Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a premier beach destination with activities that the entire family can enjoy. From activities for adults (like Casino cruises) to activities that are entirely kid friendly (water and amusement parks) there is more to do at Myrtle Beach than you probably have time for!
As the name would imply, the number one most popular thing to do at Myrtle Beach is… going to the beach! Sporting over 60 miles of sand beaches, you can build sand castles, do water sports, or simply wade or swim in the water. Go parasailing, zip around on jet skis, or go scuba diving, the number of things you can do at the beach itself are practically endless and fit within the most modest vacation budgets. If you have a fisherman in your family (my family has 3) there is fishing opportunities available. If you fish on the pier, it’s free!
Top 5 Things to Do at Myrtle Beach
A must-do, Ripley’s Aquarium is a large complex of dining, rides, shops, and of course, an aquarium. They have a number of cool exhibits featuring fish and other sea creatures from around the world. The Rio Amazon exhibit shows fish found in the Amazon, from piranhas to the Silver Arawana (a fish that can jump 6 feet out of the water) there’s tons of unique, exotic fish to see. Want some danger and excitement? The Dangerous Reef exhibit is the largest and most popular exhibit at the aquarium featuring numberless fish along with very large, very cool sharks! Ripley’s Aquarium is a family friendly adventure that everyone will enjoy and is one of the many cool attractions found at Myrtle Beach.
An attraction designed for the young ones in your family, Pirate Adventures is a place where kids get to learn about the fun searching for treasure on the high seas. Kids get to dress up, put on pirate make-up, pirate tattoos, and learn to say ARRRR!! like a real pirate. On the pirate ship, Sea Gypsy, your kids will fight and defeat the dread Pirate Pete and will find their own treasure. Pricing is $25 per person and $12 for kids under 2.
Family Kingdom Seaside Amusement Park
Another grand adventure, Family Kingdom is the only seaside amusement park in Myrtle Beach. They have a wooden rollercoaster, a swinging pirate ship, and other fun thrill rides. On the ferris wheel you can get one of the most unique and beautiful views you may have as you can peer out over the beach and see the ocean. Along with thrill rides great for teenagers and adults, Family Kingdom also has many rides for small children so that everyone in your family can have fun. Family Kingdom also has a water park with water flumes, a lazy river, and pools.
The NASCAR Speedpark has tons of activities for everyone on your family to enjoy (especially the teenagers and adults). Experience life in the fast lane with high-speed tracks where you race just like you’re in the actual NASCAR races. With 6 different tracks available from tracks for kids to more advanced courses, there is a track that will fit with each member of your family. This park also features other attractions including a large arcade, a 36 hole mini-golf course, a rock wall, and even a NASCAR themed ferris wheel. The NASCAR Speedpark is an excellent day activity for your whole family to enjoy.
Sun Fun Festival
The Sun Fun Festival which occurs June 3-5 is a fun festival featuring bands, car shows, and water sports demonstrations and shows. This past year they had the stars from TLC’s “DC Cupcakes”, a convertible car show, a boiled peanut eating contest, and Jet Ski Stunt show along with band performances by Craig Woodlard Band and Mark Roberts Band.