Five Fun Facts About Cheeseburgers

September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day when all who love the delicious beef patty topped with cheese celebrate one of the world’s greatest culinary inventions.

At Broadway at the Beach, many of our restaurants are known for serving delicious burgers with any number of wonderful accompaniments from cheeses like swiss, blue and American, to bacon, tomato, fried onions and more. Some, like Johnny Rockets, even serve burgers up with a song and a dance.

Today, as we celebrate, we hope these five fun facts about cheeseburgers will get your mouth watering for your next burger delight.

Three different states claim to be the birthplace of the cheeseburger. California says Lionel Sternberger was working in his father’s Pasadena sandwich shop in 1928 when he experimented with dropping a slice of American cheese on a beef patty —and the cheeseburger was born. But Kentucky claims a Louisville restaurant called Kaelin’s invented the cheeseburger in 1934. And Colorado says that the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver invented the cheeseburger in 1935, and has both a 1944 court order and a trademark to prove it.

A cheeseburger can be really, really big. Minnesota may not have been the state that launched the cheeseburger craze, but it holds the world’s record for the BIGGEST cheeseburger. In 2012, a casino there served up a 2,014-pound bacon cheeseburger that was 10 feet in diameter.

Cheeseburgers can get pretty pricey. Some cheeseburgers cost way more than a great steak. In New York, $295 will get you a “Burger Extravagant” with black truffles, cheddar cheese, a fried quail egg, caviar and more served on a gold-dusted roll. For $666, a food truck serves up sarcasm with its pricey cheeseburger made of Kobe beef wrapped in gold leaf and topped with foie gras, lobster, truffles and gruyere cheese melted with champagne steam.

Cheeseheads celebrate the cheeseburger too. Wisconsin is a state where its citizens proudly call themselves “cheeseheads” and wear  foam cheese wedges on their heads at football games. It’s also home base for the Cheese & Burger Society which celebrates the burger and its topping, shares recipes, and provides facts about the cheeses we love to put on them.

The cheeseburger is so awesome that it has its own song. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was written by Jimmy Buffett after a long time at sea on his first boat. Provisions were running low and night after night, Jimmy kept dreaming about a cheeseburger. He eventually  came upon a marina on the island of Tortola that just happened to have a cheeseburger on its bar menu. Today, Jimmy continues to show his love for the food by serving up great burgers at his restaurant, Margaritaville, right in Broadway at the Beach.

Now that you have the facts, isn’t it time you headed out to your favorite Broadway restaurant to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day?


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Fall Means Festivals, Food & Fun At Broadway

Summer’s in our rear-view mirror, and now it’s time to look ahead to fall. Broadway at the Beach is gearing up for a month-long roster of festivals, food and fun throughout October.

Car connoisseurs race to Broadway in October to enjoy great car shows. On October 4, the PT Cruisers “Return To The Beach” for the 15th year to put their collection of specially-designed beauties on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That same day, the 4th annual Coastal Carolina Mustang Stampede & Classic Ford Car Show has awesome automobiles, an on-site DJ, food and games from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cruisin’ The Beach Car Show revs up at 8 a.m. on October 16 and keeps its motor running through October 18. This show is open to all vehicles from hot rods to cool convertibles, and trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. on the final day. In between, spectators can check out the vehicles, feast on foods, find awesome tee shirts, and get a chance to win prizes.

One of the high points of Myrtle Beach’s fall season is the Sons of Italy Festa Italiana (October 11-12). Abundanza is the word for this Italian festival where everything from authentic Neapolitan-style pizza pies to meatball sandwiches and homemade italian desserts will be available. Continuous entertainment, arts & crafts, free face painting for the kids, and even a spaghetti eating contest are planned.

In addition to fun, there’s fund-raising also going on during October. The 4th Annual Myrtle Beach Out of the Darkness Community Walk (October 11) presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The American Heart Association’s 2014 Waccamaw Heart Walk (October 18) and Grand Strand Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals  (October 26) will also be coming to Broadway.

As Halloween closes in, Broadway at the Beach hosts the largest costume contest in South Carolina, Nightmare in the Square Adult Halloween Costume Contest & Party starting at 8:00 p.m. with DJ Barry!

The month wraps up on October 31 with Broadway’s annual Trick or Treat. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., our shops will have the welcome mat out for little ghosts and goblins who  trick or treat in our fun and safe environment. To close out the evening, the autumn sky will light up at 8 p.m. with some brilliant fireworks.

With all these activities, it’s easy to fall in love with October at Broadway at the Beach.


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Three Great Myrtle Beach Sports Bars For Football Fans

Are you ready for some football?

While it’s fun to head to the stadium and catch the game live from the 50-yard line, that’s not always in the cards. So what’s the next best thing to being in a stadium cheering on your favorite football team? It’s the camaraderie and excitement of  a sports bar, where you can see all the game action on giant screens, and enjoy the company of excited fans who love the game as much as you do.

