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What's open on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Vacationing is back in full swing as travel bans are lifted and businesses begin to open up around Myrtle Beach. We are bringing you a list of what’s open on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (just steps outside of the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion) and the extra precautions businesses are taking to keep your family safe while on vacation.


The larger-than-life wheel is a tourist favorite and is ready and open to receive visitors this summer! To keep riders safe, the SkyWheel staff is disinfecting every gondola after each ride, loading parties into separate gondolas one group at a time, and marking waiting-lines with safe social distancing signs. You can enjoy the 360-degree view of the Grand Strand from your glass gondola from over 200-feet in the air!

Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures

Get your thrills at Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures where you can zip across Ocean Boulevard or complete their Adventure Matrix ropes and obstacle course. Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures sanitize all their equipment and are open from 12-10 pm daily.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Mirror Maze, and Moving Theaters

Ripley’s attractions on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk are now open and have created new procedures and guidelines to help maintain the health and safety of guests and staff. At this time Ripley’s attractions have reduced capacity to encourage safe social distancing, limited the guest to staff contact, and create sanitization schedules to clean kiosks, interactive exhibits, restrooms, and surfaces. They are also requiring mask to be worn throughout their attractions and gloves must be worn in the Ripley’s Mirror Maze and Ripley’s Moving Theaters.

Pier 14 Restuarant & Lounge

Not only a great fishing spot but also one of the best restaurants on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Pier 14 is open for dining this summer. Come in and grab delicious bites like their Crab Cake Sandwich, Beer Batter Fish & Chips, or a Fire Grilled Steak! Outdoor dining is available at Pier 14.

The Bowery

Enjoy a cold beer, great eats, and live music this summer at the Bowery, a local favorite and historic gem. The Bowery has all the same great food, drinks, and rockin’ music for you when you visit for your Myrtle Beach vacation. They are requiring you to wear masks in compliance with the City of Myrtle Beach.

Landshark Bar & Grill

One of the most laidback restaurants you’ll find on the Grand Strand is Landshark Bar & Grill, located right beside the SkyWheel. Landshark is also asking that guests wear face-covering while not eating in an effort to stay healthy and comply with the city requirements. Other extra precautions Landshark is doing to make sure its guest are safe includes sanitizing all surfaces frequently, training staff on proper sanitation, having hand sanitizer available in the lobby and restrooms, and having staff perform wellness checks before coming into work. If you’d still like to dine but don’t want to dine-in, delivery and curbside pick-up are available!

Weekend Getaway to Myrtle Beach family packs the car

If anyone knows how hard it is to find time for a vacation, it’s us! We understand that taking a full week off of work or school and being away from home isn’t always easy and that’s why we’re huge fans of weekend getaways. From the proximity of it to many surrounding cities and the endless amount of dining, activities, and entertainment options all within miles of each other, Myrtle Beach is a great weekend getaway location! Since it’s only for a weekend, we want you to spend the least amount of time going from place to place, waiting in lines, or figuring out what to do. We’ve put together the perfect weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach for you and your family that will keep you entertained all weekend long! We’ll try to make the weekend last as long as we can…but like they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

Where to stay in Myrtle Beach?

We might be a little biased, but the best spot for you to stay along the Grand Strand is right here with us at Holiday Inn – “At The Pavilion”. We’re an oceanfront resort located right on the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk within walking distance to dozens of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. We pride ourselves on being Myrtle Beach’s only AAA Three Diamond Resort located on the Boardwalk. Come and enjoy our 5 pool attractions that include a children’s pool, indoor whirlpool, indoor pool, outdoor pool, and indoor lazy river. We have many other amenities as well! We also run different special offers throughout the year so be sure to check out our website to see what we are offering today.

Dining in Myrtle Beach

After a day on the beach or in the pools, you and your family will surely have worked up an appetite! We highly recommend taking a walk down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and dining at one of the 20 restaurants it has to offer, including some with beautiful oceanfront views! A few of our favorites include Landshark Bar and Grill, Pier House Restaurant, and New York Pizza Kitchen. Be sure to check out Mad Myrtle’s Ice Cream for dessert! If you are up for a short drive, Broadway at the Beach is another great location. Broadway at the Beach is located just 2 miles from us and is has restaurant options for even the pickiest of eaters.

