Easily one of the most overlooked family tourist destinations in the United States is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Even though the area attracts a wide number of tourists each year, Myrtle Beach is rarely mentioned as a viable family tourist destination in the face of other popular destinations such as Orlando, Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles to name a few other places.
Nonetheless, Myrtle Beach can boast of having some of the most beautiful beaches in North America. and there are no shortage of popular family friendly activities to do in the area as well, including a few that are going to cover later.
Known for its beautiful sandy beaches, excellent seafood, dozens upon dozens of golf courses, and other attractions, here are the most popular activities to do near Myrtle Beach:
The Market Common
The Market Common is a village area in Myrtle Beach that is known for its wide array of nice restaurants and shopping areas.
The avenues are lined with palm trees, and there are no less than eleven popular restaurants that serves what many people consider to be among the best foods in South Carolina. As an added bonus, there’s also a theater on the beach that will allow you to watch new movies while relaxing on the sand.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a dinner attraction that is a two hour performance of falconry, pageantry, horse riding, jousting, and sword duels all while you get to enjoy a four course feat in a completely enclosed arena.
For the two hours that you’re within the arena, you’ll honestly feel that you’ve been transported back to 12th Century Medieval Times. The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is also specially designed to be family friendly, and if anything the Medieval events should be exciting for younger aged children.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade is a 1.2 mile walkway along the Atlantic Ocean that first opened its doors in 2010, and is a must visit attraction if you ever stop by Myrtle Beach because it’s located right on the beach, which is what most people come to Myrtle Beach for anyway.
The boardwalk is comprised of three different sections: the North Walkway that features a raised wooden deck and beautiful landscaping, a Central Section that comprises numerous shops and cafes, and the South Promenade that is essentially a seaside park and has a weekly fireworks show.
Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
A must visit attraction in Myrtle Beach for any art fans, the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum features a library and numerous visual art exhibits since it first opened its doors to the general public in 1997.
There are four separate art exhibits in the museum, in addition to exhibits on photograph, sculpture, and ceramics. The entire museum is also housed within an older and renovated 1924 building.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Last but not least, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park is located right in the heart of Myrtle Beach at South Ocean Boulevard. It’s a seaside amusement park with nearly forty different rides for both children and adults like, and is easily one of the most distinctively iconic places in Myrtle Beach.
Nestled in over thirteen acres of property, the amusement park is also very notable for being admission free, which makes it one of the few amusement parks in the United States to be so. Instead, visitors are required to purchase tickets for each individual ride.
In addition to the amusement park rides themselves, you can also check out a Giant Wheel Ferris, a 1923 carousel, face painters, clowns, balloon sculptors, and magicians.
The Most Popular Activities To Do Near Myrtle Beach
Perhaps the most popular thing to do at all in the Myrtle Beach area is to visit the beach with its more than sixty acres of sand along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
But there are many more activities and attractions that your family will be able to enjoy in the area as well, and if you’re still not yet convinced that Myrtle Beach could be a suitable family destination for you, then more research will quickly show you how there is far more to do than just the ideas that we have covered here today.