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Have the Time of Your Life Outdoors in North Myrtle Beach

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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The beach may be what brings most visitors to North Myrtle Beach, but it’s just the start of the recreational offerings this coastal city has to offer.

Whatever your outdoor interests—golf, kayaking, biking, fishing, horseback riding or high-flying adventure—you’ll find it here, and much more.

Here are some of the ways to get outside and get a little exercise:

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex –  Along with three playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic shelters, trails, a three-acre dog park and 10-acre meadow, you’ll find competition-worthy fields for a wide range of sports, including baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, quidditch and flag football. And that’s only half of it. The park also offers Segway and bike tours, a state-of-the-art wakeboarding facility, fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding on a 25-acre lake and a treetop adventure course.

Shark Wake Park – You’ve got two great choices to get wet at this attraction. The wake park offers two cable systems – one beginner and one advanced – to hit the water on a wakeboard, kneeboard, water skis, wakeskates or foil board. Obstacle Island is a large, floating playground with climbing towers, slides, monkey bars and other slippery challenges.

Go Ape! – A two- to three-hour treetop adventure, it’s a combination zip line and ropes course with 40 obstacles, including rope ladders, bridge crossings and zip lines across a 25-acre lake.

Kayaking – Set off on an eco-adventure with one of North Myrtle Beach’s kayaking outfitters—J & L Kayaks, Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions and Glass Bottom Kayak Tours. Offerings include paddles on the Waccamaw River, sunset marsh kayak tours and guided excursions to Waites Island, an unspoiled barrier island across the inlet from Cherry Grove Beach.

Horseback riding – If you’ve always dreamed of horseback riding on the beach, Inlet Point Plantation can turn your fantasy into a reality. The family-owned stables offer guided riding tours on the historic 4,000-acre plantation and the breathtaking beachfront at Waites Island.

North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center – If you’re into swimming but don’t want to do it with the fishes, take some laps in the center’s eight-lane, 25-yard pool. The facility also features a sauna, hot tub and 20-foot waterslide.

Miniature Golf – A staple of any North Myrtle Beach vacation, playing putt putt golf is fun for all ages, whatever your handicap. Among the most popular courses are Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf, Shipwreck Island Adventure Golf and the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association No. 1-rated course, Hawaiian Rumble Minigolf, featuring a massive 40-foot volcano.

Golf – You could fill your days playing golf on North Myrtle Beach’s many outstanding courses. Four of the best—the Norman Course, the Love Course, the Fazio Course and the Dye Course—are located at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Other top contenders include Tidewater Golf Club, Beachwood Golf Club, Surf Golf & Beach Club and Azalea Sands Golf Club.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.