Did you know Myrtle Beach is home to the first State Park to open in South Carolina? Myrtle Beach State Park opened in 1936 and is known for its beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, coastal wildlife, and pier fishing. It’s also features one of the last stands of Maritime Forest on the northern coast of South Carolina. While you’re vacationing with Brittain Resorts, make plans to spend a day exploring Myrtle Beach State Park. Here’s a sample itinerary that will help you maximize your day discovering all there is to do and see at the state park.
6am – Arrive to Myrtle Beach State Park
Arrive and find a place to park. Grab a blanket and your fresh cup of coffee as you find a spot on the beach to catch the morning sunrise.
6am to 8am – Watch the Sunrise
Relish the calm and serene peace of the early morning. Time of sunrise can vary depending on the time of year. Feel the calm salty breeze as you wiggle your toes in the sand, watching the sun break across the horizon and the sky burst into color. It’s the perfect time to snap a few pictures!
8am to 11am – Catch a Fish from the Pier
Visit the Pier Gift Shop and load up on everything you’ll need to spend the morning attempting to catch a fish on the pier. You can rent fishing rods, get your fishing pass and buy some bait. Although you don’t need a South Carolina fishing license to fish from the pier, you do need to pay a small fee ($5 or less) for a daily fishing pass. Depending on the season, you might catch a flounder, amberjack, barracuda, sea bass, cobia, red drum, or king mackerel – just to name a few. Even if you don’t reel in any keepers, you’re sure to reel in some fun!
11:30am to 12:30pm – Have a Picnic
There are picnic tables and shelters throughout the park. Find a shelter and take your lunch break in the shade. If you brought sandwiches you’re all set, or if you brought more of a feast, there are charcoal grills available where you can grill up some hamburgers and hotdogs. No matter what you packed to eat, you’re sure to enjoy dining in nature.
12:30pm to 2pm – Go for a Scavenger Hunt and Play Scavenger Hunt Bingo
Spend some time after lunch learning more about Myrtle Beach State Park and the plants and wildlife that call it home. The park offers a scavenger hunt that takes approximately 1 hour and takes you on a 1 mile walk as you attempt to find all the items on the list. Up for some friendly competition? See who gets bingo first as you and your family explore the trails and beach in search of checking off the items on your list. There are two game options – Maritime Forest Bingo and Beach-Maritime Grassland Bingo. Loser buys the group ice cream from the Pier Gift Shop. You can pick up these games at the Nature Center or print them off from the Myrtle Beach State Park website ahead of time.
2pm to 4pm – Play on the Beach
Take a break from all that exploring and soak up some sunshine on the beach. You can comb the sand for shells or sharks teeth or simply relax on a chair and enjoy a good book. And depending on the time of year, the ocean is perfect for splashing around in some waves.
5pm to 6pm – Take a Hike
Myrtle Beach State Park offers two nature trails for hiking. Although they’re not intense, uphill hikes, they do offer quite beautiful paths to follow that allow you to discover coastal plants and wildlife. Plus both of the trails end at the beach. The Yaupon Trail is .4 miles and the Sculptured Oak Trail is .5 miles. The Sculptured Oak Nature Trail offers you the rare opportunity to explore one of the last stands of the maritime forest on the northern coast of South Carolina.
6pm to 7pm – Go Bird Watching
The best times to bird watch at the state park are during the spring and fall migration. You can pick up a birding list in the Nature Center and enjoy seeing how many of the variety of species of birds that you can spot. This is a popular park activity and you may discover bald eagles, blue herons, least tern, and more.
7pm – Leave the Park … or Continue to Relax on the Beach
After a day of exploring and discovering all the beauty and fun Myrtle Beach State Park holds, you’re sure to be a little tired. You can either choose to leave the park to find somewhere for dinner or stick around an continue to relax by the ocean. It’s your vacation – so we’ll leave that part up to you. Depending on the time of year you visit, the park either closes at 10pm during peak season or 8pm in the off-season.
If you’re ready to experience an adventure in Myrtle Beach State Park, check out Brittain Resorts’ specials page to see our current deals and offers. We’ll provide the accommodations and point you in the right direction for a fun-filled day at the park.