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.
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.
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.
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.
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.