Top things to do in Myrtle Beach with teenagers
As a person stuck somewhere between childhood and adulthood, it’s sometimes hard for teens to genuinely want to spend every moment of vacation time with the family.
Whether it’s a curfew, a sleepover at a friend’s house, or the bustling streets of Myrtle Beach in the summertime, they’re constantly craving and testing the boundaries of their newfound freedom. And a week on the Grand Strand is no different.
This can be a trying time for parents, and there are definitely places in town where you wouldn’t want your child to be exploring those boundaries.
But as a family-friendly resort destination for millions of families every year, Myrtle Beach has more than its fair share of fun and safe things for teenagers to do with or without the adults.
So check out this list, run it by your teen(s), use your best discretion, and let the good times begin.
Broadway Grand Prix
Teens love to drive things, especially the ones who haven’t gotten their licenses yet. If that’s the case with your kids, the seven go-kart tracks at this attraction will be an exciting way for them to get some experience pushing the pedals and steering at the same time. And if they get tired of racing, Broadway Grand Prix also has two 18-hole putt-putt courses, a rock-climbing wall, video game arcade, and a sky-coaster that takes riders flying through air like a superhero. All-day wristbands are $34.95 for those over 60 inches tall, but individual tickets can be purchased as well.
Wild Water & Wheels
This family-friendly water park is large enough for parents and teens to co-exist in the same place without having to hang out the whole time. Mom and dad might want to relax on the 950-foot lazy river, but the kids may have their sight set on speed slides like the Free Fall Cliff Dive. Either way, everyone can meet up afterwards for a game of mini-golf, a ride on the go-kart track, or a splash session on the bumper boats. All-day waterpark admission is $27.98 for those over four feet tall.
Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure
Teenagers that enjoy a good journey outdoors will love channeling their inner Tarzan at this ropes course in the trees. The experience begins with a 30-minute safety training session, and then it’s off to the forest two to three hours of zip lines, swings, obstacles, exercise, and adrenaline. Guides and instructors are always just a shout away, making for a safe and tree-mendous” experience. The cost is $38 for ages 15-and-under, and $58 for 16-and-up.
Kokopelli Surf Camp & Paddle Board Tours
This locally-owned wave-riding camp offers teens (and anyone else) the opportunity to do something that’s cooler than whatever else the other kids at school did this summer. And in addition to being a great workout, surfing and paddle-boarding can also be something that your teen might enjoy for the rest of their lives, so why not get them started young? The professional instructors at Kokopelli create a safe, exciting experience for students of all skill-levels, and offer everything from one-on-one lessons to weekly camps. Prices start at $40.
Myrtle Waves Water Park
Set on 20 acres of land across from Broadway at the Beach, South Carolina’s largest water park is an exciting alternative to a day at the beach. Parents can hop on a raft ride or grab a seat in one of the hundreds of lounge chairs throughout the park while the teens ride the Turbo Twisters, Snake Mountain, Riptide Rockets, and more. Tickets are $27.99 for those over 48 inches tall, and $21.99 for the ones under 48 inches tall. Also, discounts are available on their website.
Broadway at the Beach
Even for the most active teens, it’d be hard to experience everything that this popular attraction has to offer. In addition to all of the specialty shops, Broadway is home to places like Wonder Works where teens can spend hours exploring this amusement park for the mind; Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf, a 36-hole putt-putt facility complete with a fire-breathing, smack-talking dragon; the infinite reflections at Backstage Mirror Maze; and plenty of rides at Pavilion Park. But sometimes the most fun can be had just roaming around and stopping occasionally to feed the always-hungry carp in the lake.
House of Blues
The area’s premier live music venue is a great place to drop the kids off for a show if you need a few hours to yourselves. This summer’s headliners include Biz Markie, Lil Uzi Vert, Corey Smith, Michael Franti & Spearhead, 311, Phillip Phillips, and many more. Shows are all-ages, and ticket prices are typically in the $20 – $30 range.
Karma Ultimate Teen Nightlife
This multi-level club on Ocean Boulevard is probably your best bet if your teenager likes to dance or wants to get a taste of the nightlife. Open to ages 13 – 19, Karma boasts several high-definition video screens, a 5,000 square-foot dancefloor, and an all-new light and sound show for 2015. They also maintain a zero tolerance policy for alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, and the bouncers at the entrance are equipped with security wands to keep the place weapon-free. Open seven nights a week from 7 p.m. – Midnight.
Extreme Laser Tag
Some teens have too much energy and not enough outlets for using it. Well this state-of-the-art laser shoot-out is one stimulating and safe way to expend some of their stored-up vigor. Participants team up, suit up, and enter the arena for a futuristic game of Capture the Flag in a smoke-filled, multi-level maze. Win or lose, Extreme Laser Tag is an exciting game of skill and imagination that gamers, athletes, and geeks alike will enjoy. Single games start at $8.99.
Mount Atlanticus Miniature Golf
The best part about putt-putt is that you don’t have to be a professional golfer to enjoy the game. A winner of several Best of the Beach” awards for miniature golf, the two 18-hole courses here take players on a journey through caverns and lagoons, culminating in a trip high above the ground where some of the best views of downtown Myrtle Beach can be had. One round costs $10 for adults and $8 for kids under 12.
Fun Plaza Arcade
With all of the gaming systems and cell phone apps that many teens use on a minute-to-minute basis, a good old-fashioned arcade can be a welcome change while on vacation. Located in the center of downtown Myrtle Beach, the atmosphere alone at this decades-old gaming center has been attracting people of ages to the myriad sounds and flashing machines. Skee-ball, racing simulators, basketball shoots, pin ball, air hockey – you name it, it’s probably here. Just load the kids up with quarters and let ‘em play.