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The Essential Guide to Central Myrtle Beach Family Vacations


This is the essential guide to Central Myrtle Beach for family vacations.


You’ll discover the area’s best attractions and places to eat that all families will enjoy. Plus, get an inside look at The Caravelle Resort’s best family features, amenities, and Myrtle Beach accommodations.


We’ll even add a few travel and vacation tips along the way to help your family save during your Central Myrtle Beach family vacation.


The Caravelle Family Resort Amenities

the caravelle myrtle beach family resortWild Water Pool

Splish and splash in this seasonal shallow kid-friendly pool that includes dump buckets, fountains, and sprays. This splash area is themed with vibrant structures, palm trees, and parrots, making for a tropical vibe.

Block Long Poolscape

The Caravelle Resort is famous for its block-long poolscape which includes a seasonally heated outdoor pool, a seasonally heated 3-foot deep lazy river, and a large outdoor hot tub. 


Plus, the large outdoor pool is adjacent to the kids’ Wild Water Pool, so parents can lounge with the kids in sight.

Caravelle Kids Club

From pool games to crafts and shark tooth hunts, the kids will have a blast this summer thanks to the Caravelle Kids Club. Activities are geared towards kids ages 5 to 12 years old.

Game Room

Battle invading aliens, street race hot rods, and sink goals in air hockey at the Game Room. Families will find classic arcades and newer games in this seaside resort arcade spot.


Family Restaurants at The Caravelle

santa maria at the caravelle resortSanta Maria Restaurant

Enjoy the best Southern breakfast at the beach at Santa Maria Restaurant. This seaside restaurant also serves seasonal lunch and dinner and includes tons of great options even the pickiest eaters will enjoy.

Marco Polo Pool Bar and Grill

Take a break from the sun and the sand for a refreshing drink and a quick meal at the seasonal Marco Polo Pool Bar and Grill. This poolside watering hole has all the essentials for the family to refuel and re- energize for more fun on The Caravelle Resort pool deck.

Pirate’s Cove Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop

What makes the perfect Central Myrtle Beach family vacation sweeter? Ice cream! Treat the family to a round of sundaes or hand-dipped ice cream cones. Pirate’s Cove Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, open seasonally, also serves quick lunch options like sandwiches, wraps, and pizza by the slice.


Explore all of our family resort amenities.


Things to Do in Central Myrtle Beach for Families near The Caravelle Resort

wonderworks in myrtle beachRipley’s Aquarium

Address: 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach


Dive with sharks, touch a jellyfish and get an up-close look at some of the world’s most exotic critters at this Myrtle Beach aquarium.


Address: 1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach


Step inside a top-secret laboratory that was transported to Myrtle Beach via an experiment gone awry. Kids will love the interactive exhibits that include space discovery, an imagination lab, and a 6D extreme motion ride.

Broadway Grand Prix

Address: 1820 21s Avenue North, Myrtle Beach


Feed your need for speed with seven unique go-kart tracks at Broadway Grand Prix. Even the youngest members of the family can burn some rubber at the kids track and the junior track.

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park

Address: 2200 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach


Leap, jump, and bounce with 12 off-the-wall indoor attractions that include multiple jump areas, a ninja course, a dodgeball arena, a slam dunk zone, and a rock-climbing wall.


Tip: Families vacationing at The Caravelle Resort can receive discounts to attractions, restaurants, and shopping when they use their exclusive VMB Card.


Family Restaurants in Central Myrtle Beach near The Caravelle Resort

kids enjoying ice cream at the caravelle resortMr. Fish Seafood Restaurant

Address: 6401 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach


Enjoy fresh seafood and fried platters at this Myrtle Beach seafood favorite. Bites include mahi fish tacos, soft shell crab, and sushi. There’s also a kids menu that includes small fish platters, chicken tenders, and grilled cheese.


Kindbelly Cafe

Address: 316 79th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach


Don’t let vacation mess with your healthy eating habits. If you’re looking for something on the healthier, this breakfast and lunch spot serves wraps, salads, grilled items, and much more. Kindbelly Cafe also serves nutritious options for kids for breakfast and lunch.


Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Address: 1202 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach


The closest thing to a true home-cooked meal in Myrtle Beach! This southern-style eatery has all the fixins for the family for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.


Get more information on family-friendly attractions and restaurants in Central Myrtle Beach.


Affordable Central Myrtle Beach Rooms & Suites for Families

caravelle resort oceanfront deluxe suiteCaravelle Resort Oceanfront Deluxe Suite - Two Doubles

This affordable oceanfront suite includes one bedroom with two double beds and a living area with a wall bed. Whip up a delicious sunrise breakfast in the full kitchen and relax with a view of the ocean from the living area. This oceanfront option comfortably sleeps up to 6 people.

Carolina Dunes Oceanfront 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Condo

Located in the popular Carolina Dunes building, families staying in this spacious oceanfront condo will still be able to use all of the fantastic amenities offered at The Caravelle Resort. The unit includes two bedrooms so the kids can have their own place to play and rest. 


Take advantage of the fully-equipped kitchen, which includes all of the essential cooking appliances. The living area includes its own sofa bed and has two televisions. The maximum occupancy is 6.


Tip: If you’re vacationing with a baby, The Caravelle Resort provides pack ‘n plays, free of charge, on a first-come-first-serve basis for families.


Take your pick from all of The Caravelle’s Myrtle Beach resort accommodations.

Packing & Travel Tips for Families Visiting Central Myrtle Beach

Check the weather forecast

Tee shirts and swim trunks may not be enough for your family vacation. The weather forecast should be your guide to any additional clothing or specialty items your family might need during your stay.

Pack the proper clothing

If you’ve planned additional beach specific activities or outdoor excursions, be sure to pack the clothing items that fit those plans.

Take inventory before it’s too late

Make sure the essential items your family needs, like toiletries and personal hygiene items, are packed ahead of time. And don’t forget the sunscreen!

Drive or rent a car

Having a car with you will help you move from point A to point B smoothly, making the most out of your time in Myrtle Beach. We recommend you come by car or rent an automobile in the area. 

Tip: The Caravelle Resort provides complimentary pool towels for all guests to use at the pools, so families can leave the beach towels in their suite or condo.

Pack emergency items

Travel-sized band-aids, ointments, and hand sanitizers could become your best friend in case of emergency.

How your Family can Save at The Caravelle Resort

central myrtle beach family vacation at the caravelleSave by cooking your own meals

While Central Myrtle Beach offers several great dining experiences, families can keep some cash in their pockets by cooking in their own efficiency, suite or condo that includes its own kitchen.

Book a Central Myrtle Beach Resort deal with your stay

From exclusive room discounts to special add-ons and extras, booking a resort deal for your family’s accommodations is a no-brainer when it comes to saving. See the best money-saving Myrtle Beach resort deals.

Take advantage of free attractions and activities at The Caravelle

Whether your family is splishing and splashing in the waves or in our pools, take full advantage of what The Caravelle Resort has to offer without spending a dime.

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

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


Better late than never—Start planning your Central Myrtle Beach family vacation today!

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