Myrtle Beach’s amusement park by the sea has enchanted visitors for more than 35 years. Featuring classic family fun and more than 35 thrilling rides, Family Kingdom offers an affordable way to play in Myrtle Beach. The seaside attraction consistently adds new rides, such as Twist ‘n Shout in 2013 and Jump Around Dune Buggies in 2014. Of course, there are time-tested rides like the log flume too, which are still popular with park-goers. Keep reading to find out which are my favorite Family Kingdom rides.

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The Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster has been a Myrtle Beach landmark since it opened in 1966. With 2,400 feet of all-wooden track, this ride promises a thrilling trip with a bonus ocean view.

2) Yo-Yo
The Yo-Yo Swings at Family Kingdom Myrtle Beach remind me of my childhood, and the annual county fairs I would attend. Sitting in these swings, with the wind rushing through my air, spinning higher and higher, it’s easy to not have a care in the world and feel like a kid again!

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I can’t seem to get through a round of Bumper Cars without laughing uncontrollably—and that’s why it’s so much fun! As I steer my car through the masses of cars, and lightheartedly bump into friends, family, and event strangers, I can’t help but smile.

4) Sling Shot
Nothing makes my adrenaline rush faster than drop towers. Roller coasters are fun, but the Sling Shot drop tower makes my belly flip. The 100-foot freefall makes it one of the best thrill rides at Family Kingdom.

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It’s hard to beat the classic fun of a Ferris Wheel. The unique round gondolas of the Family Kingdom Ferris Wheel climbs to heights of 100-feet offering unobstructed views of the Myrtle Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

These are my five favorite Family Kingdom rides. Which are your favorites? Tell me in the comments.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

For some visitors, enjoying the ocean waves and playing in the sand is a thrill in itself. However, for those who love to get their adrenaline pumping, the beach just doesn’t cut it. If you’re searching for an experience that will get your heart racing, visit one of the many thrill rides in Myrtle Beach during your vacation.

No matter if you’re looking for a slight thrill or a daring adventure, you’ll find it in Myrtle Beach. Check out the best thrill rides in Myrtle Beach the next time you visit.

Thrill Rides in Myrtle Beach

NASCAR Racing Experience

When it comes to thrill rides in Myrtle Beach, the NASCAR Racing Experience is one you do not want to miss. Even if you’re not an avid fan of the sport, this high-speed, heart pumping experience is unlike any other. Race through three jaw-dropping laps on a NASCAR race track in a car previously driven by icons such as Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

If you’ve ever dreamed of zooming around a NASCAR track, now is your chance!

The SkyScraper

Experiencing the SkyScraper is not for the faint of heart! This exhilarating ride whips you 170-feet in the air at a crazy 60 miles per hour. Due to the nature of the ride, it generates the same force as a jet plane pulling 4Gs. You have to have nerves of steel to ride the SkyScraper.

Those looking for intense thrill rides in Myrtle Beach will love soaring high on The SkyScraper.

The Sling Shot

I know exactly what you’re thinking. “Isn’t this the same type of ride featured in all of those hilarious YouTube videos?” The answer is, yes. If you’ve seen the videos, you know exactly what I’m talking about — so prepare yourself for an extreme ride on the Sling Shot.

The Sling Shot launches riders 300 feet in the air at up to 100 miles per hour. The most shocking part of this ride is the smoothness of the launch. While you’ll certainly feel propelled in the air, you won’t be jostled around. If you can handle the Sling Shot, one of the craziest thrill rides in Myrtle Beach, more power to you!

The Air Strike

Imagine sitting back-to-back in a free spinning vehicle with your friend. Now imagine that the same free spinning vehicle is being catapulted into the air at insane speeds, causing your vehicle to spin uncontrollably. The thrill ride you just imagined is none other than The Air Strike in Myrtle Beach. The Air Strike can reach 3.6Gs and 62 miles per hour, all while your vehicle completes randomized 360° spins. When looking for an extraordinary thrill in Myrtle Beach, ride the Air Strike — if you dare.

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Soar and Explore Zipline and Ropes Course

Would you rather enjoy a thrill ride that sends you gliding at extreme speeds over open water? If so, Soar and Explore Zipline and Ropes Course is the Myrtle Beach adventure you’ve been searching for.

