10 Superlative Family Vacation Destination Ideas
Located in: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Why you should go: King’s Highway (aka Business 17) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is lined with dozens of themed miniature golf courses—dinosaurs! pirate ships!—but only Hawaiian Rumble boasts a 40-foot volcano that “erupts” every 20 minutes. The tremors might wreak havoc with your hole in one, but the kids will love the smoking, flaming spectacle, not to mention the six chatty parrots that greet visitors upon arrival. The course is HQ for the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association and the site of the sport’s annual Masters tournament, so owner Bob Detwiler keeps it in tip-top shape. In fact, the greens have been newly re-covered with the same top-of-the-line carpet that Ernie Els and other pros use for their own practice greens. ($9 per round, cash only; prominigolf.com.)
Where to stay: Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Barefoot Landing, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (from about $120 per night; marriott.com).