Top Activities for Toddlers in Myrtle Beach 

Taking your toddler to Myrtle Beach this summer?? I recently got back from a family vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and we had such a great time! It was our second time in Myrtle Beach and if I’m being honest, the first trip wasn’t that great. We didn’t know what to do with our toddler. We assumed we’d be able to spend most of the time on the beach, but it actually rained most of the time. This left us scurrying to find activities to do because our toddler was going crazy in our hotel room. 

In this blog post, I’ll share activities that we’ve done ourselves and enjoyed. Plus, the resources I used to find activities to make your life easier!

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Sunrise at Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Is Myrtle Beach Family Friendly? 

Yes! There’s a reason Myrtle Beach is a popular travel destination (especially amongst midwesterners). There’s truly so many activities and restaurants to visit that everyone in the family will enjoy. One of my favorite things about Myrtle Beach is that there’s a ton of families so I didn’t have to worry about being judged too harshly when my kid had a tantrum in public. 

My Favorite Myrtle Beach Activities for My Toddler

Pirates Adventure: 

To be clear, this is NOT the dinner show that’s heavily advertised in Myrtle Beach. This is a Pirate Ship excursion in Murrells Inlet. My child was able to pretend to go on an adventure to find treasure. The whole activity was roughly 1.5 hours. The first 30 minutes is spent checking in, the kids getting their face painted, and dressing up as a pirate. Then, you spend an hour on the ship sailing around! 

Child dressed up as a pirate on a pretend pirate ship in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Ripley’s Aquarium:

This is an aquarium experience geared towards children. The exhibits are brightly colored and each one has some sort of interactive element whether it’s a tunnel in the tank, a little play area, or touching the fish. My child loved climbing through the tunnels and feeling as if he was in the tank with the fish. For the stingray exhibit, you can pet the stingrays or feed them for an extra $5 charge. This was easily his favorite and he loved seeing the stingrays get so excited for their food. 

We visited in April, so it wasn’t too crowded. I would make sure to get there early to avoid the crowds, especially since the immersive tunnels get very crowded due to everyone wanting to get pictures. I would also make sure your children are wearing socks and shoes because there’s a playground in the middle of the aquarium, but kids can only play on it if they’re wearing socks.

Broadway Grand Prix: 

This is essentially a mini amusement park. They have several Go Kart tracks to ride on and even some for little kids. My toddler is under 40” in height so he couldn’t do the Go Karts, but they have a whole kiddie section that has trains, carousels, and bumper cars he could ride on. He loved this because it made him feel he was driving a car. They also have an 18-hole mini- golf course and an arcade we also enjoyed.

How To Find Family Activities in Myrtle Beach

Some of my favorite ways to find activities when I’m visiting anywhere is by using Viator, Trip Advisor, or Get Your Guide. However, I found going to Visit Myrtle Beach and to be the most helpful. It was loaded with ideas specifically for children and families. Each site also gave direct links on how to book the excursions I wanted to do. 



Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a wonderful destination to have a fun beach vacation as a family. It does require some planning ahead of time because once you get there it can be overwhelming when it comes to making decisions. Keep in mind that summertime will mean more crowds so be mindful of that and allow extra time for lines and traffic. 

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