You’ll find yourself soaring 50 feet above the water on a 1,000-foot-long exhilarating zipline ride with extraordinary views of Broadway at the Beach. When you’re done ziplining, you have to try the 40-foot, tropical-themed ropes course featuring 33 challenge elements and more than 3,000 ropes and cables. While you might not be spinning uncontrollably at an amusement park, completing a challenging ropes course is quite the thrill!

Myrtle Waves Water Park

With 30 water slides and attractions, Myrtle Waves Water Park is home to several thrill rides in Myrtle Beach. Since there is a ride for everyone at this water park, thrill seekers should head straight to extreme slides such as:

  • Rockin’ Ray
  • Riptide Rockets
  • Thunderbolt Speed Slides
  • Super Chute

 

Of course, if not all members of your party prefer extreme thrills like you do, Myrtle Waves Water Park has a lazy river and several splash areas for the little ones.

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Family Kingdom Amusement Park

For classic thrill rides in Myrtle Beach, head over to Family Kingdom Amusement Park. From roller coasters to bumper cars, this amusement park is packed with rides for everyone. Whether you want to plummet down a log flume or soar on a roller coaster, you find the perfect thrill ride at this iconic amusement park.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

While the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel doesn’t revolve at daring speeds or drop you from incredible heights, the true thrill is the sightseeing available from the top of the Ferris Wheel. This massive Ferris Wheel reaches a peak of 187-feet, providing guests with unparalleled ocean and boardwalk views. It’s simply breathtaking!

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Ask anyone who has traveled to Myrtle Beach and they’ll all say the same thing — “You have to visit the iconic boardwalk!” Originally a wooden boardwalk along the beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk reopened in 2010 with a revamped look and all new attractions. Consistently ranked as one of America’s best boardwalks, the boardwalk is a “must see” destination in Myrtle Beach.

Use our guide to navigate the boardwalk attractions, area hotels, and restaurants during your Myrtle Beach vacation.

Where is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk?

The boardwalk is located in downtown Myrtle Beach, between 1st Avenue North and 15th Avenue North. This 1.2-mile landmark is home to spectacular ocean views, phenomenal restaurants, entertaining attractions, and so much more. You can’t miss it!

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Attractions at the Boardwalk

You’ll find something for everyone at the boardwalk. From an interactive movie theater experience to a towering Ferris Wheel, there are so many things to do at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Be sure not to bypass these exciting boardwalk attractions:

 

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk lies between the 2nd Avenue Pier to Pier 14. Both piers are worth a visit. At the 2nd Avenue Pier, you can walk out over the ocean and enjoy the view, order a meal at the restaurant, or go fishing in a prime spot at the end of the pier. On the other end of the boardwalk at Pier 14, you have to dine at the legendary Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge. It’s known as one of the best places for seafood in Myrtle Beach!

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Hotels Near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

A vacation to Myrtle Beach isn’t complete without the perfect hotel. In Myrtle Beach, you can stay at an oceanfront hotel, reserve a room with an ocean view, or find a room that meets your vacation budget. From cozy accommodations to convenient boardwalk access, these hotels provide everything you need for an awesome vacation at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

Bay View Resort
Located right on the boardwalk, the Bay View Resort provides travelers with direct access to all of the attractions, dining, and more. Hotel amenities include free WiFi, an on-site restaurant and coffee shop, an indoor pool with a lazy river, and a seaside lounging lawn.

Aqua Beach Inn
Within walking distance to Pier 14 and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the Aqua Beach Inn offers a wide array of amenities, activities, and comfort for guests. Guestrooms include kitchens, flat screen TVs, balconies and more. Plus, with the on-site grilling area and outdoor pool, you’ll discover there’s plenty to do at this boardwalk hotel.

Dayton House Resort
This cozy hotel is located only 1.3 miles from the boardwalk. Just a quick drive or walk and you’re there! From the fitness center to the walk-in pool, the Dayton House Resort has everything you need from a hotel.

