There are a lot of reasons to fall in love with autumn — especially when you’re a kid. And from corn mazes and hayrides to pumpkin patches, scarecrow building, candy-apple eating and more, the Grand Strand can deliver them all … and then some.
Looking to pair an autumn beach getaway (when the temperatures are cooler, the crowds are thinner, and the deals are easier to find) with some of the traditional fall activities that your little ones are sure to get excited about? Consider these Myrtle Beach area attractions and events that are sure to make your whole family fall in love with autumn on the Grand Strand:
Located in nearby Conway, South Carolina, Thompson Farm offers a number of fun fall activities that the whole family can enjoy, including signature autumn highlights like a pumpkin patch and the Corn Maze. In addition, the farm has a range of fun fall events on its upcoming calendar, with Baby’s 1st Pumpkin Weekend at the Farm (held October 7 and 8) and the Halloween Helicopter Candy Drop (held October 28) serving as highlights. And to elevate the autumn allure, Thompson Farm offers a petting zoo that features mini babydoll sheep, lambs, miniature goats and a mini cow — all perfect for petting and photo opportunities.
Scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 30, in nearby Aynor, South Carolina, the Fall Fun activities offered at Southern Palmetto Farms include autumn essentials like the Pumpkin Patch, the Corn Maze and the Mini Cotton Maze — plus Farm Animal Alley, wagon rides, and a play area with huge slides and an inflatable jump pad. Don’t wait — make your plans for some fall fun on the farm!
Murrells Inlet’s Brookgreen Gardens is a great place to visit anytime, as it hosts a set of breathtaking botanical gardens, plus the nation’s largest collection of American figurative sculpture. In the fall, the attraction also presents its Harvest Home Weekend on October 7 and 8. This family-friendly event features a hay maze, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building, food vendors, an artwork exhibition and live entertainment.
Get your dirndl dresses and lederhosen ready, because North Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Barefoot Landing will present its version of the classic German fall festival on October 7 during its annual Oktoberfest! at Barefoot Landing celebration. Live music and contests (including the popular Every Dog’s a Weiner Dog contest) will ramp up the event’s family-friendly fun, plus a number of the complex’s restaurants and treat shops will offer German-themed food and drink specials to add to the allure.
October 28 will see popular Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment complex Broadway at the Beach host hundreds of fitness enthusiasts as they get a running start on their Halloween weekend. The inaugural Monster Dash 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Spooky Shuffle will feature a pair of races in which participants are encouraged to wear costumes — and the winning 5K runners plus the top-ranking ensembles will earn prizes. Other fun and exciting family-friendly activities, including a live DJ and raffle prizes, will round out the race day.
Of course, this short list of family-friendly fall activities on the Grand Strand is far from comprehensive — it covers just a handful of highlights. Keep your eyes open for other fun fall activities during your next autumn escape to Myrtle Beach … and get ready to make some amazing family memories on the Grand Strand!
Ready to start planning your fall family getaway to the Grand Strand? With a wide range of comfortable accommodation options and array of on-site amenities, The Breakers Resort in Myrtle Beach provides a perfect home base for all your autumn adventures on the Grand Strand — and an ideal place to wind down with the kids when the day is done. Book your oceanfront stay at The Breakers today!