Garden City is a beach community in South Carolina that offers more than just fun at the seashore. The nearby fishing village of Murrells Inlet (once the hideout of the infamous pirate Blackbeard) has many other attractions for tourists and locals alike. Known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” it’s also a great spot for nature enthusiasts. Here’s just a few of things you can do in Garden City, South Carolina and the surrounding area, to make your vacation perfect.
Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour
Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour cruises through Murrells Inlet and along the Atlantic coastline. You’ll look for turtles, sharks, jellyfish, rays and other marine life on your trip, in addition to dolphins.
The whole family can enjoy a ride on a boat that features 360-degree viewing and individual, forward-facing seats. Morning tours usually offer the best sea conditions. The trip is appropriate for children ages three and up.
Pirate Adventure Children’s Treasure Hunt
Hop on board the Sea Gypsy at Pirate Adventures Children’s Treasure Hunt, where kids always find treasure and defeat Pirate Pete. The whole family will have fun exploring the high seas together.
When the ship sets sail, the kids raise the crew and battle flags, go on a treasure hunt and have a water cannon battle. Scenic sunset cruises are also available.
Garden City Pavilion Arcade
Garden City Pavilion Arcade is located on the main drag in Murrells Inlet, and is a two-story building with popular, modern games on the first floor and classic arcade games on the second floor. You’ll also find a shootout saloon and racing simulators on the ground floor.
The Pier at Garden City
The family-oriented Pier at Garden City is a great place for fishing and relaxing. There is no charge to walk on the pier, which has a rain shelter at the end. Both locals and visitors can fish from the pier and enjoy the attractions.
The Pier Arcade features games that are fun for everyone to play, and a café complements the pier’s other attractions.
Gilligan’s Island Funland
Gilligan’s Island Funland has two 18-hole mini golf courses with a deserted island theme. The lush course features beautiful plants and trees, and runs through waterfalls, caves and streams. A Spin to Win challenge adds extra fun. When you get a hole in one, you have a chance to win a free game. Well-lit courses and ample parking make it convenient to visit and play.
Wild Water & Wheels
You can cool down in the water and heat up on the track at Wild Water & Wheels in Surfside Beach. Waterpark attractions include speed slides, tube slides, mat slides and different wave pools. Wally’s Lagoon, bumper boats and kiddie rides keep the kids entertained. The Race Zone is a blast for adults and children ages six and up.
Marsh Walk is a half-mile wooden boardwalk along a natural saltwater estuary located in the heart of Murrells Inlet. You can dine in one of several nearby restaurants and enjoy a seafood meal or other delicious dish.
You can also listen to live music year-round at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. Numerous events, like Taste of the MarshWalk and Halloween on the MarshWalk, are held throughout the year.