A Visitor’s Guide to Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach has everything you could want while visiting North Myrtle Beach. No matter which vacation rental you chose to stay in on the Grand Strand, you will want to set aside at least a night or two for the entertainment complex. Although technically located in Myrtle Beach, the complex is only about a 20-minute drive. Some of the most famous area attractions and restaurants in Myrtle Beach sit on Broadway at the Beach.

Attend a live show at Legends in Concert. Eat a burger at Wahlburgers. Or even brave the infamous Backstage Mirror Maze. Broadway at the Beach has daily shows and special events, making it the perfect escape after a long day on the beach or a rainy day.

Plan to spend between two hours to six hours during a visit to North Myrtle Beach’s top destination.

Best Restaurants at Broadway at the Beach

Within the 350 acres of Broadway at the Beach, you’ll find plenty of food choices to satisfy voracious appetites. Make a reservation at a fine dining restaurant or grab a quick bite to eat with the entire family while enjoying a waterfront view.

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

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Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is one of the most popular eateries on Broadway at the Beach. Open for lunch and dinner, the southern food restaurant serves all meals family style.

Guests will munch on Paula Deen favorites such as fried chicken, grits, mashed potatoes, fried catfish, sweet potatoes, and collard greens. Fans of Paula Deen’s cooking show can visit her shop on the restaurant’s first floor to purchase cookbooks, chef gifts, bakeware, and more.

Señor Frog’s

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Señor Frog’s is a well-known Mexican restaurant chain located in Myrtle Beach across from the Hard Rock Café on Broadway at the Beach. The restaurant has a beautiful view of the lagoon and the iconic Ferris Wheel.

Reservations are accepted; otherwise, expect a wait for a table on most nights. Elevate your meal by choosing a starter, such as the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail or the Cauliflower Wings. Some of the best entrees at Senor Frog’s include the Mahi Mahi Tacos, Chicken Mole, and Carne Asada.

Landry’s Seafood

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Landry’s Seafood specializes in serving all its visitors world-class Gulf Coast seafood selections. Make a reservation for lunch and dinner with a waterfront view. Happy Hour is a must and you can get discounts on delicious appetizers, small bites, premium wines, and premium beers.

For dinner, the chef recommends courses that include Redfish Hemmingway and Flounder Melissa. New Orleans Crawfish Bread is a favorite appetizer crafted from crawfish tails, Louisiana spices, and mozzarella.

Extreme Pizza

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If you’re looking for a more family-oriented restaurant in the northern section of Myrtle Beach, stop by Extreme Pizza. The restaurant is near the Mirror Maze and offers takeout, dine-in, and take and bake items.

The menu has two main categories: Carnivore Pizzas with toppings for meat lovers and Veggin’ Out Pizzas for meatless fans. The casual restaurant also offers a large selection of sandwiches and fresh salads.

Other Restaurants

There are countless other restaurants to enjoy at Broadway at the Beach. For instance, sushi fans will want to make a pit stop at King Kong Sushi or The Grumpy Monk. Diners can find Americana menus at Dave & Busters and the American Tap House. For dessert, you could stroll through the shopping center, and order from places such as Insomnia Cookies, The Fudgery, Cold Stone Creamery, and I Scream Candy.

Where to Shop at Broadway at the Beach

There are dozens of boutiques, specialty shops and chain stores situated around Broadway at the Beach property. Many of the retailers offer one-of-a-kind goods and fun finds.

Clothing Stores

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Clothing stores are among the most prevalent throughout the retail space. Well-known shops include:

  • Ron Jon Surf Shop
  • M.R. Ducks
  • Leggings Park
  • Earthbound Trading Company
  • Blondies

The fashions found at the stores are trendy and not easy to find at big box retailers.

Jewelry Stores

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For jewelry items, you may want to stop at the following shops:

  • A Silver Shack
  • Pura Vida
  • Bijuju
  • Jester’s Jewels
  • The Vintage House

Kid Stores

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Kids will often enjoy a visit to one of the toy shops, including Toy Island and Toyasurus. For something more unique, you can bring them to Just Horse’n Around, a boutique dedicated to western horse-themed apparel and gifts.

