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How to Spend a Day in Conway, South Carolina

History, shopping, and dining. Conway, South Carolina, is about half an hour inland of Myrtle Beach. With a downtown area that offers entertainment for people of all ages and interests, Conway is a great town to visit if you’re traveling along the East Coast. Let’s learn more about this charming South Carolina town.

Man exploring a shopping center in Conway, South Carolina.

About Conway, South Carolina

Downtown Conway, SC, offers rich history and markers along the landscape that detail almost 300 years. Even a tree ordinance protects its “oldest citizens”–the live oaks spread through the town. Live performances, festivals, and boutiques create an atmosphere of southern hospitality. And one of the best features of Conway, SC, is that you can park the car and travel on foot.

So, when is the best time to visit? Really, any time of the year. With the average lows always above freezing, Conway, SC, is in a part of the southeast where winter weather isn’t generally an issue for travelers. The average highs can get into the 90s in the summers, but the comfortable mornings provide opportunities to walk downtown and enjoy the sights of Conway! And the pleasant evenings beckon travelers to venture back out to enjoy dining and shopping!

Morning in Conway, SC

It’s 8:00am. Time to start the day and head out to check out Conway, South Carolina. Let’s start by grabbing breakfast at Eggs Up Grill.

Breakfast at Eggs Up Grill

With two locations in Conway, you can choose the closest Eggs Up Grill to where you’re staying. They serve breakfast all day, beginning at 6:00am.

Address: 2246 US 501 (near Coastal Carolina University) or 2676 Church Street (near the Walmart Supercenter)

Menu Options: Biscuits and gravy, pancakes, avocado toast, eggs, omelets, shrimp and grits, and more! Additional lunch options: burgers, melts, salads, and more.

Reasons to Love it: There are so many options for breakfast lovers! How good does the “Summer Berry Waffle” sound? Or the “Egg Bomb BLT” served with home fries or grits? And if you don’t know what southern grits are, you want to consider trying them at Eggs Up Grill in Conway!

Family enjoying a delicious breakfast at Eggs Up Grill Conway, South Carolina.

Visit the Horry County Museum

After starting the morning with a good breakfast, drive over to the Horry County Museum. (Note that if you’re there Sunday or Monday, the museum is closed.) Here, you’ll see the aquarium that Animal Planet’s Tanked featured. It’s a 4,400-gallon freshwater aquarium that’s home to local fish. 

Then, head over to the living farm, where you’ll experience what life was like in the early 1900s. Events occur regularly, so check out the calendar before you visit and enjoy free admission.

Afternoon in Conway, South Carolina

Are you looking for some adventure? Check out what you can do in Conway, South Carolina, in the afternoon.

Eat Lunch at Pickled Cucumber

Open for lunch from 10:30am-3:00pm, Pickled Cucumber offers fresh, southern cooking. Popular because of its meat and side dishes, you’ll enjoy homemade deliciousness prepared from scratch.

Address: 1129 A 3rd Ave, Conway, SC

Menu Options: The popular meat and side plates let you choose one, two, or three sides. Salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps complete the menu.

Reasons to Love It: Pickled Cucumber gives travelers an alternative to fast food. Even though it’s a sit-down dining experience, the food is prepared and served quickly. It might even be hard to believe it’s made-to-order fresh ingredients!

Take a Kayak or Pontoon River Tour with Waccamaw Outfitters

Waccamaw River runs right through downtown Conway, South Carolina. Stop at Waccamaw Outfitters and rent a kayak or schedule a kayak or pontoon river tour! A kayak tour is a 2-hour guided tour for $35. Or for a 90-minute pontoon tour, it’s $20 per person to experience the sights and sounds of the peaceful Waccamaw River. These tours are available year-round.

And when you’re finished exploring nature, spend some time in the store and grab a shirt or two in support of this small business.

View down the scenic Waccamaw River

Spending an Evening in Conway, South Carolina

You can’t visit Conway, SC, without grabbing dinner at Rivertown Bistro, which was voted best fine dining in the Grand Strand for 2021. After dinner, take a stroll down the Riverwalk as the day comes to an end.

Get Dinner at Rivertown Bistro

One of the area’s best fine dining restaurants, Rivertown Bistro, has been featured in Southern Living magazine and Pee Dee magazine. Enjoy dinner on the upstairs deck overlooking the historic district of Conway, SC, or experience a more elegant atmosphere in the two-tiered dining room.

Address: 1111 3rd Ave, Conway, SC

Menu Options: Start with a Charcuterie cheese board or hot crab dip. Then, enjoy a plate of Parmesan Encrusted Grouper or Sesame Seared Tuna. From sushi to salads, there are so many options!

Other Reasons to Love It: Conway’s fine dining doesn’t get much better than Rivertown Bistro. Plus, the location is fantastic. And if you want a heartwarming story, you’ll appreciate the way the community came together to support the owners and staff after a fire in 2008 to help the restaurant reopen in 2009.

Stroll the Conway Riverwalk

This 1.5-mile loop on 2nd Avenue just off US 501 downtown is a leisurely stroll for all ages and abilities. Walking by the Waccamaw River, you’ll learn about the fishing and shipping industry of Conway, SC. There are restrooms along the route and a playground for the kids. It’s a great way to end the day and enjoy the beauty of Conway and the Waccamaw River.

A Day Well Spent in Conway, South Carolina

Conway, SC, is a stop you’ll want to make if you’re traveling along the east coast. Far enough from the hustle and bustle of touristy Myrtle Beach, you’ll find peace and quiet along the Riverwalk. But Conway isn’t without its own attractions, shopping, and dining. You can be as busy as you want to be downtown or relax and enjoy the scenery of Waccamaw River! 

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