National Carousel Day: Come Celebrate A Childhood Classic At Broadway

There’s just something about carousels that brings out the kid in everyone. Maybe it’s the magical animals or the whimsical music.

Carousels have brought so much joy to both children and adults that we set aside a day each year simply to celebrate these marvelous inventions. July 25 is National Carousel Day.

Broadway at the Beach is home to two carousels, one located at Pavilion Park East and one located at Pavilion Park West. Our Morgan-Chance carousel stands in Pavilion Park East near WonderWorks. Made in the 1980s, this carousel charms kids and parents alike with its ornate decorations, mirrored center, and joyful music.

The Pavilion Park West features one of only 15 working Herschell-Spillman carousels in the country. Crafted during the “golden age of carousels,” it dates back to 1912. Although many traditional carousels focus on horses and chariots, Herschell-Spillman craftsman weren’t just horsing around. Our Pavilion Park West carousel contains a variety of hand-painted animals including frogs, lions, ostriches, giraffes, zebras, and roosters. Each animal is hand-carved out of wood and has real glass eyes. And you’ll want to be sure and get a glimpse of the frogs dressed in human clothing.

This year, celebrate National Carousel Day with Broadway at the Beach. Go back in time with our Herschell-Spillman carousel or enjoy our modern marvel, the Morgan-Chance carousel. While our carousels operate almost every day of the year, July 25 is a perfect day to bring the family to Broadway so that everyone can saddle up, pick their favorite animal, and experience an American treasure that is spectacular enough to have its own day.


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Fascinating Facts About The Beach’s Favorite Footwear

In the summer, they’re everyone’s favorite footwear. Although they basically consist of just a sole and some straps, sandals have the ability to serve both as your go-to shoes for comfort and a fashion statement.

Not surprisingly, sandals are the world’s oldest shoes. Archeologists have found them in Egyptian tombs and ancient Grecian ruins. The oldest carbon-dated sandal ever discovered was found in Oregon on the west coast of the U.S.  It dates back 10,000 years.

Centuries later, Greeks popularized sandals, introducing style as a status symbol along the way. In Ancient Greece, the sandal a person wore said a lot about where that person fit on the social ladder. Wealthy folks could be identified by their pricey leather sandals, and admirers could determine affluence by how high someone’s sandal straps climbed up the leg.

Sandals were once a shoe of necessity, and still are in many parts of the world. Throughout the centuries and around the world, people have crafted sandals out of everything from papyrus to tree bark to straw to cork. Twine and strings have been used for straps. In today’s modernized countries, most sandals are crafted from synthetic materials.

From its humble beginnings as a basic foot covering, the sandal laid the foundation for shoes of virtually every style, color and fabrication to be developed.

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places to find great-looking, comfortable sandals.   As one of the nation’s top vacation spots, the Grand Strand is the perfect spot to spend long days at the beach in flip-flops. On cool nights, there’s nothing that says vacation more than watching fireworks and then strolling around Broadway at the Beach in comfy sandals.

When you decide it’s time for another pair of your favorite shoes, we make it easy to find great sandals and clogs. Broadway at the Beach shops like Rack Room Shoes and Shoes Boutique offer stylish and affordable choices in a variety of styles.

Those who just plain love wearing comfortable shoes, can head over to Comfortable Soles and discover just how sandal fashion and comfort can collide. Men and women of all ages rely on this shop to provide both the latest in fashion trends and  “comfort brands.”

Crocs™ has been made famous by comfort preachers like famous chef Mario Batali. Our Crocs shop features funky and fashionable styles for all tastes. It’s an ideal place to find flip-flops, clogs and sandals.

Whether you’ve worn out your favorite sandals or just crave another cool pair, stop by Broadway at the Beach and check out our shops. Your feet will thank you.


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July Is National Ice Cream Month. Enjoy!

Do you love ice cream? Does the mere thought of a double-scoop on a cone bring a smile to your face? When the warm July sun starts beating down, do you start dreaming about thick strawberry shakes?

July is National Ice Cream Month, designated by Congress and President Reagan in 1984 to honor America’s favorite confection. But Americans began their love affair with ice cream way before that.

