Spend a Week in Myrtle Beach, SC

by Heather Flett on August 15, 2009

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In honor of my two-days-old niece, Stacie from NewMommyHelp.net agreed to share with us a week’s worth of favorite baby and toddler activities in her hometown of Myrtle Beach, SC. My brother and his wife moved to South Carolina from Florida a few weeks before baby Casey was born so they’re all pretty new in town.

Thank you Stacie!

As a mom of four little ones, she knows the local hotspots.

She tells us: Myrtle Beach is often referred to as family vacation land. There is way too much to do here.

This guide is designed to give you the best of the tourist attractions, while also pointing you in the direction of some lesser known local favorites. Enjoy the best of the East coast and low country charm of South Carolina!

Monday: Beach Day!
Try going at the beginning of the week, and maybe you’ll like it so much you will come back another day. If you’re looking for a less crowded area, try one of the public beach access points–head North on Ocean Blvd starting at 48th Ave N. Even your littlest one can enjoy the sound of the waves and the constant breeze you’ll find at the beach. Not to mention hours of fun for a toddler digging in the sand and jumping waves as they wash in. We have to drag our children away when it’s time to go home. Have lunch at Ultimate California Pizza (2500 N Kings Hwy).

Myrtle Beach with babies and toddlers #rookiemoms Stacie enjoying Myrtle Beach baby-style

Tuesday: Library
Baby Storytime at Chapin Memorial Library (10:00 AM). For details call Sue Ellen or Jen at 843 918-1275. They have a large outdoor playground too. Have lunch at Magnolia’s, a much-loved favorite among locals and tourists (2605 N Ocean Blvd.)

Wednesday: Farmer’s Market
Enjoy shopping local produce at the Farmer’s Market (Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street–open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM). Have lunch at Fiesta Del Burro Loco (corner of Mr. Joe White Ave. and Hwy 17).

Thursday: Children’s Museum
Children’s Museum of South Carolina, located at 2501 N. Kings Hwy across the street from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center ($8 per person, age 1 and under FREE). The museum has a soft area for the smallest visitors and a water and sand table too. There is plenty of fun for toddlers up to older siblings too. Be sure to visit their website to see what special events may be happening the week you are visiting. Have lunch at Croissants Bakery and Cafe, another local favorite (3751 Grissom Parkway).

Friday: Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens (Adults $12, Age 5 and under FREE). Take a short drive to Murrells Inlet to enjoy the beautiful gardens, sculpture, and zoo. If you’re up to it, take one of the many guided excursions offered. Pack a picnic lunch or take your pick of the dining offered on the grounds.

Saturday: Fun at the Farm
Indigo farms. The farm is actually in Clabash NC, but it’s a short drive (20 to 25 minutes) and a wonderful experience for a young family. You won’t find this on any brochures. Be sure to check the web site for events and “pick your own” options. They have stawberries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins and more throughout the year. Experience a real barnyard for free–this is not a tourist attraction, it’s the real thing. Your little ones will love it. Don’t forget your camera. Have lunch in the Bakery and be sure to get a homemade pie, cookie or cake to take home. You can also shop in the market for fresh produce.

Sunday: Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach is a popular tourist attraction, but it’s worth it. You can enjoy a leisurely walk around an outdoor shopping center, stop to feed the enormous carp, and go to Ripley’s Aquarium. You could even take in a matinee if you have an infant who will sleep through it. Get a pretzel from Auntie Annie’s, an iced latte from Starbucks, or splurge for a yummy lunch at Yamato Steakhouse of Japan.

Bonus Activities:

  • Barefoot Landing, another outdoor shopping, dining, & entertainment attraction in North Myrtle Beach.
  • Market Common, the newest outdoor shopping, dining, & entertainment attraction. You’ll find more upscale shopping, a great theater, nice walking trails at Valor Park and wonderful food. During summer months, the theater has kids movies Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 10:00 AM (FREE for everyone, $1 drink & $1 popcorn).
  • Tanger Outlets at two locations–Hwy 501 & Hwy 17. For the best atmosphere, try the Hwy 17 location. There are a few kiddie rides for change and snack options and it is a bit more accessible for stroller shopping.
  • Mommy & Me Yoga at Sacred Space Yoga Healing Arts Center. Call ahead to save your space–843-251-yoga.

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Thank you again, Stacie for sharing these great ideas for locals and tourists alike! I hope that little Casey gets to check them all out soon and report back to us.

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