From fishing piers and beaches to oceanfront amusement parks and mini golf courses, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a haven for families with kids of all ages. The marshes and waterways offer opportunities for canoeing and kayaking while spotting wildlife, and Treetop Adventure Courses let kids swing and climb through the lush coastal woods. If you’re looking for indoor fun on a misty day, choose from the children’s museums and family-friendly dinner theaters that are just steps from your accommodation. Check out North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, and book a stay today. North Myrtle Beach has more than enough activities to keep your kids entertained.

1. Hit the Rides at OD Pavilion Amusement Park

Nostalgic kiddie rides and carousels with views of the ocean await at the Myrtle Beach standby. While this amusement park has something for everyone, older kids are especially fond of the summertime amusement park thanks to its collection of thrill rides, including a high-flying roller coaster. The pavilion also offers traditional carnival fare, including games and deep-fried goodies to enjoy while feeling the salty sea breeze.

2. Practice Your Putt on a Mini Golf Course

Families with kids of all ages can putt their way to victory on one of the area’s many themed mini golf courses. Wander through a pirate or jungle course, or go for a hole-in-one amidst ancient ruins. You might even catch the US Open of Mini-golf or the Masters, the major mini golf tournaments that take place in the heart of Myrtle Beach.

3. Build Sand Castles at Cherry Grove Beach

The beaches are one of the most obvious attractions in North Myrtle Beach, and Cherry Grove Beach stands as local favorite thanks to its laid-back vibes with fewer crowds. Younger kids can build sand castles and play in the waves, and older kids might enjoy boogie boarding or taking a surf lesson while parents kick back on their beach recliners. Plus, this beach on the north side of town is just a short walk from your cozy vacation rental.

4. See Some Reptiles at Alligator Adventure

From lumbering alligators to turtles, lizards, and snakes, Alligator Adventure is a wildlife experience that draws families with kids of all ages to Barefoot Landing. Here kids can touch and hold pythons, watch alligators leap out of the water during feeding time, and get their picture taken with a live alligator. For smaller kids who might prefer a tamer experience, the park also offers exhibits with primates, Galapagos tortoises, and colorful macaws.

5. Take Your Kids to WonderWorks

More than 100 interactive exhibits, a laser tag arena, a 6D motion ride and an indoor rope challenge await at WonderWorks, a family favorite that combines entertainment with an educational experience. Here, younger kids can easily spend hours learning about everything from natural disasters to space exploration. Leave your vacation rental for the Grand Strand to find WonderWorks among the waterfront restaurants and shops. The upside-down building is impossible to miss.

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6. Eat Dinner in Another World

While ocean-side restaurants have their appeal, you can’t beat family-friendly dinner theater for a memorable North Myrtle Beach moment. Younger kids love seeing knights on horseback at Medieval Times, and Pirates’ Voyage offers an exciting show for buccaneers of all ages. Each theater provides a multi-course feast while you watch battles and acrobatics ensue. Buy your tickets online to guarantee your spots, and arrive a few minutes early to take advantage of extras such as Pirates’ Village at the Pirates’ Voyage theater.

7. Embark on a Kayak Adventure

The Salt Water Marsh, Waccamaw River and the big Atlantic all offer opportunities to set off on a Kayak adventure. Paddling through the water spotting turtles and waterfowl is especially appealing to older kids. Rent a few kayaks for a freestyle family excursion, or book a guided kayak tour through the Myrtle Beach waterways. For an extra special experience, book a glass bottom kayak tour so the kids can watch fish swim underneath them as they paddle.

8. Get Your Thrills at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course

Older kids and teenagers love the chance to fly over the water on a zip line, swing on ropes like Tarzan, and climb through treetops at this adventure course just minutes from your North Myrtle Beach vacation home. A dedicated crew is ready to help parents and kids make their way across the course, but the obstacles and bridges 40- to 50-feet above ground are best for kids who are comfortable in high places.

9. Try Some Fishing at Cherry Grove Pier

Older kids with a little extra patience have a great time walking the 985-foot pier to try casting a line alongside curious pelicans. Bring your poles from your vacation rental, and grab some bait at the pier’s tackle shop before trying to catch some mackerel. Tell the kids to keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the surf while they wait for a bite.

10. Get Amazing Views From the Skywheel

Step into a climate-controlled gondola to soar 200 feet above Myrtle Beach, enjoying views of Myrtle Beach and the vast Atlantic. While younger kids may get fidgety on this gradual ride, older kids love pointing out their favorite Myrtle Beach attractions from a bird’s eye perspective. Board the LED-lit Skywheel in the evening to see the promenade light up.

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