Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort Blog
When you’re bringing your family to Myrtle Beach for a vacation playing in the ocean surf and building sandcastles is just the beginning of all the fun you will have. The Grand Strand area offers a wealth of opportunities for family fun. Hard as it was to decide, we picked the top five family friendly things to do in Myrtle Beach when you decide it’s time to venture away from the oceanfront and check out what the area has to offer.
Wild Water & Wheels
910 Highway 17 South
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
This is an amusement park and a water park combined! There are 24 water slides including the Dark Hole that was recently described by Southern Living Magazine as the “best scary ride” in Myrtle Beach. There’s the Free Fall Cliff Dive where sliders can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour! Visitors can relax on a 950-foot lazy river, splash around in eight unique types of waves in the wave pool, unwind in the adult lounge pool, or get their bouncy on in bumper boats.
If you like Go Karts the Race Zone offers five different types of go-karts. There is a specially designed junior racers track for kids ages six to nine and a speed racers course for ages 12 and up.
Enjoy the kiddie rides, a miniature golf course with 18 holes, cabanas to rent, a food court with snack bar, gift shop and picnic area.
8500 Enterprise Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
This amazing animal sanctuary on 500 acres features a collection of more than 100 species of exotic and domestic animals housed along winding, scenic trails and beneath shady trees. Take in the natural setting and engaging wildlife with your family, enjoy food from the snack shop and see tons of creatures up close and personal including herds of buffalo and zebra, leopards, lions, cougars, and tigers. Oh my! Don’t miss Chico the chimp, the zoo’s own mascot.
Broadway at the Beach
Highway 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
There is plenty to see and do for the whole family at Broadway at the Beach that goes way beyond the numerous shops and restaurants. Check these out:
Magiquest – An interactive live-action, role playing game where players of all ages can embark on quests and adventures in an enchanted fantasy world using “real” magic wands to solve the mysteries of the game.
Ripley’s Aquarium – Complete fun, adventure and education can be discovered here for the entire family. The 1.4 million gallon aquarium features 12-foot sharks and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
Wonderworks – Try the more than 100 interactive exhibits, rides, games and attractions at this museum — aka “The Upside Down House” — one of the most popular things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach!
The Hollywood Wax Museum – Get into the action and take pictures with your favorite stars. Peek into the Prop Vault, dance with the stars, tiptoe through a laser maze, and more.
Pavilion Nostgalia Park – Relive past memories with some of the best rides and attractions from the original Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park including the Pirate Ship, Frog Hopper, the Herschel-Spillman Carousel and Baden Band German pipe organ.
300 S Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park are the only oceanfront attractions in the Grand Strand. At Family Kingdom Amusement Park there are more than 35 rides ranging from kiddie attractions to spine-chilling thrill rides. The historic Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster is popular among visitors looking to take a hair-raising ride, while the modern, steel Twist ‘N Shout roller coaster is one of six new rides recently unveiled. New additions include the Slingshot DropZone, which drops passengers to a 110-foot free fall, the Kite Flyer that will have you soaring through the sky in Superman style, Dune Buggies & Magic Bikes, and the Frog Hopper and Flight School rides.
At Splashes Water Park you can zip down the twisting Flume Slides and zoom down the towering Speed Slides before splashing into the cool landing pools. Smaller slides and a kiddie aquatic playground are available for the smaller set and a huge Lazy River allows the less brave a relaxing change of pace.
Unlike other amusement and water parks in the area, admission to both Family Kingdom attractions is free so parents or grandparents who want to come along for the fun but not the rides can enjoy family time. All-day passes to either or both parks are available and specific armbands allow for limited or unlimited rides.
Shipwreck Island Adventure Golf
3301 South Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Visitors can join a stranded band of pirates on their quest to find their buried treasure and misplaced booty on Shipwreck Island. Climb aboard the wrecked ship, the Myrtle Maiden, then putt your way through palm trees, flowing streams and waterfalls while following the treasure map. Shipwreck Island is one of the newest and more modern courses on the Grand Strand. Get ready because this may just be the most fun you’ve ever had playing miniature golf!
If you have never experienced the taste of sweet southern Muscadines, you are in for a treat. This spring, Duplin Winery will be opening a tasting center right here in our backyard of North Myrtle Beach. Duplin Winery has been making wine from the native Muscadine grapes for over 40 years. Duplin Winery is a family owned business located in the sleepy town of Rose Hill, NC. Don’t let their small town roots fool you; Duplin is currently the largest winery in the South. Duplin Winery entertains over 90,000 visitors annually with wine tastings and tours of their production facilities. The new tasting center will be located near Barefoot Landing adjacent to Alligator Adventure.
