by Kristin Franks
Located just minutes away from the best shopping, dining and family attractions in Myrtle Beach, this hotel offers affordable beachfront accommodations. With a variety of spacious unit options to choose from, there is something for families of all sizes. Ranging from one- to four-bedroom units anywhere from two to 10 guests can be accommodated. Both oceanfront and ocean-view rooms are available as well as fully equipped kitchens.
Ocean Park is a pet-friendly resort, so there is no need to leave your furry friend at home. There is a one pet per room policy and a 20-pound weight limit. Fido will love curling up in the special beds provided for them, as well as the doggy bag full of treats. A small nightly fee applies for all pets.
The hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a kiddie pool for smaller children. Relax and enjoy the warm Myrtle Beach weather on the outdoor sundeck, or take a walk down to the beach and play in the ocean and sand. A boardwalk off of the pool area offers families easy beach access. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, but I would recommend bringing your own.
With it’s great locale, a variety of family-friendly attractions and activities are just minutes away. Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, families will love taking advantage of nearby attractions including the Market Common, Broadway at the Beach, miniature golf courses, water parks, amusement parks and much more.
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- Pet-friendly resort
- Spacious units ideal for families
- Great locale with nearby family attractions
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Kids' Pool
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Feel right at home with these spacious units and great family amenities. Offering several units, families of all sizes can be accommodated. The hotel features one, two-, three- and four bedroom suites, sleeping anywhere from two to 10 guests. A wide range of floor plans and bedding options are available including two double beds, one king and two doubles or one king and four twin beds. For additional bedding there is a pullout sofa and some suites include a pull down bed.
Most suites include fully equipped kitchens with cookware, dishes, utensils, a stove, oven, microwave, coffeemaker and fridge. Each unit includes complimentary Wi-Fi access and cable TV with HBO. There are televisions in each of the bedrooms as well as the spacious living room. Multiple bedroom suites have additional private bathrooms attached to each room. And since everyone knows kids can make a mess, there are onsite laundry facilities for guests. Maid and housekeeping services are provided daily. Rooms will be replenished with fresh towels and anything else you and your family might need. Both oceanfront and ocean-view rooms are available, but I would recommend booking an oceanfront room.
Since this is a pet-friendly resort, there is a one pet per room policy. Special beds and doggy bags with treats are provided for all pets.
We stayed on the third floor at the OceanPark Resort in Myrtle Beach SC. Which had an awesome view that made up for alot of issues in this pet friendly suite. We were traveling with our two small dogs. They loved the beach and so did we however there was an odor in the room, I did everything that I could to try and eliminate the odor, I pruchased a mop and lysol floor cleaner and I cleaned the room myself! Which is the only way that we could stay in there and it worked! I killed a bug/roach in the kitchen sink and the exterminator came the next morning & sprayed although I did not mention the bug to anyone! They have camera's everywhere to deter smoking however I believe that they listen in on us too especially in the elevators and hallways & balcony.
We were in a good location for shopping and dining, they offer a coupon book for entertainment in the area, we didn't use them, onsite parking, laundry room and excerise room, heated indoor and outdoor pools & hot tub. This was not the cleanest place & the bed/mattress was old & uncomfortable it made all kinds of noise, the dust ruffle was dirty and stained. The bathroom sink leaked onto the table under it, the kitchen cabinets stuck together & the paint was peeling. I had to place sheets on the couch & love seat because of dog hair & it smelled bad. The lamp shades were very loose & dusty the room was dated to say the least. The suite had a clean kitchen a stove a microwave a refrigerator coffee pot cups glasses & silverware. I will not be returning to this Resort, the price & pet fee was reasonable.
by Mike M
No pots or pans!!! Beds hard and creaked!! Nice pool and hot tub!! Free DVDs, unlimited but one out at a time! Dogs permitted, for $20 dollars a night tho!! No paper towels so bring your own, with pots and pans, if you plan on a long stay and not eating out or ordering in EVERY DAY!!
The hotel features several pools for kids to splash around in including an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a kiddie pool. If you are looking to work on your tan there is a large oceanfront sundeck with lounge chairs. Families can also spend the day playing on the beach and in the sand. A boardwalk off of the pool area offers families easy beach access. I would recommend bringing your own beach chairs and umbrellas, although they are available for rent. There are several nearby stores and surf shops where you can pick them up for cheap.
The hotel doesn't offer a children's program or onsite activities, but there are a wide rage of nearby attractions for families.
Soar + Explore
Featuring two exciting outdoor adventures for kids, this new family-friendly attraction is perfect for your thrill-seeking children. Located at Broadway at the Beach, kids can climb over Lake Broadway on the three-story ropes challenge course, or take an exhilarating zipline ride over the 23-acre lake.
Soaring 50-feet above Lake Broadway, the zipline offers an exciting and fun filled ride with dozens of lights illuminating the course after dark. Children must have on shirts and closed toe shoes in order to ride the zipline. There is also a height requirement of 54 inches. The pirate themed three-story ropes course stands over 40 feet high and extends out over Lake Broadway. There are a more than 33 challenging obstacles including bridges, swinging steps, vertical angle stairs and a tightrope walk. Kids can complete the course at their own pace and must be wearing shirts and closed toe shoes. There is also a height requirement of 48 inches.
Rates and hours of operation vary by season. Adventure combo packs are available and include both the ropes course and ziplining adventure.
