T had to work, but the girls and I drove down on a Saturday morning, following my brother, sister-in-law, and my nephew. We stayed in one of the villas at Kingston Plantation with my sis, niece, and my mom. The resort is run by Hilton, but our 3 bedroom villa (in West Hyde Park) was privately owned and rented. I can't recommend this place enough--spacious, clean, and close to Myrtle Beach attractions. My only complaint was that it took a few minutes to walk to the beach...which can be a feat if you are travelling with small children--and we had four of them!
Clearly, the beach is the big draw on a beach trip, but I wanted to choose one fun activity that the girls and I could do together. I went online to hunt for kid-friendly Myrtle Beach activities, and landed on the page for Pirates Voyage, which is a dinner experience much like Medieval Times. It. was. awesome. The girls, who were hooked on pirates after riding Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean in May, thought it was spectacular.
I packed their eye patches from Disney to surprise them with when we arrived.
Guests sit on either side of an arena/pool/stage and cheer for their pirate ship "team" throughout the show. The food was okay (not amazing, not bad either), but the music, acrobatics, diving, lights, and animal acts were the real highlight. Good service too...the staff stays in character. I highly recommend it!
It wouldn't be a beach trip without hours spent at the beach...and the pool. Small children can never resist the chlorine-laden sirens of the pool.
I also bribed the girls into heading down to the beach around 7 one morning, and I got some cute pictures of them in their pettiskirts and homemade rosette embellished tank tops. I'll share those another day because I need your help voting on 3 to make into canvases!
Overall, our week in Myrtle Beach was pretty great. The beach wasn't as crowded as I expected it to be, and the accommodations were very nice. It was a big change from all the years we've vacationed in Atlantic Beach, NC...but sometimes change is good!
Did you head anywhere new this summer?
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