Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a prime target for family vacationers. The area’s mild, coastal climate and host of accommodations and entertainment options make it a perfect getaway choice for any family. The busy trappings of modern life can make it difficult for families to spend quality time together. Myrtle Beach can serve not only as a relaxing vacation escape, but also as an opportunity for your family to experience quality bonding time.
Myrtle Beach has it all
There is no shortage of family-friendly activities in Myrtle Beach. You can start out with Ripley’s Aquarium, where you and the kids will not only have a blast, you might also learn something. Located in Broadway at the Beach, an entertainment and dining complex, Ripley’s Aquarium is 85,000 square feet filled with the most fascinating sea creatures on the planet. Make your way down a 340-foot-long, moving glide path in Dangerous Reef, a clear acrylic tunnel where you can almost reach out to everything from snappers to sea turtles and everyone’s favorite sea predators, SHARKS! General admission prices include dive shows, marine science presentations and special exhibitions.
While you’re at Broadway at the Beach®, take time to explore other attractions, if for nothing else than future reference, because if you’re vacationing in Myrtle Beach for any length of time, you’re likely to find something else of interest in South Carolina’s largest entertainment complex. The 350 acres of Broadway at the Beach are home to more than 200 restaurants and 100 specialty shops as well as two cinema complexes, a nightclub district, theaters with live shows, and other major venues.
If after such a full day you’re looking for a nice sunset dinner in seaside ambience, the 2nd Ave Pier & Restaurant is a picturesque choice. The menu includes not only fresh seafood, but chicken, barbecue and burgers, too.
Now you’re on to Day 2. If you’re like most who vacation in Myrtle Beach, seaside attractions are probably at the top of your to-do list. If you’re looking for adventure, Ocean Watersports can satisfy those urges. Rent personal watercraft, go parasailing, or—if you’re looking for something you’d be even less likely to do at home—take a ride on a banana boat. The banana boat, which accommodates up to six people, can take you down the coast, and then offshore for a spectacular view of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. And if you like parasailing, you’ll probably love riding in a helicopter. The pilots for Huffman Helicopters will take you on a 2-mile ride over to the beach and back with panoramic views.
But even more than outdoor activities, Myrtle Beach is synonymous with golf—including mini-golf. In fact, it bills itself as the mini-golf capital of the country. And if you’re in the mood for a little friendly family competition, try Mount Atlanticus Minotaur Golf. The 36-hole layout in a jungle habitat is full of huts, mythical creatures and other fun surprises.
Another family attraction worth visiting is Medieval Times®, where the royal treatment includes partaking in a meal fit for a king and watching from ringside as brave knights engage in jousting, sword and ax battles.
A more conventional (and current) option is Barefoot Landing, located along the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, which offers shopping, dining, and family entertainment. The landing is situated in natural surroundings where waterfowl, exotic fish and other wildlife make their homes. Gentle breezes blow across the 27-acre lake, making a stroll along the boardwalk a serene experience. Keep an eye out for upcoming events that may include everything from carnival games and pony rides, and live music.
These are but a few of the places to play in Myrtle Beach, truly as diverse in family-friendly attractions as any vacation spot you can imagine.