Cancun Lagoon Adventure Golf
This family fun indoor and outdoor mini golf course takes you back to the ancient Mayan times with temples, Aztec pyramids and lighting and sound effects. Surrounded by lagoons, waterfalls and palm trees, this course offers an exciting and challenging mini golf experience for kids of all ages. On your journey through the ancient Mayan temple, you may choose between two different courses including Chak's Revenge or Pakal's Adventure. Adding a little more challenge and variety to your mini golf experience, some holes have a wheel you can spin before you tee off. You may land on "move someone's ball of your choice," or "shoot standing on one foot."
Le Grande Cirque at Palace Theatre
Filled with amazing stunts and acrobatic performances families will be amazed at this live show. Featuring more than 40 champion performers and acrobats from around the world, families will love watching their mind-blowing abilities and skills. Watch tumblers as they flip across the floor and acrobats leap from pole to pole. Laugh as Dizzy the clown entertains the audience with his amusing antics. Perfect for kids of all ages, this two-hour extravaganza is sure to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats.
Although the hotel doesn't offer an onsite restaurant or in-room dining services, there are more than enough dining options throughout Myrtle Beach for you and your family to choose from. With restaurants on every corner, you won't have to travel far to find some of the best dining experiences around.
Islamorada Fish Company
With a wonderful family-friendly atmosphere and a great dining experience, you can't go wrong with this restaurant. Being one of the best places I enjoyed in Myrtle Beach, I would highly recommend this restaurant for families. Conveniently located in the Colonial Mall, next to the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Worlds, the menu features signature seafood items, pasta dishes, steaks and sandwiches. If you have sushi in mind, the menu offers a wide range of rolls and sashimi including tuna rolls, shrimp tempura, eel, crab and my favorite, the rainbow roll. To start, we decided to be daring and ordered the island sampler, which included crab cakes, conch fritters and alligator. It was my first time trying alligator, which is what I was a little apprehensive about, but to my surprise I absolutely loved it. With the restaurant's wide range of entrees, dishes and appetizers there's something here for everyone.
If the kids get fussy, take them to check out the restaurant's salt-water reef aquarium or the large fish tank at the next-door Bass Pro Shop. But be careful, they may not want to leave after that.
E Noodles & Co.
Be sure to visit one of the best-kept secrets in Myrtle Beach. Located only a few blocks from the hotel, this restaurant features Asian delicacies with a touch of contemporary flair. With reasonable prices and great food this is an ideal place for families to dine. Start with the shrimp and scallop dumplings or the shrimp tempura appetizer. Several soups and salad dishes are available including the tofu miso soup and the Thai beef salad. Enjoy a wide selection of entrees and noodle dishes including the classic lo mein, fried noodles, Bangkok chicken and the grouper tempura. Mom and dad can choose from a variety of domestic and imported beers, sake and white, red and blush wines.
Serving up delicious pizzas, families will have to dine here at least once. Located on South Kings Highway, Hungry Howie's features eight original flavor crust pizzas, and wide range of toppings from pepperoni to pineapple and ground beef. Flavored crusts include butter cheese, ranch, garlic herb, Cajun, onion and original. In addition to tasty pizzas, the menu also features salads, wings and a variety of oven-baked subs.
Angelo's Steak and Pasta
For simply the best in Italian cuisine and mouthwatering steaks families head to Angelo's Steaks and Pasta located on South Kings Highway. Dine on steaks that have been cooked to perfection, or sample platters from the Italian buffet. Chicken and veal entrees are available as well as a variety of specialty dishes including linguine and clams, scampi fra diavolo and lobster medallions. The little Italians kids' menu features spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli pizza and chicken fingers.
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All About the Extras
The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access in all rooms as well as cable TV with free HBO channels.
There is an onsite fitness center for all hotel guests. Treadmills, bikes, free weights and several other machines are available accommodating all types of workout regimes.
Pets are accepted year round with a small nightly fee. There is a one pet per room policy as well as a 20-pound weight limit. Guests with oversized pets will need approval from the general manager or the front desk manager. Pets must be on a leash in all public areas and animal carriers are recommended.
Getting There and Around
With plenty of airlines flying out of the Myrtle Beach International Airport, getting there is the easy part. Ocean Park Resort is located just minutes away from the airport. If your family is flying into Myrtle Beach, I would highly recommend getting a rental car -- although several car rental agencies, taxi's and limo services are available to take you where you need to be. Local bus service is also available by The Coast RTA with transportation to and from major thoroughfares and neighboring towns, but bus times and stops are limited.
The Art of Smart Timing
For families planning to visit Myrtle Beach, the summer months are the best time to vacation. Boasting gorgeous weather and a wide range of family activities, families can enjoy all Myrtle Beach has to offer. Several amusement parks and family attractions open specifically for the summer months and will close right after Labor Day. Hotel rates will be at their highest from the end of May through the end of August.
Families looking for a more budget-friendly time to travel should consider vacationing in September, or early spring, when hotel rates drop significantly. Families can still enjoy the warm weather and beach activities as well as a variety of other attractions.
For Mom and Dad
Whispering Pines Golf Course
With nothing distracting you from your golf game, this is the perfect place to spend a day on the green. Warm up and work on your shot at the driving range and practice greens. The course features tree-lined fairways, swelling greens and meticulously placed lakes, offering an enjoyable and challenging golf experience. Before or after your round, grab a quick bite to eat at the Pub at the 'Pines with dishes including hot dogs, burgers and beer.
The Awakening Spa
For some rest and relaxation, head to the Awakening Spa at the nearby Anderson Ocean Club. The full service day spa offers a variety of treatments and services for all. Enjoy rejuvenating treatments including mineral baths, massages, body wraps and facials. Couples mineral baths and massages help relax and unwind muscles side by side.