Not to mention the other piers up the coast you could visit on day trips.
They have a lot of theatre's in the area, but most of them feature what I call 'old fart shows' (realize I'm 20). But they do have a medival times, which i'm sure your kids will love. The area is filled with more Miniature Golf Courses then you can possibily do in a week. They have alot of shops (included the what's currently the biggest mall in the world... - Note, I've never been in it, that's its claim i have no idea how it stands up againist Mall of America.) They have several Sightseeing boat tours. But as for amusement parks think they're are two, one in Myrtle Beach, and the other in North Myrtle Beach.
What many people don't realize is that Myrtle Beach is more then just one town anymore. The Area actually starts at North Myrtle Beach, and follows the coast line all the way down to Murrell's Inlet (there are some excellent restaurants down along Murrell's Inlet as are the really expensive homes) Which is really nice because it cost signifigantly less to stay at Surfside Beach, and drive up and down 17 to get where you want to do.
Here's my suggestion...If you're looking for family fun - Myrtle Beach, If your looking for amusement rides, Wildwood. (Also make your decisions soon because the beachfront condo's will most likeley be booked solid by the end of March.)
MB is a totally different atmosphere. They cater to the families and the tour groups with all the theaters, (Dixie Stampede, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, etc.). The classic Myrtle Beach Pavilion may not be around much longer with plans to redevelope the area, so my suggestion would be to go to MB.
If you decide to do MB, make sure you call the Chamber of Commerce and have them send you the free "Stay & Play" magazine. Actually, it's more like a book. Has all the hotels (with rates), restaurants, theaters, water parks, mini golfs, go-kart tracks and amusement parks listed along with many coupons. They are also available at the SC state line welcome centers too but you may want to get one in advance to help your planning.
Have fun which ever you decide to do!
For me, Myrtle Beach was just kinda eh, but then again I was 10.
At 17 I went with my girlfriend's family to Wildwood for the weekend, and had a blast. We actually stayed in "North Wildwood", at 26th St. Right on the boardwalk there was this *HUGE* arcade/funcenter (the largest I've ever seen so far) called Gateway 26. Beyond that, there's the piers with the rides, the beach for some time with the family in the sun. Wildwood also has a host of mini-golf places to choose from (as does almost any major shore spot I've been to, including Virginia Beach and Ocean City, MD).
Other than Ocean City, MD which hit a soft spot in our family and we now make a trip there every year for a few days, Wildwood is the only other beach resort that I really want to take a vacation at within the next few years.
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