Top Ten Things to Do with Kids in Myrtle Beach
We get questions over and over asking us what Myrtle Beach has to offer for kids. The simple answer is: PLENTY! Exciting beaches, amusement parks with thrilling rides, hundreds of attractions and annual events are just a few of the things offered along the Grand Strand for the whole family. It’s tough to decide what to do with so many options out there. To help you out, we’ve narrowed it down to the top ten things to do for kids of all ages in Myrtle Beach.
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Most people think of expansive gardens and beautiful sculptures when they hear about Brookgreen Gardens. But, did you know that they have their very own zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums? As the only zoo with that honor along the coast in the Carolinas, you can spot baby otters (born in March), Spanish goats, bald eagles, Marsh Tacky horses and a handful of other native animal species on the grounds. Visit the website at www.brookgreen.org for hours of operation.www.brookgreen.org for hours of operation.
Plan a day at a Myrtle Beach waterpark. Not only is it a great way to cool off but your kids will be entertained for hours. Just south of Myrtle Beach, Wild Water & Wheels offers 24 slides, a Wipe Out Wave Pool, Kiddie Lagoon and an adult lounge pool. Myrtle Waves is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach and is comprised of over one million gallons of water on its expansive property. Gigantic slides like the turbo twisters, raft rides and fun family attractions will have your kids begging for more. The parks stay open through the summer season.
Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is a family-friendly attraction that has three separate attractions under one roof. For one, there is the Hollywood Wax Museum which features where you and your kids will love seeing life-like wax sculptures of your favorite celebrities. The second attraction is a favorite with younger kids, and it is called Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. Rescue Hannah from Ugly Hetty’s spell by helping your kids through the mirror maze. Finally, the third attraction is Outbreak: Dread the Undead which may be a little scary for smaller children, but a blast for those who are a little older. Make your way through a maze to escape from zombies!
To see Myrtle Beach in a completely different way, be sure to plan a ride or two on the SkyWheel, located on the oceanfront boardwalk. You and your family will sit high above the Atlantic Ocean in a climate-controlled glass gondola with panoramic views of downtown Myrtle Beach and beyond. The attraction is open year-round and each night one million lights strategically placed on the wheel deliver an amazing show. Day or night, this is something your entire family will love.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament offers an escape to a time long ago when scores were settled by knights through jousting, sword fights and ancient weapons. The dinner show offers all of that and more as you cheer your knight and their horse on to victory. A beautiful princess and her father will meet you at the door as your arrive. The Bill of Fare includes a hearty meal you must eat with using only your hands- an added bonus for kids.
New to the beach this year is WonderWorks, a “museum for the mind,” located at Broadway at the Beach. With over 100 hands-on exhibits,laser-tag area, ropes course and zip-lines, you can visit the attraction over and over and still discover something new. An Anti-Gravity Tunnel, Hurricane Shack, 360 Degree Bikes and Roller Coaster Simulators are just a few of the exhibits you and your kids will love. WonderWorks truly offers an exhibit for all ages.
Perhaps one of the most visited attractions at the beach, Ripley’s Aquarium is an ocean of fun for everyone.” The shark tunnel provides an unbelievable look at several species of sharks, fish and sea turtles. Enjoy a hands-on experience with sting rays and horseshoe crabs or take a look at the living gallery for an in depth look at species you’ve never even heard of. Exhibits are updated regularly so each visit is never the same. The aquarium is open year-round at is located at Broadway at the Beach. Check out www.ripleysaquariums.com to for more information on the latest exhibits.
Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park
If you're feeling the need for speed, check out Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park in Myrtle Beach. The former NASCAR Speedpark is home to seven go-kart tracks for all skill levels plus a kid zone with a carousel, kiddie speedway, spin rides and more. Climb the rock wall then move on to a round of mini golf – it's all here.
It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere without seeing a mini golf course along the Grand Strand. Why not pop in for a little family-friendly competition? Indoor courses are a great way to spend a rainy day or hit up an exciting outdoor course for an evening adventure. There are dozens of mini golf courses in Myrtle Beach, each with their own flair. From pirates to fire erupting volcanoes, your kids will have a blast, no matter which one you choose. Most mini golf courses are open year-round.
Family Kingdom has been a staple at the beach and kid favorite for decades. The seaside amusement park has over 30 rides and an oceanfront water park located just across the street. The Swamp Fox Roller Coaster is a wooden coaster that’s perfect for the thrill seekers in your family. Bumper cars, a log flume ride and a carousel are just a few other rides showcased at the park. Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park is open through Labor Day weekend.
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