Muscadine Grapes are indigenous to the southeast, with a growing region extending from Virginia to Florida, and west to the Mississippi. Duplin Winery reintroduced Muscadine wines into the market in 1976 and hasn’t looked back. The wines capture the sweet fruitiness of the grape and taste like the fruit fresh off the vine. Duplin Winery has the honor of producing the top selling wines in North Carolina. Add a trip to Duplin Winery to learn more about their award winning wines. Your North Myrtle Beach vacation will be more memorable with a glass or two of the cool, sweet, and easy wine. For additional information, visit their website: www.DuplinWinery.com.
Great news for Market Common lovers. Tupelo Honey Cafe have recently announced plans to open in early 2015. The Asheville, NC based restaurant prides itself on made-from-scratch mountain south cuisine. Executive chef, Brian Sonoskus, will bring his creative vision to Howard Avenue and we all cannot wait to try his unique spins on shrimp and grits and cajun skillet catfish.
This will be the 9th restaurant for Tupelo Honey Cafe that residents and recurring visitors to the beach will surely enjoy. The restaurant will be an impressive 8,000 square feet and will have approximately 270 seats with outdoor seating and a bar. While maintaining the integrity of the dishes, Tupelo Honey Cafe will certainly reflect a beachy feel to mesh with the aesthetic.
The Market Common opened in 2008 and has continued to grow immensely. Resting on a former Air Force Base, this residential and commercial combination lifestyle brings a different twist to beach living. With shops, a movie theater, lots of dining, a fantastic park and residential living all in one centralized area, the beauty of Market Common is that one can enjoy the access of so much within their living quarters.
2014 marked an amazing year for the Market Common area. With the addition of several new businesses and plans for several more, this ever-expanding community is poised for a fantastic future. And the recent completion of an addition on-ramp has eased the flow of traffic considerably. Below is a list of new stores and restaurants that opened this year in Market Common.
Co. Sushi – Vietnamese inspired sushi restaurant. With a full sushi menu along with several traditional Vietnamese dishes, this modern restaurant perfectly accentuates Market Common’s vibe.
Crepe Creation Cafe – Who doesn’t love crepes? With savory, sweet and everything in between, this unique cafe uses the freshest ingredients to create hand made crepes for you.
Coastal Urge – A clothing store to match your outdoor lifestyle, Coastal Urge has a wide selection of outdoor apparel, shoes, swimwear and childrens’ wear. Coastal Urge also has the latest in coastal gear such as paddle boards, bicycles and surfing equipment.
For more information about the Market Common and its shops, check them out here.
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is quickly becoming a staple along the Grand Strand. Already dubbed a success, this wonderful 1.2 mile walkway grants visitors with fantastic ocean views all while immersed within the Myrtle Beach strip. From beachwear stores, to plenty of restaurant choices, you’ll find a little bit of everything along the Boardwalk. We have compiled a list of businesses that you will find as you walk the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge – Located at the northernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Pier 14 offers delectable seafood with a spectacular view. Dine on fresh tuna and shrimp or try some of their amazing steaks cooked to order. Pier 14 also offers a full pier complete with fishing areas, a gift shop and majestic, romantic views. Pro tip: Gentleman, sleeved shirts are required after 4:30 PM for dinner service.
Myrtle Beach Skywheel – One of the area’s biggest attractions, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel has quickly become one of the staple landmarks on the boardwalk. Standing 187 feet tall, this Ferris wheel can be seen from several miles away. The Skywheel is the second tallest extant Ferris wheel in North America.
LandShark Bar & Grill – Adjacent to the Skywheel, this contemporary restaurant and bar offers your favorite dishes with a twist. With plenty of LandShark on tap, try some chicken wings with a variety of sauces. Or try one of their award winning burgers. All of this with the amazing SkyWheel and ocean as your backdrop.
Mo Moon’s Beachside Burgers & Beer – One of the premier oceanfront hangouts on the entire Grand Strand, Mo Moon’s is a Myrtle Beach quintessential must visit. With appetizers such as jalapeno Pimento cheese dip and mouth-watering burgers, Mo Moon’s continues to be a local and tourist favorite.+
Gay Dolphin Gift Cove – Of all the classic beachwear stores you will inevitably witness while in Myrtle Beach, the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove remains the staple. Family owned and operated since 1946, this 26,000 square foot landmark is the largest gift shop on the east coast. Souvenirs galore, explore this metropolis of treasures while at the beach.
