Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark, Myrtle Beach, Photo: Courtesy of the Resort
Oceanfront Suite at Caravelle Resort on Myrtle Beach: Photo: Courtesy of the Resort
Bowling Alley at Captain's Quarters Resort, Myrtle Beach: Photo: Courtesy of the Resort
Play on the Gentle Surf at Ocean Creek Resort, Photo: Courtesy of the Resort

It’s tough to find a destination with more family-friendly hotels and resorts all in one location than Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Designed to entertain all ages both indoors and out, many Grand Strand resorts feature fun attractions like water parks, lazy rivers, arcades and even bowling alleys, not to mention miles of Atlantic Ocean beach — adding to the area’s appeal for multigenerational family getaways and big family reunions.

Named TripAdvisor’s No. 1 US Summer Travel Destination in 2014 and 10Best.com’s No. 3 Best Kid-Friendly Destination in 2015, Myrtle Beach is filled with options to keep families as busy as they want to be without ever even having to leave the hotel. Check out our guide to the top Myrtle Beach attractions for families.

Budget Resorts of Myrtle Beach
 

Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark
2913 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
800/291-6598
$-$$
Entirely renovated in 2014, Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark offers the most oceanfront accommodations in Myrtle Beach with many of its more than 500 rooms within view of the ocean. Most rooms also include mini-kitchens for easy breakfasts, snacks or quick meal preparation. The resort’s waterpark includes two enclosed four-story waterslides, a kiddie slide and a full waterpark with lazy river, play area, pools and more, which is enclosed during cooler seasons. Kids can go gaming at the Towne Center Arcade to earn prizes, and families can meet up at the ice cream shop, coffee bar or casual oceanfront restaurant for a meal.

Captain’s Quarters
901 S. Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
800/291-6545
$-$$
Should you happen upon the rare rainy day on the Grand Strand, the 20-lane AMF bowling alley at Captain’s Quarters is a perfect activity as are a choice of indoor water features and pools. On sunny days, the expansive outdoor area includes the Ship Wreck Lagoon kids waterpark, lazy rivers, three outdoors pools and five whirlpools. After a meal at the oceanfront Vista 9 for breakfast or the Loco Gecko for lunch, head back to the room and enjoy the views from the private balcony. Onsite laundry, refrigerators and microwaves offer more convenience and savings for families.

Landmark Resort
1501 S Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
800/845-0658; 843/448-9441
$-$$
Stays at Landmark Resort on the south end of Myrtle Beach provide access to the nearby H2OASIS Waterpark, which is not only has a full waterpark, but a 9-hole putt putt course. At the resort, guests will find kiddie pools and a water play area, plenty of hot tubs, an oceanfront pool and spacious pool deck. Choose from accommodations ranging from regular-style hotel rooms to roomy penthouse suites, depending on the size of your group, each with private balconies, fridges, microwaves and basic dinnerware.

Caravelle
6900 N. Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
800/297-3413
$-$$
Famous for its pool area, which runs a full block, the brightly-colored Caravelle Resort sits in the heart of the action in Myrtle Beach close to popular attractions like Broadway at the Beach, Tanger Outlets and Barefoot Landing. Head to the huge pool deck for fun in the sun in the resort’s Wild Water pool, children’s lazy river and hot tub. For a quieter respite, the seventh floor offers an indoor pool, whirlpools and sundeck. There are numerous options for dining, some of which are only open seasonally, including the Southern buffet-style Santa Maria restaurant.

 

Mid-Priced Resorts along the Myrtle Beach Coastline
 

South Wind on the Ocean Resort
5310 N. Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
800/411-1962
$$
Indulge in upscale decor and beautifully-landscaped gardens with waterfalls and reflecting pools at South Wind on the Ocean, a Myrtle Beach resort on the north end of the Grand Strand. Family-friendly with an oceanfront lazy river and several oceanfront pools, the resort offers many options for accommodation sizes with one to five-bedroom condos — all with private balconies — available. Condos feature granite counters, cookware, range, dishwasher and refrigerator for more of the comforts of home.  

Ocean Creek Resort
10600 N Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
800/303-6829
$$
For active families who love getting out into nature, Ocean Creek offers 57 acres of walking and biking within its secluded oceanfront habitat, which is also ideal for fishing, boogie-boarding and collecting shells. For even more beach-side fun, there is an oceanfront playground, beach volleyball, six outdoor pools, one indoor pool, Jacuzzi and on-site tennis center. The Four Seasons restaurant offers a Southern style breakfast daily, and the seasonal Oceanfront Beach Club and Bar serves up drinks and lunches poolside. At the end of the day, head to a stylish oceanfront condo or large garden home for a spacious getaway.

 

Luxury Resorts

Ocean’s One Resort
102 S. Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
866/626-2033
$$-$$$
The modern and contemporary Ocean’s One is right on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, putting it in close proximity to many of the area’s main attractions. Many rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum ocean views, along with private balconies. Most have kitchens and a Jacuzzi tub. Outdoors, splash around the children’s play area with bucket dumps, umbrellas and more, swim in the oceanfront pool or cruise in the lazy river. Indoors, enjoy pools with waterfalls as well as hot tubs.

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
8121 Amalfi Place
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843/913-1333
$$-$$$
A AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, the Marina Inn on the intracoastal waterway offers a more upscale family experience a few minutes from the beach. Oversized guest rooms from one to four bedrooms are available with features such as travertine tiles, glass shower with rainshower head, washer/dryers and full kitchens in two- and three-bedroom condos. The resort also offers golf at the Resort Course at Grande Dunes, tennis at the Grande Dunes Tennis Club and is close to Myrtle Beach Water Sports for easy access to jet skis and boat rentals. Plus, its infinity-edge outdoor pool and hot tubs, as well as indoor pool and sauna offer plenty of opportunities for water fun.

 

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