Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, also known as the "Seaside Golf Capital of the World," lies in Horry County and is the largest tourist destination along the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach’s venture into tourism began in the early 1900’s. While purchasing a tract of land for timber, F.A. Burroughs was also required to purchase an area of what was considered "worthless coastal land" to complete the timber deal. At the time, the area was known as Long Bay.

Burroughs’ wife re-named the area Myrtle Beach due to the rows of myrtle trees growing along the coastline. With a partner, S.G. Chapin, Myrtle Beach Farms Inc. was opened in 1912. The company operated small hotels & cottages, rented & sold land, and developed beachfront attractions in hopes of bringing wealthy tourists to the area. However, the area struggled during the stock market crash of 1929 and after Hurricane Hazel hit the area in 1954, Myrtle Beach was rebuilt with the intention of attracting working class families to the area.

The new idea of attracting working class families was a success. Today, Myrtle Beach welcomes over 14 million visitors to the city each year. Between the beaches, entertainment, dining, fishing, golf courses, and shopping, Myrtle Beach has something to offer every family.

Annual Events:

Each year, Myrtle Beach hosts numerous events and festivals. Listed below are just a few of the annual events that take place in Myrtle Beach each year. Interested in more events for the Myrtle Beach area? Visit our Community Calendar for events in communities along the Grand Strand.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

May 7th-16th, 2010
336-643-1367

Each spring, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts make their way to the Grand Strand to celebrate everything motorcycle-related. Unlike past years, this is the first year that all Bike Week events will be held outside the city of Myrtle Beach due to new ordinances passed by the city. Events will be held throughout Horry County in Murrell’s Inlet and North Myrtle Beach. Vendors will set-up at the Inlet Square Mall in Murrell’s Inlet.

Myrtle Beach Sun Fun Festival

June 2010
843-626-7444

This five-day festival began in 1951 and is the official start to the summer season in Myrtle Beach. The festival features events throughout Myrtle Beach including concerts, a Miss Sun Fun pageant, beach activities, sand castle contests, beach volleyball games, and more.

Beach Boogie & Barbeque Festival

Beach Boogie & Barbeque Festival

September 2010
843-916-7239

Held in Valor Park, this two-day event features a cook-off, concerts, car show, and more.

40th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival

November 26th-28th
706-864-7203

The annual Bluegrass Festival is held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and features the top names in bluegrass music. Three-day passes or daily tickets are available.

Springmaid Beach Craft Show

December 3rd-5th

More than 300 booths craft booths will be set up inside and outside. Booths will feature handmade quilts, clothing, jewelry, baskets, collectibles, and holiday decorations. Admission is free.

Attractions:

Broadway At The Beach

Broadway At The Beach

1325 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
1-800-386-4662

Broadway At The Beach offers a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment choices for both locals and tourists. There are over 100 specialty stores, a movie theater, a mini-golf course, and more located throughout Broadway At The Beach. Listed below are just a few attractions found at Broadway At The Beach.

Build A Bear Workshop

843-445-7675

Children can choose a stuffed animal and go through the entire process of sewing, stuffing, naming, and clothing the stuffed animal of their choice.

IMAX 3-D Theater

843-448-4629

The theater features a variety of family-friendly movies in a 3-D environment.

Nascar Speedpark

843-918-8725

The speedpark features seven tracks, two mini-golf courses, bumper boats, arcade and a Nascar merchandise store.

Ripley’s Aquarium

843-916-0888

This state-of-the-art aquarium is 87,000 square feet and is home to a 750,000 gallon tank that houses sharks, fish, sea turtles, and more. Visitors can get up and close and personal with horseshoe crabs and stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium’s interactive exhibits.

There are also over 15 restaurants located at Broadway At The Beach including, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Café, Senor Frogs, Margaritaville, Tony Roma’s, Uno Chicago Grill, and more.

The Market Common Myrtle Beach

4017 Deville Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-839-3500

New to Myrtle Beach, The Market Common features residential & resort housing alongside of shopping, dining, and other attractions in a private community. Restaurants located at The Market Common include Cold Stone Creamery, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café & Emporium, and Ultimate California Pizza. Retail stores such as Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, Fossil, Pottery Barn, and Victoria’s Secret are just a few of the stores located at The Market Common.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

BB&T Coastal Field
1251 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-918-6000

The Pelicans are part of the Carolina League and are a minor league team for the Atlanta Braves. The Pelicans play at BB&T Coastal Field and their season begins in April and runs through early September. Each game, there are daily promotions and giveaways for fans at the game. Come out and cheer on the Pelicans!

Ocean Boulevard

Ocean Boulevard runs almost the entire length of Myrtle Beach along the ocean and beach. The area is home to numerous hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, and more.

Tanger Outlet Mall

10835 Kings Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-449-0491

This is one of two outlet malls located in Myrtle Beach. This outlet center features over 100 stores, including adidas, Banana Republic, Gap, J. Crew, Kenneth Cole, Old Navy, Nautica, Nine West, Old Navy, Puma, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Tanger Outlet Mall

4635 Factory Stores Boulevard,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-236-5100

Similar to the other outlet mall, this outlet center has over 100 stores including, American Eagle Outfitters, Izod, Nautica, Nike, Nine West, Pac Sun, Reebok, Skechers, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Airport:

Myrtle Beach International Airport
1100 Jetport Road
Myrtle Beach, SC
843-448-1589

City Hall

Myrtle Beach City Hall
937 Broadway
Myrtle Beach, SC
843-918-1012

Fire Department:

Myrtle Beach Fire Department

There are six stations located throughout Myrtle Beach. Please call 843-918-1192 for general fire-related information. Click here for a complete listing of fire stations in Myrtle Beach.

Library:

Chapin Memorial Library

400 14th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-918-1275

Public Schools:

Myrtle Beach High School

Myrtle Beach Primary School

612 29th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-1658
Grades K-1st

Myrtle Beach Elementary School

620 29th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-1774
Grades 2nd-3rd

Myrtle Beach Intermediate School

3301 Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-5831
Grades 4th-5th

Myrtle Beach Middle School

950 Seahawk Way
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-3932
Grades 6th-8th

Myrtle Beach High School

3302 Robert Grissom Parkway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-7149
Grades 9th-12th