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Myrtle Beach is filled with fun activities for everyone in the family - with the possible exception of teenagers. Of course, anything that's fun for everyone else in the family can automatically become "uncool" to eye-rolling teens.
But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of "cool" things for teens to see and do in Myrtle Beach. Mainly they just want a place and some space where they can have good, clean fun without parental supervision, or at least enough breathing room to feel like they are independent. Here are five hot spots for teens where you can feel comfortable giving them a little leeway and alone time:
Broadway at the Beach: This entertainment, shopping and dining complex provides the perfect opportunity to let your teens roam alone. While mom goes shopping and dad takes the little ones to the kiddie rides and attractions, you can give your teens a few bucks and a couple of hours to explore Broadway's many attractions, like the arcade, Pavilion Nostalgia Amusement Park, the movie theater, or WonderWorks. Have them check in via cell phone and a firm time and place for meeting back up with the family, and they will likely arrive with a better attitude.
Family Kingdom: This downtown amusement park/waterpark is a great place for teens to enjoy some thrill rides, water slides and some solo time. Purchase a combo pass for your teens and let them bounce back and forth between the beachside water slides and the roller coasters and go-kart track across Ocean Boulevard. Featuring old-school rides like the Swamp Fox roller coaster and new state-of-the-art attractions, there are plenty of options for teens to let off some steam. Best of all, there is no admission charge so you can go and watch them have fun from afar without getting in the way of their good times.
Fun Warehouse: This multi-purpose entertainment center is ideal for those rainy days when your teens are starring at their cell phones and complaining about being bored. Located in Surfside Beach, Fun Warehouse features a full-sized skating rink, a jumbo-sized laser tag room and a high-tech arcade. The snack bar gives teens a place to grab a bite to eat between activities, so parents can feel comfortable dropping them off for a few hours while they go shopping at the surrounding stores.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: This downtown gathering spot may be best for older teens looking for a fun place to hangout. The beach is only steps away and the 1.2-mile Boardwalk leads to lots of shops, restaurants and attractions, like the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and Second Avenue Pier. During the summer months there are free concerts and fireworks shows at Plyler Park, the centerpiece of the Boardwalk. One word of warning: Don't let them stray too far from the Boardwalk or Ocean Boulevard.
Myrtle Waves: The largest waterpark in South Carolina offers plenty of rides and slides to keep teens entertained for hours. The presence of lifeguards may put your mind at ease to give them a little more leash to play while you kick back in a private cabana or cruise down the lazy river from a safe distance. Depending on their age and level of swimming experience, you may want to put certain rides and attractions off limits unless you are supervising, but otherwise it’s a safe environment to let them run loose for a while. Check back for special movie nights, which features discounted admission after 4 p.m. and free popcorn while they watch the movie from the comfort of the wave pool.