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For an affordable good time in the sunshine, set your sights on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. These 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! From gators to mini golf and amusement parks galore, here are 25 fun things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids of all ages.

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

1. The Grand Strand

The pride and joy of the Myrtle Beach area is the Grand Strand. This 60 miles of soft white sand stretch along the Atlantic Ocean from the North Carolina border to Georgetown, South Carolina. The natural coastal beauty of the Strand is breathtaking.

No Myrtle Beach family vacation would be complete without lots of beach time. Enjoy a variety of traditional beach-going pleasures. Think sand-castle building, sunbathing, swimming, and surfing.

Beach along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach
Beach along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Huntington Beach State Park

For a peaceful East Coast beach scene away from hotels and tourists, head to Huntington Beach State Park. This Myrtle Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet offers three miles of beaches. You can also explore nature trails, a campground, and a variety of habitats for wildlife.

Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

You might even spy an alligator crossing the causeway. Keep your eyes open and little ones close when exploring the marsh. The good news is gators prefer freshwater and are rarely spotted on beaches.

Boardwalk through marshes at Huntington Beach State Park
Boardwalk through marshes at Huntington Beach State Park (Photo credit: ehrlif,

3. Miniature Golf

Myrtle Beach is renowned as the Miniature Golf Capital of the World. In fact, you'll find around 50 mini-golf courses in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach mini golf courses are lushly landscaped. Select from a variety of themes from pirates to spewing volcanos or Jurassic dinosaurs. There’s a putt-putt course here to please your entire family.

One favorite is Cancun Lagoon Miniature Golf. This mini-golf course transports vacationers to ancient Mayan Mexico. A 50-foot-tall Mayan pyramid is hard to miss. With 27 air-conditioned indoor-outdoor holes, it makes a good option for hot summer nights.

Adventure Falls Golf ranks among the best courses on TripAdvisor. Choose from two 18-hole courses. A gigantic octopus, dinosaur, and shark will wow kids. Save money with the Adventure Falls Groupon.

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

4. Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Theme park lovers will find themselves at home at Family Kingdom Amusement Park. This seaside theme park boasts 38+ attractions. Enjoy sweet kiddie rides to thrilling roller coasters. It's just a short walk from the main Myrtle Beach Boardwalk area.

When the weather is warm, cool off at the Family Kingdom's Splashes Oceanfront Waterpark. Expect flumes, waterslides, a lazy river, and children's splash areas.

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 arcade games. Myrtle Beach has several large prize-doling arcades along the Grand Strand.

Favorites are the old-school games of chance and skill. Think ball pitching, mole whacking, and Skee-Ball. Of course, you'll also find plenty of modern video games, too.

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

One of the most popular attractions in Myrtle Beach is the 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel, Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. It offers the best views of the beach and boardwalk areas, especially as the sun sets.

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 must visit the massive Broadway at the Beach entertainment complex. This is a one-stop shop for play. Your family could spend a whole day (or week!) exploring here.

It spans 300+ acres of live entertainment, restaurants, and shopping. In fact, Broadway at the Beach is home to many of the things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids recommended on this list.

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

8. Brookgreen Gardens

The Brookgreen Gardens is home to the world's largest collection of American figurative sculptures in the U.S. In fact, the gardens contain over 2,000 sculptures. The vast property includes mature Spanish moss-covered oak trees, flowers in bloom year-round, and many fountains.

Fun activities for children abound at Brookgreen Gardens. Ask for a Little Brookgreen Detectives booklet at the Welcome Center for a fun scavenger hunt of the grounds.

The Children's Discovery Room offers interactive projects and crafts on weekday afternoons. Plus, a Children's Nature and Sensory Trail encourages active play. And the Garden Room for Children is a beautiful outdoor space filled with whimsical statues of kids and animals.

Garden Room for Children at Brookgreen Gardens
Garden Room for Children at Brookgreen Gardens (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Not to be missed is the Enchanted Storybook Forest. This whimsical garden features storybook playhouses. Each house represents a beloved nursery rhyme or story.

Explore the Lowcountry Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens with its array of local animals. See alligators, foxes, river otters, white-tailed deer, and more.

For an additional fee, enter the Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience. View all sorts of winged beauties as you wander through this lush butterfly house. One might even land on you!

