There's a lot more to Myrtle Beach than golf and the ocean. Entertainment options are aplenty for visitors of all tastes. Whether you want to be in the middle of the action at the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade or seek the seclusion and scenic beauty of the Carolina coastline. The downtown Myrtle Beach area has become a new center of activity on the Grand Strand, with free concerts and fireworks displays held throughout the summer months. The 1.2-mile stretch of wooden walkway offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and open-air shops, cafes and bars on the other. The Boardwalk allows visitors to stroll to the new 190-foot SkyWheel, which gives breathtaking views of the city and coast. Two local piers connect to the path and allow visitors to venture farther out into the ocean without getting wet, although both feature restaurants and bars where you can wet your whistle. Nearby Broadway at the Beach continues to be one of the biggest draws, featuring such attractions Ripley's Aquarium. For those looking for aquatic fun, Myrtle Waves Water Park and Wild Water and Wheels are great hot spots to keep cool, and Family Kingdom is the area's only oceanfront theme park. There are more than 100 golf courses within a 45-minute drive of Myrtle Beach, giving visitors the chance to enjoy the great outdoors, and Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach on the South Strand are wonders of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
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