By now, just about everyone is ready to get out of the winter rut. The weather is warming up and it’s about time we started working on those beach bodies. If you’re like me, the problem isn’t just figuring out how to start getting more active again, but how to stay interested in being active throughout the warmer seasons.
Have fun while staying active! South Carolina offers some really cool experiences that you may have missed in the past, but this year, you don’t have to worry about missing out. Whether you’re looking for intense exercise or just some light morning or evening activity to get you started, hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for!
There’s something for everyone!
1. Sculptured Oak Trail & Yaupon Trail
I lumped these two together because they are both located in Myrtle Beach State Park. Sculptured Oak Trail is .5 miles long, and Yaupon Trail is .4 miles. However, if you want to make your walk a little longer, you can do both! There is a parking area that you can walk across to get to each trail from the other. Both lead to the beach, so you can relax with a beautiful view after your walk (or run)! **Admission to Myrtle Beach State Park is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-15, free for kids under 5.**
2. McLean Park
Dogs need exercise, too! Besides, let’s face it…when your dog knows you’re going for a run without them, it’s the ultimate betrayal. McLean Park is kid AND dog friendly, offering 2 playgrounds and a .5 mile paved walking path with a fitness trail and tennis courts so you can still get a workout in! It’s fun for the whole family! You can even make a day out of it and bring a picnic and sit in the gazebo.
3. Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island State Park is home to 10 different trails! Odds are, even if you’ve been there before, you haven’t hiked/biked all of them. Ranging from .2 miles to 2.3 miles, you can get as much out of it as you want to! The trails are closed during the winter months, but once they are open, you can enjoy the forests and marshes that coastal South Carolina has to offer. You can also visit the lighthouse, marsh, or docks to get a fantastic sunset view. **Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-15, and free for kids under 5. Lighthouse admission is $2 per person.**
4. Kayak, Paddleboard, and Crabbing Rentals
When you’re near the salt marsh creeks in Pawley’s Island or Litchfield Beach, how are you not tempted to go kayaking?! Kayaking has to be one of my favorite spring/summer pastimes… and Pawley’s Kayaks offers a one stop shop for your water sport materials. They have rentals available for crabbing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding…even cornhole to complete your day on the beach! Check out their website for more info on the prices and rental packages. http://www.pawleyskayaks.com/
5. Bike the Neck
The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway spans 12 (paved) miles total and runs parallel to US 17, starting at Murrell’s Inlet and ending in Pawley’s Island. The ride takes you through a slew of pines, oaks, and wetlands. Looking for a shorter ride? There is a spot around the 3 mile mark where you can loop around and complete a 6 mile total ride around the western border of the park.
6. Cooper River Bridge Race
The Cooper River Bridge Race is an annual 10k that is open to anyone! Whether you want to run, jog, walk, or if you’re in a wheelchair, they have opportunities for you to participate. This year’s
race is held on April 7th of 2018, starts at 8 a.m. and spans from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston. To participate costs as low as $35 is you get the tickets early, but can go as high as $55 when the date gets closer, so it’s definitely better to get the tickets sooner rather than later. You can still register today by clicking the link!
7. Run for the Children 5k
Run for the Children is held in Murrell’s Inlet on April 14th, 2018 and starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Garden City Chapel. It is open to all age groups and abilities, hosting 10 different age groups from under 10 years old to 80 years and older! If you’re the type of person who needs a reason to work out, this is the work out you’re looking for. The Run for the Children 5k benefits the Children’s Home Ministry and the funds raised contribute to hosting children’s homes at the GCC retreat and treating the children to local activities. Registration is anywhere from $20-$30 depending on when you decide to sign up. Register today by clicking the link! https://localraces.com/events/murrells-inlet-sc/run-for-the-children-5k
8. Folly Beach Yoga
Are you the type of person who likes (or needs) to strengthen and relax at the same time? If you love the beach, you’ll love beach yoga. Folly Beach Island Yoga offers classes, group,and private yoga sessions all in the refreshing company of the morning sun and the soothing waves. Passes are $12 for an hour long session. Some friendly suggestions..be sure to remember sunscreen and LOTS of water. It gets pretty hot out there! If you are a yoga enthusiast and haven’t tried beach yoga, I would highly recommend it. Get passes and check out their available schedules here: http://follybeachislandyoga.com/class-schedule/follly-beach-yoga-class-weekends-things-to-do/beach-yoga
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810 Hwy 17 South
Surfside Beach, South Carolina, SC 29575
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Funky Fresh is a new local, furniture, antique, and decor shop located right on the coast of beautiful South Carolina. They specialize in interior design and unique antiques that will spice up any home or office. They offer items at affordable prices and treat every customers with a sense of Southern Hospitality. Their collection of fringe, vintage items is a must see for any local or tourist!
