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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States

Amusing Family Fun in Myrtle Beach

Amusement parks, water parks, and state parks on the coast of South Carolina

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Duration: Multiple days
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Overview: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has many amusement parks, restaurants, and beach areas for tons of family fun.

Tips: Myrtle Beach is best explored by car. Everything is spread out over several miles. Depending on the ages of your children and their interests, you may choose to visit only one or two activities in one day but you can spend several hours exploring each activity on this list.

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Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

Marsh Walk is a row of several restaurants, many of them offering delicious local seafood dishes. There is a nice long boardwalk where visitors can see the saltwater marsh and various wildlife and birds that inhabit it.

Address: Murrells Inlet, Hwy 17 Business
Phone: Varies by restaraunt
Admission: Free to walk, Prices vary by restaurant and meal choice
Hours of Operation: Varies by restaurant
Animals/Wildlife
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Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is part botanical garden, part zoo, and part outdoor art museum. The expansive botanical gardens have beautiful sculptures around every corner. You will see many different types of sculptures ranging from nymphs to animals. Brookgreen Gardens also has a zoo with animals that are native to the Lowcountry like owls, alligators, river otters and turkeys. There is also a new butterfly house where you can see many different butterflies for an additional cost. Check the schedule before you go for the hands-on activities and tours. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up the children's activity book before you get started. As you wander around Brookgreen Gardens, your children can answer questions in the book and get a prize when they are finished.

Address: 1931 Brookgreen Drive
Phone: 843-235-6000
Admission: Adults $12; Children 4-12 $6; Children 3 and under are free when accompanied by an adult; Seniors 65 and over $10; tickets are good for seven consecutive days
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:30am to 5pm
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Myrtle Beach State Park

If you want to visit the beach but don't want to battle the crowds, make the short drive to Myrtle Beach State Park. There is a stretch of beach, campgrounds, areas for fishing, a pier to walk on, and picnic areas. There is an education center that is open during limited hours. There are also nature trails.

Address: 4401 South Kings Hwy
Phone: 843-238-5325
Admission: Adults $5; Children ages 6 to 15 $3; Free for children 5 and younger
Hours of Operation: Daily 6am-10pm; March through November Daily 6am-8pm, December through February
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Jurassic Golf

There is no shortage of mini golf places around Myrtle Beach. We liked Jurassic Golf for the dinosaur theme. There are two courses: one that travels up and down hills and is more suited for older children and a second course that remains flat most of the way while weaving around water features.

Address: 445 29th Ave
Phone: 843-913-5333
Admission: All day until 6pm $15; After 6pm $9.00
Hours of Operation: May, June, July & August 9am to 11pm; September 9am to 10pm; October 10am to 9pm; November & December 10am to 5pm
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Family Kingdom

This seaside amusement and water park is sure to please family members of all ages. Family Kingdom amusement park includes a wooden roller coaster, log flume, bumper cars and more. The water park includes water slides, a lazy river, and splash pools.

Address: 300 South Ocean Blvd
Phone: 843-626-3447
Admission: There is no admission charge. You pay by the ride and wristbands are available for maximum savings.
Hours of Operation: Hours vary by season
Shopping
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Broadway at the Beach

Restaurants, shopping and entertainment can all be found at Broadway at the Beach. This is where you will find a Wonderworks, Ripley's Aquarium, NASCAR Speedpark, movie theaters, and mini golf. Kids will love Pavillion Nostalgia Park where they can ride amusement park rides including a carousel that dates back to 1912. There are also fireworks shows throughout the year.

Address: 1325 Celebrity Circle
Phone: 1-800-FUN-INMB
Hours of Operation: Open at 10am; Closing hours vary by season
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Carolina Jeep Tour

This 3.5 hour tour is a nice way to see parts of the lowcountry that you might otherwise skip. You will see plantations, wildlife, marshlands and you will hear stories of South Carolina's history.

Address: 606 65th Avenue North
Phone: 843-497-5330 for reservations
Admission:
Hours of Operation: Tours run daily
Shopping
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Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing is not just a place to eat and shop, but it is also full of entertainment options. Alligator Adventure is one of the largest reptile zoos in the country with alligators and crocodiles, snakes, birds, and more. There is a carousel, a riverboat cruise, a mirror maze, and the T.I.G.E.R.S/Preservation Station where you can see tigers of different ages. There are boardwalks connecting different sections of the entertainment complex where you might spy a turtle catching some sun or a fish jumping out of the water.

Address: 4898 Hwy 17 South
Phone: 843-272-8349
Admission: Free to enter; cost varies by activity
Hours of Operation: Hours vary by activity
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