Sensory-Friendly Destinations for Autistic People: Myrtle Beach, SC
If you’re an autistic adult looking for a fun summer vacation that is sensory-friendly, check out Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Less than 100 miles north of Charleston, it sits on 60 miles of coastline that has been certified as an Autism friendly destination. In 2016, the Champion Autism Network (CAN) certified Myrtle Beach as the first autism-friendly destination which makes it a great option for a sensory-friendly vacation.
There are 114 public beaches in the area that allow for plenty of options to find the best place for you and your family. Check out these beach tips for more on the “must know” for traveling to Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach has partnered with Champion Autism Network to provide sensory-friendly eating options for individuals and families with Autism. These restaurants have staff that are trained to be accommodating to sensory needs and some offer more sensory-friendly atmospheres as well. CAN offers a CAN card for purchase that also allows for discounts at local restaurants and attractions.
A few options include:’
- Hook & Barrel
- Angelo’s Steak and Pasta
- Friendly’s Restaurant
There is something for everyone! You can find a full list of sensory-friendly restaurants on Myrtle Beach here.
It is full of sensory-friendly attractions, too.
If history is your thing, Hopsewee Plantation or Horry County Museum might be a good place to start.
If you feel like doing something water-related, Action Water Sportz offers dolphin tours and jet ski rentals.
The SkyWheel was the first observational wheel in the United States that stands 200 ft above the shores, located on the boardwalk.
There are 42 gondolas, each fully enclosed and climate controlled, so you can be comfortable at any time of the year. To bypass the line, purchase tickets online.
Find a full list of sensory-friendly activities here.
Myrtle Beach has tried to take sensory-friendly individuals and families into consideration. They even joined forces with the International Airport to offer a Quiet Room for individuals and families that need to de-stress. The Quiet Room is located off of the baggage claim area and anyone needing to find quiet is able to take advantage of the resource.
Whether you’re an autistic parent, a parent of an autistic child, or a neurodivergent adult looking for a vacation destination that is sensory-friendly, Myrtle Beach is a great choice!
Written by Molly Mayes a neurodiversity-affirming therapist