Looking for the perfect place to bring your family on vacation? Look no further than the Grand Strand. There are plenty of things to do for kids in Myrtle Beach! Play in the sand and surf of the beach, amuse yourself at one of hundreds of attractions or even see an entertaining show. There are so many kid-friendly options available, I’ve narrowed down the options to help with your vacation planning.
Take a look at these 10 ten things to do for kids in Myrtle Beach:
1) Ripley’s Aquarium
What child doesn’t love looking at live under the sea? You can dive into an ocean of fun at this Broadway at the Beach attraction. Hands-on Ripley’s Aquarium experiences let you touch a string ray and horseshoe crabs, while the Living Gallery provides an in-depth look at aquatic species you’ve probably never even heard of. The most popular exhibit is the Shark Tunnel which offers an engaging look at species such as sharks, eels and stingrays. Special mermaid shows are performed throughout the year, too, adding
even more to see and do.
Take your kids on a trip aboard the giant Myrtle Beach SkyWheel for a birds-eye-view of the coast. Located on the oceanfront Boardwalk, the SkyWheel offers endless views of the Grand Strand during the day and really showcases the night lights of the town when you take an evening ride. You and your family will rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, all in a climate controlled gondola, take in panoramic views of your surroundings. Day or night, kids love this attraction.
3) Family Kingdom
A Grand Strand tradition for over 40 years, Family Kingdom offers classic family-friendly amusement at affordable prices. The seaside amusement park has over 30 rides, including the Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, bumper cars, a carousel, log flume ride, traditional carnival attractions and even carnival games. Plus, there is the Family Kingdom Oceanfront Waterpark is located right next door.
4) Pirates Voyage
This show is full of fun, feast and adventure! Bring your kids to the Pirates Voyage pre-show and they’ll have time to get dressed up as a pirate or mermaid before you attend the actual show. Get ready, because this Dolly Parton production features two full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon providing a unique stage for its talented performers. Watch as live animals such as seals, acrobats, mermaids and unruly pirates battle it out on the high seas for Davy Jones’ lost treasure. A delicious dinner is served
too, so you can enjoy a bountiful feast while you attend the show.
5) Mini Golf
When you’re in Myrtle Beach you’ll spot a mini golf course around every turn. Stop at one for a fun round of play and a little family-friendly competition. Outdoor courses abound, although there are a few indoor courses perfect for a rainy day or even a cool option when you’ve had enough sun. Each Myrtle Beach minigolf course has its own theme too, ranging from buccaneers searching for treasure to deserted islands spewing volcanoes.
Known as an amusement park for the mind, WonderWorks is a true playground for the imagination. It’s a great way to take a break from the Myrtle Beach heat. Plus, it entertains kids for hours making it a great value for families. There are over 100 hand-on activities and exhibits, a laser tag area, and ropes course creating numerous ways to play indoors. Some of the most popular WonderWorks attractions for kids is the Anti-Gravity Tunnel, 360 Xtreme Bikes, Roller Coaster Simulators, and Bubble Lab.
7) Brookgreen Gardens and Zoo
You may not think Brookgreen Gardens is a good option for kids, but think again! The Myrtle Beach sculpture garden features a zoo with baby otters, goats, bald eagles, horses and other native species as well as a butterfly garden. Kids also love the daily animal programs at Mother Nature’s Café and Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each house is based on a classic children’s story or nursery rhyme and has fun interactive elements such as swings, climbing walls, monkey bars and more.
8) Hollywood Wax Museum
Become a star at the Hollywood Wax Museum, an interactive musuem with numerous photo ops. The two-story venue showcases uncanny replicas of top stars, including Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey, Jr. and more, ideal for groups and families of all ages to enjoy together. Kids love to interact with the props while getting their pose on with their favoirte characters and actors.
9) Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Escape to the dark ages at Medieval Times, where knights ruled the land and scores were settled through jousting, swordsmanship and ancient weaponry battles. Kids love this show as they get to cheer their knight on to victory while watching them contend in chivalrous competitions. Arrive early and you can meet the King and his daughter, the Princess, as well as participate in pre-show activities. Come hungry, too, because a hearty medieval meal is served. These are the dark ages though, so you eat your
meal with your hands!
When you’ve had enough fun in the sand and surf of the beach, head to Myrtle Beach waterparks. It’s a fun way to add even more aquatic fun to your beach vacation. Plus, kids will be entertained for hours on thrilling attractions, awesome splash zones and kid-themed lagoons. Parents will love adult lounge pools, lazy rivers and controlled wave pools. Two of the best options are Wild Water &Wheels and Myrtle Waves.
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