The Top 5 Myrtle Beach Family Activities & Attractions
Heading to the Grand Strand? Here are the top 5 Myrtle Beach family activities and attractions, in no particular order:
1. Hang Out in the Sun & Sand
Well, yeah. Obviously. We know you booked a getaway to Myrtle Beach to get out and enjoy some time in the surf and sand. Most likely, your hotel along the Grand Strand offers some sort of beachfront access. And while it may be very convenient to walk right onto the beach, you’ll be passing up some great family-friendly beaches by just staying put. Plus, come busy season, the popular beaches will be just that, making for a crowded, backward hat experience.
With dozens of beaches and literally hundreds of access points, choosing the best beaches can be hard. Some of the best spots along the 60-mile Grand Strand stretch can be found here.
Check out Pawleys Island for unspoiled sands, a relaxed atmosphere, and a crowd-free 4-mile beachfront. Also, Surfside Beach is known by locals as “The Family Beach,” so how about that for foreshadowing. Surfside is one of the most meticulously-maintained stretches of beach in the area, and thanks to an inviting smoke-free enviroment, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy all the area has to offer. The Surfside Pier is also a popular place to take a stroll.
Last but not least, Cherry Grove in North Myrtle Beach combines clean beaches, a two-story pier locally revered by fisherman and beach goers alike, and postcard-worthy scenic areas. You can also go on a family-friendly kayak tour through the salt marsh!
2. Play a Few Rounds of Friendly Mini Golf
Throughout the Grand Strand region, there are over 30 putt-putt courses waiting to be played. And these aren’t just those rinky-dink courses you find next to the local shake shop. Myrtle Beach’s selection of exciting, challenging, and just plain fun courses has garnered the city the nickname of “Mini Golf Capital of the World.”
In fact, the mini golf here is so great that the U.S. Pro Mini Golf Association calls Myrtle Beach home. Yup, that’s a real thing. The association even holds their version of the yearly Masters here.
Okay, so maybe they take their putt-putt a little too seriously down in these parts, but that doesn’t mean you have to. With courses designed for the whole family, no one will be left out of the fun.
3. Splash Around at the Water Parks
A nice contrast to that relaxing family beach day is a trip to one of Myrtle Beach’s many waterparks. Add some thrills to you water play day at the area’s three exciting waterparks.
Myrtle Waves Water Park is South Carolina’s largest waterpark and offers thrill-inducing rides, enormous pools, and the laziest of rivers. Wild Water & Wheels in Surfside boasts numerous speeding flume rides, while, those looking to stay dry(er) will love the bumper boats, go-karts, and mini golf. And Splashes Oceanfront Water Park brings the action right to the beach with coiled water slides and many other rides geared for your children.
Oh, and if you’re a water sports fan, be sure to head to Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach. Here, you’ll find an inflatable, floating playground right on the water as well as a wake park that doesn’t require you to rent a boat or gear to have some serious fun!
4. Satisfy Your Inner Thrill-Seeker
Give those bathing suits a much-needed break when you explore the abundant adventure of the area’s amusement parks. At Ocean Drive Pavilion, the nostalgia of a boardwalk venue blends with over 25 rides and attractions, including a 6-story roller coaster, restored Ferris Wheel, and kiddie land.
On the other hand, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park features seaside entertainment for the whole family. Classic rides such as the Yo-Yo, Slingshot Drop, and Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster generate thrills, while, children’s favorites such as bumper cars and mini coasters fill the kiddie land area.
Have a need for speed? Put the pedal to the metal on the go-kart course of the Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park. You can also choose to strap yourself into the Sling Shot ride at Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides because who doesn’t dream about being tossed 300-feet in the air like a helpless rag doll at speeds up to 120 mph?
The point is that adventure awaits, and it’s not too hard to find.
5. Step Into a Museum
Fuel your family’s imagination at Myrtle Beach’s awesome line-up of museums that range from truly wild to culturally significant.
WonderWorks is touted as the “museum for the mind.” And with over 100 interactive exhibits, all housed in an innovative 50,000-square-foot space, it certainly fits the bill. Explore the ingeniously-designed science experiments found throughout this topsy-turvy laboratory.
And because you probably enjoyed an afternoon swimming in the ocean, go to Ripley’s Aquarium and discover the collection of sea creatures that were literally just under your feet. Get up close and personal with sea rays, or watch in terror as sharks swim directly overhead in the tunnel aquarium. In any event, this place is really one of a kind.
The Hollywood Wax Museum stands out from the Myrtle Beach strip like King Kong on the side of a skyscraper, probably because there’s an actual King Kong statue on the side of the museum. Pop culture icons of yesterday and today line the halls of this museum in all their waxy glory. Truth be told, it’s a little creepy, but the kids will love it–or be terrified. Sometimes, you have to flip the coin.
So, there you have it! We’re stepping off our soapboxes now as we’ve given you just as many (if not more!) equally-compelling reasons to book your family getaway to Myrtle Beach. Now, if you’re still in search for a place to stay, explore the amenity-packed, affordable resorts that offer you and your family a sweet, suite stay!