Sure, there are newer, fancier places to nosh, but nothing says “summertime” like the carnival atmosphere of a beach town boardwalk and its tried-and-true favorites, a quiet waterfront getaway, or a much-loved rural eatery with the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted. Maybe you have your favorites? Here are just a few of the many to consider crossing off your Grand Strand restaurant bucket list.
900 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Visit for their 80-year history in downtown Myrtle Beach and their classic foot-long hotdog.
4001 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
This 1950s throwback is famous for thin, crisp hamburgers, but also try the 3 Way (spaghetti-chili-cheese) Cincinnati Chili. Classic Car Night is each Friday evening.
101 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, (843) 651-3233
7718 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Newly under separate ownership, both locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Try the corn dog with onion rings in Garden City Beach and the chili dog in Myrtle Beach.
THE Original Benjamin’s
9593 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
This Restaurant Row original serves a Calabash-style seafood buffet you’ve got to see to believe, as well as housing museum-quality nautical artifacts.
Big Tuna Raw Bar
807 Front St., Georgetown
On the waterfront in historic Georgetown, enjoy the views, inside or out, fresh seafood (like the fried oysters or a crab cake sandwich) and their parrot, Sassy.
Dead Dog Saloon
4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
An anchor of the fabled Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, this waterfront eatery has it all—a variety of seafood, sandwiches and dishes for the landlubber—plus live music seven nights per week.
Big D’s BBQ Trough
2917 Church St., Conway
Serving award-winning BBQ for nearly 50 years, along with excellent fried chicken and all your favorite Southern sides like collard greens and mac & cheese.
405 Main St., North Myrtle Beach
This family restaurant has served breakfast, lunch and dinner for locals and visitors of the North Strand since 1948. See why and be sure to check out the nightly specials like whole fried flounder.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PEACHES CORNER, DEAD DOG SALOON AND SAMS CORNER
LET'S GO TO THE DRIVE-IN
Though we may not have a drive-in movie theater nearby (the nearest is The Big Mo near Columbia), there are a few places to sit under the stars, munch on popcorn and catch a family-friendly flick outdoors.
Movies @ McLean
McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach, (843) 280-5570
Movies are shown the second Friday of each month from June to October. Admission is free, so bring a chair or blanket and a few bucks for popcorn and a drink. June 8’s movie will be Despicable Me 3 and July 13’s will be The Lion King, both shown at 8:45 p.m.
Mulberry Park, 123 Mulberry St., Shallotte, (910) 754-4032
SummerFest will take place Thursday summer nights through August 9 and will include both movies and concerts under the stars. Free movies will kick off at dusk (approximately 7:30 p.m.) and include family-friendly selections like Beauty and the Beast and The Lego Batman Movie.
Movies Under the Stars
Valor Memorial Gardens (Valor Park) in The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, (843) 839-3500
Periodically showing family-friendly movies after dark, weather permitting, Wednesdays in June, July and August. Call or check website for schedule.
Movies in the Park
Riverfront Park. 6 Elm St., Conway, (843) 248-1740
These free showings will occur monthly on Fridays through September. June 8’s film is Tomorrowland: A World Beyond and July 13’s is Rascal Rebel Rabbit. Shows start at dusk and concessions are available for a nominal fee.
Movies on the Water
Marina Park, 8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach, ( 877) 347-2633
Settle in for a free family-friendly film with a beautiful water backdrop. Bring your own blankets or chairs and enjoy concessions from Tropical Sno. The event will be teaming up with various charities, so you can do some good while having fun. Movies are on one Friday night each month throughout the summer from 6–9:30 p.m. Visit the site for a schedule of movies.
PHOTOS BY EMILEE SINCLAIR AND COURTESY OF THE MARKET COMMON
GET CULTURED WITH GREAT ART
We may not have the MoMA or the Guggenheim, but there is no lack of fine art, folk art and everything in between at Grand Strand galleries and museums. Summer is the perfect time to expand your cultural horizons.
PHOTO: (left) Sunset River Marketplace; (right) Southport Gallery Walks
Myrtle Beach First Friday Art Walks
Downtown Myrtle Beach
514 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach, (843) 333-1212
This self-guided walking tour of eclectic gallery spaces is sponsored by Element Marketing, the first stop on the tour.
Downtown Southport First Friday Gallery Walks
Historic Southport, famous in a number of Hollywood movies, sponsors gallery visits throughout downtown from 5–7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Art in the Park
1400 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 446-3830
Sponsored by the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild and now its 46th year, this festival has some 60 artisans display and sell their creations in a beautiful outdoor setting. The next event will be June 23 & 24 from 10 a.m–4 p.m.
Ag + Art Tour
Held June 2 & 3, enjoy this self-guided tour of farms throughout Horry County with opportunities to buy fresh produce, see artisans in their element and hear folk and bluegrass music.
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 238-2510
For 21 years this museum has curated works from international artists and locals alike, all held within a nearly 100-year-old beach house.
Seacoast Artists Guild & Gallery
The Market Common
3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, (843) 232-7009
More than 70 local artists’ works displayed in painting, fiber art, pottery, photography and more.
