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8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You’ll Love

For an affordable and guaranteed good time in the sunshine, set your sights on the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From gators to golf, these eight Myrtle Beach family activities and attractions will keep kids entertained, happy, and ready to drop from exhaustion at the end of the day. It’s the perfect recipe for a successful family vacation at the beach!

8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You’ll Love (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

1. Grand Strand

The pride and joy of Myrtle Beach is its Grand Strand – 60 miles of soft white sand that stretch nearly from the North Carolina border to Georgetown, South Carolina. The natural coastal beauty of the Strand, particularly in its Beach State Parks, is breathtaking. Here you can enjoy a variety of traditional beach-going pleasures – sand-castle building, swimming, surfing, fishing, jogging, and just old-fashioned sunbathing.

60 miles of white sand along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

60 miles of white sand along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

2. Go Ape Ziplining & Treetop Adventure

Up for a challenge? Monkey around in the trees at Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure, just a short drive north of the Grand Strand. This adventure course includes five zip-lines and a wide variety of Tarzan swings and ropes courses, in moderate and extreme levels. You climb quite high into the treetops, secure at all times with your safety ropes and Conan the safety instructor’s mantra running through your head – “Always Stay Attached.” I followed his wise advise as I whizzed across the 900-foot zip-line over a small blue lake, the final stage of the Go Ape course. This exhiliarating adventure is perfect for adventurous tweens, teens and adults.

Do you dare? Monkey around on the tarzan swings and zip lines of Go Ape ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Activities and Attractions You'll Love

Do you dare? Monkey around on the tarzan swings and zip lines of Go Ape (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

3. Miniature Golf

Myrtle Beach is known as the seaside golf capital of the world with over 100 golf courses. From a kid’s point of view, though, the 50 mini-golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area are more impressive. The mini-golf courses are lushly landscaped and themed with everything from pirates to spewing volcanos to Jurassic dinosaurs. There’s a miniature golf course and theme to please every member of the family.

Mini-golf fun for all ages at one of Myrtle Beach's 50+ courses ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

Mini-golf fun for all ages at one of Myrtle Beach’s 50+ courses (Photo credit: Visit Myrtle Beach)

4. Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Amusement park lovers will find themselves at home at Family Kingdom. Within easy walking distance of the main Myrtle Beach Boardwalk area, this seaside theme park boasts 35 attractions, from sweet kiddie rides to thrilling roller coasters. When the weather is warm, cool off with the flumes, waterslides, lazy river and children’s splash areas at the Family Kingdom Splashes oceanfront water park.

Wild thrill rides at Family Kingdom Amusement Park ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

Wild thrill rides at Family Kingdom Amusement Park (Photo credit: Visit Myrtle Beach)

5. Arcades at Beach Boardwalk

No self-respecting beach boardwalk can be without its game arcades, and Myrtle Beach has several large prize-doling galleries along the Strand. Particular favorites are the old-school games of chance and skill – think ball pitching or whacking moles.

Old-timey arcade fun along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

Old-timey arcade fun along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

6. SkyWheel

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel offers the best views of the beach and boardwalk areas. If you’re like me and a have a wee fear of heights, close your eyes or focus on one point as you go up on the 10 minute ride. The views are worth it, especially at sunset!

View of the Grand Strand from the Sky Wheel ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

View of the Grand Strand from the Sky Wheel (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

7. Broadway at the Beach

This massive entertainment complex spans across 300+ acres and is touted as the number one attraction in Myrtle Beach. With entertainment, restaurants and shopping galore, it reminded me a bit of Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) in Orlando. Two of the most popular attractions at Broadway at the Beach are the most kid-friendly – Wonderworks and Ripley’s Aquarium.

It's an upside-down world of scientific discovery at Wonderworks ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

It’s an upside-down world of scientific discovery at Wonderworks (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Wonderworks bills itself as an “amusement park for the mind” and offers scientific education and information through entertainment. While it may be tough to measure how much knowledge may sink in, kids will certainly enjoy riding in a virtual roller coaster, feeling hurricane-force winds, or trying their ropes course.