Camelot by the Sea
At the Camelot by the Sea hotel, you’ll enjoy quick access to the boardwalk which is only a short walk away. Guests can take advantage of the complimentary amenities including an outdoor snack bar, indoor lazy river and heated pool, ocean views, and more.

Of course, the entire Myrtle Beach area is filled with fantastic hotels and lodging options. Visit Reserve Myrtle Beach to find the perfect hotel for your vacation.

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Dining at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

No matter if I’m trying a new cuisine or enjoying a restaurant’s take on a classic dish, I make it my mission to taste something new during every vacation. When you visit the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you’ll have a whole world of flavor at your fingertips. Whether you want a quick snack or an extraordinary meal, you’ll find it at the boardwalk.

While visiting Myrtle Beach, be sure to try these popular boardwalk restaurants and eateries:

 

From sushi to ice cream, you’ll find something to treat your taste buds to at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk – I guarantee it.

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Know Before You Go

As with any destination, there are a few bits of information you should know before you travel.

The Piers are Seasonal
2nd Avenue Pier and Pier 14 are both seasonal attractions. Typically, the piers are closed from late November to early March. Don’t forget that while in season, visitors are charged a $1 fee to access the pier. This fee goes toward pier upkeep and safety.

Do I Have to Pay to Go Fishing on the Piers?
Yes. At 2nd Avenue Pier, a daily fishing pass costs $9.00 while bait costs $6.00 plus tax per package. If you need to rent equipment, fishing rod rentals are available for a fee as well. Visitors do not need a fishing license, as the pier pays annually for one.

Parking Lots
Those who plan to drive to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk can use one of the many public and private parking lots available. Some parking areas allow guests to pay by phone using the Parkmobile app. Note that both public and private parking lots charge an hourly fee.

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Book Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is only one of the many popular things to do in the area. From jaw-dropping shows to incredible attractions, your Myrtle Beach vacation only begins at the boardwalk. Learn more about booking your beach vacation with Reserve Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach has a lot to offer. From endless golden beaches to high-rise amenity filled resorts, this place is an excellent place to get away. And let’s face it: all parents need a little time away to recharge and reconnect–no kids allowed. To give you a head start on vacation plans, take a look at these Myrtle Beach attractions for adults. Browse through these suggestions and your vacation schedule is sure to fill up!

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Casino Cruises
Who doesn’t like to gamble a little? You’re on vacation, so win or lose, it will be fun. The Big M gaming yacht offers favorites like blackjack, craps, roulette and poker. Plus, the views along the waterway are pretty great too.

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Brookgreen Gardens
I could spend days here leisurely strolling the lush landscaped grounds and sculpture gardens. Luckily, it’s affordable to do so as Brookgreen Gardens admission is valid for seven consecutive days. Named one of the Top 10 Public Gardens in America by TripAdvisor, this attraction is the perfect combination of art, history, wildlife and has a low country setting that whispers South Carolina at every turn.

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Golf Courses
With over 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, it’s easy to find a place to tee off. Grab your clubs, or rent some, and take to one of the famous public golf courses. There are several nationally recognized courses, included the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort which is ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest.

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Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Warm ocean breezes, endless scenic views and the beach is just steps away. All of these come together to create an ideal atmosphere at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Along with the southern scenery, though, is a variety of places to sit and sip. Several new bars and cafes have opened over the last few years, but my favorite places to get a drink with a view include 8th Avenue Tiki Bar, Art Sushi Burger, and Hammerhead Grill.

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Live Music
You can find an excellent showcase of talent in this beach town. From Myrtle Beach shows to live music joints, your entertainment needs will be met. Two of the best stage shows are Carolina Opry and One the Show. However, if you’re looking for something a little different you can find it here too. Head to the House of Blues to hear up and coming and popular music acts; The Bowery for a kick of country; and the Beach House for a blend of live music seven nights a week.

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Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Take your main squeeze on a scenic tour of the Grand Strand aboard the SkyWheel. Ride day or night—the choice is yours. I prefer the day for the ocean views, but perhaps the night lights will tickle your fancy. The climate controlled enclosed gondolas make it the experience cool and comfortable year round; the perfect environment to steal a smooch!

See, it’s easy to play when the kids are away in Myrtle Beach. These Myrtle Beach attractions for adults let you indulge in some me time–something all parents need.

There’s a lot to see and do here, so check back for more tips on visiting this South Carolina vacation destination.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Myrtle Beach is a fantastic place for the entire family. Kids and adults alike can have fun frolicking at the beach, playing miniature golf, strolling entertainment complexes, taking in views from the SkyWheel, dining on delicious food, and simply enjoy the many shopping and attraction options available. Need head start on what to do on your Myrtle Beach vacation? Read on to find four Myrtle Beach family activities guaranteed to keep the whole family smiling.

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The beach stretches on for miles

1) The Beach
It’s safe to say the beach is the most popular attraction on the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of coastline in South Carolina. Well-maintained and with endless views, the beaches in Myrtle Beach offer plenty of activities for families: swimming, sunning, seashell hunting, boogie boarding, surfing and more. Most of the beachfront sections are claimed by Myrtle Beach oceanfront hotels, but there are also several local beach access spots. Visitors can also visit the Myrtle Beach State Park for a small fee, where access to the beach, nature trails and a fishing pier are available. Nearby Huntington Beach State Park is another great option for Myrtle Beach vacationers. Not only does it offer a gorgeous beach, that’s generally not overcrowded, there are also hiking trails and a National Landmark—Atalaya Castle—to explore.

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2) The Boardwalk
Traverse the 1.2 mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk for breathtaking views of the ocean. Likewise, you can get a taste of the local shopping, dining and attractions here. At The Boardwalk, vacationers can take a ride on the SkyWheel, see if they believe it or not at Ripley’s Museum, breeze through the air at Myrtle Beach Zipline, play games at the Fun Plaza Family Center or take an old-fashioned photo at Wild West Old Time Photos. Afterwards, be sure to pick up some souvenirs at the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove or Surfs Up Beach Shop. All of this is sure to work up at appetite, which won’t be a problem on The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. There are almost 25 places to get a cold drink, tasty treat or full meal. Favorites include Peaches Corner, Pier 14 Restaurant and 8th Avenue Tiki Bar.

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Molten Mountain Golf

3) Miniature Golf
Vacationers will find no shortage of places to play a round of miniature golf in Myrtle Beach. Called the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” there are over 100 golf courses for grown-ups. In addition, there are 50 or more miniature golf courses. Nearly all Myrtle Beach mini golf courses are meticulously landscaped and adorned with tropical plants and flowers throughout warm-weather months. But what makes each one stand out is its theme. From tropical lagoons to pirate coves and volcanic islands to lost treasures, there are a myriad of ways to play in Myrtle Beach. A few of the most popular courses include Hawaiian Rumble Golf, Molten Mountain Golf, and Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf.

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4) Broadway at the Beach
Head inland for family fun at Broadway at the Beach, a sprawling entertainment complex where even more attractions, shopping and dining experiences await. Take the kids to Ripley’s Aquarium for oceanic discoveries, then visit WonderWorks for hands-on activities. A zipline over Lake Broadway, a Soar and Explore Ropes Course, nostalgic amusement rides at The Pavilion and high speed boat cruises are just a few of the other attractions at Broadway at the Beach. Strolling around the open-air complex, there are plenty of shopping opportunities. Some of the best are found at MA Fashion, Little Miss Match, Vintage House and Earthbound Trading Company. Of course, you’ll want to eat while you take in all Broadway at the Beach offers. Want just a snack? Stop by River Street Sweets. Hungry for more? Liberty Brewery, Amici’s Bistro and King Kong Sushi are all solid choices.

The Myrtle Beach family activities found on the Grand Strand offer endless fun. Visit today to see why this vacation spot is one of the best on the east coast.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Myrtle Beach is a great choice for a vacation, especially if you’re looking to getaway as a couple.  The romantic beach location, myriad of entertainment and dining options and upscale resorts create a South Carolina escape that’ll leave you refreshed, relaxed and, of course, in love. These things to do in Myrtle Beach for couples guarantee a sweet escape. 