Sunset River Marketplace
10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, (910) 575-5999
Part art studio, frame shop and classroom, enjoy fine art and folk art from regional artisans in all disciplines.
Swamp Fox Gallery
5200 U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet
Fine art from Lowcountry, regional and international artists along with classes from beginner to advanced.
Cheryl Newby Gallery
11096 Ocean Highway, # 4, Pawleys Island
Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, this gallery offers authentic antique prints and maps along with paintings, sculpture and ceramics.
Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange
14363 Ocean Highway, #108, Pawleys Island, (843) 235-9600
A consignment gallery featuring the works of some 80 artisans, with rotating exhibits and specially featured artists.
Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery
Edwards Building 129 at Coastal Carolina University
133 Chanticleer Drive W., Conway
Dedicated to the education of visual artists and enjoyment of objects and images in society, this gallery at Coastal Carolina University is free and open to the public. Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. throughout June, but closed most of July.
Photos by Marta MaCcallum and courtesy of Sunset River Marketplace
CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENTS
Play a few rounds, do some good in the world and work on your summer tan. With area golf courses slower in the summer months, charity golf events abound. Here are a handful to consider.
Coast of Carolina Parrothead Club Annual Charity Golf Tournament
River Oaks Golf Plantation, Myrtle Beach
Benefits the Children’s Recovery Center
Jim O’Neil: (843) 241-3164
James “Bonecrusher” Smith Golf Challenge
Crown Park Golf Course, Longs
BenefitsChampion For Kids
Fiddler on the Green Golf Classic
Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, Myrtle Beach
Benefits the Long Bay Symphony youth programs and scholarships
Pink Puttin’ for Mary Kay
Mutiny Bay Miniature Golf, North Myrtle Beach
Benefits the Mary Kay Foundation (Breast Cancer Support)
Tracy Brown: (828) 773-1567
MB Ancient Order of the Hibernians Golf Tournament
Wild Wing Plantation, Conway
Benefits the Myrtle Beach AOH who support local charities through their volunteer work
Bill Toomey: (843) 249-3599
SLIMBO’S SWINGIN’ SWELTER GOLF TOURNAMENT
Arcadian Shores Golf Club, Myrtle Beach
Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina and Leadership Grand Strand
Jeffrey Wisniewski: (843) 450-2541
Golfing for Special Needs
River Oaks Golf Plantation, Myrtle Beach
Benefits the Special Needs Family Fun Day
Tamatha Lewis: (843) 602-8555
SOS Healthcare Memorial Golf Tournament
Possum Trot Golf Course, North Myrtle Beach
Benefits SOS Healthcare funding autism and intellectual disabilities programs
Photos by Mae Rahter, Bill Woodward and Scott Gray
Enjoy A Cone
What better way to cool your palate and tickle your taste buds than with a little soft serve or hand-dipped creamy confection? Some are new, some date back decades, and some even boast celebrity endorsements.
9910 Beach Drive SW, Calabash
Boasting a 16-percent butterfat cream, this award-winning ice cream is a Brunswick County favorite. June’s flavor of the month is a surprisingly refreshing cantaloupe.
Ben & Jerry’s
Broadway at the Beach
1303 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
This Vermont-based company with locally owned franchises knows how to make and market ice cream. Have you tried Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream? You really should.
Original Painters Homemade Ice Cream
2408 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Since 1952, Painters has been making and serving ice cream in North Myrtle Beach. They’ve earned a variety of accolades and endorsements, including one from former resident Vanna White.
Kirk’s Ice Cream Parlor
6101 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
2500 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Kirk’s serves up old-timey ice cream and fun at two locations. A Myrtle Beach tradition for 40 years.
204 Main St., North Myrtle Beach
Husband and wife team Ashley and Brandon Causey have a passion for fresh ingredients and mouthwatering combinations. Flavors range from the classics to creative, like Savannah White Peach, Honey Roasted Peanut and Spicy Aztec Chocolate.
Photographs by Molly WIckham, Julia Gombo-Tolly, Calabash Creamery, Original Painters Homemade Ice Cream
Take A Hike
Literally. Take a hike this summer. Our two state parks (Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach) offer soul-restoring walks through nature and give a taste of the ancient maritime forests that once blanketed the coastal Carolinas. Additionally, nature-minded municipalities, non-profit endowments and private citizens have created public trails for the restorative enjoyment and good health of visitors and locals alike.
Huntington Beach State Park (pictured above)
16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet
A favorite of birdwatchers, this park’s trails and dunes are reminiscent of the original, undeveloped Carolina coast. Includes boardwalks, overlooks and alligator habitats.
Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Easy trails with markers identifying natural flora and fauna wind through the woods. Stroll past a pond and then back to the beach.
Vereen Memorial Gardens
2250 S.C. 179, Little River
Maintained as an Horry County park, enjoy miles of nature trails, salt marshes and botanical gardens. As peaceful and relaxing as a hike can get.
