13 Apr

Is Summer Calling Your Name? 8 Great Reasons to Camp at the Myrtle Beach KOA

Pull Through Campsite Myrtle Beach KOA

Are you looking for a beach getaway this summer?  Or would you prefer a wooded retreat where you can relax while the kids run free?  Why not have both at the Myrtle Beach KOA?

It took our family awhile to find this magical spot, but now that we have we will go back again and again.  We just returned from our second straight spring break at this unique camping destination and are already talking about heading back in July.  We suspect if you take your next family vacation here, it might be the beginning of a family tradition.  Here are eight reasons why.

1. A Wooded Retreat in the Heart of the City

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Myrtle Beach is big and bold and busy, but the Myrtle Beach KOA is quiet, and fun, and family friendly.  The campground is located right in the heart of the city, but it feels like it’s miles away.  It has all the perfect elements for a family vacation.  Your days can be filled with adventurous activities like zip lining and kayaking, and your nights can be filled with walks on the beach and quiet campfires.

2. Steps from the Beach and Boardwalk

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You can walk right from the campground to a huge miniature golf course less than a block away.  Stroll just one more block and you’ll find yourself at the beach.  Not up for walking?  Just hop on the campground’s beach shuttle and let the staff know when to pick you up.  They will be there waiting. The wild and zany boardwalk with rides, water parks, and go carts is just a few more blocks north.

3. A Jumping Pillow with a View

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As parents with three young children, we spend a lot of our campground time at playgrounds and jumping pillows. So we appreciate a nice view every now and then.  The setting of the jumping pillow at the Myrtle Beach KOA is like something out of a storybook.  Just an FYI–mom and dad did more than just watch the boys on the pillow. We hopped on too.  We don’t believe in the fountain of youth–but this comes pretty darn close.

4.  A Tale of Two Pools (and a Splash Pad)

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After working up a sweat at the jumping pillow, we recommend heading over to one of the two pools or the splash pad.  There is plenty of comfortable seating–so set up camp and jump right in like Max did! On second thought, you might want to use the ladder or stairs.  Not everyone has superpowers like he does, but how you enter the pool doesn’t really matter as long as you get wet!

5. Large Pull Through Sites

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We love the large, staggered,  and semi-private pull through sites.  There was plenty of room for the truck, our 33 foot travel trailer and a play area for the boys.  The sites allowed for socializing with neighbors, but we didn’t feel like we were invading their privacy. Myrtle Beach has many private campgrounds–but you would be hard pressed to find such large shaded sites at any of them.  You would have to head to one of South Carolina’s lovely state parks to find so much wiggle room.

6. Quiet Paved Roads for Scooting and Playing

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The roads at the Myrtle Beach KOA are long and paved.  They are also one way streets with little traffic and safe and conscientious drivers.  Our boys loved to ride their scooters and run up and down the rows–and we felt comfortable letting them.  The best campgrounds we find on our travels allow our children to spread their wings in a safe environment.  Here, Wesley gets ready to take flight.

7. Helpful and Friendly Yellow Shirts

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Let’s keep this simple:  Nicest. Campground. Staff. Ever.

8. Sharing Music, Food, and Fun with Friends

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Strong management, friendly staff, and a beautiful setting adds up to a welcoming and comfortable campground culture. This in turn adds up to a lot of happy campers.  Happy campers who want to meet new people and spend time with old friends.  Happy campers who want to share meals together around a picnic table and break out the corn hole. Happy campers who want to open up their banjo cases and start plucking some Doc Watson or Ralph Stanley as the sun comes down on another day.

Now if you camp at the Myrtle Beach KOA we can’t guarantee that Toby will still be there filling up the evening air with the summery sounds of live bluegrass. But we can guarantee that you’ll meet some great new people.  They’ll probably even ask you to pull up a chair and stay for a while. And you will be happy to oblige.

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We have been customers of the Myrtle Beach KOA before, and we will be again.  This trip, however, was sponsored by Kampgrounds of America.  Our opinions are always our own. For more information about this campground check out this week’s RVFTA podcast for free in the iTunes store or on our blog.  We interview the general manager, Jeremiah Drew, along with some very happy campers.

Stay tuned for two more great posts about outdoor activities and crazy boardwalk fun right near the campground!

4 thoughts on “Is Summer Calling Your Name? 8 Great Reasons to Camp at the Myrtle Beach KOA

  1. The pictures of the boys are great! Can’t wait to meet all of you at the rally! Good article for someone who is looking for a resort type of place for their vacation. Thanks, as usual, for sharing your thoughts.

    • Thanks, JP! Jeremy has been working hard at getting those pics, so I know he appreciates your compliment:-) Can’t wait for the rally!

  2. Seems like a really great campground, thanks for the review and all the great pictures. How was the long drive – were there any issues with the truck, the trailer or the kids going that far from home? While it seems like a great spot and having been to MB, I know the area is great, I just wonder if it would be worth a 1,400 mile round trip for us? Did you guys drive down and back without any other overnight stays?

    • Good questions, Mike. It takes us about 12/13 hours to get that far south and we do break it up by staying somewhere along the way (in Virginia usually). This trip we left at around 7 pm and drove until 11 pm, stopped by DC and then hauled out early in the morning.
      We do 12 hour trips a lot so our kids are pretty used to it. At around 8 hours they start to go bonkers so that is where we usually plan our stop.
      For us, we definitely need at least 6 nights in a location to make it worth the haul. We don’t go any farther than 3 hours for a long weekend. You have to know your kids’ limits and respect them or you are the one that will be miserable:-)
      Truck and trailer did great, but we do all maintenance before getting on the road for a long trip. Jeremy had the truck in to check the brakes the day before we hit the road!

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