These days, families live scattered across the country. When you want your kids to see their grandparents and cousins, someone will probably have to travel. Instead of alternating between guest and host, opt for a multi-generational trip to the coast! Take the whole family to the seaside villages of North Myrtle Beach for an extended stay. There are more than 15,000 affordable accommodations to meet every need and number, and plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained.
Here is a list of the top 12 reasons that make North Myrtle Beach the perfect extended family vacation destination:
1. Kayaking or Boating through the Marshes
Paddle through the thriving ecosystem of a tidal marsh. The saltwater marshes and preserves in Cherry Grove are beautiful and teeming with wildlife. Spy loggerhead sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and a variety of bird species.
2. Zip Line Excursions
Sightsee and get your adrenaline pumping at the same time! The North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex offers visitors a chance to be Tarzan for a few hours at Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure. You’ll get unmatched views of the natural setting, and the thrill of flying high over the lake. If heights aren’t your thing, or you don’t know if you can handle the physical course, be the one to cheer on the kids and snap some pictures so everyone has a keepsake from this fun activity.
3. Cherry Grove Fishing Pier
The coast of South Carolina is a popular place to catch some highly prized fish. Take the entire family out on this pier that stretches 985 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, and try your luck. Beginners might need a few tips, and equipment from the newly remodeled Tackle and Gift shop, or you can always just watch to see what everyone else is reeling in!
4. Quirky Main Street
Skip the mall and shop local on Main Street, Ocean Drive. This historic stretch of street is lined with small mom-and-pop shops and local boutiques, making it perfect for a leisurely stroll and some window shopping or splurging on souvenirs. Plus, when you’ve reached the end, you’re at the beach. Win-win.
5. The Accommodations
Picking the right place to stay might be the most important decision to make, but with more than 15,000 options, you’re sure to find a home away from home. Whether you book a few condos in the same waterfront building or find a beach house with space for the whole family, a rental can make for a perfect reunion (as long as mom and dad have their own room to retreat!)
6. Barefoot Landing
Shop with a view of the Intracoastal Waterway. This scenic entertainment and dining complex could keep everyone busy all day! Load up on souvenirs from local shops, hit all of your favorite national and regional chains, and sit down for lunch or dinner while you’re there. You can even catch a show, but more on that in a minute.
7. Horseback Riding at Inlet Point Plantation
The plantation boasts one of the only maritime forests in South Carolina and is one of the only places visitors can enjoy a leisurely horseback ride on the beach. Take the whole crew or break off from the rest for a memorable adventure.
8. Fat Harold’s Beach Club
North Myrtle Beach is the birthplace of shag, and Fat Harold’s is a favorite place for locals of all ages to show off their Shagging and other dance moves. Go see them in action and see if you can persuade them to give you some free lessons.
9. Music-Lovers’ Paradise
The House of Blues, located in Barefoot Landing, is a great place to drop after you’ve shopped. Get some dinner and enjoy live entertainment. There are always great regional and national acts playing, and the House of Blues offers some unique events like the Murder Mystery Dinner Show.
Just next door from the House of Blues, you can find the Alabama Theatre. Over 20 years ago, country group, Alabama, opened their North Myrtle Beach venue aptly named The Alabama Theatre. Now, a favorite of locals and visitors, this live entertainment theatre is a popular place to see comedians, the show “ONE”, and other musical guests.
10. Enjoy fresh seafood while you watch the boats come in
There’s something relaxing about eating beside the water, which is why so many of North Myrtle Beach’s eateries serve delicious seafood with a side of stunning waterfront views. Situated right on the Intracoastal in Little River, the whole family can reconnect while you watch the boats come in with the catch of the day. Seafood doesn’t get much fresher than that!
11. OD Pavilion Amusement Park
Take the kids to the only oceanfront amusement park on the Grand Strand! At the end of Main Street, you’ll find old school attractions like bumper cars, a Ferris wheel (with a view of the Atlantic Ocean), those dizzying teacups, and yummy fair food, all located just steps from the waves.
12. The Beach!
The beach appeals to all ages and energy levels, and since North Myrtle Beach offers some of the widest and least crowded beaches along the Grand Strand, there’s plenty of room for everyone! The littles ones can play in the water and sand while the older kids face off with beach games like bocce ball or corn hole. More mature visitors can find a spot to lounge and finish their book. Then, everyone can hunt for seashells and crabs, catch a beautiful sunset, and walk back to their large beachfront rental. Relaxing and fun day at the beach? Check.