Local living like a tourist – The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has gone through a transformation in the past few years since it originally opened in May of 2010.  It runs slightly over one mile along the oceanfront from 14th Avenue North to 2nd Avenue North. National Geographic has ranked the boardwalk number three in the United States while Travel and Leisure ranked the boardwalk number two. That excited me because growing up in New Jersey and spending summers at the shore, I was really happy when the Boardwalk opened. Visions of the best pizza popped into my mind.

If you haven’t been to the Boardwalk area lately, you are missing a great time. I have not yet tried any pizza but there are some awesome restaurants and bars including the ones I have been to and liked: Banditos Restaurant and Cantina, Peaches Corner, Landshark Bar and Grill, Hammerhead Grilll and the 2nd Avenue Pierhouse Restaurant.

During the summer, there is obviously a lot more to do than just walking the boards and sightseeing. You can enjoy watching the waves, taking in the sounds from the restaurants, and listening to the free concerts at Plyler Park. And don’t forget about the Skywheel.

The last time I was there in the summer, I enjoyed a margarita and dinner at Banditos and did some people and surf watching. Afterwards, my friends and I listened to music at one of the hopping bars.

There are also activities for the young and young at heart including the arcades and the gift shops including the popular Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, as well as the Ripley’s Attractions.

Just because summer is gone does not mean that you will have to wait until next year to enjoy time at the Boardwalk.  After having a string of successful activities and festivals, the Merchants Association has decided to keep the fun going with its introduction of Holidays on the Boardwalk, including a variety of entertainment each Saturday in December.  The event will kick-off on November 30th with the “Lighting of the Boardwalk.” Stay tuned as we include the events in our calendar and Festivals post.

Until next week…enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer.

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Since July 2011, Sherrie has been living in North Myrtle Beach and sharing the best that the Grand Strand has to offer. From people to events, Grand Strand Happening is your source for everything fun from Little River to Murrells Inlet.

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