Plan your trip to Myrtle Beach, SC


Are you planning a vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC? One of the most popular beaches for vacationing in South Carolina is Myrtle Beach. So we’ve put together all of our reviews and coverage of Kidding Around in one handy guide! The guide includes places to stay, restaurants, activities and more.

Plan a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC

Just about four hours from upstate, the sun and fun of Myrtle Beach is a popular destination for upstate residents. There are plenty of accommodations available, keeping rates low and affordable for families. In addition to fun on the beach, there are plenty of attractions to keep families entertained. Everything from dinner shows to museums, water sports, shopping and even an aquarium!

Let Kidding Around be your guide to planning the perfect trip to Myrtle Beach for your family! We know where to find all the cool stuff because we went to check it out ourselves!

Where to stay in Myrtle Beach

With approximately 425 hotels in Myrtle Beach, you’ll never have trouble finding a room! Our goal is to find the best of the best, so here are some recommendations for places we’ve stayed.

blue hotel / captains quarters
  • Captain’s Quarters Oceanfront Resort-Hotel / Hotel BLUE Myrtle Beach Resort
    This family of resorts is one of my family’s favorites. They share accommodations and by going back and forth between resorts, your whole family can have a trip to suit them! Captain’s Quarters amenities include 15 water games, a children’s water park, arcade, bowling alley, special weekend activities and more.
    Hotel BLUE amenities include a swim-up bar, indoor lazy river, coffee shop, and Starbucks in the lobby. Both of these resorts are beachfront and if you’re only looking for beach and poolside fun, you’ll never have to drive anywhere until it’s time to go!
Myrtle Beach SC Hotel
  • The Grande Cayman Resort hotel by the sea
    My kids and I stayed here on our last trip and we had so many things planned that we weren’t able to take full advantage of the resort amenities! The hotel has a restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop in the lobby. The resort has more than 10 pools, with a set of partially covered pools, a lazy river, and hot tubs. The water park and children’s slide are separate from the rest of the pool, so it’s easier to keep an eye on the little ones.
    The parking garage makes it easy to get to and from your room and you won’t have to carry tired children around the hotel and to the elevators. The room we stayed in at the Grande Cayman Resort had a small kitchen area that included a mini fridge, coffee maker and sink. One of the features I always like to see in hotels is a dining table. Our room had a full size table and four chairs, as well as a patio and chairs for morning coffee.
    *Accommodations were provided by Visit Myrtle Beach for the purposes of this guide, however, all opinions and words are those of the author.
Westgate Myrtle Beach Water Park
  • The Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort
    Kristina from Kidding Around recently stayed at the Myrtle Beach Westgate location, “The Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort overlooks the beach with stunning ocean views from waterfront rooms. It’s closer to the southern end of Myrtle Beach and 40 minutes north of Huntington Island State Park. It took us just over four hours to get there from Greenville and we never even got back in the car while we were at the resort until it was time to drive home because everything what we were doing was within walking distance.
    *Accommodations have been provided by Westgate for the purposes of this guide, however, all opinions and words are those of the author.
    Read The Kidding Around review of the Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort
VRBO condo in Myrtle Beach
Renovated Beachfront Condo, Myrtle Beach, Photo Credit: VRBO

Lodging in Myrtle Beach recommended by readers:

Breakers Resort! Located right in the middle of everything, walking distance to cafe, restaurants, ice cream, mini golf. Multiple room types, multiple pools, playgrounds, and lazy river, and beach access. I can park my car and not leave until it’s time to go home!

Megan Buhlman

What to eat in Myrtle Beach, SC

Dining in a very touristy area can be tricky. Just because a place has been around forever doesn’t make it worth your vacation. However, we have some delicious addresses to recommend that we have tried ourselves!

