Go golfing and lay on the beach? Sounds great, but is that all there is to Myrtle Beach? I don’t think so. A whole different world awaits you.
This place is booming! Growth means development, and Myrtle Beach is developing big time. Off the beaten path of golf courses and beaches you can find sports, history, a developing infrastructure, parks, great dining, and fun for kids.
The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, is a master planned redevelopment program by the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority. It will be located on a 3,790-acre parcel of land, and it is underway and very exciting. With $30 million of new infrastructure, 29 acres of lakes, and several giant fountains and large parks it might be the future core of the city. It is located next to the newly expanded Myrtle Beach airport. In the heart of the development will be a mix of retail, restaurant, residential, hotel, and parking facilities. It looks like they’re doing things right, and this place is going to be great. You can get a great flavor of things to come at the Market Common.
Murrells Inlet, a historical fishing village on Long Bay, is about 14 miles south of Myrtle Beach. It’s a quaint little town with warm, salty sea breezes and abundant waterfowl. With over 30 restaurants it is the Seafood Capital of South Carolina. Visit at night and watch local talent perform in the bars and restaurants.
Some of the most pristine beach in the area welcomes you at the underdeveloped coastline of Huntington Beach State Park near Murrells Inlet. Wildlife and beauty can be seen in their natural state. Five miles south you’ll find Pawleys Island, a small, shoeless, care free community with its ghost stories, hammock shops, and casual beaches and dunes.
If sports are your bag, check out the single A Carolina League Myrtle Beach Pelicans during baseball season. And there are a variety of theaters and concert halls in the heart of Myrtle Beach that feature local and national acts. Check out the Children’s Museum on King’s Highway where you and the kids can have fun and children can learn about art, music, science, health, and technology with plants, animals, puppets, and a giant galaxy mobile of the solar system.
The brand new Hard Rock Amusement Park located just over the Intercoastal Waterway isn’t open just yet, but you can still visit the welcome center and see great rock n roll memorabilia. Don’t forget to try your hand as a rock n roll guitar player.
Whatever your taste and whatever your age, Myrtle Beach has great places for you to visit off the beaten path.