Don’t look now, but it seems as if your teen is having a great time with you in Myrtle Beach.
Stay calm. This tends to happen to all ages on the Grand Strand, even with goofy parents present. We’ve found that the Boardwalk has lots of spots your impressionable kids find fun.
And when you see them posting pics to Instagram or sharing the experience on TikTok, you know you’ve done it right. The Boardwalk is timeless in itself, after all. Teens have visited here with their parents for generations. And, like you, they’ll want to bring their kids back someday, too.
Tips for Traveling With Teens
Teenagers are people too. They listen to funny music and use unusual words, that’s all! Here’s how to have a fun time on vacation with them.
Get some input on what they’d like to do. Chances are they’ve already checked reviews and operating hours, and have an opinion.
Rather than a history lesson, how about guidance on what and how to pack? Teach by example. Budgeting fun money and being aware of your surroundings at all times, for example.
There should be time on your trip for things you enjoy, such as an oceanfront dinner. But think about things your kids like too, and be sure to include them. You’ll likely have fun perusing the candy shop, too.
Things to Do on the Boardwalk Your Teens and Tweens Will Enjoy
Take a spin on SkyWheel
This 187-foot-tall observation wheel is in so many iconic photos of Myrtle Beach! And it’s a great place to take photos, too. Day or night, you’ll see the Grand Strand like you never have before, and it’s great to share that with the kids. It’s also gorgeous from any vantage point at night, when they light the lights on it.
Teens would rather sleep in. But we’re betting a dawn ride on SkyWheel would appeal to them. It’s a new offering!
Grab a snack at E-Z Eats
This classic food stand is a 3-minute walk from SkyWheel. Share favorites without busting your budget. Stop in to eat or take it on the boardwalk. The combos are indulgent and the desserts are always unforgettable.
Drop by at least for a snack (hot French fries) or dessert. You can’t go wrong with funnel cake, but the candy apple is strong, too.
Get lost in Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
It’s easy to actually get lost in this historic, multi-leveled everything store. If it takes you a while, that’s understandable: You’re shopping in a place with more than 70,000 gift items. It’s tough to leave empty-handed anyway, and prices are good. From cheesy to sentimental, it’s all here.
Take them to the arcade! If they’ve been schooling you on video games, get your revenge in air hockey.
Let them check out Ground Zero
This church-centered place has been a favorite of teens for years, a place to grow in faith among peers. Middle and high school-age kids can enjoy coffee, games, and fellowship on vacation.
Read up on Ground Zero online before you leave for vacation. Check out the events calendar to see if something strikes a chord with your teen.
Hit Mad Myrtle’s Ice Creamery for a sweet treat
Show the kids how they did it back in YOUR day, with milkshakes and funnel cakes in a vintage setting. (Actually, it was more like your parents’ day, but it’s all the same to them!) The flavor selection is vast, and the shakes are “extra” as the kids might say. (Or not say.)
Follow and like Mad Myrtle’s on social media for a discount. Also, get something — anything — with rainbow sherbet!