Best things to do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, as referenced in the 1964 hit “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters (as was every other boardwalk ever) sits in the heart of Myrtle Beach surrounded by several attractions and lots of water.

When you find yourself on the boardwalk (or under, in some cases) you’re going to need a plan, because those parking meters don’t last forever, and it’s 87 degrees in November snd the ice caps are melting and polar bears and there’s a lot to consider, so have a look below at the to five things to do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach

1110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. daily
Phone: (843) 839-9200

The SkyWheel Myrtle Beach was the first observation wheel of its kind in the United States when it opened on May 20, 2011.Standing 200-feet above sea level, the SkyWheel gives you a whole new perspective of all the beauty the Grand Strand has to offer. Your flight begins when you enter one of the 42 climate controlled and fully enclosed gondolas. Open all year long, you are always sure to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable flight, no matter the temperature outside.Located at the heart of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the SkyWheel is an unforgettable experience that soars 20 stories above the Atlantic Ocean both day and night! Each flight is a unique experience for children and adults of all ages. After all that flying, why not take a break with some cool drinks and tasty treats. Just steps away visit our friends at LandShark Bar & Grill to enjoy a feast fit for the whole family!

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

913 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: Noon – 5 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., Noon – 6 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Phone: (843) 448-2331

One of the best haunted houses in Myrtle Beach, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a frighteningly fun tour through the old Grimsby & Streaper Casket Company featuring plenty of spooky ghosts, specters and creepy creatures of all sorts.

Filled with live actors, animatronics and chilling special effects, this multi-million-dollar haunted house — one of four great Ripley’s attractions on Ocean Boulevard — is sure to give you and your family a fright.

Explore this multi-level facility and hunt through a twisting maze of scary stuff to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of two men, as you unravel a slate full of odd happenings and occult occurrences.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

901 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours: Noon – 5 p.m. Sun. – Thurs.,  Noon – 6 p.m. Fri. – Sat.
Phone: (843) 448-2331

The flagship attraction of the this world-renknowed brand of interesting things — one of four Ripley’s attractions on Ocean Boulevard — Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Myrtle Beach provides a place of oddities of all sorts.Located in the heart of downtown, this Myrtle Beach museum showcases unusual stuff form all corners of the world and offers chance to examine a genuine shrunken head, see how you measure up to the world’s tallest man and pet a 6-legged cow. And that’s just the start of what this place has on display.There’s also amazing artifacts from past civilizations, awe-inspiring art exhibits and sculptures, places to learn about odd creatures and plenty more that make this one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach.

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

910 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach; Hours: 9:30 a.m. – midnight Memorial Day through Labor Day; 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. March – October; 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. November – February
Phone: (843) 448-6550

Peruse more than 26,000 square feet and over 70,000 items with a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts of Myrtle Beach.

The gift shop, named so because the original owner used to watch dolphins through a telescope and thought they always looked like they had a smile on their face, is right in downtown Myrtle Beach.

Shoppers at the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove can find sharks teeth, shells, T-shirts, pirate swords, Hummel figurines and so much more.

The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is near the popular Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

Sling Shot

1201 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC; Hours:  Noon – 11 p.m. daily
Phone: (843) 444-8255

In the heart of downtown, across the street from the SkyWheel lies one of the most daring and exciting vertical amusement rides in Myrtle Beach, the Sling Shot Thrill Ride.

During this ride, two riders strap in and roll back before being shot into the sky like a sling shot [hence the name] and propelled more than 300 feet high at speeds up to 120 miles an hour, bouncing up and down repeatedly,  twisting,  turning and flipping as a pair of cables brings them safely back to the earth.

Also on site at Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides are a number of other family rides and thrill rides including the Sky Bounce kids bungee jumper, the Sundance vertical spinning pendulum,and the Air Strike, an extreme spinning ride you have to see to believe.

Fun Plaza Arcade

902 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Hours:  10 a.m. – 1 a.m. Mon. – Sun.
Phone: (843) 448-5141

Calling itself “Myrtle Beach’s Largest Family Fun Center” the Fun Plaza Arcade, located on Ocean Boulevard along the Myrtle Beach boardwalk offers a combination of classic and modern gaming.

With all your family favorites this downtown Myrtle Beach arcade is a throwback to the golden days of gaming with a wall full of vintage baseball games, pinball, skee-ball and many other games of skill where you can test your hand and be rewarded handsomely in tickets and trinkets of all kinds.

There’s also modern arcade titles and video games, and lots of other fun to be had including kiddie rides, photo booths, crane games, sports games and much more.

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