Making Memories: Best Kid Friendly Activities 2017

Your vacation can be much more than a trip to the beach. Pull out your cameras  as the whole family flies across the water in an air boat, soars 500 feet over the Atlantic, searches for shells on an uninhabited island, zooms down a water slide  or learns to surf. And there is nothing like the smile on a child who just caught their first fish. The hardest part will be choosing which photo to frame first!


Boating, fresh air and the possibility of catching dinner! A family fishing trip always becomes a happy memory. It also builds confidence in children and helps them develop a respect for the environment. Georgetown Charters offers inshore, near shore, offshore, jetty and flats fishing charters for families of all sizes. Captain Matt Wilkinson has the knowledge and equipment to find the best spots possible and 37 years of experience guiding sportsmen young and old. Imagine the proud smile on your child’s face when she catches a fish! All you have to do is bring a cooler and write your own family fish story.

If any place knows about fishing in the Pawleys area – it’s Pawleys Island Outdoors. They offer all the gear you will need, as well as a variety of individual or group fishing instruction classes. When the family is ready to head out on its own, Pawley’s Island Outdoors offers johnboat rentals.

Older children can get a true back-to-nature experience with kayak fishing. Black River Outdoors Center offers half-day trips that go into shallows where the big fish feed and powerboats can’t go. Experienced guides will lead the adventurous family down hidden saltwater creeks with some of the best fishing in the area. Imagine how proud your kids will be when they come home with dinner!

For kayak anglers who know the area and want to venture out on their own, Surf the Earth offers fishing kayaks for rent.


Hop aboard Plantation River Tour’s Waccamaw Cooter, the area’s only airboat, for a ride your family will never forget! Airboats are able to access back waters that most boats can’t travel through, allowing you and the kids (age 4 and up) to get an up-close look at the Lowcountry’s amazing wildlife. Cruise right next to alligators, egrets and ospreys!

No resort beach can parallel the raw beauty of the Carolina Coast. The Sea Shell and Lighthouse Cruise will show your family the area as it looked be- fore development. This three-hour tour takes passengers along the marshes and river to uninhabited North Island. On the way, you might glimpse sea turtles in the water alongside the boat or even an alligator resting on the nearby shore! Once on the island, disembark to explore the quiet, pristine beach. If you have been disappointed by shell hunt- ing on the public beaches, you won’t be here. Starfish, horseshoe crabs and whelks abound, and the tours are scheduled at the best time to find these treasures.

Get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s smartest, friendliest natives at Express Watersports’ Ocean Sightseeing and Dolphin Watch Cruise. Head out on the open water on a comfortable 46-foot vessel complete with a top deck and full bathroom. Kids of all ages will gasp in delight as expert guides help them spot dolphins and, perhaps, a sea turtle!

Black River Outdoors Center offers a variety of kayak tours. Shadowing the first Lowcountry explorers, you and your family can paddle around cypress-tupelo swamps, inland islands, salt marshes and historic harbors. If you are lucky enough to be on vacation during a full moon, the four-hour Full Moon Tour is great for teens and older kids. Youth kayaks are available for children fewer than 5 feet tall, and some tandem kayaks can be equipped with a special seat so that very young kids can ride between two adults. This is an adventure your kids will never forget!


When your kids have to write next fall’s “summer vacation” essay, they can honestly claim they swam with the fishes and learned to fly. Express Watersports has an extensive menu of the best ways to catch some waves (or some air!). Join skilled captains on a parasailing excursion and see the stunning Atlantic Ocean up to 500 feet in the air. Or show your children a different view of the sea! Scuba lessons are offered by expert teachers to adults and children age 8 and older. The Express Banana Boat lives up to its name – a giant, inflatable banana pulled by a super-fast jet ski; it’s the perfect family activity for a hot summer day! Jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks are also available for rent.

Aspiring young surfers of all ages can learn to hang ten at one of the popular Surf the Earth surfing camps or in an affordable private surfing lesson (boards are included). Why not book a private surfing lesson for the whole family? From wipeouts to successes, it’s sure to be a favorite vacation memory! Surf the Earth also offers paddleboarding and kayak tours though the marshes of Pawleys Island and Litchfield, including an exclusive, naturalist- guided tour of the Hobcaw estuary that offers a historical and natural overview of this incredible area. They also offer rental equipment, including surf- boards, paddleboards and kayaks.

Pawley’s Island Beach Service will equip the entire family with kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals – an adventure waiting for every day of the week! They also rent safe, easy-to-ride beach cruiser bicycles in sizes for every member of the family, so you can all explore the island with the wind in your hair. Jogging strollers, beach chairs and umbrellas are also available for rent. And stop by the retail store for beach games and toys that will keep kids active and spark their imagination!


Children’s minds never go on vacation. In addition to the relaxing fun of the beach, the Pawleys Island area offers rich history that the whole family will enjoy exploring.

The majestic Kaminski House Museum, built around 1769, provides fascinating insights into antebellum history and life in early Georgetown. Enjoy the entire historic Front Street area of Georgetown while you are there, which has many shops and great restaurants. Georgetown is also home to some entertaining and informative museums, including The Georgetown County Museum, The Rice Museum and The South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Native Americans, George Washington, patriots, plantation workers, Churchill and Wall Street million- aires have all walked in the places seen on a tour of Hobcaw Barony. Kids will love the Discovery Center at the entrance to the property that has exhibits about Hobcaw and the people who have lived there. And tours that access the 16,000-acre property bring history alive by putting little minds and feet right where it happened. See Hobcaw House and seven miles of the original Kings Highway.

Climb aboard the comfortable, spacious Waccamaw Lady for a different view of rice plantation life. Plantation River Tours takes your family along winding waterways that pass by historic rice plantations, plantation houses, slave cabins and trunk gates. The shaded pontoon boat has restrooms and comfortable seating. Tour guides are local historians adept at getting kids excited about the area’s legendary past. Even if your kids claim not to be interested in history, they can’t help being enthralled with the wildlife! Alligators, eagles and ospreys are common sights.


Just because you are a grown-up most of the year doesn’t mean your inner child can’t enjoy  your vacation!

Let loose at Wild Water and Wheels, which features acres of adventure and a full day of family fun. If you feel like making a splash, check out an amazing variety of water slides, including two tube slides, four adrenaline-pumping speed slides and three mat slides, including the Head Rush, Twin Twister and Wild H20 Racer. If you’re seeking a thrill, hop on the Free Fall Cliff Dive, a body-only slide where you approach speeds up to 45 miles per hour and end in an almost vertical drop! There is also a wave pool that features eight different wave types up to 4 feet tall. If you and the kids want some slightly slower paced fun, grab a tube and enjoy the Lazy River. There are also plenty of activities without height requirements, including a kiddie pool and two mini waterparks.

Wild Water and Wheels has activities even for the kids who want to stay dry, including a comprehensive go-kart facility, with tracks built for speed as well as for junior and intermediate drivers. The park also has several carnival kiddie rides for kids ages 3-9. Last but not least, the whole family will love an afternoon spent on the mini golf course, cheering each other on through rounds of obstacles and excitement. If you can’t pick what to do, just do it all! Wild Water and Wheels offers comprehensive full- park admission for a day your kids won’t forget.


It’s not just for dad.  Even younger children will enjoy trying their hand at the great sport, and they’ll learn a skill they can enjoy and build on for the rest of their lives.  The Pawleys Island area is one of the nation’s premier golf locations.  Head to a practice area or make a tee time at one of these great courses: