So many people travel to Myrtle Beach every year. For many families, it’s a tradition. Something they’ve been doing for years, some even for generations. They pack up the car and take the road trip south to the soft sands and calm waters that make Myrtle Beach (and its surrounding areas) a great beach destination. For many years, spending an evening at The Pavillion was a big part of a Myrtle Beach family vacation. I even remember going there as a child: the rides, the snacks, the fun.
While the first Pavilion was built in 1908, the version most people remember was originally built in 1948. This was the beginning of The Pavillion’s wild ride. Eventually bringing in carnival style rides, entertainment acts (including ice skaters and bears), and eventually thrill rides made The Paviollion in Myrtle Beach quite the attraction for locals and tourists alike. By 2006, times had changed and The Pavillion closed the gates for the last time leaving many Myrtle Beach regulars a little heartbroken for the fun of the past. That’s where Broadway at the Beach comes in.
Broadway at the Beach is a huge shopping, dining, and entertainment center in Myrtle Beach. You can visit Pavilion Nostalgia Park for a little stroll down memory lane. They have worked hard to preserve several of the original rides from the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. The pirate ship, the caterpillar, and the famous Hershell-Spillman Carousel. The Hershell-Spillman Carousel is an artistic masterpiece and little bit of history in its own right. This is one of only 15 working Hershell-Spillman Carousels in the country. The artwork and detailing on the carousel have been maintained leaving this ride as breathtaking as it is nostalgic.
Broadway at the Beach is a stop my family usually makes when we travel to Myrtle Beach. There is a long list of things you can do while you’re there and no shortage of food options. Next time you head down to Myrtle, stop in at Broadway, and say hello to some old friends from the Myrtle Beach Pavilion.
For help planning your next Myrtle Beach vacation, go to Visit Myrtle Beach.