5 Days of Summer Vacation in North Myrtle Beach
Looking for a place for your family 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.
You’re likely booking your accommodations for a whole week, so spend a few days with your toes in the sand. Here are some summer vacation ideas that will keep the whole family entertained once the kids start asking “What’s next?!”
NO SHORTAGE ON SHOPPING (OR SHOWS)
After you’ve settled in and enjoyed a few days of sun and sand, discover the abundance of shopping and live entertainment in the North Myrtle Beach area.
Head to the area’s shopping hot spots, including Coastal North Town Center, Tanger Outlets and Myrtle Beach Mall, where you can find some of your favorite national brands. Looking for a one-of-a-kind item? Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street, Ocean Drive and explore blocks upon blocks of locally owned shops and charming boutiques.
You could spend an entire afternoon exploring North Myrtle Beach’s iconic Barefoot Landing, which encompasses more than 100 acres of fun for all ages. Little ones will love the old-fashioned carousel, while teens and parents will love the dozens of stores, all full of unique treasures. More than just a great shopping experience, Barefoot Landing is famous for its diverse selection of restaurants—fresh seafood, Mexican and Italian 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 one of the area’s nationally acclaimed theatres. Catch ONE The Show at Alabama Theatre, a stunning performance of world-class entertainment featuring every genre of music (Broadway, Pop, Country, Gospel, Rock . . . you name it!) and comedy that will leave 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 its Sunday Gospel Brunch, where children ages 4–10 eat half price and children 3 and under eat for free. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see a show at the world-renowned The Carolina Opry, which pairs modern lighting and sound systems with energetic music, dance and comedy.
Discover 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. Wander along the 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, paddle through inlets and waterway by kayak or paddleboard, or explore the area by boat or jet ski. Prefer to sit back and watch? Book a boat tour. There are a number of boat tour options in the Grand Strand area, ranging from pirate-themed excursions to casino cruises and dolphin-watching tours.
For an unexpected adventure, schedule a horseback ride at Inlet Point Plantation. Trot through the beautiful historic property, on scenic tree-lined paths and along the beach on undeveloped Waites Island.
Observe exotic wildlife at one of the world’s largest reptile zoos, Alligator Adventure. Watch live feedings, get a lesson in alligator handling or see an 18-foot crocodile. You won’t want to miss the macaws, hyenas and other animals that live here, too.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, take in the beautiful surroundings by dining 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 picturesque view of Barefoot Marina.
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, test your skills on a ropes course or rent a Segway to cruise the area. 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. 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.
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 mid-May through September, bring beach chairs or blankets and make an evening out of listening to live family-friendly music.
There are a number of other popular events throughout the summer, many of which are 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 through September. 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).
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 the Waccamaw River, led by Great Escapes Kayaking Expeditions. Paddle along quietly in a kayak and observe wildlife undisturbed more easily than in a motorized boat.
If you prefer 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!
Whether driving or flying back home, your family can fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Hoskins Restaurant. This iconic diner, located on Main Street, is known for its Western omelets and pimento cheese grits, as well as homemade pies and baskets of biscuits.
While you’re filling up your gas tank or on the plane waiting to take off, finish your trip by sharing your photos of your North Myrtle Beach family summer vacation on social media by using #ExploreNMB and #JustCoast. Also be sure to sign-up for our email and can get information on deals, events and news in North Myrtle Beach sent right to your inbox. It’s never too early to start planning your next visit!