Living on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the big reasons to live in South Carolina. There are many opportunities for beachfront fun in Myrtle Beach that residents can enjoy. But there are ways to have fun on the beach in Charleston too. This article shares some fresh ideas for you to consider along Highway 17.
The main hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of beaches along the Atlantic coast, Myrtle Beach is home to many beautiful spots. When you’re looking for something to do other than play in the sand, there are many fun things to consider that take advantage of this great location. You might:
For the classic beach experience, you’ll want to spend time on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade. You can hear the crashing of the waves and people watch on the wooden walkway along the waterfront. If you’re up for visiting an amusement park, Family Kingdom Amusement Park is at 300 S. Ocean Boulevard, just across from the beachfront.
For a different kind of entertainment, walk up four blocks from the beach to the Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum and Arcade. You’ll buy a ticket for admission ($12/hour) and be able to play retro pinball and video games without having to worry about tokens or quarters at this fun spot.
Pawley’s Island is one of the coast’s oldest resort towns. You can spend time out on the beaches and sand dunes or walk around under trees draped with Spanish moss. There are some stunning golf courses that are part of the Waccamaw Golf Trail. Or enjoy seasonal fare and a memorable dinner at Bistro 217, Frank’s, Chive Blossom, or Gio’s and Perrone’s.
Don’t miss out on Murrells Inlet either. Known as South Carolina’s seafood capital, this fishing village was once the pirate Blackbeard’s hideout. About 13 miles south of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet is a great launching point for a deep sea fishing trip. Or go kayaking at sunrise and later enjoy a stunning sunset view at one of the many beachfront restaurants with live entertainment.
Huntington Beach State Park is a coastal park with three miles of beach offering sea-breeze camping, surf fishing, and bird watching. You might want to save your visit to the Moorish-style home of artists Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington until September. That’s when their home Atayala is at the center of an annual Arts and Crafts Festival.
Georgetown, about 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 65 miles north of Charleston is another picturesque seaport. You might check out the annual Wooden Boat Show in October. Or, year round, you can explore the 16,000+ acres of the Hobcaw Barony, named by the native Waccamaws for its beautiful location “between the waters.”
Bird lovers will want to tour The Avian Conservation Center & Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, SC. This sanctuary between Myrtle Beach and Charleston cares for and shelters eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and other birds. The Center offers educational outdoor programs and flight demonstrations Thursday, Friday & Saturday mornings at 10:30 am.
Or take a ferry to Bulls Island. You’ll find remote, pristine beachfront on Bulls, the largest of four barrier islands found within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. You can also explore a 5,000 acre maritime forest known for its more than 275 species of birds.
In Mount Pleasant, just north of Charleston’s downtown, you can explore military history aboard the USS Yorktown. The Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum lets visitors step aboard a retired aircraft carrier, destroyer, and submarine.
At the southern tip of the Charleston peninsula, enjoy White Point Garden. This public waterside park offers incredible views out across the harbor. Plus you can weave your way through the paved paths past military statues and canons. Set up a picnic in the shade of one of the many sprawling oak trees and gape at the mansions lining the garden’s edge.
Fort Sumter is a fun day trip. Only accessible by water ferry, this Southern stronghold holds a place in history as the site of the first shots fired in the Civil War. It’s a national monument now with ruins, gun emplacements and a museum run by the National Parks Service.
You can live with the Atlantic Ocean as your backyard with Saussy Burbank communities in and around Myrtle Beach and Charleston. Our homes in the Sayebrook community, encompassing nearly 730 acres two miles from the Atlantic Ocean, are coming soon. In the meantime, check out our offerings in Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Johns Island & Kiawah Island.
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