Waccamaw River Park
1101 State Road S-26-14, Conway
Celebrating its one-year anniversary this summer, this park includes hiking and mountain biking trails, a picnic shelter and a nine-hole disc golf course, as well as boardwalks.
Horry County Bike and Run Park
150 Frontage Road B-2, Myrtle Beach
Becoming famous among trail “heads,” check out the half-dozen YouTube videos of this beautiful, strenuous course running for seven miles between the Intracoastal Waterway and Carolina Forest.
All of the Water, None of the Salt
We all (most of us, anyway) love the beach, but sometimes the kid in us (or the kids with us) want the excitement that can only come from an adrenaline-fueled trip to the waterpark. While some of the larger resorts feature small waterparks for guests, three full-featured area waterparks are open to the public and offer big thrills made for summer fun.
PHOTO: (left) Myrtle Waves; (right) Splashes at Family Kingdom.
3000 Mr. Joe White Ave.,
Myrtle Waves is South Carolina’s largest waterpark with 22 slides, a FlowRider surfing attraction and plenty for toddlers through seniors to enjoy for a full day. Lockers can be rented and food and beverage are available for purchase.
Wild Water & Wheels
910 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach
In addition to favorite waterpark rides, Wild Water & Wheels also offers Go-Kart racing and mini golf. If that doesn’t spell one-stop summer fun, what will?
Splashes at Family Kingdom
300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
The area’s only oceanfront amusement and waterpark, Splashes, Family Kingdom’s water attraction, includes a lazy river, speed slides, water flumes and more.
Photos courtesy of Myrtle Waves and Splashes at Family Kingdom
Strike Up The Band
Few places offer as much live music diversity and density as does the Grand Strand. From acoustic soloists to screaming rock ’n’ roll bands, along with Americana, top 40 dance, classic rock, big bands and country crooners, there’s live music (usually presented for free) on stages both outdoors and indoors at more than 100 Grand Strand bars and restaurants. Larger venues offer ticketed shows from top names on tour, variety shows from professional companies and up-and-coming acts.
PHOTO: (top) Sounds of Summer Concert series; (bottom) Music on Main.
Hot Summer Nights on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Plyler Park, 1309 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Local and regional bands will perform on a stage adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Check the website for a full schedule. Runs June 12 through September 4, Monday through Saturday from 8–11 p.m.
Encore Florals Music on the Lawn
225 Kingston St., Conway
Free music most Friday afternoons along with wine and beer (for purchase) in historic downtown Conway. Visit the website to see who is performing.
Music on Main
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
This long-running music series takes place from 7–9 p.m. each Thursday through the end of September. Free admission and a variety of music, from beach music to rock ’n’ roll. Check the website for a full lineup.
The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
4025 U.S. 17 Business,
A half-mile wooden boardwalk and pier, known as the MarshWalk, now hosts some 10 separate eateries, most of which provide live music nightly and never have a cover charge.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Sandhills Bank Amphitheater at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, 150 Citizens Circle, Little River
This popular concert series features local and regional variety, pop, Americana and jazz bands, as well as national touring tribute acts. Free admission and held the third Friday of each month through September 21.
Thursday Concert Series on the Lawn
Marina Park, 8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach
Enjoy a great show on the Marina Park lawn the last Thursday of each month through August. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and purchase concessions on site. Each show will be teamed up with a local charity. Performers include the Long Bay Symphony and Ultimate Aldean Experience, a Jason Aldean Tribute. Visit the site for a full schedule.
Surfside Sunday Serenades
410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach
Free concert series on Sunday afternoons from June to October, 2–5 p.m. The event features three separate acts, soloists and larger groups in an intimate and beautiful town park setting.
Calabash Summer Concert Series
868 Persimmon Road, Calabash
Fun, family-friendly concert series Tuesday nights (6 p.m.) through August featuring top-named variety and beach music bands.
Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Long the heart and soul of Myrtle Beach nightlife, shopping and dining, in season Broadway at the Beach hosts a wide variety of live music, including soloists, rock ‘n’ roll bands and dueling pianos.
4898 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
In honor of its 30th anniversary, Barefoot Landing will host free, live music nightly at 7 p.m. all summer long on a newly built stage. The 30th of each summer month will be dedicated to larger bands and specialty acts.
4750 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Since 1993, the Alabama Theatre has been hosting audiences of all ages and entertaining with stage shows and touring superstars. Summer’s lineup includes country megastar Josh Turner on July 20.
The Carolina Opry
8901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
The granddaddy of theatre shows, enjoy outstanding talent, special guest artists (The Gaither Vocal Band on June 17 and America on July 22) and a wide variety of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s to modern country and pop.
Legends in Concert
2925 Hollywood Drive, Myrtle Beach
Look-alike, sound-alike celebrity impersonators are backed by a live band, dancers and concert lighting in a Las Vegas-styled stage show. Looking for summer fun? Legends in Concert is a safe bet.
House of Blues
4640 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
For 21 years the House of Blues’ 2500-seat music hall has been host to hundreds of the biggest names in pop, country, rap, r & b, metal, rock, Americana and more, plus live variety entertainment regularly on their open air deck. Mark your calendar for bands like Collective Soul and Jimmy Eat World in July.
