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Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Tips

Meg and Kristin on Beach

Disclosure: Travel accommodations were provided by Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the purpose of this review. 

Beach View

Top Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Tips

Last week both of our families packed up our swimsuits and drove to South Carolina for a joint Myrtle Beach family vacation. You see, Myrtle Beach is about the halfway point from Kristin’s home in Florida and mine in Maryland. So, we thought it would be the perfect spot to meet. Before we knew it, it was time to load up the minivans with the beach toys and kiddos. After about 8 hours, we arrived in Myrtle Beach.

Having known each other since we were 16, it’s important for us to have our children spend time together and create their own special memories too. What could be a better backdrop for family memories than beautiful sandy shores and the city of Myrtle Beach?!

Floyd and Max

The kids had a ball reuniting and playing on the beach as we suspected they would. At just six months, Max mostly cooed and slept in a parent’s lap under the umbrella while the boys got busy chasing waves on their boogie boards. The little lady busiest herself with playing in the sand. She is quite the sandcastle mastermind I must say. Being that both Kristin and I are from Florida, I wasn’t sure how the beach itself would compare. As you can see it was stunning.

* Our biggest tip for traveling to Myrtle Beach with your family is to get out there and take advantage of all the fun that this beach has to offer!

It had a nice wide sandy area for playing and lounging and the low tide left a long shallow place for kids to play in without having to go in too deep. The weather was gorgeous and time on the beach was truly the perfect way for us all to relax, unwind and celebrate summer.

Family on Beach

Max Lounging

Jake on Board

Sandcastle Building

Meg and Kristin on Beach

Lifeguard Stand

More Myrtle Beach Fun

And when anyone needed a break from the beach, our hotel had a lovely pool area for kids to play and eat at. Myrtle Beach has more than just the gorgeous beach to take in with our families. A nice wide boardwalk was fun for us to snag ice cream treats at, play games, listen to live music and, of course, ride the HUGE SkyWheel. The parents almost chickened out, but the kids insisted we take a ride. And we are so glad that they did! It offered such amazing views of the entire area and each carriage was very stable, so it wasn’t all fear and no fun, ha.

SkyWheel on Boardwalk

Family SkyWheel Selfie

Jake Taking Photo

Boardwalk Ice Cream


SkyWheel At Night

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Of course no beach vacation is complete without a round of Putt Putt golf. Even though it was evening, it was still warm out so ice cream, once again, was the perfect end to a victorious round. We also made time to go to a minor league baseball game, the Pelicans, and the kids had a ball. Literally, we got one of the balls!

Putt Putt Golf

Dino Heads


Pool From Above

Myrtle Beach Vacation Must Dos

All in all, Myrtle Beach was the ideal spot for us to meet and make once in a lifetime summer memories with our two families. Sure the road trip might have been a little longer than we envisioned due to different kid schedules, but once there we all instantly relaxed and had a blast. Here are some of our Myrtle Beach favorites:

1. The beach! Make sure to save plenty of time for walks and playing. It’s ideal for kids!
2. The boardwalk. An evening strolling the boardwalk and stopping for music, drinks and ice cream. What could be better?
3. Rainy Day. We never had one, but we planned to visit the Ripley’s Aquarium if dark clouds came through.  It has great reviews.
4. The SkyWheel. Take a deep breath and know that you will be rewarded with stunning views for miles.
5. Pancakes! We’ve never seen so many great pancake houses. It was hard to choose which one to hit up for breakfast every day.
6. The Pelicans. Take time to root, root, root for the home baseball team. It’s a wonderful stadium filled with engaging kids activities!
7. Brookgreen Gardens. Need a reprieve from the beach? This place is amazing and worth the trip. Part zoo, sculpture garden and play area, it’s a magnificent piece of property that truly highlights the beauty of South Carolina.

So, that’s our visit to Myrtle Beach in a nutshell. Have you ever been? Where’s your favorite place to road trip to? Something tells me the kids are going to expect a repeat visit next year! And stay tuned on Thursday for a video of all our favorite memories from the trip!

  • Tamara

    When I was a kid, we’d rent a condo for two weeks every July. I have a big family and we’d drive all night, stopping for breakfast in NC. (McDonald’s – ha!)
    I miss it. I bet it’s so different now. I loved looking at your photos. I hope I get back there someday.

    June 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • becca

    I must add this to my travel list. We love a good beach destination.

    June 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm Reply
  • Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom)

    My friend just went there. It looks like a great vacation spot.

    June 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Jeanine

    What lovely photos, and really great tips! I have Myrtle Beach on my list to visit one day. I can’t wait!

    June 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Helene Cohen Bludman

    I have never been to Myrtle Beach but I hope I go someday. Your photos are beautiful and it looks like you had a wonderful time.

    June 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • Mama to 5 BLessings

    What a gorgeous beach! The water is so clear, I would not want to leave. So relaxing!

    June 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm Reply
  • Liz Mays

    There is so much fun to be had at Myrtle Beach. This makes me want to go for another visit.

    June 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm Reply
  • Ashley @irishred02

    Looks like you had an amazing time! We are planning to go there this summer

    June 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm Reply
  • Debbie Denny

    Beautiful place to visit. Love the pics.

    June 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Tiaras & Tantrums

    I have heard so many amazing things about Myrtle Beach and YET – we have never vacationed there. We need to get there soon with our kiddos!

    June 23, 2015 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • lisa

    Your photos are fantastic! Looks like you had a great trip. We went last year and the kids had a blast.

    June 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm Reply
  • Lorane

    Beautiful Family & Beautiful Pictures. I like that you and your Husband have been together so long . It must be nice to marry your best friend. Myrtle Beach looks like a fun place

    June 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm Reply
  • Rosey

    Who wouldn’t love this kind of vacation??? I’m all about fun and sun. Sign me up, please. 🙂

    June 24, 2015 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Carol Bryant

    I have never been to Myrtle Beach but the next time we go cross country this is on the list for sure.

    June 24, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply
  • heather

    I’ve never been to Myrtle Beach but it looks like a great spot for a family vacation!

    June 24, 2015 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • krystal

    What beautiful photos! It looks like the perfect place for a family vacation. I’ve actually never gone!

    June 24, 2015 at 11:26 pm Reply
  • Laura funk

    what a beautiful vacation. Our son has that same camera and loves it btw

    June 24, 2015 at 11:57 pm Reply

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