The state of South Carolina is a haven for vacationers looking to experience the perfect blend of vibrant cultural offerings, stunning natural beauty, countless recreational opportunities, and that patented brand of Southern hospitality.

A host of family-friendly activities make the Palmetto State a great destination for travelers of all ages. Here are three of the top places to visit in South Carolina for families.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach

There is no shortage of family fun to be had in Myrtle Beach. Boasting 60 miles of sandy beaches and a variety of world-class golf courses, it is no wonder that families flock to this vacation hotspot.

One of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach is to check out the Family Kingdom Amusement Park. This park features nearly 40 rides on its 13 acres of beachside property. In addition to thrill rides such as a classic roller coaster, the park also offers tamer rides for the youngest travelers in your group. The adjacent water park is a great escape from the heat during those hot summer days.

Lake Murray Country

Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in connecting with Mother Nature in this stunning natural setting. This region of South Carolina includes the cosmopolitan area of Columbia, the historic town of Newberry, and rural Saluda.

Lake Murray Country offers a bevy of attractions, including the Riverbanks Zoo, Newberry Opera House, Congaree National Park, Saluda Shoals Park, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Frankie's Fun Park, and much more. With so many things to do in Columbia, South Carolina, this capital city is an ideal choice for all of your travels.

South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston

No trip to South Carolina is complete without a visit to the charming city of Charleston. While in the area with kids, you would be wise to visit the South Carolina Aquarium. Located on the gorgeous Charleston Harbor, this educational aquarium is both informative and fun.

Just outside of the aquarium, you will find Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins frolicking in their natural habitat. The aquarium is also home to a massive ocean tank featuring thousands of types of fish in addition to sharks and the popular loggerhead sea turtle.

These three destinations are just the start of a fabulous family trip to South Carolina. The only thing left to do is to start your planning your epic adventure. You will create memories to last a lifetime when you visit this Southern gem with the entire family.

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.