How to Have Family Fun in Myrtle Beach

September 22, 2014

Myrtle Beach is one of the top family vacation destinations in America.

One of the reasons it remains such a popular place to visit is the variety of things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach. In addition to spending time at beach or attending one of the many Myrtle Beach festivals, there are entertaining attractions available on the Grand Strand. On top of that, there are Myrtle Beach resorts that cater to families which means you can have plenty of fun without even leaving your resort. Read on to learn more about family fun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Kids Playing with Beach Ball on BeachThe Beach

You can easily entertain the kiddos for hours just by spending the day at the beach. Search for sea shells, build a sandcastle or simply splash around in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. If your kids are a bit older, pick up a boogie board and watch as they skim the top of the emerald waters. Pack a lunch or stop by one the many oceanfront cafes for a midday snack to keep you fueled.

Exterior of WonderWorks Museum Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Wonder Works

This Myrtle Beach attractions is a wonderland for kids. Known as an interactive amusement park for the minds, there are over 100 engaging exhibits on hand. Some of the most popular include the 360 Degree Bikes, Roller Coaster Simulators, Anti-Gravity Tunnel, Hurricane Shack, Bubble Lab and Virtual Sports Player. The best thing about WonderWorks is you can visit again and again and have a different experience each time.

family petting stingrays at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA

Ripley’s Aquarium

The most popular attraction on the Grand Stand, other than the beach, is Ripley’s Aquarium. Families love to visit the aquarium as kids are immersed in an ocean of fun. Engaging aquatic exhibits and informative displays let kids discover life under the sea. The Shark Tunnel provides incredible views of species such as sharks, eels and stingrays, while hands-on experiences let you touch a sting ray or horseshoe crab. Mermaid shows are performed in the aquariums, too, which mesmerize little ones.

outside view of magiquest


Kids love to use their imagination. At MagiQuest, they can become a part of the world’s largest live action game. Watch as they encounter wizards, goblins princesses and dragons, gaming their way through challenges with a magical wand. Collect treasures, level up and come back for more as your magic wand remembers your game play and lets you pick up where you left off on your last adventure.

kid dressed as pirate at pirates voyage

Pirates Voyage

Set sail on the high seas at the swashbuckling Pirates Voyage show. Kids love the lively atmosphere, which includes a full-sized pirate ship in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon. Two pirate crews – Sapphire and Crimson – battle it for rights to the buried treasure. Watch as live animals, acrobats, mermaids and divers present a show filled with stunning special effects and an original score by Dolly Parton. Kids can also get outfitted as a pirate before the show at Pirates Village, adding even more fun to the experience. The pirate feast fills buccaneer bellies of all ages, too, satisfying even the pickiest of eaters.

aerial view over Wild Water and Wheels Attraction in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA


When you’ve had enough fun in the sand and surf of the beach, head to Myrtle Beach waterparks. It’s a fun way to add even more aquatic fun to your beach vacation. Plus, kids will be entertained for hours on thrilling attractions, awesome splash zones and kid-themed lagoons. Parents will love adult lounge pools, lazy rivers and controlled wave pools. Two of the best options are Wild Water &Wheels and Family Kingdom Splashes Waterpark.

children sitting around outdoor building listening to teaching at Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Brookgreen Gardens & Zoo

This attraction is a win-win for families. Many might be familiar with Brookgreen Gardens as an elegant sculpture garden. However, the attraction is home to so much more for visitors to explore. For instance there is a zoo with baby otters, goats, bald eagles, horses and other native species, as well as a butterfly garden. Kids also love the daily animal programs at Mother Nature's Café and Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each house is based on a classic children’s story or nursery rhyme and has fun interactive elements such as swings, climbing walls, monkey bars and more.

close up of putter club at mini golf balls

Mini Golf

When you’re in Myrtle Beach you’ll spot a mini golf course around every turn. Stop at one for a fun round of play and a little family-friendly competition. Outdoor courses abound, although there are a few indoor courses perfect for a rainy day or even a cool option when you’ve had enough sun. Each Myrtle Beach minigolf course has its own theme too, ranging from buccaneers searching for treasure to deserted islands spewing volcanoes.

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel lit up in rainbow at night - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Myrtle Beach thrill rides

Take your kids on a trip aboard the giant Myrtle Beach SkyWheel for a birds-eye-view of the coast. Located on the oceanfront Boardwalk, the SkyWheel offers endless views of the Grand Strand during the day and really showcases the night lights of the town when you take an evening ride. You and your family will rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, all in a climate controlled gondola, take in panoramic views of your surroundings. Day or night, kids love this attraction.

Ferris Wheel and Rides at Family Kingdom - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Family Kingdom

A Grand Strand tradition for over 40 years, Family Kingdom offers classic family-friendly amusement at affordable prices. The seaside amusement park has over 30 rides, including the Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, bumper cars, a carousel, log flume ride, traditional carnival attractions and even carnival games. Plus, there is the Family Kingdom Oceanfront Waterpark is located right next door.

a boy and a girl in pirates hats standing at the outdoor pool at Captain's Quarters Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Captain's Quarters

Searching for a family-friendly hotel in Myrtle Beach? These five hotels keep families engrossed in activities while also staying affordable.

Captain’s Quarters: Unique pools and water features plus an on-site bowling alley make this resort a family favorite.

Sea Watch Resort: Six oceanfront pools, two lazy rivers and 10 hot tubs as well as year-round kids and family activities are highlights of Sea Watch Resort.

The Caravelle Resort: A block-long poolscape creates a large oasis of aquatic fun as do the indoor pool, seasonal kids club and Pirates Cove Ice Cream Shop.

outdoor pool overlooking the beach at The Caravelle Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

The Caravelle Resort

Springmaid Beach Resort: Six pools, two lazy rivers, the oceanfront BARnacles Bar & Grille, Marlin's Buffet, game arcade, fitness center and the famous 1,068-foot Springmaid Pier make Springmaid resort a top choice for families.

Landmark Resort: On-site mini-golf, a lazy river, a children's lazy river, five spa tubs, an oceanfront sundeck with a lazy river, splash pool, and on-site restaurant and lounge make a stay at Landmark Resort fun-filled and convenient.

Keep these ideas for Myrtle Beach family fun in mind while planning your next vacation to the Grand Strand.

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