Myrtle Beach for Nature Lovers

Venture off the beaten path and discover the great outdoors

Ready to get wild on your vacation? Venture off the beaten path and discover the great outdoors, Myrtle Beach, SC, style. You’ll escape the daily grind when you surround yourself in the diverse flora and fauna of South Carolina’s lowcountry. Whether you prefer flip flops or hiking shoes, the natural excursions here are a breath of fresh air for the whole family.

First things first: setting up camp in the great indoors. You’re going to want to cool off and relax in comfort after all your outdoor activity. Explore your options for North Myrtle Beach from Vantage that put you just a short drive away from these top natural attractions and activities:

Brookgreen Gardens: A retreat for the senses

The butterfly garden is a delight for all ages.

Spanning more than 9,000 meticulously curated acres, Brookgreen Gardens is accurately billed “a unique melding of art, nature and history.” You could spend days here and still not see it all. (The guided tours will help you cover the essentials.)

Brookgreen is home to the country’s largest collection of American figurative sculpture—more than 2,000 pieces by over 400 artists set against a lush garden backdrop. There are also three indoor galleries with smaller but no less impressive works.  

Speaking of garden backdrops, beauty is always in bloom in Brookgreen’s Botanical Gardens—a natural masterpiece that draws visitors from around the world. Among the most impressive displays: the 250-year-old Live Oaks towering overhead on Live Oak Allée. The butterfly garden with four wings is a delight for all ages. Stroll through a series of more formal, masterfully designed gardens bursting with color and fragrance.

The Lowcountry Zoo allows you to get close to and learn about animals native to the Myrtle Beach area that are feeling the strain of rapid development. Alligators, bald eagles, river otters, red and grey foxes, and many species of waterfowl call the zoo home.

Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been named the in the top 10 Public Gardens by Coastal Living Magazine and top 10 South Carolina attractions by USA Today.

Huntington Beach State Park: A stroll back in time

Observe birds and other wildlife.

Just across the highway from Brookgreen Gardens you’ll find Huntington Beach State Park—2,500 acres of natural treasures offering a welcome break from the busier beaches on the Grand Strand.

Enjoy the sun and surf here with over three miles of beachfront, with convenient restrooms and shower facilities. Fishing is permitted along certain sections of the beach with a South Carolina salt water fishing license.

Be sure to take a tour of Atalaya—the historic winter home that once belonged to the park’s namesakes, Archer and Anna Huntington. (Anna created some of the sculptures on display at Brookgreen.) The sprawling one-story house, inspired by Moorish architecture from the Mediterranean coastline, boasts over 30 rooms, a large courtyard and its own water tower.

Huntington Beach State Park’s hiking trails cater to a variety of outdoor enthusiasts, with several spots to observe birds and other wildlife. For something a little different and definitely memorable, book a tour of the park by Segway PT Glide from Myrtle Beach Segway.

Myrtle Beach State Park: An escape from the crowds

Myrtle Beach State Park

No nature lover’s itinerary would be complete without a visit to Myrtle Beach State Park—nearly a mile of wide, uncrowded seashore, along with miles of hiking trails, a beachfront boardwalk, picnic facilities and a peaceful fishing pier.

The hiking trails offer a relatively easy and flat trek throughout the park. You’ll see large sections of undisturbed maritime forest. Interpretive signs along the way help you identify different tree species.

Try your luck on the fishing pier and you could take home dinner of king and Spanish mackerel, flounder, red drum, bluefish, sea trout and other game fish known to frequent the area. You pay a nominal fee to enter the pier, but no license is required.

Depending on when you drop by, you may be able to visit the park’s Nature Center for family-friendly educational programs and meet some friendly critters.

The Waccamaw River: An enchanting excursion

The banks are lined with cypress trees tufts of Spanish moss

Drive just 15 minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach and you’ll discover one of South Carolina’s most breathtaking natural attractions—the Waccamaw River. The banks are lined with cypress trees and their trademark tufts of Spanish moss. Flowing water and songbirds are the only sounds you’ll hear.  

Try a guided eco-tour by kayak of the Waccamaw and its nearby creeks and swamps with the folks at Black River Outdoors. Fishing and birding tours are also available.

The crew at Waccamaw River Tours [offer narrated nature and wildlife excursions by boat, where you’ll learn about the history of the area and all the creatures that make it their home.

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Cool off and relax in comfort.

Finding your perfect vacation rental comes naturally to our team. We can’t wait to help you plan your memorable Myrtle Beach, SC, vacation. 

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About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit, and

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