A Myrtle Beach family summer vacation is the best! Families with children of any age enjoy attractions and activities filling vacation days. During the summer, many Myrtle Beach accommodations require a seven-day stay. Most families choose to visit during the hot summer months. Kids are usually on school break from June through August. Also, everything is in full swing with extended mid-summer hours.
Squeeze this itinerary into three days if you must. Preferably spread it into a full week. Also, allow time for the myriad shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Encounter even more between stops.
Consider arranging the timing to suit your own family. You might want to spend more or less time at certain activities. Also, adjust your schedule to allow for long waits in line at the large attractions.
• Beach time (an hour each morning). Avoid sunburn with short stays and plenty of sunscreen or umbrella time.
• Oceanfront Boardwalk (an hour each day). Take a scenic stroll along the Atlantic Ocean. Browse shops, restaurants and activities along the way. A family stays busy with arcades, boutiques and souvenirs. Also, enjoy people watching. Stop to take photos to make your friends back home jealous.
• Putt Putt (an hour anytime). Twelve miniature golf courses are within Myrtle Beach. Another 50 are throughout the area. Expect a bubbling volcano, a crashed airplane, a pirate ship or jungle animals. Spot these on any short drive off the immediate beach front.
• Ripley’s Aquarium (an hour or more). It’s educational and entertaining for any age. Glide through the moving tunnel to watch divers or mermaids feeding sharks. Touch horseshoe crabs and find sharks or surprising additions with each visit.
• WonderWorks (an hour or more). This house really is built upside down. More than 100 hands-on exhibits offer education and entertainment. Science, sports and games abound. A zip line and ropes course are outside the house.
• Browse beachwear stores for souvenirs and tee shirts while driving from any attraction to another.
• Alligator Adventure (an hour or more). Many more species surround the pool of some 300 alligators. Along the trails, lecturers explain history, and tiny infant reptiles can sometimes be petted.
• Pirates Voyage Dinner Theater (a full evening). Fun, feast and adventure feature rowdy musical buccaneers. During the battle diners enjoy a pirate feast keeping with the theme. Pirates, ships, rolling water and professional music and acting deliver an exciting evening.
• Medieval Times Dinner Theater (a full evening). Royalty, knights, wenches and serfs are in an 11th Century Spanish castle setting. While guests dine, jousting, swordsmanship, horsemanship and hand to hand combat entertain.
Contact the dinner theaters online for advance ticketing. Search their sites for special deals and complete details of menus.
• Sky Wheel (an hour any time). It’s a treat overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first attraction of its kind in the United States. It’s 200 feet above sea level. The observation wheel includes 42 enclosed gondolas. A state-of-the-art computer-generated lighting system highlights the approximate 12-minute ride. One million LED lights create an amazing light show after sunset.