7 Toddler-Friendly Attractions on the Grand Strand

As one of the East Coast’s top destinations for families, the Myrtle Beach area is loaded with fun things to do for vacationers of all ages — including the youngest of visitors. That includes toddlers, who may not be getting up there yet in age, but certainly know how to have some fun.


Is a visit to the Grand Strand with one or more toddlers on the horizon for you and your coast-loving vacation crew? Consider these seven Myrtle Beach area attractions that are sure to be a hit with the 3-and-under toddler set — and in most cases, their parents too:

Hit the Beach


Boasting 60-plus miles of soft-sand beaches, the Grand Strand offers plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy some oceanside fun. And for visiting toddlers, no stay in the Myrtle Beach area would be complete without some splashing around in the surf and some sandcastle-building on the shoreline.


Splash Around in a Kiddie Pool


For toddlers lucky enough to stay at Ocean Reef Resort, the on-property Shipwreck Water Park provides the opportunity to enjoy a range of exciting and splash-worthy water features like kiddie pools, splash pads, the wreckage of a sunken pirate ship and its lost treasure, water-squirting serpents, and (for those old enough and brave enough to ride) the Lagoon Launcher water slide.




Billed as an “amusement park for the mind,” Broadway at the Beach attraction, WonderWorks offers 100-plus hands-on exhibits designed to deliver “edu-tainment” by teaching guests about science in ways that challenge the mind and spark the imagination. The “Wonder Zones” for toddlers to explore here include the Extreme Weather Zone, the Physical Challenge Zone, the Space Discovery Zone, the Wonder Art Gallery, the Light & Sound Zone, and the Imagination Lab.

Ocean Reef Two Kids Posing Under Mushroom

Ripley’s Aquarium


Another Broadway at the Beach attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium offers sea-life-curious toddlers a peek into the ocean deep — no watercraft, life jacket or dive gear required. Fun exhibits and areas to explore here include a 750,000-gallon shark tank, the Penguin Playhouse, Planet Jellies, Ray Bay, the Mermaids Photo Cove, the Tropical Rainforest and many more.


Family Kingdom


Amusement park Family Kingdom is known for its high-speed thrill rides like the Swamp Fox roller coaster and the Log Flume eater ride — but it’s also home to a range of easy-going kiddie rides that are perfect for toddlers. Highlights here include the Balloon Fiesta Ferris wheel, the Frog Hopper bouncy ride, the Kiddie Coaster and the Kiddie Speedway.


Savannah’s Playground


Savannah’s Playground, found at Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment complex The Market Common, is an award-winning free park designed for children of all ages and abilities. With soft, spongy ground surfaces for safety, the playground is divided into multiple areas for children of different ages and interests, including an early childhood playground, a school-age playground, an interactive playground, the Harmony Park musical play area and more. Some of the toddler-friendly attractions at the playground include slides, climbing structures, sit-and-spin rides and swing sets.


Brookgreen Gardens


Found in Murrells Inlet on the South Strand, Brookgreen Gardens is home to an expansive collection of sculpture gardens that feature 2,000-plus artworks by more than 400 artists. The 9,100-acre property is also home to a range of other attractions, including some especially toddler-friendly ones like the Lowcountry Zoo and the Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience.

Of course, this list is far from being an exhaustive one — there are many more toddler-friendly activities to be discovered up and down the Grand Strand. Other toddler-friendly options in the Myrtle Beach area include EdVenture Myrtle Beach, Fun Warehouse and Myrtle Waves, just to name a few. To find own your family-friendly fun, start planning your visit the Myrtle Beach area today!

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Stay at Ocean Reef Resort

Ready to plan a beach getaway that’s fun for the whole family, toddlers included? Book an oceanfront stay at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Reef Resort today. With our comfortable and luxurious accommodations and the wide range of amenities found on-site — including indoor and outdoor kiddie pools — we’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy a coastal family escape in Grand Strand style.

Ocean Reef Family Playing in Pool