Just because you’re on a family vacation, it doesn’t mean the kids can’t learn a thing or two. Myrtle Beach is known as a family-friendly destination with an amazing array of fast, fun attractions, but did you know the area also has plenty educational opportunities for kids? From a state-of-the-art aquarium to an interactive science museum, to nature walks and historic tours, you’ll have plenty of chances to make your visit to the beach an educational one while you’re having a great time.  

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s is full of hands-on experiences – your kids can learn about exotic sea creatures, get up close with stingrays and be transported back in time with the new Pearl Harbor interactive gallery.

WonderWorks Science Center

Spark your kids’ imagination at WonderWorks, an “amusement park for the mind” that combines education and entertainment with more than 100 interactive exhibits, including natural disasters, light and sound, space discovery and more.

Edventure Myrtle Beach

This children’s museum contains plenty of exhibits that get kids to think outside the box and gain real-world experience, from learning to prepare a nutritious meal at The Cooking Lab to practicing their on-air skills in The News Room.

Horry County Museum & L.W. Paul Living History Farm

This museum has several exhibits that preserve Horry County’s history, such as military, textiles and even a beach gallery. Kids can also view the living natural history exhibit at the “Tanked” aquarium, which holds a variety of freshwater fish found in local rivers and lakes.

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen is a hub of learning for art, history and nature, that beautifully interprets the history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Cruise the creeks on a pontoon boat along historic rice fields or take a tour with an interpreter to learn more about the colonial or Civil War eras.

Hopsewee Plantation

Step back in time at this National Historic Landmark. Take a guided tour to explore the house or learn the storied history of traditional sweetgrass basket weaving in a hands-on workshop.

Hobcaw Barony

This 16,000-acre property is dedicated to research and education. The plantation includes over 70 cultural sites, such as cemeteries, slave cabins, and the Hobcaw House, where Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and other leaders of the 20th century stayed. Take a guided tour or enjoy unique ecology programs through hikes at the beach, marsh and forests.

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