  • Dagwood’s Deli – Myrtle Beach / Surfside Beach
    Affordable sandwiches, burgers, wings and more for the whole family. The restaurant is located just 2 blocks from the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, and it’s not expensive for a place in the middle of a huge tourist district!
  • Chubby’s Tacos – Myrtle Beach
    A fun taco shop, with $5 kids meals and affordable fare. Free fries and salsa and frozen drinks make this a great lunch break!
  • Carolina Seafood and Steak – Myrtle Beach
    A great place to dress up for dinner or lunch and have a meal. Creative kids menu items will make your family laugh.
  • Captain Georges Seafood Restaurant & Buffet – Myrtle Beach
    The nice thing about Captain Georges is that you can order a meal off the menu or take part in the extensive buffet. There are plenty of choices for non-seafood eaters and a huge choice for those who are.
Johnny Ds Waffles Collage
  • Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery – North Myrtle Beach / Myrtle Beach / Surfside Beach
    It’s a must-have morning meal on any trip to the Grand Strand. Plan ahead as wait times can be long due to its popularity. This is one place you’ll want to pre-game the menu because everything looks amazing and you’ll have a hard time deciding.
  • Nacho Hippo – Myrtle Beach to Market Commons
    If margaritas are going to be part of your beach trip, Nacho Hippo is a great place to grab some. The Market Commons has convenient parking and lake views.
Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar - Myrtle Beach
  • The Mad Mason – Myrtle Beach to Market Commons
    One of the stops on our Moster Milkshake tour, The Crazy Mason offers a huge selection of milkshake creations. The good news for fans is that Greenville will soon have its own location!

Myrtle Beach restaurants recommended by readers:

Flying fish we go there every year. You must try the blackened mahi mahi dip. It’s amazing.

Mike Liberty

  • Sea Captain’s House – Myrtle Beach
    Reader Morgan Wilson says Shrimp & Grits and hushpuppies are her favorites to order from Sea Captain’s House.

Things to do indoors in Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach Aquarium
dinner show
dinner show
  • Pirates trip to Myrtle Beach
    Bethany of Kidding Around took her family to Pirate’s Voyage in Myrtle Beach, “Prepare to be entertained by pirates, towers, animals and even mermaids during the two-hour show.” My family was impressed by the number of turns and the many surprises. The show also included singing, dancing, and a fun storyline. Don’t worry if your kids don’t like pirates, there are parrots, sea lions, mermaids and lots of tricks and aerobatics. The show is fast-paced and held my kids’ attention the entire time.
    Read Pirates Voyage’s Myrtle Beach Kidding Around Review
    Gay Dolphin / I like sugar
  • Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
    Shopping at the Gay Dolphin on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk is one of the most popular activities for tourists! Can anyone really say they’ve been to Myrtle Beach without stopping at the beachfront gift shop that’s been in business since 1946? I do not think so.
    If there’s a beach-themed item to be found, they’ll have it! Everything from t-shirts and decorations to seashells and even hermit crabs can be found at this unique gift shop. Another of our traditional family-friendly stops is the I Love Sugar location in Myrtle Beach, just across the street!

What to do outdoors in Myrtle Beach

When heading to the beach for fun, incorporating a few extra activities is one of the most exciting things to plan. There is certainly no shortage of them in Myrtle Beach! Here are a few that the Kidding Around team members enjoyed!

Myrtle Beach FunPlex
  • The FunPlex
    This new amusement complex near the boardwalk is a great way to add excitement to your afternoon! The small footprint and secure entry means older kids can enjoy the rides while the adults sit in the cafe and watch. Rides are paid for with token credits applied to a scannable card, and range between 4 and 8 credits per ride. Depending on the package you purchase, credits average around $1 each. We really liked this attraction because you can load your card and then come and go as you please. This is especially convenient if you are staying at one of the neighboring hotels with teenage children.
Skywheel at night
  • Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
    The best way to see Myrtle Beach is from the Skywheel! 20 stories in the air, you get a birds-eye view of the beach and boardwalk. On a clear night you can see as far as Broadway on the Beach!
Myrtle Beach State Park Pier
  • Myrtle Beach State Park
    At this coastal state park, you can camp, fish, hike, play on the beach, or just picnic. My kids and I have already bought picnic supplies from the local grocery store and ate dinner under the shelter of one of the picnic shelters during a storm!
Girl on a boogie board

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