Opening in the 1930s — and again more than 60 years later — this nationally recognized historic place in Myrtle Beach was once owned by a beverage distribution company. Do you know what it is?
The Myrtle Beach Train Depot
This historic building originally opened in 1937 before being closed in the late 1960s, bought by a beverage distributor and then restored and reopened in 2004. It now serves as a meeting room and event venue, among other uses.
Once the state’s top draw for visitors, it’s the only place in the area you can visit a Charleston boardwalk, a Carribean village, a New England fishing village and a harbor in one fell swoop. What is this place?
Fountain at Broadway at the Beach
In 1997, Broadway at the Beach was deemed the state’s best travel destination by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreations and Tourism. The area features four distinctive styles of architecture, New England Village, Caribbean Village, Charleston Boardwalk and Heroes’ Harbor.
This oceanfront property — built by a North Carolinian three decades earlier — was slated to be torn down in 1962 to make way for a high-rise hotel, yet it still stands today as a popular place for visitors. Do you know what it is?
Sea Captain’s House Restaurant
Built by Henry Taylor, of High Point, N.C. in 1930, this popular seafood place was never torn down due to a lack of financing for the hotel planned to replace it. This award-winning restaurant serves some of the best She-Crab Soup in town.
In 2006, this stretch of asphalt doubled in size overnight without ever being touched by a construction vehicle. Do you know where this is?
North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach
The roughly 10 miles of road that run through the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach went from two lanes to four lanes when city council voted to eliminate the transit lanes at the request of downtown business owners.
If you’re looking for a sling shot, a yo-yo and a train you can visit one of the area’s many toy retailers or just find them at this family-friendly location. Do you know what it is?
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
The beach’s longest-running seaside amusement park features more than 40 rides including the Sling Shot Drop Zone, the Yo-Yo and the Train — not to mention the famous Swamp Fox wooden rollercoaster, shown here.
While you can work up a sweat walking the four miles of roads paved to build this area, it might be better to just grab one of the seats that line these streets — named after notable veterans — and just watch folks walk by…
The Market Common
When this shopping center was built, in order to preserve the history of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, developers named many of the roads after people who had served at the base and placed about 150 signs around the area that tell the history of the base and its soldiers.
This partially wooden promenade is home to a deliciously odd bunch of characters including a plastered pirate, a cadaverous canine, some river-dwelling rats and a tuna with ‘tude. What is it?
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
This half-mile boardwalk located along the salt marsh of Murrells Inlet is home to a number of great restaurants including Drunken Jack’s, Dead Dog Saloon, Creek Ratz and Wicked Tuna, among others.
Roughly twice as long as Myrtle Beach’s tallest building is tall, this south side structure is one of the Grand Strand’s most popular locations for anglers from March through December. Do you what this is?
The Pier at Garden City
Voted “Best Fishing Pier” many times in the annual Best of the Beach poll, the pier measures 668 feet long. It is also a popular spot for karaoke in the evenings and has an arcade and gift shop located inside.
This Mediterranean-styled watchtower once contained horse stables, dog kennels and bear pens to hold animals for its owner to model their art after. Where is this place located?
Atalaya castle at Huntington Beach State Park
Once the winter home of noted sculptor Anna Huntington, the castle was named Atalaya — which means “watch tower” in Spanish — by her husband Archer, who was a Spanish culture scholar. The castle and the park are open to the public for tours and more.
Built as part of a 50th anniversary celebration in 2004, this structure was made possible by donations from Waccamaw Brick, BB&T and the family for which the structure is named after. What is it?
Graham Bell Tower at Coastal Carolina University
The structure, which sits in Spadoni Park located on the campus of this Conway-based university, was built as part of the Coastal’s 50th Initiatives which raised $14 million to expand the college’s athletic and academic facilities.
Sheathed in authentic tin from an old tobacco barn in Jackson, Miss., the colorful, art-filled interior of this house features some of the Strand’s brightest reds and loudest blues. Where is this located?
The House of Blues at Barefoot Landing
This North Myrtle Bech music venue, which was built to resemble a Southern farmhouse with adjoining tobacco warehouse, features folk art masterpieces all over its walls. It features some of the biggest-name concerts and shows in the area and is also home to the Crossroads at HOB restaurant.
Built in 1948 — and again in 1954 after being destroyed by Hurricane Hazel — this 80,000- square-foot center for “everything a beachgoer needs” features one of the north end’s most recognizable landmarks. Do you know what it is?
Boulineau’s IGA in Cherry Grove
Once just a small grocery store, Boulineau’s shopping complex has grown to include a food court, cafeteria, specialty departments and glass elevators inside the store’s iconic lighthouse façade.
