If you’re planning a beach vacation for the family in the near future, you’ll probably need to start researching all the best family-friendly places to stay and attractions before heading down. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and have provided a complete guide to planning a Myrtle Beach Family Vacation!
Family-Friendly Places to Stay
South Bay Inn & Suites
South Bay Inn & Suites is the newest hotel in Myrtle Beach with amazing family-friendly amenities for you to enjoy during your stay! Our rooms and suite offer added comfort to your stay with free WiFi, guest conveniences, and more. All our suites are equipped with kitchenettes or full kitchens.
South Bay Inn & Suites is in a prime location right on the bustling Myrtle Beach Boardwalk! The Boardwalk is a mile long and its surrounded by some of the best attractions and restaurants in Myrtle Beach.
Indoor Water Park
Apart from its convenient location, South Bay Inn & Suites is the only hotel on the boardwalk with a waterpark. The waterpark is available to use all year-round as its enclosed and heated during the winter months.
Families can enjoy the use of our game room which has a variety of games like pool tables, a ping pong table, and a Foosball table.
The #1 attraction for families in Myrtle Beach, the beach of course! Build a sandcastle, surf the waves on your boogie-board, or enjoy a beach picnic with the entire family.
Broadway at the Beach
Popular among tourists and locals, Broadway at the Beach offers dining, shopping, and entertainment for all! You can enjoy multiple attractions like zip-lining across Lake Broadway, chowing down at one of the many delightful restaurants like the Grumpy Monks, or dance the night away during one the Great American Summer Nights events.
On the north end of Myrtle Beach, you’ll find a fun open-air entertainment complex called Barefoot Landing. This is another great place for the family to spend the day or evening dining at the unique restaurants, shopping at a variety of boutiques, or just enjoying a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk.
There are two state parks located on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach State Park, and Huntington Beach State Park.
Myrtle Beach State Park Myrtle Beach State Park is open from 6 am to 10 pm from March through November, and 6 am to 8 pm from December through February. The cost of admission into the park is $8 per adult and $4 for children 6-15 years old. Patrons can enjoy picnicking under picnic shelters, beach access, walking trails, and more.
Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park is located on the south end of Myrtle Beach and is open daily from 6 am to 6 pm and extended until 10 pm during summer months. Admission into the park is $8 per adult and $4 for children 6-15 years old. Patrons can enjoy the Atalaya castle, horseback riding, beach access, picnicking shelters, birdwatching, and more.
Boat Tour or Watersport Rentals
There are watersports galore available up and down the Grand Strand. Take the family parasailing, rent a pontoon boat, or catch one of the many dolphin cruises available. Myrtle Beach Watersports offer services and rentals including jet-skiing tours and pontoon boat rentals. Island Adventure Watersport offers wakeboarding services, kayaking, and paddleboarding tours.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
As we mentioned above, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a prime location for families along the Grand Strand. There are so many places to eat, shop, or play right on the boardwalk including Moe Moon’s, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, I Love Sugar, and more! Hot Summer Nights on the boardwalk and promenade are also a lot of fun, you can enjoy free live entertainment, music, and kids activities.
Myrtle Beach has it’s very own minor league baseball team, the Pelicans! A ball game is always a fun family activity and the Pelicans make it even more fun with themed weekday games. Grab tickets to Pirate Night, Friday Family Fireworks Night, Taco Tuesday, and other fun themes. Ticket prices vary based on the game.
Known as the Mini-Golf Capital of the world, Myrtle Beach has too many mini-golf courses to count! Some of our favorites include Mt. Atlanticus, Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure, Captain Hook, and Spyglass Adventure Golf.
The fun continues with the seemingly endless attractions for families in Myrtle Beach. Below are some of the best on the Grand Strand.
If you’re looking for the best view on the beach, head over to the SkyWheel. You’ll be lifted 200-feet in the air and have a 360-degree view of the beautiful beach and city in all it’s glory. Tickets start at $14 per adult and $9 per child per flight. Each flight lasts approximately 12 minutes.
A place filled with fun AND educational activities is at WonderWorks. The whole family can join in on the interactive exhibits and learn about topics like extreme weather, light & sound, art, space, and more! WonderWorks tickets start at $27.99 for adults and $19.99 for children and can be bundled with other fun activities like the zip line and ropes course.
Another tourist favorite is the Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach. Mom, Dad, and the kids will be awe as they explore the sea life on display here. The newest and probably cutest exhibit to come to Ripley’s Aquarium is the penguin exhibit! Aquarium day passes are $34.99 for adults, $24.99 for children 6-11, and $12.99 for children 3-5.
If you’re looking for thrills take the family to Family Kingdom amusement park! At Family Kingdom, you and your family can ride all the rides including the Galleon, Sling Shot, Thunderbolt, and so many others! Rides range from 3-5 tickets per ride and tickets cost $1.15 per ticket plus tax. Grab a day pass for $29.45 each and ride as many rides as you’d like all day long.
Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park
Do you feel the need for speed? Well, speed among other things is what you’ll get when you hang out at Broadway Grand Prix. Enjoy all the tracks and unlimited mini-golf with an All You Can Ride Wristband, $39.99 for adults, $29.99 for kids, and $12.99 for toddlers.
810 Billards & Bowling
A night filled with family competition, great food, and laughs are waiting for you at 810 Billard & Bowling at The Market Common. 810 features a ton of great games including billiards, shuffleboard, bowling, darts, and tables where you can sit with the family and play board games. You can also dine on mouthwatering pub grub and pizza. You can sit down at a table dine or order right from your bowling lane.
There is no shortage of restaurants on the Grand Strand and most of them are family-friendly. But, if you’re looking for something special with a little more action and a show while you eat, we got you covered.
The kids will get a kick out of the mermaids, animals, pirates searching for their lost treasure at Pirates Voyage. You’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner which will consist of bread, soup, a half chicken roasted, potatoes, corn, and delicious apple pie.! They can even go early for a VIP experience that includes face painting and more. Dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage start at $49 for adults and $24 for children.
Step back in time when Kings and Queens ruled at Medieval Times. You and the family can pick which Knight you’ll cheer on as you dine on a 4-course meal. Dinner includes garlic bread, soup, roasted chicken, corn, potatoes, and dessert. The cost of admission starts at $55.95 for adults and $28.95 for children 12 and under.
Important Update: We have made several resort updates in response to COVID-19. At this time we will not longer offer the complimentary breakfast buffet. Staff procedures including enhanced cleaning practices, wearing masks, social distancing, and more will be standard to make your stay at South Bay both fun and safe!