Guests at Paradise Resort are close to the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront wooden walkway that leads to some of the top attractions, restaurants and shops in the downtown district of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But for visitors who want to mix things up and try something different, the short distance to The Market Common complex is well worth the trip.
Located on the site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, The Market Common is an urban-style retail, dining and entertainment district that offers lots of fun things to do after the sun goes down. Featuring upscale shopping, fine dining, entertainment and special events, The Market Common provides a taste of the big city in the heart of the Sun Fun Capital. Here are a few fun ways to spend a night out at The Market Common:
* Shopping: Experience what it’s like to shop in an upscale retail district in a major city, with a six-block district lined with charming storefronts, cafes and sidewalks. Featuring a nice mix of hard-to-find international brands and locally owned and operated boutiques, The Market Common is a shopaholic’s dream come true. With more than 40 shops to explore, including Anthropologie, White House/Black Market, Bijuju, Victoria’s Secret and the first-ever Southern Living Store, The Market Common also offers local flavor with the Seacoast Artists Gallery displaying the works of local artists. The Market Common literally has you covered from head (Sunglass Hut) to toe (Centro Shoes) and everywhere in between.
* Dining: The Market Common is well-known for its wide variety of dining options, with Co Sushi (Japanese), Crepe Creation Cafe (French), Travinia Italian Kitchen (Italian) and P.F. Chang’s (Chinese) serving international cuisine in an upscale setting, while Tupelo Honey Cafe offers a unique twist on traditional Southern cooking. There are more than a dozen eateries to choose from in The Market Common, and the menus vary as much as the atmosphere. Enjoy a house brew at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, catch a ballgame and good time at King Street Grille, or enjoy some Mexican food and margaritas at Nacho Hippo. This place is for all taste buds.
* Entertainment: Catch a movie in luxury at the Grand 14 Cinema, which features 14 wall-to-wall screens with Digital Dolby sound, as well as high-back rocker seats with retractable arm rests. Featuring first-run releases, the Grand 14 is the place to see a movie on the Grand Strand. For a more creative date, try Paint & Unwined, where patrons paint their masterpieces over a glass of wine and good company. Pedego rents its line of electric bikes to go for a night ride around Grand Park, and horse-drawn carriage rides around the district are available certain times of year.
* Events: The Market Common has become a center for local events and festivals, especially during the fall season. Upcoming events include Oktoberfest (Oct. 13-14), Haunted Carriage Rides and Trick-or-Treating (Oct. 31), Art in the Park (Nov. 11-12), and the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov. 18).
* Recreation: While there isn’t much to do exercise-wise at night besides walk the lighted paths, The Market Common is a hub of the local sports tourism industry. In addition to exploring Grand Park’s massive sports complex and a variety of playgrounds, visitors can also find some daytime fun at the Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and Coastal 5K Doggie Dash (Oct. 20-21) and the Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot 5K (Nov. 23). Stick around after the races and enjoy an evening at The Market Common.
After your fun night out at “The Common,” head back to Paradise Resort for a good night’s sleep on the oceanfront. After all, daytime is only a few hours away, and the fun will start all over again.