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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HERCULES IN 3D: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND ADVENTURE

There’s nothing better to top off a summer day at the beach than a nice dinner, followed by a blockbuster action movie.

Except maybe a blockbuster action movie in 3D on a giant floor-to-ceiling movie screen, with state-of-the-art sound systems, and high resolution, awesomely bright picture quality.  And, in Myrtle Beach, that means heading to the one place that delivers the ultimate movie experience, the BigD Theater  at Broadway.

Starting Friday, July 25, you can sit back in a comfortable leather seat that actually rocks,  slip on a pair of 3D glasses,  and be amazed by one of the most anticipated movies of the year. It’s “Hercules” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on the iconic role of the the powerful son of the god king Zeus.

But be forewarned: when you catch a 3D movie at BigD, you’ll  become part of the action. Images will jump off the screen right before your eyes and booming sounds will swirl all around you, as the theater walls vibrate. Can you endure ferocious giant lions and slithery serpents leaping from the film and armies of the undead swarming all around you?

If not, you can choose a 2D option on the BigD giant screen. Or you can head over to the Carmike Cinema where 2D and 3D versions will be shown on more traditionally-sized screens.

Do you have the courage to face all that Hercules delivers from the BigD screen?


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5 Unique Beach Treasures For Under $5

Kids of all ages love to bring home vacation souvenirs. That’s always been a way to prolong the memories of all the fun had during that precious time at the beach. But how can everyone in the family go home with something special without breaking the vacation budget?

What if you could find something for under $5 each? We’ve done the shopping and found some pretty nice items at two very cool shops, Crabby Jack’s on the north side of Broadway, and Crabby Jill’s on the south side.

Check out these 5 ideas:

1. Little girls (and grown up girls, too) love to be fashionable. Flip Flop Art Glass Earrings say both beach and fashion. They come in a variety of colors, each with a little tropical flower on top. And at just $4.99, the girls in your family can keep a bit of their beach vacation with them all year long.

2. Sometimes the trip home from vacation can seem like forever. Keep the kids from getting bored with Under the Sea Playing Cards. These souvenirs will occupy the kids and entertain them for hours. At just $4.99 for the deck, the 14 different images and 54 fun facts in these cards will buy you a quiet ride home at a bargain rate.

3. Teens always need a key chain or two, so what about one that features tiny dangling dolphins and a small corked bottle filled with sand and sea shells from the beach? For just $3.99, they can keep their beach memories close for a long time with a Seashells by the Seashore Key Chain.

4. Mom and Dad will be reminded of romantic strolls along the beach each time they see their Kissing Seahorses statuette that they take home. Adorned with seashells and cute as can be, it’s a real steal at $4.99.

5. When vacation is over, it’s back to the normal routine. We’re all crabby from time to time, so why not turn those frowns into smiles with a humorous sign?  For just $4.99, take home a sign for your kitchen or family room that teases “Quit-Cher Crabbin” or “We Serve Crabs, Actually We’ll Serve Anybody.”

It is possible to get great souvenirs for under $5 each. You just need to know where to look. These top 5 and more can be found at Crabby Jack’s and Crabby Jill’s.


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Did You Know? Ten Interesting Facts About Broadway At The Beach

We get questions about Broadway at the Beach every day. Visitors stop by Guest Services or drop us a post on our Facebook page wondering about all sorts of things. Most folks are intrigued by the sites, the sounds and the size of Broadway. We’re asked about our fireworks, traveling performers and even the fish in our lake. So we thought we’d share ten interesting facts about Broadway that answer many of the questions we’re asked. And, if you have more, head over to our Facebook page and ask away!

1. Broadway at the Beach’s 14 million visitors a year literally come from all over America and beyond. The top 5 states that send us visitors are North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

2. Our 75 in-line shops and 30 kiosks offer everything from trendy sandals and delicious fudge, to  beautiful jewelry and apparel. We even have a magic shop called Broadway Magic.