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Have a Romantic Dinner

One of the easiest things to do in Myrtle Beach for couples is a romantic dinner for two. Choose a restaurant that is located seaside, like the Sea Captain’s House, Damon’s Restaurant or Divine Fish House in Murrell’s Inlet.  Another romantic place to eat in Myrtle Beach is Greg Norman’s Australian Grille.  It is located on the intercoastal waterway at Barefoot Landing and has some of the best steaks in town! 

Hit the Town

If you’re looking to heat things up after dark, Myrtle Beach has you covered.  The nightlife scene is exciting year round, with hotspots at Broadway at the Beach open every night.  Broadway at the Beach is the premier place to party, specifically at Celebrity Square, home to sizzling nightclubs, retro bars and smaller pubs.  There’s something for everyone too. From the Latin vibe of Senor Frogs to the island feel of Margaritaville to the laid-back tavern The Tilted Kilt, you’ll find a place to have a good time.  Of course, this is Myrtle Beach, so there are oceanfront bars to visit as well. We recommend Bummz Beach Cafe and Sharkey’s. 

Walk the Beach

Simple yet romantic, a timeless stroll on the beach is always a favorite of Myrtle Beach visits.  Grab your sweetheart, take them by the hand and enjoy the sounds of the waves and the classic beauty of the Grand Strand. 

Get Outdoors

There are two state parks in Myrtle Beach, both offering hiking and bike trails.  You can also explore the beauty of South Carolina by visiting Brookgreen Gardens, a gorgeous botanical and sculpture garden.  If you’re looking for some adventure, try parasailing or rent a jet ski from one of the many water sports companies. 

Catch a Myrtle Beach Show

The Alabama Theater and The Carolina Opry are two of the most outstanding shows in the South.  Both showcase world-class entertainers, a variety of music and hilarious comedy.  You can also catch a live music show at House of Blues at Barefoot Landing

Stay in style

Where you stay is always important, especially when you want to have a romantic getaway.  Our top places to stay for couples include Hotel Blue, Anderson Ocean Club, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and Patricia Grand Resort.
Is romance in the air? It will be when you take advantage of these things to do in Myrtle Beach for couples.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Are you in need of a family vacation? Is the answer to that question ever no? I don’t think so! If you’re the mom or dad of a toddler it can be a struggle to know what, exactly, to do on vacation. They’re too young for many theme park attractions and their attention span is fleeting. Luckily, I’m here to help you figure out which toddler activities in Myrtle Beach will keep your kids smiling.

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Activity #1: The Beach

Have you ever watched a little kid play at the beach? They can spend hours digging in the sand, hunting for seashells and splashing in the water. If you stay at an oceanfront Myrtle Beach resort, your hotel will have complimentary oceanfront access. What’s better than waking up and having the beach at your doorstep? If you decide to stay off the beach, you can still plan a beach day. There is a two-mile stretch from 34th to 52nd Avenues North with beach access nearly every block. You can also go to the Myrtle Beach State Park, a pristine stretch of coastline with a natural vibe. Bring a cooler with snacks and drinks. Stop by a souvenir shop for some beach gear like buckets and boogie boards. Supplies in hand, get ready to for your little one to discover just how awesome the beach can be.

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Find classic throwback fun at Family Kingdom. This seaside amusement park has a midway with rides mild enough for toddlers. Go for a spin on the swings, cruise around the kiddie speedway or take to the air via flight school. The carnival-esque amusement park has over 15 kiddie rides designed to make kids say “Wow!” Continue to make their day by playing classic carnival games.  They may not be able to play, but you can. Win your toddler a giant teddy bear with your skeeball skills and you’re sure to have a happy kid on your hands! For even more fun. combine Family Kingdom’s Splashes Oceanfront Park to your day. Children’s areas provide safe ways for kids to splish, splash and swim.

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Head to Broadway at the Beach to visit Ripley’s Aquarium. It’s the perfect complement to the aquatic fun you’re already having. The aquarium displays mesmerize kids. Vibrant tropical fish and massive sharks are sure to get (and keep) their attention. Immersive throughout, Ripley’s Aquarium features a walk-through aquarium tunnel which surrounds you with aquatic life. Kids will want to go through again and again! Plus, there are a lot of interactive areas just-for-kids. Touch a sting ray, see a mermaid show. It’s all available at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach.

