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A must for families who make the yearly visit to Myrtle Beach, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park sits beachside, offering panoramic views of the ocean and the Grand Strand from its Ferris wheel. Spanning 13 acres, the park boasts more than 38 rides, including a roller coaster, go-karts, a carousel and rides specifically designed for small children. Among the park's star attractions are its Ferris wheel, which was the highest in the state until 2011, and its water park, which includes water slides and a lazy river. Parents say it's suitable for family members of all ages, plus the park is relatively budget-friendly.
Entrance to the park is free, but if you want to take a spin on any of its rides, you'll have to buy tickets for each ride or purchase a wristband. Individual ride tickets cost $1.15 (plus tax); all-day unlimited ride wristbands cost $28.95 for adults and children. For $10 more, you can also add on all-day access to the water park. The park also offers day passes to its water park, which cost $19.95 for adults and kids. On-site parking is available for $7 per vehicle. Generally, the park is open from late March to early October. Hours vary, so check the park's website or call ahead before visiting.
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The main reason families flock to Myrtle Beach is to swim in the mild waves and play along the light brown sand. Some spots along the Carolina shore offer opportunities for water sports like Jet Skiing or deep-sea fishing, while other areas are better for relaxing or playing with your children. You'll also find a few spots perfect for casting a line for a fresh catch.
Most who visit the shore of Myrtle Beach do so directly in front of the hotel or rental property where they're staying. So keep in mind that if you're not a beachfront lodger, you might have more trouble finding a public bathroom, but ample metered street parking is available. Some parking lots are also available, most of which are also free and are an easy walk over the dunes at beach access points. Some sandy areas along Ocean Boulevard do have shops and restaurants. During the summer months, lifeguards are on duty along many of the Grand Strand beaches. Access to the beach is free 24/7, though swimming after sunset is not recommended.
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