Saturday, July 28, 2012

North Myrtle Beach Nature Activities

If you are lucky enough to be on vacation this week, chances are you already have your week planned out with beach activities, golf, shopping, or visits to the many famous attractions around Myrtle Beach. But if you find a gap in your schedule and want to treat your family to an all-day adventure, head south to Huntington Beach State Park.

The park is just outside of Murrell’s Inlet, south of Myrtle Beach on Highway 17. For a small admission fee, you can view an incredibly diverse southern coastal environment, which has been called one of the best spots for bird watching on the east coast. You can even spot wild alligators and other wildlife from the numerous observation decks. Huntington’s beach is one of the best around, and is typically less crowded than Myrtle Beach. If you want some exercise, rent a bike and explore the park’s 26 miles of bike trails! You can even stop for a picnic lunch in one of the public shelters by the beach. Another great site to visit at Huntington is Atalaya, a fortress by the sea that was built almost 100 years ago for sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park

Brookgreen Gardens is just down the road from Huntington Park and will take your breath away with its many acres of botanical gardens. Take a self-guided tour through the expertly landscaped grounds, with several displays of flowers, shrubs, trees, and sculptures. Enjoy a relaxing walk around the gardens and admire the beauty of nature.

Pawley’s Island and Litchfield Beach are small beach towns just south of Brookgreen Gardens, and are worth stopping for. Little stores like the Hammock Shop invite you in with their local crafts and southern charm. Have dinner in one of the small seafood restaurants in either town, or in Murrell’s Inlet on your way back. You won’t find fresher seafood anywhere on the beach! South Carolina’s environment is unique and interesting. Take a closer look at the natural splendor and quiet beauty of the area while you’re here on vacation – you will not regret it!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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