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Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in the Myrtle Beach Area

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

1. WonderWorks

Wonderworks
WonderWorks is a one-of-a-kind amusement park!

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

There’s a good chance you’ll get to see a live alligator feeding!

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

Learn about jellyfish, the octopus and other colorful species.

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

A thrilling adventure your kids will always remember.

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

Myrtle Beach has plenty of miniature golf options.

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

Hollywood Wax Museum
The Hollywood Wax Museum has it all!

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

There are tons of fun shops, candy stores, ice cream shops and over 20 restaurants and eateries.

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

Fireworks displays paint the sky every Tuesday night during the summer months.

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

Water Park
Myrtle Waves waterpark is always a huge hit!

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

More than 7,000 camp sites along the coast.

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

Book your favorite property direct through Vantage!

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.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

5 Treasure Troves for the Best Myrtle Beach Shopping Adventures

Get in touch with your inner shopaholic! Whether you’re searching for thoughtful gifts or unique souvenirs, we can help lead the way. Explore our guide to Myrtle Beach shopping, and discover all of the treasures waiting for you here. You can enjoy a full day of bargain hunting and fill your arms with shopping bags or spend a leisurely afternoon windowshopping along the boardwalk. Either way, you’re in for a great time! (Especially if you get to unwind in one of our vacation rentals afterward!)

Where to Go Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is much more than a place to shop!

It’s no surprise that Broadway at the Beach is such a popular spot to shop. This 350-acre space is home to dozens of specialty stores with something for the whole family. Adults can find great deals on clothing and home decor while kids can explore the wonders at Broadway Magic, Klig’s Kites, and Build-a-Bear Workshop. Plus, Broadway at the Beach is much more than a place to shop — it’s where memories are made! Feel free to take a break from shopping to play a round of mini-golf, ride in a speedboat, see the aquarium, and even fly high above it all with a helicopter tour!

Coastal Grand Mall

Coastal Grand Mall has everything from jewelry to electronics and beyond.

Especially on rainy days, you might prefer to stay indoors for your afternoon of shopping. Consider exploring the Coastal Grand Mall! It’s the second largest mall in South Carolina with an extraordinary number of stores. If you’re up for an all-out shopping spree, this is the place for it. The Coastal Grand Mall has everything from jewelry to electronics and beyond. When hunger strikes, the extensive food court has you covered for any craving.

Tanger Outlets

Find your favorite brand names at incredible prices.

Next stop, savings! The Tanger Outlets are perfect for bargain hunters, and they have two convenient locations in Myrtle Beach. You’re welcome to visit them either on Highway 17 or Highway 501 to find your favorite brand names at incredible prices. Both locations include stores for Adidas, Brooks Brothers, Coach, and many more.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach
Add some coastal vibes to your shopping experience.

Add some coastal vibes to your shopping experience at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk! Their shopping district might not have as many stores as the Coastal Grand Mall or the Tanger Outlets, but you’re sure to find some unique treasures here. Stop in at the LandShark Surf Shack, get a custom air-brushed tee at Beach Creations, and make sure you check out the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove!

Barefoot Landing

You can find several boutique shops along the Intracoastal Waterway

Don’t forget about Barefoot Landing in nearby North Myrtle Beach! Here, you can find several boutique shops along the Intracoastal Waterway with gorgeous natural scenery. The serene atmosphere makes it ideal for when you just want to take your time and enjoy a peaceful day of shopping. However, if you are up for some excitement, it’s not far away. Feel free to catch a show at the Alabama Theatre or the House of Blues!

Shop Smart for Your Vacation Rental

We make it easy to find your happy place!

Are you planning a trip to the Myrtle Beach area? We make it easy to find your happy place, so you can save time shopping around for properties! Our vacation rentals are located in some of the most beloved communities of North Myrtle Beach with amenities that go above and beyond expectations. Plus, they come with our exceptional customer service that you can’t get anywhere else. Browse our properties today and get one step closer to the ultimate Grand Strand getaway!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Make the Most of Your Visit With These Free Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Planning the ultimate beach vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. Savvy travelers can always find fun, free things to do in Myrtle Beach if they know where to look. Luckily, we do, and we’re happy to share our knowledge with you! Our list has everything from outdoor adventures to must-see events so you can keep the whole family happy while keeping your wallet happy, too. Once you build your itinerary, book direct with Vantage Vacation Rentals for the most value on your stay!

