Guide to Meetings & Events in

Myrtle Beach

Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Myrtle Beach.

Why Myrtle Beach for Your Next Meeting or Event?

This scenic region along South Carolina's Atlantic coast is a multifaceted hotspot, renowned for its glorious beaches, outstanding golf courses, Southern charm and offerings that can satisfy the needs of a diverse array of groups.

Only in Myrtle

Take a stroll on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a 1.2-mile promenade that's lined with dining and attractions like the Myrtle Beach Skywheel, an observation wheel that offers sky-high views of the coast from a height of 200 feet. 

Transportation in & Around the Area

Myrtle Beach International Airport, about three miles from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Taxi cost, approximately $18


Travel Essentials

Taxes: room tax, 5%; sales tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13% (includes 3% additional local taxes)
 
Convention Center: Myrtle Beach Convention Center; exhibit space: 108,800 square feet; number of meeting rooms,17; the center also has a 30,000-square-foot outdoor events plaza.
 
In Walking Distance: Grab a bite or stop to shop in the Market Common, a retail and entertainment development near the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Relax after a day on the show floor with a game of putt-putt golf at Captain Hooks Adventure Golf, a Peter Pan-themed mini-golf course.
 
CVB: Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau


2018 Stella Award Winners

Best CVB/DMO in the Southeast: Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Meeting & Event Venues

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New & Coming Soon to Myrtle Beach

• Slated to open later this year is the Hilton Ocean 16, a new, 330-unit property being built as a partnership between Strand Capital Group, a Myrtle Beach-based real-estate development company, and Hilton Grand Vacations. The property, on North Ocean Boulevard, will feature luxury units with oceanfront views. Though it's part of the Hilton Grand Vacations portfolio, the hotel can be booked by groups and individuals. 

Carolina Food Tours plans to launch  a Myrtle Beach tour this year. The foodie adventures will include stops in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Conway restaurants.

More Myrtle Beach Event Venues

Topgolf has opened its first location in Myrtle Beach. The three-level, 55,000-square-foot venue combines golf activities with food and drink as well as live entertainment, with 72 climate-controlled hitting bays, a restaurant and multiple bars. Planners can make use of venues such as the 3,000-square-foot Signature Room and a rooftop terrace with fire pit. The facility also coordinates customized tournaments for private groups of up to 612 players, with room for 600 additional spectators.

THEBlvd, one of the destination’s newest entertainment and retail attractions, continues to add new group-friendly venues. Among the latest to open at the 55,000-square-foot complex is Banditos Cantina, a revamped version of a popular local Mexican restaurant. Groups of up to 300 can make use of the space for private events for a Banditos Taco Party with  “deconstructed” tacos and traditional buffets with favorites like adobo chicken, grilled sirloin and cheese quesadillas. The eatery is decidedly modern and artsy, with large, Mexican-inspired wall murals and colorful tiles, as well as impressive ocean views.

Barefoot Landing, the retail and entertainment complex on the Intracoastal Waterway, has debuted a new restaurant, Dockside Village. The anchor venue, Lucy Buffett's Lulu's, is one of the latest ventures of the sister of famed singer Jimmy Buffett. The family-friendly restaurant hosts live music every night, while the video arcade and ropes course provide additional fun for children and adults. Lulu's has a large menu that includes seafood, sandwiches and salads, with a variety of options that meet a range of special diet needs.

• The 242-room South Bay Inn & Suites recently opened on North Ocean Boulevard, along the Boardwalk. The property has an indoor water park and multiple restaurants.

• The Caravelle Resort has completed renovations to guest rooms as well as spruced up the décor at the on-site Santa Maria Restaurant.

Waikiki Village has returned to its roots with a recent facelift. The mid-century modern hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, now has appropriately retro-modern décor, enhanced by contemporary amenities like in-room smart TVs and microwaves. The property has a swimming pool, a hot tub, an outdoor grill and space for playing bocce ball.