If you have enough time, let them choose a new stuffed toy and customize it at the Build-a-Bear Workshop. Retro Active and Retroactive Part 2 is a throwback to all pop culture phenomenons from the 1990s until today. Buy toys, shirts, mugs, vinyl records, and more.

Food & Souvenir Stores

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You may purchase food and wine gifts at several Broadway at the Beach retailers. The Boardwalk Winery is a local establishment that makes and sells its own delicious white and red blends.

There is a north-end and eastern beef jerky shop called The Beef Jerky Store. Choose from 200 varieties with clerks helping narrow down your decision with free samples.

Get gourmet herbs, salsas, dips, and light snacks when you visit Pepper Palace.

Tourist favorites while shopping in Myrtle Beach include the Broadway Hammock Shop, with a large selection of beach-themed hammocks.

Christmas at the Beach retails holiday decorations year-round.

The Man Cave is a store geared towards those looking for décor items for their home.

Select an oyster at Pick a Pearl and bring home your custom jewelry item with the pearl found inside.

Family Entertainment at Broadway at the Beach

With so much to do at Broadway at the Beach, you and your family may have difficulty narrowing down your picks. The entertainment center has attractions for the daredevils in your family and plenty for the kiddos. Most entertainment options don’t require reservations and accept walk-ins. Call ahead to book any shows or limited seating events.

Backstage Escape Games

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Group games have become all the rage in recent years. Backstage Escape Games creates scenarios that require everyone in your group to work together and solve puzzles before the 60-minute timer runs out. Backstage is also the creator of the Mirror Maze—a 2,000-foot challenging maze made up of reflective surfaces.

Amusement Park Rides

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For amusement park fun, try the Beach Rider Jet Boat—a roller coaster right over the water. Spin on the carousel to create fantastic memories at the beach. The Broadway Grand Prix has more than 20 racing-themed attractions, including kiddie rides, racetracks, mini golf, and an indoor arcade with air conditioning and heating.

Myrtle Waves Water Park

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Visit South Carolina’s largest waterpark at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Waves Water Park. The park offers day and season passes with access to more than 20 water slides, a wave pool, a splash play area, and a lazy river. Rent out luxury cabanas for the day if you’re looking for more privacy and a place to unwind between rides.

Pavilion Park

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Pavilion Park is a must for all Myrtle Beach visitors since it boasts the honor of being the destination’s largest amusement park. The park has two separate areas: the “fun” park and the “action” park. The fun park has an all-ages appeal and features classic boardwalk amusement rides. The action park invites thrill seekers who want fast and exciting rides. Single tickets, ticket books, and wristbands are all available for purchase.

WonderWorks Zipline

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Thrill seekers will also want to experience the WonderWorks Zipline. The Myrtle Beach mainstay allows guests to glide over water while dangling 50 feet in the air. Visitors may also book a ropes challenge that expands up to three stories high. WonderWorks also owns and operates an indoor museum with different areas that explore weather, lights, sounds, space, and art. Guests under ten years old will get the most out of the indoor WonderWorks attractions.

Dino Park

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Dino Park allows parents to take a break as their little ones explore more than 20 dinosaur attractions. The dinosaur exhibits are life-sized with animatronics. The area also offers a spot for the digging of fossils.

Ripley’s Aquarium

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Cool down with a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium and walk around the dozens of sea life exhibits. Touch tanks, shark tanks, and interactive shows make this a must for new visitors to Myrtle Beach. Attend educational talks or feeding times throughout the day.

The Hollywood Wax Museum

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The Hollywood Wax Museum provides several hours of family fun while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. Guests can visit the wax museum to see lifelike replicas of their favorite celebrities or choose to buy the All Access Pass. For a discounted price, tourists can visit three attractions: The Hollywood Wax Museum, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, and Outbreak.

The maze is fairy-tale-themed and allows you to pretend you’re a princess trying to find her way out of a mirrored castle. The Outbreak attraction is a haunted house style walkthrough with zombies meant to give you the fright of your life.

Fun Year-Round Festivals & Events

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No matter what time of year you visit Myrtle Beach, you’ll likely find a festival or special event going on while visiting Broadway at the Beach. The summer months are busiest in Myrtle Beach, with festivals attracting thousands and thousands of tourists worldwide.

