Downtown Myrtle Beach, at the center of the 60-mile long Grand Strand, is a 75 year old beach community with an abundance of history and nostalgia. With much new development and great changes you can still get a feel for how it was back in yesteryear. Families can enjoy all of the new attractions and entertainment and create their own lifelong memories. The two main areas for entertainment downtown are the Pavilion Area and the Family Kingdom Area. Each area is unique in its own way, offering a family friendly atmosphere that so many people have enjoyed year after year.
Accommodations: In the downtown Myrtle Beach area there is a wide variety of newer oceanfront high rise towers with indoor and outdoor pools, lazy rivers, and activities to entertain families of all ages. If you prefer smaller and quaint there are numerous motels and cottages available to rent as well. For more information on accommodations in downtown Myrtle Beach visit, www.visitmyrtlebeach.com.
Attractions and Entertainment: The Beach and the 1.2 mile long Boardwalk and Promenade are the main attractions downtown and include many different types of fun, family friendly activities from shopping, dining and entertainment. The 2nd Avenue Pier and the 14th Avenue Pier are the anchors at each end of the Boardwalk and Promenade. These piers offer sightseeing, fishing and dining with great views of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and the Beach. A wide variety of new and historical rides, arcades, games, water parks and attractions are scattered throughout the Pavilion and Family Kingdom Areas. These areas include family friendly attractions suitable for all ages and thrill type attractions for the more adventurous one in the crowd.
Food and Beverage: A wide variety of eating and refreshment establishments exist all throughout the downtown area. Strolling along the Boardwalk you will see an array of eateries and side walk cafés to enjoy a light snack or full meal and an ocean view. The Boardwalk isn’t the only place to grab a bite to eat as there are many other unique and great choices throughout the downtown area, along Ocean Boulevard, the Avenues, and Kings Highway.
Retail Shopping: There is an array of retail and souvenir shops to get that favorite t-shirt and memorable souvenir. Most of the shops along the Boardwalk and Ocean Boulevard are oriented to resort, beach and souvenir items. You can also find other specialty shops around downtown that include consignment, antique, art, convenience, sporting goods and groceries that can provide you with the comforts of home while enjoying your vacation.
Special Events: Special Events are a huge part of what goes on in Downtown Myrtle Beach. People visit and vacation in places that have “Things to Do” and Myrtle Beach always has something fun going on! The Oceanfront Merchant Association (OMA) is a group of local business owners who are responsible for hosting and sponsoring many of the large crowd drawing events that occur throughout the year. Some of their annual events include:
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A day long street celebration of the Irish with traditional Irish food and
music, a kids area with inflatables and face painting, and an array of local and regional bands that play
all throughout the day and night.
Hot Summer Nights: A summer long event that caters to our annual visitors with a kid’s carnival on
Monday, concerts in the park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and fireworks over the ocean every
Wednesday night all FREE for your enjoyment.
Oktoberfest: Another day long celebration similar to St. Patrick’s Day celebrating the Fall and German origins with ethnic food and music. Families will enjoy a kid’s area that will entertain the younger ones and an array of local and regional bands will play all throughout the day and night.
Holidays on the Boardwalk: New to OMA in 2012, holiday lights sparkled and danced to holiday music along the Boardwalk and from all of the businesses located on the Boardwalk and Ocean Boulevard. Each weekend Santa Claus arrived at a different attraction downtown and there were many musical performances, entertainment, prizes, and fun for all who attended.
The DRC and City public investments have inspired private investors and redevelopments The completion of the public Boardwalk and Promenade sparked a trend in private investing despite the national recessionary period. The 2nd Avenue Pier renovations and the construction of the SkyWheel and Landshark Restaurant are two investments alone that totaled over $20 Million dollars.
Check Out These Great New Shops, Cafés & Restaurants, And Attractions For 2014!
8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill
NY Style Pizzaria
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt
Banditos Restaurant & Cantina
Gem City Pizza
Farlo's Burrito Bar expansion
Shark Attack Adventure Golf
I Love Sugar
Ripley's Motion Master in 5-D
Hurricane Bar and Grill
Sumo Japanese Restaurant
Nathan's Hot Dogs
The DRC and City of Myrtle Beach have completed phase one of a two-phase Gateway road project. The 3rd Avenue South Gateway project will connect with the South Carolina Department of Transportation's 3rd Avenue South Improvement Project and create an improved vehicular and pedestrian connection from Highway 501 & Gateway to the Family Kingdom South Entertainment District at Ocean Boulevard.
Visit the 3rd Avenue South, Family Kingdom area and check out these businesses.