Abraham’s Gyros – Authentic Greek spot for all things gyro, Abraham’s Gyros will not let you down. Not to mention great pizza and delicious falafels, this boardwalk treat is a delightful surprise when thinking about lunch.
Iggy’s Italian Ices – Nothing says summer like Iggy’s Italian Ice! One of a kind charismatic staff members serving homemade banana splits, root beer floats, ice cream and of course, Italian Ices will satisfy any sweet tooth craving.
Fun Plaza - Relive the skee ball days of yonder as you teach your kids what games without a screen were once like. This family centered arcade has all of your favorite games with plenty of prizes to win bragging rights over. If you’re looking for a fun time that the whole family will enjoy, stop on in to Fun Plaza.
Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill – An all around entertaining time, Dirty Don’s is not your grandmother’s oyster bar. With colorful characters and amazing seafood pots, come experience some good southern hospitality and good eats!
Oceanfront Bar & Grill – The largest outdoor seating along the boardwalk, Oceanfront Bar and Grill exudes the tradition of boardwalk bars. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere all around as well as live music, daily, pull up a seat and enjoy people watching and a delicious meal.
Plyler Park – An amazing open air park rests alongside the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. A one block distance of unobstructed ocean view makes this a truly unique aspect of any boardwalk in the country. With manicured grass, stop and marvel in the beautiful landscape you are enjoying here at the beach! Plyler Park in the summer has nightly activities including free concerts in the park as well as kids’ carnivals and special performances.
8th Ave Tiki Bar & Grill – Coconut shrimp, Hawaiian burgers, great happy hour with over 100 beers to choose from, the 8th Ave Tiki Bar does it right. Stop in for a quick libation or chill and hang out with the friendly staff and locals.
Sweet Frog – A frozen treat hits the spot on a hot day at the beach. Fortunately, Sweet Frog is on the boardwalk to save the day. Combining traditional and zanny yogurt flavors, Sweet Frog then offers dessert lovers with a litany of buffet choices. Load up with your favorite candy bar crumbles or fresh fruit and whip cream, the possibilities are insane.
2nd Ave Pier Restaurant & Bar – The southern point of the Boardwalk marks the beginning of a great time at the 2nd Ave Pier. Count your blessings as you admire the vast landscape of the Atlantic from a three story vantage point. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar or enjoy on the second floor, this unique bar and restaurant is the perfect end to walk on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
There are plans underway to expand the Boardwalk due to its tremendous success. Keep checking back for updates.
One of the newest and most alluring additions to the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Open all year, this 1.2 mile long walkway, stretches from 14th Avenue North to the 2nd Avenue North Pier. Lined with restaurants, bars and shops, it has truly revitalized the heart of Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk itself is a raised wooden deck design and is roughly 8′ wide. Lots of careful planning went into the aesthetic of the Boardwalk. Natural palms and beach grass seedings can be found throughout the entire length of the walkway. A must see, the Boardwalk has been consistently ranked in the top 3 for boardwalks in the United States by several publications.
Fortunately, those vacationing at The Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is only 4 blocks north. With the Family Kingdom directly south of the resort, and the Boardwalk just a short walk away, the central location of this resort makes it the ideal vacation resort. During the summer months (May-September) you can find a free concert in the park known as “Hot Summer Nights.” Vacationers enjoy a scenic oceanfront walk without having to get their socks and shoes sandy as well as those with wheelchairs find it much easier to maneuver. With weekly fireworks off of the 2nd Avenue Pier, it’s easy to see why many people choose a hotel with such close proximity to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
There are a few regulations that everyone should know:
1. Dogs are not permitted on The Boardwalk or beaches from May 1st through Labor Day from 11:00am through 5:00am the next day.
2. Bicycles are not permitted on The Boardwalk from May 1st through Labor Day from 11:00am through 5:00am the next day.
3. No skateboards, rollerblades, roller-skates, Segways, golf carts, or private vehicles
4. No glass bottles or other glass containers
5. No overnight camping
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When you’re bringing your family to Myrtle Beach for a vacation playing in the ocean surf and building sandcastles is just the beginning of all the fun you will have. The Grand Strand area offers a wealth of opportunities for family fun. Hard as it was to decide, we picked the top five family friendly… Read More »