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Our Favorite Things to Do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade needs to be on your to-do list when you visit Myrtle Beach. Don’t take our word for it: National Geographic Travel named it the number three boardwalk in the U.S., behind only Atlantic City and Coney Island.

Really, how could you go wrong with a 1.2 mile-long oceanfront boardwalk lined with entertainment, shopping and restaurants right in the heart of Myrtle Beach? Answer: You can’t!

Here’s a quick list of our favorite things to do on the boardwalk:

Grab a bite at the 2nd Avenue Pier
The Pier House restaurant at 2nd Avenue Pier has one of the best views in Myrtle Beach. Our favorite way to enjoy Pier House is at breakfast time, when you can really enjoy the early morning light and meditate on the horizon. Plus, we love the Wahoo omelet with Andouille sausage, shrimp, veggies and pepper jack cheese.

Now, if morning revelry isn’t your thing, you can also try the open air bar, Pier View, and enjoy the wraparound deck with plush couches and chairs and a great ocean breeze.

Take a flight on the SkyWheel
Another great way to take in an astonishing view of Myrtle Beach is to take a flight on the SkyWheel. Towering 187 feet over the boardwalk, the SkyWheel is one of the most distinguishing features of the Myrtle Beach oceanfront skyline. Taking a 10-minute ride in one of the temperature-controlled gondolas is guaranteed to give you lasting memories. And one bonus: Kids 2 and younger are free!

Now, we won’t pick on you if you’re afraid of heights—even if you don’t take a flight, watching the SkyWheel from the boardwalk is still fun, especially in the evening when the wheel is lit up with more than a million LED lights.

Hot Summer Nights
This is one of the best new additions to Myrtle Beach nightlife in a long time. Head on down to the boardwalk in the evenings—every night, all summer long—and enjoy free entertainment. We don’t know about you, but we love that price.

Most nights the entertainment gets going at 8 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. Some nights the fun gets started earlier, with a strolling Dixieland Band starting up at 6 p.m. most Fridays and a kids carnival in Plyler Park from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Check the schedule for Hot Summer Nights before you head down at the Oceanfront Merchants Association’s website.

Of course, once you’ve experienced all you want with the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, there are plenty of other points of interest throughout the city where you can shop, dine, and stay entertained.

However, remember the best part of heading down to the Myrtle Beach boardwalk in the summer: people watching. We’ve got visitors from all over the country and around the world staying at the hotels on the boardwalk and it’s always a good time to watch the world walk by.

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