Sept. 10, 2018
Welcome to the heart of North Myrtle Beach - Known as the area's main hub of entertainment, Ocean Drive is located in the center of our collection of seaside villages and plays host to the majority of our area's festivals, concerts and events. In fact many locals still refer to North Myrtle Beach as "Ocean Drive."
When Ocean Drive was first discovered, it was said to be "the widest beach in the world," with enough room for several cars to race along the shore. The pavilion opened in 1940 and quickly became a popular hangout spot for local and visiting youth. It had a first-class arcade, bingo hall, bathhouse, bowling alley and even a skating rink. In the 1940's the Carolina Shag was born along the North Myrtle Beach coastline. Known as the South Carolina state dance, shag is a variation of the swing, with gliding steps designed to avoid kicking up the sand.
The Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach conjures up vision of beach clubs with live beach music and shag dancers taking to the wooden dance floor. It is a quaint stretch of beachfront in North Myrtle Beach that is a nostalgic blast from the past though there are new and beautiful condos and beach homes.
From Highway 17 in North Myrtle Beach take Main Street to the waterfront and you will land in the Ocean Drive section of town. Enjoy the sunshine while you swim in the ocean and maybe take a dance lesson or two while you are in town. In addition to the water and shag dancing, Ocean Drive is a great place to shop at unique boutiques, eat at local family-owned restaurants and walk on the sandy beaches for which North Myrtle Beach is famous.
Mild weather year-round is what draws many newcomers to the area. Average high temperature in the winter hover well above freezing, and snow is rare. Still, given its coastal location the North Myrtle Beach region can experience heavy rains or worse if there's an active tropical season. Summers are hot, but ocean breezes make the season bearable. Fall and spring days in North Myrtle Beach may be some of the most enjoyable, as the temperatures sit in the mid-70's. Rain is pretty frequent through the spring months, but the fall season is the perfect mixture of sunny days and cool evenings.
Average Weather Temperatures in North Myrtle Beach
Winter is between 45-60 degrees F
Spring is between 68-83 degrees F
Summer is between 88-91 degrees F
Fall is between 76-85 degrees F
In 1954 Hurricane Hazel destroyed the pavilion and much of the surrounding area. However, Ocean Drive residents were able to pick up the pieces and rebuild, and in 1955 they introduced a new pavilion and an amusement park. The towns of Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach, Cherry Gove, Ingram Beach and Windy Hill merged together to form North Myrtle Beach in 1968.
Fun never goes out of fashion, and the OD Pavilion Amusement Park offers the same family-friendly seaside entertainment that generations of visitors and residents have enjoyed. As the only oceanfront amusement park on the Grand Strand, the OD Pavilion in North Myrtle Beach is the only place along our 60 mile stretch of coastline where you can relive the good old days of thrill rides directly on the beachfront. Located in the Heart of it all on the Oceanfront just at the end of Main Street, this is one local attraction you and your family won't want to miss!!
If there's a benefit to living in a tourist town, it's that you can always find an attraction to visit, a new restaurant to try or a festival to attend. It's no secret that vacationers return to North Myrtle Beach year after year in search of family adventures, romantic getaways or the chance to reconnect with old friends. With an abundance of delicious dining, wide beautiful beaches and exciting activities why would you NOT want to call OCEAN DRIVE NORTH MYRTLE BEACH... HOME!!!