Family Activities

The Grand Strand is home to a wide array of family-friendly attractions & activities for both tourists and locals. The following guide outlines a variety of activities for families along the Grand Strand.

Remember to visit GrandStrandOnline.com’s Community Calendar when searching for family activities. Our free Community Calendar is the perfect location to post local events along the Grand Strand such as fundraisers, charity events, Little League games, fairs, festivals, and more.

Conway Area

Captain Jim’s Scenic River Tours

Conway Marina
Conway
843-246-1495

Sightseeing cruises along the Waccamaw River are available throughout the year. The cruises are 90-minutes in length and are narrated. Tickets are $15/adult and $10 for children ages 3-12. No admission is charged for children younger than three. Departure times vary upon the season.

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Garden City Area

Garden City Pavilion Arcade

103 Atlantic Avenue
Garden City Beach
843-651-2770

The arcade at Garden City features over 200 arcade games and has been a staple of the Grand Strand since the 1960’s. Also close to the arcade are other carnival games, souvenir shops, and ice cream & snow cone vendors.

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Georgetown Area

Hobcaw Barony Nature Center & Guided Tour

22 Hobcaw Road
Georgetown
843-546-4623

Located about 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach, guided van tours are available of the 17,500 acres that used to be 11 plantations. The property was bought in the early 1900’s and turned into a retreat and hosted such guests as Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. The van stops for a tour of the 1930’s mansion and drives by the home and stables of Bellefield Plantation and Friendfield Village, the last 19th century slave village along the Waccamaw. Tours are Tuesday through Friday and are $20/person. The Nature Center is undergoing renovations and is expected to open summer 2009.

Hopsewee Plantation

494 Hopsewee Road
Georgetown
843-546-7891
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday & Noon - 4 p.m., Saturday

The historic home represents a low country rice plantation of the early 18th century and is also the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Tours of the home are available and the grounds are also open to the public. Tours of the plantation are $15/adult and $7.50 for children ages 5-17. Access to the grounds only is $5/person. The plantation is open by appointment only in December and January.

Low Country Plantation Tours

Front Street Harborwalk
Georgetown
843-477-0287

The Plantation River tour cruises by plantations, abandoned rice fields, and more. The tour is 3 hours in length and leaves at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $25/adult and $20 for children. The Lighthouse Shell Tour takes guests to a barrier island only accessible by boat. Guests are given an hour to spend on the beach. Tickets are $25/adults and $20 for children. This tour leaves at 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Murrells Inlet Area

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet
843-235-6000
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Brookgreen Gardens is open year round and has extended evening hours in April and during certain events in the summer. The gardens feature over 500 sculptures mixed among plants, flowers, and other botanical features. The gardens feature over 2,000 species & subspecies of plants including oaks, magnolias, wildflowers, and more. The outdoor attraction also houses a 50-acre wildlife trail. The gardens are a must-see for art, photography, and wildlife & nature enthusiasts. The gardens are also a great place to take pictures. Admission into the gardens is $12 for those ages 13-64, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children ages five & under are admitted free. Admission tickets can be used for seven consecutive days once purchased. Individual and family annual memberships are also available for purchase.

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Myrtle Beach Area

Build-A-Bear Workshop

1301 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach
843-445-7675
Hours: vary upon the season

Build-A-Bear is a hands-on "factory" where children can build a stuffed animal from start to finish. Children get to help stuff, stitch, fluff, dress, and name their animal. Animals start at $10 and increase in price as more options are added during the creation process.

Children’s Museum of South Carolina

2501 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach
843-946-9469
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday

The museum features interactive exhibits and educational programs involving science, technology, culture, and more. Admission is $7/person and children ages 1 & younger are admitted free.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

300 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach
843-626-3447
Hours: vary upon season

The amusement park opens in April and closes at the end of September while the water park opens at the end of May and closes at the end of August. The amusement park features thrill rides, a small roller coaster, family rides, kids rides, and go karts. The water park features speed slides, water flumes, and a lazy river. Admission into the park is free for everyone. A daily combo pass for both parks is $33/person. All-day amusement ride passes are $23.50/person and all-day water park passes are $18.95 for those over four feet tall and $17.70 for those less than four feet tall. Individual ride tickets are $1.05 each and all rides require between 2-5 tickets.

Huntington Beach State Park

16148 Ocean Highway
Murrells Inlet
843-237-4400
Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

Located in Georgetown County, this state park is 2,500 acres in size and is home to a environmental education center, salt marshes, Atalaya’s Castle, a freshwater lake where alligators reside, over 300 species of birds, a three-mile stretch of beach and more. Admission is $5/adult and $3.25 for South Carolina senior citizens. Admission is $3 for children ages 6-15 and is free for children ages 5 & younger. Season passes to the park are available for purchase. An additional $1 fee applies for those ages 6 & older touring Atalaya’s Castle. The castle is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Picnic shelters are also available to rent.

