Nature Calls Travelers to The Myrtle Beach Area of South Carolina
Where the Great Outdoors are in Full Bloom
While endless attractions in the Myrtle Beach area offer enough enjoyment to fill a season's worth of leisure, Mother Nature has crafted an entirely different dimension of play along the South Carolina coast. Here are some great ways to experience the natural side of Myrtle Beach.
Whether your dream vacation is offshore big game fishing, catching your dinner from the surf, inlets or back bays, an up-close wildlife safari, nights under the stars, ocean, bay, inlet or river kayaking, or anything else outdoors, there is so much waiting for you in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Here are some great ideas to get you started:
T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari, a world-renowned wildlife preserve, is located on 50 acres of tropical paradise and home to over 130 endangered animals, including 60 big cats, wolves, apes, a 9,000 pound African elephant named Bubbles, and Hercules the liger, the world’s largest cat at 900 pounds. Visitors participate in a customized three-hour Wild Encounters Tour, and meet and interact with the world’s most amazing and iconic creatures. This unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience is only in Myrtle Beach, SC. Find more exciting amusements and attractions in our online guide.
If your heart pounds with every hook-up, fishing in the Myrtle Beach Area is for you. From offshore charter captains who specialize in hooking you into sharks, tuna and sailfish to name a few, to inshore, back bay and inlet charters that put you into the heat of the action a little closer to home, you'll find some of the best fishing on the coast. Head to the inland waters and fish the scenic Waccamaw River or if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, surf fishing or a one day pass at many of the areas ocean piers offer plenty of excitement.
Thrilling Water Sports or Peaceful Water Excursions
Water, water, everywhere. Parasailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, banana boat rides, speedboat excursions, scuba diving, tubing, water skiing, surfing or lessons for beginners and more will get your heart racing. Or relax on a sailboat charter, riverboat tour of the IntraCoastal waterway, kayak the area back bays and marshes take in the sights and sounds of the coast on solid ground. Find these watersports activities and more in our online guide.
Also known as the campground capital of the world, with close to a dozen campgrounds and more the 7,000 campsites, you can plan your Myrtle Beach stay in an unspoiled natural setting nestled along acres and acres of sandy beach. Campgrounds in the area are famous for their amenities and activities such as surfing lessons, guided nature walks and tours and additional outdoor excursions. Here is a listing of area campground sites:
Myrtle Beach State Park - You would never expect to find an oceanfront 312 acre state park in the heart of one of the east coasts major tourist destinations. Donated in 1934 by Myrtle Beach Farms, this state park offers nature tours, engaging programs and educational programs surrounding the natural resources of the park. Nature trails, equestrian trails, bike paths, an ocean fishing pier, and tent and RV camping in the oceanfront woods just 300 yards from the beach are just the beginning.
Huntington Beach State Park - Pristine beaches, the finest bird-watching on the East Coast, the chance to see endangered plants and animals up close and endless options for outdoor activities make this 2,500 acre state park located at the southern end of the Myrtle Beach Area a great item to add to your itinerary. Get your lines wet with ocean jetty fishing, access the inlet, marshes and back bays via a boat ramp, get the blood running on a two mile or ¼ mile hiking trail, and stay the night camping.