Family vacations in Myrtle Beach can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pretrip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Myrtle Beach family vacations.
A fun destination for families who enjoy all types of water activities, Myrtle Beach is a beautiful piece of South Carolina's coastline. Public beach access signs are located along the coast, and vendors such as Ocean Watersports offer water activities that families can enjoy. Visitors can also enjoy long walks and shell collecting along the beautiful shore.
Address: Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Access to the beach is unrestricted.
Price: Free admission
Young mates and their parents will enjoy a spectacular show as they feast on a four-course meal. Pirates Voyage features full-sized pirate ships, live animals and spectacular action sequences that will delight landlubbers of all ages.
Address: 8901-B N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Three shows daily. Check the schedule for your exact travel dates.
Price: Adults, $45.77; children 4 to 11, $23.97. Ticket includes admission, a four-course feast, show and entertainment in the Pirates Village.
Carolina Safari Jeep Tours
With Carolina Safari Jeep Tours, families can tour the area by jeep and learn about the local ecosystem, history and culture. An "Editors' Pick" on DisneyFamily.com, this 3.5-hour guided tour is an adventure the whole family will enjoy. Considered a "soft adventure," this activity is appropriate for individuals at all activity levels.
Address: 606 65th Ave. N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Hours: Open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Price: $30 to $40
Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Visitors to Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach will delight in the wide range of aquatic life on display. Touch a Ray Bay allows brave patrons to have a "hands-on" experience. Mixing fun with science, the aquarium hosts Ripley's Mermaids. Other areas of the museum feature different types of marine life such as the Living Gallery, which houses a coral reef.
Address: 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Open year-round 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Price: Adults, $21.99; children 6 to 11, $10.99; children 2 to 5, $3.99.
The Children's Museum of South Carolina
Kids of all ages will enjoy the fun, interactive exhibits offered at The Children's Museum of South Carolina. Discover interesting facts about South Carolina, go on a fossil hunt or create giant bubbles at this center for hands-on learning.
Address: 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Extended summer hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday during June, July and August. Closed New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Price: $8 per person; free for children 1 and younger
Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
The goal of the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is to foster a love for art through a creative, interactive atmosphere. Hands-on events are integrated with art exhibits, allowing audiences of all ages to learn and appreciate the artwork.
Address: 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.
Price: Free admission; donations are appreciated.
Visitors to Myrtle Beach who hope to add a bit of thrill to their chill will enjoy a day at Family Kingdom. Whether your family is seeking a thrill, family or kiddie ride, this seaside amusement park with more than 30 attractions is sure to satisfy everyone.
Address: 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Open early April to early October. Hours vary; check the park schedule for your specific travel dates.
Price: All-day unlimited ride wristbands for adults and children are $24.50. Individual ride tickets are $1.15 each and range from two to five tickets per ride.
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