Grab that new bathing suit or tee shirt and shorts and get outside! There is so much to do in Myrtle Beach’s great outdoors – and we’ve added a few indoor suggestions to consider when you need a break from the heat!
Sand and Surf
Our beaches are some of the best in the world, and enjoying them is THE reason to visit Myrtle Beach. Along Ocean Boulevard are signs for public beach access points – Myrtle Beach has 42 public access points in total. Some offer parking, and parking meters are in place from March 1 – October 30. Beach wheelchairs are available at no cost on a first come, first serve basis. Call 843-918-1382 and the chair will be delivered to your site by a community service officer. All beaches are patrolled by area police for safety, and rules are strictly enforced. Check with your lifeguard if you are not sure about any of our rules and regulations. Enjoy your days on the beach and don’t forget your sunscreen! Beach umbrellas and chairs are available for rent through your lifeguard.
For a more back-to-nature beach experience, visit Myrtle Beach State Park. Located on the south end of the beach, it features beautiful beaches, a fishing pier, public restrooms, plenty of parking along with nature trails and interesting nature programs for children. Fishing rods, bait and free instruction from the locals are available if you feel like wetting a hook!
Hiking and Bike Trails
If you’re ready to get your sweat on, head to Horry County Bike and Run Park (843-915-5330). Also known as “The Hulk,” the single track mountain bike and running trail starts out with a 30 foot hill climb, and then takes on characteristics of a wooden roller coaster for three fourths of the trail. With a few tight twisty sections, several switchbacks, small hill climbs, ditch digs, dramatic drops, field laps and possible speeds up to 20 mph, this is the closest thing to real mountain biking and trail running that Myrtle Beach has to offer. It truly surprises everyone.
If you like your time outdoors to be a bit more leisurely, the East Coast Greenway has a section in Myrtle Beach that crosses Highway 31 near Carolina Forest. Runners, walkers and cyclists will enjoy this safe and lovely route. Myrtle Beach State Park is also a fun place to walk and hike. Rangers can help you plan your route! The Market Common also has wonderful outdoor spaces to play. Check out the fantastic two mile paved walking and bicycling trail that overlooks the area’s lake and recreational fields.
Fun on Land
If you just don’t feel like getting wet today, head to The Track (see ad on page 15). The Track Recreation Center is one-stop action-packed fun for the whole family, with two multi-level elevated go-kart tracks that give drivers a hybrid go-kart roller coaster experience. You may want to escape the summer heat and get your game on with a visit the indoor and air-conditioned arcade that expands over 5,000 square feet. Broadway Grand Prix (see ad on page 27) is another favorite of visitors with seven go-kart tracks, two 18-hole mini golf courses and an indoor arcade!
Broadway at the Beach is also the home of some of the thrill rides that once were at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion, or you can venture south to experience the Swamp Fox roller coaster, one of 37 rides at the Family Kingdom Amusement Park. The Swamp Fox, a wooden roller coaster, has been a landmark in Myrtle Beach since 1966 and reaches speeds of up to 50 miles per hour!
Locals and visitors alike love strolling on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Opened in 2010, the 1.2 mile oceanfront Myrtle Beach boardwalk is filled with activity, from live music to restaurants and even thrilling rides and attractions, like the SkyWheel, that takes you 200 feet in the air for a scenic ride you’ll never forget! You’ll experience a meandering oceanfront park on the southernmost end and the thrills and excitement increase as you make your way north. Check for summer entertainment from strolling jugglers to a family-friendly Kids Carnival.