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Did You Know? Ten Interesting Facts About Broadway At The Beach

We get questions about Broadway at the Beach every day. Visitors stop by Guest Services or drop us a post on our Facebook page wondering about all sorts of things. Most folks are intrigued by the sites, the sounds and the size of Broadway. We're asked about our fireworks, traveling performers and even the fish in our lake. So we thought we'd share ten interesting facts about Broadway that answer many of the questions we're asked. And, if you have more, head over to our Facebook page and ask away!

1. Broadway at the Beach's 14 million visitors a year literally come from all over America and beyond. The top 5 states that send us visitors are North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

2. Our 75 in-line shops and 30 kiosks offer everything from trendy sandals and delicious fudge, to beautiful jewelry and apparel. We even have a magic shop called Broadway Magic.

3. Sixteen nightclubs provide a wide variety of entertainment from comedians performing at the Carolina Comedy Club to live bands playing all kinds of music at several clubs in Celebrity Square and nearby restaurants.

4. Twenty-six attractions fill up your senses at Broadway. Tribute artists give high energy performances at Legends In Concert and an awesome magic show is currently playing at The Palace. Ripley's Aquarium lets you walk through a tunnel with sharks swimming overhead. You can even get your photo taken with a life-like wax model of your favorite star at our new Hollywood Wax Museum.

5. There are more than 20 amusement rides in 3 different parks around Broadway. From kiddie rides to thrill rides, we've got it. It's also an adventure to soar over Lake Broadway on a zipline or have some fun just riding on the lake in a jet boat, paddle boat or water rollerz.

6. Events are a regular part of the Broadway experience. Broadway at the Beach hosts an average of 25 events and/or festivals annually including several 5K's, car shows and charitable walks. And our Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is one of the most popular events in the area as we illuminate our 52 foot tall tree with 141,000 lights as performers bring in the holiday season.

7. Just how big is Lake Broadway? Our 23-acre lake is 100 feet across and 1 mile in length. Depths range from 3 to 15 feet.

8. How many fish are in our lake? We've stopped counting! We originally stocked the lake with about 29,000 fish including Bream, Catfish, Hybrid Bass, Japanese Carp and Israeli Carp when we opened in 1995. A quick look around and you'll see that we have a pretty healthy (and growing) aquatic population that now also includes wildlife such as seagulls, turtles, ducks and more.

9. Our fish consume approximately 34,000 ponds of fish food every year, thanks to our many visitors who stop on the bridges at our feeders and toss in the food that draws the fish up to the surface for chow.

10. Our most popular regular events are our fireworks shows held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. during the summer as well as several seasonal shows throughout the remainder of the year. Weather permitting, we'll present 30 free fireworks shows this year. And by seasons end, we will have exploded nearly 100,000 shots over Broadway.

Now that you have the facts, come out and enjoy!

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Discover Our New Mobile App

Most Americans won't leave home without them.

Sixty-three percent of Americans use their mobile devices to access the internet for information, says the Pew Research Center. If you're one of them, we've got great news for you — Broadway at the Beach has a free mobile app that is a simple and fast gateway to all things Broadway!

When you download our app, you'll get instant access to information on shopping, dining, attractions and events. Looking for a new pair of sandals? Our app lets you search for shoe stores and shows you where the stores are on a map.

While you're strolling through Broadway, you can now easily connect to Broadway's social media through our app. Post your comments and photos — we love to learn about the fun times you're having.

Interested in what others are saying about their Broadway at the Beach experiences? Just want to know more about a specific store or restaurant? Quickly connect to TripAdvisor through our app, check out the reviews or post one of your own.

Large parking lots can be confusing. But with our app, you'll never have trouble finding your car at Broadway. Our "car finder" feature marks where your car is parked and lets you save the location for later when you're ready to head home.

Looking for something special to do in Myrtle Beach tonight or next week? Our app gives you access to a calendar of events and a list of our free, live entertainment so you can plan ahead.

And, when you just can't be at Broadway, you can still enjoy the fun by tapping into the app's webcam feature. As our three webcams scan the lake and shops, you can dream about your next visit!

As one TripAdvisor reviewer recently raved "Broadway at the Beach has everything in one place."

Now you can discover it all through our app!

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Top 5 Reasons Vacationers Love Broadway At The Beach

Each year, vacationers pour into Myrtle Beach for their summer getaways. Fourteen million of them make a least one trip during their vacation to Broadway at the Beach. In a recent survey, we asked our visitors to tell us the top 5 reasons that they love Broadway, and we found some interesting comments on TripAdvisor too.

