Ultimate Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is an amazing family fun destination. It has beautiful beaches, entertainment, and so many mini-golf courses I can’t keep up.  Our first visit was when my daughter was 2.5 months old and we have continued the tradition of our visits as our family has grown. We love visiting Myrtle Beach with our family and the memories our stays have given us are priceless. Read on for my Ultimate Family Guide to Myrtle Beach and start planning an incredible beach vacation.

How to Get There? 

We are about 13 hours from Myrtle Beach and we always plan an amazing road trip for our trip. I’m a road trip girl and I look forward to planning fun stops along the way. I planned our Road Trip: Rochester to Myrtle Beach trip last summer and we had a blast stopping at fun attractions along the way.

The drive became part of our adventure. Need tips on how to survive a road trip? Essentials Tips for a Family Road Trip

*Myrtle Beach also has an airport that serves most major airlines.

Where to Stay?

My first visit to Myrtle Beach was at a beach house and I have to admit-I loved it! It is great for large families or groups of friends that want to travel together. I know there are amazing hotels, but we always end up traveling with a large group and a house is the best choice for us. Not sure what would work for your family? Check out 5 Tips to Afford a Beach House Vacation

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

What to Do?

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is located at Broadway at the Beach and is a great attraction for all ages. It is perfect for a rainy day or a really hot afternoon. Remember crowds will be very busy at these times because everyone is doing the same thing!! If you don’t want to deal with crowds arrive early and you can have this aquarium done in about 2-3 hours.

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

We have touched Jelly Fish and Sting Rays. Met a mermaid and watched sharks swim above our heads. Every year we visit we find ourselves at this aquarium. It is a must do especially if you are a first time visitor.

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

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Savannah Playground

I don’t know how I discovered this playground but I am so happy I did. Located in the newer shopping district, Market Common, Savannah Playground does not disappoint. It is an enabled playground which means it is accessible to all children of all abilities.

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

Mission: Creating social interaction for children with all abilities through enabling playgrounds and programs designed to meet their special needs.

-Savannah Playground Website

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

I love this parks mission and I love the amazing things there are to do. They have ziplines, rope course, and music area. They are also working on a water park/splash area. I can’t wait. On vacation it’s nice to slow down and enjoy the vacation pace. We will definitely be back on our next visit.

Dinner Shows

Who knew a beach city would have so many entertainment options? From Pirates to Knights and clogging groups to variety shows. There is something for everyone! Dinner shows are so fun because it is food and entertainment all in one. The kids always have a blast! We have visited Pirate’s Voyage and Medieval Times and will hopefully have the opportunity to see a new one during our next visit.

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

Family Friendly Shows:

The question is…Are you a Pirate or a Knight?

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is an entertainment and shopping complex that has so many attractions that I couldn’t possibly list them. We often visit for the Aquarium and to enjoy some fun dining. They also have mini-golf, a movie theater, and fun entertainment for everyone.

Our Family Favorites:

  • WonderWorks
  • Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf
  • Dinosaur the Exhibition
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
  • Senor Frogs
  • Starbucks

*The above and many more can be found at Broadway at the Beach.

Mini-Golf

It is not called the Mini-Golf capital of the world for nothing!! Home to many mini-golf competition from competitors all over the world, they take it seriously!! We are not at a competitive level but we do love to play. With over 30 mini-golf places to visit you could spend your entire visit mini-golfing. We usually let each of the kids pick a new place each visit.

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

Our All Time favorite Mini-Golf Courses:

  • Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf
  • Cancun Lagoon
  • Mt Atlantics Mini-Golf
  • Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf

**You can find a list of more mini-golf and links to the above at Go To Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The Boardwalk is a 1.2 mile walk way along the beach. Lined with shops and restaurants it is a great place to spend an evening. There are beach shops along the way as well as an amusement park. For the brave you can ride the Skywheel and have an amazing view of the ocean and city.

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Where to Eat

My husband is the chef at home and he is in charge of where we go out to eat too! He loves to plan it almost as much as I love to plan everything else!! When we rent a house we typically eat in a lot. We like to buy fresh seafood and he makes some amazing dinners. We are on vacation and we like to treat ourselves to a few nights out.  These are the restaurants we make sure to stop at every time we are in town.

