Best Parks in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand
Where are the Best Parks in Myrtle Beach?
When you think of life in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, the ocean and beautiful beaches are likely the first thing that comes to mind. However, the Grand Strand has much more to offer local explorers. Here are a few of our favorite parks and outdoor spaces in the Grand Strand:
Brookgreen Gardens – Pawleys Island, SC
No list of the best parks would be complete without Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark that is also ranked as one of the ten best public gardens in the United States by TripAdvisor. This 9,100 acre wildlife refuge and sculpture garden has a bit of something for everyone – art, stunning flowers and plants, plenty of history, and of course, the wildlife.
Chapin Memorial Park – Myrtle Beach, SC
This picturesque park frequently serves as the “venue” for Art in the Park events. The shaded pergola walkway is perfect for a late-afternoon stroll and the park features plenty of playtime equipment for kids of all ages.
Conway Riverwalk – Conway, SC
Located in Historic Downtown Conway, the Riverwalk is a cherished part of the local heritage. The simple rustic charm of the wooden boardwalk along the Waccamaw River and waterfront gazebo make it a favorite of locals for everything from photography to picnics.
Hobcaw Barony – Georgetown, SC
While technically just south of the Grand Strand, the Hobcaw Barony is definitely worth the trip. One of the oldest surviving plantation settlements in South Carolina, the Hobcaw Barony features a 16,000 acre wildlife refuge and with a diverse set of different types of ecosystems on the property, it is a favorite of environmental researchers and enthusiasts alike. The property also is home to more than 70 cultural historic sites including slave cabins, cemeteries, and the Baruch family home.
Warbird Park – Myrtle Beach, SC
Warbird Park is situated on Farrow Parkway in the Market Common neighborhood of Myrtle Beach. Created in honor of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base that previously resided there, the park includes 3 Air Force planes (an A-7, A-10, and F-100) and a memorial wall. A unique feature of the park is a clear view of the runway of the current Myrtle Beach International Airport.
Huntington Beach State Park – Murrells Inlet, SC
One of the most popular state parks along the coastline, Huntington Beach State Park is a particular favorite with the most enthusiastic bird-watchers, hosting a stunning array of feathered locals. The park offers plenty of walking trails and some of the most pristine beach areas to be found on the Grand Strand. The history buffs in your family will enjoy the tours of the famous Atalaya Castle.
Our list is just a snapshot of the fascinating parks and outdoor spaces the Grand Strand has to offer. While the beaches and stunning Atlantic Ocean may be what brings people to the Myrtle Beach area, there are so many more places to explore!