Myrtle Beach Entertainment

Sometimes you need a break from the sun, and luckily Myrtle Beach has no shortage when it comes to entertainment options, especially on weekends! The Boardwalk is another awesome spot for various types of attractions including The Sky Wheel, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Gay Dolphin Arcade, and more! Along with great restaurants, Broadway at the Beach also has entertainment options perfect for your families such as WonderWorks, Ripley’s Aquarium, TopGolf, Soar & Explore, Hollywood Wax Museum, and many more.

Hanging out on a budget? We’ve got you covered with all the free things to do in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Shopping

No weekend getaway is complete without a quick shopping trip! The Grand Strand area has many shopping malls and centers and luckily for you, most of these are close to the Holiday Inn! For a quick trip, stroll down the Boardwalk and check out the different shops it has to offer. Our favorites? Tsunami Surf Shop and The Gay Dolphin Gift Shop. Broadway at the Beach also has some great shops for you to check out. If you are looking for a more serious shopping excursion, we highly recommend a quick drive down to The Market Common. The Market Common is an outdoor shopping center that is located 5 miles south of us and features shops such as Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Southern Living, Bijuju, Barnes & Noble, and lots more!


No matter how many days you’re able to sneak off to enjoy Myrtle Beach for, we promise you will find countless ways to fill them with fun! We hope to see you soon!


Mature couple enjoying a meal at an oceanfront restaurant in Myrtle Beach

It’s no secret that people travel from near and far to vacation in beautiful Myrtle Beach! From shopping, state parks, endless amenities, great dining, to of course ocean views. One of our favorite things to enjoy along the Grand Strand once the weather starts warming up is grabbing a bite to eat oceanfront. Nothing beats delicious food accompanied by breathtaking water views! We’ve put together a list of our favorite oceanfront restaurants in Myrtle Beach for you to check out while you’re here!

North Myrtle Beach

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille

Greg Norman’s is the only Australian heritage restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. They are known for bringing all of the flavor and flair of the outback straight to your plate. They have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 15 years and serve a menu full of wood-grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Come enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the water…you’ll think you’re in the Sydney Harbour! Greg Norman’s is located at Barefoot Landing and is Sunday-Thursday from 11 am-3 pm, 4:30 pm-9 pm and Friday-Saturday 11 am-3 pm, 4:30 pm-9:30 pm. Give them a call at 843-361-0000 for reservations.

Filet’s Waterfront

Filet’s Waterfront is a North Myrtle Beach restaurant that offers a menu full of fresh seafood, steak, and sushi. They have a great happy hour that begins at 4 pm each day and features $6 and $7 appetizers as well as discounted delicious sushi and drinks. Enjoy live music, weekly specials, and fun events that they host. Visit their website for their calendar and to view their full menu. Filet’s is open Monday-Saturday from 4-10 pm.


Lucy Buffett’s (Lulu’s) is the ultimate coastal family experience filled with music, food, and fun! Come and enjoy old-fashioned southern hospitality full of gumbo, seafood, live music, and stunning water views. Their menu features a wide array of food including gluten, dairy, and egg-free options and don’t forget dessert! LuLu’s is located at Barefoot Landing and is open 7 days a week from 11 am-9 pm, give them a call at 843-491-5011.

Central Myrtle Beach

Sea Captain’s House

“A tradition since basically forever” is their motto, and we couldn’t agree more! Any Myrtle Beach native could tell you about this wonderful oceanfront restaurant and all it has to offer. Sea Captain’s house is known for its delicious seafood and its menu features items such as bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp and grits, award-winning she-crab soup, and Carolina surf and turf. They’re open Sunday-Thursday from 4:30-9:00 pm and Friday-Saturday from 4:30-9:30 pm. To make a reservation call 843-448-8082 or reserve online at

Wicked Tuna at 2nd Avenue Pier

The Wicked Tuna is one of our favorite local restaurants and an option that is surely not going to disappoint! The Wicked Tuna at 2nd Avenue Pier lets you take in beautiful ocean views while you dine practically over the water. The Wicked Tuna is known for its “hook to plate” food – meaning each week they catch the seafood locally by their own boats. From fresh sushi and fish to prime rib, everyone is sure to find something that will give them an amazing culinary experience. We recommend making reservations since this dining spot is so popular.

Damon’s Grill

This casual beachfront spot has been a Myrtle Beach local and visitor favorite for years. Enjoy lunch and dinner options such as pulled pork, prime rib, and their signature “best baby back ribs”. Damon’s is located on the southern tip of the boulevard and is open 7 days a week from 11 am-9 pm.

Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge

Located on the northern end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this oceanfront favorite is open for lunch and dinner and serves up a variety of beach favorites. Indulge in a hand-cut steak, a decadent seafood entrée, or stick with a hearty fried seafood basket. Their creative drink menu offers a wide variety of beachy drinks that set the stage for a night out on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. What’s even better? The convenient location means you are close to Holiday Inn At The Pavilion and to all of the downtown action! The Pier 14 Restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

South Myrtle Beach

Conch Café

This relaxed oceanfront café offers a simple but delicious menu of seafood, steak, sandwiches, soups, and salads. They also offer great drinks and have the perfect environment for enjoying a cold one after a hot day on the beach. Conch Café opens 7 days a week at 11 am. For more information give them a call at 843-651-6556.

Wicked Tuna at Murrells Inlet

The Wicked Tuna at Murrells Inlet is the second location of one of our favorite waterfront restaurants. Just like the 2nd Avenue Pier location, they feature their “hook to plate” philosophy with delicious menu options such as sushi, seafood baskets, fresh fish, and more. However, at this location you are dining over the Inlet rather than the ocean. The Wicked Tuna at Murrells Inlet is right along the Marshwalk which often features live music and events. Give them a call for reservations at 843-651-9987.

Sara J’s Seafood Restaurant

Sara J’s is a family owned waterfront restaurant located just south of us in Garden City. They pride themselves on serving fresh quality seafood while chatting about their fishing memories and adventures. The marsh views are amazing as is our menu favorite, the buffalo shrimp. Sara J’s is open for dinner 7 days a week from 4-9 pm.

No matter which waterfront dining option you choose, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t forget to check out our Tropical Beach Bar for great drinks, great views, and great company without having to leave the hotel! Or for more oceanfront options nearby, check out our list of oceanfront dining along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.


Ready to book your Myrtle Beach vacation? We’re here to help! Visit our website to get started today.

Family flying kites is a top myrtle beach spring event

It might still be a little cool here in Myrtle Beach, but don’t worry because spring is right around the corner! When the weather starts to warm up, the local events start to pick up! Get out of the hotel and enjoy the breezy beach weather with these top Myrtle Beach spring events! 

Here are our top picks for Spring Events in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival | April 3rd – April 5th

The popular Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival is back for 2020! Enjoy this free event that is happening April 3rd through 5th at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9th avenue on the Boardwalk. The hours are Friday from 6pm – 10pm and Saturday-Sunday from 11am – 7pm.

Myrtle Beach Marathon | March 7th

Calling all runners, walkers, cheerleaders, and spectators! It’s almost time for this year’s Myrtle Beach Marathon! This race features a full marathon, half marathon, 5k, family fun run, and Wellness Expo. The race starts along the boulevard and finishes at the Pelicans Stadium. For more information and to sign up, visit their website.

Horry County Fair | Myrtle Beach Speedway | April 24th – May 3rd

Grab the family and head to the Myrtle Beach Speedway to attend the annual Horry County Fair. A spring tradition for many visitors and locals alike, this annual event packs tons of fun into just 10 days. Guests can enjoy a variety of exciting rides, decadent fair food, family-friendly games, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and face painting, and so much more. The fair schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, April 24 – GRAND OPENING, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Saturday, April 25 – SPECTACULAR SATURDAY, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Sunday, April 26 – SUN-DAY, FUNDAY!, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Monday, April 27 – DISCOUNT NIGHT!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Tuesday, April 28 – $12 TUESDAY!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Wednesday, April 29 – WACKY WEDNESDAY!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Thursday, April 30 – FAMILY FUN NIGHT!, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $12
  • Friday, May 1 – FUN FRIDAY, 4-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Saturday, May 2 – SUN-FUN SATURDAY, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20
  • Sunday, May 3 – LAST DAY, 12-11 pm – Unlimited Rides $20 

Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam | April 30th – May 2nd

The 3rd Annual Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam is back and better than ever! Come and enjoy this 3 day festival that features an off-road obstacle course, car show, beach crawls, raffles, nightly parties, and over 90 vendors. This year they are predicting to have over 2,000 jeeps! It is happening at the old Myrtle Square Mall and tickets must be purchased. For more information and tickets, visit their website.

