The Myrtle Beach Area
What’s new for 2016? Myrtle Beach Attractions, Restaurants & Events
While change is inveitable when you're a tourist town, 2016 has been a particularly big year when it comes to changes and new attractions in Myrtle Beach.
With Broadway at the Beach celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the popular shopping and entertainment complex has decided to shake up its offerings with several closures, openings and changes (see a full recap here).
Many other spots around the area have followed Broadway's lead, as we've already seen tons of new attractions, shops, restaurants, and events this year.
Check out this list of new things that have opened or will open later this season. Here's what's new in Myrtle Beach for 2016:
New Myrtle Beach Attractions
2016 will bring some new attractions to the area, some which are known, and some which are unknown as of yet. From what we know now, we can expect to see the following attractions this coming year:
Ocean Lakes Campground has added many features to its Sandy Harbour waterpark.
Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach isn't a new attraction, but its landscape is rapidly changing with rumors of Hard Rock Cafe's pyramid being torn down, bars closing, places moving around, and Planet Hollywood being demolished. What we do know is that a new attraction called Master's Edition Fine Art Gallery has opened and a unique nightclub called Club Oz is now open where the former Revolutions Nightclub stood. The Beef Jerky Store has opened near Margaritaville at Broadway at the Beach. This new store offers 200+ kinds of jerky as well as other snacks.
An indoor trampoline park called Rockin' Jump is set to open in late May or early June next to the Children's Museum of South Carolina, located near Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Oak Street in Myrtle Beach. The park will feature several jumping areas for all ages and include games such as dodgeball, slamball and more.
Ocean Lakes Campground
Ocean Lakes Campground plans to open their newly renovated Sandy Harbour waterpark on Memorial Day weekend. The two-acre park will now feature an adventure river, 4 lane mat racer, tube slide, new kids splash zone, kiddie pool and cabanas.
The Market Common
The Market Common will soon be home to Savannah's Playground, which is a specially designed, ADA-approved playground for children of all abilities.
New Myrtle Beach Restaurants
Myrtle Beach is home to so many fantastic restaurants, and, with so many foodies in the area, it isn't surprising that there are new restaurants that have opened and will open this year:
A pair of new restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe and American Tap House, are being built at Broadway at the Beach.
American Tap House
American Tap House, a new craft brew restaurant is in the process of building their first location at Broadway at the Beach. It is expected that this new restaurant will be open by summer.
Bonfire: A Smokin' Taqueria has opened their doors in Conway. This new Riverwalk restaurant is home to a menu full of Mexican dishes as well as barbecue options and more. Another restaurant, Brisket is a new Texas BBQ restaurant that has opened in North Myrtle Beach.
If you like eating healthy, then you'll love Clean Eatz. Clean Eatz offers healthy meals in their cafe, as well as meal plans that you can sign up for each week. They are open and are located near 77th Avenue North.
Coffee & breakfast
Coffee Nerd is a new cafe and coffee house that has opened near Coastal Carolina University. A new breakfast restaurant called Famous Toastery will be opening their doors soon in Carolina Forest.
Kilwins is a candy store that has opened at Broadway at the Beach. They serve up sweet confections like chocolate, toffee, caramel, fudge, apples, corns, brittles, and more!
Kings Sushi has opened up a new location in North Myrtle Beach after experiencing much success at their location in Surfside Beach.
Mai Tai's Beach House and Grille opened their doors across from Family Kingdom Amusement Park. This new restaurant offers a delicious coastal menu along with a casual atmosphere.
North Myrtle Beach is now home to a unique pizza place called MOD Pizza. MOD Pizza makes build-your-own pizzas with seemingly endless options. In addition, another unique pizza restaurant, called Extreme Pizza, is coming to Broadway at the Beach this spring.
Popeye's has opened their first Grand Strand location by Ocean Lakes Family Campground off of Hwy 544.
Simply Thai Kitchen
A restaurant offering authentic Thai cuisine has opened on Joe White Avenue. Simply Thai Kitchen provides guests with delicious food in a casual atmosphere.
Southern Comforts Restaurant and Bakery has taken the spot of Boll Weevil Cafe in Pawleys Island. Southern Comforts doesn't only bake tasty desserts, but they also serve savory meals as well.
The Claw House
The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk has welcomed a new restaurant called The Claw House. The Claw House cooks up New England style seafood, including lobster shipped from up north.
The Crafty Cow
The Crafty Cow has opened at Barefoot Landing. This is a new ice cream place that serves handmade flavors, sundaes, milkshakes, and more.
Wahlburgers is a famous burger chain that was founded by Paul, Mark, and Donnie Wahlberg. It has been announced that Wahlburgers will be opening a location in Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. An opening date has not been announced.
New Myrtle Beach Events
2015 was a successful year for events in Myrtle Beach, and while some events will be returning to the area again this year, some new events have happened already and some are scheduled to take place:
The California Roots: Carolina Sessions festival was a new addition this year in April.
Jennie Finch Tournament Series
The Ripken Experience is bringing a new attraction to their facility this summer. The baseball-centered complex will welcome the 2016 Jennie Finch Tournament Series which will feature two weeks of fast-pitched softball.
There were several new events which took place early this year including a reggae festival, California Roots: The Carolina Sessions in April, the the first ever Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival in March at The Market Common, and The Horry County Fair which was held for the first time in Myrtle Beach this April at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.
The Sun Fun Festival
One of the most beloved and longest-running events in Myrtle Beach, The Sun Fun Festival, will return this summer after a 5 year hiatus. This year's festival will take place from June 3-5 in downtown Myrtle Beach, and will run in conjunction with the Native Sons Salt Games, an event which features many sporting events, contests, live music and more.
Myrtle Beach Speedway Concert Series
The Myrtle Beach Speedway has added to its entertainment lineup with several live music events and an updated live music pavilion. In addition to acts like Huey Lewis & The News, Montgomery Gentry, Mike Posner and Three Doors Down — which have all appeared this year — the speedway will host The Summerland Tour on July 15th featuring Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit, and Sponge. Other upcoming events include Rick Springfield, The Romantics & Night Ranger on Aug. 27, and more to be announced.