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Wet ‘n’ Wild in Myrtle Beach

By Ava DIaz

A dolphin sighting during a boat tour in Murrells Inlet CREDIT Visit Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is known as the seafood capital of South Carolina. So, it is no secret that water plays a huge role in the culture of the area. To fully embrace everything that this seaside city has to offer, check out some of Myrtle Beach’s water activities. Soar above the sparkling waters on the Parasail Express, enjoy a self-guided kayak adventure on one of the region’s various rivers with Great Escapes Kayaking Expeditions, or sit back and bask in the sun while scoping out dolphins on a tour with Voyager Deep Sea Fishing and Dolphin Cruises.

Other options include jet skiing, cable wakeboarding—an alternative to wakeboarding that pulls riders across the lake via a ski rope that is attached to a rotating overhead cable system—and the Aqua Fun Park, an inflatable floating park with slides and trampolines. “People just want to go to a place where they can get out and do some team-building opportunities outside,” says Bob Harris, executive vice president of sales for Visit Myrtle Beach. “They feel more comfortable to be out in the open air, and we are blessed to have mild weather year-round to do that.”

One of Harris’ favorites includes a boat tour for up to 80 people that takes off from the Brookgreen Gardens—a 9,000-acre botanical garden—and explores the saltwater marsh of Murrells Inlet. Throughout the tour, guides educate riders about the natural features of the region and the creatures that inhabit it, such as puffer fish, starfish, horseshoe crabs, and sea urchins—and they even allow riders to touch them.

Encouraging visitors to embrace the great outdoors, Harris advises attendees to “get outside and take advantage of [Myrtle Beach’s] various waterways … and do something that you haven’t done before.”