So you’re planning a trip to the beach, and not just any beach but Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Before you arrive and settle into your vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, you’ll want to explore all there is to do and see in this charming Southern city. Myrtle Beach provides an abundance of opportunities for family fun. Visit prominent museums and attractions, or simply lay down a towel down on the sandy beach while your kids play in the surf. Here’s a quick look at the top 10 things to do with kids while staying in Myrtle Beach.
1. Myrtle Waves
When you’re tired of sand sticking to your bathing suit, but want to enjoy the water, head over to Myrtle Waves. Located in the heart of the action, Myrtle Waves offers water slides, lazy rivers, and pools for cooling off and stays open throughout the summer season. Find a seat at one of the numerous beach chairs or rent a cabana for some privacy. The park offers two lazy rivers, seven slides, and several pools. Take your younger kids to Saturation Station to play on the water playground, and enjoy a gigantic bucket of water dumped over your head every 10 minutes.
2. Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
On a rainy afternoon, the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is one of the most popular places for families in Myrtle Beach. This center features three distinct areas. At the wax museum, you and the kids can create selfies to post on social media with some of the most popular famous people from government, movies, and entertainment. For the youngest members of your family, there’s Hannahs Maze of Mirrors, where you make your way through a maze of mirrors to save a princess. The final area is Outbreak Dread the Undead, where you battle zombies and restore humanity.
London has the London Eye, and Myrtle Beach has the SkyWheel. Take your family on a ride that they’ll remember forever for its stunning views. Located on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, the SkyWheel takes your family high above the ground for spectacular views of the city, beach, and ocean. Made from glass, each pod is climate-controlled, so it’s a comfortable ride all year long. At night, lights make it a brilliant attraction.
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4. Myrtle Beach Pier
At least once, you and the family have to take a stroll down the Myrtle Beach Pier that stretches well into the ocean. Pack a lunch at your vacation rental, and enjoy a picnic on the pier, but watch out for seagulls they love to share. Take plenty of pictures or get up early to watch the sunrise from the end. You can even try your hand at fishing for your supper from this locale.
5. Ripley’s Aquarium
Take a break from playing on the beach, and let the kids learn more about the life that lives under the waves at the Ripley’s Aquarium. Watch your kids gasp in amazement as sharks, fish, and sea turtles swim above their heads and beside them in the shark tunnel. At the touch tanks, you and your kids can feel the skin of stingrays and horseshoe crabs. Of course, since it’s Ripley’s property, there’s an entire section devoted to rare and hardly ever talked about sea creatures.
6. Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park
Have a speed demon in your family? A day at the Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park will show who drives the fastest with its selection of go-karts and tracks. This park offers seven tracks with varying levels of skill needed for each. For the youngest members of the family, there are two mini golf courses, a carousel, batting cages, and an arcade. Additionally, there’s a kiddie Speedway with rides for smaller members of your family.
7. Family Kingdom
It’s hard to find a kid that doesn’t love an amusement park, and the Family Kingdom, an amusement park with attached water park, is one of the hottest tickets in town. Take your kids for an evening of fun and thrills at this park. Ride all of the 35 rides, from fun for the little kiddies to bone-chilling thrills for the older ones, including you and your hubby. Take your shot at one of the carnival games and enjoy some fair food.
Trick your kids into learning about science while they think that they’re just having fun at WonderWorks. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the upside down building. In addition to the 100 hands-on activities, there’s a zip line and ropes course. One area encourages your family to consider oddities in nature. There’s also an area to play laser tag.
9. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
All the excitement happens on the boardwalk. In addition to being a great place for an evening stroll or to get up and watch the sunrise over the ocean, it’s the center of all the entertainment. Most of the places on this list are on the boardwalk or within easy walking distance. Stop for a bite to eat on the boardwalk at one of the most popular places, Landshark Bar and Grill, Mammy’s Kitchen, and many others.
10. Brookgreen Gardens
Get out and get some fresh air in a lush and beautiful setting at the Brookgreen Gardens. This public garden offers a zoo, boat rides, and live entertainment at certain times. The small zoo includes three sections: native animal, domestic animals, and an aviary. Learn more about local history on the boat road or one of the walking trails with plaques that provide essential information. End the day in the sculpture garden, and possibly water a master sculpture at work during a live demonstration.
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