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Central Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide: Things to Do & Vacation Ideas
Central Myrtle Beach is perfect for those wanting to experience all that Myrtle Beach has to offer, thanks to its favored location between South and North Myrtle Beach and selection of Myrtle Beach resort accommodations.
This area is home to many of Myrtle Beach’s most popular attractions and entertainment centers like Broadway at the Beach and Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball.
Check out everything there is to know with our Central Myrtle Beach vacation guide:
Myrtle Beach’s “The Golden Mile”
The Golden Mile is often touted as one of the area’s most coveted locations for beachgoers. This area of Central Myrtle Beach extends from around 34th Avenue North to 52nd Avenue North and is mostly made up of beachfront surrounded by private residences. This area is the perfect spot for anyone wanting to avoid larger beach crowds.
Beachgoers will find seven beach access points between 34th and 51st Avenues North:
A smaller subsection just north of The Golden Mile is the Cabana District. Starting at 54th Avenue North, this section gets its name from the colorful cabanas that line the beachfront. Visitors will also find a children’s playground on the south end of the Cabana District.
Central Myrtle Beach Attractions
SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
Address: 1110 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 839-9200
Opening in 2011, the SkyWheel was the first of its kind on the east coast and is one of the tallest observation wheels in the United States, taking riders 200 feet above the ground. The wheel includes air-conditioned gondolas and provides some of the most spectacular beach views in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Address: 14th Avenue North to 1st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
This 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk has attracted vacationers since its opening in 2010. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk extends from Pier 14 on 14th Avenue North to 1st Avenue North. Along with the boardwalk includes Plyler Park where family-friendly festivals are held throughout the year. Visitors will find shops, restaurants, and gorgeous ocean vistas along this walkable boardwalk.
Address: 2850 Robert M Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 945-3318
Experience the best in golf gaming technology. Players can choose from several games based on skill level. Topgolf also serves drinks and food.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball
Address: 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 918-6000
Myrtle Beach’s single-A baseball team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans play their games at TicketReturn.com Field, across the street from Broadway at the Beach. The Pelicans have held affiliations with the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, and the Chicago Cubs and have won four minor league titles.
The team began league play in 1999 and has been the home for many notable major league players including Rafael Furcal, Marcus Giles, Adam Wainwright, and Freddie Freeman.
Enjoy weekly gameday specials like discounted food and drink, pre-game perks for kids, and post-game fireworks on select nights.
Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf
Address: 2205 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 913-7851
Play alongside pirates, Peter Pan, and Tinkerbell in this Peter Pan-themed miniature golf course.
Spy Glass Golf
Address: 3801 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 626-9309
A pirate-themed course that includes a waterfall and an indoor putting area.
Treasure Island Golf
Address: 4801 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 449-4754
Search for lost treasure as you play a full round of putt-putt at this family-friendly miniature golf course.
Where to Eat
Santa Maria Restaurant
Address: 6900 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach (Inside The Caravelle Resort)
Phone: (843) 918-7060
This Central Myrtle Beach restaurant offers a year-round Southern-style breakfast buffet, and is open for dinner in-season. The winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, Santa Maria Restaurant is the perfect option even for the pickiest eaters.
Hook & Barrel
Address: 8014 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 839-5888
Fresh is always on the menu at this Central Myrtle Beach seafood restaurant. From Lowcountry jambalaya to pineapple shrimp fried rice and tuna pad thai, feed your seafood cravings at Hook & Barrel. The menu also includes poultry, steaks, and desserts, as well as a Sunday brunch menu.
Address: 7901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 839-7575
Get your fix of healthy breakfast and lunch items at this casual dining experience. The menu includes healthy sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, salads, smoothies, and baked goods. And don’t forget about their famous Italian gelato!
42nd Street Bar & Grill
Address: 4209 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 945-9310
From fresh fish to steaks and appetizers, this refined eatery is a perfect option for couples, friends, and fine dining enthusiasts.
Area Spotlight: Broadway at the Beach
Address: 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
The epicenter of entertainment in Myrtle Beach. Broadway at the Beach is home to Ripley’s Aquarium, an interactive children’s museum, amusement rides, one-of-a-kind shopping, nightlife, and many restaurants and bars.
Broadway at the Beach has entertained visitors for over 20 years and continues to grow with new attractions, restaurants, and shops opening nearly every year.
Get a taste of what Broadway at the Beach has to offer:
Activities & Attractions
Ripley’s Aquarium | Penguins, exotic fish, an interactive playground, and much more | (843) 916-0888
WonderWorks | An indoor “amusement park for the mind” featuring over 100 interactive exhibits | (843) 626-9962
The Simpsons in 4D | Join one of television’s most famous families on a new 4D adventure | (843) 737-6543
Pavilion Park | Nostalgic amusement park rides located throughout Broadway at the Beach | (843) 839-0303
It’Sugar | Satisfy your sweet tooth with candies, donuts, and more | (843) 282-6306
Savannah Bee Company | Offering gourmet and raw honey and body care products | (843) 213-1058
The Mole Hole | An eclectic assortment of gifts, jewelry, and collectibles | (843) 626-7782
Build-A-Bear Workshop | Interactive teddy bear building experience | (843) 445-7675
Dave & Buster’s | Extensive lunch and dinner menu, drinks, and games | (843) 945-3500
The Grumpy Monk | Sushi, bar bites, and craft beers served for lunch and dinner | (843) 712-8020
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville | Beach-inspired flavors and drinks for lunch and dinner | (843) 448-5455
Hard Rock Cafe | Rock-and-roll-themed eatery that includes music memorabilia | (843) 946-0007
Senor Frog’s | A festive Mexican cantina serving drinks and casual food options | (843) 444-5506
Crocodile Rocks | Dueling piano bar with audience participation | (843) 444-2096
Carolina Comedy Club | Featuring some of the biggest names in comedy | (843) 839-2565
Wet Willie’s | Perfectly blended frozen daiquiris and great food | (843) 448-5653