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 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 brings new dining options to Barefoot Landing in 2021. The dog- and family-friendly brewery offers outdoor relaxation with hammocks, games and more. The kitchen offers a variety of grub, and the Island Bar offers 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 celebrates its 10th birthday in Myrtle Beach this year!
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 will feature 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 is a new treat shop 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, welcomes 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 this summer. 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 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.