Photos Courtesy of NMB Parks & Rec
SAILING, SKIING, FLYING AND CRUISING
Summertime watersport adventures along the Grand Strand include just about anything you can imagine. Some look for the relaxing, sit-back-and-enjoy sunset and dolphin cruises. Kids and families might want a pirate adventure. The hands-on type will enjoy pilot-your-own jet-skis, boat and kayak rentals or paddle boarding. The daring adrenaline junkies might love parasailing and water-powered jet packs. Whatever floats your boat this summer, the Grand Strand’s got it.
PHOTO: (pictured left to right) Lifted Flyboarding; Ocean Watersports; Island Adventure Watersports.
Crazy Sister Marina
4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
Crazy Sister, located on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, offers pirate voyages, sunset cruises, jet-ski rentals, pedalboard and paddle board rentals, kayak and pontoon boat rentals, and guided, educational salt marsh eco tours, as well as fishing charters.
404 3rd Ave. S., Myrtle Beach
In the heart of Myrtle Beach since 1981, Ocean Watersports is best known for its colorful parasailing rigs, seen flying high above the Atlantic Ocean. Also available are banana boat rides and jet-ski rentals.
Myrtle Beach Watersports
North Myrtle Beach: (843) 280-7777
Myrtle Beach: (843) 839-2999
If it can be done on the water, then Myrtle Beach Watersports has it covered. Servicing the entire Grand Strand with multi-passenger jet boats, dolphin cruises, sunset cruises, pirate adventures, jet-ski and pontoon boat rentals, even Go-Pro video camera rentals are available.
Beach House Boat Rentals
Wacca Wache Marina
1950 Wachesaw Road, Murrells Inlet
For a freshwater experience along the Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway, Beach House will rent everything you need, including pontoon boats, bow riders, center console fishing boats, kayaks, paddle boards and even electric bikes (not for use on the river, please!)
Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions
413 53rd Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach; 1116 S.C. 9 East, Longs, (843) 241-4588
Paddle through the Little River Inlet to Waites Island or along the Waccamaw River or the Cherry Grove marsh. Expert guides and instruction ensure safe, memorable adventures for all ages.
5843 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, (843) 203-8213
Watch out George Jetson, these water-powered backpacks lift the rider out of the water and offer some semblance of control to the experienced and a wild ride for the novice.
Freedom Boat Club
Office: 2120 Sea Mountain Highway, North Myrtle Beach
The ultimate in boat rentals, this membership-driven club gives you access to the fleet of 1600-plus boats in 150-plus locations in the U.S., three on the Grand Strand and three more nearby (Charleston and Southport). No hassles, no worries, just fun in the sun.
Jack’s Surf Lessons & Board Rentals
3200 F S. Ocean Blvd.,
Myrtle Beach, (843) 647-7471
Sup, bruh? Surf’s up, that’s what’s up! At Jack’s the CPR-certified, talented, athletic and safety-conscious staff teaches surf lessons, as well as instruction on kayaks and paddle boards. Surf camp for kids and adults, half-day surf lessons and more.
Island Adventure Watersports
5843 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach
Specializing in Intracoastal Waterway trips out of Socastee (near the Swing Bridge), IAW offers jet-ski rentals and guided tours of the “backcountry,” plus boat, kayak and paddle board rentals.
Photos Courtesy of Ocean Watersports and (2) DSW PHOTOGRAPHY
"ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE..."
“…and all the men and women merely players.” Shakespeare knew the value of theatrical performances, and so do the thespians of the Grand Strand. Dinner and a show this summer might include a musical, a play (drama or comedy) or even a little big city-styled improvisational theater. Here are a few places to look for a show to intrigue, inspire, amaze or amuse.
PHOTO: (left) The Asher Theatre; (right) Carolina Comedy Club.
The Market Common
3064 Deville St., Myrtle Beach
From June 14–July 1, Stage Left will present As Long as We Both Shall Live, a comedic murder mystery, in its intimate 53-seat black-box-style community theater.
Theatre of the Republic
337 Main St., Conway
This theatre has long been the home for high quality musicals and dramas, delighting audiences with shows still on Broadway, as well as classics from the golden age of theater. Summer performances include Red and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Myrtle Beach Mall
10177 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Celebrating its 10th year, Atlantic Stage hosts award-winning dramatic plays and musicals from a cast of resident professional actors. Through June 24 you can see I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
The Strand Theater
710 Front St., Georgetown
The Strand, a grand old movie theater built in 1941, has been home to the Swamp Fox Players since 1982. In August, enjoy A Tribute to Carol Burnett.
1220 Port Drive, Myrtle Beach
GTS is an intimate cabaret style theatre featuring audience and performer interaction at each show. A variety of themed shows are on the lineup here, including a Motown Tribute, Neon Lights Country and a ’60s & ’70s Beach Party.
The Asher Theatre
3237 Waccamaw Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Newly opened within the old Waccamaw Pottery complex, The Asher Theatre is set to host James Stephen III, a musical impressionist and comedian, along with other special events. You can also host an event at their conference center.
