After a long, cold winter, cabin fever is in full effect for folks who are tired of hibernating. But now that signs of spring are springing up all over the South Carolina coast, it's time to get outside and soak up all the sun and fun Myrtle Beach has to offer. Book your spring vacation at Bay View Resort today and circle your calendar for one of these sunny day getaways on the Grand Strand:
- Brookgreen Gardens: The East's Coast's oldest and largest botanical sculpture garden is in full bloom in the spring, the perfect time to see the colorful flowers and trees coming to life with picturesque statues serving as the backdrop. Built on a former rice plantation in Murrells Inlet, about a 15-mile drive south of Bay View Resort, Brookgreen Gardens features more than 9,000 acres of scenic South Carolina Lowcountry. In addition to the lovely gardens, Brookgreen is home to a zoo where you can observe native species like birds, otters and alligators, which venture onto the banks to rest in the sun. A Gullah Cultural Arts Center, butterfly house, tea room and gift shop are also part of the visit, and admission is good for an entire week so you can visit on the warmest days.
- Huntington Beach State Park: Located directly across from Brookgreen Gardens is this beautiful oceanfront park, making it the perfect two-for-one opportunity to explore the Lowcountry coast. This 350-acre park features a diverse landscape of towering dunes and beaches, swampy salt marshes and old-growth maritime forests complete with hiking trails. Atalaya Castle overlooks the ocean and offers tours of the Spanish-style stone fortress. A nature center offers interactive educational displays and other information about the unique ecosystem, and a changing room with showers and bathrooms make it convenient to spend a day at the beach. The park is open until sunset so the longer, warmer days provide extra value.
- Myrtle Beach State Park: The Grand Strand is fortunate to have two oceanfront state parks, and this one is much closer to your home base at Bay View so you can spend less time in the car and more in the great outdoors. Located on the south end of town, about 3 miles away from of Bay View, Myrtle Beach State Park has hiking trails, beachside picnic shelters and a fishing pier where you can try to hook a big one. The tackle shop has all the bait, gear and licenses you need for a fun day of fishing or crabbing, and the nature center has lots of hands-on programs to enhance the experience.
- Rounds of Golf: Myrtle Beach is famous for golf, with more than 80 championship courses located within a 60-mile radius of the Grand Strand. The spring golf season is the most popular for a reason – the mild weather and blooming landscape provide the perfect setting for chasing the little white ball. Bay View's helpful staff can reserve your tee times at any of the area's courses, and you can save money on golf and accommodations by booking a package. Get your foursome together and brush up on your swing.
The best part about staying at Bay View Resort this spring is you don’t have to leave the property to enjoy the great outdoors in Myrtle Beach. Relax in the pool, lazy river, hot tub or the oceanfront lawn, and take a quick stroll down to the beach or on the Boardwalk. And if you decide to try one of the above mentioned excursions, you can always come back to Bay View and chill out on your private balcony overlooking the ocean while you recount a spring day full of vacation memories.