South Carolina: Myrtle Beach, Ten Things to Enjoy with Your Kids
Anchored along the top of South Carolina’s “The Grand Strand” area, Seaside Resort is a beach-lovers paradise, where families can enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment, and golfing all year round. The area offers countless opportunities to enjoy swimming, sailing, and surfing. Golf lovers enjoy access to over 108 championship golf courses, many ranked among the best in America. The staff at Seaside Resort has created their own list of favorites and we have listed them below.
Relax and enjoy the beach. Step outside your condominium and take in the warm South Carolina sun at the beach. Greet the day with a warm cup of coffee caressed by a sea breeze or enjoy the restful hues of the sunset blanketing the waves and painting the horizon.
Stay calm and cool. Splash around in one of two pools at Seaside Resort or wander along the tide line as the waves diminish against the beach. The rhythm of the waves is calming. This is just the place to read a book or take a nap; create a moat and pack a sand castle; count seagulls and pelicans.
Tee off with your child. Golfing with kids can be expansive so this news is great for golfing families. Bring your family, friends or just yourself and take part in the best golf value on the beach while playing some of the best courses on the Grand Strand. Tee off at one of more than 108 participating golf courses. Discovery: Myrtle Beach is a First Tee community. Better yet, for those who enjoy the short game, Myrtle Beach area has nearly 50 mini golf locations so, having fun golfing does not have to be serious.
Walk through the water. Marvel at the largest collection of sharks on the east coast at Ripley’s Aquarium. Believe it or not, Ripley’s has an amazing aquarium at Broadway on the Beach. It showcases some of the worlds’ most curious as well as awesome aquatic life. Interactive and inviting the displays invite questions and provoke thought. Touch a horseshoe crab; pet a manta ray; crawl through a tunnel or watch a diver feed the fish; it is fun for all ages. Bonus points: Ripley’s® is pleased to welcome our new exhibit for 2006 – Mars – the Search for Life. Explore the surface of Mars, Create a sandstorm and drive a Mars Rover in the exceptional hands-on exhibition that probes the question “Is there life on Mars”? Throughout the year they offer special camps for children.
Shopping made easy. For anyone wishing to engage in a shopping marathon there are many places to include. Old standbys like the Tanger Outlet Center host coupons at their website, making it easy to strike a plan. Closest to the sea, the Colonial Mall-Myrtle Beach has more than 95 specialty shops and a 10-plex cinema. A new enclosed mall is open at the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and Highway 501. In addition to pure shopping, it is the location of Jungle Fun an indoor entertainment experience for the entire family. Bonus points: Check the trolley route for shopping stops.
Go Barefoot all day. Spend a day at Barefoot Landing and enjoy first class shopping, dining, and entertainment. Shop with intent or browse for pleasure, either way barefoot Landing has plenty to be enjoyed. More than 100 specialty shops fill the family friendly complex. Add to that more than a dozen restaurants and the excursion is complete. Shop, eat, shop, what else is there. At Teddy Town build your own stuffed animal and watch it come to life in the “Wake Me Up” room. Try on Birkenstock sandals at Comfortable Soles. Find the perfect doll at Hoot E-Lou’s. Stop in to see the folks at Peace Frogs or buy an angel at Christmas Mouse. Not to worry, everything is not just for kids. There is a Chico’s for mom. Bonus points: Sample luscious homemade ice cream or frozen yogurt at Kohr’s Family Ice Cream Shop. Need to know: The Landing has a free preferred shopper’s card available at the Barefoot Landing Welcome Center Experience a fun-filled dinner with entertainment for everyone at the Medieval Times Dinner Show.
Catch a show. Alabama Theatre is located at Barefoot Landing. It is impressive from the outside and even more impressive once inside. One – The Show is a high-energy production with impressive choreography, sophisticated music, comedy, glamorous costumes and amazing special effects. One of the best parts is the comedian Grant Turner who pretends to be Ricky, the maintenance man. During the summer months they offer Family Nights, with kids, age 16 and younger, admitted free. They also feature a weekly Celebrity Concert Series, with some of the nation’s top recording artists.
