On a particularly nice day, stop into Myrtle Beach State Park after Backyards & Beyond sessions. Myrtle Beach State Park was the first State Park to open in South Carolina back in 1936, and allows for a number of great activities and scenery, with boardwalks, beaches, nature trails and campgrounds.
Along a one-mile stretch of undeveloped beach, you can hunt for shells and shark teeth, or take a dip in the Atlantic. Fishing is allowed on the pier, although a fishing license is required, and can be purchased at local bait shops.
Take a stroll along the Sculptured Oak Nature Trail, which the park’s website declares “a rare opportunity to see one of the last stands of maritime forest on the northern coast of South Carolina.” Let your eyes take in a variety of beautiful trees and plants as well as native birds, reptiles and amphibians. You can even grab a birding list on the website for birdwatching help! The trail runs for a half-mile, and joins up with another trail of similar length, the Yaupon Trail. Both trails are designated as easy, and lead to beaches and boardwalks.
Visit the State Park’s website for more details on activities, fees, rules and regulations, as well as information on the species of plants and animals within the park. The website also offers materials for scavenger hunts.
Regular admission is just a few dollars, and the park is open from 6 am to 10 pm. Be sure to stop in the gift shop on your way out and grab some ice cream. The park will be a great getaway into the beauty of nature, although if you really can’t get away from your devices, there is free Wi-Fi!