Myrtle Beach Golf Courses, Sports, and Outdoor Recreation
Myrtle Beach, also known as The Grand Strand, houses an impressive array of parks for all personalities who visit the area. A multitude of adventure and sports parks, beautiful state parks, and an elegant sculpture garden are all part of The Grand Strand's park resources.
Golf Courses and Sporting Events in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach knows how to have a good time, which is evident in the number of thrill and sports parks in 'Sportstown USA.' With over 120 regulation golf courses and nearly 50 miniature golf courses, Myrtle Beach is also called the 'golf capital of the world.' If you're up for death-defying speed demons and burning rubber, visit the NASCAR SpeedPark, on the Highway 17 Bypass, for stock car racing, racing games and racing simulators. Myrtle Waves Water Park is another place for thrills and spills, with over 30 water rides. Pavilion Amusement Park also offers 40 rides in addition to a haunted house, games and shops.
State Parks and Outdoor Recreation in Myrtle Beach
For adventures of another kind, spend a day or two in one of Myrtle Beach's nearby state parks. Myrtle Beach State Park, four miles south on Highway 17, has 312 acres of beaches and oceanfront land. Activities include camping, renting a cabin, picnicking, fishing and visiting the nature center, not to mention all the swimming, beachcombing and other water activities you can enjoy on the one mile stretch of beach. Take a hike on the 4.4-mile Sculptured Oak Nature Trail for a close-up look at native foliage and wildlife. Huntington Beach is the other nearby state park, three miles south of Murrells Inlet on Highway 17. Activities include some of the state's best birdwatching, embarking on Coastal Exploration 'field trips' to see alligators and marshes and touring the Atalaya castle (the winter home and studio of American sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington).
Gardens and Natural Wonders in Myrtle Beach
Another park that is part of the Huntington Estate is Brookgreen Gardens, with America's first public sculpture garden and the Low Country History & Wildlife Preserve. An ideal way to see both of these sites is to take a Low Country Tour, a 5-hour motorcoach ride. You'll see 900 works of American sculpture nestled among the 50 acres of landscaping. In the Low Country Preserve, you'll see native plants and animal habitats, including aviaries, an otter pond, an alligator swamp and a fox glade. Preserve visitors have three options for seeing the natural habitat: by foot on the Low Country Trail, by boat, or on an overland vehicle tour.
If you love adventure, sports or nature (or all three!) Myrtle Beach is your paradise. With so many park opportunities just waiting for you, you might never go home again!