Activity #4: Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The revamped Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has turned into a great spot for families. For the simple yet sweet things in life, get a double scoop cone from Mad Myrtle’s Ice Creamery. Even as an adult, it’s hard to beat having ice cream on the beach. Watch as your toddler gets stick sweet from the sugar, then rinse off in the ocean. It’s just steps away! Another super fun toddler activity in Myrtle Beach is the SkyWheel. A modern day Ferris wheel, the SkyWheel has enclosed gondolas. This means parents feel totally safe with their kids on board. Toddlers can press their faces up against the glass to get as close to the views as possible. Watch as their eyes get bigger and bigger as they get higher and higher!

Keep these toddler activities in Myrtle Beach in mind for your next family vacation. No matter how little your kids may be, then can have big fun in Myrtle Beach!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

With summertime heating up, it’s time to dive into the aquatic fun at Myrtle Beach water parks. Stuffed to the gills with plunging slides, wave pools and splashable spots for tiny tykes, these attractions make a day under the South Carolina sun fun for everyone. Ready to find out more about Myrtle Beach water parks? Let’s go!

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Splash into fun at Myrtle Waves Water Park, South Carolina’s largest water park, with over 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water. Slide down the newest extreme water attraction, the Rockin Ray, catch a wave in the Ocean in Motion Wave Pool, get drenched at the Saturation Station kids’ play area, or catch a ride on Arooba Tooba where you never have the same swirl twice!

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An exciting amusement park located at Surfside Beach, the 16-acre Wild Water & Wheels features a variety of thrill rides and water attractions for guests of all ages. The park features 24 slides—one of which was deemed the “best scary ride” by Southern Living Magazine—plus a 950-foot lazy river, a wave pool, bumper boats, go-karts, an 18-hole miniature golf course and other exciting family rides.

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Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park, Family Kingdom’s Splashes Oceanfront Water Park offers exciting family entertainment during select times during May through September. Guests can enjoy thrilling water flume rides, speed slides, intermediate slides, a 425-foot lazy river with waterfalls, rain trees, kiddie pools and children’s play areas, and more.

These three Myrtle Beach water parks are a guaranteed good time. Be sure to reserve your Myrtle Beach water park tickets online for the hottest deals and discounts.

Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and get ready for a great day at the park. See you at the pool!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The ocean waters of the Grand Strand create one of the most fun things to do in Myrtle Beach–saltwater fishing.  With the Atlantic Ocean full of fresh fish, grabbing a reel and trying your luck at fishing is easy to do.   Plus, the numerous Myrtle Beach piers make casting your rod and reel convenient and affordable.  The most common fish caught off the coast of Myrtle Beach are black sea bass, snapper, grouper, larger sea bass, trigger, dolphin, wahoo, and king mackerel.

 Myrtle Beach piers along the Grand Strand:

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Apache Campground Pier
9700 Kings Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: 843-497–6486

It’s the East Coast’s longest wooden fishing pier and it is open 365 days a year. A complete supply of fishing gear, bait & tackle is available in the Apache Pier.  Fishing prices:  walking on the pier costs a $1 (12 years and under free).  A fishing pass is $9.50 (12 years and under $4).  A fishing rod rental cost $20.65 and includes fishing pass and bait.  A $35 deposit is required to rent a rod.

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Cherry Grove Beach Pier
3500 N. Ocean Blvd.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: 843-249-1625

The Cherry Grove Pier is the home of many record catches including a world record 1780 lb. Tiger Shark and a record 98 lb. Tarpon. The newly remodeled Tackle and Gift Shop has everything you need.  Fishing prices:  With your own rod a one day fishing pass is $2.00 admission.  Rod rentals are $22.00 for all day (with a $30 deposit), and $13.00 for half day after 3pm.  A Walker’s Pass is $2.00.

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Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 South Kings HWY
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Phone: 843-238-5326

This state park has a lot to offer, including pier fishing. Cost for fishing at the Myrtle Beach State Park is as follows:  Free to walk on pier with paid park admission; Fishing pass $4.50; Rod $4 plus $20 deposit. Fishing permits included.