The popular Ripley's Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

The popular Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Ripley’s Aquarium offers the chance to walk through the Dangerous Reef, a 750,000 gallon shark tunnel with a moving carpet. There’s also a jellyfish gallery, slime area, hourly dive shows and marine education sessions.

8. Alligator Adventure

In addition to showcasing over 400 alligators, Alligator Adventure is home to many other animals, like lemurs, kangaroos, frogs, birds, bobcats and wolves during your visit. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix, but the real draw is the live animal shows offered throughout the day. Park staff lecture about snakes, alligators and other reptiles. Audience members get a chance to touch the animals (gently), if they dare.

Learning all about alligators and other reptiles at Alligator Adventure ~ 8 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You'll Love

Learning all about alligators and other reptiles at Alligator Adventure (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Where to Stay

Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront

Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront has a deserved reputation for friendly service. I was charmed by the hotel’s warm, southern hospitality that I had hoped to find in South Carolina. The generously sized rooms at the Hampton Inn are decorated in an appropriate nautical theme.

The beach is at your doorstep at the oceanfront Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach

The beach is at your doorstep at the oceanfront Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

The hotel is located on a golden section of the Grand Strand, close to the Boardwalk and other regional attractions. Full kitchens at Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach allow for food preparation, a real money-saver for families. Each suite has lovely Atlantic ocean views from spacious balconies outfitted with comfy chairs. Your stay includes a free hot breakfast, with such offerings as cereals, yogurt, fruit, waffles, eggs, ham and sausages. The hotel pools include a lazy river, but the beach is so inviting, it’s the bigger draw for most.

The pretty beach and pool view from my suite at the Sea Watch

The pretty beach and pool view from my suite at the Sea Watch (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Sea Watch Resort – North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach offers even more affordable accommodation choices, yet it is still within a 10-minute drive of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Like many of the hotels along the beach, the Sea Watch Resort is large, with a variety of suite choices meant to accommodate families for weeks at a time. Rooms have full kitchens, and the Captain’s Cove offers delicious buffet breakfasts complete with a custom omelette bar. The pool deck is extensive, with six pools, two lazy rivers, and 10 hot tubs, with kid-friendly dance parties during peak season weekend evenings.

Of special note to Canadians: Visit Myrtle Beach is launching a Dollar for Dollar Deals promotion from January to April 2016 to help offset the declining Canadian dollar for visitors. This is great news for northern family travellers in search of a warm-weather holiday at an affordable price. Available to Canadians who show valid ID.

Which of these Myrtle Beach family activities and attractions appeal to you most? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Curious Travel Mama: Thank you to Visit Myrtle Beach for supporting my discovery of Myrtle Beach and region. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons (ages 16 and 18). She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 18 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the thetravellingmom.ca, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

Comments

  1. Looks amazing – SO MANY great things to do. Thanks for the travel inspiration!

  2. We lived in Savannah, GA for three years and travelled extensively around S. Carolina and N. Carolina but never made it to Myrtle Beach. I really regret this now since reading your post because it looks like a fabulous family fun place:) Thanks for sharing, I will save for a later date in case we ever return to the area.

  3. I have a good friend with a vacation home in Myrtle Beach and I still haven’t gone! I need to change that soon. My daughter would love the APE treetop adventure course.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      You need to request a stay at that vacation home! I noted quite a few lovely beachside houses on my visit, which I would definitely look into renting on my next trip.

  4. THere’s a Wonderworks in Orlando, too, that we thought was worth the visit. Will need to check out the Myrtle Beach area!

  5. I had no idea there where so many family activites here. I always thought of it as a spring break place for college students. Glad to be set straight!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      They really cater to families, and are REALLY catering to Canadians with their currency matching program. Affordability is a big plus with Myrtle Beach.

  6. Brookside Garden is a definite must as well. Gorgeous sculptures, garden to run in and a scavenger hunt for kids. Just outside of town.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      I agree! Brookgreen Gardens is incredible. That article still to come elsewhere… 😉

  7. I’ve heard great things about Myrtle Beach. Beach vacations are so much fun for families, especially when there are this many other great things going on.

  8. We LOVED North Carolina, so it stands to reason that South Carolina should also be on the list 🙂

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