Now a thriving metropolis, Myrtle Beach began as a getaway for employees of the lumber industry in Conway who would take the train to “New Town” on their free weekends. The area continued to grow until its incorporation in 1957. A contest to name the town resulted in “Myrtle Beach” after the area’s prolific Southern Wax Myrtle shrubs.
Today, visitors have nearly unlimited opportunities for entertainment in Myrtle Beach. For beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, take a leisurely stroll down the oceanfront boardwalk, and for a panoramic view from 200 feet above sea level, enjoy a ride on the new SkyWheel. Riding the waves on a boogie board is just the thing to cool off on a hot afternoon or visit one of Myrtle Beach’s water parks with slides, wave pools and fountains to beat the heat. To get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most interesting inhabitants, visit Myrtle Beach’s aquarium or see what a 70 mph hurricane wind feels like in the new interactive science museum. And nothing says summer like an afternoon of baseball at BB&T Coastal Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
For those who love to be active, Myrtle Beach’s state parks offers maritime forests and unspoiled beachfront for camping, hiking, biking and even nature programs for all ages. Anglers can throw a line off of local fishing piers, and most offer everything from equipment rentals to bait. The more adventurous will want to try jet skiing or parasailing.
Art lovers will enjoy a visit to the area’s art museum, located a stone’s throw from the ocean and features world class exhibits year round. Myrtle Beach also is host to a well-known symphony whose concerts draws hundreds of music lovers.
Night life in Myrtle Beach is another adventure to explore, with comedy clubs, music from country to disco and dancing to every beat. Exciting dinner shows featuring pirates and medieval knights are destined to be the night the entire family will never forget.