Many NE Ohio families vacation at Myrtle Beach each year. I remember visiting as a child and now I have the pleasure of watching my children experience the ocean. We truly enjoy our Myrtle Beach trips, so I thought we would share some of the fun things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in case you have the opportunity to travel there.
All About the Myrtle Beach State Park
During our vacation to Myrtle Beach this year, we incorporated a trip to Myrtle Beach State Park. One of the unique things about the park is the combination of the oceanfront location and the acres of trees and greenery.
After arriving at the park we walked down the short path that led to the Nature Center to check out what was inside.
While there we learned a lot about the sea turtles that build their nests on the South Carolina beaches. The guide told as about the recent nest they discovered, how they transfer the nest from the public beaches to the private beach at the park, and invited us to the early morning Sea Turtle Patrol program they host each week. We also had an opportunity to view the sea turtle shell, skull and eggs they had on display.
In addition to the sea turtle shells, there were live animals on display (fish, crabs, snakes and a legless lizard) and a variety of interactive trivia games to learn about nature in South Carolina.
The park sits on a one mile stretch of private beach complete with a fishing pier. While we were there many guests were cooling off in the water and enjoying the sand, sun and warm weather.
We decided to take a walk along the fishing pier and our timing was just right because we had the opportunity to watch a fisherman reel in a fish, which he was nice enough to show to the kids before throwing it back into the ocean.
After our walk on the pier we enjoyed some homemade ice cream from the gift shop.
Trails, Greenery and Camping
There are a variety of hiking trails, campsites, picnic areas and playgrounds scattered throughout the park's beautiful maritime forest. They also have self-led scavenger hunt activities and there are a handful of geocaches located throughout the park for those looking for an extra adventure.
Location, Hours & Admission
Admission: $5 Adults; $3.25 SC Seniors; $3 Children Ages 6-15; FREE Children 5 and Under
Note: Prices are current as of Summer 2013
Myrtle Beach State Park Features & Amenities
- One Mile Beach
- Nature Center with Daily Schedule of Activities
- Hiking Trails
- Fishing Pier
- Gift Shop
- Self led Scavenger Hunt & Geocaching
Wondering where to start? Read the Top 5 Things to do at Myrtle Beach State Park before planning your trip!