Myrtle Beach is an ever-changing tourist destination that each year finds news ways to improve and expand. 2016 brought a multitude of upgrades and additions to the Grand Strand, and sadly the removal of some favourite attractions and restaurants as well. Yet, despite all of the changes, there are still more to come. So if your spring or summer vacay plans include some time spent in Myrtle Beach, you might want to know about the following:
Broadway at the Beach underwent several changes last year (see Big Changes Underway at Broadway), some of which will continue throughout 2017. Since the Hard Rock Café pyramid was torn down and the restaurant moved into another location in Celebrity Square, construction has started on the new Dave & Busters. Also, Carlos’n Charlies was torn down to make room for a new Paula Deen restaurant. More changes may be coming, too, so stay tuned.
The Track Recreation Center is finally open for business for the 2017 season after being constructed in 2016. This new family-friendly attraction boasts multi-level go-kart tracks of different experience levels so that kids and adults can have fun. Also, The Track features an arcade with lots of modern and classic games.
There are lots of fun things to do at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, and now visitors can have a fun pirate-themed experience with Pirate Ship Adventures! This family-friendly attraction allows kids and adults to go on a swashbuckling adventure on a pirate ship cruise through the Inlet. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite pirate outfit for a full-on
The Cooper House is now under new ownership, and that means big changes for 2017. This popular special events center, known mostly for weddings, will be hosting Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre as well as other live entertainment each month. Enjoy special events at this eclectic venue while indulging in delicious food made by a professional chef.
Oceanfront Myrtle Beach will be welcoming a new hotel sometime in the near future. The new high-rise hotel will be Ocean 16 Hilton Hotel, and demolition has already begun on the property at the corner of 16th Avenue North16 and Ocean Boulevard. The 550,000 square-foot hotel will have 26 floors, 330 rooms, and plenty of amenities such as a lounge, deli, fitness center, pools, and more.
Get ready for a cool new restaurant coming to downtown Myrtle Beach! RipTydz is an oceanfront grille & rooftop bar that is aimed to attract millennials. The new eatery is set to open in February 2017, and the main appeal here will be the hip rooftop bar as well as the gorgeous ocean views.
A new restaurant called Carolina Ale House will be opening in 2017. The eatery will be built across the street from Broadway at the Beach where Planet Hollywood once stood. Carolina Ale House is a family-friendly restaurant known for delicious pub food as well as a large variety of beers. The restaurant will boast a rooftop bar, HD TVs and sports memorabilia throughout the establishment.
Locals and visitors can now enjoy Panera Bread in Myrtle Beach! Panera opened their first location in Surfside Beach in late 2016, so now fans of the restaurant can enjoy soups, salads, sandwiches, and more while visiting the Grand Strand.
While Captain D’s is not a new restaurant to Myrtle Beach entirely, the fast food chain recently opened up a new location in Surfside Beach. Captain D’s serves up tasty grilled and fried seafood at low prices.
MOD Pizza opened its first Grand Strand location in North Myrtle Beach last year, and Myrtle Beach recently welcomed the chain to the Surfside Beach area. MOD Pizza offers made-to-order pizzas with a huge selection of fresh toppings. From personal pizzas to shareable sizes, MOD Pizza is great for the whole family!
EagleWatchGolf is hosting a new Hole-in-one Contest at a select group of golf courses along the Grand Strand in 2017. The contest will allow participating golfers to play one shot for $5 or $10, and players will have a chance to win more and more money depending on how close to the hole their shot lands. The current jackpot is set to begin at $5,0000 a week, and if multiple golfers make a hole-in-one each week, then they must split the prize. If no golfers make a hole-in-one, then the prize amount gets bigger the next week
Current participating courses include Arcadian Shores Golf Club, Crow Creek Golf Club, Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club, Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, and True Blue Golf Club. More courses will be added.