11 Things to Do Outdoors in the Fall in North Myrtle Beach
With its pristine beaches and countless water activities, North Myrtle Beach is obviously popular in the summer months – but the fun isn’t over when summer ends. Even though the water is still the perfect temperature throughout most of fall, the ocean isn’t the only place you want to be taking in the outdoors in North Myrtle Beach this season.
If your idea of outdoor fun includes zip-lining over a lake, jet skiing on the Atlantic Ocean or riding horses on the beach, head to North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina this fall! Here are 11 of our favorite things to do outdoors during your stay in North Myrtle Beach.
- Go on a trip though the treetops. Explore the best of North Myrtle Beach’s fall colors by flying through the trees on zip lines at Go Ape Treetop Adventure. Conveniently located off Highway 31, Go Ape is a family fun paradise outfitted with five zip lines—two of which cross a 25-acre lake. Adults and their kids can whizz back and forth over the lake and zig-zag at high elevations on Go Ape’s treetop obstacle courses. After some canopy fun, get your bearings on the ground at the surrounding picnic areas and playgrounds at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.
- Leave hoof prints in the sand. You might have gone horseback riding before but have you ever been horseback riding on the beach? You can ride horses in and out of the surf at Inlet Point Plantation Stables, where guests can choose from several different routes through undeveloped beach, plantation or both. All of the horses are friendly and well-trained for novice riders, and younger children can opt for pony rides led by guides. One of the most popular options at Inlet Point Plantation Stables is the one-hour sunset ride on the beach, where you can watch the sky change colors as you ride along the coast.
- Paddle the coast. Rent kayaks or paddleboards at Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions to explore the coast by water. Families can go on several tours including a four-hour kayak tour to Waites Island, one of the few remaining barrier islands of South Carolina’s eastern coast. Other tours include the two-hour route through the Cherry Grove Marsh and/or Waccamaw River in the swamps. Along the way, families will see plenty of wildlife including a variety of birds like blue herons, egrets, ospreys and bald eagles. On the riverbanks, kayakers can potentially see black bears, wild turkeys, deer and wild boars.
- Coast with dolphins. Sail down the Atlantic Ocean on a two-hour cruise on Sea Thunder to catch glimpses of wild bottlenose dolphins. Dolphin viewing the first go-round isn’t necessarily guaranteed, but you’ll get free tickets to ride the Sea Thunder again if the dolphins decide they don’t want to play.
- Grab a jet ski and hold on tight. Rev up your experience on the Atlantic Ocean by renting a jet ski at Action Water Sportz. Jet skis are easy to use, and many of the tours are led by guides. The waters off North Myrtle Beach remain relatively warm during the fall, so a few splashes during a jet-ski ride won’t put a damper on your day. Action Water Sportz is located by the Intracoastal Waterway, which is full of small islands—making it fun to explore. Common wildlife sightings include dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles and a variety of birds.
- Do more on the water. For more fun in the water, Aloha Water Sports has fun amenities like parasailing and sailing on the Big Island Banana Boat, which is a banana-shaped vessel that seats four. Families can get a bird’s-eye view of North Myrtle Beach by parasailing—getting hoisted up by a parachute along the coast. You can also rent bikes to ride all along the beach!
- Go fishin’. Cherry Grove Pier is a 985-foot long fishing pier stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean. Built in the 1950s, the pier has a longstanding history of prize catches—including a 1,780-pound tiger shark and other record-breaking fish. You can rent fishing supplies from its bait and tackle shop.
- Go on an animal adventure. Deemed the “Reptile Capital of the World,” Alligator Adventure has plenty of alligators (including an albino alligator) and crocodiles to see up close and personal, but is also home to snakes, sloths, lemurs, big cats, squirrel monkeys and eagles. A popular thing to do at the park is to attend live shows, where trainers handle alligators and snakes, and feed the largest crocodile in captivity, Utan, the “King of Crocs” at 18-feet long!
- Head to the deep sea for fishing. If you want to go on a deep-sea fishing adventure, head to Voyager Fishing Fleet right here in North Myrtle Beach. They offer everything from large group charters for up to 140 people, half day fishing trips, night fishing, dolphin adventures, and even a 24-hour overnight fishing adventure. Charter boats come with friendly and knowledgeable guides who know the top fishing spots in the area.
- Eat dinner on the water. One of the most popular things to do in North Myrtle Beach during the fall is to get out on the water for a relaxing and fun dinner cruise. At Barefoot Landing, families can join a cruise ride with dinner on Barefoot Princess Riverboat for an hour and a half. Diners will see gorgeous landscapes and houses along the riverbank during a dinner. After eating, the riverboat transforms into an entertainment zone with music and a dance floor.
- Golf. North Myrtle Beach is known for its award-winning golf courses on a wide range of landscapes form the beach to plantations and meadows. Among the popular golf courses are Beachwood Golf Club, Crown Park Golf Club and Possum Trot. Most courses have golf equipment available for rent and a country club restaurant is usually available for golfers to dine after a round. Families with smaller children (or those needing to practice their put) may be interested in playing through some of the area’s miniature golf parks instead.