One of the top questions asked about this area is “Does Myrtle Beach Have A Boardwalk?” Well, up until 2010, there was no boardwalk here in the area. In May of that year, Myrtle Beach opened a 1.2 Mile Boardwalk that runs from the 14th Ave Pier down to the 2nd Avenue Pier.
Along the boardwalk are some of the most iconic attractions of Myrtle Beach. There are so many things to do in the area. You can go for a ride on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel, dine at one of the many restaurants, listen to live music, play in the parks, visit the Fun Plaza, or simply head down enjoy the magnificent beach.
You can also go deep sea fishing off of either of the piers that bookend the boardwalk. Here’s a few images of the area:
In addition to all of the awesome places to check out along the boardwalk, one of the biggest events of the year, the Carolina Country Music festival takes place here each year.
In addition, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has many other fantastic things to do like listening to live music at The Bowery, or having your mind blown by Ripleys Believe it or Not. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, I’m sure the boardwalk can satisfy that too with some ice cream or a trip over to It’s Sugar.
History of Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Myrtle Beach has not had a boardwalk forever. In fact I remember visiting here as a child and always wondering why there was no such thing here. I remember all the fond memories I had of growing up and visiting the Jersey shore and the time we would spend down on the boardwalk but never understanding why there wasn’t one here in Myrtle Beach. So, I did some investigating.
According to wikipedia, there used to be a wooden boardwalk here in the 1930’s. In 1940, this got an upgrade to concrete in some sections with plans to expand. Unfortunately, these plans got delayed by World War II. Then in 1954, Hurricane Hazel came through and destroyed the wooden sections only leaving behind the concrete segment between 9th & 11th Avenue North which later became renamed Mr. Joe White Ave. In 2008 the 1.2 mile long boardwalk rebuild was started and it finally completed in May of 2010.
So, the next time you are visiting Myrtle Beach, make sure to plan a trip down to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and enjoy some of the most iconic sites the area has to offer!