Myrtle Beach has long been a budget destination for families looking to cool off in the Atlantic. Boating, fishing, kayaking and even windsurfing can be enjoyed in the warm waters of this classic beach getaway. Arcades and mini golf litter the town, but if you poke around a bit you can find a few hidden educational gems for the family.
Parents and child golf prodigies will certainly get their fill on the greens of Myrtle Beach. Schedule your tee times at the Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club or the Hummingbird Course at Wild Wing Plantation to test your skills and experience two of the must-play courses in the area.
If your family is into mini golf than you have reached the motherland when you arrive in Myrtle Beach. Mini golf in this town is like Starbucks in Seattle; you can find one on every corner, sometimes two or three. Pirates, amazon jungles, dinosaurs, lost cities, fortune hunters - you name it - and Myrtle Beach has the golf course for you.
Arcades and the beach have always gone hand and hand for any kid growing up along the beaches of the East Coast. Rainy days see kids pouring in as soon as breakfast wraps up, while sunny days bring the fanatics in at night as the sun begins to set and the city nightlife jumps into full swing. Dump your quarters next to your favorite game and spend a few hours beating your evil villains or playing friends in the ever-classic ski ball.
If you are looking to get a break from the surf and sun, head up to Wilmington, NC to hop aboard the Battleship North Carolina. This World War Two ship is filled with history and tales about their heroic feats in the Pacific. Climbing ladders is required, so families with toddlers and babies might want to skip this and come back in a few years.
Even warm beaches see rainy days and when you do, you need to be prepared to entertain the kids. Your children will enjoy fun interactive exhibits that teach them about the world through touch, sound and play at the Children's Museum of South Carolina. Little construction workers will have a blast in the Under Construction House, while future CEOs can get a taste of life in The Big Bank. Even better: go on a fossil dig and then wrap yourself in a gigantic bubble. With so much fun and silliness you may never want to leave. In the Express Yourself Art Center activities change weekly, so you and your child can make a new masterpiece every time you visit.
Garden and art-loving families can enjoy a quiet stroll through Brookgreen Gardens, the sculpture park and even a zoo of native animals. Your admission fee gets you in for 7-consectuve days, which makes it easy to take your time and savor every acre of this attraction. Scavenger hunt booklets are available at the visitor's center and can get the kids motivated to keep moving through the sculpture-filled gardens. Grab a snack at the Old Kitchen or Courtyard Cafe to give yourself a few extra minutes to roam before you have to head to the zoo and the Enchanted Storybook forest.
Have you been to Myrtle Beach? What are your favorite things to do there?
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Keryn is an East Coast native living life as a freelance writer in Seattle surrounded by her two little boys and one incredible husband. When not dragging the men in her life across the globe you can find Keryn writing on her blog Walking On Travels, a site that gives hope to today's modern parent that doesn't see kids as a roadblock to travel, but an excuse to get out the door and explore. Keryn has laughed at the naysayers by bringing her boys to far off lands like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Hawaii, back and forth across the USA, Mexico, Canada, and even across Europe. Keryn loves to encourage families to take that first step out the door, the hardest step of all. Follow Keryn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus.
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