IMAX 3D Discovery Theater

1195 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach
843-448-IMAX
Click Here for Showtimes

The 3-D theater shows a variety of 3D movies throughout the day. Most features are 45 minutes in length. Ticket prices are $13/adult, $11 for children ages 4-12 and admission is free for children ages 3 & under. $3 is added to each ticket for Hollywood feature films. Annual passes can be purchased for $35/person plus tax.

Medieval Times Dinner Show

2904 Fantasy Way
Myrtle Beach
843-236-4635
Hours: for daily shows, visit Medieval Times’ website

Medieval Times features a dinner experience in 11th century surroundings. Eat dinner while watching six knights compete in the arena on horseback. The entire evening is about two hours in length. Be prepared to eat dinner 11th century style - without silverware! Tickets are $47.95/adult and $29.95 for children ages 12 & under. Upgraded ticket packages are also available and feature VIP seating options.

Myrtle Waves Water Park

3000 10th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach
843-448-1026
Hours: vary by the season

This park features over 20 acres of water rides, including tube slides, speed slides, enclosed slides, a lazy river, wave pool, bubble bay for children, and more. All-day passes are $29.99 for those over four feet tall and $19.99 for those less than four feet tall. After 3 p.m., admission is $19.99 for those over four feet tall and $14.99 for those less than four feet tall. Season passes are available for purchase. The park opens in May and closes mid-September.

Ripley’s Aquarium

1110 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach
800-734-8888
Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday & 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday

Located at Broadway At The Beach, Ripley’s is a 87,000 square foot indoor aquarium that features a stingray bay, sharks, a sea turtle, octopus, piranhas, moray eels, horseshoe crabs, and a variety of fresh and saltwater fish. The aquarium features daily dive shows and guests can interact with horseshoe crabs and stingrays. Throughout the year, Ripley’s Aquarium also features special exhibits. Admission is $18.99/adult, $9.99 for children ages 6-11, and $3.99 for children ages 2-5. Affordable annual passes are also available. The aquarium is a must-see for all fish & shark enthusiasts!

Nascar Speedpark

1820 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach
843-918-8725
Hours: vary upon season

The Nascar themed speedpark features seven tracks, 2 miniature golf courses, speed bumper boats, kids rides, an arcade, and a Nascar store. Certain tracks have minimum height requirements to drive. All-day wristbands for the park are $32/person. Annual passes to the tracks can be purchased for $120.

RideMakerz

1210 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach
843-444-2646
Hours: vary upon the season

Create your own custom toy car at RideMakerz! Guests start by picking the shell of their car and can then customize it during the assembly process with wheels & tires, decals, sounds, and more.

Riple’s Super Fun Zone

901 North Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach
843-626-0069
Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

This large arcade features numerous interactive and high-tech games for both parents and kids. Tickets won at games can be redeemed for prizes.

Waccatee Zoological Farm

8500 Enterprise Road
Myrtle Beach
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Located on 500 acres, the zoo features over 100 species of animal including buffalo, zebras, macaws, camels, kangaroos, and more. Admission is $8 for those 13 & older and $4 for those ages 1-12. Group rates are available.

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North Myrtle Beach

Alligator Adventure

Highway 17 North - Barefoot Landing
North Myrtle Beach
843-361-0789

The large outdoor reptile park features over 800 alligators, Utan, the world’s largest crocodile, albino alligators, turtles, snakes, lizards, American beavers, exotic birds, tigers, and more. Depending on the season, visitors can witness alligator feedings and other reptile shows. Admission is $16.95/adult and $10.95 for children ages 4-12. Children aged three & under are admitted free. The second day of admission is free at Alligator Adventure. Similar to the aquarium, this attraction is a must-see for reptile enthusiasts.

T.I.G.E.R. Preservation Station

Barefoot Landing
North Myrtle Beach
843-361-4552
Hours: vary upon the season

At this attraction, families can have their picture taken with a baby tiger or adult tiger. An 8 x 10 print is $59 for groups of five people. The station at Barefoot Landing is open mid-March through the end of September. Hours are influenced by inclement weather. For current operating hours, it is recommended to call the station. Paid tours through the station’s guided preserve are also available at a separate location six days a week beginning at 10 a.m. Visitors will see tigers, chimps, wolves, leopards and other animals in their natural surroundings. No small children are permitted on the tours.

Be sure to pick-up some of the Myrtle Beach coupon books. Many of the attractions and activities listed above have coupons in these books.

All prices listed in this guide are as of April 2009.