Jesse Broadt: Contributor
There is a reason Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations for kids of all ages, but certain children’s excursions outshine their competition. Below are 10 must-do outings for children and teenagers that will also please mom and dad:
Since 2011, the Pirates Voyage dinner show has been captivating audiences young and old, and is arguably the funnest and most exciting show for children in the entire area. This production features a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon and two full-sized pirate ships as the theater’s stage. Youngsters watch as mermaids, acrobats, divers and live animals, such as the celebrated sea lion “Salty,” offer entertainment at its finest. A bountiful feast is served while patrons watch as pirates fight for the long lost treasures of the seven seas. All children are guaranteed to find this unique show absolutely unforgettable.
The Pirates Voyage is a treasure chest of fun for youngsters
Broadway at the Beach, located at Celebrity Circle in the heart of Myrtle Beach, is the number one, go-to destination for rides, attractions, shopping, cotton candy, ice cream, and all types of traditional family fun. This massive complex is a spectacular combination of an amusement park and shopping mall, with eateries galore and a large lake in the center where children can feed fish and turtles. So many attractions are found at Broadway at the Beach that vacationers could easily spend an entire day shopping, eating, roaming the grounds, and enjoying the ride park.
Located at the aforementioned Broadway at the Beach is Ripley’s Aquarium, an all-time favorite of Grand Strand vacationers. Virtually all children are fascinated with a look at life under the sea. At this establishment they can enjoy hands-on experiences which include petting horseshoe crabs and stingrays, viewing little-known species of fish, coming face-to-face with the facility’s giant sea turtle, and walking through the infamous shark tunnel. Special exhibits, displays and mermaid shows are also scheduled throughout the year. A perfect choice for anyone with children, Ripley’s Aquarium never disappoints.
All youngsters love exploring marine life at Ripley’s Aquarium
Located adjacent to Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is the ever-popular Alligator Adventure. This 15-acre reptile park offers a wealth of habitat exhibits, sanctuaries, swamps and marshes that house not only alligators, but also monkeys, lemurs, turtles, owls, snakes, frogs, lizards, tortoises, spotted hyenas and many other reptiles and mammals. A paradise for children who love animals and nature, the Alligator Adventure is the perfect choice for a day of fun and excitement.
Few places can boast fabulous children’s entertainment, while at the same time offering a grown-up section for mom and dad. Dave and Buster’s Arcade and Sports Bar provides the perfect environment for all visitors regardless of their age. This Broadway at the Beach establishment is an enormous arcade featuring games, virtual reality, bowling, and competitions, and provides non-stop fun for children and teenagers. In the same structure is also a full-service restaurant and sports bars so that mom and dad can also have fun while keeping an eye on their youngsters. One of the most popular children’s attractions in Myrtle Beach, this Grand Strand favorite is a must-visit for anyone with children.
All parents should consider taking their youngsters for a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. One of only four Ferris wheels of its kind in the world, the SkyWheel offers a birds-eye-view of the Atlantic Ocean, Boardwalk, and resort skyline from a staggering height of 200 feet. Perfect for night or day, the SkyWheel features climate controlled gondolas to ensure patrons’ comfort. Virtually all children love this attraction and will likely end up begging for an encore.
The Family Kingdom Amusement Park is located in the center of Myrtle Beach on Ocean Boulevard and has been a Grand Strand tradition since 1966. This classic amusement-park-by-the-sea features more than 35 rides, including the following:
In addition, just across the street from the amusement park is an oceanfront water park called Splashes, for those who want to enjoy an entire day of rides and fun in the water.
Old-fashioned fun awaits at the Family Kingdom Amusement Park
WonderWorks is a literal playground for the mind, and offers games and interactive displays to keep children busy for hours. The establishment features over 100 exhibits and hands-on activities, including a rope course, laser tag area and an anti-gravity tunnel. Located at Broadway at the Beach in an amazing “upside down house,” this attraction is an absolute must-do for all children and teenagers.
No trip to the Grand Strand is complete without at least one mini-golf excursion. Fortunately, there is a broad range of courses in Myrtle Beach from which to choose, ranging from deserted islands with raucous volcanoes to buccaneers searching for lost treasure, or ancient lands where dinosaurs roam. Virtually any theme one could imagine is available somewhere on the Grand Strand. There are even a few indoor courses for rainy day fun. Guaranteed to wear youngsters out by nightfall, all families should consider this fun, traditional activity in Myrtle Beach. Find our list of favorite courses here.