9588 N. Kings Highway,
It’s all about the chuckles at Myrtle Beach’s oldest comedy club. Comedic stars from HBO, network television and on national tour stop by to give audiences a good hearty laugh. See the full calendar online. Food and drinks are also available.
Carolina Comedy Club
Broadway at the Beach
1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Top names from Comedy Central, The Tonight Show and Showtime make their way to entertain audiences year-round. Dave Landau (Last Comic Standing) appears June 6–9.
Uptown Theater-Carolina Improv Company
Myrtle Beach Mall
10177 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
No playwrights, scripts or rehearsals here—only funny, audience-interactive, off-the-cuff entertainment similar to that as seen on Whose Line is it Anyway? Most shows are appropriate for all ages, but some are more adult-oriented, so it’s best to call first.
WISHIN' YOU WERE FISHIN'?
Along with our chunk of the Atlantic Ocean, our countless tidal creeks, our rivers and estuaries, comes an amazing variety of seafood waiting to by plied from the water and prepared for your consumption. Don’t have a boat or a fishing pole? Don’t know how to fish at all? No worries! Dozens of fishing charters, large and small, including headboats and private charters, can get you on the water without any need of prior experience or a fishing license.
PHOTO: (inset from left to right) Captain Smiley Fishing Charter; Little River Fishing Fleet.
Little River Fishing Fleet
Office: 1901 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, (843) 361-3323
Every type of fishing for any age, ability, desire and budget. Headboat fishing with a large air-conditioned cabin, restrooms and a snack bar, or 13-hour tuna charters 70 miles out into the Gulf Stream for six people. Your choice.
Calabash Fishing Fleet
Office: 9945 Nance St., Calabash, (910) 575-0017
With a true fleet (see their website), this family-owned operation knows how to catch fish. They have to, as their own boats and crews provide fresh seafood for their Calabash Waterfront Seafood Shack restaurant. Fish with the pros.
Myrtle Beach Guide Service
Office: 1705 N. Oak St., #4, Myrtle Beach, (843) 814-7900
An elite fishing charter for serious fishermen and wannabes alike. Shallow water sight fishing, saltwater fly fishing, inshore and nearshore fishing charters and more.
Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises
Office: 1525 13th Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, (910) 575-0111
Headboats, private sport fishing charters, dolphin cruises and half-day fishing trips with a very good chance of reeling in dinner.
Hurricane Fleet Charter Fishing
Office: 9975 Nance St., Calabash, (800) 373-2004
Bottom fishing, trolling and sport fishing, along with deep-sea fishing, two-hour dolphin cruises, shrimping and more. Serving the region for more than 50 years and proud of its modern fleet.
Reel Fly Girlz
3993 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, (843) 798-9100
Experienced local captains who grew up fishing in Murrells Inlet will have you out on the water, hauling in flounder, drum and more. In-shore, near-shore, half-day and all-day trips available.
Captain Smiley Fishing Charters
Office: 4495 Baker St., Little River, (843) 361-7445
In-shore and near-shore fishing, sightseeing trips, kids’ fishing camps, shallow water and backwater fishing, eco-tours and more, are all offered by Captain Smiley, based out of the Cricket Cove Marina in Little River.
Underdog Sport Fishing Charters
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Behind the Claw House (4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet), (843) 356-0585
The Underdog targets offshore species, including marlin, sailfish, tuna, dolphin, wahoo, grouper and snapper. Their custom 37-foot Scottie-Craft is a fast and smooth-riding boat with state of the art electronics and safety gear and a great track record for bringing home fish.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF COREY LEMAY, CYNDI GOETCHEUS and Courtesy of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters
LEARN FROM HISTORY
Though the city of Myrtle Beach and most of the Grand Strand’s municipalities have a relatively short recorded history, a few nearby neighbors, including Conway and Georgetown, have a rich pre-revolutionary and antebellum past that anyone visiting or living here should explore. In addition to excellent museums, there are home tours, working historical farms and enough to keep any serious history buff or casual visitor occupied all summer long.
Kaminski House (pictured above)
1003 Front St., Georgetown
Along the waterfront in historic Georgetown, tours of this beautiful home built in 1769 hint at life from the bustling pre-revolutionary period through mid-1970s, when the Kaminskis donated the property.
L. W. Paul Living History Farm
2279 Harris Short Cut Road, Conway
A working farm that demonstrates what life was like for Horry County farming families from 1900–1955. Free admission, plus guided tours, livestock and gift shop. Check the site for special events, like Farm Animal Day on June 23.
With settlements predating its founding in 1734, this river city is loaded with historical and natural attractions, centuries old live oak trees, Civil War graveyards and evidence of the tobacco, railroad, timber and peanut industries that once kept Conway thriving.
22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown
Hobcaw Barony includes some 16,000 acres dedicated to preservation and education. Hike the grounds and tour the home where Winston Churchill rested for a month at the height of WWII. Check out their Wild Wednesdays series, with themes like Ghosts from the Coast (July 25).
Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park
16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet
Spanish for “watchtower,” Atalaya (built in 1931) is the 30-room Moorish-style castle/former summer home and art studio of the structure’s builders, Anna and Archer Huntington, of Brookgreen Gardens fame.
North Myrtle Beach AREA Historic Museum
799 2nd Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach
This museum’s mission is to foster a deeper appreciation for culture, history and science of the North Myrtle Beach area. Exhibits and programs focus on the stories from the region’s first inhabitants through to the development of today’s tourism industry.
Children’s Museum of South Carolina
2204 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
Since 1994, the nonprofit CMSC has been fulfilling its mission to “promote and stimulate self-discovery through interactive learning experiences” for children.
Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum
900 Dunbar St., Myrtle Beach
A window into the past, this four-room segregated school for African-American children first opened in 1932. The building, now a museum, houses artifacts from the school’s 20-year operating history.
Museum of Coastal Carolina
21 E. 2nd St., Ocean Isle Beach
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is affiliated with the nearby Ingram Planetarium and tells the story of the “natural science, environment and cultural history of the coastal region of the Carolinas.”
South Carolina Maritime Museum
729 Front St., Georgetown
Founders of the popular Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, this non-profit museum houses many nautical artifacts, press clippings and artwork related to Georgetown’s important nautical past and present.
633 Front St., Georgetown
Sitting underneath and just behind Georgetown’s iconic Tower Clock, the Rice Museum curates artifacts from the Colonial and antebellum rice industry that both built the city and enslaved thousands of Africans.
Horry County Museum
805 Main St., Conway, (843) 915-5320
Housed in the renovated Burroughs School (1905), the museum was first founded in 1979 and moved to its current location in 2014. Their centerpiece aquarium was featured on the Animal Planet reality show Tanked.
Photos by Gillian Claire, Joey O Connor Photography and courtesy of Horry County Museum
At area zoos and aquariums, we can get up close and personal with our multi-legged cousins and see ourselves in their antics and unique personalities. Take time this summer to explore the miraculous diversity of our planet and of our own coastal regions.
Brookgreen Gardens (pictured above)
1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet
Most know Brookgreen Gardens for its history, fine art and holiday favorite Nights of a Thousand Candles, but it also houses an accredited zoo featuring rescued native animals of the Lowcountry maintained in natural habitats.
4604 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
This animal park showcases a range of species and features swamps with alligators, live shows and various additional wildlife, including a newly acquired sloth.
Broadway at the Beach
1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
A year-round favorite, Ripley’s Aquarium swells with summertime crowds for a bit of air-conditioned, rain-free fun with sharks, stingrays, rotating exhibits, a glass-bottom boat adventure and more.
T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station
Barefoot Landing / Socastee
4898 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
At the Barefoot Landing satellite location you’ll get a taste of the real show at the world famous Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari. There you’ll meet and hold tiger cubs, ride on the backs of elephants and learn about the preservation efforts of the organization.
8500 Enterprise Road, Myrtle Beach
(843) 650-8500, waccateezoo.com
For more than two decades, the Waccatee Zoo has cared for more than 100 species on 500 acres of wooded, shady land, including big cats, herds of buffalo, zebras and visiting migratory birds.
Photos by Christopher John Photography and courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens, Alligator Adventure, T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at WWW.MYRTLEBEACHSAFARI.COM and Ripley’s Aquarium
VINEYARDS AND WINERIES
Four area establishments are focused on some combination of wine tasting, wine production, wine sales or growing the only grape the coastal region can support (the Muscadine). Some offer education and family-friendly events along the way. Most medical professionals say “drink wine every day.” Who are we to argue?
Silver Coast Winery (pictured above)
6680 Barbeque Road NW, Ocean Isle Beach
The European-styled wine is made by resident winemaker Dana Keeler, who has more than 35 years’ experience throughout the Carolinas, Virginia and in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Hosts wine tastings and special events like book signings. Open daily. You can also visit their tasting room in downtown Southport (105 S. Howe St.).
4650 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Based in North Carolina (and now also North Myrtle Beach), three generations of Duplins have turned a small, struggling wine facility into one of the biggest brands in the U.S., selling 450,000 cases annually. Martha Stewart endorses Duplin wines. Taste it for yourself this summer.
6027 Old Bucksville Road, Conway
Primarily growers of the Muscadine grape for their “nuetraceuticals,” (the extracted antioxidants found in the grape), Hyman Vineyards is open to the public, but hours vary. Call before taking the beautiful ride through Conway, past Lundy Crossroads and into the bucolic Horry County countryside.
La Belle Amie Vineyard
1120 Saint Joseph Road, Little River
For nearly 20 years Chuck & Vicki have been making and selling fine wine, throwing lavish outdoor music events for thousands of their closest friends and inviting all to come taste the fruits of their labors in their gift shop. There is a fee on festival days only (tickets $5–$8), otherwise free admission. Open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
PHOTOS BY (2) CHRISTOPHER SHANE AND CHRIS ZACHARY PHOTOGRAPHY
All beer was once originally produced and sold at microbreweries, but over time came mass production, which all but squashed the independent brewer. The last two decades have seen a resurgence and a zealous, fanatical loyalty to craft small batch brews, which once again rule the beer world. Here are a few places (out of dozens) to find local, regional and other well-loved craft beers, which, coincidentally, pair perfectly with a side of summertime.
