Home » Destinations » Boardwalk Myrtle Beach: Complete Guide & Things To Do 2024

Boardwalk Myrtle Beach: Complete Guide & Things To Do 2024

Come with us as we take a stroll along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach and visit its many attractions!

I love a beach town. I grew up in a beach town in southern Maine that came alive every summer, and now I live with my family in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where the fun continues all year round!

Living in this sunny paradise has given us insider access to the best spots, eats, and experiences along the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. That’s where we’re headed today, so read on to learn everything you need to know.

Boardwalk Myrtle Beach

Boardwalk Myrtle Beach: 10 Best Things To Do

Good to know: The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade stretches from 2nd Avenue to 14th Avenue in Myrtle Beach. However, most of the action is found between 8th Avenue and 14th Avenue.

From 2nd Ave to 8th Ave, the “boardwalk” is actually a paved walkway next to the beach that winds its way past several hotels. It’s a nice walk to take, and a slightly quieter area to spend time on the beach, but you’ll find most of the attractions starting at 8th Ave, which is also where the boardwalk (in the form of a raised wooden walkway) actually begins.

Here are the best activities we recommend on and around the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk:

1. Take a spin on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Landshark and SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach

A staple of the Myrtle Beach skyline, the SkyWheel towers over the boardwalk on North Ocean Boulevard. When you enter your gondola and begin your ascent, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Grand Strand.

Riding the SkyWheel can be a fun way to relax and cool down after a walk on the boardwalk — the gondolas are air-conditioned! It’s a fun activity for the whole family. My little ones were apprehensive when they saw the size of the wheel on our last visit…and then I reminded them that they’ve ridden the SkyWheel before!

Kids on Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

2. Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

I’ve visited Ripley’s Odditorium in a few different locations — in Atlantic City when I was a kid, in San Antonio with my husband, and then here in Myrtle Beach with my own kids. It’s an interesting place to visit, with some fun surprises along the way!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Myrtle Beach

This place is a treasure trove of oddities, rare artifacts, and bizarre exhibits. The interactive exhibits make learning fun for kids and are a great break from the sun.

Carter in Ripley's Odditorium

Ripley’s attractions have really taken hold of downtown Myrtle Beach, with a whole strip of experiences! Here you can tour the Odditorium, play games at the Super Fun Zone, get lost in the Mirror Maze, brave Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, play some Crazy Golf, and visit the Illusion Lab.

Ripley's attractions in Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking for Ripley’s Aquarium, you’ll find it at Broadway at the Beach, a few miles away from the Boardwalk — another great Myrtle Beach location to visit!

3. Shop at the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is a gift shop established by Justin Whitaker Plyler and Eloise Plyler in the 1940s, an iconic landmark on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

Gay Dolphin gift shop in Myrtle Beach

It’s easy to get lost in here, with merchandise packed into every corner of several floors. From unique souvenirs to specialty jewelry, you’re sure to find the perfect gift at the Gay Dolphin to remember your visit to Myrtle Beach!

4. Enjoy live entertainment at Plyler Park

Plyler Park, near the SkyWheel and the 14th Avenue Pier, is the perfect place to take a break from your stroll on the Boardwalk. On our recent visit, we got hot dogs and French fries and enjoyed a picnic!

Picnic in Plyler Park

You’ll often find live entertainment on the stage in Plyler Park. It’s the perfect spot to unwind, enjoy a free concert, and take in the atmosphere.

In the summer, head to Plyler Park for Hot Summer Nights in June and July, where each evening has different programming, from kids carnivals to an impressive lineup of musical acts.

5. Catch the views from the 14th and 2nd Avenue Piers

You’ll find piers at both ends of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, both offering a scenic walk, fishing, and oceanfront dining!

At the 2nd Ave pier, you’ll find Wicked Tuna, where guests can indulge in fresh seafood and sushi.

Wicked Tuna at 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach

At Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Myrtle Beach coastline while enjoying delicious dishes.

Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge

6. Play games at Fun Plaza Arcade

Is it really a boardwalk if it doesn’t have an arcade? 

On the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you’ll find the Fun Plaza Arcade, a family favorite for its classic and modern arcade games.

Fun Plaza Arcade Myrtle Beach

From air hockey to video games, the whole family can spend a whole afternoon competing for that coveted high score!

7. Snap a selfie

You’ll definitely want some great photos to remember your trip to Myrtle Beach, and luckily the city has recently added in some fun, new photo spots along the boardwalk!

Selfie spot on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Snap a selfie with the turtles, sea life, surfboards, or (my favorite) the sand castle!

8. Savor the flavors at oceanfront dining spots

You’ll find tons of oceanfront dining options along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, at all price points!

Food at LandShark on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail with your meal while overlooking the ocean, or serve up some New York-style pizza slices for the whole family to devour.

From the casual atmosphere of beach bars to exquisite seafood found at upscale restaurants, there’s something to satisfy everyone!

9. Fly high on The Slingshot and other thrill rides

Those seeking an adrenaline rush will find it at Free Fall Thrill Park, located on North Ocean Boulevard next to the boardwalk.

Thrill rides on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Here thrill seekers can brave several thrill rides, including The Slingshot, The Sun Dance, The Air Strike, and The Sky Fall.

Personally, I’m still working up the nerve to get on The Slingshot, but I’m gonna do it someday!