We invented the concept of the ice cream parlor in 1776. America is the birthplace of both the ice cream scoop (1878) and the ice cream cone (1904). Once a desert only available to the rich, ice cream was so popular among average Americans by World War II, that the Armed Forces became major ice cream producers. The Navy even ended up running the world’s first floating ice cream parlor to produce ice cream for sailors serving in the Pacific in 1945.

Today, America eats more ice cream than any other country in the world. We consume an average of 6 gallons of the stuff per person each year.

At Broadway at the Beach, ice cream is available in several different locations, tastes and textures. Two stores serve the “swirled-class” flavors of the “euphoric concoctions” at Ben & Jerry’s. At Cold Stone Creamery, you can enjoy ice cream made fresh in the store each day. If frozen custard is your thing, head to Kohr’s Family Homemade. Or completely throw calorie counting out the window and head to The Fudgery (north or south) where ice cream is served as a complement to spectacular fudge. There’s even an opportunity to have ice cream as part of a meal at Johnny Rockets where hand-dipped shakes are served with burgers and a side of dancing and singing.

Since it came on the scene in America, ice cream has been a real star. For Americans, it’s one of life’s best indulgences.

“Happiness is ice cream,” wrote Peanuts® creator Charles Schulz.

Come get some.


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Celebrate The Week Of July 4th At Broadway At The Beach

Time to celebrate! The best week of the summer is finally here. July 4th marks the high point of the vacation season across America.

At Broadway at the Beach, we’re ready to help you make lasting memories throughout the July 4th week. This year, our Independence Day blast stretches over three days (July 2-4) and includes free concerts and other entertainment, as well as awesome fireworks shows on not just one night, but two.

Those who cruise into town earlier can start celebrating with Family Dive In Movie Night at Myrtle Waves Water Park at Broadway at the Beach on Wednesday, July 1st. A DJ warms up guests with games and prizes before a family-friendly movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Guests arriving after 4 p.m. can get in for just $12.99 each plus tax. Admissions purchased before 4 p.m. include the Family Dive In Movie Night event.

When Thursday, July 2nd rolls around, America’s birthday party shifts into high gear among the shops, attractions and restaurants around Lake Broadway.

Each day from July 2nd through July 4th, a jam-packed lineup of free entertainment will feature juggling comedians, engaging musicians, costumed characters, face painters and more.

At 7:30 p.m. each night, it’s free concert time in Celebrity Square. First up on July 2nd is the Pizzaz Band, bringing a little bit of Country and a little bit of Rock n’ Roll. On July 3rd, it’s time to dance to the booty-shakin’ music of Chocolate Chip & Company. On July 4th, The Mark Roberts Band will be playing your favorite dance songs, along with party anthems, Rock n’ Roll, Funk and Country Rock.

No Independence Day celebration would be complete without a fireworks show, and at Broadway, we’ll have two. On July 3rd, our regularly-scheduled Friday night fireworks show dances over Lake Broadway at 10 p.m. It’s the warm up for our fantastic 10 p.m. July 4th fireworks show, sponsored by Helicopter Adventures™.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Broadway at the Beach and have additional free parking available on July 4th after 5 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field (the Pelicans Stadium) across from Broadway.

For more information about Broadway at the Beach’s big Independence Day celebration, visit www.BroadwayattheBeach.com, call 1-800-386-4662. or check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

It’s time to celebrate!


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10 Things Kids Love At Broadway At The Beach

Kids love coming to Broadway at the Beach.

From all-day experiences like Myrtle Waves Water Park and Broadway Grand Prix to specialty shops, yummy eateries, water rides around our lake, the interactive fountain, free entertainment and fireworks, Broadway delivers a lot of opportunities to have kid-friendly fun.

Here are just ten of the many favorite things kids love to do at Broadway:

Kids find WonderWorks amazing. The delightful upside down house is a place where kids get an education while enjoying over 100 entertaining interactive experiences. The ropes course inside WonderWorks lets kids safely climb high up into the building’s ceiling, then they can go outside to Soar & Explore for an even bigger ropes challenge and ziplining over Lake Broadway.

Ripley’s Aquarium enables kids to learn about all kinds of sea life from sharks to stingrays to jellies in the all new “Planet Jellies” exhibit. It’s an interactive, multimedia playground that also features dive shows, mermaid shows, the stingray experience, sleeping with the sharks and more.

