As one of North Myrtle Beach’s premiere neighborhoods, Cherry Grove Beach is a popular spot to find a vacation rental along the beach, or something a little quieter a few blocks away from the shoreline. This area is relatively more low-key than Myrtle Beach, but it still offers plenty of activities for a family looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Book a stay at a Cherry Grove Beach vacation rental today. Check out the most exciting family-friendly activities at Cherry Grove Beach.

1. Cherry Grove Beach Pier

The iconic Cherry Grove Beach Pier is a popular spot for fishing or just catching some rays. Pack your fishing gear before leaving your vacation rental or stop at the bait shop before you get to the pier for supplies. Find the perfect spot on the pier to toss your line in the sea. When hunger strikes, a couple of restaurants await you near the pier. If fishing isn’t your thing, walk down to the two-story observation deck to see the dolphins swimming offshore or boats gliding over the waves.

2. Alligator Adventure

If your kids love reptiles, a trip to Alligator Adventure will thrill them. This adventure park lets them get a look at a variety of reptiles, including the namesake alligators. Stay long enough to see one of the live shows. Your children will learn more about life in the swamp and the reptiles that make their home there.

3. T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station

Spend a day visiting the large cats and other rescued animals at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, a wildlife park for larger animals rescued from precarious situations. The park covers 50 acres and gives you a closer look at these large cats than you get at a typical zoo. Your children will beg to have their photos taken petting a tiger cub.

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4. O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park

Take the kids to the O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park for a night of rides, games, and carnival food. Your teens and tweens will find a plethora of thrilling rides, including roller coasters and go-karts, while younger kids can ride the carousel and other slower rides. Try the games of skill to win teddy bears, and enjoy funnel cakes, hot dogs on a stick, and cotton candy.

5. Heritage Shores Nature Preserve

Take a stroll around the wooden walking trails of the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve that extend into the Cherry Grove Marsh. This unique ecosystem holds unique flora and fauna for your children to see. As you walk through this 7-acre park, signs provide information on the things you see and on the marshes’ conservation efforts. A dock provides access to the small pond by canoe or kayak if you want to get out on the water.

6. Professor Hacker’s Dinosaur Adventure Golf

Your kids are bound to enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition at Professor Hacker’s Dinosaur Adventure Golf. This dino-themed mini golf park offers two different courses with 18 holes each. Your kids will squeal when they see the 85-foot steamship upon arrival. After playing both courses, take the family to one of the local ice cream parlors to celebrate the winners — and everyone’s a winner.

7. Boat Charter

Move off the beach and out onto the water with a boat charter for a day of dolphin-watching or deep-sea fishing. Several companies in North Myrtle Beach, including Voyager Deep Sea Fishing and Dolphin Cruises and North Myrtle Beach Fishing Charters, offer charters for both. A couple of local outfitters will rent your family a boat so you can navigate the waters yourself.

8. Inlet Point Plantation

At Inlet Point Plantation, your family can spend a day horseback riding. Schedule a trail ride at the plantation, or ride the horses along the beach, with water hitting your ankles as the horse trots through the surf. Horseback rides occur almost any time of day, including a sunset or sunrise ride along the beach. Smaller children enjoy the pony rides with a handler leading the pony along the trail.

9. Take a Kayak Tour

If you brought your own kayaks, keep them in the garage of your vacation rental. If you want to learn to kayak or enjoy a tour of the waterways, then Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions has all the equipment you need. A local guide will teach your family the basics of kayaking, and tell you about the history of the area as you kayak on the ocean or a smaller waterway.

10. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Spend an afternoon watching the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. No, not the birds, but the local baseball team. Get your hot dogs and popcorn before taking your seats to cheer on the local team. During the summer months, the team holds summer camps for children who enjoy playing ball.

11. NewWave Water Sports

With NewWave Water Sports, your family can enjoy some thrills. This company offers tours of the North Myrtle Beach coastline on a banana boat that slices through the water as it’s pulled by a motorboat. If you want to go vertical, opt for parasailing. You’ll fly through the air behind the boat, enjoying amazing views from your new vantage point.

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