If you’re looking for a vacation with no shortage of activities to keep the whole family busy, that also won’t break the bank, consider a Myrtle Beach vacation.
Get your heart pumping, and let the kids play to their hearts content with these fun adventures.
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Located in the heart of the boardwalk, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel gives you a bird’s eye view of the Grand Strand from enclosed gondolas. It is the highest observation point of the Atlantic Ocean in North America, and the East Coast’s only 200-foot Ferris Wheel.
Even if you don’t ride, you can still enjoy the impressive nightly LED light show on the wheel. DISCOUNT TICKETS!!
Cool Off at a Water Park
Myrtle Beach has the perfect (hot!) temperatures each summer to cool off in a water park!
Choose from many options, including Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, the only oceanfront water park in the area, and Myrtle Waves Water Park, the largest in South Carolina. These water parks are the perfect places to get your fill of slides, lazy rivers and kiddie pools. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Pavilion Park Rides
Pavilion Park on Broadway at the Beach, is one of the top amusement parks in South Carolina. Parking is free, and you can spend all day here with a wristband.
Ride the coaster, the Ferris Wheel, and all the rides! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Check here before you go for a great Beach Packing List!
Broadway Grand Prix
While you're at Broadway at the Beach, hit the Grand Prix Family Race Park! This place has seven Go-Kart tracks, for all age and skill levels. From a Family Track and Kids Track, to a Grand Prix Pro Track and Slick Track -- no matter what kind of thrills you're looking for, this place has them.
In addition to Go-Karts, they've also got an amazing rock wall, two mini-golf courses, bumper cars, an arcade, and a Kids Zone offer hours of fun! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
See the Dinos
Enter a world of fun and excitement at DinoPark Myrtle Beach!
Learn and explore your way through a Jurassic world of over 20 animatronic life-sized dinosaurs in a unique true-to-life setting. Be amazed by the detail, size and magic of these marvelous pre-historic creatures in this one of a kind attraction.
Explore your way through our 100,000 ball Dino Explore Pit, Dig a Dino Fossil and even ride a ginormous Tyrannosaurus Rex! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Hang at Your Hotel
Many Myrtle Beach hotels are amusements in themselves with many offering on-site water parks, pools and lazy rivers.
At the Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark, you’ll find three water slides, including the world’s first hotel “Explosion” slide. The Explosion slide is a 2-person tube slide that features a tight radius, 360-degree turns, and provides changes in speed and direction.
You'll also find the longest oceanfront lazy river in Myrtle Beach, and 11 indoor and outdoor jacuzzis at Crown Reef.
Other properties like Captain’s Quarters Resort come with their very own 20-lane bowling alley, plus a full water park.
Race and Splash
Wild Water & Wheels Adventure Park is a 16-acre waterpark with slides, rides, putt-putt golf, and go-kart racing! If you upgrade your wristband, you can tack on go-kart tracks, bumper boats, and putt-putt golf!
Get your discount ticket here and avoid the long lines, too. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Get Up Close With Alligators
When in South Carolina, you must learn about alligators, as these ancient creatures are attracted to the area and are frequently seen lounging on golf courses.
At Alligator Adventure, which is right next to Barefoot Landing, you can see hundreds of these reptiles up close (and safely!), as well as many other species of reptiles, and even a bird exhibit.
Watch them eat -- which is a show in and of itself -- and learn all about these interesting creatures.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Myrtle Beach’s very own beachfront Family Kingdom Amusement Park offers all-day-long fun with roller coasters, bumper cars, tons of arcade games, and thrill rides!
Take the plunge on the Sling Shot free fall, or enjoy a classic, like the Scrambler ride. All the rides, and all with an ocean view.
Play Lots of Mini-Golf
Myrtle Beach is known as the “Mini-Golf Capital of the World” thanks to 50 area miniature golf courses. Just think, you could play a different course almost every week for a year!
And, of course, the best part of miniature golf is always the theme! Choose from dragons, safaris, Hawaii, dinosaurs, jungles, pirates, and oh-so-much more.
Take a Wildlife Safari
A safari in Myrtle Beach, you say? Indeed!
Head to T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Here you'll find a 50-acre wildlife preserve, home to more than 130 endangered animals.
