Myrtle Beach, S.C.

25. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Few oceanfront sights are as well-loved as a Boardwalk teeming with families, food, and amusement park rides. Nothing says “summer” quite like a visit to an iconic seaside boardwalk; in fact, great songs have been written in its honor.

Since May 2010, the Boardwalk and Promenade has been that iconic spot for Myrtle Beach. The award-winning Boardwalk stretches from just south of 2nd Avenue Pier to just north of the 14th Ave Pier. Along the 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk are hotels, attractions, shops and food.

The Myrtle Beach Skywheel is a highlight of the boardwalk, reaching nearly 200 feet into the air and offering panoramic views of Myrtle Beach. The Skywheel recently added sunrise flights where early birds are rewarded for their up-and-at-’em attitude with breathtaking views. Night owls will enjoy the nightly light show as the wheel illuminates the Boardwalk, often honoring a cause or even a gender reveal with its LED lights. 

Hungry visitors will love the food and views from Wicked Tuna at Second Avenue Pier. The oceanfront eatery is known for seafood and sushi but offers plenty of “land” food options as well. Enjoy a cold cocktail with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Boardwalk. 

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk offers family-friendly entertainment throughout the year, including a New Year’s Eve bash, summer concerts and street performers, and more. In 2022, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is getting a face-lift as, section by section, boards are replaced with more durable materials. 

Around the Boardwalk

Visitors looking for a thrill can stop by Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides across from the Boardwalk on the Boulevard. Thrill Ride Park features the Myrtle Beach Slingshot, which launches riders up to 300 feet into the air at 100 mph; the Skyscraper, which spins riders 170 feet in the air at speeds up to 60 miles per hour; and the Air Strike, which spins riders up to 62 miles per hour. 

Several Ripley’s attractions are located on Ocean Boulevard just across from the Boardwalk. The Believe It or Not Museum is a celebration of all things bizarre with tons of eye-popping exhibits and illusions. Ripley’s 5D Movie Theater and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure are also located on the Boulevard. 



Places to Eat

Places to Eat

When the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade were announced, many of the existing businesses, some on the oceanfront for a half-century, announced plans to upgrade. Many more took vacant or failing oceanfront locations and opened brand new restaurants and snack shops. Strolling down the Boardwalk without an ice cream cone, hot dog, slice of pizza, fish sandwich, or a cold soda pop is almost unthinkable.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

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Dominating the skyline in downtown Myrtle Beach since 2011, the 187-foot tall SkyWheel, was, at the time of its completion, the second tallest observation Ferris Wheel in the United States. Visible for miles, especially at night with its elaborate light show, the SkyWheel places riders, up to six at a time, in climate-controlled glass pods, called gondolas,” for a slow, spectacular, spin over the Boardwalk on the oceanfront.

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Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

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If you can’t find it on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you don’t need it! Besides dozens of restaurants, you’ll find souvenir shops, beachwear stores and more, all conveniently located somewhere along the 1.2-mile Boardwalk. The undisputed heart & soul of Boardwalk stores is the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, family-owned and operated at the same location since 1946. Don’t miss it!

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odd-itorium

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odd-itorium is a family-friendly museum that is home to tons of cool oddities from around the world, ranging from shrunken heads and a 6-legged cow to scale models of the world’s tallest and shortest humans. This Boardwalk attraction is worth checking out while you’re in Myrtle Beach!

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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

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Get your adrenaline pumping at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in downtown Myrtle Beach! This fun attraction is currently Ripley’s Haunted Adventure – Laser Strike, where guests must get suited up and take down zombies which have infested the building. Each guest will receive a laser gun to help them make it out alive. This attraction is for ages 8 and up. 

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Ripley’s Moving Theater

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Ripley’s Moving Theater provides visitors with an unforgettable 5-D virtual reality experience with a state-of-the-art Motion Master system! Sit down, strap into your seat, and get ready for an adventure at this unique movie theater!

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Fun Plaza Arcade

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If you’re strolling along the Boardwalk and find yourself looking for some games to play, look no further than the Fun Plaza Arcade! This family-friendly arcade features a variety of new and old-school arcade games that are great for all ages. Win some tickets and turn them in for a cool prize from the prize booth!

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Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides

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Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides is home to the SlingShot, located across from the iconic SkyWheel. Along with this scary ride, Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides also boasts The Skyscraper, The Air Strike, The Shooting Star, the Sun Dance, and the Sky Bounce. 

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