One bright, fall afternoon in October, I loaded the kids in the car in search of something to do. After a short drive, we found ourselves exploring downtown Conway…or were we in Halloween Town?
Visiting Conway, South Carolina
The town of Conway, SC lies 14 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach. It’s a small college town with a lot of character and plenty of unique corners to explore. And speaking of unique, in the month of October, Conway renames their town “Halloween” as they prepare for their favorite holiday.
Main Street in Conway
Conway has that quintessential small town Southern charm, which is at its highest display on Main Street. Boutique shops, restaurants, and a historic theatre line the main drag, and as you stroll, you get the feeling that everyone knows everyone else in this town.
In October, dozens of jack o’ lanterns adorn the trees along Main Street, and many of the storefronts are decorated in a fun, spooky manner.
Even City Hall gets into the spirit.
And the City Hall annex building declares the town’s new name for the month.
Just off Main Street, you’ll find Teal Alley. Conway is home to Coastal Carolina University, and the locals love to cheer on their Chanticleers!
Teal Alley is painted with CCU murals on both sides and is a popular hangout spot, especially on game days. You’ll find cornhole and other outdoor games for your entertainment, or you can kick back in an Adirondack chair and enjoy a cool drink.
We visited Teal Alley on a quieter day and got to enjoy the games to ourselves!
Around the corner from Main Street, you’ll find the Conway Riverwalk. This beautiful walking path takes you alongside the Waccamaw River and around the marina. There is plenty of parking and a waterfront restaurant, Bonfire Taqueria, if you’re looking for a bite to eat.
The views along the Riverwalk are pretty and peaceful, especially in the fall, and kids will enjoy the playground at Riverfront Park.
Even in the fall, South Carolina can be warm, and the day we visited was no exception. So we capped off our day with some homemade jackfruit ice cream at Kainan Filipino Eatery on Main Street before heading home. The kids were big fans!
Now that we are settled down in Myrtle Beach, we’re having a great time being visitors to all the nearby towns and discovering the local delights. Exploring Downtown Conway was a wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon in fall, and we can’t wait to return again soon!