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Our Readers Say These Are the Best SC Beaches (Family Favorites 2021)

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Are you trying to figure out which South Carolina beach is the best for that next weekend getaway? We asked our readers to vote in our inaugural Summer Family Favorites contest, and these are the beaches they voted as the best in SC.

Are you looking to just relax and listen to the waves crash, are you looking for a coastal adventure to write home about, or maybe a little of both? These top 5 South Carolina beaches include the perfect beach for any type of family.

During our first Summer Family Favorites contest, we had readers vote on three different categories:

For more family-friendly beach locations in the Southeast, check out this guide to The Top Beaches Located in the Southeast

1st Place: Best South Carolina Beach (Summer, 2021)

Hilton Head Island

4 hours and 15 minutes from Greenville

The picturesque seaside town of Hilton Head offers families lots to do in the way of vacation activities! It’s Kidding Around Contributor, Kristina’s favorite salty South Carolinian destination.

It’s not hard to see why Hilton Head Island was The Kidding Around Family Favorites Winner For Best South Carolina Beach! We’re sharing some of the things the coastal town of Hilton Head provides and why readers love vacationing there, so you can plan a trip to see for yourself.

Things to Do at Hilton Head

Hilton head marina & lighthouse

We know all about the great things to do in Hilton Head Island, but don’t take our word for it! Check out what readers had to say about some of the most popular things to do when visiting Hilton Head Island.

Make Your Mermaid Dreams Come True On This Magical Boat Tour in Hilton Head Island

We just loved the Mermaid of Hilton Head cruise – the kids were mesmerized by seeing a **real** mermaid!

Kristina Hernandez

Take Your Family To See Dolphins and Explore a Vanishing Island in Hilton Head

We did their tour and it was great – 2 parents, 2 Grandparents, and 4 kids and we got the boat to ourselves. The captain was so nice to all of us and we loved it.

Shawn Murphy Kendrick
We did their dolphin and vanishing island tour, and it was amazing!

Christy Astolfi Decker

You Can Let Your Kids Can Dress Up Like Pirates, Shoot Water Canons, and Find Treasure on This Pirate Cruise in Hilton Head

If you have young children, the pirates of Hilton Head is a blast! Before you board their boat that looks like a pirate ship, the kids get face paint, a pirate name, pirate attire, and they teach them how to talk like a pirate. Then on the boat, there is a store line and they are trying to find treasure in the water. A sneaky pirate comes up in a small boat who has stolen the keys and the kids get to blast him with water cannons. It’s such fun!!

Dawn Thorpe Sabean

Take Your Family To Some Of Our Favorite Family-Friendly Things to Do on Hilton Head Island

Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf of Hilton Head Island is our favorite (and veteran owned) mini golf course. Coligny Plaza is a great place to shop, eat, and relax. We especially love getting ice cream from The Ice Cream Cone it is the best place to get ice cream – expect a line, so worth it! The Sandbox Children’s Museum is fun for the littles. The Crazy Crab Hilton Head is so so good! If you like crab legs, get their low country boil. It’s the only place I’ve ever been able to say that I was full from crab legs. The Salty Dog is a must! There are so many outlets to shop. HHI is our favorite beach to vacation at! You can get some really great, oceanfront condos on airbnb & VRBO

Jessica Thompson

Where to Stay in Hilton Head

Finalists: Best South Carolina Beach (Summer, 2021)

Edisto Island

4 hours from Greenville

The Kidding Around Visitor’s Guide to Edisto Island can help you plan a family trip to this non-commercial beachfront destination. This is the perfect spot to head when you just want to listen to the sound of the waves and your kids playing in the sand to be on the itinerary.

They are one of the few beaches that are family driven and not commercialized. They also have been the least effected by erosion in the past years.

Edisto Island canopy drive

Where to stay near Edisto Beach

Surfside Beach

4 hours and 30 minutes from Greenville

Surfside Beach

Close enough to the attractions of Myrtle Beach but quiet neighborhoods to relax

This beach just minutes from Myrtle Beach is known as “the family beach”. It offers visitors several beach access points, with lifeguards and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Your next family beach trip awaits at the Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort

The Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort towers right over the beach with stunning views of the ocean out of the rooms overlooking the water. It’s closer to the South end of Myrtle Beach and 40 minutes north of Huntington Island State Park. It took us just over four hours to get there from Greenville and we never even got back in the car while at the resort until it was time to go home, since everything we did was within walking distance.