A sports bar offers the next best thing to that perfect game day at the stadium: Suit up in your favorite team’s jersey. Get settled in and order up a heaping plate of nachos. Grab hold of a generous helping of hot wings. Sip on an ice-cold drink, and get ready for kick off!

But where can you find a great sports bar experience in Myrtle Beach? Three of the area’s top sports bars are right in the middle of the action at Broadway at the Beach.

There’s not a bad seat in the house at Broadway Louie’s, one of the largest sports bars along the Grand Strand. It’s where you’ll find a 25-foot jumbo screen that puts you in the middle of the action, plus four additional giant television screens and 35 smaller ones that let you keep on top of several games at once. Specials on food and drink make it easy to keep your game face on for college and NFL action.

Broadway Louie’s is the place to go for NCAA college football Saturdays, NFL Sunday Ticket, Monday Night Football, and NFL Network Thursday. There’s even Monday Night Football NFL Trivia and NFL Bingo.

Then there’s the unique atmosphere of Chuck & Duck’s Sports Grill. Fifty 50-inch high definition LED TVs ensure that  you won’t miss one minute of that much-anticipated game. A  jumbo-screened wall with nine 50″ TVs is used separately to watch nine sporting events at once or turned into a jumbo display to showcase one big special event. The fun even spills out onto two patios outfitted with big-screen TVs. On crisp fall nights, it’s fun to join other fans relaxing around a fire pit and watching games on the outdoor TV screens. Monday through Friday, Chuck & Duck’s is one of the area’s most popular spots for Happy Hour, which they host from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Only in Myrtle Beach would a raw bar also be a great sports bar. The Original Shucker’s Raw Bar built its reputation on fresh raw oysters, fried Oreos, awesome appetizers, great sandwiches, and hearty dinners. Voted “Best Raw Bar” by Myrtle Beach locals, it’s also well-equipped for sports fans looking to catch their favorite game.

Two big-screen projectors and 30 flat screen televisions carry NFL games, College Game Day, and ESPN 360. But Shuckers isn’t just for spectators. This is a place where you can watch a game and enjoy some in-your-face action yourself. Challenge your friends to a game of pool, darts, Golden Tee, Pin Ball,  and even  Shuffleboard.

At Shuckers every day deserves its own Happy Hour. Specials are offered from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on oysters, shrimp, mussels, and wings. Plus, there are discount prices on all beers and house drinks.

Next time you’re looking for a great game experience and your team is playing out of town, why not test drive a sports bar.  It’s the next best thing to being in a stadium seat.


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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Last Summer Weekend In Myrtle Beach

Labor Day is right around the corner, and for a lot of people that marks the official end of the lazy days of summer. The kids head back to school and the days start getting shorter.

How will your family finish up its summer? Will you fade slowly back into your fall routine, or close out with one last weekend of warm evenings and lively entertainment fueled by street performers and rockin’ bands?

If you’d like to have one more fun-filled summer weekend, head to Broadway at the Beach. Here, Labor Day is much more than just a celebration of summer’s end.

Legends In Concert is moonwalking its way through a weekend celebration of the King of Pop’s birthday (August 29). From August 29-31, Michael Jackson fans can catch extraordinary tribute artist J Lucas strutting his stuff. The final summer shows at Legends guarantee a thriller every night!

On Friday, August 29, the promenades of Broadway will be alive with music and laughter. At Center Court, you’ll hear the giggles of small children as they delight in the free face painting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then stroll over to the Heroes Harbor stage where the popular Mr. Nigel’s Music show will be enchanting all ages from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a bet that everyone in your family will be intrigued by the Living Statues strolling around from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. But be sure to make time to head to Celebrity Square at 7:30 p.m. when country rocker Ashley Martin takes the stage. Also, save time to get over to Wet Willie’s by 9 p.m. when DJ Ryan Robinson will be  turning up the volume.

Saturday, August 30th means more fun with the antics of the Whacker Barrel entertainers strolling throughout Broadway from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You’ll have another chance to get the attention of the popular Living Statues when they give encore performances from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrity Square comes alive again at 7:30 p.m. when the Austin Mowery Band performs its own brand of contemporary country music. Then Wet Willie’s starts up at 9 p.m. with The Faux Show, a collaboration of five friends with a passion for great music and life. Close out the evening with the Labor Day fireworks show at 10 p.m. sponsored by Helicopter Adventures. It’s the final show of the summer season.

Sunday, August 31, the weekend is winding down but Whacker Barrel strolling entertainment will be keeping the energy high from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. And then another magical summer is capped off with the illusions of Bryan Dangerous who’ll be performing in front of Capriz at  7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Summer is coming to a close, but the fall entertainment possibilities at Broadway are just beginning to open up. From festivals to car shows to walks for charity, it’s a happening place. We’ve even got some special fireworks extravaganzas in the works.

