Vacationing as a family with tweens and teens is certainly different than the vacations you took when they were so little, but it doesn't have to be any less fun. Maybe a little more drama, but no less fun. We promise.
Kids this age are quite normally trying to separate from Mom and Dad, with their own interests and activities. And their own phones. But a family vacation can be a time to reconnect with each other, to spend time together having fun.
There are dozens of fun attractions and activities in Myrtle Beach. The best of them, for families with teens and tweens, give everyone a reason to spend time together and offer enough excitement that no one even thinks to pull out their cell phone.
Here's our choices for some thrilling and foolproof teenage family fun in Myrtle Beach.
Break Out Myrtle Beach offers four different "escape rooms" in which families have to work together the solve puzzles in order to escape from a locked room in less than an hour. Sounds so simple, but it's hard to fully describe just how much fun it is.
It's hard to look at your phone when you're balancing 50 feet off the ground on a rope as thick as your thumb. Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand has several great ropes courses. Try Radical Ropes. Wonder Works at Broadway at the Beach also has an indoor ropes course, perfect for tweens on a rainy day.
There's no thrill quite like zooming through the air, suspended from a thin wire many stories off the ground. Zip lining is the perfect activity for an adventure-seeking, boundary-pushing kid. Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures lets you and your child race each other down a 600-foot course while looking out over the boardwalk and blue Atlantic. Go Ape Zipline and Tree Top Adventure lets families zoom across the top of a six-acre forest on more than 2,000 feet of zip line.
Even people who've had their drivers' licenses for 30 years feel some sort of inexplicable thrill when slamming the accelerator all the way to the floor and tearing around a corner in a Go Kart. How much more thrilling for teens and tweens who are just on the verge of driving? Broadway Grand Prix has seven different tracks to try.
When you're hitched next to your 13-year-old in a harness flying 100 feet up in the air, pulled by a speed boat over the waves, you can't help but spend some quality time together. Parasailing as forced togetherness - they'll never suspect it! Try Ocean Watersports.
Beat the Buffet
The Grand Strand is filled with all-you-can-eat seafood restaurants. In fact, you could say that trying to beat the buffet is an essential part of a Myrtle Beach vacation. And if there is any group of people who might actually do it-who might eat so many crab legs, so many fried clams, so many roasted oysters-that they actually make money going to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, it's teenagers. Time to make Mom and Dad proud. After all, the family who beats the buffet together stays together. Or something like that, right?
It is, after all, why you came to Myrtle Beach. And what a beautiful beach it is, with soft sand and warm ocean swells. Teens and tweens might not stay with you long at the beach, choosing to go swimming or boogie boarding on their own, pretending not to know you when a handsome boy or pretty girl walks by, but they will circle around and always come back to the little snack-filled base of towels and beach chairs you've created on the sand. Much like they do back at home.