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Day Trip from Captain’s Quarters: Murrells Inlet

Nestled between the saltwater marshes and the freshwater Waccamaw River, just ten miles south of Captain’s Quarters, rests the seaside town and seafood capital of South Carolina, Murrells Inlet.

With stories of pirates, plantations, and fishing, Murrells Inlet is packed with some great history and adventure. So if you’re looking to learn more about the history of Murrells Inlet or just interested in exploring the areas beautiful waterways, here are some fun and exciting Murrells Inlet day trip options: 

For some local, southern history, take a self-guided tour of Brookgreen Gardens. Originally settled as a rice plantation in the late 1700s, Brookgreen now offers visitors the chance to walk along its beautiful botanical landscapes. Follow the path that unfolds along the former rice fields or view the wonderful sculptures scattered around the gardens. With plenty to see and learn, packing a picnic would make for a great day trip during your visit to Myrtle Beach. Plus, since you’re staying at a VMB resort, Captain’s Quarters, you’ll receive $1 off the price of admission by showing your VMB card, which is also your room key.

Huntington Beach/Atalaya
If you liked the sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens, or just want a day trip that involves the beach, then you’ll love Huntington Beach State Park. Expanding around 2500 acres, this park is packed with all-day fun. Beaches, camping, hiking, and biking are just a few of the things that this park has to offer.
Huntington also offers visitors a chance to walk the halls of Atalaya, an old Spanish-style mansion build by Archer Milton Huntington. Initially intended to be a summer home, Atalaya soon became the site where wife Anna Hyatt Huntington created her sculptures many of which are now on display at nearby Brookgreen Gardens.

Saltmarsh Adventures
Hop aboard a ship at Pirate Adventures and set out on a fun-filled interactive treasure hunt. Departing from the banks of the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet, Pirate Adventures is a children’s interactive pirate ship excursion that sails along the winding creeks and rivers of the salt marsh battling pirates and maybe even discovering long lost treasures of the pirates that once called Murrells Inlet home.
If you’re looking to explore the marsh, but would rather do it without the crowd, head on over to Hooked Up Inlet Charters. Offering saltmarsh fishing trips for seasoned anglers, beginners, and children, Hooked Up allows you to explore the waters and enjoy some great fishing.

It’s no surprise that an area dubbed seafood capital of South Carolina has plenty of great places to eat. If it’s authentic Lowcountry cuisine you’re looking for, then look no further than Murrells Inlet. Stop in at Drunken Jack’s and try the hushpuppies, which rumor has it were first invented in Murrells Inlet. Read the pirate legend of drunken Jack and learn about his adventures on Goat Island. Or head over to Hot Fish Club for some local seafood and history dating back to the plantation owners of the 1800s. Finish the day with at Creek Ratz with an cold drink and view of the marsh. VMB discount card // holder will receive a complimentary appetizer per party with entrée purchases (up to an $8 value) at Hot Fish Club, and free pimento cheese dip or fried pickle chips with purchase of an entrée complimentary at Creek Ratz.

Murrells Inlet is only a short drive from Captain’s Quarters but it can bring a whole new world of adventure to your Myrtle Beach vacation.

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