Top Picks for the Best Family Resorts in South Carolina

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South Carolina, known for its beautiful sandy beaches, is the perfect place to plan your next beach vacation! This family-friendly area offers award winning hotels, island getaways and even a Disney resort.  Start planning your trip today and use this guide to help you find the best South Carolina resorts for your next family vacation.

When choosing between vacation destinations, South Carolina is often a top choice for families because it’s home to popular cities such as Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Charleston. It’s where you can find beautiful sandy beaches and southern hospitality all mixed in one!

Explore all of the perks of vacationing with your family in South Carolina by checking out what the best hotels in the area have to offer. Poolside cabanas, beach volleyball, kids’ clubs (even a resort treehouse and Disney vacation) can be found while browsing through this list of kid-friendly South Carolina resorts.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mount Pleasant

Address: 28 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

south carolina resorts: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mount Pleasant
Charleston Harbor Resort in South Carolina. Photo credit: Charleston Harbor Resort

For a luxurious seaside vacation, plan to visit the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mount Pleasant with your family! This private beachfront resort is the perfect place to relax in the sand and splash in the beautiful outdoor pools. When the sun sets, head over to the bonfires for some evening s’mores!

To add even more recreation to your day, head on over to the resort sports courts or take a yoga class. You can even book a ticket on the Charleston Water Taxi for a ride across the harbor. From here you can explore nearby historic downtown Charleston.

When it’s time to retreat back to your room, book the Family Parlor Room at The Beach Club for extra space. It includes a separate kid’s room with two twin beds, a soaking tub and an outdoor balcony area!

Why It Works For Families: 

  • During the summer months, kids can enjoy a special “Treat of the Day” served on the Beach Club pool deck.
  • Kids ages 5 to 11 can be registered for the Mini Mariners Camp for supervised fun during the day.
  • Rent the onsite 30-person movie theater for an epic family movie night!
  • Recreational activities include outdoor pools, seaside soccer-ball court, seasonal wellness classes and more.
  • Close to nearby Charleston attractions: South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston City Market and the Gibbes Museum of Art.


SheBuysTravel Tip: When booking Charleston attractions, we recommend getting your tickets through Get Your Guide. Mobile ticketing helps you skip the long ticket lines and if your plans change, they offer a 24 hour cancelation policy.

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

Address: 22 Harbourside Ln, Hilton Head, SC 29928

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Did you know that you can grab a big slice of Disney in South Carolina? Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort brings families closer to the magic with character-themed activities, whimsical resort features and recreational fun for the whole family! Kids will love the heated outdoor pool with a waterslide! You can also book additional activities and rentals nearby.

Why It Works For Families: 

  • Larger families will feel right at home when booking a one- or two-bedroom villa, with space for up to 9 people.
  • Disney-inspired activities such as cast-member let campfires, Disney movie nights, Goofy bingo games, pier fishing and crafts.
  • The heated outdoor pool area includes a waterslide, water-spitting frogs and other fun features for kids!
  • Play in the water of Atlantic Beach; bikes, kayaks, jet skis and other water sports items are available for rent nearby.
  • Close to attractions: Shelter Cove Harbour and Coastal Discovery Museum.


SheBuysTravel Tip: Stay hydrated! Purchase a refillable mug from Signals restaurant at the resort for free drink refills.

Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

Address: 477 Mount Pelia Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910

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Families looking for a luxurious coastal vacation can find it at the Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. Located along the May River, this family-friendly resort knows how to make anyone feel like a kid again! During your stay, you and your family can explore the resort treehouse! This fun addition features a boardwalk, hammocks and a 5-story observation deck with scenic views of the surrounding waterways. As your kids experience the resort with activities like fishing, hiking or roasting s’mores, they can earn fun merit badges to take home with them. You can also book additional excursions and activities during your stay such as bike tours, tennis clinics and kids’ club programs.

Why It Works For Families: 

  • Kids can earn special Montage Merit Badges for mastering new experiences during their stay, such as hiking a trail, catching a fish, roasting a s’more or spotting local wildlife!
  • The resort has a treehouse complete with a rope ladder, slide and hammocks.
  • The resort offers both complimentary daily activities as well as recreational excursions and classes with an added fee.
  • Kids’ Club (babysitting) services are available.
  • Various accommodation types are available, including rooms, suites, cottages and homes.
  • Pet-friendly


Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms

Address: Palm Blvd, Isle Of Palms, SC 29451

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The Wild Dunes Resort in Isle Of Palms, South Carolina is a great option for families who like plenty of flexibility in planning! You can choose between several different hotels on the property or go for more space with a resort condo or vacation rental home.

As a guest of the resort, your family can enjoy any of the resort pools. Plus there are tennis courts, bike rentals and excursions available for booking.

