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Five Days of Summer Vacation in North Myrtle Beach

Looking for a place for your familly summer vacation? Come to North Myrtle Beach, where there are plenty of vacation rental properties to choose from and no shortage of family-friendly activities.

Start planning your stay by booking the perfect accommodations online. In North Myrtle Beach, you can choose from a variety of accommodations, like a spacious beach home, oceanfront condo, well-known hotel or luxury resort. If you want to bring your fur baby along, check out the many pet-friendly accommodations in the area.

We know you’ve likely booked your accommodations for a week, so spend a few days with your toes in the sand. Once the kids start asking “what’s next?!,” here’s some summer vacation ideas that will keep the whole family entertained for the rest of your vacation:

EXPLORE BAREFOOT LANDING

After you’ve settled in and enjoyed a few days of sun and sand, hit North Myrtle Beach’s iconic Barefoot Landing, which encompasses 100 acres of fun for all ages. Little ones will love the old-school carousel, while teens and parents love the plentiful shopping and diverse selection of restaurants (fresh seafood, Italian and South Carolina barbecue are just a few of the many delicious choices), many of which are kid-friendly.

If you're looking for a nighttime activity that's appropriate for all ages, take everyone to a show at Alabama Theatre. A stunning performance of world-class entertainment, ONE The Show features every genre of music (Broadway, Pop, Country, Gospel, Rock...you name it!) and comedy that will leaving the whole family crying from laughter. Or check the concert and event schedule at the famous House of Blues. One of area's best-kept secrets is their Sunday Gospel Brunch, where children ages 4 - 10 eat half-priced and children 3 & under eat for free (yes, free!).

SPORTS (AND MUSIC) IN THE PARK

Keep your family entertained for the whole day at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. This 162-acre property is jam-packed with sports fields and high-adventure attractions. Go zip lining, do a ropes course or rent a Segway to cruise the area. Or, if you prefer to keep both feet on the ground, explore miles walking trails with plenty of playgrounds. There are multiple picnic areas in the park, making for a perfect lunch break. For something truly unique, spend your afternoon wakeboarding at Shark Wake Park. Easy for beginners, challenging for experts and adaptable for any skill level in between, boarders are pulled by a high-tech pulley system that pulls across the water instead of a boat.

There’s also more than sports and thrills here, as the Sports Park is home the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. One Friday night a month from June to September, bring beach chairs or blankets and make an evening out of listening to live family-friendly music. There’s a number of other popular events throughout the summer, many of them daylong and free. The annual Music on Main Concert Series offers music and dancing in the heart of North Myrtle Beach every Thursday night, from mid-May to the first Thursday in October. If you prefer movies over music, watch a movie under the stars at Movies @ McLean. All movies are rated G or PG, so it’s a perfect nighttime activity for your little ones (or all you grown-up kids).

Family Summer VacationNO SHORTAGE ON SHOPPING (OR SHOWS)

If you’re looking for a little retail therapy during your summer vacation, look no further, because North Myrtle Beach has enough shopping to occupy an entire afternoon. Find your favorite national brands at Coastal North Town Center, the Tanger Outlet Shops and Myrtle Beach Mall in nearby Briarcliffe Acres. 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 explore the dozens of stores full of unique treasures. Once you’re all shopped out, grab a bite to eat before checking out a live show at Alabama Theatre or 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.

NATURAL WONDERS

North Myrtle Beach lets you explore the beauty of nature in a variety of ways, from horseback riding on the beach to observing exotic creatures. Start your day with a visit the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, located on an island that extends into the Cherry Grove Marsh. Explore and learn more about the preserve on seven acres of walking paths, which include elevated boardwalks, observation decks and informational signage. If you’re looking for more adventurous water activities for older kids, go snorkeling at the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef or explore the area’s scenic inlets by renting kayaks or paddleboards.

Summer Vacation SpotsTake the family for an unexpected adventure at Inlet Point Plantation. Explore this beautiful historic property on horseback, and trot along the beach on Waites Island.

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 crocodile. Macaws, red kangaroos and other exotic animals live here, too.

Take in all the beautiful surroundings by ending your trip with dinner with a view, like the one at Flying Fish Public Market & Grill. Adults can sip on signature cocktails while kids enjoy the Minnows menu, all with a beautiful view of Barefoot Marina.

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. Paddle along quietly in a  kayak, where you can observe undisturbed wildlife undisturbed more easily than in a motorized boat.

If you’d like a more relaxed fishing environment, head over to the Cherry Grove Pier. The Tackle and Gift Shop on the pier has rod rentals and sales along with bait and tackle. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head down the street to Duffy Street Seafood Shack, where families come together to enjoy seafood platters. The kids will love it because here, they’re actually allowed to throw their peanut shells on the ground!

DEPARTURE DAY

Whether driving or flying back home, your family can fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Hoskins Restaurant, a diner located on Main Street, known for its Western omelets and cheese grits, as well as homemade pies and baskets of biscuits.

While you’re on the plane waiting to take-off or filling up your gas tank, finish up your trip by sharing your photos of your North Myrtle Beach family summer vacation on social media by using #ExploreNMB. Also be sure to sign-up for our email, where you can get information on deals, events and news in North Myrtle Beach sent right to your inbox, so you can start planning your next visit.