Top South Carolina Resorts for Families with Kids

After Florida, South Carolina is the second most popular state for tourism. Families love the Southern hospitality, miles of beautiful beaches and laid-back, kid-friendly vibe. These resorts are among the very best the Palmetto State has to offer.

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    South Carolina Resort - Disney's Hilton Head Resort - photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.
    ••• Disney's Hilton Head Resort. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

    Far from the bustle of theme parks, this plush Disney resort is located on a private 15-acre islet with marsh views and many live oak trees. Families will find plenty of kid-friendly fun, from magic shows, campfires, "Kids Night Out," and activities geared to learning about sharks. Other activities include pier fishing, crabbing, dolphin-spotting, and kayaking tours. 

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    From beautiful, wide beaches and endless bicycle paths to world-class golf and tennis, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers a family vacation that's as laid-back or as active as you like. Families stay in villa-like condos on or very near the beach.

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    Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach
    ••• Marriott Vacation Club

    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, water slide, and whirlpools. There are sports courts, kids programming, and a fabulous three-story treehouse playground. 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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    ••• Kiawah Island Golf Resort

    Known for its five golf courses and junior golf program, top tennis program, and 10 miles of sandy beach, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is also a boon for nature lovers, offering canoe trips, sea kayaking, and kids' programs where children learn about watery critters. Families can rent one of the resort's 500 villas or 90 vacation homes.

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    Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC
    ••• Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

    While not an oceanfront property, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes appeals to families with multi-bedroom suites with kitchens, indoor and outdoor pools, top-notch children's programs, and a free DVD lending library. The resort is located on an Intracoastal waterway, and guests get a complimentary shuttle to a nearby uncrowded and private beach that's just a few minutes away.

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    Photo courtesy of Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

    This oceanfront resort on a barrier island near Charleston has miles of beach, five championship golf courses, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, nature walks, and adult and family swimming pools overlooking the ocean. This resort has been ranked #1 Family Resort in U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family.

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    Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms, SC
    ••• Wild Dunes Resort

    Lodgings at this luxurious resort on a barrier island near Charleston include the Boardwalk Inn, beach houses, and family-friendly condos. A family recreation program (available for an extra fee) includes activities such as family golf, craft days, kite-making and flying, treasure hunt, and wildlife exploration.

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    Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
    ••• Omni Hotels & Resorts

    Blessed with a wonderful location on Hilton Head Island, the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort features two family pools with a splash zone and a children’s playground as well as and award-winning children's program in the summer for kids age 4 to 12. 

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    Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston
    ••• Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites

    Looking for a kid-friendly place to stay in Charleston? When it comes to great locations, it's hard to beat Doubletree by Hilton Charleston Historic District, which is very near the Nathaniel Russell House and Fort Sumter National Monument. This upscale property offers suites with separate living and sleeping areas.

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    Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
    ••• Marriott International, Inc.

    With a super oceanfront location, three swimming pools, tons of family-friendly activities, and a great kids' program, the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa is a solid choice for families. There is a nice spa and fitness center, and several golf courses are nearby.