Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a child’s dream with miles of kid-friendly fun from mini-golf and the beach to amusement rides and pools galore. But after all that activity, families need a comfy but entertaining place to lay their head. Here are five of the best resorts in Myrtle Beach that cater to families.
Renovated in 2015, Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark is a water-filled playground with slides, pools, lazy rivers and more located right on the Atlantic Ocean. The resort boasts three water slides, including the world’s first hotel “explosion” slide, a tube standing at about four stories high and pumping more than 2,500 gallons of water per minute to send riders speeding down to the pool.
If that’s not enough, there’s also a silly sub play area with water sprays and bucket dumps, an oceanfront pool, indoor pool, kiddie pools, 11 — yes 11! — indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, and the longest oceanfront lazy river on the Grand Strand. And when you’re tired of being wet, you can return to one of more than 500 oceanfront rooms, most with kitchenettes, hang out at the Town Center with several dining options or take a turn at the on-site arcade.
If you prefer the quieter North Myrtle Beach area, you can enjoy a similar oceanfront resort experience at Beach Cove. The resort also features a Town Center, added in 2016, with a “grab ‘n go” grill, coffee bar, arcade with a prize redemption center and the Tipsy Turtle Beach Bar that even has non-alcoholic options for the under 21 set.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get wet and wild at Beach Cove, as well, with multiple outdoor and indoor pools and whirlpools, a lazy river and sauna. Plus, you can’t beat the on-site laundry for cleaning wet swimsuits, the free WiFi and free covered parking. Accommodations range from one-to-three-bedroom condos each with its own private balcony overlooking the ocean.
While Crown Reef and Beach Cove are larger resorts that can get busy during peak seasons like summer, Ocean Creek is ideal for the family who wants a quieter experience in more natural surroundings. Set on nearly 60 oceanfront acres filled with sand dunes and an ocean creek (thus the name), this Myrtle Beach resort has plenty to keep everyone busy like a beach volleyball court, pools, putting green, full-service tennis center and playground.
For those who love to shop, Ocean Creek Resort is located just across from the popular Barefoot Landing shopping center. Choose from condos to full-sized garden homes with kitchens perfect for prepping meals to save on the cost of dining out.
If you have pre-teens and teens, Landmark Resort makes a fun hang-out spot with access to the nearby tropical-themed H2OASIS Waterpark. Teens can also meet up at the Java Bar serving Starbucks coffee, play a round or two of on-site mini-golf or take a spin in the indoor and outdoor lazy rivers.
Landmark Resort also has a huge oceanfront pool, plenty of whirlpools, an arcade, several restaurants and a laundry facility. Accommodations include standard-size hotel rooms all the way up to penthouse suites, depending on how big your budget and how much space you’d like.
Captain’s Quarters Resort is an ideal spot if you end up with a rainy day in Myrtle Beach. This fun oceanfront resort has its very own 20-lane bowling alley and an arcade! On sunnier days, you can take your turn at the Shipwreck Lagoon Kids’ Waterpark, soak in one of six Jacuzzis and float to your heart’s content on the resort’s lazy river. The rooms are handy for families with microwaves, refrigerators and dining tables, as well as private balconies for taking in the ocean views.
As far as the eye can see in Myrtle Beach are resorts ready for families to soak up some South Carolina sun. When choosing a resort for your family, look for positive online reviews, plentiful activities and convenient amenities to ensure your stay is both comfortable and memorable.
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