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1304 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-448-6500

This Myrtle Beach pier is located in the downtown area, along with a restaurant of the same name. Fishing prices:  It is free to walk on the pier.  A daily fishing pass is $7.  Rod rental requires pass plus $8 rental fee and $20 refundable deposit.

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The Pier at Garden City
110 S. Waccamaw Drive Fr
Garden City Beach, SC 29576
Phone: 843- 651-9700

The Pier at Garden City is 668 feet long with a rain shelter at the end of the pier. There is no charge to walk on the pier to enjoy the view and check out the daily catches of the fishermen.  Fishing prices: adults $9.50, children 12 & under $4.75. A seven day pass is $50.00.  Rod rentals are $9.00 plus a $15.00 deposit.

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Second Avenue Pier
110 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-626-8480

Newly renovated, the Second Avenue Pier is a Grand Strand landmark.  Fishing prices: A daily fishing pass is $9.00 and a rod rental package is $25.00 (includes fishing pass, rod rental, and one tray of bait).  Deposit for rental package: $10.00.

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Springmaid Pier
3200 Springmaid Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-315-7156

Springmaid Pier is Myrtle Beach’s longest pier, at 1060 feet.  A Myrtle Beach landmark, the Pier is the site of numerous fishing tournaments and offers one of the best views of the Grand Strand. Fishing prices:  $8.00 per angler (spectators are $2.00), and rod rentals are $12.

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Surfside Pier/Flickr: Timothy Balogh

Surfside Pier
11 S. Ocean Blvd.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Phone: 843-238-0121

The charming 830-foot long Surfside Pier has a full-service bait shop, ice cream parlor, seafood restaurant and outdoor bar. There is a $1 walking fee, and fishing fees as follows: Bottom fishing: $9 daily, $45 weekly; King fishing: $12.50 daily, $65 weekly, $200 yearly (each fisherman is allowed 2 bottom rods); Rod rentals: $9 plus $30 deposit.


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Escape to Brookgreen Gardens for a memorable day in Myrtle Beach.  The sculpture garden and wildlife preserve is located in Murrell’s Inlet, just a short drive from the popular beach destination.  Quaint, peaceful and serene, Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach puts the full beauty of South Carolina on display.  Take a stroll through the manicured lawns and blooming gardens, admire the world-renowned sculptures and visit the wildlife that call the Gardens home.

There is something simply spectacular about the 9,200 acres of Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach.  From its beginnings in 1931, when Archer and Anna Huntington founded the estate, the focus of Brookgreen has been to preserve the native flora and fauna of the area while incorporating beautiful pieces of art into the natural setting.  That focus has led Brookgreen Gardens to earn a spot on the National Historic Landmark list and the Gardens are also recognized as having one of the most significant collections of American sculpture.    A varied mix of landscapes, from forested swamps to salt marshes, and low-hanging, twisting trees over 100 years old, make the setting of Brookgreen Gardens extremely picturesque.

One of my favorite places at the Gardens was the Live Oak Allee garden.  Here I found an area comprised of 250 year old oak trees planted when this land was used as a rice plantation.  Spanish moss and fern hang from the trees lined the garden space, framing it in a an ever-so-artful manner. The heart and soul of the Brookgreen Gardens are the sculptures, which beautifully blend with the natural scenery and vibrant flowers.  There are over 1,400 works total, by over 350 artists.  Some of the standout pieces include the Alligator Bender, Diana of the Chase, Samson and the Lion, and Fountain of the Muses. Plan to spend several hours at Brookgreen Gardens as there is a lot to explore.  Every day a selection of tours, programs, excursion and exhibits are planned.  Walk the Lowcountry Trail to discover some of the area’s history, while a visit to the Zoo will put you up-close to native animals of the Carolinas like alligators, eagles, wild turkeys and deer.  A cypress aviary and butterfly house add to the Zoo, which is the only Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of North and South Carolina.

Make time for a visit to Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach.  The expansive attraction is a hidden gem for many visitors, but ask any local and they rave about all the Gardens have to offer.  Plus, your admission to Brookgreen Gardens is valid for seven consecutive days so you can come back, explore even more or simply spend time in the solitude of this splendid South Carolina treasure.


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