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The Ultimate South Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Guide

We’ve created the ultimate South Myrtle Beach family vacation guide.

You'll find the best places to eat and things to do in South Myrtle Beach, and highlights of the best family amenities at Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark, one of the World’s 8 best resorts with waterparks by Trips to Discover.

We’ll even include some helpful tips, Myrtle Beach resort deals, and more to help you can save during your South Myrtle Beach family vacation.


Our Favorite Family Amenities at Crown Reef Resort


myrtle beach waterpark water slideOceanfront Myrtle Beach Waterpark

The crown jewel of Crown Reef Resort, the Waterpark at Crown Reef rises nearly 40 feet above the ground with two waterslides over 275 feet in length and a kiddie splash house that includes its very own 8-foot kiddie slide.

The waterslides at Crown Reef includes the world’s first hotel EXPLOSION Tube Waterslide.

Did we mention the Waterpark at Crown Reef is open year-round?

Find out more about our Myrtle Beach resort waterpark.


Myrtle Beach’s Longest Oceanfront Resort Lazy River

The longest oceanfront resort lazy river in Myrtle Beach winds its way through the pool deck at Crown Reef Resort. This 575-foot lazy river is a hit among kids and adults for refreshingly fun relaxation.


2 Heated Outdoor Pools, 1 Heated Indoor Pool

The perfect spot for the kids to practice their cannonballs while the parents relax in the sun. Crown Reef Resort is home to two outdoor pools and one indoor pool. Each pool is heated year-round for a comfortable resort pool experience. Each pool has water depths up to 5 feet.


10 Indoor and Outdoor Whirlpools

Parents will find plenty of space to relax on the pool deck at Crown Reef. While the kids splish and splash at Salty’s Splash House, parents can enjoy bubbling water therapy at any of the 10 heated year-round whirlpools.


Game On! Arcade

Play the newest in gaming and enjoy plenty of classics this oceanfront arcade. Families can play games like air hockey, Ice-Ball, and Doodle Jump to win game points that can be cashed in at the Winner’s Circle redemption center for fabulous prizes.

Explore all of our South Myrtle Beach family resort amenities.


Family Dining at Crown Reef Resort


loco gecko beach shak restaurant at crown reef resortLoco Gecko Beach Shak Restaurant

The perfect spot for even the pickiest eaters, Loco Gecko Restaurant boasts a wide variety of delicious menu options that will appease any appetite. Families will have the options of pizzas, burgers, salads, fresh wraps, and much more to choose from for lunch and dinner.


Grab N’ Go Grill & Coffee Bar

The Grab N’ Go Grill & Coffee Bar will be your family’s go-to destination for scrumptious breakfast options, as well as lunch and dinner items. Need a quick pick-me-up? Parents can enjoy fresh-brewed hot and iced coffee at this oceanfront dining outlet.


Swirl Ice Cream & Sweet Shop

Treat the kids to a sweet treat at this South Myrtle Beach ice cream shop. With a variety of ice cream flavors and sweet toppings to choose from, this ice cream spot will become a favorite for the kids and the adults!


Pool Bar & Grill

Grab a snack between cannonballs at the pool or building sandcastles on the beach at this seasonal poolside bar and grill. Families love this quick dining spot for lunch options like hamburgers and hot dogs, and refreshing kid-friendly drinks and smoothies.

Learn more about our South Myrtle Beach restaurants.


Affordable Rooms & Suites for Families at Crown Reef Resort


Oceanfront Room at Crown Reef with Queen BedsOceanfront Room

This affordable Myrtle Beach oceanfront room can accommodate up to two adults and two children. Families will find two queen beds, a television, a mini-refrigerator, and a private outdoor balcony.


Oceanfront Suite

This Myrtle Beach oceanfront suite hits the sweet spot between affordability and size for vacationing families. This family-friendly option includes a bedroom with two queen beds and a separate living area with its own sleeper sofa and wall bed, and access to a private, oceanfront outdoor balcony. Families will also have access to their very own full kitchen.


Three Bedroom Oceanfront Condo

This spacious 3 bedroom Myrtle Beach condo is perfect for larger families, boasting a maximum occupancy of 14 guests. Parents will love spending their time relaxing in the master bedroom with a king bed and a sliding glass door with access to a giant oceanfront balcony, while the kids have their own space in the two extra bedrooms.

This oceanfront 3 bedroom Myrtle Beach condo also includes a full kitchen with all the essentials to prepare and enjoy home-cooked meals.