Where to Stay Near Surfside Beach

Kiawah Island

4 hours and 15 minutes from Greenville

Kiawah Beach

This island on the coast of Charleston, SC is home to one of the nation’s top-rated beaches Beachwalker Park.

There is such a relaxing atmosphere but still lots to do with the family.

It’s quiet, not crowded, and plenty of space for the kids to run around!! Also, it’s always felt very safe.

Secluded, private, upscale, and remote.

Where to Stay Near Kiawah Island

Sullivan’s Island

3 hours and 40 minutes from Greenville

Sullivans Island Beach

This Charleston beach is not only a great place to swim but also is in close proximity to several historic sites. It’s a less crowded beach that has lots of parking.

Things to Do, Places to Eat, and More at Sullivan’s Island

Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island

Where to Stay Near Sullivan’s Island

2021 Kidding Around Summer Family Favorites Contest Winner: Best Indoor Spot To Beat The Heat
2021 Kidding Around Summer Family Favorites Contest Winner: Best Place To Get A Frozen Treat

Our Readers Say that These Are the Best Indoor Spots to Beat the Heat (Summer Family Favorites 2021)

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Where can families go when it’s too hot outside? We’ve got the answer to where you can go to beat the summer heat! During our inaugural Summer Family Favorites contest, we had readers vote for their favorite indoor spot when it’s hot outside and these are the top 5 places!

During our first Summer Family Favorites contest, we had readers vote on three different categories:

1st Place: Best Indoor Fun to Beat the Heat (Summer, 2021)

Big Air Family Favorites

Big Air Trampoline Park

36 Park Woodruff Drive, Greenville

660 Spartan Boulevard #200, Spartanburg

Kidding Around readers LOVE trampoline parks! Big Air is always a popular spot when we get questions in the Kidding Around Community Groups about where people can have birthday parties. Big Air is great for getting the kids out and active any day, not just for birthdays! But don’t take our word for it, check out why readers voted Big Air The Kidding Around Family Favorites For Best Indoor Spot To Beat!

We’ve just blended our family, and trampoline parks have been a great outlet for stress and opportunity for us to play and bond! We are SO excited to have Big Air right around the corner from us

Madelyn Moser

It is a great place for a party

Lucinda Hollifield

We love this place…it is a great place to take the kids to burn off energy

Heather O’Brien Judd

For more indoor options for fun to escape the rain, or heat during the summer check out our Indoor Activities Guide to Greenville, SC, and The Indoor Activities Guide to Spartanburg, SC

Finalists: Best Indoor Fun to Beat the Heat (Summer, 2021)

Palmetto Proper

164 S Main Street STE B, Travelers Rest

Find out why Kids (And Parents) Won’t Want to Leave This Play Spot in Travelers Rest, and why voters named it one of the top spots to beat the heat!

Palmetto Proper interior

The Children’s Museum of The Upstate

300 College Street, Greenville

130 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg

Another reader favorite is The Children’s Museum of the Upstate! It’s a great way to have an enriching day’s worth of fun, and beat the heat of the summer!

SpareTime Greenville

22 Congaree Road, Greenville

If you are looking for a fun day out or birthday party spot, SpareTime Greenville offers plenty to do, including:

  • Bowling
  • Escape Rooms
  • Arcades
  • Laser Tag
  • Lots to Eat

Pavilion’s Recreation Complex

400 Scottswood Road, Taylors

The Pavilion is one of Greenville’s oldest indoor spots to have fun, and it just recently had a full remodel. This one-of-a-kind facility in Greenville has a full ice rink as well as a bounce house.

2021 Kidding Around Summer Family Favorites Contest Winner: Best South Carolina Beach
2021 Kidding Around Summer Family Favorites Contest Winner: Best Place To Get A Frozen Treat