A little boy and bunny statue at Brookgreen Gardens
A little boy and bunny statue at Brookgreen Gardens (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

9. Pavilion Park

Pavilion Nostalgia Park is the biggest theme park in Myrtle Beach. It is comprised of two parks: Fun Park and Action Park. Both are located at Broadway on the Beach

Classic rides take center stage at Fun Park. Younger children will enjoy rides like Mini Tea Cups, the Merry Go Round, and the Scrambler. (There are various height requirements starting at 36 inches.)

Older kids and teens will enjoy Action Park's thrill rides. The Wave Swinger ride is sweet. But true daredevils will want to give the Beast a go. This pendulum ride reaches speeds up to 55 miles per hour at heights over 125 feet, all while spinning in circles.

The Wave Swinger ride at Pavilion Park
The Wave Swinger ride at Pavilion Park (Photo credit:,

10. Boating and Sailing in Myrtle Beach

Watersports abound in Myrtle Beach. Families enjoy jet skis, parasailing, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, sail boating excursions, and more. Sign up for boat rides or captain your own vessel. Take a look at the array of watery adventures available.

Speed boat adventure near Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach
Speed boat adventure near Broadway at the Beach (Photo credit: SherryVSmith,

11. WonderWorks

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 a ropes course. Wonderworks is part of the Broadway at the Beach complex.

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

12. Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Also located at Broadway at the Beach, Ripley's Aquarium gives vacationers a chance to go under the sea. View fish, horseshoe crabs, and other marine life here. Also, look for a jellyfish gallery, slime area, hourly dive shows, and marine education sessions.

Be sure to walk through the Dangerous Reef at Ripley's Aquarium. Board a moving carpet to view sharks in a 750,000-gallon tunnel.

Buy your Ripley's Aquarium tickets now!

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach
Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: JillLang,

13. Alligator Adventure

In addition to showcasing over 1,000 alligators, Alligator Adventure is home to many other animals. Your family will see an eclectic mix of lemurs, kangaroos, frogs, birds, bobcats, wolves, and more. 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 you 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)

14. Radical Ropes Adventure Course + Zip Lining

Up for a challenge? Monkey around in the trees at Radical Ropes Adventure Park. With three different courses featuring varying levels of difficulty, choose the one that matches your bravery limits.

Climb 55 feet in the sky to tackle 72 obstacles at this aerial park. Finish with the thrilling but safe 65-foot Leap of Faith free-fall to the ground. Visitors aged 7+ can also tackle a 60-foot climbing wall.

Also, adventurers aged 10+ can brave Radical Ropes Extreme Zip Lines. Zip along eight lines through the forest canopy.

For families with younger children, Radical Ropes offers KidZips. These less intimidating zip lines and obstacles are designed for kids 4 to 8 years old.

Radical Ropes Adventure Course in Myrtle Beach
Radical Ropes Adventure Course (Photo credit: Radical Ropes Adventure Park)

15. Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage

Arr, matey! I bet you'll love Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage Dinner in Myrtle Beach with kids. Enjoy a four-course meal while watching Black Beard and Calico Jack in battle. This adventure takes place on land, water, and aboard full-sized pirate ships.

It's a Dolly Parton production, so expect rousing musical numbers. You'll also see amazing acrobatics, sword fights, diving, tropical birds, special effects, and fire dancing.

16. Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park

Get your motor running at Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park. Zoom around in a go-kart on seven different courses. Children 40-inches-tall drive on the Kids Track. Plus, drivers 48+ inches in height take on the Junior Racer and Family Track.

The family fun doesn't stop there, though. Also onsite are bumper cars, a miniature golf course, and an arcade with prizes.

Plus, the Kids Zone provides six kiddie rides. Children too small for the go-kart tracks will appreciate the Kiddie Speedway and Grand Prix-themed Carousel. (36-inch height requirement.)

Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park in Myrtle Beach with kids
Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park (Photo from Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park Facebook page)

17. Carolina Opry

The 2,200-seat Carolina Opry is the oldest live theater in Myrtle Beach. The original location opened in 1986. The Opry has been wowing audiences ever since with a wide selection of entertainment.

Their most popular offering, also named The Carolina Opry, is a variety show. It's filled with live music, dance, and comedy.

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is another festive favorite. Take a look at the selection of Carolina Opry shows. They're all billed as family friendly.

The Carolina Opry signature show
The Carolina Opry signature show (Photo credit: The Carolina Opry)

18. Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center

Pose with figures of famous folks at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach. The statues are hand-crafted from wax but look amazingly lifelike. Movie sets, a Nascar scene, and props like an Oscar award make photo ops even more fun.

