14 Things To Do On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Things To Do On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
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The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a must-see when visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Regarded as the hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile (96.5-kilometer) string of beaches along South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk blends in perfectly with the waterfront vibe. Wondering what’s on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk? Well, it is full of charming shops, delicious eateries, and fun-filled activities. If you’re keen on exploring Myrtle Beach, don’t miss the chance to experience this city’s seaside treasure. Rent a house or book a stay at a beachfront hotel. To help make your visit top-notch, scroll down to see a list of top things to do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

1. Nightmare Haunted House

If you’re a fan of haunted and spooky places, you must visit Nightmare Haunted House. Only a two-minute stroll from the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, this scary dark attraction, which opened in the 1980s, has been frightening visitors for over 30 years. Your darkest nightmares and fears are brought to life here. You find yourself trembling in fear as you fade in and out of complete darkness. You’re unable to figure out the source of the macabre, hoarse grunts and tortured cries of the UNDEAD; you’re frightened of what lurks above, below, or in front of you.

Nightmare Haunted House

Address: 1001 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, United States

Website: Nightmare Haunted House

Opening hours: Mon: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Tue & Wed); Thu: 12pm - 8pm; Fri: 12pm - 10pm; Sat: 12pm - 12am; Sun: 12pm - 9pm

Price: 12.99 USD

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2. Pier 14

Pier 14 is a well-established venue for a selection of seafood and drinks in a casual beachside ambiance, and it’s only a 3-minute stroll from the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. It guarantees food aficionados a thoroughly delightful eating experience. Set above the Atlantic Ocean, it boasts unparalleled views. It has a complete bar and serves lunch and dinner every day.

In addition to this, it features a gift and gear shop where all of your fishing requirements, such as rod and reel rental, and bait can be met. You can grab some food and refreshing beverages, or buy some custom souvenirs for your family and friends.

Pier 14

Address: 1306 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, United States

Website: Pier 14

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3. Party at Ground Zero

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Ground Zero on Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Ground Zero is a live music venue that specifically caters to teenagers. Through good music, nice food and drinks, and just a general good time, this venue aims to give the youngsters a fun space to mingle and have fun. The venue also hosts several events, including Youth Worker Network.

So if you have a teenager among your group or you are one, Ground Zero is a great place to check out, and, who knows, you may make a couple of new friends along the way!

Ground Zero

Address: 904 Chester St, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577, United States

Website: Ground Zero

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 4:30pm (closed from Fri - Sun)

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4. Satiate your sweet tooth at I Love Sugar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by I LOVE SUGAR on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Those who have a great love for candy, welcome to sweets nirvana! Calling I Love Sugar a candy store is an understatement as the whole place is filled to the brim with candy-related decorations. Everywhere you look, it’ll be nothing but candy. Enjoy the store’s varied menu of candies including gummy pickles, gummy pizza, jawbreakers, rock candy crystals, cotton candy, and so much more. If your sweet tooth is acting up, drop by I Love Sugar and get your fix!

I Love Sugar

Address: 919 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577, United States

Website: I Love Sugar

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 9pm

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5. Ride the Myrtle Beach Skywheel

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Claire P. used under CC BY 2.0

Looming nearly 200 feet (60.9 meters) above the Myrtle Beach oceanfront is the fabulous Skywheel, a top Myrtle Beach attraction. Thrill to bird’s-eye views of the blue Atlantic waters and the breathtaking city skyline as you ride one of the tallest Ferris Wheels in the United States. Rides on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk are available day and night. There’s no need to worry if the weather is chilly because the Skywheel is equipped with comfy climate-controlled gondolas. If you want to go the pampered route, the VIP gondolas offer Ferrari-leather seats, glare-free glass, and exciting glass-bottom floors. To avoid wait times, buy your tickets online.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

Address: 1110 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Myrtle Beach Skywheel

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6. Shopping at Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove Myrtle Beach SC
Source: Photo by Flickr user Forsaken Fotos used under CC BY 2.0

In business for over 70 years, Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is legendary and a must stop for visitors touring the Grand Strand. With up and down staircases to navigate and large pieces of merchandise to weave around, Gay Dolphin Gift Cove’s 30,000 square feet (2,787 square meters) of space is like a wondrous maze. But it’s fun to get lost in Gay Dolphin Gift Cove’s sea of limitless wares: colorful koozies, charming Egyptian statues, personalized license plates, shiny pressed pennies, and more. Gay Dolphin Gift Cove even sells t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “ I Got Lost in the Gay Dolphin”.

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

Address: 916 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

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7. Visit Ripley's Believe It or Not Odd-itorium

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Ripley's Believe It or Not! on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If you’re into the macabre and weird then this is a place just for you. Opening its doors back in 1918, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odd-itorium offers a bizarre showcase at every turn. One of Myrtle Beach’s most popular attractions, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odd-itorium is a museum filled with an eclectic collection of exotic artifacts and gaudy oddities on display. Be prepared for some eerie sights, because shrunken human heads, a replica of a six-legged cow, and other rare animal skeletons are the norm at this locale.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Odd-itorium

Address: 901 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odd-itorium

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8. Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The Haunted team is working on some new stuff for September and October! Cant wait for y’all to see what we have in store!

