This is not a sponsored post. Just writing about something we enjoyed on our most recent trip.
Sometimes when you wander around a place where you are visiting, you run into the greatest of things! On our most recent trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we came across Broadway at the Beach and we loved every minute of it. In fact, we enjoyed it so much, that we went back again the next day.
We wre in Myrtle Beach for Thanksgiving, so much of the area was already decorated seasonally. This 46-foot giant Christmas Tree lights up at night, and they say it is a sight to behold. We didn't go in the evening hours, but it was pretty impressive as-is, in the daylight.
It certainly did its part to help us get in the Christmas spirit. You can see my son had a hoodie on while we were there. That's the only one he owns, since we don't need them much where we live. I was glad he got a chance to use it before he outgrows it. The weather in late November in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was really very mild. We were pleasantly surprised.
Broadway on the Beach is so large that we really couldn't cover it all in one trip; not that we were trying to, I'm just noting. In fact, we went once and thought that would be the end of it, but the allure of it was too hard to resist, hence our return the next day. There is shopping galore, like this Crabby Jack's General Store where you could pick up trinkets to take home as souvenirs for yourself or family and friends.
There was an outside play area where we spent a good deal of time just sitting and watching the kids play. There are a lot of benches and seating around it, and it is inside of a gated area, so you can turn the kids loose and let them have fun, which is exactly what they should be doing on vacation.
In this area there was a funny store sign for The Stupid Factory.
I asked my son if he wanted to go in there. "Who you calling stupid? (said in a thick Italian accent, of course)" was the look he gave me. I don't know what was in there, we didn't go inside, because I'm assuming everything in there was stupid. 😂
We did, however, venture into the Toysauarus Store, which we found to be quite the delight!
This would have been a great place to get some Christmas shopping done for the boy, except he was with me. We had fun looking around though, and I did make a purchase for my granddaughter. The beautiful thing about Boardwalk on the Beach is there is a LOT of free parking, so when we purchased something we didn't want to carry around with us, I could jet it over to the car and return in no time at all, if we were in buildings close to where we parked.
I was so excited to see the Schleich display. I guess because I have reviewed them before. If you haven't heard of them, these are very high quality, life-like little toys that the kids can play with; they do encourage the imagination and I think they're really cute. I'd never see some of these figures. They were all great! I especially liked the German Shepherd because my grandpuppy is that breed.
We kept seeing these helicopters flying around. I wondered how much it was to go up in it. I thought that would be a spectacular thing for us to do since we were on holiday. We haven't been in one before.
The Fudgery was inviting.
Honestly, I'm not even a big fan of fudge ( a little taste here and there is fine, but it's so rich!). I do however, love to visit these kinds of stores when I'm at a place like Boardwalk on the Beach. I'm not sure why, but they surely have a certain pull for me. I guess they smell good and feel homey; That must be the allure.
There were a TON of places to eat...
and I do mean a ton.
We ventured in Paula Deen's because I'd never been in one, and I assumed her menu would have some hearty, downhome cooking on it. I wasn't wrong, but it was weird because you can only order a big dish for everyone (like a homecooked meal) to share, and then the sides, not individual dishes. You couldn't really eat there if a). you were a vegetarian, which I have been for more years than I can count and b). there weren't a lot of people there to eat. If I'd have had my gown kids with me, this would have perhaps been a good option. As it stood, I apologized to the waitress and told her we'd have to leave. She said she understood, that it happens more than I might think.
Where we did end up going is Wahlburgers. I admit, we've never seen one before, but I've heard of it, and of course the family who runs it.
The inside was nice. It had two-story seating, which is always nice. We usually would venture upstairs, but we didn't this time. In fact, we didn't even discuss it, which odd when I reflect back on it. I guess we were tired from walking around so much at that point, and just glad to have a seat.
Oh my gosh, not to sound so negative in this post about the food because hello there were so many great dining options, but I didn't really care for what I ordered. Maybe it was just a bad choice. My son, however, loved his burger! He loves when I take pictures of him eating too...who doesn't?! Sarcasm :) I guess I couldn't get past the government cheese being showcased on the menu. I'm a fan of helping support others, but why would you choose government cheese over higher quality, and why is the government supplier letting you buy anyway (dumb question, I know). That being said, I do continue to like the Whalburger family. The family pictures with a bit of their history on the walls is nice. Looking at the baseball team photograph on the wall, I realized the kids (the famous Wahlburgers as kids) were in it; then after reading the menu and seeing how many Whalburgers there are, it dawned on me that the 'team' was probably their whole family!! #coolfactor
One thing I also really liked were the "Mom's Favorite" t-shirts. In fact, I wish I'd have picked one up for each of my kids. It's one of those things you think about for an instant, don't do, and then wish more times than once that you would have done.