A delightful find during our two-month stay at the coast during Hurricane Matthew clean-up, Fringe provided those vintage touches to make my Thanksgiving table look more like home away from home.
–Naomi Gingerich on Facebook
New local, independent small business owner. Awesome finds that will spark your imaginative and creative energy with so much to choose from for every area of your home or yard. A MUST VISIT centrally located, very quaint and charming shop in Surfside Beach. Friendly owners who have selected exciting treasures for you to discover here.
–Della Robinson-Melton on Facebook
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
A&A Garage Door Solutions is a highly rated garage door installation and repair company. They offer both commercial and residential garage door installations as well as garage door repair. For residential installations, A&A provide a number of different ways to customize your garage door by changing the color, glass, wood pattern, hardware and material. They have many options for commercial installation and have experience with firehouses, warehouses and more. A&A Garage Door Solutions can handle any garage door situation in the Murrells Inlet and Garden City area.
Prompt response, friendly customer service. Fixed a broken coil on the electric garage door perfectly, and now it works like new. Better prices than any one else we called. Highly recommended.
–Tony Harrisson on Google Reviews
The BEST! Friendly, informative, punctual, honest… and Fair Price. You can’t go wrong with A&A. I give them an “A”!
-John Campbell on Google Reviews
A&A Garage Door Solutions provides great service for both installations and repairs at great prices. If you have any garage door needs look no further than A&A.
A&A Garage Door Solutions is located in Murrells Inlet
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In and Out Paint is a local business located at the end of Carolina Forest that specializes in paint related jobs and repairs with over 15 years of experience.
In business since 2013 In and Out Paint is owned by Oscar Sanchez, and proudly serves the Horry County, South Carolina area. They do painting, molding, power washing, and a number of other interior and exterior services. They take pride in being detailed, innovative, and outstanding in their work. “From Start to Finish” they do the job right. Give them a call today to set up and appointment and solve all your paint dreams!
Oscar is a great guy who cares about the job he does, a true perfectionist. He put up chair railings and painted our whole house inside, and did a great job. We will definitely have him do more work for us. Thanks Oscar!
–Debbie Carver Lashley on Facebook
Can’t say enough about Oscar’s job performance. Even with setbacks from Hurricane Matthew, he stayed in touch with me. Showed up when planned and did quality work at a competitive price. Hiring again for more projects
–Gayle S. McClanahan on Facebook
Outstanding work! Couldn’t ask for a better job or a nicer person. Room is brand new. Highly recommended.
–Jennifer Hotai Williamson on Facebook
CLOSED DURING FALL & WINTER SEASON
7th Ave Cafe is a highly rated cafe with excellent food and fantastic service and is best known for their many delicious breakfast options. Customers rave about their crepes and omelettes while their waffles and Second Cup brand coffee are top notch. They use fresh, tasty ingredients in their food and cultivate a friendly and welcoming environment for all to enjoy.
This is the Perfect place to relax and eat. The food is fresh and cooked to perfection
. The atmosphere is calm and welcoming. You wouldn’t want to leave. And Monem is very polite kind and attentive. This is by far the best place to eat while in Myrtle Beach. I think I will be back to Myrtle Beach just for 7th Ave Cafe
Great food and wonderful service! The food is made from real ingredient
s and very fresh. Will definitely be eating here again! A must try!
-Jennifer Dixon on Facebook
Whether you’re a local beginning a work day or a tourist enjoying a vacation, 7th Ave Cafe is the perfect place to get your morning started.
