MYRTLE BEACH — The Myrtle Beach boardwalk has gotten another shout out -- this time from Budget Travel.
The boardwalk, which opened in 2010, made the cut as one of America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks alongside the likes of the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey; Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ocean City Boardwalk in Maryland; Venice Beach Boardwalk in California and the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.
The online travel guide, which also publishes a print magazine six times a year, spotlighted 19 boardwalks for its list. Another one from the Carolinas made the cut, the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, N.C.
“That list puts us in good company,” Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea said. “It’s nice to be recognized that way.”
The write-up says the 1.2-mile boardwalk welcomes visitors with its “charm and hospitality.”
“This one’s just a baby compared with some of the historic boardwalks on our list,” the write-up says. “Opened just four year ago, this place feels as if it’s been here forever.”
But the blurb isn’t entirely accurate. It says the city’s oceanfront boardwalk and promenade features Family Kingdom Amusement Park, which it doesn’t. The boardwalk stops at Second Avenue Pier, several blocks north of the amusement park, which also isn’t along the oceanfront (though its water park is).The amusement park also isn’t home to the massive SkyWheel, as the blurb says.
“I don’t know that’s a problem in the grand scheme of things,” Kruea said. “I suppose it might confuse a visitor looking for the SkyWheel at Family Kingdom but I think they will find the SkyWheel downtown and Family Kingdom without trouble. If there’s confusion, it will be short-lived.”
This is at least the second national accolade for the boardwalk this summer. In June, Myrtle Beach ranked 12th in USA Today’s list of 24 best boardwalks for food in the USA.
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