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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” this town has an endless supply of great food and awesome activities.

Here are a few things you can do in Garden City, South Carolina and the surrounding area, to make your vacation perfect.

Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour

Heading out on a boat is always a great way to spend the day.

Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour cruises through Murrells Inlet and along the Atlantic coastline. In addition to dolphins, chances are you’ll catch a glimpse of other marine life like turtles, sharks, jellyfish, and rays. 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 also appropriate for children ages three and up.

Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour

Located in Crazy Sister Marina

4123-B US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 651-3676

Pirate Adventure Children’s Treasure Hunt

If you are visiting Garden City, South Carolina with your family and want to treat your kids to something they will definitely remember, hop on board the Sea Gypsy at Pirate Adventures Children’s Treasure Hunt

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.

This awesome themed activity is well priced, and also features private charters plus birthday parties!

Pirate Adventures Children’s Treasure Hunt

Located in: Dead Dog Saloon

4079 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 839-4665

Garden City Pavilion Arcade

Again, this activity may be designed for kids, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love going old school and hitting the arcade?

Garden City Pavilion Arcade is located on the main drag in Murrells Inlet. The grand arcade is a two-story building with popular, modern games on the first floor and classics on the second floor. 

Garden City Pavilion Arcade

103 Atlantic Ave, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 

(843) 651-2770

Eat at Crab Daddy’s Seafood

Stopping into this legendary joint is pretty much mandatory while visiting this charming southern beach town. We guarantee that if you book a rental nearby, you’ll likely be a returning customer. This legendary restaurant is just a short walk from the beach and features an epic seafood buffet with over 100 menu items.

Did someone say all you can eat crab legs? Count me in.

Crab Daddy’s Seafood

3043 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 299-1115

The Pier at Garden City

The family-oriented Pier at Garden City is a great place for fishing and catching an awesome panoramic ocean view. 

There is no charge to walk on the pier, and a bait shop that rents fishing rods. Both locals and visitors can grab a cold drink, eat delicious food, and enjoy the beach vibe.

The Pier at Garden City

110 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576

(843) 651-9700

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

Just like the old school TV show that many of us grew up watching, Gilligan’s Island Funland created a deserted island themed mini golf course.

The two lush 18-hole mini golf courses feature beautiful plants and trees, and run through waterfalls, caves and streams. 

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.

Gilligan’s Island Funland

3009 S Hwy 17, Garden City, South Carolina 29576

(843) 651-4220

Wild Water & Wheels

You can cool it 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.

When you’re done playing in the pools, head on over to The Race Zone to cruise go-karts around the track. Choose between the Speed Racers or slide around on the Slick Track.

For your young ones, check out Wally’s Lagoon, or head over to the Wee Kids Water World, where kids can play under the raindrop fountain, and climb on a variety of floatable characters.

Wild Water & Wheels

910 US-17 BUS, Surfside Beach, SC 29575

(843) 238-3787

Marsh Walk

The Marsh Walk is a half-mile wooden boardwalk along a natural saltwater estuary located in the heart of Murrells Inlet. Watch herons and pelicans stalk through the marsh as they hunt for fish and mollusks in the water.

When you get hungry, grab a fish dinner of your own over at Wahoo’s Fish House, or try one of the six other restaurants along the Marsh Walk.

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.

Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

4025 Hwy 17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Huntington Beach State Park

Take a stroll down Sandpiper Pond Nature trail and see some wildlife at Huntington Beach State Park

Well known for its birdwatching opportunities, this is your chance to catch a glimpse of rosette spoonbills, sandhill cranes, and swallow-tailed kites.

Pack a picnic and enjoy your lunch under the picnic shelters. If not already reserved, the shelters are first-come, first-served, but if you wish you can make a reservation here.

Huntington Beach State Park

16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 237-4440

Brookgreen Gardens

Endless beauty awaits at Brookgreen Gardens, a 9,127 acre estate that offers multiple themed sculpture gardens and botanical gardens. It is a sanctuary to many animal species native to South Carolina. The sculpture gardens contain over 2,000 works of art produced by American artists. They also offer sculpture workshops throughout the year where you can learn to create your own masterpieces.

The Lowcountry Zoo is a safe place for local injured wildlife that otherwise would not survive in the wild. Bald eagles, grey foxes, river otters, and many more call this incredible estate their home.

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 235-6000

Express Watersports

Whether you want to take to the sky, or explore down deep, Express Watersports will take care of your adventure needs. Parasailing is a great way to catch a birds eye view of the Carolina coast line. You can fly to heights of 500 ft with one, two, or three people at a time, so you can share the exhilaration with your friends or family!

Scuba Divers can book tours through shipwrecks from both World War II and even as far back as the Civil War. If you’re not dive certified yet, they offer scuba diving certification to get you ready for your first dive!

If you prefer to stay on top of the water, spend the afternoon on one of their boat or jetski rentals, or relax on the Sunset Happy Hour Cruise.

Express Watersports

4042 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 357-7777

Fun in the Sun, and All Night Long

Most of South Carolina’s coastal towns are filled with activities and adventures, but Garden City is truly at the top of the list. Fill your day exploring the beaches and parks, and you’ll have no trouble filling your belly with incredible food at one of the many restaurants.

When the day is winding down, pick the evening back up at one of the many beach bars. Garden City has an exciting night with all your cocktail and karaoke needs.

You’ll always cherish your trip to wonderful Garden City, SC.

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