Myrtle Beach Attractions

Typically hot in the summer (average high temperatures in the upper 80’s F) yet more temperate during the rest of the year, Myrtle Beach attractions make it South Carolina’s top four-season destination. The extended area is popularly known as the Grand Strand and stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, comprising 12 distinct cities, several golf courses, 60 mini-golf courses and 60 miles of sandy beaches.

It’s affordable and accessible to all families. Plenty of kid-friendly attractions amuse beach-goers during their time off the sand as well as on rainy days. Visitors can learn more about Myrtle Beach hotel and resort options or explore more area attractions at Visit Myrtle Beach. Meanwhile, read on for our favorite activities and attractions with kids.

Face painting at Barefoot Landing Mall at Myrtle Beach
When you tire of window shopping, there’s face painting at Barefoot Landing Mall in Myrtle Beach. Photo c. Barefoot Landing.

Great Fun For The Kids

(Toddler to Age 8)

EdVenture Myrtle Beach
3061 Howard Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843/839-0475
This interactive museum is set on the historic former Air Force grounds of Myrtle Beach’s Market Common district. Exhibits focus on flight, astronomy, space and STEM concepts to engage young learners. Older kids will especially enjoy the three-screen flight simulator.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Splashes Water Park
300 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843/626-3447
Family Kingdom is an old-fashioned amusement park with 38 rides, including a wooden roller coaster, plenty of kiddie rides, the Twist ‘n Shout steel roller coaster, the interactive Jump Around Dune Buggies and Magic Bikes. It also features an oceanfront water park with big slides for teens and a splash pool and dedicated kiddie zone for little ones.

Marsh Walk
Murrell’s Inlet
For something more relaxing, check out Marsh Walk, a mile-long wooden boardwalk constructed along a saltwater estuary. It is a commercial development but admission is free, and it’s scenic: beautiful views, bird-watching, plenty of shops and outdoor cafes and restaurants with some of the finest Lowcountry cuisine.

Broadway at the Beach at dusk, Myrtle Beach
Broadway at the Beach has a great waterfront location that makes it fun to visit day or night. Photo c. Broadway at the Beach

Fun For Older Children

(Up to Age 18)

Broadway at the Beach Mall
1325 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843/444-3200
Broadway at the Beach is a lifestyle mall on the marina with areas themed to New England, the Mediterranean and other waterfronts, plus accompanying attractions. There are shops, restaurants and several treats from the three sections of the vintage Pavilion Park amusement park. Spend the day to try the jet boat tours, ropes course, a carousel, Ripley’s Aquarium, Hollywood Wax Museum and TOPGOLF among many other paid attractions. Restaurants include the Hard Rock Cafe, Joe’s Crab Shack and Paula Deen Family Kitchen. On riany days, we like WonderWorks, an upside-down structure with 10 stories of mind-stimulating, interactive attractions.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, minor league baseball team of the Texas Rangers, play right across the street from the Broadway at the Beach complex. Reasonably priced tickets are available throughout baseball season.

Waccamaw River Tours
8496 Enterprise Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
888/315-9439
Enjoy some of the area’s best scenery and wildlife during a sightseeing cruise on a pontoon boat. On this quiet, 90-minute adventure you’ll explore the cypress-lined Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway looking for birdlife and wildlife within this National Wildlife Refuge. You may see large osprey nests, heron, egrets, cormorants and alligators or bison, zebra and emus while passing the back of the Waccatee Zoo.

Barefoot Landing Mall
4898 Highway 17 S
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843/272-8349, 800/272-2320 ext.108
This lakeside shopping, dining and entertainment complex in North Myrtle Beach earns its place as one of the grand “theme malls” of the area. The shopping area contains over 100 specialty and retail shops, plus several outlets and restaurants. The carousel, Alligator Adventure (home to Albino American Alligators, as well as hundreds of other alligators) and Lulu’s Beach Arcade may be especially enticing entertainment options for kids. Nighttime entertainment includes music at the House of Blues and shows at the Alabama Theatre founded by the country music group of the same name.

Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari
4898 South Highway 17
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843/361-4552
Is there an animal lover in the family? Then they will love The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station), a free-living tiger exhibit which features many different species of the large cat. Not only will animal enthusiasts get to hold their choice of baby tigers or apes, but this is one of the only places in the world where they will be able to see a Liger. Other attractions include tours at one of the two locations, night safaris and watching flying trained falcon and tiger feedings. Also available are Wild Encounter Tours, which are approximately three fun-filled hours of wolves, leopards, chimpanzees and many other rare animals for ages 6+. While you explore the preserve professional photographers shoot high quality photographs and video. Closed mid-November to late February.

Grandchildren on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach
The Grand Strand, a beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach, is the highlight of a Myrtle Beach family vacation. Photo c. GMBCVB

Fun For The Whole Family

Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 South Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
843/238-5325
This is one of the area’s most popular beaches and also South Carolina’s first state park, established by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1930. For families spending the night in an RV or tent, there are campsites with electricity, water, and hot showers and restrooms nearby.

Huntington Beach State Park
16148 Ocean Hwy
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843/237-4440
A little more off the beaten path, nearby 3-mile Huntington Beach remains the best-preserved beach on the Grand Strand. The surf at the beach is not too rough and it’s a good place to collect seashells — making it a fun beach for tiny travelers. The park also features its Coastal Exploration program, where from March to November, “field trips” allow visitors to join staff educators for alligator viewing, marsh and nature trail exploration and more. Another highlight of the park is the Atalaya Castle, a National Historic Landmark and former winter home of American sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington andhusband Archer.

Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843/235-6000
Located 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach on Pawley’s Island, Brookgreen Gardens showcases beautiful plant life and sculptures year-round. The Sculpture Garden is the largest outdoor display of American figurative sculpture in the world and features the work of over 250 artists. In the Garden Room for Children, kids play freely amongst childhood-related sculpture. Grandparents especially will appreciate that Brookgreen Gardens also operates an in-park shuttle, plus boating and walking trails through the historic grounds and past the homes of alligators, birds, foxes and otters. The Lowcountry Zoo is the place to watch playful otters and other rare animals in a natural environment.

Myrtle Beach Speedway
455 Hospitality Lane
Myrtle Beach SC 29579
843/236-0500
In operation since 1958 when it was a dirt track, this course has spawned many NASCAR greats and entertained generations of others. From February to October, try the NASCAR Racing Experience and drive your own car, guided only by an instructor who whispers in your ear as you prepare for timed races. The track also hosts the MB Nationals (formally NOPI), Drifting, concerts in the amphitheater, Horry County Fair, Monster Trucks and various other events including the kid-pleasing “Wheels of Destruction” show.

Myrtle Beach boardwalk at night.
The Myrtle Beach boardwalk bustles at night.

Medieval Times Myrtle Beach Castle
2904 Fantasy Way
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
888/935-6878
Medieval Times presents a two-hour live tournament with pageantry, adventure, chivalry and a four-course dinner. One thousand guests fit inside the stadium-style arena, which is divided into sections, each with its own knight and horse to cheer for. If you’ve neer been to one, it’s a fun night out.

Carolina Opry
8901 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843/913-4000
Another one of Myrtle Beach’s big budget performance productions, the Carolina Opry offers nightly shows and even a Christmas Special beginning in November in its 2,200-seat theater. The celebration of live music and comedy covers the genres of rock, Broadway, gospel, the music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s and lots of country western stars.

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