myrtle beach vs huntington beach

I grew up camping at the beach. My family had an RV and we stayed in Ocean Lakes Family Campground. Literally, the best times of my life were spent in a camper by the sea. Or riding on a golf cart with teenage boys we barely knew…  

Leave me alone.

Anyway, as much time as we’ve spent on the coast of South Carolina, I have never been to the State Parks.

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Myrtle Beach State Park

Crazy, right?

When we sold the camper, my parents bought a time share in Surfside. As you know, we spent our first week of Christmas break at the beach. We gladly accepted a FREE South Carolina State Park pass and spent our last day exploring the grounds. 

I thought I would share a few thoughts on each park for those of you who spend time or vacation in the area.

MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK:

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Their playground was pretty amazing. Both boys loved it and the grown ups enjoyed sitting on one of the many benches and listening to the ocean – because you can hear the ocean from the playground. 

We carried a picnic lunch. They also have the cutest shelters for you to use.

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These shelters, that look like little cottages, line a boardwalk that leads to the Myrtle Beach Pier.

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And then there’s the pier…

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I love, love, love the Pier gift shop and the fact that they serve YUMMY ice cream is a bonus!

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If you ask Preston and JP what they liked best about MBSP, they’ll tell you it was the Nature Center.

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HUNTINGTON STATE PARK:

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I like both parks, but for very different reasons. They are completely different. Myrtle Beach State Park has the pier, a nice playground and absolutely precious picnic shelters while Huntington Beach State Park seemed to focus more on nature and wildlife. We had a wonderful time on the boardwalk that stretches out across the marsh.

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Naturally, JP had fun reading about all of the swamp life. It was a lot of fun looking for alligators. Unfortunately we didn’t see any, but we did see lots of tracks!

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Since Huntington Beach was our last stop, we spent our remaining time on the beach there.

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I snapped this pic of the sunset on the way out of the park…

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As you can see, both parks are beautiful. You won’t go wrong visiting either one. If you were to ask my opinion (and I know you want my opinion) I would have to say I favor Myrtle Beach State Park. Mainly because I felt there was more for the kids.

We had a blast.

My only regret is that it took me 39 years to discover them!

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