Family-Friendly Fun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With sandy beaches and sunny days galore, this seaside resort town pleases parents and kids alike.
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If you’re not quite sure what kind of food you’re in the mood for then head to Broadway on the Beach, where there are over 20 restaurants to pick from. We sampled American Tap House and Sweet Carolina’s—both had great menus for a family with diverse tastes (salads, burgers, fish and a variety of sharing apps). Other restaurants in the area include the Hard Rock Café and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. After dinner, walk around—there’s a 23-acre lake and over 100 shops. Nearby is the Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, and a 16-screen movie theater.
Whenever I can combine entertainment and dinner it’s always a bonus. The Pirate show is an interactive performance with lots of dancing, singing, swimming, jumping, and action. A multi-course dinner served throughout the show includes soup, chicken, sides, biscuits, and dessert.
If your family is into Sunday brunch, this is the spot to dine. It’s been a staple for 50 years and is one of the oldest eateries in Myrtle Beach.
This place is known for having the best nachos in town and not many people would disagree. Their tacos and quesadillas are also super tasty and their sides—especially the sweet potato plantains and their signature slaw—are great to share.
Located at Barefoot Landing—a waterfront boardwalk that has over 100 shops and 15 waterside restaurants—this eatery opened in June 2018 and is owned by Jimmy Buffet’s sister. There’s live music and an amazing playground area in the sand (great for keeping young diners entertained), and the service is amazing (my son mistakenly poured cocktail sauce all over his burger thinking it was ketchup and they made a new burger pronto).
Myrtle Beach is considered the seafood capital of South Carolina and that can especially be seen at Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, where a variety of amazing fish restaurants reside. The setting is also quite pretty—located on a saltwater estuary, there are amazing views of the marshes and wildlife. After your meal, take advantage of the area by partaking in a boating, fishing, or watersport excursion.
One of our favorite breakfast spots on the trip was Johnny D's, a family owned, chef-driven local spot. My oldest son had a banana split Belgium waffle while my younger one tried their famous red velvet waffle. I had the omelet and it was delicious and filling. It’s a super popular place, but it’s well worth the wait to get seated.
Where to Stay in Myrtle Beach
One of the great things about Myrtle Beach is that many hotels are located right on the water and offer both pool and beach access. The Island Vista Resort has three-bedroom, three-bathroom oceanfront suites which are spacious enough for families who want to spread out. It also has a full kitchen plus a washer and dryer (a great amenity when traveling with little kids who go through multiple clothing changes a day). The resort also has multiple pools and hot tubs, including a lazy river. The location, too, is hard to beat, literally steps away from the beach. They have an on-site restaurant, called Cypress, that serves breakfast and dinner and they also have a pool bar. It’s a very family-friendly property.
Caption: The author and her son kayaking.