  • Nacho Hippo (Love their Nachos)
  • Bubba’s (Best Fried Pickles!)
  • Joey Doggs (Serves you up hotdogs in a dog bowl! Favorite of the Kids!!)
  • River City Café (Best Burgers)
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Nacho Hippo

Myrtle Beach is the perfect place for families and I hope my ultimate list will help you plan an amazing vacation for you and your family. For money saving attractions check out Groupon. They offer great deals on family friendly attractions.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. 5 Tips to Afford a Beach House Vacation - Five for the Road | 30th Oct 17

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  2. April | Minivan Adventures | 25th Jul 17

    Such a fun place to live or visit! We lived in Myrtle Beach back in the day but I haven’t been back there in nearly ten years. It looks like they added some new fun stuff for families since our last visit. Our favorite stops back in the day (besides the beach itself) was Broadway at the Beach. (We lived close enough that we could walk there from our condo!) We especially loved Ripley’s Aquarium.

    • Leah | 27th Jul 17

      Wow! That is awesome that you lived there. We love how it is a great mix of everything beach and attractions!

  3. Kate | 19th Feb 17

    Myrtle Beach looks like an amazing place to vacation! I’m definitely putting it on our must visit list!!

  4. Midori | 18th Feb 17

    looks like the perfect family plan with all kinds of activities!

  5. loveyoumoretoo | 17th Feb 17

    This sounds like a perfect family trip. Love the photos. 🙂 It sounds like y’all had a great trip!

  6. homeboundbuthopeful | 17th Feb 17

    I’ve never been to Myrtle Beach, but oh my gosh, I want to go just for Savannah Playground and Harmony Park! They look so fun!

  7. Danielle | 17th Feb 17

    Medieval Times! Those are still around?? I totally went to one when we took a middle school class trip to Toronto. I’ll have to keep this in mind, as we would like to get to Mytrle Beach one day,

    • Leah | 26th Feb 17

      Yes!! So much fun!

  8. projectlifewellness | 17th Feb 17

    I LOVE the beachhouse idea and have heard amazing things about Myrtle Beach. I believe my hubby has gone (he used to travel a lot with his family growing up). I am adding this to my list of places to visit now!

  9. Momma To Go | 16th Feb 17

    I went to myrtle beach w an old boyfriend a looonnggggg time ago!!! I really need to bring my kids given that we are a golf and beach family

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      My kids love it!

  10. Amy Crooks | 16th Feb 17

    We have LOVED spending time in Myrtle Beach in the past. Such a great place for a family vacation. The beaches are great, and we have had fun at Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. 🙂

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      It sure is! I love relaxing at the beach for the week!

  11. 21flavorsofsplendor | 16th Feb 17

    Now this looks like my kind of vacation! I love staying in beach houses as well if we are going to be staying for a few days. Saving this for when we plan our Myrtle Beach vacation.

  12. babiestobookworms | 16th Feb 17

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! We touched a sting ray at the aquarium in Chattanooga, TN and it is unbelievable how soft they are! We will have to try the Ripley’s aquarium next time we are near Myrtle Beach!

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      It’s nice that they have a few of the Ripley’s Aquariums throughout the US!

  13. Stephanie Lowry | 16th Feb 17

    Omg I love Myrtle Beach! Never went to Savannah park though, I’ll have to check it out next time!

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      It’s fairly new! We loved it!

  14. Meredith from Mommy in Leggings | 16th Feb 17

    Pinned this!! What a great place–I need to put this on the bucket list for sure!!

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      My bucket list keeps growing!!

  15. thecoffeemom0617 | 16th Feb 17

    I love Myrtle Beach. We are talking about doing a family trip there this summer, so this will come in handy

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      Oh great!! We love it for beach fun!

  16. Allison Rebecca | 16th Feb 17

    Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite places in the world! We love going there.

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      Yay!! Isn’t it great!

  17. bellesbleues | 16th Feb 17

    Myrtle Beach has always been one of my favorite places.

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      It is for us too! So many great memories!

  18. Ruthie Ridley (@RuthieRidley) | 16th Feb 17

    I have never been to Myrtle beach but I would really love to take my family!!

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      You should! Thanks for reading!

  19. crazylifewithlittles | 16th Feb 17

    We love Myrtle Beach! My sister has a condo there. So much fun!

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      That’s awesome!

  20. Belle | 16th Feb 17

    Looks like a great place to take the entire family to. I’ll definitely plan a trip to Myrtle Beach soon!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      Yay! Thanks for reading!

  21. Heather Pedersen | 16th Feb 17

    This sounds so relaxing. We are hoping to take a road trip this spring, and the beach is at the top of our list!

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      I love a road trip!! Perfect to end at the beach! Thanks for reading!

  22. tvdh | 16th Feb 17

    A love a good road trip to the beach! Myrtle Beach seems like a great place for kids!

    • Leah | 16th Feb 17

      It really is great! Thanks for reading!

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