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Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: Ultimate Visitor's Guide 2017

Last Updated: March 27th, 2017 by Justin Urich

History & How it Was Built

Read 16 fun and interesting facts.

  • 1. Back in the 1930’s the original boardwalk was wooden.

  • 2. In the 1940’s, there were plans to expand the boardwalk, but they were delayed by World War II.

  • 3. It was also in the 1940’s, that the boardwalk was upgraded to concrete.

  • 4. Before the expansion could be started, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
  • Back in the 1950's

    Upgraded to concrete. View looking North.

    Coasters Beach Service

    Lifeguards looking over the crowd.

  • 5. The original plans for the current boardwalk were submitted to the city council on August 14th, 2007.

  • 6. Construction started on the new boardwalk in September of 2009.

  • 7. It cost nearly $6.4 million to build.

  • 8. The current boardwalk was built by M.B Kahn Construction Co., Inc..

  • 9. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is approximately 1.4 miles long. Starting from 15th Ave N in Myrtle Beach and ending at 2nd Avenue Pier. There are plans to expand the boardwalk in 2017 and 2018.

  • 10. The city of Myrtle Beach contributed 600 palmetto trees to enhance the landscaping that surrounds the boardwalk.
  • Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

    212-foot tall ferris wheel added in 2011.

    Oceanfront Location

    Visitors walking on the boardwalk in 2016.

  • 11. 300,000 nails were used during construction.

  • 12. The city also contributed 50,000 beach grass seedlings to the boardwalk project.

  • 13. Construction workers used 550,000 screws when building the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade.

  • 14. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade was built using 770,000 board-feet of lumber.

  • 15. Officially opened to the general public in May of 2010. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on May 15th, 2010.

  • 16. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is 4.3 miles shorter than the Atlantic City Boardwalk (measures 5.5 miles long), which is the longest and oldest (opened June 26th, 1870) boardwalk in the world.

Vacation Rentals Near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

A few of the best condos, resorts and nearby hotels for 2017.

Hotel Near the Boardwalk

Anderson Ocean Club

2600 N Ocean Blvd
Hotel Near the Boardwalk

Atlantica Resort I, II, III

1702 N Ocean Blvd
Hotel Near the Boardwalk

Camelot by the Sea

2000 N Ocean Blvd
Hotel Near the Boardwalk

Oceans One Resort

102 S Ocean Blvd
→ View all condo rentals in Myrtle Beach, SC

Top Shops & Restaurants Nearby

Browse some of the best gift shops and restaurants on the boardwalk.

  • Gay Dolphin Gift Cove - Gift shop. 916 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Wacky T's - T-Shirt and Apparel Shop. 1001 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Moe Moon's - Restaurant. 918 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Dirty Don's Oyster Bar & Grill - This local chain of beach-themed eateries offers lots of seafood, burgers & outdoor seating. 910 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Pier House Restaurant - Airy eatery overlooking the pier serving upmarket seafood, plus frozen cocktails at the outdoor bar. 110 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Peaches Corner - Founded in 1937, this family-owned diner specializes in hamburgers, hot dogs & ice cream treats. 900 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Ocean Front Bar & Grill - Relaxed boardwalk hangout with full bar serves American chow & hosts live music during the summer. 100 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Mad Myrtle's Ice Creamery - Ice Cream Shop. 918 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge - Long-standing option for a variety of seafood & cocktails in a laid-back oceanfront setting. 1306 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • LandShark Bar & Grill - Easygoing chain eatery by the beach serving American grub & tropical drinks in festive environs. 1110 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

  • Sharkey's Beach Bar - Oceanfront seafood joint with a relaxed vibe offering happy hours & a digital jukebox in roomy digs. 600 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Awards & Shout Outs

Top travel sites recognize the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

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Travel and Leisure

This iconic travel brand named as one of "America's Best Beach Boardwalks".

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Family Vacation Critic

Named the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk one of "12 Best Beach Boardwalks for 2016".

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Yahoo Travel

Put the boardwalk at the #8 spot on their "Insider’s Guide to America’s Top 10 Beach Boardwalks".

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USA Today

Chose the boardwalk as one of the top contenders for "Best Boardwalk Food".

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TripAdvisor

Placed the boardwalk at the #5 spot on their "14 Awesome Piers, Boardwalks & Waterfronts to plan your vacation around".

Planned Expansion & Additions for 2017

Learn more about what's new in Myrtle Beach.

RipTydz

Newest Oceanfront Bar & Grille.

    Expected to open in May of 2017, RipTydz is an oceanfront bar and grille with a rooftop bar. RipTydz will be serving up fresh seafood, prime steaks, and fresh local favorites. The new restaurant and bar will be located by the boardwalk at 12th Ave N in Myrtle Beach.