Planning a trip? Here’s a look at things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids. Dave and I recently had a fantastic trip to the area and discovered all kinds of fun things for families to do.
Flight, accommodations, gift card, and press pass provided.
You can check out our other posts here:
- 3 Days In Myrtle Beach: Our Itinerary – This is a long one and it’s full of lots of photos!
- Where To Eat In Myrtle Beach – Warning! don’t read this if you’re hungry!
- Where To Stay In Myrtle Beach – Palm trees? hammocks? indoor & outdoor pool? spa? steps to the beach? yep, you can find all of this in one place
Here’s a look at a few of our favorites things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids:
Ripley’s Aquarium Of Myrtle Beach
We were amazed by everything jam packed into Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach! There’s a stingray touch tank, a winding underwater tunnel full of sharks, sawfish, giant turtles, and more, a horseshoe crab touch tank, Rainbow Rock, Rio Amazon, and a Living Gallery which includes an octopus, seahorses, and others. One of our favorite sections was Planet Jellies.
This area was recently expanded and it is full of thousands of jellyfish all floating serenely in backlit, color changing tanks. It’s mesmerizing!
On the website, Wonderworks describes itself as, “an amusement park for the mind with 50,000 square feet of edu-tainment.” this is the perfect place to take the kids on a rainy day, to get out of the sun, or just because. Who can resist an upside down building full of more than 100 hands on exhibits?! There are a wide variety of areas to explore including: Natural Disasters, Physical Challenge Zone, Light & Sound Zone, Space Discovery, Imagination Lab, and Far Our Art Gallery. There’s even a glow in the dark ropes course, a laser tag arena, and a 6D Extreme Motion Ride XD Theater. On top of all that kids can soar 50 feet above the water on The Zipline.
Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach is a fun place to stroll around any time of the day. It’s full of shops, restaurants, and attractions. Kids will love the Backstage Mirror Maze, Beach Rider Jet Boat, Broadway Grand Prix, Interactive Fountain, Myrtle Waves Water Park, Old Tyme Portraits, Pavilion Parks with amusement rides like the Wave Swinger, Carousel, Rocket Ride, and more. Some shops that kids would love include: It’s Sugar, Marbles The Brain Store, Del Sol, Klig’s Kites, Toys & Co. and many others. There’s also a couple of theaters and in the summer you can watch fireworks a couple of nights every week.
Brookgreen Gardens is one of America’s premier gardens where you can find beautiful flowers, amazing sculptures, and even a zoo. There are sculptures for adults to enjoy as well as a children’s sculpture garden with nooks for children to hide in, things to climb, and sculpture animals to enjoy.
Families can stop in the Welcome Center and pick up a Brookgreen Detective Booklet for kids where they can investigate, explore, and enjoy art while following clues, sketching drawings, and even playing word games. Once completed, kids can turn it in for a sticker and a prize. There is also a Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail with interactive stations. It is located near the Enchanted Storybook Forest which is a collection of adorable houses built based on a classic children’s story or nursery rhyme.
The zoo is fun and kids will enjoy seeing horses, foxes, eagles, a butterfly house, owls, an aviary full of birds, and even playful otters.
Myrtle Beach Skywheel
The Myrtle Beach Skywheel is 200 feet above sea level and has 42 climate controlled fully enclosed gondolas that hold 2-6 people. It’s a spectacular way to get a view of the Grand Strand, the beach, and the ocean. The ride is memorable and is right in the middle of everything so you can see it all!
The biggest attraction at Myrtle Beach is, of course, the beach! With sand, sun, waves, and shells, the beach is a wonderful place to swim in the ocean, build sandcastles and memories. While there in January, we went to the beach just steps outside our hotel, the Myrtle Beach Marriott Grand Dunes Resort & Spa, and were excited to see so many shells! If you have a kid who loves shelling this will keep them smiling for hours.
Other things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids include:
- Putt-putt/Mini-golf – there are miniature golf courses galore, you can play a new one every day
- Barefoot Landing – a unique shopping, dining, and entertainment destination situated on a 27-acre lake
- Children’s Museum of South Carolina – interactive exhibits where kids can explore & play while learning about the world
- Waterparks – the above mentioned Myrtle Waves as well as Splashes and Wild Water & Wheels will keep everyone cool and having fun all day long
- Family Kingdom Amusement Park – Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park with coasters, waterslides, bumper cars, thrill rides and more
- Alligator Adventure – 15 acres that is home to over 200 animals including alligators, crocodiles, emus, owls, kookaburra, macaws, frogs, lizards, marmosets, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, tortoises, and many more
- Dolphin Cruises – head out into the ocean with a sightseeing company to relax while cruising to the best dolphin viewing locations
As you can see, when looking for things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids you’ll have many choices. There is so much to see and do in the area that there is something for everyone. It’s a wonderful vacation destination where you can enjoy every minute together making unforgettable memories!
For more ideas:
- Check out the Visit Myrtle Beach site
- Read our 3 Days In Myrtle Beach Itinerary post
- Check out Where To Eat in Myrtle Beach
- Learn about Where To Stay in Myrtle Beach
There are some really awesome things to do in Myrtle Beach. I have wanted to visit here for the last 30 years but have not been able to. I hope one day to be able to take a vacation.