stay close to the Boardwalk scene. Whether you choose a room with an ocean or resort view, all come with plenty of space and top-notch accommodations.

WHERE: 415 South Ocean Boulevard Street 2, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-448-4481


2 | Gay Dolphin Gift Cove | Looking to do some shopping and find some souvenirs to remember your trip? The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is one store you won’t want to miss, not to mention, it’s a piece of Myrtle Beach history. The store has been open since the 1940s and offers over 70,000 different items to choose from, ranging from things like brushes for bald men, seashells, and "noisy seat cushions". Not only that, but you're also able to bring your own shark teeth in and have them made into jewelry. This unique storefront is more of an experience than anything, so you’re bound to find something in the gift shop!

WHERE: 916 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-448-6550


3 | Sling Shot Thrill Ride | Are you a thrill seeker? Or perhaps you’re an “adrenaline junkie.” Either way, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has the thing just for you. Enter, the Sling Shot Thrill Ride. This massive sling shot launches two brave riders over 120 miles an hour and over 300 feet. Not only that but at takeoff passengers feel just over 5 Gs. Which is 2 more than what an astronaut feels during a rocket launch! Come see if you’re brave enough to conquer this beast.

WHERE: 1201 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-444-8255


4 | I Love Sugar | From time to time, we all find ourselves dealing with a pesky sweet tooth. Well, I love Sugar has you covered and has exactly what you need to fix that. Delicious options include childhood favorites and new hits. Those that have been fortunate enough to visit, often refer to it as “the Apple store of candy,” and that label is accurate. I Love Sugar houses art made from candy-like, chandeliers and giant mosaics! They even have something for the adults - a full candy Martini Bar. Whether you’re looking to find your childhood favorite or experience something new, I love Sugar is a must see when on The Boardwalk.

WHERE: 919 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-712-1740


5 | The Bowery | Up next on our list is one that even the locals call home, The Bowery, an oceanfront dining and happy hour venue. Just 50 yards from the water, this world-famous bar was established in 1944 and is the self-proclaimed eighth wonder of the world. With the philosophy, "you can't beat fun," it stays true to its history even to this day. Its waiters hold Guinness World Records, like "Scuba" Osbourne who carried 34 mugs without using a tray, and "Don't Cry Joe" who danced for 5,295 consecutive hours. The Bowery offers nightly live entertainment, amazing food, and refreshing drinks. Plus, outdoor seating is always available! This place is considered a tradition when visiting the boardwalk and you’ll want to add it to your itinerary next time you’re in Myrtle Beach.

WHERE: 110 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-626-3445


6 | Ripley’s Believe it or Not | Prepare yourself to experience the strange, shocking, and odd world of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Within lives oddities like the world’s tallest man and mind-boggling illusions. But it doesn’t end there, they even house a 5D Theater where you can feel like you’re a part of the action in two films - and my personal favorite, Ripley’s Aquarium. There you’ll find over 10,000 exotic sea creatures and even prehistoric horseshoe crabs!

WHERE: 901 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-916-0888


7 | Boardwalk Fright Nights | Looking to get a bit spooky this Halloween season? For the month of October, you can do just that at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Boardwalk Fright Nights runs every weekend from 6pm to 11pm. Here you’re able to get up close and personal with Zombies, brave your way through two haunted houses, get your fortune told, see a live show, and even find entertainment for the little ones! Come and see what Myrtle Beach’s premier Halloween event has to offer.

WHERE: 2311 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: NA


8 | Beach Access | I can’t think of anything better than having direct beach access on top of all these great restaurants and attractions. Build a sandcastle, read a book, or go for a swim in the sky-blue Atlantic Ocean - all of which are sweeter with rental items and food located right on the beach.

WHERE: 2311 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: NA


9 | Myrtle Beach SkyWheel | We've all been on a Ferris wheel at some point in our lives. But I can guarantee you that you've never been on one like the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. This 187-foot tall observation wheel was first opened in 2011 and is currently the sixth-tallest ferris wheel in the United States. Boasting an impressive 38 capsules and offering awesome views which can’t be found anywhere else on the coast. During your ride, you’ll go through three revolutions lasting about 10-15 minutes and get amazing views you won't be able to find anywhere else in Myrtle Beach!

WHERE: 1110 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-839-9200


10 | Broadway at The Beach | We couldn't resist the urge to include this amazing addition to our list. Shop-a-holics rejoice as we have just the thing for you. Broadway at the Beach is a mega shopping center and entertainment complex. Spanning over 350 acres with over 20 restaurants and over 100 shopping storefronts, it's safe to say, you'll find plenty of retail therapy here. The complex is divided into different zones named New England Fishing Village, Caribbean Village, Charleston Boardwalk, Heroes Harbor, and Celebrity Square which is a warehouse district-themed nightclub district. Two of my personal favorites here are the Hard Rock Café, and the Dave and Busters! This is one stop where I can guarantee you'll have an amazing time!

WHERE: 1325 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-444-3200


Use Our Handy Map to Navigate the Boardwalk!

Use our super-sweet map guide below to make your way to all these fantastic landmarks and activities so you can make the most of your time!

Final Thoughts on 10 Reasons to Visit the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach is filled with the natural beauty of its ocean and parks. However, beyond that, is an absolute ton of popular attractions and restaurants that you cannot miss! These ten are just our personal favorites and only the beginning of what you could discover at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!

Couldn't find something that piqued your interest at the Boardwalk? This is only the beginning of what to expect when traveling to Myrtle Beach! Check out our list of top 20 free things to do in Myrtle Beach on vacation. Also, take a quick peek at the Westgate Travel Blog for even more tips, tricks and ideas for other fabulous vacation destinations!


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At Westgate Resorts, when you Check-In, there’s a LOT to Check-Out! Your Myrtle Beach vacation awaits! Explore our Myrtle Beach resort today or talk with a vacation planner at 888-852-2959 or 407-355-2690.

* Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the attractions featured in this article. Items or places listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the attraction or call for the most up-to-date offerings and details.

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