Myrtle Beach Boardwalk gets bigger, better with age on 10th birthday

By Terry Massey
February 5, 2020

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is celebrating its 10th birthday in 2020. And just like a child who reaches the double-digit milestone, the Boardwalk has gotten bigger and better with age and has many more bright years to come.

Opened in May of 2010, the 1.2-mile Boardwalk gave visitors a scenic new route to navigate Myrtle Beach’s downtown district without battling the foot traffic on Ocean Boulevard or trudging through the sand on the beach.

Offering elevated views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and all the great attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife options on the other, the Boardwalk is the best way to take a walk on the fun side of Myrtle Beach.

Visitors can stroll along the Boardwalk amid the sunshine and ocean breeze while experiencing all that Myrtle Beach has to offer. Its popularity has seen it grow to nearly 1 1/2 miles with possible expansion in the future.

Stretching from First Avenue North to 16th Avenue North, the Boardwalk serves as a main thoroughfare for lots of activities – from fans attending the Carolina Country Music Fest to folks checking out the Sun Fun Festival.

But the Boardwalk was built for those who want to take in the oceanfront and stop off at various points of interest, and there are many. Although there is variety along the way, the Boardwalk features two distinct sections:

* From the southernmost point at First Avenue North to the beach volleyball courts at Eighth Avenue North, the lower leg of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has a nature and recreation theme. Second Avenue Pier offers the opportunity for fishing or a chance to stroll out over the ocean. This stretch of the Boardwalk features paved pathways that are perfect for exercise or just enjoying a more natural environment, while the volleyball courts provide a great venue for tournaments or a pick-up game. There are plenty of places to wet your whistle or grab a bite to eat after your workout, like Wicked Tuna, Art Burger Sushi Bar, Sharkey’s Beach Bar and Eighth Avenue Tiki Bar. The area is also the home of the future Gateway Galleria, a 75,000 square foot center for shopping, dining and more.

* From Eighth Avenue North to 16th Avenue North is Myrtle Beach’s entertainment district, starting with Plyler Park and the adjoining Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Park, which serve as the headquarters for all the major downtown festivals. The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is the most eye-catching venue and towers 190 over dozens of restaurants and bars, Such as LandShark Landing, Peaches Corner, Oceanfront Bar & Grill, Duffy’s and world-famous honky-tonk The Bowery, where Alabama got its start. In addition to the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, thrill rides like the SkyScraper, Sling Shot, ZipLine Adventure and Ripley’s attractions are sure to get the adrenaline pumping. On the northernmost end, restaurant and nightlife venues like Tin Roof, Bandito’s and RipTydz offer food, drink, live music and dancing on the oceanfront.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is also the site of the Hot Summer Nights festival, which holds nightly entertainment at the main stage at Plyler Park, as well as the Carolina Country Music Fest, the Sun Fun Festival, the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, Holidays on the Boardwalk and other year-round events.

For a full list of festivals and other special events, visit www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com/calendar/.