Things to know in Myrtle Beach: Week of May 23

The week ahead for the Myrtle Beach area

Joel Allen takes a look at happenings throughout the Myrtle Beach area for the week of May 23.
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Joel Allen takes a look at happenings throughout the Myrtle Beach area for the week of May 23.

Parking along ‘Golden Mile’ to be discussed

Parking along Myrtle Beach’s Golden Mile — from 31st Avenue North to 82nd Avenue North — may be addressed again Tuesday during a Myrtle Beach City Council workshop and meeting.

Some council members have said they are rethinking new parking regulations that will strip the last free oceanfront parking from the city and others have said they are ready to move on. The city manager planned to brief the council on how the new parking rules will be implemented and when enforcement could begin, but the parking regulations or any possible revisions to the plan are not listed as an action item in Tuesday’s agenda.

The council will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the first floor conference room in city hall at 937 Broadway St. to discuss it at a workshop, and 2 p.m. the same day at the city council meeting at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 N. Oak St.

AB Bikefest planned for Memorial Day weekend

The Atlantic Beach Bikfest is planned for May 27 through Memorial Day where thousands of bikers flock to the area to enjoy riding along the coast as a celebration of the start of summer.

This is the second year a 23-mile driving loop will be in place to help the flow of traffic and prevent people from congregating in one area along Ocean Boulevard.

A new map application is available online at http://mdwtrafficmap.com/ with details about traffic during the upcoming Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest weekend. The extended traffic loop will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 27-29, and is designed to keep traffic moving.

For more information about what to expect on Ocean Boulevard and elsewhere during the busy Memorial Day weekend, visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/bikefest.html.

Final two water parks open daily

Wild Water & Wheels, 910 U.S. Business S., Surfside Beach, and Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, will begin their daily operating schedule next weekend.

Wild Water & Wheels will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and May 31-June 2, Aug. 22-26 and 31, and Sept. 1-3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, and Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 4-5; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3-Aug. 21 (but closed June 4 – and open until 9 p.m. Fridays, June 10-Aug. 12).

Admission, plus tax, is $27.98 for anyone 4 feet or taller, $19.98 under 4 feet or ages 55 and older, and respective rates dip at 3 p.m. to $19.98 and $17.98, respectively, and to $9.95 for ages 3 and older entering 5-9 p.m. on Fridays open later. Entry is always free for ages 2 and younger. Season passes also available. For more information, call 843-238-3787 or log onto www.wild-water.com.

Splashes water park, across from Family Kingdom Amusement Park, is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-June 10 and Aug. 14-Sept. 4; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 11-Aug. 13.

Admission, plus tax, is $21.95 for anyone 4 feet or taller, $18.95 children under 4 feet; also, $37.95 combo ticket for one day water park, and one day amusement park. For more information, call 843-626-3447 or log onto www.familykingdomfun.com.

Myrtle Waves Water Park, at U.S. 17 Bypass and Mr. Joe White Avenue (formerly 10th Avenue North) Extension in Myrtle Beach, has been open since May 7. It is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, and going daily, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. June 4- Aug. 14 (and open till 9 p.m. Wednesdays in that period), then back to Saturdays-Sundays, Aug. 14-Sept. 4, plus Sept. 5. More details on prices, and discounts with ID, at 843-913-9250 or www.myrtlewaves.com.

Amusement parks open daily

A sure sign summer is here is when Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Ocean Drive (OD) Pavilion Amusement Park announce their daily operations schedule is set to begin next weekend.

Family Kingdom, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, will be open through Sept. 11, then weekends through Oct. 1. Opening time varies by day of the week. Ride wristbands for all ages – which do not include go-carts and zip lines – are $27.35 plus tax (or $15.75 total for local residents with ID, sold only in the office under Swamp Fox roller coaster), and individual ride tickets cost $1.15 plus tax each, with 2-5 tickets needed per ride. For more information, call 843-626-3447 or log on to www.familykingdomfun.com.

Ocean Drive Amusement Park, 90 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, at “Horseshoe”/Main Street, will open 5-11 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Sept. 5 (Labor Day). Ride tickets $1.50 each (3-5 tickets needed for most rides), 15-pack of tickets for $22, 27 tickets for $38, or $27 all-ride wristband. For more information, call 954-871-4777 or log on to www.odpavilion.com.

Memorial Day events scheduled for next weekend

Several evenst are planned to commemroate Memorial Day, including:

The “Military Appreciation Dinner Dance” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Landmark Resort, 1501 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. The cost is $32. Order tickets at 843-918-1008.

The Memorial Day weekend parade is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, with Noah Galloway, U.S. Army veteran and a third-place finisher with Sharna Burgess on ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” in spring 2015. There will also be a Family Picnic from noon-2 p.m. Saturday in Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, across from The Market Common, with meet-and-greet with Galloway and concert by Andrew Thielen Big Band, and free meals for military personnel, veterans, and their families, and “Veterans Beard & ’Stache Beach Bash” contest.

For more information on all the events, call 843-918-1014 or log on to www.militaryappreciationdays.com.