As Myrtle Beach’s Oceanfront Boardwalk enters its third full year, it continues to be a favorite destination with vacationers and locals alike.
In fact, National Geographic Travel named the Myrtle Beach boardwalk the third best boardwalk in the nation, behind only Atlantic City and Coney Island! “The launch of the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade in summer 2010 breathed new life into the Grand Strand beachfront. From souvenir shops and arcades to an oceanfront park near the 2nd Avenue Pier, the 1.2 mile walkway is now the town’s hub of activity.” We couldn’t agree more!
The boardwalk runs up the beach from the 2nd Avenue to the 14th Avenue piers. There are three distinct areas of boardwalk, each with a slightly different feel, so there’s plenty of variety to be enjoyed.
The north end of the boardwalk from Pier 15 to Plyler Park is the classic, old-school raised wooden deck boardwalk. This is where you can come enjoy free entertainment with Hot Summer Nights, from live music to Elvis impersonators and even a kids’ carnival on Monday nights and free fireworks on Wednesdays and holidays during the summer. Hot Summer Nights run every night from June through September and on most weekend nights in the spring and summer.
The middle section of the boardwalk from Plyler Park to the former site of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion has a carnival-like atmosphere and is filled with shopping, restaurants and bars, plus gift shops where you can load up on all the souvenirs you promised your friends back home.
The southern section is the promenade, and it runs from the pavilion down to the 2nd Avenue Pier. This is where you’ll find a more park-like atmosphere, with beautiful landscaping and benches to sit and soak up the gorgeous scenery.
Of course, all of this is located just steps from Holiday Inn at the Pavilion, which makes it easy to enjoy this don’t-miss destination the next time you visit Myrtle Beach.