Free Attractions and Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Relax on the Beach

Unwinding at the beach

It’s a great feeling when one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach is also completely free — unwinding at the beach! All you need is some sunscreen, and you’re in for a delightful day at the shore. Find a spot in the sand to sunbathe, hunt for seashells, dive into the cool waters, or relax with your favorite book. Many of our vacation rentals even come with free beach gear like umbrellas and chairs for you to enjoy!

South Carolina Hall of Fame

South Carolina Hall of Fame offers a whole lot of history!

Don’t worry if the weather isn’t ideal for a day at the beach. Myrtle Beach is full of free rainy day activities as well, like exploring the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Several influential figures have impacted South Carolina’s history over the years, and this is a great place to learn all about them. It’s a fairly small hall, but it packs a whole lot of history dating back to the 18th century!

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

Explore a world of creativity

Admission is free, and so is the fascination at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. It’s the only art museum in the area, home to 11 galleries and a variety of rotating exhibits. Bring the whole family and explore a world of creativity via paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more!

Horry County Bike & Run Park


Seven miles of trails to explore!

Do you hear adventure calling your name? Answer the call with a visit to the Bike & Run Park, also known as “The Hulk.” The seven miles of trails here are popular among runners and mountain bikers, offering excitement and exercise for all! Keep in mind that this isn’t your typical trail system for peaceful walks in the woods. You’ll find several twists, turns, and hills to get a full workout as you explore nature!

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

If you prefer leisurely strolls by the shore, we highly recommend walking along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This 1.2-mile stretch is perfect for soaking up the coastal charm of the area. For a small fee, you can also walk along the 2nd Ave Pier that juts out into the water for beautiful oceanfront views. Don’t forget to check out Hot Summer Nights at Plyer Park for free concerts and family-friendly activities all summer long!

Broadway at the Beach

Fireworks Myrtle Beach
Plan your trip with a free fireworks display!

Are you in the mood for a little window shopping or people watching? Head over to Broadway at the Beach, a bustling area that’s full of unique stores and eateries. Spend hours walking throughout Broadway or grab a seat on a bench and relax in the shade. You can even grab a handful of fish food from the dispensers and feed the carp in Lake Broadway for just a couple of quarters. Make sure you sync your visit with the free fireworks displays to get the most value out of your trip!

More Free Events in Myrtle Beach

Mustang Week September 2 – 8, 2019

Join the excitement at a variety of free events this year! Here are some more of the must-see celebrations you should mark your calendars for in 2019:

Enjoy It All With Vantage Vacation Rentals

Relax in a peaceful, family-friendly community

Complete the ideal, budget-friendly vacation by booking your stay with Vantage Vacation Rentals! We offer a wide selection of properties in beautiful North Myrtle Beach with options in every price range. So, you can relax in a peaceful, family-friendly community while being minutes away from the excitement in Myrtle Beach. Plus, our seasonal specials help you get even more value out of your trip!Browse our rentals and find your happy place today!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Our Favorite Things in North Myrtle Beach: A Locals’ Guide

Family-Friendly
Family-Friendly

Locals and visitors love North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for its family-friendly vibe, uncrowded beaches and the extraordinary variety of experiences. There’s so much to see and do here, you may have trouble choosing—especially when you only have a limited amount of time.

No worries, because we have the inside scoop! The Vantage team lives and works in the Grand Strand year-round, and we’re constantly getting feedback from guests about what they love best about North Myrtle Beach. So we’ve put together this guide to our favorite things and theirs. We’ll be happy to share even more when you book your vacation rental property.

Favorite adventures and activities

Kayaking Tour
Cruise around the sound in kayaks

North Myrtle Beach offers remarkable, up-close wildlife encounters for you and your family. You may even forget you’re in South Carolina. Start with Alligator Adventure—the reptile capital of the world—featuring alligators, bobcats, hyenas, lemurs and Utan, the largest crocodile on exhibit in the United States. Learn about these mysterious creatures during live educational shows and the can’t-miss gator feedings.

