Located on Ocean Boulevard, in the heart of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Family Kingdom Amusement Park has been entertaining families for more than 45 years. It opened as Grand Strand Amusement Park in 1966.
In 1992, it was rechristened “Family Kingdom Amusement Park” after being purchased by the Ammons family. Owners of the landmark Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort, the Ammons family has played a key role in the development of Myrtle Beach as a nationally-known family vacation destination for more than a half century.
Family Kingdom is a 13-acre amusement park with 37 rides. It provides the complete amusement park experience with thrill rides, kiddie rides, attractions for all ages, free entertainment, midway games, and traditional park temptations such as funnel cakes, cotton candy and corn dogs. As the only seaside amusement park in Myrtle Beach, it provides panoramic views of the ocean and the Grand Strand from atop its open gondola ferris wheel, the Giant Wheel. It is also home to the legendary Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster, one of only 115 wooden coasters still operating in the United States, and the only one operating in S.C.
Family Kingdom is one of the few remaining free-admission parks in the U.S. There is no admission price to enter the open park, and ride tickets can be purchased independently. Wristbands that entitle patrons to ride all day are available. The park also offers an economical “combo pass” that enables riders to enjoy both its amusement rides and its affiliate, the adjacent Splashes Oceanfront Water Park.
Family Kingdom is a popular choice for groups including family reunions, corporate outings and church trips. Special pricing is available for groups of 24 or more people. Group ticket options include All Day Unlimited Ride Wristbands for either the Amusement Park or Splashes, as well as the combo pass for both parks.
Renowned for its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Splashes Oceanfront Water Park is a two-acre, independent, full-scale water park located on 500 feet of ocean frontage across Ocean Boulevard from Family Kingdom Amusement Park.
It features 18 attractions including three serpentine water flumes, two speed slides, and two intermediate slides and a 425-foot Lazy River. Splash pools feature two rain trees and a multi-tiered waterfall, and there are eight kiddie slides.
Splashes opened in 1977 under the name Wild Rapids. In 1997, Family Kingdom Amusement Park purchased the water park, expanded the water attractions, and renamed it Family Kingdom Water Park. In 2013, it was renamed Splashes Oceanfront Water Park.
TripAdvisor editors and contributors ranked Family Kingdom and the water park as #5 on its list of the “Top 10 Amusement Parks In The United States Outside Orlando” (2007).