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Options abound for family fun in Myrtle Beach

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Looking for fun in Myrtle Beach? Put these options at the top of you list.

Ripley’s Aquarium

1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach; www.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtlebeach.

This aquarium at Broadway at the Beach features more than 10,000 exotic underwater animals – 350 species. The aquarium offers the perfect respite for a rainy day in Myrtle Beach, with an amazing 1.4 million gallon aquarium.

Families can glide along the 33-foot moving path under the shark tank, soaking up educational fun in comfortable air conditioning for an underwater experience unlike any other. The Rio Amazon display has colorful fish species sure to amaze children and adults alike, and families will ooh and ah at the sight of piranhas as these fish glide through the water with their sharp teeth exposed. You can also check out one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the pirarucu.

Family Kingdom

300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach; www.familykingdomfun.com.

They just keep packing more family fun into the only seaside amusement park in Myrtle Beach. In all, there are more than 35 thrilling rides at Family Kingdom. In 2013 the park added four exciting new rides, including the Twist ’n’ Shout steel roller coaster, and in 2014 also added interactive bouncing on the Jump Around Dune Buggies and flying fun with the Magic Bikes.

Spend the day exploring acre after acre of amusements, games and tasty treats or visit a place where the lights, sounds and aromas of non-stop entertainment create special moments every night of the week.

The facility also plays home to Splashes Waterpark, which offers a variety of slides and great views of the beach.

Medieval Times

2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach; www.medievaltimes.com.

This exciting, family-friendly dinner show attraction, inspired by 11th-century feasts and tournaments, is filled with live jousting, awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry and a four-course meal fit for a king.

Be swept away as you enjoy the live shows, cheering one of six knights who compete in tests of skill.

It’s an all-new show, complete with a new villain, larger battles, and new lighting, choreography, costumes and horse dressage.

Wonderworks

1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach; www.wonderworksonline.com/myrtle-beach

Since opening at Broadway at the Beach in 2011, Wonderworks – aka “The Upside Down House” – has become one of the top things to do at Broadway at the Beach and one of the most popular attractions for kids and families in Myrtle Beach.

This unique museum features more than 100 hands-on displays ranging from scientific studies and educational exhibits to sporty games and all-out thrilling rides.

Inside you’ll be able to experience hurricane-force winds, maneuver a NASA spacecraft, lie on a bed of nails, pilot a fighter jet, design and ride your own virtual roller coaster, climb three stories of ropes, compete in a game of laser tag and much more.

Pirate’s Voyage

8901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; www.piratesvoyage.com.

One the most fiercest pirates to ever sail off the coast of the Carolinas, Captain Blackbeard, joins the cast of this awesome dinner show for 2014. Enjoy the four-course dinner-theater meal as Blackbeard and his quartermaster Calico Jack lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews in battle with high-flying aerials and aquatic excitement.

This live-action performance is filled with aerial acrobatic competition, swashbuckling action, mesmerizing mermaids, live animals, dramatic lighting effects, an excellent sound system and powerful pyrotechnics.

Alligator Adventure

4604 U.S 17, North Myrtle Beach; www.alligatoradventure.com.

Though it’s billed as the “Reptile Capital of the World” it’s not just gators and crocs here. From monkeys and tigers to bats and birds, there’s plenty for your family to enjoy at this mini-zoo at Barefoot Landing.

At this wildlife facility you’ll find yourself face to face with nature’s fiercest and most beautiful animals including more than 700 alligators and crocodiles, extremely rare exotic snakes, lizards, tropical birds, tortoises, albino alligators, and Komodo dragons.

Check out live shows, alligator feedings and demonstrations throughout the summer season, and enjoy tons of interactive, educational and exciting exhibits and activities.

Waccatee Zoo

8500 Enterprise Road, Myrtle Beach; www.waccateezoo.com.

Waccatee Zoo sits on 500 acres of private, carefully preserved, wooded property where the Waccamaw River, Intracoastal Waterway and Socastee Creek join.

This animal sanctuary, one of the only Myrtle Beach zoos, features more than 100 species of exotic and domestic animals housed along winding, scenic trails and beneath shady trees.

Take in the natural setting and wildlife with your family, enjoy fun food from the snack shop and see tons of creatures up close, including herds of buffalo and zebras, leopards, lions, cougars, tigers and the zoo’s mascot: Chico the chimp.

Pavilion Nostalgia Park

1171 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach; http://bit.ly/1sj9ZRv.

Nostalgic about Myrtle Beach’s past? You can revel in it at Broadway at the Beach, whose mini-park features restored rides from the former Pavilion Amusement Park, and even new rides like the 180-foot-tall spinning Rocket ride.

This smaller version of the classic Myrtle Beach pavilion features many of the original rides and attractions from the original, including the Pirate Ship, Frog Hopper, the Herschel-Spillman carousel and Baden Band German pipe organ.

There are also several great rides for kids, including miniature cars, motorcycles, trucks and teacups, as well as an area with carnival games, an arcade and gift shop.

Ocean Drive Pavilion Amusement Park

90 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach; www.odpavilion.com.

This revitalized oceanfront amusement park in North Myrtle Beach is more nostalgic than thrilling, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had on its six-story roller coaster, restored antique Ferris wheel and kiddie rides.

Spanning both sides of Ocean Drive, this North Myrtle Beach amusement park offers 25 rides and attractions. Its oceanfront setting offers great views of the beach and features carnival games, an arcade, an ice cream shop and food from around the world.

Children’s Museum of South Carolina

2204 N. Oak St, Myrtle Beach; www.cmsckids.org.

The Children’s Museum, one of the most fun and educational attractions for kids in Myrtle Beach, allows little ones to dig for fossils, learn about weather, explore electricity and much more. At $8 per person (kids younger than 2 admitted free), it’s one of the more affordable things to do with the family – and is great for rainy days.

Gem mining, chromatography T-shirt creation & Little Michelangelo’s ceiling tiles are add-on features you don’t want to miss. Daily programs and special events are always happening.

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