Grab Your Girlfriends and Take A 'Shag' Inspired Tour of Myrtle Beach
One of the all-time greatest summer movies is Shag, which follows four friends during a life-changing trip to Myrtle Beach. Now, you can set out on your own adventure on a Shag inspired tour of Myrtle Beach.
Set in the summer of 1963, the film follows four nice girls from good families who sneak away for a last-hurrah weekend of summer fun before adulthood sets in. In the film, carefree Melaina (Bridget Fonda), friendly Pudge (Annabeth Gish), and uptight Louanne (Page Hannah) whisk Carson (Phoebe Cates) away before she gets married. They drive down from Spartanburg to spend the weekend sunbathing on the beach, flirting with boys, reveling in their friendship, and, of course, dancing the shag at Myrtle Beach’s famed clubs.
Shag, which was filmed in 1987 and released in the U.S. two years later, was filmed in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Georgetown and Florence, SC and many of the locations used in the film can still be seen today.
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Start your tour the way the girls in the film did—at Pudge's House, which sits on Burchap Drive, in Myrtle Beach’s Golden Mile. The straight-out-of-1963 home was recently for sale, but as it is a private residence you’ll have to appreciate the view from the street. Next stop, Carson’s digs that, according to the Reel to Real Movie and TV Locations blog, is just down the road from Pudge’s place on 47th Avenue. Look for a brick home with white columns lining a spacious porch. Louanne’s home was also in the area, but has since been torn down. To see her beach house, though, head down the coast to Georgetown, S.C., to visit the Mount Hope Plantation, which stood in for The Clatterbucks’ Myrtle Beach home. It is privately owned, so you’ll have to make do with a peek from the street. For a hint of Georgetown’s antebellum style—and what a local mansion home could look like on the inside—stop by the Kaminski House Museum.
While the Sky View Drive In restaurant on Palmettos Drive in Florence, S.C., burned down in 2007 the sign still stands outside. Grab a burger at a fast-food joint and pull up next to the sign in your hot rod (or minivan) to recreate the scene from the movie.
To really get in the spirit of things, rent a classic car in Myrtle Beach and cruise down Main Street where not all that much has changed since Shag was filmed. Head towards North Myrtle Beach to cruise past the Cherry Grove Pier, which served as a backdrop for the Miss Sun Fun Contest, and swing by the Gay Dolphin gift shop, which can be spotted in the background of the film sitting on the boardwalk, where it has welcomed guests since the 1940s. Head to the Family Kingdom Fun Park, where the girls spent a summer evening wandering through the rides and getting to know their new friends Buzz and Chip. The rides have changed since the film was made, but it’s still good old fashioned fun right on the boardwalk.
According to the Reel to Real Movie and TV Locations blog, the Atlantic Beach Pavilion in North Myrtle Beach where Pudge showed off her shag skills, burned down not long after filming. Instead, head to Fat Harold’s Beach Club instead. Located right on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, the resident shag pros have been teaching people to shimmy and shake in style for years. They’ll be more than happy to help you live out your Shag dreams.