Thrill the kids. Try racing around multiple tracks with family and friends at Grand Prix Family Thrill Park. Just north of Barefoot Landing, The Grand Prix provides a variety of exciting, no thrilling ways to have fun. Compact, crazy and oodles of fun, the park works for all ages. The official “Thrill Zone” has Lolly Swings, a tilt-a-whirl and the very popular Crazy Mouse. In the “The Kids’ Zone” you’ll find the Zamperla Swings, a crop duster airplane experience and Wacky Worm- a family coaster. Bonus points: Receive a discount by printing the coupon from the website and taking it to the park.
Taste the grapes. Odd as it may seem (hurricane challenges) there is an operating vineyard not far from North Myrtle Beach. La Belle Amie Vineyard is owned and operated by two sisters, Vicki and June. Not only do the produce wine from vintage American stock but they also have an exclusive European connection which allows them to offer even more delightful choices. Visiting the vineyard is a fun way to “get rural” with out getting dirt under your fingernails. You may tour the vineyard, taste the wines, shop for wine stuff and enjoy a lively friendly atmosphere. Bonus points: On the welcoming committee is the vineyard mascot, Bella a gregarious full-blooded border collie. Bella greets you with tennis ball in mouth. She’s great with kids and kids love her.
Discover a vintage beach. In the 1930s Myrtle Beach State Park was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Then as now it offers families delightful one-of-a-kind experiences. In addition to almost one mile of beachfront, this 312-acre location has a campground, cabins, picnic areas, a fishing pier and nature center nature trail – “Sculptured Oak Nature Trail”. The nature center provides oodles of ways o explore together observing saltwater aquariums, seeing live reptiles and using interactive natural history displays. Bonus points: Myrtle Beach State Park is a “DiscoverCarolina Site”, usually open Tuesdays through Saturdays, depending on the time of year. Need to know: Equestrian beach access is available December, January and February.
Head north to the stars. Ingram Planetarium and Science Center at Sunset Beach, North Carolina, has a state-of-the art facility which includes planetary and astronomy programs as well as hands-on exhibits for all ages. Sky event programs include telescope viewing, and sky watch holiday programs in the planetarium. Children’s programs are offered throughout the year. Bonus points: Just being there makes all of the difference. ViewSpace exhibit provides a continuous broadcast of the most recent updates directly from NASA.
Stay at Seaside Resort. Located directly on the ocean in North Myrtle Beach, the resort boutique resort has 68 one, two and three-bedroom condominiums with the comforts and conveniences of home. Each unit is beautifully furnished with a full kitchen, dining room, washer/dryer, Jacuzzi tub, and high-speed Internet access. The beautiful beach is just steps away. At Seaside, we provide only the most professional staff and the finest amenities. 2301 South Ocean Blvd. North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. 1-800-433-5710 or www.seasidemb.com
Alabama Theatre. 4750 Highway 17 S. North Myrtle Beach, 29582. 1(843) 272-1111, 1-800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com
North Myrtle Beach Grand Prix. 3900 Hwy. 17 S. North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. 1(843) 272-7770 or www.mbgrandprix.com
Summer Family Golf. 3420 Pampas Drive Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. 1-800-833-8798, prompt 5 or www.summerfamilygolf.com
Ripley’s Aquarium. 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, 29577. 1(843) 916-0888, 1-800-734-8888 or www.ripleysaquarium.com
Myrtle Beach State Park 4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29575, 843-238-5325.Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or www.SouthCarolinaParks.com
Ingram Planetarium and Science Center. The Village at Sunset Beach, Junction Hwy, 904 & 179 Sunset Beach, NC 28468. 1(910) 575-0033 orwww.ingramplanetarium.org