Posted by Ripley's Haunted Adventure on Monday, June 10, 2019

There’s goosebumps aplenty at the Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. One of the top haunted houses in Myrtle Beach, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a frighteningly fun tour through the old Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company. The creepy establishment boasts loads of spooky ghosts, specters, and creepy creatures of all kinds. This multi-million-dollar haunted house features live actors, animatronics, and spine-tingling special effects. There’s the new added bonus of a Laser Strike live-action adventure, where thrill seekers navigate their way through flesh-eating monsters armed with their own laser gun rifle!

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Address: 913 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

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9. Ripley's 5D Moving Theater

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Have you been to the Ripley's Haunted Adventure or the 5D Moving Theater. Both are a BLAST and will be experiences you...

Posted by Ripley's Believe It or Not! on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Offering one of the most exciting activities on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you experience the virtual pleasures of riding a roller coaster, racing motorcycles, or driving snowmobiles over mountainous terrain. Equipped with high-tech special effects and computer graphics, Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater uses amazing 5D technology to deliver a hair-raising ride of a lifetime. Ripley’s state-of-the-art Motion Master system uses 70-millimeter film synced to computer-controlled hydraulics that moves the entire theater! For those with a delicate stomach, Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater also offers non-moving films so all guests can experience the dramatic technology firsthand.

Ripley's 5D Moving Theater

Address: 915 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

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10. Eat at one of the restaurants on the Boardwalk

Boardwalk Myrtle Beach 2017
Source: Photo by Flickr user marada used under CC BY-ND 2.0

If you’re touring the Boardwalk, at some point you need to refuel. There’s a wide array of oceanfront dining. From fresh seafood to eclectic Mexican fare, Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk has something to satisfy anyone’s pallet. For a laid-back island vibe, you can’t beat Moe Moon’s. Located near the Skywheel, Moe Moon’s serves a high-quality menu filled with hearty items, like burgers, hot dogs, and shrimp po'boys. For lighter fare, there’s sandwiches and salads. When you visit don’t miss the chance to relish one of Moe Moon’s signature Fish Bowl cocktails, served in, what else, a fish bowl. The 007 Bowl, a mixture of Absolut Mandarin Vodka, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, with a can of Red Bull is a stand out.

Moe Moon's

Address: 918 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Moe Moon’s

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11. Visit the Fun Plaza Arcade

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The flashing lights and computerized noises will certainly draw you into the Boardwalk’s Fun Plaza Arcade. An open-air plaza just steps from the water, Fun Plaza Arcade is one of the oldest galleries in the Myrtle Beach area and has a great mix of vintage and modern games. Fun Plaza Arcade is one of the best things to do as it offers plenty of air hockey and Skee ball action, alongside numerous racing simulators and pinball machines. There are even several classic fortune teller stations that were made famous in the 1980’s classic Tom Hanks movie “Big”. You’ll definitely feel like a kid again at Fun Plaza Arcade.

Fun Plaza Arcade

Address: 902 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Fun Plaza Arcade

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12. Ride the Sling Shot thrill ride

Definitely not for the faint of heart, a ride on the Sling Shot thrill ride takes thrill seeking to the extreme. A one-of-a-kind, stomach-churning adventure, Sling Shot straps riders into a two-seat compartment and rockets them skyward at speeds of over 100 mph (160.9 kph)! At the Sling Shot’s peak, riders are over 300 feet (91.4 meters) off the ground before being thrust downward. The Sling Shot is equipped with a mounted camera to show those waiting in line the reaction to those currently in flight. Got nerves of steel? Take your place in line.

Sling Shot thrill ride

Address: 12th Avenue N at Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Sling Shot thrill ride

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13. Attend the Carolina Country Music Festival in summer

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For fans of country music, the Carolina Country Music Festival is the prime outdoor music event. Taking place every summer, Carolina Country Music Festival offers a unique blend of top country music headliners and up-and-coming performers. Carolina Country Music Festival hosts over 30 of the industry’s biggest stars, such as national recording artists Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. With beautiful Myrtle Beach as an inviting backdrop, you can’t beat the venue of this family-friendly three-day festival of toe-tapping country music.

Carolina Country Music Festival

Address: check website

Website: Carolina Country Music Festival

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14. End the day with a nice drink on the Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach
Source: Photo by Flickr user James Willamor used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The ideal thing to do at the end of a perfect day on the Boardwalk is to indulge in a satisfying beverage. The prime place to do that is Duffy’s Tavern and Bowery. Opening its doors in 1944, Duffy’s Tavern and Bowery is a landmark in Myrtle Beach. Only moments from the ocean, this easygoing saloon features great live music, tasty pub fare, and fun pool tables. The establishment offers a wide selection of beers and signature cocktails. For something smooth, try the Kinky Mama. Looking for a drink with a kick, then the Fire Extinguisher is the way to go. Want to sip and nibble? Sample an appetizer, like fried corn on the cob, or pepper jack mac ‘n’ cheese bites.

Duffy's Tavern and Bowery

Address: 110 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Duffy’s Tavern and Bowery

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Oceanfront fun at Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Jam-packed with delectable restaurants, resorts and hotels, intriguing tourist attractions, fun arcades, exciting rides, souvenir stands, lovely ocean breezes, and a scenic seaside, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade pulses with high energy. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is the destination you picture when you think of a stroll on a breezy boardwalk surrounded by non-stop fun. So what are you waiting for? The Boardwalk beckons!

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