July 10, 2013

Discover the Hammock Coast, So Much to Do in Murrells Inlet!

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Murrells Inlet is at one end of the “Hammock Coast” of South Carolina. It’s a fun casual place, and the Lazy Gator is right in the center of all the action!

MURRELLS INLET

Legendary Murrells Inlet is the place where hushpuppies were invented, where Blackbeard and other pirates of the high seas stashed their ill-gotten booty and where local and visitor alike have reported the chance meeting with one of the Inlet’s local ghosts. Infamous for being the Seafood Capital of the south, Seafood lovers, get ready to meet your match! Murrells Inlet, SC, a sleepy little fishing village on a protected inlet, boasts some of the best seafood in the entire South!  Mouth watering hushpuppies and fresh from the dock seafood tempt more than just the palette.  The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a boardwalk that borders the banks of the Inlet, and allows visitors to truly experience the salt-marsh ecosystem.  A leisure stroll is always welcome, although restaurants, shops, parasailing, jet skiing and fishing excursions can all be accessed from the marshwalk.

If you truly want to experience all that Murrells Inlet has to offer, don’t miss these must see and do activities:

1. Stroll along the marshwalk and satisfy your taste buds at Spud’s Waterfront Dining, Dead Dog Saloon, CreekRatz, Captain Dave’s Dockside, Drunken Jack’s, Divine’s Fish House, Wahoo’s, Bovine’s and more! And after dinner, take in the nightlife at one of the many bars or the locals favorite – Hot Fish Club.

2. Sail out of the Wacca Wache Marina on the The Waccamaw Lady, a 60‘ Pontoon Boat, for the Plantation River Tour. From the shaded deck you’ll cruise along the river as  a historian narrates your cruise about the history, mystery, and legends and Rice Plantations that once graced the river banks. Along the ride you will see remnants of the south’s most notorious rice plantations, trunk gates, slave cabins, moss-laden oaks, alligators, eagles and osprey.

3. Visit Huntington Beach State Park. Located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, near the world renowned Brookgreen Gardens, this oceanfront state park offers camping, fishing, coastal hiking trails and general access to three miles of remote, unspoiled beach. The park’s freshwater lagoon, salt marsh, maritime forest and beach are outstanding examples of the state’s natural coastal environment. These also provide such prime habitat for birds that the park is widely recognized as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast. Surrounded by some 2,500 acres of native flora and fauna, the park offers many observation decks and walking trails to further enhance your enjoyment. Explore Atalaya Castle – also located within Huntington Beach State Park, visit the site of the Spanish-style castle Atalaya, former winter home and studio of noted American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.

4. Bike the Neck – Cycling Enthusiasts Murrells Inlet is the place for you! Bike the Neck along the bike trail from Murrells Inlet to Pawleys Island. Stop in and visit our friends at Grand Strand Cycles in Murrells Inlet for information on area rides and bicycle rentals.

5. Go Crabbing! For drop basket crabbing, the crab dock at Morse Park Landing or Veteran’s Pier are good spots. For hand line “old-style” crabbing, the best place is at the oyster shell recycling area. This area is just south of the southern split of Highway 17 Bypass and 17 Business.

6. Take a peek at the goats and peacocks on Goat Island – “Goat Island” is just behind Drunken Jack’s Restaurant on the MarshWalk. For over 25 years, the owners of Drunken Jack’s Restaurant have kept the two unlikely breeds together on the island to keep the underbrush down. They are put on the island during mid-Spring and taken off during late Fall along with gorgeous peacocks. The beautiful plumage of the male peacock is an amazing sight to see. Ducks, egrets, herons and pelicans also enjoy the island from time to time. Sitting on the back deck of Drunken Jacks’, it’s a conversation starter, and it’s definitely “an Inlet Thing.”

7. Relax and retreat at Ebb & Flow Art Co-op. Ebb & Flow Art Co-op is a gallery and coffee house in Murrells Inlet that boasts a hefty array of local talent. The unique art and furniture is created by established artisans that have been working in the area for years as well as some fresh new talent.

8. Pirate Adventure – Watch your lil’ pirates transform with dress-up, FREE face painting and tattoos and learn some pirate lingo before setting sail on an hour and fifteen minute long action packed pirate adventure.  Once on board, young pirates will learn the rules of the Sea Gypsy pirate ship, read a treasure map, discover a secret message in a bottle, and work as a team to defeat the enemy pirate with our famous water cannons!  The mates will use all of their might to hoist the treasure from the seas below. Each child takes with them a handful of loot and a lifetime of authentic pirate tales to tell.

9. Explore the zoo, gardens, lowcountry trail and admire the sculpture at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens.

10. A boaters Paradise – stop in at Captain Dicks or Express Watersports for boat charters and rentals from Deep Sea Fishing,  ParaSailing, JetSkis, Sightseeing Cruises, SaltWater Marsh Explorers, Pirate Adventure Voyages and Dolphin cruises.