The Myrtle Beach Safari is home to big cats -- including a Liger named Hercules, who is a 3-time Guinness Book of World Records holder.
You'll also see chimpanzees, an elephant, and an African Fish Eagle.
Visit The Market Common
The Market Common is a growing community with unique boutiques, cool restaurants, bowling, movies, a day spa and exciting family events all year round.
There's also a playground for the kids, and a giant chess set -- if you're up to the challenge.
There's nothing better than getting outside and enjoying all that Myrtle Beach has to offer. Here are some of our favorite adventures.
Walk the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
For a classic Myrtle Beach experience, take a walk on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. At just over a mile, it's a great activity for families and one of the area's top attractions.
From the boardwalk, you can see visitors enjoying the beach. You'll also find a variety of restaurants, arcades, and shops along the boardwalk. And the people-watching is excellent here.
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk runs from 14th Avenue Pier to the 2nd Avenur Pier.
Take a Dolphin Cruise
Dolphins love to frolic off the the coast of the Carolinas, and Myrtle Beach offers several area dolphin tours to get even closer to them. You can hop on a jet ski, kayak or take a boat tour in search of these curious animals.
Note: Most of the dolphin cruises are seasonal, and don't take place in the winter months.
- Sea Thunder is one of the more popular family dolphin cruises, at just under 2 hours. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
- The Hurricane II is a larger boat for your dolphin cruise, and likes to linger near the shrimp boats to attract the dolphins. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
- Sea Screamer is the way to see dolphins if you're looking for speedy boat rides! Guaranteed dolphin sightings. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
- Try a 1-hour or 2-hour Jet Ski Dolphin Tour with Myrtle Beach Watersports. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Reel in a Big One
Whether you enjoy in-shore fishing -- or want to head out into the deep to fish for shark, tuna or sailfish -- Myrtle Beach is rich in sea life. Fish right off ocean piers or in tidal creeks, or take a fishing charter where experts will lead you to the best areas for the biggest haul.
Little River Fleet will take you out for a half day on their 90 foot fishing boat. Catch black sea bass, blues, flounder, sharks, ladyfish and more. And no worries - bait, gear and your license are included. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Treat yourself and your closest friends and family to a half day of incredible Atlantic fishing compliments to the Hurricane Fleet and their beautiful, 90 foot "Hurricane II" fishing boat. Captain and crew give you everything you need to succeed, from gear to license, as well as education and assistance. Snacks, drinks, and beer are available to purchase onboard. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
If you've got a handle on things, and know where the fish are -- or you just want to go looking for them yourself -- take a skiff out from Crazy Sister Marina. The boats hold up to 6 people, and it's the perfect way to explore Murrells Inlet. Full and half-day rentals available. (Seasonal.) DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Lounge the Day Away on a Pontoon Boat
Pontoon boats are so much fun, great for all ages, and a wonderful way to explore from the water around Myrtle Beach!
Stroll through seemingly endless live oak trees with hanging moss, a sculpture garden with more than 2,000 works of art, and a native wildlife zoo of animals -- including those that once lived on 18th- and 19th-century area plantations.
Visit a State Park
There are two beautiful state parks in the Myrtle Beach area -- Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. Each beach park offers peaceful, natural coastline with surf fishing, nature trails, campgrounds, and plenty of space where you can walk on the beach.
Myrtle Beach State Park is home to Myrtle Beach Pier, as well as cabins built in the 1930s that you can rent.
At Huntington Beach State Park, don’t miss Atalaya Castle, the former home of the philanthropist who preserved the park. Admission to the home is an additional $2 per person for ages 6 and older.
Kayaking is a great way to explore the many waterways around the Grand Strand. Kayaks not only let you burn calories, and build arm muscles -- but give you an intimate look at your surroundings.
Many Myrtle Beach watersports companies like Island Adventure Watersports rent kayaks by the hour or the day. Take a kayak out on the ocean or explore the Intracoastal waterways with its abundant wildlife.
Looking for great shows or museums? Myrtle Beach has them!
Catch Dolly's Pirate Show
Arrrgh! The latest from Dolly Parton, who has created top shows like Dixie Stampede, is Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show!
The show follows Blackbeard, a pirate who once sailed the seas off South Carolina, with many special effects, full-sized pirate ships, a 15-foot deep pool and actors performing acrobatics all while you eat a four-course meal.