Celebrities you can “meet” include Clint Eastwood, Robert Downey Jr., Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Dale Earnhardt, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. That's just to name a few!

Child posing with Clint Eastwood's wax figure at Myrtle Beach's Hollywood Wax Museum
A little girl posing with Clint Eastwood's wax figure at Myrtle Beach's Hollywood Wax Museum (Photo from the Hollywood Wax Museum Myrtle Beach Facebook page)

19. Myrtle Waves Water Park

Cool off during summer in Myrtle Beach at South Carolina's largest water park. Fourteen water slides will keep adventurous older children content. Myrtle Waves Water Park also features a wave pool, 1,200-foot lazy river, FlowRider, and two splash playgrounds.

Myrtle Waves Water Park
Myrtle Waves Water Park (Photo from the Myrtle Waves Facebook page)

20. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

For a roaring good time, make reservations for the Myrtle Beach Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Families root for their knight while chowing down on food like chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob, and dessert. (No utensils allowed!) Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Expect jousting horses, sword fights, falconry, and a queen overseeing it all. Plan to come an hour or so early. Then you can nab the best seats, peruse the shops, and maybe purchase a themed drink. Although children love Medieval Times, this really is an experience the whole family will enjoy.

Medieval Times
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

21. Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park

Looking for a rainy-day activity in Myrtle Beach? Take the kids to Rockin' Jump to bounce their little hearts out. Multiple trampolines, a foam ball pit, a climbing wall, and additional indoor attractions will keep all ages busy for hours. Meanwhile, this is a great time for parents to relax and put up their feet…or join in the fun!

What's more, the Ninja Challenge Course thrills fans of the American Ninja Warrior TV show. The 80-foot-long course features challenge rings, a trapeze and cargo net, a crawl bridge, hanging pistons, swinging platforms, and more.

Look for a Rockin' Jump Groupon before you go.

Rockin' Jump trampoline park for kids in Myrtle Beach
Rockin' Jump Ninja Challenge (Photo from

22. Dino Park

Another attraction perfect for rainy days is Dino Park. This is where Jurassic times come to life. Located at Broadway on the Beach, this educational and entertaining venue is home to 20+ animatronic dinosaurs.

This attraction offers interactive exhibits, too. Children revel in a dino-themed playground and dig up fossils. Then play in the Dino Explore Pit, filled with 100,000 balls. Kids can even ride a gigantic dinosaur named Tyrannosaurus Tex.

Dino Park animatronic dinosaurs
Dino Park animatronic dinosaurs (Photo credit: Dino Park)

23. Blackbeard's Pirate Cruise

Want to set sail on a pirate ship in Myrtle Beach with kids? You can! Board Blackbeard's Treasure Hunter for an hour-long adventure along South Carolina's Intracoastal Waterway.

Little buccaneers will have a ball searching for Bad Billy Bones, the pirate trying to capture their treasure. Expect songs, games, dancing, a treasure chest, and water cannons. (Yes, you may get wet!)

Blackbeard's Pirate Cruise in Myrtle Beach for kids
Blackbeard's Pirate Cruise (Photo from the Blackbeard's Pirate Cruise Facebook page)

24. Edventure Children's Museum

Edventure Myrtle Beach promotes learning about air travel and outer space through interactive exhibits. Kids can test their piloting skills with a three-screen flight simulator. Next, look through telescopes to view planets. Then get ready for take-off with a spaceship-shaped climbing structure.

This children's museum is designed for kids aged 0 to 10. Find Edventure at Market Common.

Edventure Myrtle Beach Children's Museum
Edventure Myrtle Beach Children's Museum (Photo from Evdventure's Facebook page)

25. Market Common

Myrtle Beach's Market Common is a lovely outdoor entertainment complex. Shop, take your brood bowling, rent e-bikes, or sit down for a meal together here.

As the cherry on top, treat your family to a sweet. Get ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. Indulge in a truffle or two at the Uncommon Chocolatier. Or sink your sweet teeth into funky doughnuts at Peace, Love, and Little Donuts. (Salted Pretzel or Fruity Pebbles doughnut, anyone?)

The Market Common lifestyle center in Myrtle Beach
The Market Common (Photo courtesy of Visit Myrtle Beach)

Learn More Beach Vacation Tips

Grown-ups deserve to have fun, too! If you're thinking about booking a Myrtle Beach vacation, then read about the best things to do in Myrtle Beach for adults.

For another affordable beach destination, discover what to do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with kids.

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

Thank you to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring my Myrtle Beach trip. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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