Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

This carnival-like seafront strip’s sole job is to entertain, and it does it so well. Join the family fun, ride a nostalgic Ferris wheel, and soak up the raucous atmosphere.

There is something so delightfully and unapologetically tacky about Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, something about its personality that’s made it one of the country’s best-loved vacation spots. This is entertainment central, a place that offers unadulterated fun in the sun. The sounds of video games waft out of the arcades, rides shoot thrill-seekers up into the sky before your eyes, and restaurants cook up some classic American food.

The boardwalk, known as “the heart of Myrtle Beach,” stretches more than a mile along prime beachfront real estate. While it is bustling all year, it’s when the sticky summer months roll around that throngs of people arrive to let their hair down and revel in the round-the-clock fun and great line-up of festivals. A firm favorite is the Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights.

Circling like the gulls above your head is the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. Indulge in some childhood nostalgia with a ride going 187 feet up into the sky. The gondolas are enclosed and air conditioned so it’s a welcome reprieve from the heat too.

In search of sedate activities? Myrtle Beach Boardwalk probably isn’t the place for you. However, if you want to be thrilled, terrified, and entertained, the choices are truly tantalizing. Head to the Nightmare Haunted House, get fired into orbit in a Sling Shot Thrill Ride, or be equally fascinated and grossed out at the oddities in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Enjoy a brief escape from the carnival-like atmosphere and head to the southern end of the boardwalk, where a pretty little pier and peaceful oceanfront park area are a welcome respite. The 2nd Avenue Pier is a historic Myrtle Beach landmark, offering some truly inspiring views.