Tip: Traveling with a baby? Pack ‘n plays are available at no extra cost at check-in. All pack ‘n plays are first-come-first-serve.


 Explore all of our South Myrtle Beach resort accommodations.


Things to Do in South Myrtle Beach for Families near Crown Reef Resort


Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Address: 300 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach’s premier amusement park with an ocean view! Family Kingdom has rides, games, and activities for all ages, including the Swamp Fox coaster and 17 kiddie rides.


Myrtle Beach State Park

Address: 4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Fish, hike, swim, sunbathe and explore at Myrtle Beach State Park. Travelers will enjoy secluded beachfront and various perks that you won’t get at other beaches in Myrtle Beach.


Miniature Golf

Putt your way through an ancient world of dinosaurs at Jurassic Mini Golf or visit Shipwreck Island Adventure Golf for hole-in-ones with a seafaring theme. Cancun Lagoon Adventure Golf is almost entirely indoors, perfect for those rare rainy days.

Jurassic Mini Golf: 2900 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Shipwreck Island Adventure Golf: 3301 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach

Cancun Lagoon Adventure Golf: 2101 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach


Radical Ropes Adventure Park

Address: 301 19th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach

From climbing walls to zip lines, this outdoor adventure park is your best bet for a fun day outside with the family. The park also includes a kids course for children ages 4 to 10.


 Tip: Families staying at Crown Reef Resort can use their exclusive VMB Card to save on tickets to select attractions, receive dining discounts, and get extra perks during their stay. You’ll learn more about the perks of a VMB Card below.


South Myrtle Beach Restaurants for Families near Crown Reef Resort


crepe creation at the market commonDamon’s 

Address: 2985 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach

Enjoy the “best ribs in Myrtle Beach” at this oceanfront restaurant in South Myrtle Beach. Just steps from Crown Reef Resort, Damon’s boasts burgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood plates, steaks, and more on top of their famous ribs for lunch and dinner.


Angelo’s Steak and Pasta

Address: 2311 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

From the all-you-can-eat Italian buffet to “the Greatest Steaks in the Universe”, this Myrtle Beach Italian eatery is a favorite among vacationers and locals. The kid’s menu includes spaghetti, ravioli, chicken tenders, and pizza.


Crepe Creation Cafe

Address: 4012 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this cozy cafe is famous for its sweet and savory crepes and French-inspired cuisine. The menu also includes french toast and belgian waffles for breakfast. The kids’ menu includes plenty of options for picky eaters, including burgers, fries, and sandwiches.


Get more details on places to eat and things to do in South Myrtle Beach!


Packing & Travel Tips for Families Visiting South Myrtle Beach


Check the weather

Be sure to check the Myrtle Beach weather forecast for those rare rainy beach days and cool nights. It can get chilly depending on when you visit, after all.


Bring the proper clothing

If you have any special plans for outdoor activities or beach-specific outings with the family, be sure to pack essential clothing that fits those plans.


Don’t Pack Last Minute

Take inventory of the essential items your family will need a day or two before you head for the beach, including personal hygiene items, toiletries, and lots of sunscreens!


Tip: Crown Reef provides complimentary pool towels for all guests.


Pack emergency items

Don’t skip on the band-aids and medications. Pack travel-sized versions of these items, just in case of emergency.



Boy jumping into the Island Pool at Crown Reef Waterpark4 Ways your Family can Save at Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark

Save by cooking your own meals

While South Myrtle Beach offers a flock of great dining experiences, families can save some extra dough by cooking in their own efficiency, suite or condo that includes its own kitchen at Crown Reef Resort.


Book a South Myrtle Beach Resort deal with your stay

Pile on the savings when you book a South Myrtle Beach resort deal. Families can save with room discounts or add-ons that will make your stay even sweeter. See the best South Myrtle Beach resort deals to start your family vacation off on the right foot.


Take advantage of free attractions and activities at Crown Reef

Whether your family is jumping in the waves or in our oceanfront pools, take full advantage of what Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark offers without spending a dime. During the summer months, Crown Reef hosts special events and entertainment like poolside DJs and magic shows.


Get discounts and extra perks at local attractions with the VMB Card

Only when families book directly with Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark will they receive dozens of additional discounts and coupons to some of South Myrtle Beach’s most popular attractions and restaurants. Find out how and where your family can save with the VMB Card.


Don’t miss out on the lowest rates in Myrtle Beach—Start planning your South Myrtle Beach family vacation today!

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