3. Sixteen nightclubs provide a wide variety of entertainment from comedians performing at the Carolina Comedy Club to live bands playing all kinds of music at  several clubs in Celebrity Square and nearby restaurants.

4. Twenty-six attractions  fill up your senses at Broadway. Tribute artists give high energy performances at Legends In Concert and an awesome magic show is currently playing at The Palace.  Ripley’s Aquarium lets you walk through a tunnel with sharks swimming overhead.  You can even  get your photo taken with a life-like wax model of your favorite star at our new Hollywood Wax Museum.

5. There are more than  20  amusement rides in 3 different parks around Broadway. From kiddie rides to thrill rides, we’ve got it.  It’s also an   adventure to soar over Lake Broadway on a zipline or  have some fun just riding on the lake in a jet boat, paddle boat or water rollerz.

6.  Events are a regular part of the Broadway experience. Broadway at the Beach hosts an average of 25 events and/or festivals annually including several 5K’s, car shows and charitable walks. And our Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is one of the most popular events in the area as we illuminate our  52 foot tall tree with 141,000 lights as performers bring in the  holiday season.

7. Just how big is Lake Broadway? Our 23-acre lake is 100 feet across and 1 mile in length. Depths range from 3 to 15 feet.

8. How many fish are in our lake? We’ve stopped counting! We originally stocked the lake with about  29,000 fish including Bream, Catfish, Hybrid Bass, Japanese Carp and Israeli Carp when we opened in 1995.  A quick look around and you’ll see that we have a pretty healthy (and growing)  aquatic  population that now also includes wildlife such as seagulls, turtles, ducks and more.

9.  Our fish consume approximately 34,000 ponds of fish food every year, thanks to our many visitors who stop on the bridges at our feeders and  toss in the food that draws the fish up to the surface for chow.

10. Our most popular regular events are our fireworks shows held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. during the summer as well as several seasonal shows throughout the remainder of the year. Weather permitting, we’ll present  30  free fireworks  shows this year. And by seasons end, we will have exploded nearly 100,000 shots over Broadway.

Now that you have the facts, come out and enjoy!


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Make Myrtle Beach Memories And A New Friend

Summer vacation is a time to make lasting memories. What will your child remember most about a Myrtle Beach vacation? Maybe it’s catching that perfect wave on a boogie board. Going up, down and around on a favorite carousel horse while waving to you. Or maybe just walking along the sandy beach with you searching for that special seashell.

This year, why not also take home both the memory of a great time together and a lasting reminder of the trip?

At Build-A-Bear Workshop®, kids can literally “make” a new friend. A bunny, a bear, just about whatever the heart desires can be customized from start to finish with special clothing and accessories. Choose the popular beach theme and create a new friend dressed in shorts and decked out with accessories like beach towels, Myrtle Beach bag packs, sunglasses and sandals.

The #1 seller, Beach Bunny!

You’ll both leave Build-A-Bear Workshop with a smile on your face and a lifelong friend, as well as an extra special beach memory that can be treasured forever.


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Discover Our New Mobile App

Most Americans won’t leave home without them.

Sixty-three percent of Americans use their mobile devices to access the internet for information, says the Pew Research Center.  If you’re one of them, we’ve got great news for you — Broadway at the Beach has a free mobile app that is a simple and fast gateway to all things Broadway!

When you download our app, you’ll get instant access to information on shopping, dining, attractions and events. Looking for a new pair of sandals? Our app lets you search for shoe stores and shows you where the stores are on a map.

While you’re strolling through Broadway, you can now easily connect to Broadway’s social media through our app. Post your comments and photos — we love to learn about the fun times you’re having.

Interested in what others are saying about their Broadway at the Beach experiences? Just want to know more about a specific store or restaurant? Quickly connect to TripAdvisor through our app, check out the reviews or post one of your own.

Large parking lots can be confusing. But with our app, you’ll never have trouble finding your car at Broadway.  Our “car finder” feature marks where your car is parked and lets you save the location for later when you’re ready to head home.

