Spend the Day Exploring Myrtle Beach State Park

Your trip to Myrtle Beach is sure to be full of fun in the sun, exploring the stunning beaches and beautiful natural sites of the area. While you’re in town, be sure to plan a trip to Myrtle Beach State Park! This gorgeous attraction offers plenty of entertainment for the whole family and is just moments away from our Myrtle Beach vacation rentals. Here’s everything you need to know before you go! 

sea birds flying over the ocean

History of the Park

In the early 1930s, the United States had begun to establish national parks and conservation areas to combat the environmental damage that had emerged because of erosion in the East and the dustbowl in the West. South Carolina was one of the first states to embrace the new program called the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which served to address these environmental needs while also providing much-needed employment opportunities during the Great Depression.

South Carolina was one of the first states to jump on board with this new program. In the early days of the CCC, quite a few state parks were established all throughout South Carolina, and (you guessed it!) Myrtle Beach State Park was one of them, opening in 1936. In fact, several of the original buildings constructed here in the 1930s are still in use today, almost 100 years later. 

sand piper on the beach

Things to Do

This incredible state park in Myrtle Beach, SC, has tons of outdoor activities and learning opportunities that the whole family can get in on. Many people enjoy visiting the park to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Bird watching is a popular hobby here, with species such as blue-winged teal, peregrine falcon, black tern, least sandpiper, and more! Fishing at Myrtle Beach is a favorite pastime as well; anglers don’t even need to purchase a fishing license to fish from the pier, though they will need to pay a fee for the day.

Of course, one of the best parts of Myrtle Beach State Park is the beach! There’s plenty of shoreline for everyone to spread out their towels, and lifeguards are on duty from mid-May through mid-September to keep your family safe. If your kids would rather stay on dry land, there are two main playgrounds for them to run around. You can enjoy a meal at the picnic shelters, hike along the trails, go horseback riding, or even explore North Myrtle Beach on bike rentals!

Myrtle Beach State Park also has plenty of educational opportunities for you to partake in. Participate in a guided tour and let a park ranger tell you all about the fascinating nature around you, or head into the Education Center to get a hands-on look for yourself. Don’t miss out on the outdoor wildlife habitat and the Nature Center, where you can get up close to beautiful creatures like birds and butterflies!

hammock by the bea

Hours and Location

Myrtle Beach State Park is located at 4401 South Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. From March through November, they are open daily from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. From December through February, they are open daily from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 65+, $4 for children ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under. 

On your next visit to South Carolina, make sure to check out this incredible attraction and any of the other state parks near Myrtle Beach! The easiest way to have this park and the other great destinations of the city within easy reach is by staying in one of our Barefoot golf villas in Myrtle Beach. Contact us today to learn more!