Number 5: Broadway's free fireworks shows are the best in town. Every Tuesday and Friday night throughout the summer, we stage a fireworks spectacular that lights up the sky.

Number 4: There's exciting nightlife at Broadway at the Beach. From the clubs in Celebrity Square to interactive juggling acts, kid's musical shows, and cool bands, Broadway offers "party spots, entertainment, and plenty to do for all ages," says a TripAdvisor reviewer. Check our events calendar to see what's happening when you're in town.

Number 3: We've got all kinds of dining options. Our restaurants specialize in everything from burgers, tacos and seafood to Italian, Caribbean, sushi and more! There's something to please every member of the family.

Number 2: "It's like a big carnival. . . a big outdoor party," raves one TripAdvisor reviewer. And we agree! Broadway has kiddie amusement rides, the amazing Ripley's Aquarium, a mind-boggling WonderWorks, an exciting themed mini-golf course, thrill rides and more.

And the Number 1 reason: Our shopping is sensational. With more than 100 shops, you can stroll our promenades, pick up a snack at a one-of a kind candy store or bakery, and explore. Ladies will enjoy discovering beautiful handbags and shoes, unique jewelry, and designer sunglasses. There's even a sports store for the guys and the Man Cave Store to decorate their retreats.

It's hard to keep the reasons that vacationers love Broadway at the Beach down to just five. We love the enthusiasm of the many TripAdvisor reviewers who take the time to write up their feelings. For them, Broadway is "like its own little city. . . has something to offer every member of the family – attractions, rides, restaurants. . . lots of shops and a great variety of them . . .. . a great place for the entire family!"

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TripAdvisor Says Myrtle Beach Is Nation’s Top Summer Destination

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Do you love Myrtle Beach? Voters at the world's largest travel site just showed us some love by voting Myrtle Beach the top place to vacation for summer 2014. GoBankingRates.com got in on the action by declaring Myrtle Beach one of the nation's most affordable and popular vacation spots.

This is a great place to come to enjoy pristine beaches, awesome shopping, and great entertainment and dining.

After a day at the beach, all those other things can be found in one location — Broadway at the Beach. At specialty shops surrounding the 23-acre Lake Broadway, you'll find everything from homemade fudge to unique wines, clothes and jewelry. More than 20 restaurants serve up everything from juicy burgers to marvelous seafood, BBQ and sushi.

If you like live performances, there's always something playing at The Palace and Legends In Concert. Up for a movie? Check out the Carmike Cinema Broadway 17 and its Big 3D theater.

You won't want to miss the spectacular sea life at Ripley's Aquarium, the amazing upside down adventure of WonderWorks, the intrigue of MagiQuest or the adrenaline-pumping go-karts at Broadway Grand Prix. If amusement rides are your thing, there are rides for adults and children at Pavilion Park. There's even a zip-line across Lake Broadway and putt-putt golf at Dragon's Lair. And when you're seeking an even bigger thrill, take flight with Helicopter Adventures and get your own bird's eye view of everything!

Broadway at the Beach is open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. everyday throughout the summer. And, every Tuesday, there's a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Broadway at 10 p.m. Starting June 20, there are also fireworks on Friday evenings.

There's just nothing like Myrtle Beach and Broadway at the Beach for summer vacation fun!

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Burger Time: The Superstar of Comfort Foods Rules In May

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May is National Hamburger Month, a great time to celebrate and enjoy the juicy sandwich that we love. With the possible exception of the hot dog, no other food defines American summers.

If you've ever wondered just who invented this awesome comfort food, you're not alone. Perhaps we'll never know for sure. The U.S. Library of Congress says Louis Lassen invented the hamburger in New Haven, Conn., in 1900. But other states have laid claim to the invention including Wisconsin, Oklahoma, California, Ohio, New York and (of course) Texas.

But one thing's for sure. If you're looking for a great burger, you don't have to go any farther than Myrtle Beach. Broadway at the Beach is home to Johnny Rockets and "The Original Hamburger." That's the one-third pound burger that started it all for the restaurant in 1986. Rockets even has a cheeseburger that diners rate a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10!

If you like a little entertainment with your food, Rockets is the burger joint for you. The waitstaff of this 1950s-style diner will break into a song and dance routine when the music moves them.

Join in the fun. It's burger time!

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