According to the Horry County Board of Architectural Review, there is some debate about who actually erected this landmark — a fact you’ll surely have time to debate if you get stuck waiting to cross the Intracoastal Waterway. Where is this?
The Socastee Swing Bridge
The bridge, located off of U.S. 707 just outside Myrtle Beach, often swings open backing up traffic 5-10 minutes at a time. Though it way completed in 1935, a 1936 account claims Tidewater Construction Corporation built it, while a 1981 highway department survey says the bridge bears a plaque stating the bridge was built by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company.
Once known as a prime place for planting Oryza sativa, this area of forested swamps, salt marsh, sandy ridges and fresh tidal swamps now houses mainly plants of a different kind. Where is it?
During the 17th and 18th centuries the 9,200 acres that make up the gardens were home to the Oaks, Brookgreen, Springfield and Laurel Hill rice (Oryza sativa) plantations. Nowadays the park plays home to some of the area’s most beautiful flora and fauna, as well as a significant collection of sculpture and art.
At a size of more than 1,000,000 square feet it’s one of the biggest reasons why the Grand Strand once ranked among the top cities in the world, based on retail space per capita. Do you know where this is?
Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach
The area’s largest mall, which opened in 2004, is home to roughly 170 stores and has a gross leasing area of 1,047,732 square feet. It is anchored by stores including JC Penney, Sears, Dillard’s and Belk, and features large retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Books-A-Million.
A 2006 study by the South Carolina Department of Commerce estimated that economic impact this structure has on the area was more than $750 million. What is it?
Myrtle Beach International Airport
According to airport statistics, the Grand Strand’s travel hub is responsible for 1.5 million passenger enplanements and deplanements per year. The airport recently underwent a $118 million renovation and opened a brand-new terminal in 2013.
Known for its role in sports journalism history, this recently-renovated building is now home to a hall of fame to honor those who have played significant roles in one of Myrtle Beach’s biggest industries. What is it?
Pine Lakes Country Club
In the 1950s, a group of Time Magazine executives visited “The Grandaddy” of Myrtle Beach golf with the intentions of planning a sports weekly that would lated become Sports Illustrated. In 2008, the clubhouse underwent a $15 million renovation project and now houses the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame.
With a price tag of $13 million, this area has served as a home to birds for more than 10 years, and on any given day can hold more than 5,000. Do you know what it is?
TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark
The stadium plays home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. It has been the home of the Pelicans since they came to Myrtle Beach in 1999 and holds about 5,200 fans when filled to capacity.
This short promenade connect the business district of a historic rivertown to a beautiful park and marina area along with goregous views of the rich, black waters of the Waccamaw River. Do you know where it is?
The Conway Riverwalk in Downtown Conway
This scenic trail begins under the Main Street bridge in Conway (about 20 min. west of Myrtle Beach) and stretches through wonderful historic buildings, the Conway Arboretum, playground, marina, riverside gazebo, and ends at Riverfront Park.
Made the same way for more than 100 years, the south side sling shown here takes 1,200 feet of rope and two and half hours to complete. Do you know where it’s located?
The Original Pawleys Island Hammock Shop in Pawleys Island
Located at the Hammock Shops Village, the store is one of more than 20 specialty shops and restaurants that sit in a historic, park-like setting.
So, how did I do?
Here’s what your score says about the type of Myrtle Beach visitor you are:
• 0-5 pts.: We’re not impressed. You’re either a first-time visitor, a Yankee, or a pasty, white tourist who spends so much time on the beach that you never get to see what Grand Strand fun is all about.
• 5-10 pts.: Not bad. You’ve read enough coupon books and brochures to know your way around town, but you really need to get out and experience more of Myrtle Beach first-hand.
• 10-15 pts.: Good job! You’re a seasoned Myrtle Beach visitor that likely knows where to find a good deal on hotel rooms and has been to at least a few 120-item seafood buffets in your time.
• 15-20 pts.: OMG…You rock! You might as well be a Myrtle Beach local. You know this town like the back of your hand and are smart enough to avoid Kings Highway in Mid-July or wait 3 hours in line for a table at Margaritaville. Congrats on acing this quiz!
Think you know the Myrtle Beach area? Prove it!
With so many great places to see and things to do in Myrtle Beach, it’s no wonder many of our visitors come back to the area year after year.
It’s with these avid Myrtle Beach visitors in mind that we’ve put together a little quiz showcasing some of the top attractions in the area in a way you may not have seen them before.
Each photo below gives you an up-close look at a prominent place or landmark from around the area with a clue to help you figure out its location. Once you’ve got a guess, just click the answer below, then tally up your score when you finish to just how much you know about the Myrtle Beach area.