Tin Roof, a Nashville-based restaurant and live music venue, was the first new business to open last year at the 55,000-square-foot Oceanfront Beach Club Entertainment Complex and Boardwalk Extension along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Tin Roof offers more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

Broadway at the Beach, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex, continues to add group-friendly restaurants to its vibrant roster. Among the newest this year is Bar Louie, a self-described “gastrobar” slated to open this summer with a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads, complemented by a range of craft cocktails and local beers. Also gearing up for a summer opening date is The Avenue, a restaurant with industrial-chic design and cuisine focused on brick-oven pizza and grilled sandwiches. To satisfy their sweet tooth, visitors can pop into the Doughnuttery, a family-owned donut shop, and Tipsy Scoop, an ice cream shop where the sweets are infused with liquor; both businesses recently opened inside the giant candy store called It’sugar.

The Myrtle Beach Sports Center, adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, hosts tournaments and group sports events. The complex includes eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts and a large multi-screen video wall, and can seat up to 2,000 spectators on telescopic bleachers. The facility hosts court sports including gymnastics, wrestling, pickleball, table tennis and more. The venue also can host trade shows and includes an elevated mezzanine and an indoor/outdoor café.

Things to Do in Myrtle

Extending Your Trip in Myrtle Beach

• Creeks and critters: Nature-loving groups should consider a visit to Brookgreen Gardens, a 9,100-acre sculpture garden and wildlife preserve near Murells Inlet. The work of more than 350 sculptors is on display here, an artsy complement to the flora that thrives in what was once the grounds of four former plantations. From March through November, groups can enjoy pontoon boat rides along the property's creeks, as well as private group tours with guides who explain the history of the gardens. Planners can set up a "meet the animals" program at the on-site Lowcountry Zoo, which is home to native animals like alligators, grey foxes, owls and white-tailed deer.

The Arts Grand Strand, a not-for-profit organization that promotes creative endeavors on Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, has teamed up with 18 galleries and three culturally enlightened restaurants to create the new Grand Strand Art Trail. The route can be followed independently or as part of an organized group outing. Among the venues are the Franklin G. Burroughs–Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and the Rice Museum, where exhibits highlight the history and culture of South Carolina’s Georgetown County in the historic Old Market Building. Participating restaurants include the aptly named Art Burger Sushi Bar, which offers rotating exhibits of local artists, and the Collectors Cafe & Gallery, where the sizeable gallery provides a backdrop for a menu of Mediterranean cuisine; dining rooms accommodate 10 to 70 guests for private events.

• Music city: Live entertainment is the draw at the Carolina Opry Theater, a venue that stages five unique shows, including the Carolina Opry, a two-hour extravaganza with music, song, dance and comedy that has showcased vocalists from TV shows including "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent." The Time Warp features live performances of hit music of the 1960s,'70s and '80s, while Thunder and Light blends dance, laser lights and magic with eye-catching results. Planners can arrange pre-show meet-and-greets, themed parties and catering, with seating for 2,000.

• The team that bakes together: Hands-on culinary creativity is the focus at the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, which is part of Horry-Georgetown Technical College. The institute's new facility, which opened last year, features production and training kitchens, an outdoor barbecue kitchen, a wine cellar and a chef's table. The venue is available for buyouts and private cooking demos and classes, with tasty themes like baking and pastry arts, culinary arts technology and cake decorating.

• Spend the day enjoying the soft, sandy beaches. When you want a break from the surf, hit the Boardwalk or visit several old-school amusement parks for some oceanfront thrills.

• Groups can travel centuries back in time with a visit to the historic Hopsewee Plantation (https://hopsewee.com). Spanish moss dangles lazily from the trees of this 70-acre property, where an elegantly restored home dates from 1735, decades before the Revolutionary War. Groups can stroll the grounds, tour the home and learn about the workings of a centuries-old Lowcountry rice plantation, including details about the lives of both the former plantation owners and the slaves who lived and worked on the grounds. Planners can organize lunches and dinners of Lowcountry specialties like crab cake with spicy remoulade sauce, okra fritters, and pulled pork with a mustard-based barbecue sauce.

Getting Active & Outdoors

• In the swing: Myrtle Beach is golf country, so savvy planners will want to incorporate the sport into their events. The Classic Swing Golf School offers custom-designed corporate golf clinics and individual classes at Legends Golf Resort, which is home to five championship courses. The Glen Davis Golf Academy offers personalized classes at Indigo Creek Golf Club, a Willard Byrd-designed course in the scenic Lowcountry region. Duffers can enjoy a a round or two one of Myrtle Beach's countless courses like the popular Legends Golf Course, with five premium layouts, or the Heritage Club at Pawleys Island, set amid giant magnolias and 300-year-old oaks.

• Go fishing: Voyager Deep Sea Fishing and Dolphin Cruises runs half-day fishing trips offering the opportunity to catch mackerel, barracuda and sea bass. Private sport fishing charters are available aboard six-passenger and 20-passenger vessels. Calabash Fishing Fleet has a 130-passenger ship named the Atlantic Star, complete with climate-controlled cabin and restroom, which is available for private fishing charters as well as festive cruises.

Myrtle Beach Excursions

• Head to Conway, a town graced with oak-lined streets and a historic downtown that's perfect for strolling, shopping and dining. One of the best introductions to the town's rich history is provided at the Horry County Museum, which is set in a 1905 former school that's on the National Register of Historic Places. Its exhibits include textiles, vintage military gear and an aquarium filled with local marine life. Nearby, the affiliated L.W. Paul Living History Farm recreates life on a one-horse family farm from the first half of the 20th century.

Murrells Inlet is another noteworthy destination for groups looking for a fun day trip. Once a simple fishing village, Murrells Inlet has become a favorite with nature lovers thanks to its wide variety of outdoor activities. Groups can enjoy everything from kayaking to parasailing, jet skiing to banana-boat riding.

• Groups can take a trip back in time with a visit to Pawleys Island, an Atlantic coast barrier island that measures less than four miles. Once a summer getaway destination for pre-Civil War rice planters, it's now a historic treasure with a laid-back island vibe. The Pawleys Island Historic District, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, is home to 12 original residences, some of which date to as early as 1780. A variety of shops, stores and restaurants provide additional diversions. To appreciate the island's natural beauty, consider an outing with Black River Outdoors, which runs guided kayak eco-tours, swamp tours, fishing trips and private birding tours.

Top Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Among top spots to grab a bite in Myrtle are:

  1. The Melting Pot - American, fondue
  2. Pop Pop's Pit BBQ - American, BBQ
  3. Cafe Old Vienna - German, Austrian
  4. Villa Romana Italian Restaurant - Italian
  5. Luigi's Tratoria - Italian
  6. Toscana Italian Kitchen - Italian
  7. Sun City Cafe - Mexican
  8. Ciao Restaurant - Italian
  9. SoBaya Japanese Bistro - Japanese, sushi
  10. Johnny D's Waffles & Benedicts - American

Among must-try dishes across the city are: 

• Chow down on low-country comfort foods at either of two outposts of the Croissants Bistro & Bakery. Fresh, locally grown produce figures heavily in the menu here, with specialties like shrimp and grits, bananas foster French toast and a turkey pretzel club sandwich.

Hook and Barrel makes the most of Myrtle Beach's coastal location, with fresh seafood choices like steamed shrimp by the pound, Myrtle Beach paella, "angry clams" made with cherry bomb peppers, and oyster stew, which is prepared in front of patrons.

• Planners can inject their program with culinary holiness at the Parson's Table, a restaurant and bar set in the historic former home of the Little River Methodist Church in the town of Little River. The venue's main dining room dates to 1855, with eye-catching décor that includes a gorgeous chandelier and stained-glass windows from a Baptist church in Mullins, South Carolina. Today, patrons worship appetizers like local fried green tomatoes and oysters Rockefeller with spinach, bacon, heavy cream and Tabasco. Entrée specialties include slow-roasted prime rib au jus, as well as shrimp and chicken curry.

• For a sophisticated and scenic dining event, consider the SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar, a stylish venue on Grand Strand that makes good use of French cooking techniques to craft a menu of contemporary American fare. Chef Kenneth Norcutt's most favored creations include boneless airline chicken breast served with pheasant cognac sausage, and SeaBlue-style filet prepared with haricot vert and asiago potato gratin, finished with 12-year-aged balsamic vinegar.