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Top Kid-Friendly Attractions in Pawleys Island

By Marissa Polascak • February 18, 2019

When vacationing in Pawleys Island with your family, chances are you'll spend most of the time playing in the sand and water. However, on days when you need a break from the beach, you need to have a back-up plan to keep your kids occupied. Thankfully, in addition the the beautiful beach, there are tons of kid-friendly attractions in the area!

Check out this list of top kid-friendly attractions in Pawleys Island:

Lowcountry Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful place, and while families will enjoy the entire attraction, kids will definitely love the Lowcountry Zoo! The Lowcountry Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens is the only accredited zoo on the coast of the Carolinas. The zoo features animals that are native to the Lowcountry, and there are also educational signs on display so you and your kiddos can learn some cool facts about the animals you’re viewing.

Hammock Shops Village

10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-6355

The Hammock Shops Village is an outdoor shopping center that is home to a variety of shops and eateries. There is also a playground here for the little ones to have some fun between shopping. Families also love going to meet the Hammock Man at the Original Pawleys Island Hammock Shop, where children of all ages can learn how to weave a Pawleys Island hammock.

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Hobcaw Barony Education Center

22 Hobcaw Rd., Georgetown • (843) 546-4623

The education center at Hobcaw Barony is great for families! This attraction features exhibits that touch on the subjects of history, research, ecology, and more. Here, kids will love learning about the Lowcountry as well as checking out the 1200 gallon fish tank. In addition, Hobcaw Barony also offers children’s programs where kids can learn how to cast a fishing net, go cane pole fishing, and go out into nature to learn about ecology.

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Pirate Adventures

Arrrghh, matey! Take your kids on adventure with Pirate Adventures in Murrells Inlet. Pirate Adventures is home to the Sea Gypsy, which is a pirate ship on which kids can sail as a crew in search of treasure! The on-staff pirate crew will keep your kids entertained and will educate them through this fun adventure. Each child who participates will have a curly mustache or anchor tattoo painted on them, as well as given a treasure hunting vest.

Huntington Beach State Park

16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet • 866-345-7275

Along with the beauty of nature, Huntington Beach State Park offers plenty of entertaining things to do that you and your kids will love. In addition to exploring Atalaya Castle, families will love fishing, boating, camping, swimming, geocaching, bird watching, biking, walking nature trails, and much more!

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Bike Rentals Pawleys Island

Be active and keep the little ones entertained by renting bikes while visiting Pawleys Island. Places like the Pawleys Island Beach Service are happy to rent bikes to you and your family, so you can enjoy exploring the island in a fun and healthy way.

Miniature Golf

The Grand Strand is home to a large number of miniature golf courses, and putt-putt always seems to be a hit with kids. The following miniature golf courses are near Pawleys Island:

•Inlet Adventure Mini Golf

•Jungle Lake Golf

•Adventure Falls Golf

•Runaway Bay

•Gilligan’s Island Funland

Garden City Pavilion Arcade

Looking for something fun and nostalgic to do while in the area? Check out Garden City Pavilion Arcade. Located just a short drive from Pawleys Island in Garden City, this arcade has been operating since 1969 and features multiple levels with a mixture of classic and new games. Teach your kids how to play skee ball while they show you how to shred on Guitar Hero. After, take your tickets to the “World’s Largest Redemption Center” for some cool prizes.

The Beach!

Of course, the beach is always the perfect attraction to take the kiddos while you’re visiting Pawleys Island! Spend the days splashing in the water, building sand castles, playing games, and much more. Just be sure to bring lots of sunscreen, water, and snacks!