Seven Days of Fall Family Fun in North Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is a terrific place for a fall family vacation, and your family will feel right at home with plenty of relaxing vacation rental properties to choose from.
You can find a rental right on the water or with a view where you can enjoy ocean breezes and the gentle sound of the waves.
Whether you’re staying in a beach home, condo, hotel or luxury oceanfront resort, North Myrtle Beach lodging options provide more flexibility when it comes to making the whole group happy. With so many options, you can make a game time decision to stay home and grill some fresh fish from Boulineau’s or make reservations for dinner with a view. Perhaps you want to plan a day at the beach, do some shopping or just take some downtime where everybody has their space to just chill out. It’s great to know that there’s communal space to share, like the kitchen, living room, or patio, as well as plenty of room for privacy. The family dog can come along, too, since a lot of properties are pet-friendly.
Best of all, you can easily book your stay online with more choices and lots of great deals for lodging in the fall than the busy peak summer season. We’ve made your planning easy with a complete list of seven fun days at the beach for your fun family vacation:
Day 1 – Fun at the Beach
Start off right by exploring the area’s beautiful beaches. Pack a picnic or order food to-go from a North Myrtle Beach restaurant to take along. The beach offers plenty activities for family members of all ages. Let the kids go swimming in the ocean waves while the adults take a stroll along the sandy beaches. You can even rent bikes for the week with all the accessories your family may need.
With some of the Grand Strand’s widest beaches, North Myrtle Beach is a perfect spot to throw a Frisbee with the kids, and enjoy games such as spike ball, volleyball, or ‘bags.’ Badminton, bocce ball and soccer are other favorites for some family-friendly competition.
More adventurous water activities include scuba diving and snorkeling at the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef, or really bond during some tandem parasailing. You can rent jet skis and boats or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddle boarding (and maybe even see some dolphins!)
Day 2 - Explore Barefoot Landing
After you’ve settled in and enjoyed a day of sun and sand, hit North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing, which encompasses 100 acres of fun for all ages. Kids love the Barnum & Bailey-inspired carousel and roving balloon artists; with live music, shopping galore and diverse restaurants for adults. Fresh seafood, Italian and South Carolina barbecue are just a few of the many delicious choices.
For a view from the water, consider a sightseeing trip from Barefoot Landing Marina on the Barefoot Princess Riverboat. Live music and gorgeous sunsets make this dinner cruise a popular choice, so reservations are required.
Day 3 – Join in the Festivities
Get in and party with the locals when you take part in any one of the North Myrtle Beach popular events—many of them day-long and free. The annual Music on Main series offers music and dancing Thursday nights, from spring to the first Thursday in October.
Mid-September brings the annual SeptemberFest! at Barefoot Landing. Browse artisan vendor booths, go to a custom car show and enjoy a range of kids’ activities. And feel good knowing that all food purchases at the Fest go to benefit Low Country Food Bank.
The second weekend in October features The Little River ShimpFest along the inlets and waterways. Your family will enjoy great music, food, arts and crafts, balloon artists and best of all a traditional Southern dish at the shrimp and grits cook-off. It’s an old-fashioned, family-friendly Southern street festival and you’re invited!
Come late October, celebrate the warm temperatures of fall in North Myrtle Beach at the Endless Summer Festival—a day of free concerts where you can sit and relax while “Celebrating Beach Music that makes Memories.” Pull up a beach chair or browse the many vendors, including food, arts and crafts, and a children’s area with carnival rides and live entertainment, as well.
Day 4 – Sports in the Park
Active families will want to spend at least a day at the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex,162 jam-packed acres filled with soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball, along with an assortment of high adventure attractions. Start the family off with wake boarding like no other at Shark Wave Park, where instead of a boat, a high-tech pulley system pulls you across the water. Go zip lining, do a ropes course or rent a Segway to cruise the area. Or if keeping your two feet on the ground is your favorite thing, explore miles of interconnected walking trails that take you around the Carolina Bays and through cypress wetland, with plenty of playgrounds and picnic areas along the way. You can also go on a family bike ride or let your dog play in the Waggin’ Tails Dog Park.
Day 5 – Home and Away
The best thing about a vacation home rental is the ability to just stay put, fire up the grill and watch some football, while other members of the family do their thing. Shopping anyone?
Whether you prefer a neighborhood full of unique boutiques, or a retail district with regional chains and souvenir outposts, shopping in North Myrtle Beach can occupy an entire afternoon. The area’s newest shopping destination, Coastal North Town Center features multiple national brands, as does Myrtle Beach Mall, in nearby Briarcliffe Acres, and Tanger Outlet Shops. Looking for that one-of-a-kind item? Head for Main Street Ocean Drive, where you can take a leisurely stroll and explore blocks upon blocks of locally owned shops and boutiques.
In the evening, return to Barefoot Landing and check out a live show at the Alabama Theatre or go to House of Blues, where Southern cuisine meets rustic surroundings and multiple music genres. Or take in a show at the nationally acclaimed Carolina Opry, pairing modern lighting and sound systems with energetic music, dance, and comedy.
Day 6 - Natural Wonders
From exotic creatures to horseback riding on the beach, North Myrtle Beach lets you explore the world of nature in a variety of ways. Visit the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve with seven acres of walking paths, located on an island that extends into the Cherry Grove Marsh. Explore the preserve and its wildlife via elevated boardwalks and observation docks, complete with informational signage along the way.
Ever dream of horseback riding on a beach? Take the family for an afternoon at Inlet Point Plantation. Explore this beautiful historic property on horseback, and trot along the beach on Waites Island beach.
For a special treat after the ride, take the kids to one of the world’s largest reptile zoos, Alligator Adventure, near Barefoot Landing. Watch live feedings, get a lesson in alligator handling, or see a 20-foot live crocodile. Shows change seasonally so there’s always something new to see. Macaws, red kangaroos, and other exotic animals live here, too.
Day 7 – The Day’s Catch
North Myrtle Beach is a great spot to fish, whether you cast your line from a pier or a kayak, or join a deep sea fishing charter. Little River Fishing Fleet and North Myrtle Beach Fishing Charters can accommodate all ages and levels of fishing expertise, in daylight or after dark.
For a unique fishing expedition, combine fishing with kayaking in shallow waters, like Cherry Grove Marshland or Waccamaw River as led by Great Escapes Kayaking Expeditions. As you paddle along in your quiet kayak, there’s the added advantage of wildlife undisturbed and more easily spotted than in a noisy motorized boat. Feeling lucky? Enter a fall fishing tournament, including the child-friendly, Take a Kid Fishing Tournament in mid-October, held off various Grand Strand Piers in the area. Reservations are required, but the event is free.
Whether driving or flying back home, your family can fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Hoskins Restaurant, a 1948 diner, known for its Western omelets and cheese grits, as well as homemade pies and terrific seafood. If time permits, take a morning walk-to-remember on the beach and all the fun memories your family shared over the action-packed week. Finish up by sharing those final photos of your North Myrtle Beach adventure on social media, and start planning for your next visit.