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Located on 7th Avenue off of S Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach!
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Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:00am-2:00am
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Called “The Biggest Little Bar in Town”, OD Arcade & Lounge is a favorite locals and visitors hangout. It is located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina…The mecca of The Dance of the South, The Shag. It’s a quick walk from the beach, where many people spend time on the sand and waters before going in for a drink or meal. You can enjoy live bands, karaoke, shag dance events, the latest in state of the art arcade games, billiards, dance floor, and DJ lineup & more!
This is a place that always has a great DJ, plenty of good eats and we always see someone we know when we go. Lots of food, fun and laughter!
Wonderful place to make new friends and to shag
[infobox color=”blue”]The atmosphere is fun and incredible for all ages! This is one of the best places to sing or watch people do karaoke, dance, and perform in live bands. It is one of the best places to experience nightlife on the Grand Strand! [/infobox]
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Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, SC!
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Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:30am-2:30am
Calda’s Coal Fire Pizza & Sports Bar is a worth while destination for those who seek the highest-quality pizza. Not only are the first and only coal fire pizzeria on the Grand Strand, they use only the finest and freshest local ingredients. Included on their menu are Italian specialties like, homemade meatballs & ricotta, hero’s(made with Boar’s Head meats), and a wide variety of pizzas. One of their unique dishes is the clam pizza. Located on the corner of a large shopping plaza, it’s within short distance from popular sights like the Skywheel and the beach.
After moving to the area we have been unlucky in locating pizza like we had back home until Calda’s opened up. We love the people who work here, the food is amazing, and best of all the kids love it too.. The fresh ingredients never disappoint. If you are in the area and want a thin crust, fresh ingredients, great music, and awesome atmosphere Calda’s is the place.
[infobox color=”blue”]We recommend trying their pizza…once you’ve eaten here, you’ll see why it’s a hidden gem. Calda’s Coal Fire Pizza has happy hour from 4pm-8pm. They also deliver! [/infobox]
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Located near the beach!
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Hours: Tue-Thu: 4:30pm-10pm
As you walk into SeaBlue Restaurant, you are immersed. SeaBlue has a sophisticated luxurious ambiance and something more. SeaBlue boasts a hip, urban bar setting – South Beach meets Myrtle Beach. Artwork by regional artists adorns the walls and modern lighting helps to create an atmosphere that is both relaxing and exhilarating. Walk by the bar and experience exquisite mosaic tiles that color-shift as you pass. A menu that transcends the current mainstream offerings. SeaBlue brings the delicacies from the Blue Sea and from under the Blue Sky with inspired creativity and talent from their award winning chefs.
I went with my daughter for dinner and we both had the tasting menu, I also had the wine pairings. I am from the metro DC area and have eaten at some very nice places. This is one of the best meals I have ever had. Perfection! The food and wine were amazing!! Thank you for a memorable evening for the last night of our Myrtle Beach vacation!
–Joan Sparks on Facebook
[infobox color=”blue”]SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar won #1 Restaurant in America 2014 and Top 100 Restaurants in Amercia 2013! They also use only the finest ingredients, use organic produce, and strives to source all their seafood locally when in season. [/infobox]
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Located near Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach!
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Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-6pm
Retro Active has the best of pop culture from the 70s, 80s, 90s & beyond! Located inside of Broadway at the Beach, in the Charleston shops, it is on the same side as Ripley’s Aquarium. They have a unique variety of pop culture items like t shirts, buttons, and lunchboxes. You’ll find nostalgic items that pay tribute to celebrities, bands, movies, and games. This is great for fans of Zelda, Beetlejuice, ACDC, Gremlins, Walking Dead, or Big Bang Theory!
I love this store! My Gremlins koozie is a must for the summer months! Excellent tshirt selection!
–Sommer Graham on Facebook
[infobox color=”blue”] Retro Active is great for fans of unique gifts and hits of popular culture. It’s a must-see if you’re in Broadway at the Beach. They offer a 15% off discount to locals! [/infobox]
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Located in the Charleston Shops area of Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach!
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