Ah! The majestic Grand Strand, over 60-miles of pristine beach along the Atlantic coast? But you'll be glad to know Myrtle Beach offers a lot more than just beach, especially when it comes to kid-friendly fun. Here at TripShock we've done the work for you, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation!
Experience the magic of a dolphin cruise with an ultimately kid-friendly sightseeing tour. Not only do you get the remarkable experience of boat travel, but you get to witness playful dolphins in their natural habitat doing what they love best...playing. Not to mention, you'll learn fun facts, laugh, and have a great time!
There are multiple options for these tours, some boats go into the Atlantic, some stay in the intracoastal waterway. If you, or your children, get sea-sick elect an intracoastal sightseeing cruise, its water is shielded and calmer. For a wilder, and possibly wetter, experience look for a boat that is heading out into the Atlantic. The dolphins will be ready to show out, whichever you choose. Just bring your camera, and prepare to be amazed!
image courtesy of Family Kingdon Amusement Park
Kids are great, but they have a lot of energy that needs to be used. This is what amusement parks were made for and North Myrtle Beach offers several kid-friendly options. Here are some top choices below.
The O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park provides a traditional fair-style experience. From the rides to the food, it's a fun and nostalgic place to spend an evening. And it's located right on the "Grand Strand!" With roller coasters, bumper cars, and more Family Kingdom is the amusement park with it all. Right across the street you'll find its sister waterpark Splashes. Splashes, with its lazy river, splash pad, and numerous waterslides, offers hours of kid-friendly fun.
What can turn a standard day at the beach into an adventure on the high seas? (Totally not high or the sea, but your kid's won't know the difference) It's a kid-friendly boat called the pontoon. These super easy-to-drive watercrafts include orientation and instruction, and provide you with the keys to the boating kindgom.
Travel the smooth intracoastal waterways looking for secluded sand bars. Find the perfect place to drop anchor, swim, sunbathe, shell, and more! Bring a picnic, pack a cooler, and watch as you log one of most memorable days in family-vacation history! You'll be ever so glad you did, and you can count pontoon-boat-captain amoung your many talents!
Image Courtesy of Ripley's Aquarium
Ripley's of Myrtle Beach is a place where your kiddos can go wild, explore, even learn. They offer 7 totally unique and kid-friendly experiences. Find the ones just right for your family.
Journey, under the sea, to the always educational and mesmerizing Ripley's Aquarium, where you can get up-close and personal with stingrays and sharks! Explore Robert Ripley's mysterious and bizarre collection at the Believe it or Not, Odditorium. Hold on for a thrilling ride in a state-of-the-art 5-D Moving Theatre. Try to find your way through the labyrnth of the "Marvelous Mirror Maze." Also, check out their arcade, haunted laser tag, and reflex-testing Smash Dash.
Zoom around like a pro at The Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park where you can speed along 7 different tracks, and that's just the beginning! This ultimate family attraction also has an 18-hole mini-golf course, Sky Coaster, rock-climbing wall, arcade, bumber cars, and many tot-friendly rides (for your little ones).
You can even feed the family at their cafe or Snack Shack. Or just grab a snow-cone at Rick's Race Shed. When it comes to family fun, keeping it simple is key. Plan on enjoying dinner here. Avoid traffic, long waits at restaurants, and feel like the boss you are!
Enhance your day at the beach with some kid-friendly water activities. Experience the thrill of skippinng across the waves as you climb on a silly, and always fun, banana boat. Or, for a more intense experience, opt for a beach tube. You lay flat on the tube and hold onto the handles as you bounce across the waves. Both of these inflatables are pulled behind a boat at exillerating speeds.
For a longer wave-skipping experience, rent a jet ski. You can opt for an eco-tour, where you'll see top local sights: including marine life, wildlife, and local inlets and jetties. You can do a dolphin-focused jet ski tour, that'll get you closer than you've ever imagined to these majestic creature. Of course you can also just rent and ride as fast as you'd like for an adrenaline-pumping good time.
With a little planning kid-friendly can meet adult-pleasing, and the place in North Myrtle Beach to make this happen is on The Boardwalk. Here you can enjoy shopping, sightseeing, great eats, and a truely unique ferris wheel ride called The SkyWheel.
The SkyWheel is a luxury experience (though your kids wont mind) that carries you up 20 stories high! Show your kids a larger than life panaroma of the Atlantic Gulf Coast, a perfect way to end your day or vacation. Capture stunning images and the essence of your North Myrtle Beach vacation.
Still looking for kid friendly fun in North Myrtle Beach? Check out the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Visitors Guide for a full list of options including magic shows, musical acts, parasailing, and more!