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Top 10 Places to Explore Wildlife in Myrtle Beach

  By  Ashley Daniels

The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area is noted for amazing wildlife and for those who love to explore, we came up with a Top 10 list of favorites places to enjoy: 

Alligator Adventure

Kids who love animals will love to explore Alligator Adventure located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Experience family fun as you see tons of gators, gray wolves, rare snakes, kangaroos, and crocodiles too!

Alligator Adventures woman with gator

Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium, located at Broadway at the Beach, is filled with spectacular wildlife! Ride a 330-foot conveyor walkway through a windowed acrylic tunnel filled with a reef filled with thousands of different types of incredible ocean life - giant sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and moray eels so close you can touch them! There is a Penguin exhibit with special encounters for you to interact with the cutest penguins around and a new sloth exhibit with two of the cutest two-toed sloths around. 

Two young children inside the Ripley's Aquarium tiny tot tunnel

Myrtle Beach State Park

Did you know that the Myrtle Beach State Park was the first State Park established in South Carolina? Located in downtown Myrtle Beach, this State Park is home to hundreds of species that are protected by the park. Kids can sign up for camps and explore the park all year long! 

Brookgreen Gardens' Zoo

Take a day trip to Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo in Murrells Inlet to see alligators, eagles, deer, and horses. You will also enjoy internationally-acclaimed sculptures amid local flora and 300 species of South Carolina water birds. While you are there, stroll around the sculpture gardens to take in the natural beauty of southern oak trees drapped in moss and gorgeous flowers. 

The Center for Birds of Prey

The Center for Birds of Prey is an avian conservation center located just south of Georgetown that offers educational classes for kids of all ages as well as a rehabilitation center and clinic for injured birds. This center supports research for various bird species all across the country. 

Dolphin Cruises

Professional Myrtle Beach area Dolphin Jet Ski and Boat Tours will lead you to the best possible dolphin-viewing sites in our area! Relax and get up close to natural dolphin feeding areas with the dolphins, turtles, and other wildlife often just a few feet away!

Huntington Beach State Park

Much of Huntington Beach is now registered under the South Carolina Heritage Trust Program to help preserve its nature. Visitors may spot pelicans, spoonbills, alligators, nesting loggerhead sea turtles, and minks, among other wonders!

Huntington Beach State Park viewing boardwalk

J & L Kayaks 

Paddle through pristine saltmarshes and observe wildlife on a kayak tour with J & L Kayaks! They offer tandem and single kayaking adventures, as well as a sunset paddle. Don't forget your cameras - you are sure to see beautiful views and amazing wildlife up close! 

Crazy Sister Marina & Fishing Fleet

Experience the coastal magic with Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet cruises, including unforgettable encounters with dolphins and mesmerizing sunset sails, fishing charters and jet ski rentals. Don't miss out on the adventure with Crazy Sister Marina & Fishing Fleet.

Rover Tours

Enjoy a relaxing 3 hour guided tour on a power catamaran through the scenic low country waters. Go shell hunting on remote beaches and see the Winyah Bay lighthouse. Leaving out of the historic seaport of old Georgetown, SC!

Plan your Myrtle Beach vacation today and don't forget your camera!

Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels of Myrtle Beach is a full-time freelance writer, editor, wife, and mother of three sons (not necessarily in that order), and two fur babies. A native of Eastern PA, Ashley received her bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Today, her folio boasts nearly 25 years of regional and nationally published printed magazine features, blogs, and web copy for a lineup of clients on the East Coast, and ADDY award-winning copywriting. For more info, visit