Myrtle Beach with Tweens: A Perfect Family Day

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Myrtle Beach with Tweens: A Family Vacation

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Among the beaches in the Carolinas, Myrtle Beach is perhaps the most popular for tourists. This mile-long piece of shoreline in South Carolina draws vacationers from all walks of life, ranging from families on vacation to college co-eds on spring break to thousands of motorcyclists during its infamous "Biker Week." It doesn't get any better than Myrtle Beach with tweens.

While the beach itself is family-friendly, some locations in town are a little seedier than some parents may want while traveling with tweens in Myrtle Beach. However, for those spending an extended amount of time here, the ocean can lose its luster, especially for preteens. Just in between the ages of playing in the sand all day and tanning for hours, this age group needs to be entertained with things to do other than enjoying the ocean's tranquility. Families with young adolescent children will need to plan fun outings into town. Here is a proposed agenda for a family-friendly day away from the surf with tweens in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Morning


Breakfast at the Golden Griddle

It is important to start an action packed day with tweens in Myrtle Beach enjoying a good breakfast. If you are interested in the best breakfast that Myrtle Beach has to offer, head over to the Golden Griddle Pancake House in North Myrtle Beach.

A favorite with both locals and tourists, you will want to arrive early to avoid the mid morning crowd. A lot of places in high tourist areas tend to have higher prices, but not the Golden Griddle. Their food is very reasonably priced, especially for the quality. They also print a 15% off coupon in most Myrtle Beach travel guides. Their chocolate chip pancakes are to die for and are sure to be a hit with the kids. For Mom and Dad, the Golden Griddle has some of the best coffee available anywhere. This old fashioned diner is the perfect place to begin your day!

Golden Griddle Pancake House, 508 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; 843-249-2227

Broadway at the Beach

After finishing breakfast, take a trip to one of Myrtle Beach's most famous locations – Broadway at the Beach. Here you'll find 350 acres of fun for the whole family. It contains more than two-dozen restaurants, well over one hundred specialty shops and at least a dozen more entertainment possibilities. This is one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach for the entire family, even the most hard-to-please preteens are sure to find something that they love.

Broadway at the Beach, Hwy 17 Bypass & 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 800-386-4662; Seasonal hours vary-check website

It is best to start with the shops in the morning before they get too crowded with the afternoon and evening hoards that come for nightlife at Broadway at the Beach. While there is a store for nearly every interest imaginable, you must go to Klig's Kites. They carry and display an unbelievable number of kites, flags, windsocks, and banners. Just standing outside the shop on a windy day is a magical experience. Inside, rotating fans keep the kites moving. In recent years, Klig's has expanded to include sports paraphernalia and novelty toys, which is just an added bonus. Those of us who have frequented the Grand Strand for years are happy just to be able to look at the kites and retreat to being eight years old again. Perhaps your family will pick up one of Klig's kites and take it out to the beach another day.

Klig's Kites, 1215 C Celebrity Cr, #M146, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-448-7261

There are many other shops to visit as well. Stop by one of the many souvenir shops and pick up something a little more unique than another magnet from one of the many Wings Surf Shops that can be found at the beach. One of the best Myrtle Beach family vacation ideas is to head over to Old Tyme Portraits and have a family photo taken, complete with old western costumes.

Afternoon


Lunch at Margaritaville

After hitting the shops, everyone is probably going to be hungry. While Broadway at the Beach offers more than a few restaurants, there are a few places that stand out for families in Myrtle Beach with tweens.

For any Parrot Heads out there or people who just want to be entertained while they eat, head over to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Named after the classic Buffett song by the same name, this restaurant offers seafood, steaks, and some of the best hamburgers in existence. They really do live up to the name "Cheeseburger in Paradise!" Since your children will probably still be wanting kids menu fare, they will be pleased to know that their menu offers many of the same options as the adult menu with child-friendly portions and pleasing prices. During the dining experience, patrons will be entertained by endless Buffett tunes and even a simulated hurricane every now and then!

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, 114 Celebrity Cr, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-448-5455

While dessert at Margaritaville is perfectly acceptable, there are several ice cream places scattered throughout Broadway at the Beach. Before you let your kids make a b-line for Ben and Jerry's, stop and consider some of the more unique venues. Kohr Family Homemade Custard is truly a one-of-a-kind family place, specializing in frozen custard. Custard may not sound quite as kid-friendly as ice cream, but it is guaranteed to be a hit.

Kohr Family Homemade Ice Cream, 1205 Celebrity Cr, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-946-0863


Afternoon Activities for the Whole Family

Myrtle Beach with tweens is a great vacation choice if your family enjoys being outdoors. There is miniature golf, a water park, a small carousel park, and paddleboats for your enjoyment. Sports fans will enjoy spending the day at Broadway at the Beach's minor league baseball park and watching the Pelicans hit one out of the park. There is also a NASCAR Speed Park, which features several go-kart tracks for various experience levels.

Perhaps these things do not meet your family's criteria for great family vacation ideas. For those looking to spend their time out of the summer heat or avoiding a surprise thunderstorm, Broadway at the Beach offers a movie theater with sixteen screens with stadium seating. They also have an IMAX 3D theater for those looking for a memorable cinematic experience.


Evening


Dinner and a Show at Dixie Stampede

While there are plenty more restaurants and evening activities to be explored at Broadway at the Beach, venture away for dinner and head to one of Myrtle Beach's most iconic locations for family fun. At Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, customers are treated to a tasty, rustic dinner and an unforgettable show. Children under twelve even get special discount prices.

Dixie Stampede brings history alive for all ages as a competition is held between the North and the South, mimicking that of the Civil War. The show includes singing, rodeo events and all sorts of animals that are sure to entertain while you dine on a four-course meal that could have easily been prepared by cowboys out on the trail!

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, 8901-B North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 800-433-4401; Check website for dinner/show times

Following Dixie Stampede, you will be full of delicious food and exhausted from your invigorating day around Myrtle Beach with tweens. You will probably have to carry your children into the hotel! But do not worry; your preteens will be up and ready to hit the beach again by morning!
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