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Myrtle Beach Local History

Myrtle Beach gets its name from the many "wax myrtle trees" that grow along the beach and is also known as "The Seaside Golf Capital of the World". The Waccamaaw and Winyah Indians were the first inhabitants of the area. They called the land, "Chicora". The waters off the coast has a history of their own. During the 18th century, pirates found the unpredictable waters of the Atlantic a paradise for their wild revels and thus legends were born. The most popular being of the infamous "Blackbeard", who regularly terrorized the Carolina shores before his gory death in 1718.

In the late 1800s most of the real estate was purchased by F.G.. Burroughs, a Conway business man. He worked hard to realise his vision for this area. Around the 1900s, the world was introduced to "New Town", but it wasn't long before the town's name changed to "Myrtle Beach" in honour the Sweet Myrtle Tree.

In the 1920s a group of business men started building an upscale beach get away called Arcady which included what is now known as Pine Lakes Country Club and the Ocean Forest Hotel. The golf course that was finished in 1927, to this day remains an elegant reminder of those bygone days.

The late 40s early 50s were a busy time in Myrtle Beach. The Dunes Club was built around 1948. It stretches along the Atlantic and is still going strong as a private club.

Myrtle Beach Attractions

Top Attractions

Rice Museum - This museum captures one of the most colourful chapters in the history of American agriculture. The story of the rice culture of Georgetown County is told with the help of maps, dioramas, artefacts and other exhibits.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum - Lovers of the famous televisions show with the same name, will find this museum fascinating. It features over 500 exhibits collected by Robert Ripley during his travels across the globe.

Blue Crab Festival - The historic Little River waterfront is the venue for this festival. It offers more than 150 artists and craftsmen, twenty food booths, fiddlers, island musicians and music by the Beatles and Elvis. For the children there is face painting, a climbing wall and a petting zoo among other activities. Feast on crab cakes, seafood gumbo, barbecue, soft shell crabs, desserts and a lot more. A shuttle takes you back and forth from the parking areas to the festival. Free admission.

Sun Fun Festival - The Sun Fun Festival is held annually. The festival is held all over the heart of Myrtle Beach and on the South Strand. Activities include a 5K run, a cat dash, the Miss Sun Fun and Miss Bikini Wahine contests, light shows, bubble gum blowing contest, Little Olympics, sailboat races, air show, food, music and much more. Contact the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce for details and schedule. Admission is free.

Wild-Water & Wheels Wild Water & Wheels, a 16-acre park filled with exciting rides and slides. It is the place to be all summer long and the complete fun center for the entire family. Wild Water is so much more than a waterpark, check out the 18 holes of Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Go Karts, and Kiddie Rides along with all the excitement of the area's best water park. For more information visit www.wild-water.com.
submitted by Shannon Sell, 27/06/08

East of Chicago Pizza Fun Factory All-you-can-eat, moderately-priced 72 ft buffet featuring traditional pizza, specialty pizza, pasta, salad and dessert in a 20,000-square-foot Family Entertainment Center with 250+ seats in two separate dinning areas and two large arcades with over 80 video and redemption games; large prize redemption area; two dedicated party rooms; Pete’s Pizza Kitchen (where kids make their own pizzas); children’s soft play area; Bear Train Express (build your own stuffed animal creation); buffet and takeout; beer & wine; payment by cash, credit & debit. Several dessert pizzas have been featured on The Food Network’s, “Unwrapped” show.
submitted by Shawn Roth, 09/01/07

Myrtle Beach Shopping

Barefoot Landing - This waterfront world of shopping has something on offer for everyone. Enjoy browsing through 13 factory-direct stores and over 100 specialty shops situated along beautiful boardwalks around a 23 acre lake.

Local Festivals and Street Fairs - The Blue Crab Festival and the Sun Fun Festival offers ample opportunity to buy arts and crafts, jewellery, clothes and lots more.

Myrtle Beach Activities

Wild Water and Race Theme Park - This theme park has something for the whole family. With 33 slides, rides, rivers and tides this park promises to be an experience not to be missed. The Wild Water miniature golf complex takes you on a journey through waterfalls, caves and even a visit to the Ancient Mariner.

Alligator Adventure - The Reptile park occupies over 20 acres of wetland habitat. The numerous exhibits are connected by boardwalks. The rare white Albino American alligators, dwarf crocodiles and giant snakes are some of the exotic species that are on exhibit. Live shows and demonstrations will add to the excitement of your visit.

IMAX Discovery Theatre - Take the family to watch nature and adventure documentaries on the gigantic six story tall screen of the Imax theatre. It has unique stadium seating and a 12,000 watt digital surround sound. The experience of what is showing on the screen is as real as if you are there.

Myrtle Beach Parks & Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens - Spend a leisurely day in the serene Brookgreen Gardens. More than 500 works of American figurative sculptors are on display in one of the most beautiful public gardens in the Southeast. The wildlife trail will delight the children. You will find the the historical exhibits of South Carolina animals and artefacts fascinating. The Kitchen will prepare a gourmet picnic basket meal that you can take anywhere on the premises. Admission is $12 for adults 19 and older, $10 for seniors and students 12-18 and children 12 and under is for free.

Myrtle Beach State Park - Myrtle Beach State Park is in the heart of Myrtle Beach. With 312 acres of oceanfront it is one of the last natural areas in this area. The Nature Centre offers displays of animals, plants and flowers of the area. The easy-to-hike nature trail is only 3/4 mile one way and is ideal for a brisk walk in nature. The park also has a store, gift shop, playground, and fishing form the pier or surf.

Myrtle Beach Beaches

The Grand Strand - Enjoy shell hunting, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, sailing, surfing, jogging, or just strolling on the beach.

North Strand - Little River, with a thriving fishing and charter industry, and the several communities that make up North Myrtle Beach.

South Strand - The family retreats of Surfside Beach and Garden City offer more summer homes and condominiums.

Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach - A visit to these alluring little beaches is a must. Murrells Inlet, once a pirate's haven is now a scenic fishing village and port and Pawleys Island one of the oldest resorts of the East Coast, prides itself on being "arrogantly shabby".

Myrtle Beach Restaurants and Bars

Myrtle Beach Restaurants

Parsons Table - Tel (843) 249 3702. Listed as the number one historic restaurant in South Carolina, The Parson's Table is housed in a church that was built in 1885. The magnificent stained glass windows adds to the historic ambience. The menu is extremely varied which includes steak, seafood, lamb, quail with oysters, vegetarian dishes and others. Dinner at this restaurant will not be forgotten soon.

Thoroughbreds - Tel (843) 497 2636. The mahogany walls, leather accents, fireplaces, oil paintings and French doors of Thoroughbreds lends a classy elegance to this restaurant. Each of the dining rooms is cosy and romantic and the food and service are excellent. Fresh seafood, veal, lamb, duck, chicken and beef dishes are prepared by some of the finest chefs on the East Coast. This is a first class restaurant and a culinary experience not to be missed.

The Melting Pot - Tel (843) 692 9003. Visit this Fondue restaurant for something completely different and lots of fun. The entire menu is a collection of fondues from the traditional cheese to vegetable, beef, chicken and seafood varieties. The Chocolate fondue for desert, into which you dip an assortment of fruits and cakes, is a must. The Melting Pot has a full bar and an extensive wine list. Brush up on your dipping technique, and enjoy a dining experience with a difference.

Myrtle Beach Bars & Clubs

House of the Blues - Tel (843) 272 3000. The House of Blues features live music and traditional Southern home cooking. Concerts are scheduled at various times in a music hall setting. The restaurant which is a separate building, offers live music nightly during dinner hours.

Froggy Bottomz - Tel (843) 444 3500. You don't need to travel to New Orleans to hear great jazz! At Froggy Bottomz in Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach, just about any variation of blues or jazz are on offer. The group Illuzions provides live music every Tuesday through Sunday and on Fridays and Saturdays, the group features the best in top 40 sounds. Doors open at 8pm every night.

Hard Rock Cafe - Tel (843) 946 0007. This Hard Rock Cafe is housed in an Egyptian Pyramid. It offers an array of rock 'n roll memorabilia and Live music on some nights. Valet parking available.

Myrtle Beach children's activities

Wild Water and Race Theme Park - This theme park has something for the whole family. With 33 slides, rides, rivers and tides this park promises to be an experience not to be missed. The Wild Water miniature golf complex takes you on a journey through waterfalls, caves and even a visit to the Ancient Mariner.

Alligator Adventure - The Reptile park occupies over 20 acres of wetland habitat. The numerous exhibits are connected by boardwalks. The rare white Albino American alligators, dwarf crocodiles and giant snakes are some of the exotic species that are on exhibit. Live shows and demonstrations will add to the excitement of your visit.

IMAX Discovery Theatre - Take the family to watch nature and adventure documentaries on the gigantic six story tall screen of the Imax theatre. It has unique stadium seating and a 12,000 watt digital surround sound. The experience of what is showing on the screen is as real as if you are there.

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