10. Relax and enjoy the beach

Of course, the main attraction in Myrtle Beach is the beach itself! The Grand Strand offers some of the most beautiful coastline in the United States, with plenty of soft white sand, good waves for surfing, and lots of space for dry and wet sand activities like volleyball and sandcastle building.

Beach by Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Whether you’re here to sunbathe, swim, or just relax, the Myrtle Beach area’s beaches are a destination in themselves for vacationers from all over.

11. (Bonus activity!) Get a bird’s eye view of the boardwalk on a helicopter ride

For this unique way of experiencing the boardwalk, you’ll have to head a few miles away to catch a helicopter ride that will then take you soaring above the beach and boardwalk.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk view from helicopter

Daniel and I did this on Mother’s Day back in 2019. It was our first helicopter ride and we had so much fun! Check out Oceanfront Helicopters for more details.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Best Restaurants

You’re sure to get hungry after strolling the boardwalk and taking part in its many attractions! Here are our top picks for places to eat on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk:

✅ LandShark Bar & Grill

It’s easy to find LandShark — just look for the SkyWheel! You’ll find LandShark Bar & Grill situated right underneath the giant ferris wheel.

We love the variety of seating options here. You can dine outside or partially outside on their covered patio. The laid-back vibe is great for families, and you’ll find plenty of options on the menu to make everyone happy. It’s a great spot to unwind and indulge in some beachside eats!

✅ Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge

Located on the 14th Avenue Pier, Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge offers stunning ocean views and delicious dining options. Try the seafood, steaks, and yummy desserts. They also offer a kids menu.

Pier 14 is an ideal location for a memorable dining experience, whether you’re looking for a casual meal or a special night out.

✅ The Bowery

The Bowery Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

A historic spot dating back to the 1940s, The Bowery is famous for its live country music and hearty meals. You’ll find it at 9th Avenue, right in the heart of the boardwalk bustle.

At The Bowery, you’ll get more than just a meal. You’ll get a lively atmosphere and an experience steeped in Myrtle Beach history!

Where to stay near the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach

From budget-friendly options to luxury resorts, Myrtle Beach offers accommodations with a range of amenities to suit every type of traveler.

There are many hotels on and around the Boardwalk, as well as just to the north, south, and inland, so you’re likely to find something that fits your needs and budget within walking distance of all the action!

📍Best Budget Spot: Holiday Sands North

Holiday Sands North is a cozy option right on the Boardwalk at 4th Avenue, offering easy access to all the attractions without breaking the bank. Enjoy the onsite beachfront cafe, serving breakfast and lunch, and take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pools!

📍Best Mid-Range Spot: Holiday Pavilion Resort on the Boardwalk 

Holiday Pavilion Resort is located along the beautiful Myrtle Beach coastline at 12th Avenue, just north of the SkyWheel. Here you’ll find comfortable accommodations and amenities including an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, free parking, and rooms with balconies overlooking the beach.

📍Best Luxury Spot: Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean Enclave Myrtle Beach

For those seeking upscale amenities, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club offers luxurious accommodations with stunning views, spa services, and fine dining options, making it an ideal choice for a lavish Myrtle Beach vacation. Families say it’s great for kids, too!

Getting to the Boardwalk

With its central location in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the Boardwalk is easily accessible for guests staying in the area. Here’s what you need to know about parking and getting around:

Boardwalk Myrtle Beach Parking

There is plenty of parking to be found near the Boardwalk, but it can be competitive to find a good spot during peak season. You also want to be sure to pay attention to signs that establish certain lots or parking spots for guests of specific resorts or businesses.

If you’re willing to walk a short distance, you can sometimes find free short-term street parking on Hwy 17 Business or along the avenues. You’ll also find metered parking options there.

The closer you get to the Boardwalk, the more you’re likely to pay to park, so you might also consider having one person drop everyone off and then walk from a further lot, to save both money and walking for most of the group!

Once you’ve made it to the Boardwalk, most of the action is found within just a few blocks, so the area is very walkable! You can park once and leave your vehicle in the same spot all day.


Before we wrap up, let me address some common questions to help you plan your visit:

Is Myrtle Beach Boardwalk free?

Yes, the Boardwalk itself is free to explore, with costs for attractions, rides, and dining varying by location. It’s a budget-friendly destination that offers something for every visitor. Don’t forget, the beach is free too!

Does Myrtle Beach Boardwalk have shops?

Absolutely! The Boardwalk features a variety of shops, from souvenir stands to specialty boutiques, offering a range of products including gifts, beachwear, and jewelry.

How much are the rides on the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach?

Ride prices on the Boardwalk vary. A spin on the SkyWheel costs about $15-20 per person, with some package deals available, while a ride on The Slingshot usually goes for about $60 for two people to ride together.

Local tip: Be sure to find a coupon book at local businesses (most grocery stores will have them) to get coupons on almost all Myrtle Beach area attractions!

How late is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk open?

The Boardwalk and its businesses have varying hours, with most attractions and shops open from mid-morning to late into the evening, especially during the summer months. It’s a lively destination that caters to guests looking to enjoy everything Myrtle Beach has to offer, day and night.


Whether you live nearby or are just visiting for a few days, you won’t be lacking for things to do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!

As locals, our family has explored just about every attraction, dined at the best spots, and soaked up the unique atmosphere that makes Myrtle Beach special. We hope this guide helps you make the most of your visit to the Boardwalk, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Love it? Share it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.