Looking for something special to do in Myrtle Beach tonight or next week? Our app gives you access to a calendar of events and  a list of our free, live entertainment so you can plan ahead.

And, when you just can’t be at Broadway, you can still enjoy the fun by tapping into the app’s webcam feature. As our three webcams scan the lake and shops, you can dream about your next visit!

As one TripAdvisor reviewer recently raved “Broadway at the Beach has everything in one place.”

Now you can discover it all through our app!


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Fireworks and Fun Fill The Air On July 4

Americans have been celebrating Independence Day with fireworks since our nation was born. And there’s no better place in Myrtle Beach to celebrate your love of pyrotechnics than Broadway at the Beach.

We’ll be lighting up the sky over Lake Broadway at 10 p.m. on July 4.

But before we end July 4 with a spectacular fireworks display, we’ve got lots for families to do in and around Broadway on July 3 and all day July 4.

After a hot day on the beach, cool off in the breeze way up high on our new Rocket Flyer ride. At 180 feet tall, it’s the only amusement ride of its kind. Looking for some indoor amusements? At WonderWorks, you can relax on a bed of nails between all the interactive fun. Or stop by Ripley’s Aquarium where you can safely go eye-to-eye with sharks as they swim over your head. Is shopping your favorite adventure? Find a special Independence Day  treasure on sale at one of the many shops.

On the evening of July 3, celebrate America’s melting pot of ethnic foods by dining at Yamato Steak House Japan, Capriz Italian Feast or on Carlos ‘n Charlie’s mexican delights.

How about a baseball game? It’s America’s favorite pastime, and it’s played at TicketReturn.com field just across 21st Avenue from Broadway at the Beach. There’s a post-game fireworks display on July 3. Not a baseball fan? You’ll be able to see the stadium fireworks right from Broadway at the Beach!

On July 4, discover the best in All-American foods with a hamburger from Good Time Charley’s Burger World menu or a Charley (hot) dog. Then, get ready for an evening of free activities at Broadway. That’s right, FREE.

Mr. Nigel will be entertaining the young and young at heart from Heroes Harbor stage from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At Center Court, kids can whoop it up with some free face painting. Be on the lookout for the juggling clown magician and stilt walker — they’ll be roaming around Broadway!

The Mark Roberts Band will fill the air with music from Celebrity Square Stage starting at 7 p.m. Party in the Square! Everyone can dance to the rock, funk and country rock sounds.

The evening of our Nation’s birthday wraps up with  our Independence Day Fireworks display over Lake Broadway at 10 p.m.

So put on your red, white and blue and head over to Broadway at the Beach — there’s no better place to spend the 4th!


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July 2nd Is World UFO Day – Have Your Own Encounter

People have been seeing and reporting UFO sightings over the Myrtle Beach area for nearly 50 years. This area actually has one of the most well-documented histories of multiple UFO sightings in the world!

In fact, one of the largest sightings of UFOs took place on August 2012 when hundreds of people witnessed and reported what appeared to be a large mother ship on a rendezvous with a smaller flying craft over North Myrtle Beach!

On July 2, UFO enthusiasts from all over the planet will be recognizing World UFO Day and scanning the skies for signs of extraterrestrial visitors. Do you believe in UFOs? If you’re uncertain or just plain curious, we’ve got some pretty interesting evidence for you at Broadway at the Beach.

Just visit Encounters: UFO Experience, An Out-of-this-World Museum.

At this family-friendly exhibition, you can move through seven galleries that explore everything from how ancient cultures experienced UFOs to how our military has dealt with sightings in modern times. There’s fascinating evidence about famous UFO events in places like Area 51 and Roswell. New for 2014: interactive exhibits where you can shoot an alien, launch a UFO, speak to aliens, and even feel some alien innards.

Start your search for aliens on July 2nd at this out-of-this-world museum — you never know what you’ll encounter.

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