Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

 5.0 Avg. rating based on 6 reviews

910 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577   
(843) 448-6550

Description
About Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

Myrtle Beach’s oldest, largest, and most unique gift shop, the Gay Dolphin has been an anchor of the Myrtle Beach community since the 1940s. With its wide selection of sea shells, apparel ,home decor, collectibles, jewelry, sharksteeth, and seven photo opportunities ranging from a lifesize Yeti and Elvis to Egyptian guardians and pirates, the Gay Dolphin is more than a gift shop – it is a shopping experience.

Located one block south of the SkyWheel on Ocean Boulevard and the Oceanfront Boardwalk.

From Highway 17 Business/Kings Highway, turn onto Mr. Joe White towards the ocean. Go straight to Ocean Blvd. and turn right. The Gay Dolphin will be on the left.

In 1946, Justin Plyler had a vision for Myrtle Beach – he saw an affordable, family-friendly vacation destination that was so entertaining that families would return year after year. 

What started as a small gift shop with a large amusement park for children has grown into the largest gift shop in the area and one of the most visited attractions in the Grand Strand.

rIn the early 1940s, Justin and Eloise Plyler purchased their first oceanfront lot. Over the next few years, they would add businesses, including the Tom Thumb golf course; the Tuck ‘Em Inn; the Coast Inn; the Just Inn; a reptile show; Myrtle Beach’s first aquarium; a monkey exhibit, and later Gorillaland; a rifle range; Kiddieland with many rides including a Tilt-a-Whirl, bumper cars, and a pony rink; the Gay Dolphin Park with the Wild Mouse roller coaster and the Flying Cages; Jones Bingo; a donut shop; and of course, the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove.

The first gift shop opened was called Shell Craft. The Gay Dolphin original store was destroyed in Hurricane Hazel in 1954. It was built back in phases. The oceanfront part of the store was rebuilt first, then the basement was dug and part of the stockroom was added. In the early 1960s, construction began to expand the store to Ocean Boulevard, and the iconic tower was built.

User Reviews
Gay Dolphin Gift Cove Reviews

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 5.0

Avg. rating based on 6 reviews


  • Gay Dolphin

    So.. We visited from the Quad Cities, Iowa, and if you dont want to spend the time "shelling" (looking for sea shells and other treasures), this store has EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE!! Sea Shells (dyed in every color, along with the natural untouched shells from the Ocean), corals, jewels, Everything! PLUS 3 LEVELS OF GIFTS!! 150% A MUST VISIT!!!

    Heather a.k.a. Nana
    MyrtleBeach.com user

  • Gay Dolphin

    So.. We visited from the Quad Cities, Iowa, and if you dont want to spend the time "shelling" (looking for sea shells and other treasures), this store has EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE!! Sea Shells (dyed in every color, along with the natural untouched shells from the Ocean), corals, jewels, Everything! PLUS 3 LEVELS OF GIFTS!! 150% A MUST VISIT!!!

    Heather a.k.a. Nana
    MyrtleBeach.com user

  • Gay Dolphin

    So.. We visited from the Quad Cities, Iowa, and if you dont want to spend the time "shelling" (looking for sea shells and other treasures), this store has EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE!! Sea Shells (dyed in every color, along with the natural untouched shells from the Ocean), corals, jewels, Everything! PLUS 3 LEVELS OF GIFTS!! 150% A MUST VISIT!!!

    Heather a.k.a. Nana
    MyrtleBeach.com user

  • Gay Dolphin

    So.. We visited from the Quad Cities, Iowa, and if you dont want to spend the time "shelling" (looking for sea shells and other treasures), this store has EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE!! Sea Shells (dyed in every color, along with the natural untouched shells from the Ocean), corals, jewels, Everything! PLUS 3 LEVELS OF GIFTS!! 150% A MUST VISIT!!!

    Heather a.k.a. Nana
    MyrtleBeach.com user

  • BEST GIFT EVER

    I LOVE THIS GIFT SHOP. WE MAKE A POINT TO GO EVERY TIME WE COME TO MYRTLE BEACH. I'VE BEEN COMING TO MYRTLE BEACH WITH MY FAMILY FOR OVER 50 YEARS AND THIS IS A HAVE TO WHEN WE COME. THE GAY DOLPHIN IS OUR FAVORITE GIFT SHOP BY FAR....MAKES OUR VACATION TO STAY AND SHOP ALL DAY AT LEAST ONE DAY OF OUR VACATION

    tammy maples
    MyrtleBeach.com user

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HOURS


  • Sunday - Saturday: 9:30 am to 11:00 pm

*All hours are subject to seasonality and changes. Please click here to visit this business' website for complete details on hours of operation.


CONTACT INFO

(843) 448-6550

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