When planning a trip to North Myrtle Beach images of pristine beaches, delicious seafood, and on-the-water fun come to mind. We understand life with autism can be unpredictable, so we’ve put together a guide to autism-friendly travel in North Myrtle Beach to help you plan and prepare for a memorable vacation enjoying all that our destination has to offer.

Businesses are realizing the importance of providing sensory-friendly options and resources for people on the spectrum. From peaceful lodging options to sensory-friendly places that don’t overwhelm the senses, you’ll discover that North Myrtle Beach offers relaxation and fun tailored for guests of all abilities.


The Champion Autism Network (CAN) got its roots right here in the Grand Strand. This nonprofit autism awareness organization, founded in 2012, believes in a world where all people living with autism can live, work, and play without judgment, guilt, or worry. In addition to sensory-friendly events and raising awareness, CAN is the Grand Strand's premiere ambassador for the Autism Travel Club. 

The Autism Travel Club makes it easy to find Autism Ready travel destinations, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Membership is only $10 a year and provides benefits like special offers and discounts. The Autism Travel Card was created to provide families with a quiet and dignified way to let participating businesses and organizations know that they’re an autism family. North Myrtle Beach is one of the Autism Ready destinations.


Take the stress out of choosing a place to stay for vacation. The North Beach Resort and Villas is autism ready! Enjoy waking up to oceanfront views each morning before heading down for time spent beachside. For a quieter space, rent out a private cabana and spend the day poolside. Even consider ordering food from the on-site award-winning steakhouse and sushi bar.

After spending time exploring the nearby Barefoot Landing, book your stay at Beach Cove Resort. The location being close to popular attractions makes taking breaks back in the room convenient. The resort offers one to three bedrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, plus other five-star amenities.


Unleash your inner foodie during vacation and explore the flavors of North Myrtle Beach. Try the best and most affordable burgers and wings on the Grand Strand since 1989 at Hamburger Joes. Choose from fresh burgers to chicken strips and salads. Tip: Show your Autism Travel Club membership and skip the line plus receive 10% off your order!

What’s not to love about made from scratch recipes? At Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts, sink your teeth into classic breakfast dishes ranging from flavored waffles to delicious benedicts, plus sandwiches, burgers, and tacos for lunch.



The beaches of North Myrtle Beach offer plenty of room to relax, spread out, and move at your own pace. We recommend going early in the morning or later in the evenings when the beach is less crowded to alleviate any extra stress from the surroundings. In peak season, consider visiting during midday on a Saturday before guests check in and during hotel turnover times. Beyond sunscreen, beach towels and proper shade, earmuffs can help block out the sound of the waves and any other background noise.


If other attractions and activities become too stimulating for kids, reserve an open play session at STAR Academy, a sensory learning center in the heart of North Myrtle Beach. STAR stands for Sensory, Teaching And Recreation. The academy offers open play sessions where children can play with anything from foam pits to sensory panels and blocks to books. Need a break? A “chill out” spot provides cozy seats, LED strands and more. Open play is available Monday through Friday with some weekend sessions offered depending on private party schedules. Admission is $24 for a 2-hour morning or afternoon session.


Partnering with Champion Autism Network, Ripley’s Aquarium hosts sensory-friendly hours. See over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in a music-free environment with welcoming lighting. Noise canceling headphones are available at guest services where you can also pick up a special Selfie Scavenger Hunt sheet and turn in for a prize. The aquarium offers special Autism Travel Club rates.