We’ll be telling you more about all that and more in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!


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It’s No Illusion: This Magic Show Is Great Entertainment

Do you love a good illusion but need more than magic tricks to keep your attention for an entire show? How about danger, dancing and a little comedy too?

Through September 27, the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach has the show for you. Cutting-edge magic by world-renown magician, Peter Gossamer, is the centerpiece of a spectacular show filled with dancing, special effects, and light-hearted comedy.

But that’s just part of what you can expect from this direct-from-Vegas entertainment spectacular that includes tricks by 200-pound Bengal tigers.

Big-time thrills are also provided by America’s Got Talent’s extreme cross-bow daredevil, Ben Blaque. The entire theater comes alive with tension as he takes aim and shoots arrows across the stage, exploding bright red apples sitting atop his assistant’s head. And that’s just the beginning of his act.

This show also features the only indoor human cannonball taking flight right inside a Myrtle Beach theater. Talk about a real  “can’t miss” moment!

Illusions of Magic is an extraordinary entertainment experience that the whole family will remember as the highlight of their vacation.


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Share A Coke, Share The Fun At Broadway At The Beach August 14 & 15

Many folks will tell you that some of their best memories were made while sharing an iced cold cola. Maybe it was when you were a kid and grandma served up your first sip of the sweet tasting treat. Or perhaps you were sharing a coke with a new friend and realized that he was that special someone. How many weddings, baptisms, birthdays and special holidays were times when you all had cola together?

This week, Coca-Cola will be returning the love you have for this refreshing beverage by personalizing your can of Coke. On Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Coca-Cola van will be at Broadway at the Beach so that  you can get your own customized can of coke.  It’s all  thanks to the  “Share a Coke” promotion that’s sweeping America this summer.

Come join in the fun!

The line to get your very own personalized Coke will begin right outside Broadway’s Guest Services Center. While you’re waiting to get your can customized, you’ll be entertained with music and served a sample 3 oz. serving of ice cold Coke. Games, social sharing, photos and more make this an event you won’t want to miss. There will even be a custom hashtag #ShareaCoke to help you share!

Have an unusual name? No problem. Coke’s bringing along its database of 100,000+ names to choose from.

The fun includes a special backdrop to help you make a big impression as you share your customized can with friends on your social networks. What a perfect time to shoot a video about your participation in this popular event. You could even post it to YouTube. Tweet out about it. Instagram. Pinterest.

The endless fun you can have with your personalized Coke can is just beginning.


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Coming To Ripley’s Aquarium: It’s Shark Week!

It’s the week many of us wait for every summer. The mere mention of it summons up memories of old classic movies like “Jaws” and  images from new, trendy movies like “Sharknado.”

It’s “Shark Week!”

This year’s celebration of the ocean’s toothy carnivores is set for August 10 through August 16. There will be a barrage of Discovery Channel reality shows and the Syfy channel’s shark-themed movies.

But why watch films about sharks when you can get up close to the real things? Just imagine looking upward and seeing sharks just inches away.

At Ripley’s Aquarium, Shark Week is a celebration that both parents and kids can enjoy. It’s an opportunity to closely observe and learn about these fierce and majestic creatures.

At Broadway at the Beach, Ripley’s gives us all the opportunity to sink our teeth into several shark-themed events.

Every day during Shark Week, there will be a Shark Teeth Scavenger Hunt (at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.), shark-themed face painting (3 p.m.), and educational shark presentations (1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.).

Have an artist in the family? A shark-themed chalk art contest will be held for ages 5 to 10 at 10  a.m. on Tuesday, August 12. Kids 11 – 15 can show their sketching skills at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13. Adults and older kids (ages 16 and up) can even get in on the fun with a little friendly drawing competition at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 14. Winners will be in announced each day at 4 p.m.

What’s shark week without a little blood? At Ripley’s, that means a blood drive to save lives. Teaming up with the Red Cross, the Aquarium will host a blood drive on Tuesday, August 12 between 10 a.m. and  3 p.m.

And, there’s no more memorable way for parents and kids to cap off their Shark Week than by actually sleeping with the fishes — and the sharks. A sleepover in Ripley’s acrylic tunnel from 8 p.m., Thursday to Friday at 8 a.m. will give your family a chance to observe some of nature’s largest predators as they swim overhead.

This year, celebrate Shark Week at Ripley’s Aquarium, where you can get up close to these amazing animals.


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Under The Big Top: Discover Adidas Bargains On Tax-Free Weekend

Anytime a tent goes up around Broadway at the Beach, you can be certain that it contains something exciting.

This weekend, the “Big Top” behind the Carmike Cinema and MagiQuest (Parking Lots 19 & 20) holds fashion surprises and bargains in celebration of South Carolina’s Tax-Free Weekend.

