Much of the green space along South Carolina’s sandy Grand Strand is either uninhabited salt marshland or golf course acreage. Despite a moderate lack of greenery, this picturesque region masterfully boasts 60 miles of sugary white beaches. After all, the warm sand, teal waves, and baby blue skies are what draw people to our sunlit city. From time to time, however, families often ask about the best parks in Myrtle Beach, SC. Some have a general curiosity about our diverse ecosystem, while others simply wish to hike, bike, or bird for an afternoon. You’ll be happy to hear that Ocean Annie’s Resorts is a short drive from two state parks, a particularly tranquil bike path, and vibrant Lowcountry botanical gardens.
The Best Parks in Myrtle Beach, SC
Below, we highlight some of the most popular parks in Myrtle Beach, SC. We’ll be branching out to the Grand Strand’s Lowcountry. It’s important to note that Murrells Inlet (our neighbors to the south) play an essential role in our city’s tourism. Let’s start with Myrtle Beach State Park, a jewel in the heart of the city on southerly Kings Highway.
What makes Myrtle Beach State Park so uniquely alluring is its diverse visual appeal. Not many U.S. state parks provide a sugary beach, state-of-the-art fishing pier, maritime forest, 2.5-mile wildlife loop, and novice-friendly surf. There are over 300 acres to explore on foot. Or, you can explore the placid beach. Many visitors utilize the park’s fishing pier as it sees much less foot traffic than other similarly-constructed docks.
Yes, Huntington Beach State Park technically lies in neighboring Murrells Inlet, but it’s just a short drive from the Boardwalk and Promenade. A visit to the state park should be combined with a stroll through the marvelous Brookgreen Gardens, a 90-year-old cultural center that’s home to a colorful botanical garden, figurative sculptures, and even a zoo. The state park itself, however, is among the most beloved attractions on the Grand Strand, mainly because of the Atalaya Castle, the former home of the Huntingtons. Wildlife, such as alligators, frequent the landscape, and the birdwatching is among the finest in the Carolinas.
Valor Memorial Garden, located on the edge of The Market Common, lies adjacent to Grand Park’s baseball complex. Families can enjoy a picnic near the flagpoles, walk around the pond, or do a bit of shopping. Bicyclists, meanwhile, utilize the Memorial Garden as a brief resting place, as the 5.6-mile Market Common bike path swoops on past the park. The bike path is flat, quiet, and undeniably scenic. Yes, you’ll cycle through some residential areas, but the trail does meander into pristine wilderness, dotted with swaying palms, serene ponds, and colorful birds. The Market Common bike path remains one of the quietest parks in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The Perfect Ocean Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC
After a full day of beach fun, deep-sea fishing, and state park exploration, slip on down to Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar for some live music and tasty cocktails. Sands Ocean Club and Sands Beach Club remain two of the most enticing oceanfront hotels in Myrtle Beach, SC, primarily because of their collective affordability, exclusive beach accessibility, and, of course, the nightlife at Ocean Annie’s. Don’t forget that a stay also includes free water park access, a business kiosk, and discounts at the nation’s finest golf courses. Please give us a call today at 888-999-8081 to speak with a reservationist (or check availability online).