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10 things every true Myrtle Beach fan will remember

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August 27, 2014

The Grand Strand is a place full of memories. From family photos snapped on the beach and foggy memories of nights spent cruising the strip to the silly souvenirs that you’ll keep for a lifetime, there’s undeniably something special about a vacation in Myrtle Beach.

There are some things so special that they rise above a simple tradition to become the icons that define a generation of vacations in Myrtle Beach. And while not all good things last forever, the timeless memories they create live on in the minds of many visitors still today.

If you’ve experienced any of these first-hand consider yourself lucky. If you’ve done them all we say it’s about time you started calling yourself an honorary local.

Note: A special thanks to Wayne Aiken of “Myrtle Beach Remembered” for photos provided for this post. Check out the site for more photos and information on the history of Myrtle Beach.

Do you remember?

Of course, there’s way more than just 10 experiences which made past visits to Myrtle Beach such a special occasion. Check out these nostalgic places and attractions or visit the awesome “Myrtle Beach Remembered” website for even more historic photos and info:

• Ocean Forest Hotel – Myrtle Beach’s first luxury hotel built in 1930 and demolished in 1974. (Now part of resort and club is Pine Lakes Country Club)

• Chesterfield Inn – Oceanfront hotel and inn at 700 N. Ocean Blvd. opened in 1946 and was demolished in 2012 (Now Shark Attack Adventure Golf)

• Cagney’s Old Place – 9911 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach (Now La Festa Italian Cuisine)

• Astroneedle Amusement Park – Between 8th Avenue North and Chester Street (Now Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures)

• Rivoli Theatre – 904 Chester St. in Myrtle Beach (Now Ground Zero Teen Club)

• Chapin’s Department Store – Open from 1928-1992 on U.S. 501 near Kings Highway (Now Mt. Altanticus Minotaur Goff)

• The Purple Gator – Concert venue open from late 80s to mid-90s at the Magnolia Shopping Center off of Kings Highway near Restaurant Row

• Marvin’s Food & Games – 918 N. Ocean Blvd., along Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (Now Moe Moon’s)

• Gatlin Brothers Theatre & Ronnie Milsap Theatre – Two separate show venues open in mid-1990s in the Fantasy Harbour area (Now Christ United Methodist Church and Beach Church, respectively)

• Camelot Theatre – Open from late 1960s to early 1990s at 1901 N. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach (Now Kono Japanese Steakhouse & Kansas City Steakhouse)

• Santa Fe Station – Restaurant located at 1101 Hwy. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach (Now Mellow Mushroom)

• Around The World In 18 Holes – Oceanfront mini golf course open in the 1960s and 70s next to Gay Dolphin in downtown Myrtle Beach (now Plyler Park)

• The Pink House – Open from 1947-2005 as an inn, restaurant and holiday shop at 4301 N. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach

• Sherwood Forest/Barefoot RV Campground – Family campground located at 4825 Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach

• Castle Dracula – Haunted house at 907 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, next to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! (Now multiple beachwear stores)

• PirateLand & Magic Harbor – Theme parks open from mid 1960s to early 1990s at 4901 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach (Now Pirateland Campground)

• KISS Coffeehouse – Rock-themed coffee shop at 1320 Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach (Now Rooster Bar & Grill)

• NASCAR Cafe – Theme restaurant at corner of 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass, (Now Hollywood Wax Museum)

• Broadway Theatre – Movie theater at 811 Main St. in downtown Myrtle Beach (Now Encore Video Productions)

• The Pad – Shag club open at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach from 1955-1987 (Now part of O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park)

• Club Kryptonite  – Off of U.S. 17 Bypass near 29th Avenue North (Now Legends In Concert)


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