Continue your walk on the wild side at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, another unique nature destination where visitors can watch large cats and cubs at play. Get your picture taken feeding a tiger cub or cuddling with a monkey and watch your Instagram feed blow up!

When you’re ready for some friendly competition, North Myrtle Beach’s miniature golf courses provide plenty of options for family fun. Mayday Golf, Paradise Adventures Golf and Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf courses include facts, stories and themes, complete with tropical islands, helicopters, train rides, mountains, Mayan pyramids and lost treasure as you putt your way to the finish.

For a cool day of water fun, cruise around the sound in kayaks and paddleboards from J&L Kayaks. Don’t feel like paddling? Try the jet skis and pontoons at Action Water Sportz. At New Wave Watersports, you can enjoy stunning views from above by parasail, or zoom past the beach on a banana boat. Splashing and laughter guaranteed.

golf
Enjoy world-class golf courses

Want to sneak away for some adult time on your beach vacation? North Myrtle Beach has over 20 world-class golf courses to choose from. Sample up to 10 wines from Duplin Winery—the oldest and largest wine tasting venue in the South. Try solving the crime during a murder mystery dinner at the famous House of Blues. The Alabama Theatre hosts resident variety shows and live performances from beloved artists, including the likes of Three Dog Night, Wynonna Judd and Josh Turner.

Favorite places to shop

Glass blower
So many shopping options!

Shopping is one of the most popular things to do in North Myrtle Beach for locals as well as visitors. The latest attraction here is Coastal Town Center—a brand-new venue with 21 stores offering clothes, jewelry, crafts sporting goods, food and much more.

Barefoot Landing is a perennial favorite of North Myrtle Beach residents. A relaxing sanctuary along the Intercostal Waterway featuring a 27-acre lake, this destination combines serene surroundings and a niche shopping experience. With 100 different national and local boutiques and restaurants, there’s enough to keep the whole family engaged for an entire day. And if the kids get antsy, Alligator Adventure and the T.I.G.E.R.S. Prevention Station are right next door.

A short drive from North Myrtle Beach, Tanger Outlets is discount city. Large factory outlet stores make up much of the shopping here, and we all know what that means—deals by the bagful. If that’s not enough, you’re just across the highway from more stores and a movie theater at Myrtle Beach Mall.

Favorite places to eat

Seafood Restaurant

No locals’ guide to North Myrtle Beach would be complete without focusing on the fantastic restaurant choices. We could write an entire book on this topic alone, but we’ll just give you a little nibble here. Fresh coastal cuisine and good vibes are always on the menu at Lulu’s, with live music and an outdoor play area. Filet’s on the Water pleases every palate with succulent steaks, sushi and seafood. Flying Fish Public Market and Grill serves up southern delicacies with a side of shrimp. For something on the cozier side, Joe’s Bar and Grill offers amazing cuisine matched only by the panoramic views of the saltwater marsh.

Beyond North Myrtle Beach

Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum

If you’re seeking a change of scenery, take the short drive south and explore some of our favorite things in the Myrtle Beach area. Broadway at the Beach is the total package—dining, shopping, live entertainment, special events and nightlife. You must take the crew to WonderWorks—dubbed an amusement park for the mind, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. You’ll have no trouble finding the place, since it’s the only upside-down building in town. Ripley’s Aquarium is here, too, along with more mini-golf courses and the thrilling Beach Rider jet boat. Get your picture taken with your favorite celebrities (sort of) at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center. Fulfill your need for speed driving a NASCAR race car around the Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is another local treasure, with the gigantic SkyWheel, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and the landmark 2nd Avenue Pier. Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and bring all your buccaneers to catch the swashbuckling excitement of the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.

Find your favorites with Vantage


Enjoy the view with Vantage!

We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to recommendations for your visit to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s the beauty of working with locals to book your vacation rental. We know the Grand Strand, we know what’s popular and we’re more than happy to help you find just what you’re looking for. Let’s start by finding your favorite accommodations. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at (888) 303-4110 to book the very best spot for your family and friends. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.