Every year, an estimated 15 million visitors flock to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take in its 100-plus local golf courses, massive malls, world-class seafood restaurants and its most popular strolling spot—the charming, 1.2-mile Boardwalk. Here are some of our favourite Boardwalk stops.
The 200-foot-high SkyWheel serves up incredible views of the Boardwalk, beach and shops from its 42 glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas. This is an ideal first stop to get the lay of the land.
If you have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying, a stop at I Love Sugar is a must. This expansive shop offers something for every type of candy lover, from 5-lb. gummy bears to gourmet jelly beans and everything in between.
The open-air Fun Plaza will keep the kids busy, and Grandpa, too, with the latest in arcade games nestled next to vintage games from the 1930s. The best part: the building is still owned by the family that opened it in 1938.
A spectacular ocean view, the largest outdoor patio on the Boardwalk and live music in the summer make Ocean Front Bar & Grill a great spot to dine. Enjoy the killer menu of seafood and southern barbecue.
Founded in 1946 and named after the happy dolphins that once frolicked beside the boardwalk, the Gay Dolphin Gift Shop is 26,000 square feet of gloriously confusing stairways and shelves stacked with more than 70,000 beach-themed treasures.
Made famous by country band Alabama, who served as the bar’s house band from 1973 until 1980, The Bowery is a favourite watering hole with locals. Ignore the “Hot Beer, Lousy Food, Bad Service” sign outside—all three are exceptionally good.
Black River Outdoors Center Take a kayak eco-tour of a salt marsh and get up close to dozens of bird species.
T.I.G.E.R.S. African Safari This 50-acre preserve offers interactive conservation; handle baby monkeys and tigers.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Myrtle Beach twice a week from Toronto.
A Guide to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With 100 kilometres of sandy beaches, thrilling water sports, challenging golf courses and family-friendly attractions, Myrtle Beach has long been a popular vacation spot. Explore the history of this American seaside town while enjoying Southern hospitality at its finest.