There are so many things to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is one of our favorite family friendly beach destinations. With its beautiful beaches, entertainment, and so many mini-golf courses I can’t keep up, the list of things to do in Myrtle Beach are endless. We love visiting Myrtle Beach with our family and the memories our stays have given us are priceless. Read more about all the things to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and start planning your next family vacation.
Myrtle Beach has been a family favorite for us for the last 10 years. The year my daughter was born was our first visit and we have continued to visit almost yearly. We have loved our visits because year after year it has offered something new and exciting for our growing family.
When the kids were babies we would enjoy the rental house and the convenience of a house for naps and food. As the kids have gotten older we have enjoyed the food and entertainment that Myrtle Beach has to offer. The beaches are family friendly and we have loved making Myrtle Beach a part of our kids childhood.
Now that the kids are a little older they are helping plan our visits and adding on to the list of things to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We put together a list of some of our favorites and hope it helps you plan your next family beach vacation.
How to Get to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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 and we had a blast stopping at fun attractions along the way. Myrtle Beach also has an airport that serves most major airlines.
Where to Stay in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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.
Things to Do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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.
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.
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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.
Mission: Creating social interaction for children with all abilities through enabling playgrounds and programs designed to meet their special needs.
-Savannah Playground Website
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.
Family Fun 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 Friendly Shows:
- Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Legends in Concert
- The Carolina Opry
- Alabama Theatre
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:
- Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf
- Dinosaur the Exhibition
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
- Senor Frogs
*The above and many more can be found at Broadway at the Beach.
Play a Round of 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.
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 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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)
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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