What’s New in Myrtle Beach for 2021
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. 2021 is no exception. 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 2021:
A new tropical-themed amusement park is under construction in Myrtle Beach. The Funplex is slated to open in the spring between 14th and 15th avenues north on Ocean Boulevard. Plans for the park include a roller coaster, rides, walk-up bar, and arcade.
Le Grand Cirque 2.0
Le Grand Cirque brings acrobatic feats and white-knuckle stunts to the Grand Strand with a new show at Broadway at the Beach in spring 2021. Join the fun under the big-top, climate-controlled tent from June to October. The show is a fast-paced, heart-stopping ride that is sure to keep guests on the edge of their seats.
Grand Strand Brewing Company
Slated to open in early 2021, Grand Strand Brewing Company is part of the city’s new Arts & Entertainment District surrounding Nance Plaza in downtown Myrtle Beach. Interior construction has wrapped up on the brewery, and a stage is being built outdoors to accommodate live music acts.
Crooked Hammock Brewery
Crooked Hammock Brewery will bring new dining options to Barefoot Landing in 2021. The dog- and family-friendly brewery offers outdoor relaxation with hammocks, games and more. The kitchen is slated to open in 2021, offering a variety of grub, and the Island Bar will offer 360 degree views of Barefoot Landing.
Updates to the Myrtle Beach Skywheel
The Myrtle Beach Skywheel will be undergoing renovations starting in January that include refreshing the interior and exterior of each gondola and upgrading the lighting system. The renovations are slated to wrap up in time for spring when the Skywheel celebrates its 10th birthday.
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 get to the beach in 2021.
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 in 2021 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.
Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center
16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
The new nature center at Huntington Beach State Park is a 4,500 square feet center and will feature a birding area, a classroom and an exhibit area with live animals.
Myrtle Beach Mall redevelopment
The Myrtle Beach Mall is located just north of the city of Myrtle Beach. The roughly $150 million plan will redevelop the mall into an outdoor shopping center called “The District.” The District will be more than just a shopping center. Plans for changes include new waterfront restaurants, sports bars, additional shopping areas, clubs and a boutique hotel.