Plan the perfect family getaway to Myrtle Beach

Susan Phillips Director of Marketing Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB

It’s no surprise that families are busy these days. So, when it comes to planning a family vacation, it may seem overwhelming. Planning a trip should be a fun experience and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a great destination for families to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Consider this advice for planning a family getaway to Myrtle Beach.


Do research before booking

With 60 miles of beautiful coastline, there is a lot of ground to cover during your trip to Myrtle Beach. Be sure to research each community to determine the attractions and restaurants you want to experience with your family so you can maximize your stay.

Do take advantage of deals

As a family friendly destination, Myrtle Beach is known for offering affordable lodging and attractions for all visitors. Before booking your trip, make sure to check out all the deals listed at online to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Do consider all lodging options

Myrtle Beach has a variety of lodging options for families of all sizes - from hotels and resorts to beach homes and camping, consider your lodging options when planning your trip. In addition to the well-known oceanfront accommodations of a hotel or resort, Myrtle Beach offers relaxing campsites for families to enjoy the beautiful breeze and the sand between your toes. If you’re traveling with a big family and want to keep everyone together, consider staying at one of the many oceanfront beach homes in the area.

Do create a fun-filled itinerary

One of the great things about a destination like Myrtle Beach is that it offers activities and attractions to suit all members of your family. Get your kids excited about the trip by planning the itinerary ahead of time with their input. While the beach is our main attraction, consider an educational trip to the Children’s Museum of South Carolina or testing your putt-putt skills at one of the many miniature golf courses in the area.

Do take time for you and your special someone

Consider taking some time for you and your special someone on this family getaway. Brookgreen Gardens is the perfect activity where your kids can explore the beautiful statues and nature while you grab a picnic table and enjoy a romantic lunch for two. Or, spend the day reconnecting with your loved one in a cabana on the beach while keeping a watchful eye on the kids playing in the sand just a few feet away.


Do not assume summer is the only time you can visit

As a beach destination, most visitors think summer is the only time to enjoy sandy beaches and soak up the sun. What families don’t realize is that Myrtle Beach offers warm temperatures and fun-filled attractions through the shoulder seasons. Visitors can enjoy an extended summer by booking a trip during the spring or fall, which is a little easier on the wallet.

Do not think Myrtle Beach is just for golfers

While the destination does feature many world-class golf courses, there are countless entertainment options for families to enjoy during their visit. Myrtle Beach offers plenty of outdoor activities such as water sports, boating or fishing. And for those thrill-seeking families, take the kids to Family Kingdom Amusement Park or take your turn on the SkyWheel, our 187-foot tall observation wheel.

Do not overpack your suitcase

As you pack your suitcase, be sure to leave some extra room for souvenirs or items. There are countless local shopping malls, outlets specialty shops and flea markets including the Market Common and Broadway at the Beach.

Do not forget your camera

Memories last a lifetime, so don’t forget to bring your camera (and charger!) so you can relive your beach vacation once the trip is over. In addition to the photo-worthy, scenic views across the destination, Myrtle Beach makes the perfect backdrop for your next family portrait.

Do not stress

A family vacation should be filled with fun and sun, not stress and worries. Myrtle Beach is a family friendly destination that can accommodate any family - even yours! Leave the stress behind and take this time to enjoy your family.

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Family vacations are the best way to take time and reconnect with your children. What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life than to spend some time with your family exploring the 60 miles of pristine coastline in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Susan PhillipsDirector of Marketing

Susan Phillips has over 25 years of experience in the travel and hospitality, aviation, and financial services industries with expertise in large-scale management of marketing, media, public relations, and business strategy. Since August 201...

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