Kids love dinosaurs. At Dinosaurs: The Exhibition, kids can get up close to life- size, authentic-looking animatronic dinosaurs lurking within scientifically accurate habitats. Kids like uncovering fossils in the Dig A Dino exhibit, checking out the Dino Movie Room, playing in the T-Rex Fun House, and climbing aboard the Ride-A-Dino.

It’s no surprise that amusement rides always rank high on a kid’s list of favorite things to do. At Broadway, there’s action-packed fun at Pavilion Park. Three areas offer rides for little ones, as well as thrill rides for bigger kids. From the carousel to the Cliff Hanger, there’s lots of fun here.

Let the quest begin! Kids love choosing their own magic wand and entering the enchanted fantasy world of MagiQuest. This interactive live-action game challenges children as they attempt to solve medieval-style mysteries while outwitting pixies and sorcerers.

Magical beasties can also be found at Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf where a 30-foot, fire-breathing dragon stands watch. Kids can take on other family members as they tee it up for a game of mini-golf. This is one course that offers both fun and adventure.

Backstage Mirror Maze is a favorite because of the mind-bending challenge it presents. There’s fun for the entire family in the infinite reflections, surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles. Kids also love playing in “The Vault,”  a laser maze that takes players back in time to participate in a historic bank heist.

A special favorite among boys is RIDEMAKERZ, a place where little boys of all ages can roll up their sleeves and channel their inner grease monkeys. Customization of scale model cars with interchangeable accessories is at the heart of this experience. From building on monster truck platforms to adding radio control, this is where the high-octane fun begins.

Little girls have a favorite too, and it’s Sparkles. Girls come to this imaginative, experience-driven shop to indulge their glamour fantasies. Sparkles specializes in turning girls into princesses, rock stars, pop stars, or glam girls with makeovers that include glamorous hair styles, eye shadow, lip gloss, sparkly nail painting, and more.

All young kids seem to love Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a magical place where stuffed animals are transformed into cherished pals. The kids are in charge here, choosing their own animals, then personalizing them with outfits and accessories. Best of all, they can take their new friends home, along with lasting memories of their Myrtle Beach vacation.

After hitting the beach or before, be sure to bring the kids to Broadway at the Beach, the epicenter of fun in Myrtle Beach!


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Broadway Is The Place For Fun On June 20 And Father’s Day

Since 1995, Broadway at the Beach has been the center of fun for Myrtle Beach. Roughly 14 million guests visit us each year to enjoy our restaurants, shops, and entertainment.  Those twenty years have flown by, and now some who first came to Broadway as kids are returning to experience Broadway with their own families.

We want to thank you for your support by providing a few surprises, as well as prizes. This month, we’ll have special activities on the 20th. And, we’ll do it all over again on July 20 and August 20.

On Saturday, June 20 from 4 to 6 p.m., join us in Center Court for a little fun in the sun. We’ll have character appearances; free balloons and free face painting for the kids, a spin wheel of prizes, where everyone is a winner, and if you’re one of the first 200 people to attend, you’ll get a free candy pack from our friends at It’Sugar. (If the weather turns on us, we’ll move the spin wheel of prizes, the It’Sugar giveaway, and our free balloons inside the Guest Services office.)

After all that fun on June 20, why not bring Dad back to Broadway the next day for Father’s Day? Turn him on to some high octane fun at Broadway Grand Prix where the whole family can enjoy 19 attractions including go-kart tracks, rock wall climbing, the thrilling Skycoaster®, indoor arcade, and more. Next, head over to Helicopter Adventures for a memorable ride into the sky high above Myrtle Beach. Round out the day with a jet boat ride around Lake Broadway before taking Dad to his favorite restaurant for dinner.

Spending time with your Dad is the best gift you can give him. So come to Broadway and make some memories together.


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Dinosaurs Descend On Myrtle Beach

Get ready. They will be jumping right off the huge, 3D screen at Broadway at the Beach at 10:50 p.m. on June 11.

“They”are the T-Rex, Triceratops and other dinosaurs coming to Myrtle Beach in the new film Jurassic World.

The 3D version of this much-anticipated movie starts its run at Carmike’s Big D auditorium at Broadway that day. From the roars of prehistoric creatures coming through a powerful surround sound system to 20-foot-tall dinosaurs filling up the three-story screen with their ferocity, you’ll feel like you’re right inside the movie.

