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10 Things Myrtle Beach Pavilion fans will love
You miss the Pavilion. We hear you loud and clear! It’s one of the most common comments we get on our Facebook page and through our website. Truth be told, we miss it too. (And, for the record, we had nothing to do with its closure in 2006). However, 10 years after the end of the Pavilion, time is marching on and we are too. Here are 10 great activities we think that our Pavilion-loving fans will love too.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
If you miss the smell of funnel cakes and the ocean breeze of the Pavilion, get your fill of both at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Constructed in 2010, the Boardwalk is full of restaurants serving up tasty goodness. Fried oreos, anyone? There’s even an old timey photo spot for a Pavilion-inspired souvenir. Strolling along the Boardwalk with your kids or hand-in-hand with your spouse will take you right back to your Pavilion-loving days.
Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
The rides were, of course, a huge draw for Pavilion fans. Many of the most popular ones found a new home at Broadway at the Beach’s Pavilion Parks. The old carousel is there along with a mix of new and classic rides. Seasonal fireworks are an added bonus as are two old-timey photo shops.
300 S Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
For the younger kids in your group, Family Kingdom offers many of the thrills you remember from your childhood days at the Pavilion, including a log flume ride and a wooden roller coaster. The Swamp Fox may not be the Hurricane of your youth, but the kids will still love the ride. The Tilt-A-Whirl and Scrambler will take you right back, too. If you miss paying for your rides with tickets, Family Kingdom has you covered there, or you can buy an all-day wristband for unlimited fun.
90 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
An oceanfront amusement park with rides, games, cotton candy and other snacks and goodies, OD Pavilion in North Myrtle Beach is loaded with the nostalgia Pavilion fans crave. Remember the Gravitron? OD Pavilion has one! It also boasts a roller coaster with a loop, pirate ship ride, kiddie rides and more.
Myrtle Beach Slingshot
Do you want to get your heart pumping to Hurricane coaster levels? Try a ride on the slingshot in downtown Myrtle Beach. (When your life is flashing before your eyes as you rocket into the sky, maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of your summer days at the Pavilion.) You’ll certainly remember the thrill of anticipation and excitement that you loved so much at the Pavilion, and you’ll be creating a new memory to look back on.
Ropes Courses and Ziplines
200 Cypress Lake Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29566
How could the Pavilion be replaced by a zipline? That’s a recurring complaint we hear as the former Pavilion site is now occupied by a zipline adventure. It’s hard to imagine your childhood love affair with the Pavilion summed up in a single zip through the air. We get it. But the thrill of ziplining is a whole new adventure to explore. The GoApe course in North Myrtle Beach is our favorite, offering an experience that lasts several hours and tests the limits of your strength and guts. You weave your way through several tree-top obstacles each ending with a leap down a zipline. It’s fun and exciting like the Pavilion with the added element of being a challenge. We highly recommend it for families with older kids looking for a good bonding moment on their trip to the beach.
Broadway Grand Prix
1820 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Remember the fun of being on a family vacation and seeing your parents let loose a little? Challenge your kids to a race at Broadway Grand Prix and watch their faces light up. The Grand Prix has several tracks, from a kiddie track for the littlest drivers to an indoor slick track for true competitors. There’s also an indoor arcade and other activities, snacks and the thrilling sky-coaster for daredevils.
910 Highway 17 S, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
If rides are your jam, check out one of the waterparks in the area for a wet and wild good time. Wild Water and Wheels in Surfside Beach has a ton of water attractions for the whole family, including speed slides, meandering tube slides, lazy river, wave pool and tons more.
Maybe your love for the Pavilion has nothing to do with rides and unhealthy food choices. If you’re more into the history and a simpler time, check out the some of the museums in the area. Explore everything you’ve ever wanted to know about shag dancing at the North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum or inject some culture into your vacation with a trip to the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach.
If you want a fresh perspective on the beach, try the view from 300 feet up. Parasailing can fulfill the thrill you’re missing from the Pavilion while giving you an experience like no other. Downwind Sails is a popular choice for parasailing at the beach, and they offer other water adventures like jet-ski rentals, banana boat rides, sea life excursions and sailboat rides. You’ll be so wiped out from your fun in the sun, you won’t have time to miss the Pavilion.