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If you’re looking for a family-friendly beach destination that’s packed with off-the-beaten path adventure for everyone to enjoy, look no further than North Myrtle Beach. Situated along South Carolina’s famous ‘Grand Strand’, this coastal gem offers uncrowded white sand beaches and plenty of seaside fun that makes for an ideal family getaway all year round.
Whether you want to get in on the action or indulge in a peaceful retreat, North Myrtle Beach is a seaside escape offering the best of both worlds. All it takes is a single visit to this hotspot for unrivaled family-fun to realize that it’s the perfect place to dip your toes into the sand and make some lifelong memories as a family. Here is the ultimate guide on where to stay, play, and eat like a local in this sweet South Carolina beach town!
Repeat After Us, “Mi (Beach) Casa es Su (Beach) Casa”
Home to hundreds of affordable and luxurious beach homes, hotels and motels, condos and resorts, and campgrounds — North Myrtle Beach has it all, no matter what your style of stay may be. With nine miles of beautiful beachfront choices available, it’s the seaside condos and cozy beach homes that really stand out when exploring the area as a family. Kick off your mornings cooking breakfast in the kitchen, spend the afternoon swimming in the pool and end the day by playing games together in the comfort of a space that feels like home!
These spacious options boast plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy quality time together, while still maintaining your own privacy. Opt for a roomy house on Ocean Drive or a spacious condo in one of the destination’s five beachy communities. With an abundance of low-rise, beachfront accommodation there will never be a shortage of picture-perfect views and quality bonding during your stay!
The Day's Fun Has Only Just BegunWhile this laid-back beach town may pride itself on being an escape from the noise, there’s no denying that there are still endless activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Ocean lovers can make the most of North Myrtle Beach’s charming seaside locale by indulging in water sports like parasailing and paddle boarding. Those that prefer to stay on land can challenge the family to a game of miniature golf at one of the city’s six mini golf courses or head to McLean Park once the sun sets for a movie under the stars. If it’s thrills you’re looking for, try out some zip-lining! Or, saddle up for some horseback riding on the beach — an exciting experience that the whole family is sure to remember!
Whatever type of adventure your family chooses, don’t forget to stop by Main Street — the picturesque home to vibrant performances, live music, delicious street vendors serving up all types of treats and a whole lot of fun shops. The calendar is always packed with year-round events, parades and entertainment, so there are vacation memories waiting to be made even during the cooler months of the year. With so many options of family-friendly fun, we promise that you will never run out of things to do in North Myrtle Beach!
Seafood Po Boys and Crab Cakes and Grits, Oh My!
No family trip is complete without some bonding over a delicious meal and family-friendly dining in North Myrtle Beach is aplenty, with options for every taste and any craving. For your seafood fix, head to Duffy Street Seafood Shack. All of the friendly locals will tell you that this is a longtime local landmark and a true right of passage! Toss some peanuts on the floor and order up a few rounds of seafood po boys or shrimp and grits. For affordable seafood in an ideal Southern waterfront setting, you can make a reservation at Flying Fish Public Market. This restaurant and seafood market rolled into one is an unique spot to grab a fresh seafood dinner and the adults will love the refreshing curated cocktails.
Alternatively, the kids and the kids-at-heart, will love LuLu’s North Myrtle Beach in Barefoot Landing. This must-visit spot dishes out a variety of tasty food, live music and events. There’s even a ropes course and arcade for some post-dinner fun. Packed with good vibes, Lulu’s is a great spot for a meal, any time of day. A more mellow choice and a waterfront favorite in the Cherry Grove Community is Captain Archie’s. With cozy outdoor seating, seafood and sandwiches, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy live music and soak up the sound of the ocean.
If you want a classic dining experience, Hoskin’s is a family owned and operated spot that has been serving North Myrtle Beach locals and visitors for over 70 years. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll find steak, fried chicken and seafood options on the menu, making it ideal for everyone’s taste buds — from young kids to grandparents. Another establishment that you can never go wrong with is the gourmet burger chain, BurgerFi. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the contemporary relaxed setting, all-natural burgers and sweet shakes will satisfy everyone in the family.