From basking to strolling to running, from paddling to swimming to motoring, there is a lot to do outside on the south end. We’ve put together some tried and true favorites, plus a few surprises, for you to sample.
The beaches on the south end are quieter and less crowded, inviting leisurely strolls to find that perfect shell. Surfside Beach, known as “The Family Beach,” is the only non-smoking beach in the area and public beach accesses have parking, but you’ll have to use paid parking meters. The Surfside Pier provides a fun walk that becomes very exciting when a fisherman reels in the big one!
While you’re in Surfside, make time for a full or half day at Wild Water and Wheels. So much more than a waterpark, there is mini-golf, bumper boats, go-karts and kiddie rides – plus the area’s most exciting waterpark! After a day in the water, pick up a pizza at Papa John’s! There are six locations along the Grand Strand.
Garden City is situated in both Horry and Georgetown Counties, and we suggest a beach day on the Georgetown County end. Kids young and old love the Garden City Pier and surrounding area. Live music plays each night in the summer on both ends of the pier, and the arcades provide the perfect beach entertainment.
Stroll the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet, and see pelicans waiting for morsels from incoming fishing boats. The wide expanse of salt marsh is home to many varieties of shore birds and other wildlife. Crazy Sisters Marina offers deep sea fishing tours, Jet Ski rentals, parasailing and more.
Farther south, Huntington Beach State Park is a paradise for outdoorsmen and women. In addition to gorgeous beaches, weekly kayaking trips give leisurely views of the marshes, and the area is a mecca for bird watchers.
Explore Atalaya while you’re at Huntington Beach State Park, the former home of Anna and Archer Huntington, and a popular site for weddings. Have you ever seen an alligator in the wild? This is the place to find one – the salt and fresh water marshes are home to a wide variety of wildlife, alligators included!
Brookgreen Gardens is known as one of the most beautiful outdoor museums in the country, and well worth a visit. Walking through the beautiful gardens and seeing the amazing sculptures is an experience you should definitely put on the to-do list.
Litchfield Beach has wide sandy shores and plenty of public access. Parking rules are strictly enforced, but parking is free. PawleysKayak.com has kayaks, stand up paddleboards, canoes and more for rent for the adventurous beachgoer. The rental price includes delivery and pickup.
In Pawleys Island, call Surf the Earth (843-235-3500), and learn to surf or paddleboard. They also offer a variety of eco-tours including a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Tour! Parking regulations in Pawleys Island are also very strictly enforced, but public parking is free.
One of the best kept secrets on the south end is Hobcaw Barony, where visitors can take tours rich in southern history and wildlife conservation. In Georgetown, several boat tours are available. See a lighthouse and find some wonderful shells or learn about the rice plantations that made Georgetown County wealthy before the Civil War.
Whatever you choose, spending the day outdoors on the south end will leave you wanting more – and probably leave you hungry as well – check out our dining selections!