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The Grand Strand is a great place for a family vacation.
From hotels with indoor water parks to attractions the entire family will love, we have created a guide to help get you started on your planning.
These are just a few suggestions, check out our site for even more ideas!
There are several lodging options along the Grand Strand. Click on the category you are interested in to see a list of options.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk– Stay in the heart of it all. From hotel rooms to condos, ocean views and waterparks, there is a wide variety of accommodations.
Resorts– While you could easily span the entire beach searching for resorts in North Myrtle Beach all the way down to Pawleys Island, you may want to start with popular spots such as these: Coral Beach Resort, Springmaid Resort, Compass Cove, Paradise Resort, Landmark Resort, Long Bay Resort, Breakers Resort, Westgate Resorts, Sandy Beach Resort, Seacrest Resort, Dunes Village, Kingston Plantation, Patricia Grand, Ocean Reef,Myrtle Beach Resort and Ocean Creek Resort.
Hotels– You can find hotels in a variety of price ranges along the Grand Strand. In addition to beach access, many offer indoor pools and waterparks, special services and dining options. Some popular hotels are Kingston Plantation, Hampton Inn Oceanfront, and Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.
Vacation Homes & Condos– Have a large group coming to town or want to feel at home at the beach? Rent a vacation home or condo. There are several management companies that can find you the perfect place from a one bedroom condo to a five bedroom home.
Campgrounds– There are several campgrounds in the area that offer great amenities such as beach access and waterparks. Some of the popular ones include Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Pirateland Campground and KOA Myrtle Beach.
SkyWheel Myrtle Beach – Take the family for a ride on the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach. You will oceanfront-merchants-association-skywheel-nightenjoy an amazing view of the Grand Strand from 200 feet above sea level. Each gondola is fully enclosed and climate controlled.
Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach – Explore the world under the sea. Ripley’s Aquarium features a 1.4 million gallon aquarium that features 12-foot sharks and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures. Families can glide along the 33-foot moving path under the shark tank and watch the sea creatures swim overhead. Also enjoy jelly fish in the 5,000-square-foot exhibit, Planet Jellies.
WonderWorks – Have you ever wondered what is inside the “upside down house?” This museum features more than 100 hands-on displays ranging from scientific studies to sports games. There is something for everyone to enjoy inside WonderWorks.
GoApe! Treetop Adventure – Take your family on an interactive adventure in the trees! For two to three hours soar through the trees on ziplines and Tarzan swings. GoApe! is in the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.
Hollywood Wax Museum – Get up close to your favorite celebrity, or at least their wax double. This entertainment complex also contains two other attractions, Outbreak and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors.
Children’s Museum of South Carolina – Kids will enjoy interactive and educational exhibits at this museum. From science to art, there is something for every child.
Brookgreen Gardens – Your family will enjoy exploring the beautiful gardens, the Lowcountry Zoo, the Enchanted Storybook Forest and the Whispering Wings butterfly house. The gardens are so big, you won’t be able to see it all in one day. Which is why the gardens honors your admission ticket for seven consecutive days!
Broadway at the Beach – This entertainment complex offers movie theaters, miniature golf, rides, Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, The Palace Theatre, restaurants and plenty of specialty shopping. You family can spend a full day just enjoying the activities at Broadway at the Beach.
Barefoot Landing – This entertainment complex is similar to Broadway, it is just farther north in North Myrtle Beach. Barefoot Landing also has many specialty stores, restaurants, rides, and is home to the Alabama Theatre. Alligator Adventure is also located near Barefoot Landing which is another great attraction for families.
Medieval Times – Watch as knights battle on horseback. As you watch the epic tournament, enjoy a four-course meal fit for a king.
We have compiled several ‘best of’ lists for dining. These are a good place to start your planning. You can also check out our dine page to find the type of food you are craving. Here’s a quick look at some of our ‘best of’ for food.
- Kid Friendly Restaurants – Most restaurants in Myrtle Beach welcome kids. child eatingHowever, we have selected a few restaurants that kids will love. The UCP Game Zone on Restaurant Row is a hit with kids. Parents will love the menu selections from Ultimate California Pizza and kids will love playing the games and redeeming tickets for prizes. Another kid-friendly favorite is River City Cafe. There are several locations along the Grand Strand. USA Today named the restaurant as “one of the best places in the nation to feed the kids.”
- Seafood – A visit to Myrtle Beach is not complete with eating seafood. The Grand Strand is known for seafood buffets, such as The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood and Captain George’s. If you don’t want to go to a buffet, there are plenty of other seafood restaurants along the Grand Strand. One of the bests places to go for seafood is Murrells Inlet, which is known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Click here for our list of ‘best of’ seafood restaurants.
- Burgers – If you are craving a burger, there are several great places along the Grand Strand. Longbeard’s Bar & Grill is a favorite with locals. Not only can you get a traditional burger, you can choose from elk, buffalo or turkey. If you are going to be spending time along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, check out Peaches Corner for a great burger.
- Pizza – There are plenty of great places to get a pizza along the Grand Strand. Whether you are dining in or ordering out there is something for everyone. A local favorite is Ducatis Pizzeria and Trattoria. Ducatis serves a New York style thin crust pizza. A favorite in North Myrtle Beach is Kings Famous Pizza. Many make sure to stop at Kings during every vacation to the Grand Strand.