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Best Things to do in South Myrtle Beach

By Vacation Myrtle Beach

The vast majority of attractions in Myrtle Beach, whether they be entertainment, shopping or other attractions, are on the northern side of the International Airport. But not everyone finds that northern end of the Grand Strand convenient. So what about to the South and West of the airport? What are the best things to do in the southern part of Myrtle Beach? There are a number of excellent attractions to take in on this side of town.

An excellent way of spending the day away from the beach itself is to head for the Myrtle Beach State Park, a small state park located just to the South of the airport. The park has a 200-yard long fishing pier, and you can fish either from the pier itself or from the beach. Don’t worry if you left your pole and tackle back home – you can rent them in the park. The park has both hiking and biking trails and in the winter months you can ride a horse on the park’s equestrian trails. You can swim anywhere on the park’s beach if you wish, but there is a dedicated swimming area with a lifeguard. The park also has a salt water aquarium, and bird, butterfly and reptile houses.

Just to the South of Murrells Inlet is one of South Carolina’s most cherished possessions- Brookgreen Gardens. The gardens were founded in 1931 by renowned sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington and her philanthropist husband Archer Huntington. Today the gardens are home to more than 1,400 pieces of figurative sculpture by more than 350 American sculptors. The 9,000 acre estate also has an accredited zoo that is home to such native animals as Red and Grey Foxes, White-Tailed Deer, Alligators, Otters, Red-tailed Hawks, Wild Turkeys and Bald Eagles. You may either take one of the many guided tours on offer, or stroll through the gardens at your own pace. Be sure to present your VMB Card for a reduction of the entrance fee for up to four people.

In good weather you can easily pass the whole day at Wild Water & Wheels, a large water park located in Surfside Beach. The park has a large variety of different water slides, some for the body and others that take a mat or a tube, There is a wave pool, a lazy river and a number of rides, some specifically designed for small kids, and there are go-karts and an 18-hole mini golf course. Keep an eye on the Myrtle Beach discounts page for an updated special for this year.

Don’t miss a visit to Hudson’s Surfside Flea Market, the largest covered open-air market in the area. This extremely popular flea market has more than 400 vendor spaced and is well worth a visit. You’ll find a wide variety of goods on sale including antiques, golf supplies, jewelry, clothing, cooking utensils, handmade goods, tools, trinkets and everything in between. The market is located on Highway 17 next to Wild Water & Wheels. The market is open on select days of the week from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Or, if you don’t need a specific place to go or have anything in particular you’d like to do, the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet is a great place to go for a stroll  to take in views of the Inlet, check out some of the best seafood restaurants in the state and maybe see if there’s something you’d be interested in doing at the Crazy Sister Marina. From fishing charters to kayak tours to the pirate adventures tour for younger vacationers, there’s probably something that’ll tickle your fancy at this marina.

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