Now, more than ever, wide open spaces and fresh air are must-haves for any trip. North Myrtle Beach is full of places to enjoy the great outdoors, with enough room for you to feel comfortable doing so. 

There are so many things to love about a beach vacation: dining at delicious restaurants, shopping for souvenirs, and visiting unique attractions. Travel with confidence by taking certain Healthy Traveling measures, such as wearing a secure face covering while inside public spaces and maintaining a distance from others when possible.  

In North Myrtle Beach, there is more than enough room to spread out and practice social distancing. We’ve rounded up three places to get outside and enjoying the fresh air along the Grand Strand:

1. Waties Island

Picture yourself exploring an untouched barrier island on the Atlantic coast. It’s undeveloped and undisturbed, brimming with unique animal life and natural beauty. You can feel the ocean breeze as you ride horseback down quiet shoreline. Dolphins bob in the ocean and birds fly in from the water. This relaxing paradise isn’t in a secluded land, it’s Waites Island, and one of our favorite places to reconnect with nature in North Myrtle Beach.  

Waites Island is just north of Cherry Grove Beach and is home to more than 1,000 acres of wildlife to explore. Learn about the island’s rich history on a guided tour, cruise through the waterways on a paddle board or in a kayak, or take a relaxing horseback ride at Inlet Point Plantation.  

2. Heritage Shores Nature Preserve

Another road well worth traveling is Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, tucked along House Creek, near Cherry Grove Point. Gaze at wildlife and nature from the boardwalk and observation decks and learn about the area from the helpful signage describing the plants, animals, fish, and birds inhabiting the preserve. 

From exploration to relaxation, North Myrtle Beach is home to wide-open spaces with unforgettable experiences. The ocean breeze is calling your name, and our beautiful slice of the Grand Strand has room for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. When you’re ready for a beach vacation, North Myrtle Beach will be ready when the tide brings you back.

For some additional exploration, swing down Duffy Street to visit the neighboring Russell Burgess Coastal Preserve. The preserve features a boardwalk that extends over the marshlands, allowing you to immerse yourself in the surrounding nature. You can even step off the boardwalk and walk through the marsh sand.

3. Vereen Memorial Gardens

Just across the Intracoastal Waterway in Little River you’ll find the Vereen Memorial Gardens. Boasting more than 115 acres of coastal forest, tidal marsh and Intracoastal waterfront, Vereen Gardens is one of our area’s best kept secrets!  

Trails and boardwalks give visitors an intimate look into the region’s diverse wildlife, while the Vereen family cemetery houses artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War. In fact, Vereen Gardens is home to one of the last unpaved stretches of Kings Highway! If you’re looking to carve your own path through the outdoors, be sure to plan a visit to Vereen.

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