The much-anticipated follow up to the Jurassic Park movie trilogy that launched 22 years ago will start showing on smaller screens at Carmike Cinemas at Broadway on June 12.  However, if you’re a real dinosaur fan and want to get up close and personal with these creatures, Thursday, June 11 at 10:50 p.m. is a date worth circling on your calendar.

You can also experience dinosaurs outside the theater when you visit Broadway this summer. In Heroes Harbor near Ripley’s Aquarium, the biggest creatures ever to roam the earth are waiting at “Dinosaurs: The Exhibition.” That’s where you’ll find full-scale, realistic animatronic models lurking among replicas of plant and animal species that shared their environments more than 65 million years ago.

Fascinating and educational with its compelling scientific story of a vital period in Earth’s history, this exhibition also has elements of the kind of fun that the fictional Jurassic theme park was going for 22 years ago.. Different adventure zones such as “Dig a Dino” allow children to become junior paleontologists searching for dinosaur fossils. “Ride a Dino” offers a rare and extraordinary opportunity to climb aboard and ride a T-Rex or Triceratops.

It’s the summer of the dinosaurs for Myrtle Beach and Broadway at the Beach. Take a trip to the Jurassic world onscreen and then bring the film to life with your own journey among the creatures in Dinosaurs: The Exhibition.

Both deliver fun of prehistoric proportions.


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Broadway Has The Red Carpet Out For Country Music Fest Attendees

Will you be in town for the first Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF) in downtown Myrtle Beach from Jun 4 – 7? Some of the biggest names in country music from Rascal Flatts to Eric Church to Lady Antebellum will perform, and a special kick-off concert by Sam Hunt on June 4 will get it all started.

But how will you keep the fun going after you hear the headliners?

Head over to Broadway at the Beach and enjoy the entertainment and special deals for Festival Attendees that several of our merchants are offering.

Country Roads Bar & Grill will feature free entertainment each night of the Festival:

  • Thursday, there’s live music on  the Country Roads patio by Julio Navarro starting at 6p.m. The Josh Brannon Band is on the inside stage from 10 p.m. until closing. There will also be a CCMF ticket giveaway that night.
  • On Friday, Matt Lambe will be on the Country Roads patio at 6 p.m., followed by Matt Tucker &  The Double AWTS on the inside stage from 10 p.m. until closing.
  • Saturday on the Country Roads patio, you can hear One Bad Apple  at 6 p.m.,  followed by Tim Elliott on the inside stage from 10 p.m. to closing.
  • Close out the weekend on Sunday with Matt Lambe on the Country Roads patio at 6 p.m., followed by Batman & Batman on the inside stage from 10 p.m. to closing.

For an evening of fun at dramatic savings, check out Legends In Concert where tribute artists will be performing as Kenny Chesney, Prince, Katy Perry, the Blues Brothers™, and Elvis Presley. Call 843-238-7827 and ask for code GCM to reserve Adult Premium Seating at just $28. Ask for code GCR for Child [3-16] Premium Seating at $10. This offer is valid through June 13th, but not valid with any other offers or on previously purchased tickets.

The whole family will enjoy the mind-bending experience at Backstage Mirror Maze where Festival attendees can get 15% off VIP combo tickets, June 4-7, by showing their Festival wristband.

The kids will also enjoy WonderWorks, the upside down house at Broadway at the Beach, and Soar & Explore, the zipline across Lake Broadway, Festival attendees can get $5 of ANY ticket purchase, June 4-7, at either of these locations by showing their Festival wristband.

If you love pop culture items celebrating the best from the late 70s, all of the 80s and early 90s, Retro Active is the place to go. From June 4-8, the store is giving a 15% discount to  anyone wearing the Carolina Music Festival wristband.

When it’s time to eat, there’s only one place to go in Myrtle Beach — Broadway at the Beach. With a wide assortment of eateries, there’s something to tempt the taste buds of every member of the family.  Two restaurants are even offering generous discounts for Festival attendees.

When you get a hankering for a taste of the shore, show your Festival wristband at Joe’s Crab Shack, June 4-7, and you receive $10.00 off your $50.00 purchase (excludes alcohol & all other discounts or promotions). Only at Joe’s Crab Shack can you strap on a bib, order your favorite bucket of crab, and boogie with the best of them.