PHOTO: (from left to right) Gordon Biersch, New South Brewing and Grumpy Monk.
New South Brewing
1109 Campbell St., Myrtle Beach
Open for tastings and sneak peeks of the brewing process, this 20-year-old microbrewery’s ales and lagers are featured in fine restaurants, grocery stores and almost every craft beer outlet on the Grand Strand.
Inlet Tap Garden
4097 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
Opened in 2017 along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and situated under and adjacent to the sprawling deck of The Claw House, Inlet Tap Garden offers extraordinary views, great food and more than 60 craft beers. Wine and cocktails are available too.
Coastal Craft Beverage Company
10080 Beach Drive SW, Calabash
Buy craft beer by the bottle or enjoy the tasting room, which specializes in hard-to-find N.C. beers and features a 20-tap draft system and refillable growlers. Take home or sit a spell in their beer garden. Opens at noon daily but closed Mondays.
Quigley’s Pint & Plate
257 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island
A true microbrewery, Quigley’s has become a favorite South Strand lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night spot serving great food and its own award-winning home-brewed beer, as well as wine and cocktails.
Gordon Biersch at Market Common
3060 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach
Celebrating 10 years as an anchor restaurant at The Market Common, Gordon Biersch brews German style lagers and ales on premise, has an extensive beer (and cocktail and wine) list and offers a large lunch, happy hour and dinner menu.
Liberty Brewery & Grill
Broadway at the Beach
1321 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Lagers, a white ale, a blueberry blonde, IPAs, an American amber and an Irish stout are only some of the in-house brewed beers available at this iconic Myrtle Beach brewery and restaurant, a favorite for more than two decades.
1701 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
Irish-owned, this authentic pub is big on food and drink and carries an impressive beer list, including most all the domestics, plus Guinness (of course) and close to 20 additional hard-to-find craft brews, many from Ireland.
The Grumpy Monk
4545 U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach
Popular with Coastal Carolina University staff and students, as well as area visitors and tourists, this eclectic Carolina Forest restaurant/bar has a little bit of everything, including around 50 beers from which to choose and both indoor and outdoor dining options.
PHOTOS BY JON STELL, RANDALL HILL AND MAC KILDUFF
CAFFEINATED HEAVEN, HOT OR COLD
Coffee lovers rejoice with the opening of every new coffee shop and every new recipe using their favorite beverage. Beyond the myriad, ubiquitous Starbucks, a half-dozen or more independent purveyors of the bean serve delicious hot and cold coffee drinks, caffeinated or not, perfect for summertime or anytime.
The Roasted Bean
The Market Common
2954 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach
As delicious as the smoothies and all-day breakfast and lunch may be, the real star at this quaint little roastery is the coffee. Beans roasted on premise make the best lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and more. Sip inside or out.
Rivertown Roasters on Main
337 Main St., Conway
This small batch coffee roaster is located in historic downtown Conway. Beans are roasted on-site to order. Specialty roaster offering Fair Trade, Non-GMO, Organic or Rainforest Certified Arabica coffees from around the world.
Fresh Brewed Coffee House
933 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach
Perhaps the hippest joint in town, Fresh Brewed is very popular with singer/songwriter types, especially emerging talent, poets, artists and spiritual seekers. The host of many special events and serving a really good cup o’ joe.
182 Waccamaw Medical Park Court, Conway
An extensive food menu and its close proximity to Coastal Carolina University has helped make the Coffee Nerd a busy place. Open daily.
Boardwalk Coffee House
104 9th Ave N., Myrtle Beach
A perfect respite from the all the walking you’ll do along Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk this summer, Boardwalk Coffee House sells a little bit of everything, hot and cold, including really good coffee drinks.
If coffee isn’t your thing, consider one of these eclectic spots for the perfect cup of tea.
French Twist Cafe & Tea Room
4025 N. Kings Highway #5, Myrtle Beach
Sip blends from black ginger peach to herbal coconut crush chai to white “Meditative Mind” with rosebud and jasmine pearls. Serving high tea on Saturdays and offering a delightful menu of quiches, crepes and salads, as well as dinner entrees.
Calabash Garden Tea Room & Gift Shop
10152 Beach Drive SW, Calabash
This relaxing spot north of the state line offers a variety of tea times, including children’s, light and cream. The “Ultimate Tea” includes a spring mix salad with Secret Garden dressing, fresh-baked scones with lemon curd and clotted cream, assorted tea sandwiches and miniature desserts. Also a great place for a unique bridal shower or other special event.
FARM TO YOUR TABLE
What’s old is new again. Our grandparents used to shop for groceries at small farm markets and eat seasonally available food. It’s good for us, good for the planet, good for small farmers and tastes better! Here are a few places to get farm-fresh produce (some of it organic) along the Grand Strand.