After lunch we continued walking around and my son came to understand why his siblings love Beef Jerky so much, thanks to the samples that were being given out in this store.
They had so many varieties, and while I didn't make a purchase the first day, I did purchase a bag for each of my children the second day when we returned. I put them in their Christmas Stockings.
My daughter gets jerky every year, but because her older brothers dip into her stash, I started getting them a bag as well, a few years back. Beef Jerky Myrtle Beach had every style of jerky you could think of, even some you might not consider. I almost got the Wild Stampede pack above for the kids to sample, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Call me a ridiculous girl, but I can't imagine eating some of these sweet animals (though I know it is not uncommon to do so, and no offense to the cattle, whom I guess I consider it okay to eat, since I had no qualms buying the Teriyaki Beef, soft jerky). 😳 Sorry to the 🐄s of the world.
Speaking of dipping (which I did above 😊), my son asked for a round container of shredded jerky to eat that day (he didn't realize one of the bags I bought would be for his stocking...his first year joining the big kids to get one because he didn't like jerky until this trip) and I complied. He has no idea, thankfully, what snuff or 'dip' is, so he surely didn't make that association with the container like I did.
Ron Jon was there, but on a much smaller scale than the one we visited in Cocoa Beach. In fact, there was more than one surf store on the premises.
More Christmas Trees. I don't know why but I like the simple cylinder-like trees. They look so festive to me.
Wonderworks was there. We'd visited the in Orlando so we didn't stop here. Still it is a fun addition to the area.
This is the upside-down building that is full of fun activities for the kids to do, like walking on a high rope, an XD movie, a bed of nails!!, activities to touch and learn, video games, etc.
There was also this area that intrigued us. As we got closer, we saw that it was for zip lining.
Again, this is something we've done before, so we weren't really tempted, but it is an excellent adventurous activity to have on the grounds.
What we did partake in, however, was the rides!! It was so great to see the carnival rides up and running. That's a treat you don't usually get this time of year. Of course, the teacups reminded me of Disney.
A merry-go-round/carousel is always a good idea (though we didn't ride this day, we still loved the mood it offered),
I love that even though he's getting big, he still has moments like this where he enjoyed this area of the park as much as he would have when he was a little guy.
There were old favorites like Build-a-Bear. I always loved a trip there when the kids were little. I'm sure I'll enjoy it one day again with the baby grands. Right now though, with the exception of pigs that my son still loves, especially if they are in stuffed animal form, he's pretty much outgrown stuffies (I knew the day would come!).
My favorite store because I LOVE Christmas ornaments any time of year, and always try to get one when we travel somewhere, was Christmas at the Beach!
They had a lot of different types of ornaments here. I love that little coffee cup, top-right and the Santa in the middle with a wreath.
There is a section too, where you can get ornaments that they will personalize for you. These always make me happy. A personalized Christmas ornament has such a nice feel to it when you gift it (or keep it!). They make keepsake treasures we value more and more as the years pass. Isn't it funny how something as simple as a bulb on a tree can flood us with memories?
When we left, we took to the cardboard cut-outs for photo opps. This one was probably my favorite because instead of going to the guy dog, my son opted to be the beach girl. 😂 Silly child. :)
You could see Ripley's Aquarium in the distance, which is how we found the area originally.
There was also this wooden boardwalk where we stopped to feed the fish.
and the birds...the birds kept eating the food too (you can see them a little bit on the left of my son)! We weren't giving them the food on purpose either, because I dunno if the pellets are good for them or not! They didn't seem to care in the least. There were both pigeons and gulls trying to eat the treats we bought for the fisheroos.
I like the water views. You could pay to take boat rides. There was a speed boat that kept going around in circles and peeling out. It was a pretty popular attraction, but I don't think I got a picture of that one (I saw it was reasonably priced though, as was everything here). I got a picture of this one though. It had a Viking feel to it that was cool.
We did more sight-seeing in stores. I wish I had gotten the name of this store to share with you. It was chock full of charming goodness.
This truck had me swooning.
And the doorways were decorated with real cotton, which of course you would see in bales driving around too, because that is a crop that is grown in the Carolinas and harvested around the time we were visiting. So cool to see it in person (not sure why, but definitely cool).
And then we saw the sign for the helicopters!! $20 a ride, which seemed so reasonable to me. We asked how to get to them and were told they were just across the street. The man pointed, but remember we were in a big complex, so 'right across the street' even with a hand pointing in the right direction, didn't help us at all. We drove around for about 15 minutes and finally gave up. Maybe next time. :) All-in-all though, the trip was a good one, no a great one, and we really enjoyed our time at Broadway at the Beach. I highly recommend a stop here if you are in Myrtle Beach.