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Things to Do in Myrtle Beach for Sport Families

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
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For many families, sports are a big part of their lives. Whether it’s rooting for your favorite NFL team on a Sunday afternoon, going to a ball game with the kids, or enjoying a game on the big screen at a local restaurant. For years sports have brought people together because of sportsmanship and camaraderie, so it only makes sense to participate in sport-related activities while on vacation.  By attending a sport event in Myrtle Beach, making a visit to a sport-themed restaurant, or staying active by getting involved in a hands-on activity, sports will be a way to bring your family closer together, even while on vacation.

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A sports themed restaurant based on the cuisine of Louisiana arrived in Myrtle Beach a few years ago. Since then it’s been the place for people to go with their families to watch the screens and grab some Cajun inspired food. The restaurant was first founded in Louisiana in 2003 by a baseball player, Brandon Landry, who was a former walk-on at LSU. Since then the chain has expanded into a few more locations while still embodying the spirit of “the walk-on.”

local's fav Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are Myrtle Beach’s own baseball team. The season usually runs from April to September, and during that time there’s plenty of opportunities to catch a game. There’s no better way to spend a vacation then underneath the Carolina sky with a hot dog in hand and a fixation on one of America’s greatest sports.  

3. Mini Golf

A classic and timeless attraction in Myrtle Beach are the many mini golf venues located around the city. This doesn’t require much physical activity, making it an easy but fun way to spend time outdoors. Each mini golf has its own theme and courses that will weave you and the family through caves and rivers until you make that final hole. Some local favorites are Mount Atlanticus, Cancun Lagoon, and Mayday.

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4. Topgolf

If mini golf isn’t your thing, maybe you want to try the next level. With 3 floors and multiple targets, Topgolf is a way to test out how far you can swing a club. This attraction lets you rent out a bay where you can take turns swinging, either for fun, or you can turn it into a competition and keep score. While you’re waiting for your turn, you can lounge in the bay and order appetizers from the Topgolf restaurant.  

5. Handley’s Pub & Grub

Located in Carolina Forest, an area right before the city limits of Myrtle Beach, there’s a sports pub called Handley’s. Known for its fried banana peppers and mozzarella sticks, it’s definitely the place to be for happy hour. They have indoor and outdoor seating for families and a variety of handhelds that everyone’s sure to love.

local's fav 810 Billiards & Bowling in Conway
6. 810 Billiards & Bowling in Conway

Bowling is always a fun sports activity to do whether you’re at home or on vacation. But 810 puts a little spice on the activity with everything it has to offer. Each location is equipped with bowling lanes, in addition to billiards, arcade games, and traditional enjoyment such as darts, shuffleboard, ping pong, and more. There’s also a restaurant inside so you can eat good food while stirring up a rivalry between the family.

Inside of Jack Axe Throwing
7. Jack Axe Throwing

If you have older children and are looking for something unique to do with the family, visit Myrtle Beach’s Jack Axe Throwing. This venue is equipped with stations that allow you to practice your axe throwing at different targets. Maybe you want to play tic-tac-toe or see who can make the first bull’s eye. It’s something everyone will remember from the trip and want to try again on the next vacation.

local's fav Shark Wake Park
8. Shark Wake Park

If you and the family are already tired of the beach but still want to do a water-based activity, get tickets for the Shark Wake Park towards North Myrtle Beach. This park has a huge inflatable obstacle course with climbing towers and slides that your family could spend hours enjoying. Plus, if you want to try your hand at something more advanced and daring, they also offer cable wakeboarding and kneeboarding.

Course at Black Ops Paintball
9. Black Ops Paintball & Airsoft Action Park

It might be a hot attraction in the summertime, but that won’t stop people from doing it. If you’re a competitive family that loves to mess around with each other, paintball looks like an attraction that’s right up your alley. Black Ops was founded by combat veterans in 2012 and has since grown into the big course that it is today.

10. Kayaking

The most relaxing outdoor activity you can do while visiting Myrtle Beach is go kayaking. There are multiple businesses in the area that offer kayaking or paddleboarding for families to enjoy, whether is on the ocean, in the marsh, or down the Waccamaw River. Book ahead of time if you visit in the summer, and keep in mind that sunset tours are always the most beautiful.

featured Sky Zone Myrtle Beach
11. Trampoline Parks

If you have little ones and you want to run them out of energy in just two hours, Myrtle Beach’s trampoline parks are the best place to go. Full of courses, basketball hoops, and dodgeball areas, this is a perfect place to spend an afternoon indoors. There are two companies on opposite sides of the city, Big Air and Sky Zone, that offer their own twist on the attraction.

Inside of Beast Ninja Gym in Myrtle Beach
12. Beast Ninja

If you’re looking for an attraction that’s fast paced and tricky to conquer, then Beast Ninja is for you. This venue is composed of obstacle courses, rock climbing walls, and swings that make you feel like you’re training for something bigger than yourself. They offer various difficulty levels so the whole family can partake, and it’s the best place to break a sweat before hitting the beach.

13. Watersports

Go-getters, adventurers, and brave-hearted souls is the best way to describe the families who willingly sign up for Myrtle Beach’s water sports. Whether it’s parasailing, riding a jet ski, or going over waves in a banana boat, there is surely a thrill for everyone to enjoy. New Wave Watersports and Downwind Sails are popular companies used to book these activities.

Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.