Myrtle Beach Outdoor Attractions
Vacationing in Myrtle Beach means two things: tanned skin and a packed itinerary. Located in South Carolina’s “Grand Strand” area, Myrtle Beach is known for pristine beaches and a plethora of exciting outdoor activities. Whether you are seeking a day of solace for yourself or an adventure packed outing with the family, the Myrtle Beach area offers something for everyone. One thing is certain, however: Whatever you do, pack the sun block and enjoy the gorgeous beach weather!
Golf aficionados and amateurs alike will appreciate the vast variety of golf that Myrtle Beach offers. This area proudly boasts over 100 unique golf courses, all of which have something special to offer. Guests on a budget are encouraged to check out Wicked Stick, located in Surfside Beach. This John Daly designed course offers a budget friendly solution to golfing with prices often starting around $30-$40. Those looking for a first class golf experience should look to tee off at Caledonia, Dunes Golf & Beach Club, or Barefoot Resort. Amateurs will not feel left our either. Myrtle Beach also offers a wide variety of themed putt-putt courses that are perfect for children and families.
Those seeking to gain their sea legs will jump at the opportunity to take a fishing charter. Fishing charters are plentiful and vary greatly in where they go, how much they cost, and what types of fish you can expect to catch. Stay inshore and in the inlet creeks to find flounder, trout, or grouper. Fishers looking for a real adventure should head offshore for tuna, dolphin, and wahoo. If you enjoy the thrill of fishing but are on a budget, take a trip to one of the area’s piers, like the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier or the Second Avenue Pier, and cast off into the Atlantic from there. The piers might charge a small fee for fishing but it will be much more affordable than going out on a charter and let’s face it, catching your own dinner is incredibly more rewarding (and delicious!) and worth the small fee.
Enjoy an afternoon of shopping and entertainment at one of the area’s popular outdoor venues. The Market Common provides guests with a unique urban village feel as they enjoy strolling the shop lined avenues. This upscale mall offers a variety of popular national retailers, like Francesca’s Collection and White House | Black Market, in addition to a wide variety of succulent culinary options that are sure to please even the pickiest palette. The Market Common is also known for their outdoor events, like free movies under the stars every Wednesday evening and complimentary carriage rides every Friday evening. If you have children in tow, check out Broadway at The Beach. In addition to shopping and dining, Broadway at The Beach offers a plethora of family friendly attractions and entertainment. Popular attractions include the NASCAR SpeedPark, Myrtle Waves Water Park, and Pavilion Nostalgia Park.
If you are seeking solace from the bustling city atmosphere, head south to Murrells Inlet and enjoy the breathtaking scenery at Brookgreen Gardens. This popular Myrtle Beach attraction boasts almost 10,000 beautifully landscaped acres scattered with handcrafted sculptures. Recently named one of the Top Ten Public Gardens is the country by Trip Advisor, Brookgreen takes pride in showcasing a wide variety of species. The Live Oak Allee is the centerpiece of this garden, featuring 300 year old oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Other notable gardens include The Fountain of The Muses, The Labyrinth at Brookgreen, and The Arboretum. In addition to the gardens, Brookgreen is home to the Low country Zoo, an animal sanctuary featuring local animals in their natural habitats. Visitors can expect to see alligators, bald eagles, river otters, marsh tacky horses, Spanish goats, great blue herons, and many more native Grand Strand animals all in one place. This outdoor attraction and Myrtle Beach zoo are sure to delight both young and old and are a wonderfully relaxing way to spend afternoon.
With all of these exciting outdoor attractions in Myrtle Beach, one might forget to even go to the beach at all! Although the Grand Strand is most known for its location on this particularly beautiful stretch of the Atlantic, there are also plenty of things to do after you have had your fill of the sand and sea. Whether you are looking to enjoy an action packed afternoon with the family or enjoy a quiet afternoon alone, Myrtle Beach truly offers something for everyone and should be #1 on the list for your next vacation destination!
Meisha lives in the Myrtle Beach area and works in marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, blogging, and absorbing the beach lifestyle.