Myrtle Beach Offers Affordable Fun for Kids of All Ages

Everyone can be a kid again in Myrtle Beach, where there are dozens of attractions geared toward the entire family. Best of all, local attractions know to compete with the free admission of the Atlantic Ocean, the price must be right for families on a budget. To get the maximum bang (or splash) for your buck, shop around for the best deals to the places that will interest everyone in your party. For instance, for those looking for aquatic fun, Myrtle Waves is wonderful water park for both the kids looking to ride some thrilling slides and rides and adults wanting to take a ride in the slow lane of the lazy river and wave pool. Make a day of it and rent a cabana where the family can take a break and gather for a picnic lunch. For families who prefer to take a break from the heat in an air-conditioned setting, Ripley's Aquarium is Myrtle Beach's most popular attraction, and for good reason. Visitors can tour the 85,000 square-foot facility for an up-close experience with various species of sharks, turtles, crabs, stingrays and all sorts of sea life. Located in the Broadway at the Beach complex, it's a great place for families to take a timeout from shopping and dining to get a good look at the mysteries that lie under the ocean. Regardless of what your family is looking for, you're sure to find it in Myrtle Beach.

Pavilion Nostalgia Park
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History never looked so fun as a trip to the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, a smaller but memory-provoking version of the old Pavilion that served as the centerpiece of downtown Myrtle Beach for decades. Located at the popular Broadway at the Beach...  Read More

Cancun Lagoon Miniature Golf
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Break par and beat the heat at the same time at Cancun Lagoon Miniature Golf, the only indoor/outdoor putt-putt course on the Grand Strand. Featuring a Mayan ruin structure that visitors enter through a cave entrance on the backside of the...  Read More



Experience a day of wonder in Myrtle Beach State Park, an oasis of nature amid a sea of human development. Located on the south end of Myrtle Beach, the state park is a stark contrast to the high-rise hotels that are just a short walk away....  Read More

Wild Water – Water and Race Theme Park


Wild Water & Wheels is the place to cool off during those hot summer days on the south end of the Grand Strand. Located in Surfside Beach, just 7 miles south of downtown Myrtle Beach, Wild Water & Wheels is home to thousands of thrills...  Read More

Alligator Adventure
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Get ready to see one of the largest exhibits of gators and crocs in the world at Alligator Adventure, but this 15-acre park in North Myrtle Beach has much more. Serving as one of the biggest reptile parks in operation, Alligator Adventure also...  Read More



Even the best vacations come with some rainy days, and this indoor trampoline park has everything you need to let the kids burn off some energy in a clean, climate-controlled environment. Featuring padded and protected attractions to prevent...  Read More



The downtown district has been revitalized by this new attraction, highlighted by the 190-foot SkyWheel that lights up the Myrtle Beach skyline. The largest ferris wheel on the East Coast offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the entire...  Read More



Located within Broadway at the Beach, this aquarium houses thousands of unusual and colorful marine animals. The highlight of a visit here will be a ride on the moving sidewalk, which travels through a glass-enclosed tunnel inside the massive...  Read More

Myrtle Waves Water Park


Cool off from the summer heat at South Carolina's largest water park and have a splashing good time for the whole family. Featuring more than 30 rides and water slides, this 20-acre park features towering, twisting water slides, a massive wave...  Read More

Family Kingdom


Give your little ones double the fun with two attractions in one. The Family Kingdom amusement park features roller coasters, including the historic wooden classic The Swamp Fox, plus more than 30 other fun rides that cater to different age...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry