What’s Open in Myrtle Beach in 2021?

We’ve gotten used to it: Checking places we want to visit before we go.

Different areas – at different times – have had varying restrictions during the pandemic. Attractions and restaurants in Myrtle Beach have weathered the storm well, as optimistic business owners do all they can to keep doors open – and employees and visitors safe.

So, what’s open for the new year on the Grand Strand?

We took a look at some of the more popular destinations in Myrtle Beach and checked in to whether they’re open right now. We’ve also made note of any special directions these places have currently to combat COVID-19.

What's the Lowdown?

According to a state-by-state list the AARP published Dec. 28, Gov. Henry McMaster issued an order that lifted occupancy limits on restaurants, which can operate at 100% capacity but must require patrons to wear face coverings while inside (except when eating and drinking.)

Concert halls and theaters can reopen at 50% occupancy or 250 people (whichever is smaller.)

Note: Details subject to change. Check with the below venues directly while making plans.

What’s Open in Myrtle Beach?


Let’s get to this point first and foremost. All area towns have reopened beach access. For up-to-date details on local beaches, check out the link below. Social distancing protocols on groups of three or more apply.

CHECK BEACHES: https://www.myrtlebeach.com/blog/which-beaches-are-open-in-myrtle-beach/

Myrtle Beach Ocean

Broadway at the Beach

This popular dining, entertainment, and shopping complex will have frequent cleaning in high-touch areas, such as common seating, door handles, restrooms, etc. This includes a comprehensive cleaning before the facility opens daily.

LEARN MORE: https://broadwayatthebeach.com/page/property-guest-guidelines

Broadway Grande Prix

Face coverings are required if its safe for an individual. They’ve enhanced cleaning protocols and apologize if guests experience delays or other inconveniences as a result. The staff asks guest to wash their hands often and avoid touching their face.

LEARN MORE: https://broadwaygrandprix.com 

Man and boy go-karting

Brookgreen Gardens

Interior galleries and the Keepsakes Museum shop are open. Masks are required by Georgetown County Emergency Ordinance 20-33. If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided. Food venues and public restrooms are open with safety protocols in place.

VISIT BROOKGREEN: https://www.brookgreen.org/today-brookgreen-winter

Horse Statue at Brookgreen Gardens

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Splashes Oceanfront Park is closed temporarily. Team members get ongoing training about maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for guests. They’ll sanitize targeted areas frequently throughout the day.

LEARN MORE: https://www.familykingdomfun.com/general-info/

Hollywood Wax Museum

They’ll provide a free mask if you don’t have one. Otherwise, they’re following protocol expected in the city of Myrtle Beach.

VISIT THE MUSEUM: https://www.hollywoodwaxentertainment.com/myrtle-beach-sc-attractions

Outside of Hollywood Wax Museum

Market Common

This residential, shopping, dining, and entertainment community is open. Businesses are following local guidelines. Check individual shops or restaurants for protocols specific to them.

VISIT MARKET COMMON: https://www.marketcommonmb.com

Fountain at Market Common Shopping

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Businesses are following general guidelines for COVID-19. Check with individual businesses for any specific requirements.

LEARN MORE: http://www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com/

Palm trees an ocean on the boardwalk

Myrtle Beach State Park

Park staff and visitors (age 2 and older) are required to wear masks where the general public may congregate. This includes nature centers, park offices, restrooms, stores, visitor centers, or while touring any facility being considered for rent.

MORE ON STATE PARKS: https://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/scprt/pjs223goko/SCParks-COVID-19-Signs-Round2_Full_Sign_LessThan3.pdf?u=fo5rh0

Two woman on a beach chair at Myrtle Beach State Park

Myrtle Waves Water Park

The park is open without any extra restrictions beyond state and local regulations.

VISIT THE PARK: https://www.myrtlewaves.com/

Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge

The facility is open for dining, fishing, and shopping, with local guidelines in place.

VISIT THE PIER: http://pier14.com/

Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley’s is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. There are markers on the floor to remind you of social distancing. There’s reduced contact for many procedures, with protective barriers and encouraging cashless transactions.

SEE RIPLEY’S PROTOCOLS: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtlebeach/safety-measures/

Fsmily looking at shark and fish tank at aquarium

Skywheel Myrtle Beach

Expect longer wait times with social distancing. Management screens employees with temperature checks and wellness questionnaires before they enter the venue. Crew members are required to wear masks, and customers are encouraged to buy tickets online in advance.

SEE SKYWHEEL’S PROCEDURES: https://skywheelmb.com/covid-19-efforts/

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach


Masks are required. If you don’t have one, you can buy one at WonderWorks. Social distancing guidelines might result in longer wait times for entrance and exhibits. Visitors are encouraged to visit exhibits in any order they choose to avoid close contact and crowds.

LEARN MORE: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/myrtle-beach/covid-19/

Outside of WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

Paradise Resort is Open!

Paradise Resort Balcony

So too are the unbeatable ocean views from your balcony! You’ll love the room layout and hospitable staff, from arrival to departure. Your room comes with a tub (great for the little ones!), a full kitchen, and all the cooking supplies you’ll need. Review options for beautiful condos at Paradise Resort and book your stay today.

Paradise Resort Outdoor Pool