Inexpensive Outdoor Fun at Myrtle Beach State Park7:00 AM
I was invited out to Myrtle Beach by the CVB, but all words and opinions are my own.
If you've come around the blog a time or two, you know that we are huge fans of the outdoors, and State or National parks in particular. That's why, when we headed to Myrtle Beach for vacation last week, we made sure to stop at Myrtle Beach State Park not once, but twice, for some inexpensive outdoor fun. It is a beautiful park, and although it isn't as large as many that we have visited, it still has a wealth of activities for visiting families. Admission is only $5 for adults, $3 for children, and includes admission into Huntington Beach State Park for the same day too.
The Beach and Pier
Myrtle Beach State Park features 1 mile of prime beachfront property. This is a more secluded beach then you are likely to find in other areas, and often less crowded. The park also features a great pier that is free to walk on, and provides quite a view in either direction. I loved the aged green coloring of the pillars on this pier too. The first day we visited it was too cold to stay for long, but the second day we came it was bright and sunny, which made it hard to drag the boys away from the beach.
Activity and Nature Centers
Like most state parks, this one offers scheduled activities throughout the day. This can range from ranger talks, to guided walks, demonstrations and more. The second day we came to the park, they were giving demonstrations and lessons on the beach about how to throw a cast net.
In addition to the activity center, there is also a great little nature center at Myrtle Beach State Park. It has a well-stocked touch table, a few reptiles and fish on display, and several interactive activities to teach the children responsible fishing, how to maintain and protect the beach, as well as information on what forms waves, tides and so much more. I love centers like this because it allows me to trick the boys into learning something new when they think their just having fun!
Remember that great pier? Well, you can also fish from it. There are plenty of benches setup along the length of the pier, and even some pole holders at the very end. The cost to fish with your own equipment is $5 for ages 16+, $2.50 for ages 6-16, children ages 5 and under are free. If you need to rent equipment, poles can be rented for $7.50 for the whole day.
Although we did not check out the hiking trail, there is one available at Myrtle Beach State Park. The Sculptured Oak Hiking Trail gives you a great look at some of the last bit of maritime forest left on the North coast of the state.
There is a campground available with both standard and full hook-up sites. Rates vary by season, so you will want to visit the Myrtle Beach State Park website for more information.
Have you been to Myrtle Beach State Park with your family, what activities did you enjoy?