Miniature Golf and Other Things to Do with Kids

Family-Friendly Activities in North Myrtle Beach

You can’t visit North Myrtle Beach without playing golf of some description, so if your skills on the putting green leave Tiger in tears and Davis in despair, what better way to have a blast than to visit the crazy golf scene? There is a fair selection of mini-golf places to choose from, each with its own theme and quirks. One has a train ride to the top of the hill where the courses start, another has a disaster/rescue theme with landscaping visible from the nearby Highway 17 and another has spinners on many holes to determine how you should play your shot. Some courses are indoors, others outside, so you can take your pick according to the weather and the time of year.

Of course, crazy golf is far from the only thing for families to experience in North Myrtle Beach. Just like every town, there is a range of activities for a range of interests. Horseback riding, theater shows, bowling, arcade games at Fun Plaza, you name it, it’s here.

If it’s simple, no-frills, outdoor entertainment you’re after, we have you covered too. You could take the family to one of the beaches or recreation centers and let them tire themselves out there. The J. Bryan Floyd Recreation Center has a selection of ball fields and courts as well as a roller hockey rink, a quarter mile paved trail and a choice of playgrounds. McLean Park offers similar facilities but also has a lake and grills in the picnic area so you can really make the most of the day.

Barefoot Landing shopping, entertainment and eating complex may not be for everyone (and some of the prices certainly aren’t according to the reviews) but it does have a wide variety of attractions suitable for all ages. There are over 100 shops and restaurants on the site’s 64 acres, not to mention the associated attractions such as Alligator Adventure and Alabama Theater.

Alligator Adventure is scary as well as educational. Yes, there are alligators and crocodiles, but also other animals and birds too including gray wolves, the fearsome cassowary, bats, emus, owls, tigers and more.

The Mirror Maze may sound like a great place to lose your kids – or at least to pretend you never saw them! Should you want to see them, there are shows at the Alabama Theater to take them to, the wildlife walk to Alligator Adventure to experience, or you could show them the carousel and invite them to experience old fashioned fairground charm. Or how about Conley’s House of Magic, featuring live magic demonstrations? Take them to the Kryptonite Character Store and you definitely will be parting with your money as they kit themselves out as their favorite movie superhero.

If you’re staying at the Barefoot Landing Resort to allow the golf-mad to have their fill, all this is just across the waterway. What’s not to like?

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