Looking for an affordable family getaway in the Southeast? Consider Myrtle Beach. This value-oriented family-friendly South Carolina beach destination and popular spring break getaway spot offers a slew of kid-friendly hotels, including a handful with indoor water park features such as pools, lazy rivers, and waterslides to lure families all year long.
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Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes
This luxurious oceanfront Marriott Vacation Club property gets sky-high marks for families, thanks to its plush two-bedroom villas with full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas, lush grounds that feature several swimming pools, splashpad, waterslide, and whirlpools. There are sports courts, children's programming, and a fabulous three-story treehouse playground for kids. Along with on-site restaurants and a coffee shop, there's a convenience store where you can stock your kitchen with snacks or meal ingredients.
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Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
This resort has some serious kid-friendly bona fides, including multi-bedroom suites, a complimentary DVD library, and a childrens program. But if you're looking for a location right on the ocean, the Marina Inn is not it. (The property does offer a free air-conditioned shuttle to a private beach, about five minutes away.) Still, this is a great place for families, with a great location far from the bustle of the Grand Strand.
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Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
You probably already know Hampton Inn & Suites as a kid-friendly brand that offers spacious rooms and free breakfast and wi-fi. This particular location goes a step further, delivering a great beachside location, multiple pools, and some kid- and family-friendly activities.
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Dunes Village Resort
The first thing to know abut this oceanfront resort is that it is expansive, with two towers that house nearly 500 rooms ranging from studios to four-bedroom condos. It also offers 30,000-square-foot indoor waterpark that caters especially well to the younger set. There are squirting elephants, a submarine that sprays water, a lazy river, fountains, waterfalls, and several hot tubs.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Coral Beach Resort & Suites
With its oceanfront location and a poolscape with 10 swimming pools, lazy river and splashpad, the mid-priced Coral Beach Resort offers a ton of fun for families. But that's not all. There's also an eight-lane bowling alley, games room, and kids center. Rooms and suites are spacious and feature flatscreen TVs and microwaves.
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Island Vista Resort
This upscale condo-style hotel is a nice size, with 149 spacious rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a lazy river, multiple dining options, and direct access to the beach. This hotel offers free breakfast, free wi-fi, and a DVD rental library.
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Take your pick of water features at this Myrtle Beach resort. Kids will love the indoor Play Zone and kid-size lazy river, while adults can relax in the 300-foot indoor lazy river and any of five indoor whirlpools, and everyone can play together in the large indoor pool. Rooms are spacious, with a flatscreen TV, balcony, refrigerator, microwave and free wi-fi. Beyond the pools and waterpark features, there is a nine-hole mini golf course and an arcade.
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Crown Reef Resort
The Crown Reef Resort offers plenty of ways to stay active inside when the weather is too cool or rainy for the beach. Highlights include two four-story enclosed twisty waterslides that release into indoor pools, an 8-foot kiddie slide, and a large water play area with a treehouse and water jets. There are multiple dining options, an arcade, and a great ice cream shop on-site.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Another family-friendly option, Captains Quarters offers a large indoor pool, 262-foot lazy river, whirlpool, and kiddie lazy river. There are multiple dining options and also a bowling alley and an arcade.
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Whatever the weather, you can enjoy a beach view from the 7th-floor indoor pool at the condo-style Caravelle Resort. There's also a blocklong outdoor poolscape with several pools and splashpads as well as a game room.