Jazz in the Park | April 26th

Save the date for this celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month and Myrtle Beach’s jazz history. This event is free to attend and features local bands, local food vendors, and local artists. Bring your lawn chair and find a spot to enjoy! Jazz in the Park is taking place April 26th from 2-6pm at Chapin Park (1410 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach).

World Famous Blue Crab Festival | Little River Waterfront | May 16th – 17th

Believe it or not, guests flock from far and wide to attend this famous Little River event! The “World Famous Crab Festival” is a two-day event that celebrates a favorite local cuisine – blue crabs. There will be more than 200 arts and crafts vendors present, live entertainment all weekend long, a spacious children’s area with rides and games, and plenty of food vendors serving up their favorite blue crab dishes, of course! Crab cakes, crab bisque, crab fritters, crab po’boys, crab salad, and crab dip are just a few succulent dishes that guests can look forward to. Tickets are only $4 in advance (per day) or $5 at the gates. Call (843) 249-6604 for more information.

Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light | Ongoing

This new Brookgreen Gardens exhibit will feature spectacular large scale light sculptures by internationally known artist, Bruce Munro. It will have seven works of art in light and mixed media, each designed specifically for the natural garden rooms where they will be installed. His sculptures will allow Brookgreen visitors to see the gardens in a new light! Even if you have been before, this exhibit is one you won’t want to miss. It is occurring April 8th – September 12th Wednesdays through Saturdays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Visit their website for tickets and more information.

live show at the alabama theatre myrtle beach

The Return of Live Shows | Ongoing

March is an exciting month for live entertainment in Myrtle Beach! Many of the local theatres close the curtains for a few weeks during the beginning of the year to work on new shows and revamp returning performances. With the return on warmer weather, however, comes the return of exciting entertainment. The following theaters are now OPEN for business for the 2017 season: 

Legends in Concert – Performers for the 2018 season include: Elvis Presley, Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson,  Lionel Richie, Cher, and more! Call (843) 238-7827 for ticket information. 

The Carolina Opry – Shows include: The Carolina Opry, Time Warp, Thunder & Light. Call (800) 843-6779 for ticket information.

Alabama Theater – Shows include: One The Show & Special Guest Performances.

Medieval Times – Dinner & show event encompasses a medieval theme and includes horse stunts, sword battles, and a live jousting tournament. Dinner includes four courses. Call (866) 543-9637 for information.

Pirates Voyage – Dinner & show event embraces a “pirate” theme and includes live acrobatic stunts, tumbling and rope stunts, and live animal appearances. Dinner includes four courses. Call (843) 497-9700 for more information.

baseball mitt on mound

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball | Ongoing

Spring also welcomes the beginning of baseball season in Myrtle Beach! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans kick off their season on Thursday, April 9th with a seven game homestead against the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Fredericksburg Baseball. If you aren’t in town that week, fret not, as the Pelicans have a packed schedule all summer long!

Visitors and locals alike look forward to these weekly promotions that can help you make the most out of your trip to the ball game:

  • Taco Tuesday
    • Wiener Wednesday
    • Thirsty Thursday 
    • Scheduled post-game fireworks shows
    • Scheduled theme nights

Be sure to check the Myrtle Beach Pelicans schedule to see when they are home during the season.

10th Annual Irish Festival | Market Common | March 14th

Looking to enjoy the area’s top Irish festivities? If so, look no farther than the Annual Irish Fest at Market Common. This day-long celebration is perfect for families and offers plenty to keep your crew happy. Visitors can enjoy Authentic Irish food and beverages, live entertainment, area vendor tents, and plenty of activities for the kiddos like inflatables, games, face painting, and much more. This event is free to attend and will take place from 11 am – 7 pm.

Sound like fun?

Be sure to check out our oceanfront accommodations and great on-site amenities to get your Myrtle Beach spring stay started.

young family shopping at Barefoot Landing

One of our favorite things about the Grand Strand is the array of outdoor shopping, dining, and event centers. From Murrells Inlet all the way up to North Myrtle Beach, whichever location you want to explore there is plenty to do! Today our destination spotlight is on Barefoot Landing. Barefoot Landing is a large shopping complex located on the waterway in North Myrtle Beach. It features popular shopping, delicious restaurants, and great entertainment. Here is our list of Barefoot favorites you must check out!



Lucy Buffett’s (Lulu’s) is the ultimate coastal family experience filled with music, food, and fun! Come and enjoy old-fashioned southern hospitality full of gumbo, seafood, live music, and stunning water views. Their menu features a wide array of food including gluten, dairy, and egg-free options. Don’t forget dessert!

