September 18, 2015
With golden sands, gently lapping surf and an abundance of fresh local seafood, Myrtle Beach is South Carolina‘s favourite seaside town. The ideal family-friendly holiday destination, active adventurers and water babies will be in their element here with endless on-the-water activities available, from Jet Skiing and kayaking tours to tranquil boat trips through flooded rice plantations. And when the kids have finally tuckered themselves out? You might even get in a round of golf. Mini golf, that is. Take a look at our Myrtle Beach guide for kids and start planning your next family getaway.
Myrtle Beach may be a self-proclaimed golf capital, (there are more than 100 championship courses spread across this area of South Carolina), but along the seafront and boardwalks in town, mini golf is king. Perfect for the whole family, Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf is an 18-hole tropical extravaganza. Widely considered one of the best mini golf courses about, Hawaiian Rumble even hosts a mini golf masters every year.
No trip to Myrtle Beach would be complete without some time spent out on the water, and whether you’re looking to Jet Ski, paddleboard or kayak, Island Adventure Watersports offers a whole host of rental equipment and water-based activities. They are particularly renowned for their Jet Ski tours, where guests are taken on a two-hour guided excursion of the tributaries and backwaters of the local area.
Blending educational exhibits and exhilarating activities, WonderWorks is a fun, family-friendly attraction housed in an upside down science museum. With over 100 different hands-on displays, including a natural disaster zone, a 6D movie theatre and an outdoor adventure zipline, even the most difficult-to-please children will be spoilt for choice.
A quiet haven away from the bustle of the seaside, Brookgreen Gardens makes for an ideal day-trip for those looking to explore South Carolina’s coastal areas. The 9,100-acre conservation area is home to a multitude of different plant and flower varieties, a butterfly house and a zoo. Don’t miss the guided boat tour through the flooded rice plantations surrounding the gardens, home to alligators and a wealth of different bird species.
Looming large above the winding Oceanfront boardwalk, and surrounded by brimming beach cafes and arcades, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is the town’s 187-foot tall centrepiece. Each of the wheel’s “˜gondolas’ is air-conditioned, and the view from the top – a golden ribbon of sand melting into the glistening sea – is sensational.
Header image: Myrtle Beach pier © alanzhao/Thinkstock/iStock
Have you been on a family holiday to South Carolina? Have we left any of your favourite spots off our Myrtle Beach guide? Let us know in the comments section below.
Written by Finlay Renwick