What’s New in Myrtle Beach for 2022
The Grand Strand is always changing, and that’s what we love about it! Year after year, new things are added to the Myrtle Beach area to keep locals busy and vacationers coming back for more. 2022 is shaping up to be another exciting year at the beach. The Myrtle Beach area continues to move forward to provide the best vacation experience for visitors with exciting new attractions, restaurants and more!
Here are some of the new things in store for 2022:
The Hangout | Featuring an expansive menu and live music year-round, The Hangout is sure to set itself apart as a fun, well, hangout for families in Myrtle Beach this summer. Coming to Broadway at the Beach, The Hangout is a 40,000 square foot destination that features unique family entertainment, including dancing and contests, unique art installations, a giant pez dispenser collection, courtyard games, fire pits, and more. The menu includes a mix of seafood, burgers, and more made from scratch in the high-tech Hangout kitchen.
Surfside Beach Pier | Surfside Beach has named 2022 the “Year of the Pier.” Closed since sustaining major damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the Surfside Beach Pier is slated to be completed in fall 2022. The new pier features concrete construction and will include retail and dining space. Surfside Beach has said they expect the pier to be fully operational by spring 2023.
Baby otters at Brookgreen Gardens | Mama John gave birth to 5 otter pups in January 2022 at the Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo. The adorable pups will be on exhibit after they learn to swim. Brookgreen Gardens is in Pawleys Island, just south of Myrtle Beach.
K1 Indoor Race Track | The k1 Indoor Kart Racing track opened in April 2022 in North Myrtle Beach. Located in the former Bi-Lo grocery store building on Main Street, K1 features all-electric go-karts, which can reach top speeds of 45 mph.
New Waterpark at Landmark Resort | Landmark Resort‘s H2Oasis Waterpark is getting a $3 million overhaul, which includes the addition of three full-size waterslides, a kiddie slide, and splash zone play area. The new waterpark, located on Ocean Boulevard at the resort, is slated to open by summer 2022.
Springhill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott | A new Marriott Springhill Suites/Courtyard resort is set to open in spring 2022 on the oceanfront in Myrtle Beach. Two towers formerly part of the Breakers Resort were demolished to make way for the new state-of-the-art resort, which features 26 floors and tons of great amenities.
Hotel Blue Renovations | The fan favorite Hotel Blue Resort located on the south end of Myrtle Beach received a $1 million face-lift with updates to kitchens, furniture, and elevators throughout the property for the 2022 season.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Updates | The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is getting a face-lift just in time for the summer season. Section by section, crews are replacing the wooden boards with a more durable composite material. When the resurfacing is completed, visitors will see nine different colored boards on the iconic boardwalk.
Bubba’s Fish Camp & Smokehouse | Slated to open in 2022, Bubba’s Fish Camp & Smokehouse is located across from Broadway at the Beach on 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The new restaurant is a sister restaurant to Bubba’s Fish Shack in Surfside and will be serving up seafood and in-house smoked meats.
ICYMI: New Attractions from 2021
SelfieWRLD, the No. 1 trending selfie museum, opened in Coastal Grand Mall in 2021. This fun, high-energy museum is full of interactive art installations to capture your best selfie.
A new tropical-themed amusement park is now open in Myrtle Beach. The Funplex, located between 14th and 15th avenues north on Ocean Boulevard, includes a roller coaster, rides, walk-up bar, and arcade.
Grand Strand Brewing Company
Grand Strand Brewing Company is part of the city’s new Arts & Entertainment District surrounding Nance Plaza in downtown Myrtle Beach. The brewery features local beers and includes a cozy outdoor beer garden that is both kid- and dog-friendly.
Crooked Hammock Brewery
Crooked Hammock Brewery opened its kitchen at Barefoot Landing in 2021. The dog- and family-friendly brewery offers outdoor relaxation with hammocks, games and more. The kitchen offers a variety of elevated bar food, including nachos, burgers, and sandwiches. The Island Bar features 360 degree views of Barefoot Landing. Brewery tours are also available.
Updates to the Myrtle Beach Skywheel
The Myrtle Beach Skywheel underwent renovations starting in January that included refreshing the interior and exterior of each gondola and upgrading the lighting system. The newly renovated Skywheel celebrated its 10th birthday in Myrtle Beach in 2021!
Landshark Bar & Grill – New Location
Barefoot Landing is now home to a second Grand Strand location of Landshark Bar in Grill! The restaurant is located lakeside near the southernmost entrance and features indoor and outdoor seating, an outdoor stage hosting live music, and a waterfront bar and patio seating overlooking Barefoot Lake. Fan favorites from the LandShark Bar & Grill menu include street tacos, salads, seafood, handmade burgers, signature cocktails, LandShark beers, and an extensive lineup of frozen concoctions. The original Landshark Bar & Grill location is at the base of the Myrtle Beach Skywheel.
Charles Bach Theatre
Charles Bach’s Wonders Theatre is located on The Avenue at Broadway at the Beach! The theater features Charles Bach’s Wonders Magic Show; Catch This! Juggler Niels Duinker’s Comedy Variety Show; and Steve Falcon’s Comedy Hypnosis Hour. The theater is open nightly throughout summer.
Byrd’s Famous Cookies
Byrd’s Famous Cookies opened at Broadway at the Beach. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Byrd’s Famous Cookies offers a variety of cookie options along with other treats and gifts.
New Stores at Barefoot Landing
Barefoot Landing, a massive shopping and dining complex in North Myrtle Beach, welcomed several new shops in 2021. Haven’s Marketplace is a home decor store with plenty of furniture and accessories to spruce up your home. The golf lover in your life will certainly appreciate a gift from Mulligan Golf Gift Store. Sea Bags offer a variety of unique bags made from recycled sails. Stop by Shining Sol Candle Co. to check out their selection of wooden wick soy candles. Spice & Tea Exchange has a palette-pleasing array of spices and teas to browse. Toy Kingdom is the newest toy store at the complex.
New Stores at Broadway at the Beach
Several new merchants are joining Broadway at the Beach in 2021. Fresh-up, an eatery that features smoothies, juices, bubble waffles, and other treats, is located next to Yamato Steakhouse. Retro Active, a longtime staple at Broadway at the Beach, has added a sister store called Retro Active 2! This store is located next to Build A Bear Workshop and has pop culture and music from the ’90s through today’s favorites. It’Sugar opened a Sour Patch Kids store inside their space that features the iconic sweet and sour candies and novelties.
ICYMI – New from 2020
Many new attractions and eateries came to Myrtle Beach in 2020. Here are some great places to check out if you haven’t been to the beach in a few years.
Penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium | Ripley’s welcomed a flock of feathered friends who are now on permanent vacation on the Grand Strand. A new baby even joined the group near the end of 2020. If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to stop by to meet the newest additions.
Big Air Trampoline Park | Burn off some energy at Big Air Trampoline Park, which opened in 2020 in Myrtle Beach.
Tidal Creek Brewery | Tidal Creek Brew house allows you to experience small batch, specialty craft beer, freshly brewed coffee and Lowcountry food – while enjoying friends, neighbors and local community. Inviting indoor and outdoor spaces, engaging events and activities, and a family-friendly atmosphere make Tidal Creek an authentic, community-focused experience. It opened in 2020 at The Market Common.
Twelve 33 Distillery | Twelve 33 Distillery offers customers a chance to experience a guided tour with the opportunity to see the entire behind the scenes” operation of a craft distillery. You can even stop by the tasting room to taste some of their spirits. All of Twelve 33’s handcrafted spirits are even made from grains and other ingredients sourced directly from local farms.
Grande Cayman Resort | Grande Cayman Resort, formerly Long Bay Resort, reopened in 2020. Overlooking the beach, Grande Cayman Resort is 6 miles from Family Kingdom Amusement Park and 5 miles from Broadway at the Beach. An on-site water park features an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, a lazy river and kids’ pools. Dining options include a coffee shop, 2 bars, a restaurant offering European-style cuisine, and a breakfast buffet.
About The Author
Isabella grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Coastal Carolina University graduate, and after working in 6 states, she now permanently resides in Myrtle Beach. She is an avid reader, enjoys photography in her spare time, and frequents the beautiful Grand Strand beaches as often as possible.