Broadway at the Beach celebrates the summer season by hosting special events, including weekly fireworks at 10 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Most weekends feature live music at many area bars and clubs, including talent booked at Bar Louie, The Hangout, and Crocodile Rocks. Entertainment also strolls around the complex, and you’re likely to see art exhibits, guitar soloists, and more on your visit.

The Broadway Theatre

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The Broadway Theatre changes its lineup regularly and also has long-running shows. A few standout current and past productions include Zero Gravity, Hot Jersey Nights, and the Magic and Mayhem Christmas Special.

Legends in Concert

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Legends in Concert permits North Myrtle Beach visitors to see icons of the past with artists who achieve both their likeness and voice abilities. Legends often change, so visitors should check the schedules to see if their favorites are playing. Past celebrity impersonators have included Elvis, Whitney Houston, and The Blues Brothers.

Charles Bach Wonders Theatre

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Charles Bach Wonders Theatre was established in 2019 and hosts the Charles Bach Magic Show year-round. The theatre also has additional special events on the calendar, such as a bubble show and stunt exhibitions.

Other Great Events

Check the calendar for popular Myrtle Beach festivals throughout the year. If you plan to attend any of these, include a stop at Broadway at the Beach. In January, many people attend Restaurant Week with special menus and discounts available at select restaurants, including locations found around Broadway at the Beach.

The Myrtle Beach Marathon in March attracts countless runners who wish to participate in the 5k, 10k, half marathon, or marathon races around the Myrtle Beach attractions. The Myrtle Beach Film Festival in April is a judged competition featuring celebrities debuting new wide-release and indie films.

The Sun Fun Festival in May is the official kickoff of the summer season in Myrtle Beach. The festival includes food, contests, a parade, and more. The Carolina Country Music Festival attracts some of today’s best country artists to the stage in June.

Over three days, the Myrtle Beach area hosts thousands of country fans and vendors. The fall and winter season will still be active in the south, with Myrtle Beach holding the Little River Shrimpfest, Harvest Hoedown, Beach and Chili Fest, and A Grand Strand Holiday.

Keep in mind you can also visit many events and festivals located in the nearby Barefoot Landing. The North Myrtle Beach area attraction has shops, dining, a comedy club, and rides. Festivals at Barefoot Landing include cruise nights, golf cart parades, and food truck gatherings.

Broadway at the Beach Tips & Tricks

There’s No Admission Fee

There’s no admission charge to visit Broadway at the Beach. Hours often change for the shops, restaurants, and attractions on Broadway at the Beach. Amusement parks and museums typically open around noon and close between 8 pm and 10 pm. Most businesses set their daily hours. During the off-peak season, attractions may close earlier.

You’ll Want More Than 1 Day Here

Many tourists don’t tackle Broadway at the Beach in a single day. You may choose to have a half beach day and then head to the entertainment to go on the rides at Pavilion Park for several hours. Many grab a couple of drinks at the bars after a long day in the sun.

There’s Plenty to Do on Rainy Days

On stormy weather days, it’s a great place to visit. You can explore any of the indoor attractions, such as the aquarium or wax museum. Most restaurants offer indoor dining, which you can book regardless of the weather. During the summer, if the weather is poor, arrive early to the complex as a way to beat the crowds.

It’s Mostly Family-Friendly

Most attractions are family-friendly, but a few restaurants and bars appeal to adults only. Adults may decide to spend the day at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville to enjoy music and drinks. Shows like Legends in Concert also don’t typically appeal to young children.

Not Everything is Scheduled

Performance art experiences may not appear on the Broadway at the Beach schedule, but you’re likely to see some entertainment acts during your visit. Fire dancing and steel drum players may take up temporary residence in the shops’ surrounding areas.

Where to Stay

Although it’s possible to stay at one of the hotels right near Broadway at the Beach, you should expect more traffic, noise, and crowds if you go this route.

If you’re looking for a quieter vacation, reserve a North Myrtle Beach or oceanfront property off-site and plan early-day visits to Broadway at the Beach. You can easily get to Broadway at the Beach with a quick and easy drive.

Enjoy a Trip to Broadway at the Beach

The perfect place to break up a beach trip, exchange your time in the sand with your time at this incredible complex. With so much to do, eat, see, and experience, you and your family will have a hard time fitting everything into just 1 visit!

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