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For an affordable and guaranteed good time in the sunshine — set your sights on 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 beach vacation!

Myrtle Beach Grand Strand
Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand (Photo credit:,

1. The Grand Strand

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

60 miles of white sand along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach ocean view (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. Thankfully, this outdoor exploration park is just a short drive north of the Grand Strand. The adventure course includes five zip-lines and a wide variety of Tarzan swings and ropes courses, in moderate and extreme levels. Participants climb quite high into the treetops, secure at all times with safety ropes and your safety instructor’s mantra running through your head – “Always Stay Attached.” Top off your visit by whizzing along a 900-foot zip-line over a small blue lake. This exhilarating adventure pleases adventurous tweens, teens, and adults.

Tarzan swings and zip lines of Go Ape
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 80 golf courses. From a kid’s point of view, though, the 50 or so mini-golf courses in Myrtle Beach are more impressive. The miniature golf courses are lushly landscaped and themed with everything from pirates to spewing volcanos or Jurassic dinosaurs. There’s a putt-putt course here to please every family.

Myrtle Beach Miniature Golf (Photo credit:
Myrtle Beach Miniature Golf (Photo credit: refocusphoto,

4. Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Amusement park lovers will find themselves at home at Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Within easy walking distance of the main Myrtle Beach Boardwalk area, this seaside theme park boasts 38+ 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’s Splashes Oceanfront Waterpark.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park Yo-Yo Ride
Family Kingdom Amusement Park Yo-Yo Ride (Photo credit: Family Kingdom Amusement Park)

5. Arcades at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

All self-respecting beach boardwalks offer plenty of game arcades. Myrtle Beach has several large prize-doling arcades along the Grand Strand. Particular favorites are the old-school games of chance and skill. Think ball pitching and mole whacking along with old-school Skee-Ball and modern video games.

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

6. Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

The 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel, Myrtle Beach SkyWheel offers the best views of the beach and boardwalk areas. If you’re like me and have a wee fear of heights, then close your eyes or focus on one point as you go up during the 10-minute ride. The views are worth it, especially at sunset!

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel at sunset
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel at sunset (Photo credit: sepavone,

7. Broadway at the Beach

If you want Myrtle Beach family activities and attractions, then you can’t go wrong with a visit to the massive Broadway at the Beach entertainment complex. It spans across 300+ acres and offers live entertainment, restaurants, and shopping galore. This area 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.

Broadway at the Beach at night
Broadway at the Beach at night (Photo credit: digidream,


Billed as an “amusement park for the mind,” WonderWorks offers 50,000 square feet of scientific education and informational play space. Kids will enjoy riding a virtual roller coaster, feeling hurricane-force winds, and climbing their ropes course.

It's an upside-down world of scientific discovery at Wonderworks in Myrtle Beach with kids
It’s an upside-down world of scientific discovery at Wonderworks (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Ripley’s Aquarium

This aquarium provides the chance to walk through the Dangerous Reef — a 750,000-gallon shark tunnel with a moving carpet. Also look for a jellyfish gallery, slime area, hourly dive shows, and marine education sessions at the amazing Ripley’s Aquarium.

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

8. Alligator Adventure

In addition to showcasing over 1,000 alligators, Alligator Adventure is home to many other animals. Your family will find an eclectic mix of lemurs, kangaroos, frogs, birds, bobcats, wolves, and more during your visit. For a learning experience, seek out staff lecturing about snakes, alligators, and other reptiles. Meanwhile, live animal shows are the main draw at this unique animal park. Audience members even get a chance to touch the animals, if they dare.

Learning all about alligators and other reptiles at Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach with kids
Learning all about alligators and other reptiles at Alligator Adventure (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Where to Stay in Myrtle Beach with Kids

As a truly kid-friendly destination, Myrtle Beach offers all sorts of accommodation options for families. Two great options for families include Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront and Sea Watch Resort, for reasons I outline below.

Myrtle Beach beach scene
Family-friendly accommodation options on the beach abound in Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: StacieStauffSmithPhotography,

Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront

This beachfront hotel has a deserved reputation for friendly service. I was charmed by the Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront‘s warm, southern hospitality. The hotel is located on a golden section of the Grand Strand, close to the Boardwalk and other regional attractions.

The generously sized rooms at the Hampton Inn are decorated with an appropriate nautical theme. Full kitchens 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 guests.

Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront pool area
Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront pool area (Photo credit: Hampton Inn)

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 days or weeks at a time. Rooms include full kitchens as well. Meanwhile, the onsite Captain’s Cove Cafe offers delicious buffet breakfasts complete with a custom omelet bar. The pool deck is extensive, with six pools, two lazy rivers, and 10 hot tubs. Families especially enjoy kid-friendly dance parties during peak season weekend evenings.

Sea Watch Resort – North Myrtle Beach pool scene
Sea Watch Resort – North Myrtle Beach pool scene (Photo credit: Sea Watch Resort)

Want more accommodation options? Take a look at additional family-friendly hotels in Myrtle Beach via!

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If you’re thinking about booking a Myrtle Beach vacation, then take a look at our picks for the best things to do in Myrtle Beach for adults!

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. 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. She started traveling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about the travel experience and the value of traveling as a family. She is the founder of, and contributes to many online and print media publications around the world. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom or Instagram as @itsclaudiatravels.

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

  2. Lisa (Travel Loving Family) says

    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. Amy Whitley says

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

  5. Saucy Travel Mama says

    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. Keryn @ Walking On Travels says

    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 🙂

  9. I love love Myrtle beach! My husband and I went out our honeymoon here and just fell in love with it! Now 8 years later we are calling it home. Dream come true for us.

  10. The Go Ape site says the Myrtle Beach location doesn’t open until May 2019. Did you go to a different location?

    • I went to Myrtle Bech location in the fall. I believe that this Go Ape location only opens in the spring.

  11. Ron Wylie says

    My wife and I are looking for resorts that offer cheaper monthly winter rates. We want to come down and stay longer so we can get the lay of the land in order to establish where to stay when we want to snowbird in the future. Also, a place to stay in the summer when we bring our grandkids. Any suggestions?

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Ron – I am reaching out to my contacts at Myrtle Beach PR to see if they can provide some guidance for you!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Ron –

      Here is what the Myrtle Beach PR team said:

      Most hotels and resorts throughout the Myrtle Beach area are very affordable during the off-season. Once it gets closer to wintertime, Visit Myrtle Beach will share winter resort and hotel deals here: If you would like to speak with someone at Visit Myrtle Beach with recommendations for specific areas or resorts, I would suggest the live chat feature on

      Enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation!

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