State Parks to Visit in Myrtle Beach

Summer isn’t over in Myrtle Beach just quite yet! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors at one of our South Carolina State Parks. When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, not only is the view of the Intracoastal Waterway breathtaking, but you’re just a short drive from the parks and their natural beauty!

Myrtle Beach State Park

There’s always something going on at Myrtle Beach State Park! Choose between exploring the nature trails or learning about the local flora and fauna in the Lowcountry.

September 5th – 26th: Plethora of Plants

Every Wednesday in September you can learn about the plants that grow in the park, for ages 10 and up!

September 6th – 27th: What Wildlife Will A-Pier?

Every Thursday in September, kids 5 and up can observe wildlife from the pier while learning unique facts and history on the local animals!

September 6th – 27th: Backyard Bird ID

Every Thursday in September, kids 8 and up can spend time feeding some of the common birds along the Grand Strand!

September 14th – 28th: Reptile Rap

Every Friday in September, kids ages 5 and up can learn more about reptiles and their importance to our local ecosystem!

September 15th: Beach Sweep

Help keep our beaches beautiful by participating in the beach sweep! Appropriate for all ages.

September 29th: Take a Kid Fishing

Sign up for the experience of a lifetime while learning how to fish! A variety of awards will be given out to participants and fishing gear will be provided to those who need them. 

November 17th: Live Birds of Prey in Flight!

Learn more about how these birds hunt their prey and fly above the trees at this live demonstration!

 

Huntington Beach State Park

Just a short drive south of downtown Myrtle Beach, Huntington Beach State Park is known for the historic Atalaya Castle; which is often a venue for weddings and other special occasions.

September 28th – 30th: 43rd Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

Featuring more than 100 of the finest local artisans, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a backdrop of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts, and food, along with live music performances from local musicians!

October 13th -14th: Palmetto Campout

Never been tent camping? Learn how with a park ranger! Campers will be provided with a list of food items to bring and only a limited number of tents are available to borrow.

October 26th – 27th: Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle

Experience an evening of frightfully fun family entertainment! At the Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle, you and your family can enjoy two haunted houses, carnival games, spooky movies, a bonfire and more!

November 10th – 11th: Atalaya Sleepover

Spend the night at Atalaya, and enjoy everything from spooky ghost stories to stunning nature hikes! Dinner and breakfast will be included and only a limited number of tents are available to borrow.

And it’s not too late to take advantage of the Ultimate Summer Experience Sale happening now through August 31st. You can save up to 35% off your final summer getaway.  We hope to see you soon! 

Must See List at The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet

When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, you’re just a short drive from the beautiful MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet! The MarshWalk features various dining options with a view of the water and live music from local performers every night! Locals enjoy coming down to this area for a relaxing night away from the action of downtown Myrtle Beach and fresh seafood. While there are many things to brighten your night during your visit to the MarshWalk, we’ve listed what you can’t miss!

Goat Island

Although you aren’t allowed on the island, (goats only!) you can view the goats from various spots on the boardwalk. The goats were originally placed on the island during the summer months to help with undergrowth and have since become beloved and admired by visitors and locals alike! You won’t want to miss seeing Goat Island during your visit to the MarshWalk!

Dead Dog Saloon

A great spot for families, Dead Dog Saloon offers a menu with all the classics that everyone will love.  Seafood steam pots, burgers, and tacos, oh my! You won’t be able to resist the pairing of fresh seafood with incredible live entertainment. Dead Dog Saloon also serves breakfast every morning so you can fuel up before a boat day along the inlet!

Wicked Tuna

A yummy spot for delectable sushi, Wicked Tuna also has a unique addition to the fresh seafood. The Tuna Shak is a bar outside the restaurant where visitors can order food and drinks while enjoying the view of the marsh. The Tuna Shak is also where live performers play every night, so grab a drink and a front row seat for a perfect summer night!

Bubba’s Love Shack

Bubba’s Love Shack is a local favorite for great drinks and even better live music for the coolest atmosphere along the MarshWalk. Outside of Bubba’s you’ll find patio tables and colorful rocking chairs to soak up the summer night air and the warm breeze from the inlet.

BrewBoat

Hop aboard the best place to watch the sunset over the inlet while enjoying a cold one with friends! BrewBoat is a pedal-powered party boat where you can bring your own beverages to sip on while exploring the inlet.

Pirate Ship Adventure

If you’re looking for an interactive adventure that the kids will go crazy for, the Pirate Ship at Murrells Inlet is it! The kids will receive pirate names and gear to board to ship and then the show begins. While battling pirates on the inlet, this giant pirate ship is the perfect adventure for your little treasure hunters!

It’s not too late to book a summer getaway to Myrtle Beach with our Ultimate Summer Sale offered now through August 31! Book today to get the best deals and begin making memories with your family in Myrtle Beach!

Top Fishing Activities in Myrtle Beach for Families

When visiting Myrtle Beach for your summer vacation, there can be an overwhelming amount of attractions to choose from. Fishing along the Grand Strand is a great option to get the whole family out in the fresh air for some fun! If you’re looking for family-friendly fishing spots, we’ve got the hook-up! Spend this year’s summer getaway one on one with nature at these areas in Myrtle Beach.

Fishing Charters

The possibilities are endless when you choose deep sea fishing during your stay! Fishing Charters in Myrtle Beach offer hours of fun out in the deep blue. Choose from a full day of fun or maybe you’d prefer a half day of fishing in the Atlantic. All you’ll need to bring along with you is water, sunscreen, and a smile!

Cherry Grove Pier

Visit the historic Cherry Grove Fishing Pier for a great family-friendly atmosphere. The Cherry Grove Pier is the perfect spot for reeling in a fish or grabbing an ice cream and taking a stroll. If you love the location but want a different fishing experience, the Cherry Grove Park & Boat Landing has a fishing dock.

Apache Pier

A local’s favorite for fishing, the Apache Pier is the largest wooden pier on the east coast and open from 6 a.m. – midnight during the summer! The Apache Pier is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. There is a fee if you want to fish from the pier, but the pier also provides rod rentals for beginners.

 

Murrells Inlet

Head further south for a brand new fishing experience along the inlet! The Murrells Inlet Jetty is about 3,000 feet of asphalt along the rocks that you can fish from. The view from the jetty is spectacular and provides the perfect backdrop while reeling in the best fish!

Myrtle Beach State Park

While there is a fee to enter the park, the lack of crowds more than makes up for the price! At the Myrtle Beach State Park, you are allowed to fish along the surf of the ocean while there are not crowds of swimmers nearby. Whether you choose to fish on the pier or try surf fishing, you’re sure to have a fun time!

By staying at The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes during your visit to Myrtle Beach, you’ll be minutes away from the best fishing spots along the coast. You can also save big when you book your accommodations under our summer sales package. Aim to catch the biggest fish for bragging rights when you return home!