Just in time to suit up the kids for a new school year, big-name sports brand, Adidas, is in town offering the latest styles of its apparel, accessories and shoes at special prices.

It’s the third year that Adidas has brought its tent sale to Broadway at the Beach for tax-free weekend. And, for the next three days, both parents and kids will be heading to the tent to find just the right clothes and shoes for both school and fun.

Whether you’re a local or in town for vacation, this is one Big Top sale you won’t want to miss. Open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the tent will have all kinds of shoes, including running, training, tennis, cleats, lifestyle and more.

After the whole family finds stylish shoes, there will be time to match them up with comfortable gym wear, shorts and pants, as well as short, long, sleeveless and graphic tees. Throw in a few accessories, and you’ll be ready for the start of class or a run along the beach.

Like most tent sales, this one accepts cash. And, Adidas is also set up to accept debit or charge  cards.

It was said in the Oscar-winning circus film The Greatest Show On Earth, that “Under the Big Top, only two days count — today and tomorrow.”

At Broadway’s Big Top, you’ll have one more!


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Why Not Stay Where You’re Just Steps From Fun?

How much fun would it be to have Broadway at the Beach as your headquarters for your Myrtle Beach vacation? When you stay on-site, you’re just a few convenient steps from the activity, excitement and  awesomeness that makes Broadway “ground zero” for fun and entertainment  in the Carolinas.

There’s no other spot that serves up such an amazing variety of shopping, dining, theater performances and free street entertainment every night throughout the summer.

Consider how convenient it will be to simply park your car after a five-minute drive back from a hot day on the beach. Everything you need for the rest of the day is right at your fingertips at Broadway. Stroll among the shops to find that unique vacation souvenir.  Enjoy the free street entertainment on your way to dinner at one of more than 20 different restaurants. After dinner, experience attractions that range from outdoor rides to indoor adventures. Take in a live show one night and a movie the next. Dance the night away at a nightclub or relax on a deck overlooking Lake Broadway with a tall drink or specialty brew.

More and more families are discovering that staying right on-site at Broadway is one of the most fun-filled ways to spend a Myrtle Beach vacation. The three hotels at Broadway all offer great amenities like spacious rooms, fitness centers, pools, and complimentary breakfasts.

The Fairfield Inn is a short walk to the Legends In Concert theater where tribute artists perform live six nights a week. Next door to Legends, dinner is served with a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour at Planet Hollywood. Jacuzzi suites are available for when you’re not luxuriating in a lounge chair beside the outdoor pool.

If Fido is along for  the family vacation, the welcome mat is out at Holiday Inn Express where some pet-friendly rooms are set aside just for animal lovers and their companions. The kids can access their favorite video games on free wi-fi, and after an evening of shopping and entertainment at Broadway, Mom and Dad can relax in the whirlpool or join the kids for a swim in the outdoor pool.

Looking for the best seat in the house for fireworks? The Hampton Inn overlooks Lake Broadway where fireworks light up the sky every Tuesday and Friday. There’s free wi-fi so you can send your friends lots of vacation selfies as you relax in the indoor or outdoor pool.  After checking out the incredible Ripley’s Aquarium next door, you have plenty of time to enjoy the luxury of the Hampton’s sauna and whirlpool. The Hampton Inn will even work its connections for you, so ask about its special packages that include restaurants and attractions.

From kiddie rides and thrill rides, to live theater, movies, one-of-a-kind attractions, and outdoor performers, there’s always something awesome going on at Broadway at the Beach.

Wouldn’t your family love to be in the center of it all?


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Celebrate National Carousel Day With A Real Original At Broadway at the Beach

July 25 is National Carousel Day, a holiday created to honor the first carousel patented by its inventor, William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa, in 1871.

Celebrate the day with a ride on one of our two carousels – or both.

Located near Capriz at Pavilion Park West, the kids will love riding  the beautiful Morgan-Chance carousel made in the mid-1980s.

But while this carousel is a beauty, our other is a real, historic gem.

Built by two brothers-in-law in 1912, our Herschell-Spillman Carousel is located at Pavilion Park East near the Hampton Inn at Broadway at the Beach. There are less than a handful of these wonders still operating in the world, making riding this carousel a truly memorable experience.

Unlike many traditional carousels that showcase only horses, ours has many different animals on it, including  frogs, lions, ostriches, zebras, giraffes, roosters and more. The animals are hand-carved out of wood, hand-painted, and have real glass eyes.

Some of the animals on our carousel are rare even for a Herschell-Spillman. For example, our frog (hop toad) is dressed in human clothing and the stork has the image of a baby carved on its side. Other special animals include the ostrich, sea serpent, and the “flag” horses which have the image of the American flag carved on their sides and tails of real horse hair.

At Broadway, history and fun come together on National Carousel Day.


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