Outdoor Family Excursions for South Carolina

• Myrtle Beach: Trip Advisor featured Myrtle Beach as one of the best beach vacation destinations that aren't just beach spots, calling it a charming seaside city with entertainment options such as Ripley's Aquarium, The Hollywood Wax Museum and Polynesian Fire Luau.  
• Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center (Murrells Inlet): Huntington Beach State Park opened a new nature center after its previous center was destroyed in a lightning strike fire four years ago. The new nature center is a $1.2 million investment and features a birding area, a classroom, and an exhibit area with an ocean animal touch tank, and live reptile tanks.
• Croft State Park (Spartanburg): Croft State Park is an ideal place to welcome springtime, with 2.5 miles of hiking trails and more than 20 miles of biking trails. Along with hiking and biking, fishing, boating, and paddling are available for visitors of all ages looking to take to the water. There are three picnic shelters perfect for an outdoor lunch, and 50 campsites available for RV or tent camping. As a bonus, the park is pet-friendly so your four-legged companions can join.
• “A Little Birdie Told Me” Carolina Wren Scavenger Hunt (Anderson): Hidden in plain sight, Downtown Anderson is dotted with small bronze replicas of the Wren bird, making for a fun scavenger hunt while experiencing all downtown has to offer. Clues & map can be found online, or visitors can pick up a map from the Visitors Center (110 Federal St. Suite 8 Anderson, SC 29627)
• Coastal Expeditions Dolphin & History Boat Cruise (Beaufort): Cruise along the waterfront as the captain shares stories about local history, beginning with Native American sand into Spanish exploration, followed by the French settlement and English colonization. Along the way, spot playful bottlenose dolphins, nesting bald eagles, and ospreys on the hunt. The 1.5hour-long tour is the perfect introduction to Beaufort’s incredible history and abundant wildlife.
• American Surf Parks (Myrtle Beach): Myrtle Beach will soon be home to South Carolina's first man-made surf park, called American Surf Park. The park's surfing lagoon will generate up to1,000 waves per hour, with heights between 2-6 feet. The development will also include an amphitheater to accommodate up to 15,000 people. Preliminary renderings of the park have been completed and the build is expected to begin in 2021.


Posted by: South Carolina Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Posted on: 22/12/2021

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Outdoor Family Excursions for South Carolina

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