Family Activities in Myrtle Beach, SC
Barefoot Landing is practically a destination of its own at Myrtle Beach. Designed to look and feel like an old fishing village, families will love spending the day checking out the shops, with both local and well-known name brands, and eating at one of the numerous restaurants -- younger kids especially like dancing along with the wait staff at the 1950’s themed diner Johnny Rockets. Beyond just shopping and eating, Barefoot Landing's biggest family hit is Alligator Adventure, home to more than 700 alligators! Local’s Tip -- go online and get a free Preferred Members card before you arrive for discounts at many of the stores and dining locations.
Whether you're looking to tent camp, bring a motorhome or rent a cabin while you explore the area, or just to relax on the beach for the day, Myrtle Beach State Park should be at the top of your list. The campgrounds are clean and spacious, each with its own water and power hook-ups and free wi-fi at the main campground. If you're at the park for the day or for the week, be sure to try your hand at some salt water fishing off the pier for flounder, king mackerel and trout (fishing licenses can be purchased online or at the bait store). Admission to the park is $4 per adult (16 and older), $2.50 per senior citizens (65 and older), $1.50 per child age 6-15 and children 5 and younger are free. Visitors will tell you it is well worth it!
Myrtle Waves is the largest water park in South Carolina with more than 30 slides, a lazy slow-flowing river, a faster racing river with skim boards, a toddler spray park and large wave pool -- there truly is something for every member of the family here! If you have young ones who may need to take a rest or get out of the heat, consider renting a cabana for your visit at the park -- they have weekday packages that are reasonably priced and include a meal. Insider Tip -- pay the extra $4 to have your own personal tube for the slides and lazy river, otherwise you may get stuck waiting in line for one when the park is busiest.
Looking for a good, old-fashioned amusement park with cotton candy and a thrill-of-a-ride on a wooden rollercoaster? Family Kingdom is the place for you! More than 30 rides are located in the park that is across the street from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Family Kingdom Water Park, Myrtle Beach’s only oceanfront water park. No admission is charged at the park. Instead, choose either a wristband for unlimited rides or a ticket book, depending on how much you want to ride and for how long. Parents especially love that Family Kingdom is clean and the employees are helpful and friendly. New in 2011, The Picnic Pavilion is centrally located in the amusement park and can be rented for events. It is spacious enough for up to 100 people. Catering is available.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, admission is free to the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, across from Springmaid Pier. Locals shorten the museum’s name to The Art Museum. The building itself dates back to 1924 and was saved from demolition by the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild. Collections of artwork by regional and Southern artists grace the walls, alongside exhibitions like children’s literature character Babar’s World Tour, interactive and with original paintings and drawings. Offering something for everyone, adults and children alike, there is a gift shop full of handcrafted items made by local authors and artists.