3000 10th Avenue North,Myrtle Beach
The state’s largest water park in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Waves offers slides and rides for all ages including a wave pool and the dreaded Turbo Twister, where you drop 10 stories in and out of a dark tunnel, falling at a rate of 50 feet per second. A great ride for the entire family, Snake Mountain is a long and winding tube ride down the mountain at a clip neither too fast nor too slow. Featuring fast and slow river rides, the 1,200-foot-long LayZee River is for the meek while the Racin River is for the more stout at heart. And for the younger ones, there’s Saturation Station, a large tropically themed area with a variety of great rides just for them.
910U.S.17 South, Surfside Beach
Head south to Surfside Beach and this great park that features a wave pool, children’s area, lazy river, and bumper boats as well as dry attractions like miniature golf and go-cart racing. For the fearless, the park offers the Free Fall Cliff Dive where riders take a near vertical drop into a dark tube at up to 45 miles per hour. Kids will love rides like the H2O Racer where they’ll plunge head first through rolls and dropsand can race each other in up to four lanes. There’s an activity area for kids, the Wee Kids Water Works for the youngest as well as an adults only Lounge Pool, combing lounge chairs and water.
300 S. Ocean Blvd.,Myrtle Beach
The only oceanfront park along the Grand Strand, Family Kingdom is also one of its tamest. But what it might lack in scare factor, it more than makes up in its wow factor, with great views of the beach and ocean from its slides and other rides and one of the best family atmospheres to be found. A smaller park, the winding slide rides are the most fun for many since you get a changing view of the ocean on your way to splashdown.