Myrtle Beach with Kids: A Perfect Family Day
The place for family travel, Myrtle Beach, S.C., has something to offer everyone, whether you're going away for a relaxing weekend getaway, a full-fledged family vacation, or just for the day. Myrtle Beach with kids is a delight, as the area caters to families with small children. With 60 miles of soft, sandy beaches, live entertainment theaters, family-friendly dining, cultural activities, amusement parks, and water parks, you'll never run out of things to do in Myrtle Beach.
Here's my idea of a perfect day in Myrtle Beach with kids.
Hop on out of bed and head over to breakfast at Mammy's Kitchen, a Myrtle Beach favorite. With kids to please, you'll appreciate the traditional menu, complete with simple treats like chocolate chip pancakes, crispy bacon cooked to perfection and light, fluffy scrambled eggs. Mammy's has been open for over 50 years, and the restaurant takes pride in its exceptional service. It is, hands down, the best breakfast under seven dollars. The restaurant also features a full breakfast buffet for those that want to pick and choose from different menu items for one low price.
Mammy's Kitchen, 1010 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-448-7242; Breakfast Feb and Nov (weekends only) 7AM-12PM, Mar and Oct 7AM-12PM, May-Sep 7AM-1PM, Lunch May-Sep 11AM-4PM, Dinner Jun-Sep 4PM-9PMpm
After allowing your food to settle, head over to Wild Water and Wheels Water Park. This attraction is at the top of my kids' list of things to do in Myrtle Beach, and between the water slides, wave pool, lazy river, snow cones, and go-carts, your little ones will have a blast.
Insider Tip: If you arrive after 3PM, you'll receive a slight discount. It's also worth noting that the "wheels" side of the park costs you extra admission fees. You can, however, leave either side of the park and re-enter as long as you keep your armband on.
Wild Water and Wheels, 910 Highway 17 S, Surfside Beach, SC 29575; 843-238-3787; Hours and prices vary according to season
A trip to the Children's Museum of South Carolina is another must during family travel to Myrtle Beach. Here young kids can explore a wide range of subjects, from electromagnetism to cooking. My kids loved the interactive magnetic field exhibit and were absolutely ecstatic when they were told they could create and bake their own pizzas. The Bubble Mania exhibit, which engulfs the participant inside a giant bubble, is a favorite among the kids and adults.
Children's Museum of South Carolina, 2501 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-946-9469; Tue-Sat 9AM-3PM; $8, Children 1 and younger are free
If your kids didn't get their fill of pizza at the museum, you can head to Ultimate California Pizza for lunch, where the pizza smells incredibly delicious and tastes even better. The kid's menu is sure to satisfy with a variety of friendly options, including personal pizzas made with the restaurant's Ultimate Red Sauce and served with a side of celery sticks. Adults will be happy here too; my personal favorite is the beef ravioli with alfredo sauce. It's baked with parmesan cheese, served with garlic bread and a house salad, and costs less than $10.
Ultimate California Pizza, 1502 N Hwy 17, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-477-8282
Next on your list of things to do in Myrtle Beach is a visit to beautiful Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit garden museum dedicated to preserving native wildlife. The Gardens are recognized as the National Historic Landmark with "the most significant collection of figurative sculpture, in an outdoor setting, by American artists in the world." My kids were less interested in the sculpture and more interested in the zoo, which provided opportunities to see bald eagles, river otters, alligators, and dozens of species of butterflies.
Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576; 843-235-6000, 800-859-1931; 9:30AM-5PM; Adults $12, Children (4-12) $6, Children (3 and under) free
A trip to Myrtle Beach with kids would be incomplete without a visit to MagiQuest, an interactive, multi-level, live action, role-playing game where children can take their imaginations further than ever before. More specifically, your children will embark upon adventures and quests in a fantasy world where they use magic wands to solve mysteries. To say the least, my kids were thrilled. They talked about the experience for months after the trip and keep begging to go back.
MagiQuest seems to be a hit with children of all ages; the place was over crowded when we were there. My kids were also excited about the fact that they could keep their magic wands and use them for next time – that is if they didn't break them before then!
MagiQuest, Broadway at the Beach, 1185 Celebrity Cr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-916-1800; Weekdays 1PM-8PM, Sat 11AM-8PM, Sun 11AM-7PM; Packages and admission prices vary
Wind down your day of family travel in the Myrtle Beach area with a hearty dinner at Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse. Though a bit on the pricey side, it's worth paying a little extra for top-notch service and a five star dining experience. Make a reservation ahead of time, and be prepared for at least a 20-minute wait, regardless. Our entire family loved the generous salad bar, which included kid-friendly items like fresh veggies, fruits, and cheeses, as well as adult treats like sushi and sashimi. Meal options here are overwhelming, and include chicken legs, racks of lamb, shrimp, and flank steak. Another thing the kids love is that the seemingly unlimited meat supply is served by gauchos who bring it over on skewers. You get to pull the meat off with tongs.
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, 2920 Hollywood Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; 843-839-0777
If you can manage dessert after a meal like that, or if the kids insist, venture to Croissants Bistro and Bakery for dessert. Here you can indulge in mouthwatering selections like chocolate raspberry torte cake, key lime pie, red velvet cake, and coconut custard cake, each served at $4.95 a slice. My kids particularly enjoyed the fabulous fudge layer cake, a slice of heaven in your mouth. The service was great and the dessert was even better. This place is a hidden gem.
Croissants Bistro and Bakery, 3751 Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 843-448-2253; Mon-Fri 7AM-9PM, Sat 8AM-9PM