Vacationing with Teens and Tweens: Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC for Families with Teens and Tweens
We didn’t go to the beach as a family very often when I was a kid, so the phenomenon of going to the beach for a full week was very new to me when I started a family of my own. I had a few friends whose parents loaded up the family car for the week, but I think it’s definitely grown in popularity over the past 20 years.
If you’re in the South, the beach you almost always go to (at least once a season!!) is Myrtle Beach, SC. And it’s not just the southerners that love Myrtle Beach, our friends in the North have discovered the beauty of the area – plus the fact that it’s a lot warmer AND a lot cheaper than vacationing at most of the beaches in the northeast. Not to mention that getting there is easy and you have so many lodging options from renting a house to hotels and condos whether you’re staying for a whole week or just a long weekend.
Myrtle Beach has grown so much in the past 20 years and a lot of the activities that used to center around the old, famed Pavilion have shifted over to Broadway at the Beach – which reminds me a LOT of downtown Disney. Chain restaurants, entertainment facilities, souvenir stands and novelty shopping. Best part is that it’s not too far from the majority of the hotels.
But something parents of teens and tweens are always concerned about is this – is there enough for my older kids to do so they don’t get bored?? This post is going to show you a handful of ways that are guaranteed to make you AND your older kids happy. Who knows… you might even get a smile out of them!!
According to their site, WonderWorks Myrtle Beach began as a Top Secret research laboratory on a remote island in the Bermuda Triangle. As legend has it, the world’s greatest scientists – led by Professor Wonder – were given the task of creating a man-made tornado and harnessing the POWER of it. During this experiment, something went awry and the power of the tornado was unleashed throughout the laboratory. This created a swirling vortex that was strong enough to rip the laboratory from its foundation. It was carried thousands of miles away and landed upside-down on the top of a Crab Shack at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. Remarkably, all of the experiments remained intact and functional.
WonderWorks is a perfect place to spend time. Whether you zip thru it and see everything in a couple of hours, or take your time and do ALL there is to offer, you will not be disappointed. We loved all the hands-on activities and learning fun facts about a variety of things. A few of the activities required you to have closed toe shoes which I thought would be an issue since we were ALL in sandals (it’s the BEACH!!) so one of the weird things that impressed me the most was that they had loaner shoes, similar to Crocs!! Way to go on that major attention to detail, WonderWorks!!
My husband and middle daughter even dared to take on the Gravity Swing – No way I was doing it. Nope. No how, no way.
You have several different areas to choose from:The WonderZones
What’s a trip to the beach without catching some waves? Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports and it’s easy to see why.. it’s easy to learn and (pretty) easy on the body. Once you get the hang of balancing and centering your weight, all you need to worry about is staying up when the boaters come by!
Kokopelli offers surf lessons, paddleboarding lessons and for those who have the hang of it, board rentals. You can opt for group lessons or private lessons that go from a couple of hours to full week camps. Owned by brothers, Brandon and Wyatt Todd, they have a great staff that know the waters and the area! We got to spend a couple of hours with TJ and his pup (who rode the paddleboard long enough to get dropped off at home!) and couldn’t have asked for a better morning. Save for a couple of splashes the Mister took (thanks to the boaters who I swear silently earn points every time a paddleboarder goes down..) the four of us had a great time and the teen & tween took great pride in knowing how to do something better than us for a change.
Check out our time-lapse video!
Kokopelli Contact Info:
You know how some people have bucket list item to “visit all major league baseball parks”? Why not make it MINOR league ballparks?? So much cheaper!! We had the chance to catch one of the Pelicans games at TicketReturn.com Field and it’s a great, family event. Tickets are cheap, they have food and a play area for the kids should they need a change of scenery. They have frequent promotions over the summer, so be sure to check their website to coordinate your visit!
Pelicans Contact Info:
1251 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
(843) 918-6000 (Tickets)
(877) 918-TIXX (Toll Free – Tickets)
Looking for some fast action after a long day on the beach? Or maybe as a break one day from the beach? Check out Broadway Grand Prix where you can choose from seven different tracks to test your speed. There are height restrictions on a few of the bigger tracks, but if your kids are at least 60″ tall, they’ll get their license to go! Smaller kids can choose from other tracks and if you have little, little ones, there are a couple of family friendly tracks where they can ride in the passengers seat.
Once you’ve got your fill of racing, you can spend hours playing all the carnival-type games (not included in your admission) or how about a round of miniature golf? They have an arcade inside and a pretty full snack stand.
One word of caution for the racetracks... if you have smaller kids, I would definitely stick to the family tracks. There were several groups of older boys who payed no attention to the “no bumping” rule that is posted and repeated EVERYWHERE in the park. Our 11 year old ended up getting pretty knocked around because of them and the fact that the staff didn’t pay much attention to what was going on. It got to the point that if we say them in line, we’d wait for them to go so we wouldn’t have to be on the tracks with them. I’m hoping it’s because they weren’t up to full running capacity because it definitely but a damper on our visit.
About Broadway Grand Prix:
Phone: (843) 839-4080
1820 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
In closing, you will LOVE vacationing in Myrtle Beach. It’s relatively affordable, tons to do for ALL ages (inside and out) and so many dining choices to keep everyone full and happy. If you haven’t tried it out, you could be one trip away from making it an every-year thing!
**Disclaimer: We were not compensated for this post but did receive media passes to the events to help facilitate our article. All opinions are 100% our own.**
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