Enjoy a MoTown Tribute Extravaganza
The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross...they made music great! Head to a super MoTown Tribute Show at the GTS Theatre!
These impersonators will make you swear you've gone back in time, listening to MoTown's best live music. Plan well, this sells out fast. DISCOUNT TICKETS!!
Do the Shag
Did you know that the state dance of South Carolina is the shag and that the 1989 movie “Shag” took place in Myrtle Beach?
Get a lesson in the Carolina shag at Fat Harold’s Beach Club, which is also one of the hosts of the National Shag Dance Competition, every Monday night.
VISIT CHARLESTON: Day trip! Enjoy roundtrip transportation between Myrtle Beach and Charleston in a luxury coach, before enjoying a full day touring Charleston.
See a Magic Show
Prepare to be amazed at a Magical Comedy Show at the GTS Theatre.
Starring Michael Bairefoot, this family-friendly comedy show combines magic with humor. Witness magical classics "with a twist," and even join in the magical act. It's sure to be an amazing time. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
It's the only art museum in Myrtle Beach, but it's a great one!
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum features works in a variety of media, including sculpture, ceramics, video, paintings, photography and more. Free to visit, the museum has 11 galleries whose displays rotate throughout the year.
Wheels of Yesteryear Museum
Love classic cars? You’ll be in hog heaven at the Wheels of Yesteryear Museum, which showcases one couple’s collection of more than 50 cars.
Wheels of Yesteryear’s collection of muscle and classic cars is rotated each year during the month of January in preparation for a new season. So every year, you'll see something new!
Where To Stay in Myrtle Beach
There are so many great places to stay in Myrtle Beach, it can be overwhelming! Here are our top picks for you.
Hotels In Myrtle Beach
Best on the Boardwalk: Families will love this one! Set along the boardwalk on Myrtle Beach, South Bay Inn & Suites is an oceanfront property that provides a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. At the hotel, every room comes with a balcony with a city, coastline, or Atlantic Ocean view. The best part? The property has a waterpark with water slides!
Best in the Business District: Connected to Myrtle Beach Convention Center in the city's business district, the Sheraton Myrtle Beach offers in-room massages, on-site dining and an indoor heated pool with a sundeck. The Atlantic Ocean is 11 minutes' walk from the hotel. Ripley’s Aquarium and Family Kingdom Amusement Park are within 2 miles.
Best in Murrells Inlet: Located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, The Inlet Sports Lodge features an outdoor swimming pool and an on-site restaurant. Rooms feature free WiFi access and the hotel is 9 minutes’ drive from the beach.
Campgrounds in Myrtle Beach
Best Amenities: Be one of the first to enjoy Carolina Pines RV Resort -- South Carolina’s newest getaway! This place has spacious RV sites and cottage rentals too, and the amenities cannot be beat. Have some fun in the sun at the Carolina Splash Water Park (on-site!), challenge a friend to a round of miniature golf, play your favorite games in the Red Fox Arcade, or grab a bite at the Lowcountry Landing-Carolina Bistro. Just minutes away from the resort you’ll find all of the excitement and popular attractions of Myrtle Beach.
Best Near the Beach: Barefoot RV Resort is a family-operated and gated resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They are committed to providing you with relaxation and worry-free camping. Choose from RV sites, RV rentals, and tiny homes. Enjoy all of the fun of camping while being just a golf cart ride to the beach or Barefoot Landing.
Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach
Luxury 1-bedroom feels like a NYC apartment, except that you've got an impeccable view of the water from the 21st floor. Open-concept, newly rennovated.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $78/night · Rental Info
Great for Families
This modern home is made for families. Sits in a quiet neighborhood near the beach. In the evenings, enjoy streaming & game systems including PS4 & Xbox, arcade, foosball & pinball. Snacks, you say? There is also a Keurig coffee maker, espresso machine, smart toaster oven, waffle iron, food processor, and popcorn maker. Use the beach gear, too!
Details: 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1 bath · $161/night · Rental Info
Forget elevators and lobbies...this home is a true beachfront property with its own walkway to the beautiful sand. There are 10 homes in this community and they all share a pool, if you need a break from the ocean.
Details: 14 guests · 4 bedrooms · 7 beds · 4 baths · $200/night · Rental Info
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