10 Things To Do On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk - Updated 2021

Things To Do On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

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. Full of fun-filled activities, charming shops, and delicious eateries, the Boardwalk is the heart of Myrtle Beach. 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 to enhance your time at the Boardwalk:

1. Ride the Myrtle Beach Skywheel

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
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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 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

2. Shopping at Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

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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

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

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum
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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

4. Ripley's Haunted Adventure

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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

5. Ripley's 5D Moving Theater

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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 at the Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater. 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 move 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 first hand.

Ripley's 5D Moving Theater

Address: 915 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Website: Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

6. Eat at one of the restaurants on the Boardwalk

Boardwalk Myrtle Beach 2017
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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

7. Visit the Fun Plaza Arcade

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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

8. Ride the Sling Shot thrill ride

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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

9. Attend the Carolina Country Music Festival in summer

Sugarland at CMA Music Festival 2008
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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

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Website: Carolina Country Music Festival

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

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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

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 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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