Why It Works For Families: 

  • Families can choose between a room at one of the resort hotels or opt for more space with a resort condo or home.
  • As a guest, you can enjoy any of the pools at the resort hotels or book a vacation rental with a private pool.
  • Tennis courts, beach and bike rentals, 36 holes of championship golf and fishing excursions are all things you can enjoy on or nearby the resort.
  • Kids can also register to participate in the Kids’ Club or Kids’ Golf Program for an additional fee.
  • Free wifi and parking!
  • Area attractions include the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry .


Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island

Address: 23 Ocean Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort caters to families by having a family pool area with a kids’ splash pad, Omni Kids Camp programs and kid-friendly menu options. After spending your day on the beach, riding bikes or playing in the pool, stop by Buoy Bar for a tasty watermelon push pop or ice cream sandwich! You can also keep tasty treats in your guest room by utilizing the mini kitchen area included with every Studio Suite.

Why It Works For Families: 

  • Studio Suite guest rooms include a mini kitchen area with a dining table, mini-fridge and a microwave.
  • Offers an adult pool, two family pools (one of which is zero-entry) and a kids’ splash pad.
  • Private beach access.
  • Omni Kids Camp (babysitting) services are available seasonally.
  • Recreational activities that are available on or nearby the resort include bike rentals, a golf course and tennis or pickleball courts.


Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22 Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach

Address: 2200 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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For a beach vacation that feels a bit more like home, check out the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22 in Myrtle Beach. This family-friendly resort offers spacious suites with full kitchen areas. Perfect for preparing and enjoying your own home-cooked meals. Don’t feel like cooking? You can easily grab housemade pizzas from The Marketplace takeout menu. During your stay, your family can enjoy the covered pool, kids’ activity center or venture out with free resort guest access to the Wild Water & Wheels parks. You can also get free greens fees at various area golf courses, with some restrictions.

Why It Works For Families:

  • Families can choose between a one-, two- or three-bedroom suite with a separate living area and full kitchen.
  • The onsite Marketplace makes grabbing pizza, snacks or groceries easy!
  • Resort guests can enjoy free access to Wild Water & Wheels parks and free greens fees to various golf courses (with some restrictions).
  • Features a covered, ocean-view pool.
  • Kids’ activity center.
  • Free wifi.


SheBuysTravel Tip: This property belongs to the Hilton Honors rewards program! Sign up for their rewards program ahead of time to get special perks like free wifi and member-exclusive rates. Points can be used to book free nights, local experiences and can even be redeemed for car rentals! 

Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

Address: 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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Situated on the north end of Myrtle Beach, the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes puts families close to the action with plenty of kid-friendly attractions nearby! When you’re not exploring the local area, you and your kids can relax on the beach. Or maybe you’d like to check out the multiple swimming pools or sit out on your private balcony to simply enjoy the ocean views.

Why It Works For Families: 

  • Families can book a room with a private balcony – great for parents who like to stay up and chat after the kids have gone to bed!
  • Features both an outdoor and indoor pool.
  • Easy access to the beach!
  • Close to family-friendly attractions such as Ripley’s Aquarium and Myrtle Waves Water Park.


SheBuysTravel Tip: This is a Marriott property, so join the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty club before you book to get the best deals and accumulate points for perks on future stays.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Island

Address: 130 Shipyard Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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The Sonesta Resort, AAA 4-Diamond awarded resort on Hilton Head Island, is where your family should go if your goal is to relax. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, your family can spend their days lounging on the beach or at the resort’s zero-entry pool. Feel like doing some shopping or looking for entertainment? Head over to the nearby Coligny Plaza on the complimentary resort trolley.

Why It Works For Families: 

  • Families can find complimentary towels nearby the zero-entry pool or beach (because someone always forgets to bring theirs, right?).
  • Families can rent bikes by the hour, day or week (with bike trails available nearby).
  • Complimentary Trolley to Coligny Plaza, a nearby shopping, dining and entertainment area.
  •  Dog-friendly rooms are available with an added fee.


The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island

Address: Two Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa is a great place to book a luxurious beach vacation. Lounge beside any of the three outdoor pools in a rented cabana or spend your day on the beach soaking up the sun. Feel like being adventurous? Your family can rent a bike or book a nearby dolphin tour, fishing excursion. You could even give surf lessons a try! When the sun sets, retreat back to your room and enjoy the stunning ocean, island or resort view from your private balcony space.

Why It Works For Families: 

  • 3 outdoor pools.
  • Private beach access.
  • Families can book a room with a private balcony – great for parents who like to stay up and chat after the kids have gone to bed!
  • Bikes are available to rent at the resort year-round.


Mary Moore is the retro ­loving mother of two young children who enjoys the freedom of driving the open road in search of adventure. She and her family are working their way through the backroads and cities of America in their seafoam green 1950s Bel Air. You can read more about their lifestyle and adventures on the blog Raising Dick and Jane.
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