Myrtle Beach has always been a favorite vacation spot for my family. With all the great kid friendly activities available in the area, it is easily a top family destination in the Southeast. We discover something new to do each time we visit, and last month we had an absolute blast spending a day Myrtle Waves water park! It is the largest water park in South Carolina, and it is chock full of water activities for all ages. The folks at Myrtle Waves generously provided us tickets for the day to check it out, and it was the highlight of our vacation!
To call this a water park doesn’t quite do it justice. Once you pass the gates, it feels more like a sprawling village of water activities, pools, and slides that take an entire day to fully experience. We were there for a good 6 hours, and I feel like we still could have done more. So yeah, this place is huge!
There are snack and food stands throughout the park, which offer a great variety of items like pizza, nachos, salads, burgers, hot dogs, chips, fruits, and so on. If you have one of the cabanas like we did, you can order food and drinks from your own personal attendant. We ordered a pizza plus four drinks, and it was delivered within 20 minutes.
Speaking of cabanas, I highly recommend reserving one. Pricing varies based on your needs (screened vs open-air) and your preferred location, but all cabanas come with the same basics: a semi-private area to hang out in, a 6-pack of chilled water bottles, a souveniere bag, a food/drink attendant, and large refillable cups that you can get juices, fountain drinks, and slushes in. Some cabanas also have locking chests to store your belongings in, but you can also rent a locker if you need one. This place tends to get crowded, so it is nice to have a space to spread out in the shade without having to worry about anything.
They layout of Myrtle Waves is vast, and it isn’t set up like a typical flat, wide, concrete slab like most other parks I have seen. Here, there are tree-lined paths, alcoves, and a bunch of different clusters of water activities that are spread out like tiny villages. The main attraction is the giant wave pool, which is where our cabana was located, and from there it spreads out into slides, mini pools, splash pads, sprinkler stations, and more.
For the younger crowd, Myrtle Waves boasts two large children’s areas – one is a shallow (less than 2 feet deep) pool filled with floating animals, raining mushrooms, and multiple lifeguards on alert.
The second, which was our favorite, is a huge splash pad that features a large climbing/play structure, a hand full of twisty slides and plenty of spraying water.
The kids loved every minute of their time here, and while it was crowded as most beach places tend to be, it wasn’t too much since the park is so big. My favorite part of the day was relaxing in the lazy river. It was refreshing, serene, and best of all I didn’t have to do anything but float.
For thrill seekers, this park has a number of crazy water slides, like the twisty and super fast blackout slide, which puts riders in complete darkness. To see all the fun slides/rides there are, go here.
We had so much fun here that I plan to visit every time we take a trip to Myrtle Beach! It is perfect for the whole family, and well worth a day. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.