If you enjoy a great raw bar, there’s no better place than the Original Shucker’s Raw Bar.  Voted the Best Raw Bar by locals, it’s known for its raw oysters, extensive menu of appetizers, sandwiches, dinners, and unique Fried Oreos! Get a 10% discount on your food tab by showing your wristband (excludes alcohol). Come get some huge mussels, luscious legs and tasty tails at Shucker’s.

Broadway at the Beach is the place to be and will help you keep the fun going during the Carolina Country Music Festival.


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Thank You For Broadway At The Beach’s TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award

TripAdvisor reviews are the “go to” source for those planning a vacation, choosing a restaurant or heading to an attraction. When a property receives a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence two years in a row, it’s both outstanding and inspiring.

Recipients of the award are “determined by traveler reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor.” To earn one, a property has to  “consistently impress travelers” — so much so that travelers are moved to write a review about the experience.

It’s truly inspiring to read the many positive reviews that catapulted Broadway to its Excellence award.

Some reviews confirmed that you come to Broadway because of the “Great food choices. Great shops. Rides for the little ones. Mini golf and water sports. Great break from the beach.”

We were especially thrilled to see reviews raving that “Broadway at the Beach is my family’s all-time favorite place to visit when we are at MYRTLE BEACH!!!! We had dinner at Hard Rock and Margaritaville. Explored WonderWorks, ziplined, shopped, had a wine tasting, ate pralines, fed the fish, and people watched. Favorite place besides the beach.”

Those kinds of reviews earned us a Certificate again this year. But, more importantly, they demonstrated that you think we’re delivering a great experience.

And knowing that is the best award of all.


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How To Enjoy Free Entertainment, Fireworks And More All Summer Long

One of the best things about summer in Myrtle Beach is the entertainment. Whether you buy a ticket to Legends In Concert or The Palace, you’re always guaranteed a good time. But did you know that Myrtle Beach is also the place to find extraordinary free entertainment, from fireworks to magicians, to comedians and songsters?

The headquarters for free entertainment in Myrtle Beach is Broadway at the Beach where the  2015 Summer Nights Entertainment series gets underway June 1 and runs through Aug. 30.

So why not take the family to Broadway for dinner, walk off the meal with a stroll around the lake, take in a little entertainment and cap off the evening with an exciting fireworks show?

As South Carolina’s largest festival entertainment complex, Broadway seems to bring  more entertainment each year. Favorites return to delight new visitors, while new entertainment debuts. From free musical performances, special guests and magic shows to spectacular fireworks displays each week, there’s no better place to spend a  summer night.

This year’s returning favorites include Maddie Hunt, a local singer-songwriter, and Bryan Dangerous, a magical guy with an  interactive comedy show.  Maddie will perform every Monday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Bryan takes the stage every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

New faces at Broadway this summer include Nick Pike, a juggler, comedian and unicyclist from England who was a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” Nick’s  stunt and comedy show will be amazing fans every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Also new this year is Shelley Sasser, a rockin’ pop singer and rhythm guitarist from Dino Capone’s School of Rock.  Shelley will be performing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Some nights your kids will have a good chance of running  into royalty and super heroes. The Character Company will be bringing princesses in their royal finery on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and super heroes on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s no better time to chat with  their favorites and take some photos.  Kids can also get free face painting done every Tuesday and Friday, 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Pint-sized tribute artists take the stage as superstars when the MiniStarz show runs each Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. You’ll be delighted by the song stylings of  mini versions of Elton John, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and the Spice Girls.

But be sure to keep an eye open for adult-size tribute artists when Legends In Concert’s golf cart tour cruises around Broadway on Monday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 pm., and enjoy Ripley’s Aquarium’s percussion band, Ruckus, every Tuesday and Friday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesdays are special nights at Broadway as fireworks light up the sky each week during the  fireworks extravaganza over Lake Broadway at 10 p.m. Miss that? From June 19 through August 14, there’s even a second fireworks display on Friday nights at 10 p.m., all sponsored by our friends at Helicopter Adventures.

So much fun to have all in one place. Don’t miss the Summer Nights Entertainment series at Broadway at the Beach!


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