As the academic year comes to a close, the beach is on every kid’s mind. Soar into summertime with a family getaway to the beautiful South Carolina coastline, where not only the ocean waves and white sands await but also a multitude of other family-friendly attractions. From watersports to animal encounters to games at sea and on land, these are some of the most fun things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids!
Become A Pirate
When vacationing at the beach, it’s not uncommon to find yourself saying things like “Arrrghh” and “savvy?” or wondering why the rum is always gone. Let your inner pirate come out to play at Blackbeard’s Pirate Cruise! This interactive kids’ adventure takes place aboard a real-life pirate ship where sword fights and water cannon battles erupt throughout the hour-long treasure-hunting quest.
First, the kids are given a makeover involving pirate regalia, fake tattoos, eye patches, and mustaches. After this, water-borne chaos ensues as Bad Billy Bones tries to steal the treasure for himself. By the end, the kid pirate crew will be raising the Jolly Roger flag, singing sea chanteys, and choosing which piece of the treasure to take home!
Learn to Shred the Ocean Gnar
The main reason to go to the beach is, of course, to play in the water! Take beach time to the next level with surfboard, paddle board, or kayak rentals from Kokopelli Surf Camp. If you’re new to watersports and need help figuring out your technique, sign up for private or group surf lessons with the expert instructors at Kokopelli Surf Camp. You could also take a paddle board or kayak tour to learn the ropes while seeing some of the Myrtle Beach islands, salt marshes, and wildlife. Plus, the 3-day surf camp for the kids is one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences you can give them.
Befriend the Dogs of the Sea
Aside from the beach itself, one of the most popular reasons for visiting Myrtle Beach is to observe its rich biodiversity. Dolphins, especially, are at the heart of the South Carolina coast’s allure, with their playful antics and dog-like personalities. Embark on an Atlantic Ocean voyage with Myrtle Beach Watersports to see these magnificent animals up-close in their natural habitat!
Aboard the Sea Screamer or Sea Thunder, you’ll spend approximately 1.5 to 2 hours cruising up the Intracoastal Waterway, listening to educational narration, then speeding out into the open ocean to visit the dolphins’ feeding grounds near the shrimp boats. Make sure to bring a camera, but keep it in a dry bag!
Explore Enchanting Aquatic Life
Can’t get enough of the marine wildlife? Discover so much more and learn fascinating facts about their behaviors, traits, and ecological role at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. This massive two-floor aquarium at Broadway at the Beach houses eight unique exhibits dedicated to creatures from all over the globe, like poison dart frogs, jellyfish, sharks, penguins, and stingrays.
Ripley’s Aquarium also uniquely offers four Experiences that allow you to interact with the animals up-close. For instance, sign up for the Stingray Experience to get a kiss from a ray or for Penguin Encounters to make paintings alongside our favorite tuxedoed friends!
Play Mini-Golf With Dinos
Is one of your kids going through their dinosaur obsession phase? Then this attraction is for you! Professor Hacker’s Dinosaur Adventure Golf features two 18-hole mini-golf courses that traverse across a canyon filled with the reptilian beasts.
Follow in the footsteps of Professor Hacker, a paleontologist-archaeologist turned explorer, who crash-landed in this vacant canyon after a storm caught hold of his hot air balloon. Venture through wild jungles, putt your way around waterfalls, and sneak past the dinos to return to the R. S. Jurassic Explorer, Professor Hacker’s seaborne ticket back home.
Myrtle Beach is not your ordinary beach town. It’s a vibrant hub of activity centered around family-friendly entertainment, with a flair for all things oceanic. Whether you befriend dolphins, dinos, or penguins, or unleash your inner pirate-turned-surfer, your Myrtle Beach vacation is guaranteed to become an all-time favorite family memory!