School’s finally out! And kids can’t wait to head to the beach for swimming, boogie boarding and building sand castles. But at Myrtle Beach, the fun goes far beyond the sand and surf. Families return to Myrtle Beach every year for its wealth of kid-friendly activities, amusement parks, water parks and special events happening all summer long.
There’s so much to do, in fact, that you may have a tough time knowing where to start. That’s why the Vantage team put together this list of our Top 10 things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Vantage also has plenty of kid-friendly options for your stay, including properties with pools, game rooms and video game systems. Browse our properties and book yours today!
Our Top 10 List for Kids
WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach is a one-of-a-kind amusement park—and the perfect place to spend rainy days. Enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits and learn about natural disasters, light and sound, space and more. WonderWorks features plenty of pulse-pumping activities in its laser tag arena, 6D extreme theater, indoor ropes course and Xtreme 360 bikes.
Kids of all ages can spend hours trying all the crazy challenges and tapping into their creative side. There’s even a life-size Lite Brite, optical illusions, a hurricane shack, a giant piano and a replica of the one-person capsule that launched as part of NASA’s Project Mercury.
2. Alligator Adventure
For a unique—and educational—experience, visit Alligator Adventure, one of the most popular attractions in North Myrtle Beach. There’s a good reason they call this place the Reptile Capital of the World. Open seven days a week, Alligator Adventure gives you the exciting opportunity to see hundreds of animal species, including albino alligators, crocs, snakes, lizards, exotic birds, monkeys and hyenas.
This 15-acre park in Barefoot Landing is home to some of the animal kingdom’s most vicious predators, like Utan—considered the largest crocodile on exhibit in the United States at just over 18 feet. There’s a good chance you’ll get to see a live alligator feeding, where massive gators leap from the water to snatch a meal. All of the creatures at Alligator Adventure are a sight to see while you’re visiting Myrtle Beach, SC with kids.
3. Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium is not your average fish tank. Dive in—yes, in the water—to get up close and personal with sea creatures like sea turtles, giant stingrays and even sharks. For something a little less hands-on, try the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, which puts you in the shark tank separated by a few inches of glass.
Exhibits at Ripley’s Aquarium give kids a glimpse of the vibrant undersea life around the world, including the Rio Amazon and the Indo-Pacific coral reef. They’ll learn about jellyfish, the octopus and other colorful species that inhabit the ocean’s mysterious ecosystem.
4. Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
Don’t just go out to dinner. Go way out—as part of a thrilling adventure you and your kids will always remember. The popular Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show invites your whole family to join Captain Blackbeard in his search for treasure. Between bites of your tasty four-course feast, revel in the excitement of swashbuckling acrobats, sea lions, tropical birds and mermaids.
5. Miniature Golf
What’s a beach vacation without a little friendly competition at your favorite miniature golf course? Myrtle Beach has plenty of options, including Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf, Cancun Lagoon Adventure Golf, Dragon’s Lair Miniature Golf, Gilligan’s Island Funland Golf and Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf—rated the top miniature golf course in the world! (Be careful of the volcano.)
6. Hollywood Wax Museum
Take the kids to the Hollywood Wax Museum to learn about and pose with their favorite superstars and snap pictures for the perfect souvenir. Prop stations have plenty of hats, microphones, tiaras and other swag to complete the shot. Say “cheese!” next to actors, athletes and style icons that look astoundingly real.
While you’re there, get lost in Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors or capture zombies at Outbreak – Dread the Undead. If you’re looking for a fun and unique experience with kids, the Hollywood Wax Museum has it all. If you need help finding the museum, just look for the gigantic King Kong on the roof.
7. Barefoot Landing
Options abound for kids of all ages at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. From June to September, SummerFest! offers nightly live entertainment—music, juggling, dance demonstrations, special guests, you name it. Come on a Monday and enjoy the dazzling fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Really, any time is a great time to bring the kids to Barefoot Landing. There are tons of fun shops, candy stores, ice cream shops and over 20 restaurants and eateries. Kids love the classic merry-go-round, and there are games galore. Check out the Barefoot Landing calendar of events to see what’s happening during your visit to Myrtle Beach.
8. Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach has a little bit of everything all summer long. This is where you’ll find WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium, but those are just two of the big attractions here. Other kid (and parent) favorites include the Backstage Mirror Maze, the Beach Rider Jet Boat, mini golf and the amusement rides at Pavilion Park. You can even zipline across the lake at Soar & Explore.
Sit back and enjoy a Legends in Concert—a live tribute show featuring world-class impersonators. Plus, family-friendly festivals happen throughout the year, and fireworks displays paint the sky every Tuesday night during the summer months.
9. Activities on the water
After a whole school year spent sitting at their desks, kids are ready to let loose when they visit Myrtle Beach. Rent kayaks or take surf lessons to let them channel all that pent-up energy. Myrtle Beach also has plenty of options for jet ski rentals, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, water tubing, water skiing and wake surfing.
Families can hop on a charter boat for some deep sea fishing or take a dolphin cruise to see these playful creatures right off Myrtle Beach’s shores.
With kids’ play areas, tubes, slides and more, Myrtle Waves waterpark is always a huge hit and a great way to beat the summer heat.
10. Outdoor excursions
Did you know Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is considered the campground capital of the world? The Grand Strand boasts almost a dozen campgrounds and more than 7,000 camp sites along the coast. Make s’mores, tell scary stories and stargaze for the ultimate family vacation highlight.
State parks are also a great way to take a break from the beach but enjoy the summer weather. Check out Myrtle Beach State Park or Huntington Beach State Park to get some fresh air and stroll along nature trails. Kids also love the T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari, an opportunity to explore 50 acres of a wildlife preserve—home to 130 endangered animals including wolves, apes, elephants and the world’s largest cat.
Plan your kid-friendly Myrtle Beach getaway
Myrtle Beach has no shortage of activities for kids of all ages. No matter what the kids in your crew enjoy, from high-energy sports to educational exhibits, the options in Myrtle Beach will keep them engaged and excited to return for years to come.
You can keep the fun going throughout your vacation by choosing a rental property that caters to families. Let a Vantage reservationist help you find your perfect fit. You can also browse and book Myrtle Beach vacation rentals online. Once you find your favorite property, be sure you book direct through Vantage. That way you know you’re getting the best possible rate.
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