Greg Norman Australian Grille

Greg Norman’s is the only Australian heritage restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. They are known for bringing all of the flavor and flair of the outback straight to your plate. They have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 15 years and serve a menu full of wood-grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Come enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the water…you’ll think you’re in the Sydney Harbour.

Taco Mundo

This new Mexican restaurant is already a crowd favorite. Taco Mundo features an assortment of Mexican food and drinks including tacos, rice, bowls, fajitas, and more! They offer hump day (Wednesday) food and drink specials as well as football specials on Saturdays between 4-7 pm. Check out their menu here!

Crooked Hammock Brewery…Coming soon

Crooked Hammock Brewery offers a great environment for those who love enjoying food and drinks with friends and family all with a backyard feel. Their signature brews are made from scratch and their food “gets the party started”. This fun eatery is coming soon in 2020!



Monkee’s is an upscale women’s clothing boutique featuring shoes, clothing, and accessories. Some of their featured brands include Crosby, Sheila Fajl, Anchor Beads, Anna Cate, and more!

M.R. Ducks

Outdoor lovers look no further! M.R. Ducks carries casual wildlife apparel, and is known for editions of ducks in flight and new designs that celebrate the great outdoors!

Pick a Pearl

You can’t leave the beach without a souvenir and what better gift than a pearl you picked?

The Mole Hole

The Mole Hole carries unique fine gifts, collectibles, and jewelry. They feature brands like Pandora, Swarovski crystal, Rhythm Clocks, and more!


Lulu’s Mountain of Youth Ropes Course and Beach Arcade

New in 2019, this ropes course and beach arcade has already been a huge hit! Perfect for the whole family, come and experience the adrenaline of the 48-foot tall mountain of youth ropes course with 26 different obstacles! For children under 48 inches tall check out the little ropes course. They are closed for the season right now but will be reopening this spring!

Alligator Adventure

Located adjacent to Barefoot Landing, Alligator Adventure is one of the largest reptile facilities in the world. Come face to face with nature’s fiercest and most beautiful animals and enjoy different educational shows, events, and reptile themed activities. 


House of Blues

This Myrtle Beach concert hall has been here for years and it never disappoints! Enjoy a fun night out with great live music and be sure to check out their restaurant and bar for southern-inspired food. Visit their website for access to their show and event schedule to see what’s happening during your time here!

Alabama Theatre

The Alabama Theatre’s One The Show has been voted #1 by Myrtle Beach visitors. The Theatre presents its Guest concert series with acts like The Temptations, Four Tops, Josh Turner, and The Oak Ridge Boys. You’ll feel like you’re in Vegas with this level of entertainment. Visit their website for their full list of shows and times.

Sunrise over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

We realize that taking a beach vacation can quickly add up and become a costly endeavor, but it doesn’t have to! An easy way to save money during your vacation is to enjoy some of the free things that Myrtle Beach has to offer! From our beautiful beach to our local events, there are plenty of ways to keep you and your family entertained without breaking the bank! Here’s a list of our favorite free things to do in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Parks 

Another activity to cross off your vacation bucket list is to visit the free Myrtle Beach parks located along the Grand Strand. Have a family picnic and take your kids to the playground at Valor Park. Venture down to Murrells Inlet and experience the historic fishing village accompanied by great food, and live music.  Or maybe you want to hit the trails at Vereen Memorial Historical Garden on their 3-mile long nature boardwalk.

Myrtle Beach Museums

Save money on attractions by attending the free Myrtle Beach museums available to the public.  Dive in headfirst and explore the rich history of the Simeon B. Chapman Art Museum. With its continuous exhibits and educational/interactive programs, the Simeon Art Museum is a great spot for everyone in the family to enjoy. Or visit the South Carolina Hall of Fame and learn about the numerous inductees that range from artists, war heroes, community figures and much more.  Learn something new at Myrtle Beach Museums for free.  

Myrtle Beach Shopping 

Escape the beach and step into one of Myrtle Beach’s shopping complexes to indulge yourself with something new, or maybe pick up something for someone else. Stroll around Market Common and enjoy live music, festivals, and complimentary carriage rides (December only). Visit Barefoot Landing, a recreated fishing village that offers festivals, events, and massive firework displays throughout the year. And the must-see Broadway at the Beach, a 360-acre outdoor entertainment and shopping complex that has everything a tourist could ask for. 

Myrtle Beach Festivals 

Enjoy one of Myrtle Beach’s free annual festivals such as Beach, Boogie, & BBQ, Blue Crab Festival, Beach Blast, Mayfest on Main, and Canadian-American Days Festival. All of the festivals are seasonal, so check ahead and see any; fall, spring, or summer festivals are happening during your stay. No matter what time of year you venture to Myrtle Beach, you will never run into a shortage of local events. Just ask your reservation specialist for more information about what is going on in the area during your stay.

Live Music

There are plenty of places for you to enjoy live music in the Myrtle Beach area. During the summer months, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk hosts bands on the weekends that vary from country to rock and everything in between. The Garden City Pier also hosts live music during the summer months. If you are on the south end, check out the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, a half-mile stretch of oceanfront boardwalk that connects several area restaurants. The MarshWalk is known for its fun, casual atmosphere and live music throughout the week.

Beach Activities 


Of course- you cannot forget the beach! The beach is the main draw of the area and Myrtle Beach boasts miles of pristine coastline. Holiday Inn Pavilion enjoys a convenient oceanfront location, so you won’t have to go very far to get your toes in the sand. The possibilities are endless! And the best part is – it’s totally free! Enjoy basking in the sun, wrestling with waves, building sandcastles, collecting shells, and playing beach games like bocce ball or corn hole.


While there are countless ways to stay entertained during your Myrtle Beach stay, we hope these ideas will help you to stay on budget without sacrificing any fun! For more family-friendly activities check out Myrtle Beach rainy day activities and boardwalk attractions.  


Santa and Snow Maiden in Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us once again! One of our favorite ways of getting in the Christmas season is to attend the many Myrtle Beach Christmas shows that go on each year. With so many awesome choices, you really can’t go wrong!

Christmas at Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show

For the action and competition lovers, this is the Christmas show for you! Enjoy an epic battle between pirates as they search for the coveted Christmas Treasure. This show features a 15-foot lagoon, full-sized pirate ships, and a delicious 4-course meal. The Christmas at Pirate’s Voyage show is running through January 4th and tickets can be purchased online or by calling their box office at 843-497-9700.

Brookgreen Garden’s Night of A Thousand Candles

Perfect for a romantic night out, Night of a Thousand Candles features more than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Enjoy walking the paths through the sculpture gardens with hot cocoa, see carolers, enjoy catered food from some of the Grand Strand’s top restaurants, and listen to pianists, violinists, and more! This event sells out every year and tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit their website. 

Carolina Opry’s The Christmas Show of the South

Be taken to a winter wonderland full of singing, dancing, and a real horse-drawn

Sleigh. The Carolina Opry is celebrating its 34th season and for 2019 they are bringing about some exciting changes. You don’t want to miss Moses, Bogie, or the comedy that comes along with the musical performances. The Christmas Special is running until January 4th and you can visit their website to purchase tickets. 

Christmas On Ice

A new Myrtle Beach Christmas show for 2019, Christmas on Ice features a cast of World Champion Ice Skaters, Singers, and a 50-foot real ice stage! Enjoy skating performances to the tunes of your favorite holiday songs. This show is running through December 28th and you can book your reservations online!

Alabama Theatre’s The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

Celebrate the holidays with talent, scenery, special effects, and your favorite Christmas music! The South’s Grandest Christmas Show will take you and your family back to the true meaning of Christmas through different performances all while leaving you with smiles and laughs. Give them a call 1-800-342-2262 or click here to purchase tickets


A Christmas Carol at Atlantic Stage Theatre

Atlantic Stage Theatre, Myrtle Beach’s only professional non-profit performance group, is proud to present A Christmas Carol throughout the month of December. Follow the tale of miserly Mr. Scrooge as he is visited by three Christmas ghosts. The ghosts show him the error in his ways and what the future holds for him if he does not come to terms with his wrongs. This classic story of human redemption is the perfect way to re-connect with family and friends over the true meaning of Christmas. Call (877) 287-8587 for more information or purchase tickets online.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk View

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has quickly become a landmark to the Grand Strand! Built in 2010, The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk stretches 1.2 miles across the beachfront from 14th Avenue North to 2nd Avenue North. Throughout the summer months Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk is home to concerts, festivals, and other fun events but regardless of what season you come, you will find something to love about our Boardwalk. We get many questions from guests regarding different features of the Boardwalk so we thought we would put together our most asked questions in hopes of it making your vacation planning easier!

What dining options are along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

The boardwalk is home to 20 dining options and with it all being walking distance from Holiday Inn – “At The Pavilion”, you really can’t go wrong! A few of our favorite boardwalk restaurants are Wicked Tuna, LandShark Bar & Grill, Pier House, and for dessert, I Love Sugar!

Can you ride bikes along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

From Labor Day through April 30th bicycles are allowed on the Boardwalk. However, during peak summer months (May 1st – Labor Day) bicycles are only allowed on the Boardwalk from 5:00 am – 10:00 am. This is for the safety of our visitors!

What attractions does the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk offer?

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk offers plenty of fun attractions for you and your family to enjoy when you need a break from the sun and sand. Our next-door neighbor, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, is both a tourist and local favorite. Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Sling Shot, and The Mirror Maze are also great choices. Don’t forget to get your shopping on at The Gay Dolphin, a 26,000 square foot gift shop and another Myrtle Beach landmark!

Are dogs allowed on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

From Labor Day through April 30th dogs are allowed on the Boardwalk. However, during peak summer months (May 1st – Labor Day) dogs are only allowed on the Boardwalk from 5:00 am – 10:00 am. This is the same for dogs on the beach!

What time does the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk close?

Never! The Boardwalk is open to the public 24 hours a day. While most stores and restaurants run on a typical business schedule, the actual Boardwalk is always open and ready to be explored! For our night owls, don’t forget to check out some of the bars and nightlife that the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has to offer!

Is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk open year-round?

Yes! One of the great things about Myrtle Beach is that no matter the season you visit there is always plenty of fun activities going on, with the Boardwalk having quite a few!

We pride ourselves on the fact that Holiday Inn – “At The Pavilion” is the only AAA Three Diamond Resort located on the beautiful Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and that all of the boardwalk attractions and amenities are just steps away from your room. Come enjoy a vacation full of fun with us and see what all of Myrtle Beach has to offer!



At Holiday Inn – “At The Pavilion”, we pride ourselves on being the only AAA Three Diamond resort along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. We love that are guests are able to walk right outside their rooms to a plethora of boardwalk amenities whether it be restaurants, nightlife, shopping, or our favorite…the attractions. We’re often asked what the best boardwalk attractions are so to make it easier we’ve put together a list and are counting down our 5 favorite attractions along the Myrtle Beach boardwalk! (It was so hard to choose)!


5 | Sling Shot Thrill Ride

For all the adventure and adrenaline seekers out there, this ones for you! For over 20 years, Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides have been making both visitors and locals flip, spin, twist, and drop through the ocean air. Test your limits as you are propelled more than 300 feet up at 100mph! You can’t miss the brightly lit rainbow slingshot that sits right across the street from Holiday Inn. Be sure to try out the Skyscraper ride after. They are open 7 days a week from 12pm-12am and you can give them a call at (843) 444-8255.                                                                                                                      

4| Gay Dolphin Arcade

You’ve probably heard of Myrtle Beach’s largest, oldest, and most unique gift shop, The Gay Dolphin, but did you know that the Gay Dolphin also has its own arcade? Walk on down to enjoy a clean and family friendly place to play games and have fun for hours! Battle it out on the air hockey tables or try to beat the high score in skee-ball. The Gay Dolphin Arcade is open Sunday-Friday from 10am-10pm and Saturday from 10am to 11pm.

3| Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Come face to face with your good-lookin’ self as you attempt to find your way out of this exciting mirror maze as you challenge your perception and sense of direction! This Ripley’s experience is filled with awesome LED lights and infinity mirrors, that is sure to provide you family-fun for all ages. Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze is open Sunday-Thursday from 10am-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 10am-10pm. Give them a call at 843-448-2331 for more information.

2| Ripley’s 5d Moving Theater

Hang on tight! This 5d theater is on a whole different level from your typical movie theater. Be prepared for your senses to run wild as you experience all the turns, bumps, and drops with the motion simulator that coincides with what you’re watching on the screen. You won’t feel like you’re at the movies, you’ll feel like you’re in the movie! Ripley’s 5d Theater is open Sunday-Thursday from 10am-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 10am-10pm. Call them at 843-448-2331 for tickets and more information.

1| Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Its probably no surprise that The SkyWheel is listed as our top Boardwalk Attraction, but this Myrtle Beach icon (that also happens to be our next door neighbor) is definitely worthy of our #1 spot! The climate-controlled gondolas tower 200 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and give you a view of miles of the Myrtle Beach coast, and you can enjoy the beautiful boardwalk and ocean views with your family no matter the season or weather. Want a special experience? The VIP flight offers Ferrari leather seats, glare-free glass, and a glass bottom floor. VIP flight times are doubled, and to commemorate the experience you are sent home with a Sky Wheel lanyard and group photo! They’re open Sunday-Friday from 11am-10pm and Saturday from 11am-11pm. Give them a call at 314-333-5624.


All of these activities will surely have you work up an appetite! Lucky for you there are plenty of great boardwalk restaurants for your family to enjoy. Looking for a night out after? We’ve got you covered with that too! Check out our list of the best bars along the Myrtle Beach boardwalk.

Tapping wine classes at one of myrtle beach's fall festivals

Fall has definitely arrived…but that doesn’t mean the fun stops here in Myrtle Beach! For many of our guests, fall is a favorite season to visit Holiday Inn – “At The Pavilion”. The weather is still warm and beautiful, the crowds are smaller, and the Myrtle Beach fall festivals are plenty! We have gathered our top picks of fall events to check out during your Myrtle Beach vacation.

Art in the Park | October 12-13th & November 9-10th

This two-day event features artful creations from more than 40 local artists at Myrtle Beach’s Valor Park. It features jewelry makers, woodwork, glass art, photos, painting and more! Art in the Park is taking place over 2 weekends this fall, October 12th-13th, and November 9th -10th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Valor Park is located at the Market Common just south of us.

St. John’s Greek Festival | October 17-20th

A top Myrtle Beach fall event, the annual St. John’s Greek Festival is full of Greek cuisine, culture, and a whole lot of fun! This multi-day event will take place at the St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, less than a 10-minute drive from Holiday Inn – “At The Pavilion”. This family-friendly festival opens at 11 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 12 pm on Sunday. Enjoy eating gyros, baklava, spanakopita, and salads while drinking an authentic Greek beer, wine, or even an Ouzo shot. There will also be inflatables, live performances, and craft tables so go ahead and mark your calendars!

Boofest! | October 26th

Dress up your kids and get ready for some spooky Halloween fun! Boofest is happening at Barefoot Landing on October 26th from 12 to 4 p.m. Registration for kids and pets costume contest begins at 11 a.m. with the contest starting at 12 p.m. Grab a bit to eat and come back for Hocus Pocus to be shown at the Amphitheater at 7 pm! You won’t want to miss this Halloween extravaganza.

Hippie Fest | October 26th

Hippie Fest is a grassroots festival where people from across the country gather to celebrate peace, love, and hippie-ness! It is happening at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 12 to 7 p.m. This festival will feature vibrant entertainment, bohemian shopping, a vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye, giant bubble garden, cirque performers, kids activities, delicious food, beer, and more. All ages are welcome. Due to limited parking make sure to reserve your tickets online here!

Halloween Bash on the Avenue | October 28th

For any adults looking to get into the Halloween spirit, this one’s for you! Halloween Bash on the Avenue is happening at Broadway At The Beach on October 28th starting at 7 p.m. Enjoy live music with an adult costume contest that is giving out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes.

Looking for more adult things to do? Check out the best bars on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!

Halloween Fireworks Extravaganza | October 31st

 If your visit to Myrtle Beach happens to fall on Halloween, you won’t want to miss the Halloween Fireworks Extravaganza happening at Broadway At The Beach. Starting at 8 p.m. on October 31st, enjoy this incredible firework show that is going to light up the sky!  

Myrtle Beach Seafood Fest | November 1-2nd

The Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival is an event celebrating the wonderful local seafood restaurants and eateries along the Grand Strand! This festival will take place on Friday, Nov. 1st from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2nd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9th Avenues North downtown Myrtle Beach. This event is free, there are no tickets to purchase!

Mythical and Medieval Fest | November 9-10th

The Mythical & Medieval Fest is a Renaissance-themed festival that raises money for a local non-profit, Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams, that provides positive activities to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. This event is kid-friendly and is taking place November 9th-10th at RH Acres off of Socastee Boulevard. Visit there website for tickets and more info.

Bluegrass Fest | November 28-30th

The 50th annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Fest is back and we’re honored to be the city of choice for this awesome event. The Bluegrass Fest is happening November 28th – 30th at the Myrtle Beach Convention.