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A Hole-in-One for Family Fun

Fore! Golf is the name of the game in this South Carolina coastal town, with more than 100 area courses. But even if you want a vacation that isn’t all fairways and greens, Myrtle Beach offers tons of family activities, from shopping to beaches, plus too many restaurants to count.

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Family Kingdom
Family Kingdom

Family Kingdom

Family Kingdom is an oceanfront amusement and water park in one. Splashes the water park takes the lazy river up a notch and offers water flumes with 100-foot drops. Family Kingdom has just added a Twist-and-Shout steel roller coaster to its fleet of more than 30 rides bumper cars and Go-Kart tracks. 960 1280

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Water Sports

Water Sports

If the kids (and adults) are looking for more than just a day at the beach, take part in a popular water sport. Little ones will have fun clinging to a banana boat, older speed demons can take out jet skis -- or pair off and sail high above the water on a parasailing trip. 960 1280

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Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf

As you'd expect from the "golf capital of the world" Myrtle's mini-golf courses don't disappoint. Our top pick? Whimsical Captain Hook's Adventure Golf where the whole family can play through 2 different 18-hole courses – complete with a 15-foot smoking skull. 960 1280

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Myrtle Waves Water Park

Myrtle Waves Water Park

At South Carolina's largest water park more than 1 million gallons of water pumps through Waves' raft rides wild rapids and slides. Open mid-May to mid-September families will be pleased to find covered picnic areas and certified lifeguards on duty at all times. 960 1280

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Medieval Times

Medieval Times

Yes it's pure kitsch but your little knight or princess will get a kick out of Medieval Times' dinner show. Expect an entertaining joisting tournament lots of horses and crowd participation. Just don't expect silverware to come with His Majesty's royal feast. 960 1280

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ATV Tour

ATV Tour

Get the family outdoors and off-roading with Caroline Backwoods ATV adventures. No experience is necessary to explore the approximately 2-hour Down n Dirty and High n Dry (ok semi-dry) trails. Kids under the age of 12 can ride on the back of a family member's ATV. 960 1280

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Children's Museum of South Carolina

Children's Museum of South Carolina

The perfect rainy day activity take the kids to explore the Children's Museum of South Carolina. With weekly story and craft times as well as exhibits like the Imagination Playground and Bubble Mania there's plenty to keep your kids happy and entertained. 960 1280

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WonderWorks

WonderWorks

Chances are your kids will be begging to go to WonderWorks once they spot its upside-down building at Broadway at the Beach but the Anti-Gravity Chamber Bed of Nails Lazer Tag and Ropes Course appeal to kids of all ages -- and some adults too. 960 1280

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Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium

Like no aquarium you've been to before at Ripley's Aquarium you can glide on a 330-foot moving path beneath the dangerous reef through sharks and stingrays visit rainbow rock (the Indo-Pacific coral reef) and more. 960 1280

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MagiQuest

MagiQuest

The world's largest live-action role-playing game MagiQuest allows your kids to enter an enchanted fantasy world and choose their adventure -- all with the wave of a wand! Will they befriend a pixie? Slay a dragon? Learn from an ancient wizard? You guess is as good as ours but we're sure you'll hear all about it. 960 1280

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Pier at Garden City

Pier at Garden City

Every night during the summer, enjoy live music or karaoke at The Pier at Garden City, just 8 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Listen to the music, grab a snack at Sam's Corner diner or let the kids play a few rounds at the arcade. 960 1280

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Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille

Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille

Summer vacation is synonymous with the summer blockbuster. After a day in the sun head to Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille in Murrells Inlet for a little bowling and a big screen. 960 1280

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Carolina Roadhouse

Carolina Roadhouse

Golf Magazine calls the Killer Dog at Carolina Roadhouse "a true 'guy thing' classic," seeing as you'll need a knife and fork to take down the foot-long kosher dog covered with a giant mound of french fries, homemade chili, cheese and onions. Expect big flavors — and portion sizes — whether you're craving a rack of ribs or fresh seafood. From the basket of sweet croissants to the main course, no one in your group should leave hungry. 960 1280

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Margaritaville

Margaritaville

This classic stop at Broadway on the Beach means, yes, longer waits and pricier entrees — but the famous Cheeseburger in Paradise, the boatload of tropical drinks and the free entertainment for the kids make Margaritaville a must on anyone's next Myrtle Beach vacation. 960 1280

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Croissants Bistro & Bakery

Croissants Bistro & Bakery

Croissants Bistro & Bakery does it all, ya'll. From your morning coffee to celebratory cakes to fine dining — the award-winning restaurant (and wine list) has been a Myrtle Beach favorite for nearly 20 years. 960 1280

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Dagwood's Deli

Dagwood's Deli

Dagwood's original location in Myrtle Beach (attached to Bumstead's Pub) serves up sandwiches on fresh hoagie rolls that are baked daily. Among the many specialty subs, Dagwood's Dipper consists of sliced turkey and melted Swiss cheese piled high and served warm on a sub roll, with bacon bits and homemade dill mayonnaise for dipping. 960 1280

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Indo Thai

Indo Thai

Forget your staple Thai takeout — the darkened atmosphere, off-the-tourist-path location and friendly staff make it worth your while to dine in at Indo Thai. Skeptics should rest assured that the Thai, sushi and hibachi are all delicious under the direction of owner and "sushi queen" Lara Heryadi. 960 1280

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Abuelo's

Abuelo's

For the best Mexican food in Myrtle Beach, look no further than Abuelo's. From the moment you are seated in the dining room, which resembles an open-air Mexican courtyard, and served chips along with 4 made-from-scratch salsas, you know you're in for a treat. 960 1280

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Mr. Fish

Mr. Fish

Teddy Hammerman and his daughter Sheina saved the legendary Mr. Fish restaurant and seafood market. The restaurant has moved to a larger location on Ocean Boulevard, where you can expect fresh seafood and Southern cooking, including an extensive sushi menu and appetizers such as the fried green tomato tower and shrimp 'n' grits. 960 1280

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NY Prime

NY Prime

Sometimes you just want to indulge in a serious steak — especially if you have clients to impress or golf buddies with big appetites. Both will be satisfied at the heralded NY Prime, which gracefully accommodates large groups and serves the highest-quality meat (USDA grade prime) and potatoes (fresh, jumbo Idahos) available. 960 1280

  

Rockefellers Raw Bar

Rockefellers Raw Bar

If you're craving a casual raw bar, pull up a captain's chair at Rockfellers Raw Bar and dive into a steam pot of mussels, clams or scallops, hush puppies with honey butter, or the obvious choice, a half-dozen oysters Rockefeller (with a splash of Pernod and fresh spinach). 960 1280

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Big Mike's Soul Food

Big Mike's Soul Food

When you think of beach bites, you rarely think of "food that really sticks to your bones," but that's what you'll find at Big Mike's Soul Food. While you're in the South, you might as well as indulge in some down-home cooking and order the "meat-and-three" special with Queenie's famous fried chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw or mac and cheese. 960 1280

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Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

There are 2 prerequisites for Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse: Come hungry and be a meat lover. Reservations are recommended so you can be quickly seated and start enjoying the show, i.e., the continuous stream of Brazilian gauchos serving more than 15 different cuts of beef, pork, lamp and poultry. 960 1280

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