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Myrtle Beach Area Features

What's New in Myrtle Beach?

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice

New and exciting events, attractions and businesses are always coming to the Grand Strand. And when it comes to staying “in the know,” Sunny Day Guide does the work for you. We’ll share the hottest news for 2018 so you can make the most of your visit to the region. Here’s what’s new in Myrtle Beach:

Wild Water & Wheels

Get wet and wild on the new Monster Drop slides at Wild Water & Wheels. Located in Surfside Beach, this adrenaline-pumping park is adding two body slides to its already amazing collection of fun rides. As soon as eager visitors enter the park, they’ll see riders sliding down either the enclosed, yet transparent monster slide or the other monster slide that is completely open and then dropping four feet into deep pools for a dramatic splashdown. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!

Brookgreen Has a New Resident

You “otter” see the newest addition to Brookgreen Gardens—a female river otter named John. She gets her masculine name from the St. Johns River near her former home, the Brevard Zoo in Florida. She was brought to Brookgreen Gardens with the AZA North American River Otter Species Survival Program because she is biologically compatible with the Gardens’ current male otter, Elliott. Hopefully, we’ll soon be able to see more and more otters on the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens!

Pearl Harbor Exhibit

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once called, December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.” He was speaking in reference to Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entrance into WWII. As Americans, it is vital that we don’t forget our history. Ripley’s Aquarium recently opened a new exhibit that details the timeline, events, and stories from that fateful day in an interesting and educational fashion. After seeing the artifacts and absorbing the history through interactive displays, visit the fish and marine animals throughout the rest of the aquarium.

The Show is About to Begin…

In April 2018, The Asher Theatre opened in Myrtle Beach. Purchase tickets to see award-winning shows including James Stephens III in The Man of a Thousand Voices, musicals, guest performers and seasonal events such as The Original Christmas Variety Show. This entertaining venue is a welcome addition to the thriving theater scene in Myrtle Beach!

Board the BrewBoat at Murrells Inlet

Gather a group of friends and head to Murrells Inlet to board the BrewBoat—a 15-passenger, very large paddleboat that launched its maiden voyage in the spring of 2017. With East Coast BrewBoat, the distance the boat covers is up to you. Up to 10 people can sit around the long bar with bicycle-style pedals under each seat. Work as a team to paddle around on the water—or you can cheat and use the motor. While you’re exercising feel free to partake of the (BYOB) beer, wine, and food you would like to bring along. They provide ice, cups, and coolers. Whether you’re old friends with everyone on the boat or a solo passenger on their way to making new friends over a beer or two, this is the ultimate party on the water!

New Rides at Pavilion Park

In 2017, a few new rides appeared at Pavilion Park at Broadway at the Beach. In addition to their classics, the park now has the Sea Side Swing, the anti-gravity Moonraker and other exciting attractions. However, a brand new and totally re-imagined family theme park will open at Broadway at the Beach in the summer of 2018. Monster Trucks and Tsunami are just a few of the exciting new attractions—but the giant Broadway 360 Observation Wheel will surely take center stage. Up to six people can share a gondola to ascend 118 feet into the sky. From there, take in the gorgeous view of the park and surrounding area.

Grand Opening!

Some cool new places are opening for business in the Grand Strand! At Barefoot Landing, a new restaurant district referred to as Dockside Village is opening with Lucy Buffett's LuLu’s as one of its star dining venues! In addition to serving up delicious Southern-influenced fare, a sandy beach, ropes course, arcade and LuLu’s Shag Beach Bar will be available to patrons at this 20,000-square-foot dining attraction. At the Market Common, 810 Billards & Bowling is stacking the pins. The owner of 710 Burgers Bocce Beer and Bowling purchased the former Piggly Wiggly and transformed it into a stellar bowling alley with an outstanding full-service restaurant, games, billiards and big-screen TVs. It’s a prime destination for fun, socializing, and delicious food and beverages.

Ripley’s Laser Strike

Watch out for Zombies! The walking undead creatures that seem to be taking over television, movies, and the minds of America have arrived in Myrtle Beach. At Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, you have to fight for your survival using your laser gun and sharp reflexes to fend off the zombies that roam the attraction in search of a “fleshy” meal. You never know what lurks around the corner at this scary adventure!

Notable Anniversaries

Some of our favorite businesses are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2018. It’s through their hard work and outstanding reputations that these businesses have not only prevailed but succeeded through the decades. Please join us in congratulating the following on their anniversaries:

  • Oceanfront Bar & Grill – 70 years
  • Myrtle Beach Speedway – 60 years
  • Callahan’s of Calabash - 40 years
  • Barefoot Landing - 30 years
  • Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood - 30 years
  • Alabama Theatre - 25 years
  • Preston’s Seafood & Country Buffet - 25 years
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