The non-profit Waccamaw Market Cooperative (www.waccamawmarkets.org) has an online resource to direct you to many of the area’s best Farmers Markets, including Surfside Beach, Georgetown, Little River, CCU, The Market Common, Conway and North Myrtle Beach. Here are a few additional markets as well:
Carolina Forest Farmer’s Market
Carolina Forest Rec Center
2254 Carolina Forest Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Thursdays, 1–6 p.m.
Southport Waterfront Market
203 E. Bay St., Southport
Wednesdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
600 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Lee’s Farmers Market
N. 4883 Frontage Road, Murrells Inlet
Non-traditional market, loaded with fresh produce, seafood and more.
Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Holden Brothers Farm Market
5600 Ocean Highway W., Shallotte
A bicentennial family farm (in operation more than 200 years!)
Open daily, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Photograph courtesy Waccamaw Market Cooperative
JULY 4TH FUN!
Looking for a way to spend your July Fourth holiday? Check out these happenings...
Salute from the Shore
This event allows the chance to pay tribute to our armed forces in a unique way. A military flyover will span South Carolina’s coast, so head to the beach with your red, white and blue. Wednesday, July 4, visit website for flyover schedule. South Carolina coast. salutefromtheshore.org
Fourth of July with the Indigo Choral Society
This concert on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum will include a variety of selections of Americana, Carolina-themed songs and a salute to our armed forces. Wednesday, July 4, 7:30–9 p.m. Kaminski House, 1003 Front St., Georgetown. kaminskimuseum.org
Myrtle Beach Independence Day Run
Kick off your Fourth of July celebration with an exhilarating run around The Market Common. Pick the 8K, 5K or 1-mile routes, which offer a glimpse back in time with sights from the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Wednesday, July 4, 7:30–10 a.m. Valor Park at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. myrtlebeachfestivalpromotions.com
Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Head to Broadway at the Beach and enjoy an evening of shopping and dining, topped off by a great fireworks show. The sky over Lake Broadway will be lit up to celebrate Independence Day. Wednesday, July 4, 10 p.m. Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach. broadwayatthebeach.com
July Fourth on the MarshWalk
The MarshWalk knows how to celebrate America. The day will kick off with the Annual Boat Parade, which starts at Garden City Point and goes past the MarshWalk and south to Morse Park Landing. Stick around for the Grand Strand’s largest aerial fireworks show. Wednesday, July 4. 4 p.m. parade, 10 p.m. fireworks. Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, Murrells Inlet. marshwalk.com
Cherry Grove Pier Fireworks
Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach continues with their yearly fireworks display. Spectators can enjoy the stunning colors from the beach. Wednesday, July 4, 9:30 p.m. Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. cherrygrovepier.com
Independence Day Fireworks at Barefoot Landing
Barefoot Landing will host a special Independence Day fireworks display for the Fourth. Don’t miss the chance to do a little shopping or grab some great food. Wednesday, July 4, 10 p.m. Barefoot Landing, 4898 U.S 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. bflanding.com
Pawleys Island Golf Cart Parade
Have fun with this tradition in its 51st year. Participants will create festive “floats” from golf carts, convertibles or flatbed trucks. Enter yourself or just enjoy the show! Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m.–noon. Town of Pawleys Island, townofpawleysisland.com
PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE HINISH AND COURTESY OF BROADWAY AT THE BEACH
LIGHTING THE SUMMER NIGHTS
Don’t miss Brookgreen Gardens’ new Summer Lights Festival
Brookgreen Gardens is known for many things, from its gorgeous blooms to its amazing animals to its impressive collection of art. But perhaps the thing that comes to mind first when someone mentions “Brookgreen Gardens” is the spectacular winter event Nights of a Thousand Candles, during which the gardens are set aglow with beautiful lights and hand-lit candles. If this is a favorite event on your holiday list, the venue’s newest attraction is one you cannot miss.
Starting on May 24 and running through August 19, Brookgreen Gardens will host its first year of the Brookgreen Summer Lights Festival. The festival will run each week from Wednesday to Saturday from 7–10 p.m.
Larger-than-life illuminated silk lantern sculptures, created by Chinese craftsmen in the tradition of famous Chinese lantern festivals, will inhabit the Lowcountry Zoo. The pieces will come in a wide variety of native animals, insects and plants. Aside from the stunning silk works, the festival will also include music, Chinese horoscopes, activities, Chinese paper cutting and more. Local food truck vendors will also be on hand offering up a variety of dinner and snack options.
Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children with children three and under admitted free. Members of the garden will receive a $5 discount on the ticket price. Planning to visit Brookgreen Gardens already? Take advantage of a combination ticket. When you buy one general admission ticket at full price, you may also purchase a one-night ticket for the Summer Lights Festival with a $5 discount. Keep in mind that tickets must be purchased before arrival. Space is limited, so get your tickets today. See the magic of nature illuminated this summer at Brookgreen Gardens!
Brookgreen Summer Lights Festival
7–10 p.m., Wednesdays–Saturdays from May 24–August 19
Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Drive
Adult tickets $15 for members and $20 for non-members
(843) 235-6000, brookgreen.org
Photograph Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens