The Road Explorer - Summer 2010 - (Page 23)

destination Seaside Rendezvous South Carolina’s beachfront beauty is only part of its charm by Sarah B. Hood B irthplace of such diverse American heroes as Joe Frazier, Jesse Jackson, Chubby Checker and Stephen Colbert, South Carolina is poised to welcome more incoming visitors than ever before as new attractions and transportation choices spring up across the state. The popular Myrtle Beach resort area is seeing a major expansion of its airport. The proposed $129 million MYR Terminal Capacity Enhancement Project will expand the passenger terminal from seven to 12 gates. Porter Airlines has already begun to o fly there twice weekly from Toronto City Centre Airport, the only direct flight from m Canada, with connections from Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Thunder Bay. . Spirit Airlines has also begun daily nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and Atlanta, which will end November 10 and resume in 2011. Construction is under way on a 1.2-mile Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade in Myrtle Beach. The curving design of the $6 million raised boardwalk will mirror the shapes of the dunes themselves as it traverses three sections that include natural landscape, bustling shopfronts and serene parkland. As of August 2009, O.D. (Ocean Drive) Pavilion Amusement Park has been operating on Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach ach with a full roster of amusement park rides des and concessions. Brookgreen Gardens has a brandnew Butterfly House called Whispering ng Wings, which will be open to visitors until October 31 and reopen in 2011. The $125,000 125,000 exhibit features beautiful live Gulf Fritillary, tillary, Monarch, Swallowtail, Admiral and Painted ainted The Road Explorer Lady butterflies, among many other varieties, flying free and even settling daintily on the heads and shoulders of delighted visitors. The attraction also includes a butterfly garden planted with native plants and a room where visitors can watch butterflies hatch. Wonderworks Science Center, which already has locations in F Florida and Tennessee, will open a M Myrtle Beach location on Broadway at the Beach in 2011. Designed for curious, science-loving kids and adults, Wonderworks lets visitors try out a simulated ride on a space ship or a jet fighter, or find out what it might be like to experience w an earthquake or a hurricane. A a po popular feature is the “upside-down bu building.” A 40-acre center dedicated to horse shows and equine events of hors ever kind is located in Camden. The every Sout Carolina Equine Park has all South th the fa facilities and equipment needed a to hos major horse shows; in its first host s three m months of operation it had already generate an estimated $500,000 for generated the loc economy with just six events, local includ Carolina Starz Hunter Jumper including Show Monster Mash Bulls and Barrels Show, and t international circus-style the spec spectacle Cavalia. Accessible via inte interstates I-20, I-95, I-26 and I-77, the sit is expected to expand to include site an enclosed pavilion that will hold l large audiences for an even wider range of events. The Charleston/Mount Pleasant area will be seeing more tourist traffic since Carnival Cruise Lines launched year-round trips on L the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy to the Bahamas 23 Summer 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2010

The Road Explorer - Summer 2010
Industry Voice
Issues Update
The Road to Gold
Vancouver: The City that Reviews Itself
The Road to Wonder - Niagra Falls
Seaside Rendezvous
Jonview Canada Takes You There
List of Advertisers

The Road Explorer - Summer 2010