20 BEST Things to Do in Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet is a hidden gem nestled along the enchanting coast of South Carolina. Known for its picturesque marshes, pristine beaches, and vibrant local culture, Murrells Inlet offers a plethora of exciting activities for all. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, seafood delights, or a serene escape in nature, there are things to do in Murrells Inlet that captivate every traveler.

We personally like to dive into the crystal-clear waters for a day of fishing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, and take in the beauty of the inlet’s marsh ecosystem.

However, if you’re a foodie, indulge your taste buds with a seafood feast at one of the many acclaimed waterfront restaurants, where the freshest catch is prepared with mouthwatering expertise. Or discover the rich history and cultural heritage of the area at the local museums and art galleries, before taking a leisurely stroll along the bustling MarshWalk, where live music, charming shops, and breathtaking views await at every turn. Let’s dig into the best things to do in Murrells Inlet, no matter how long you have in town!


Best Things to Do in Murrells Inlet


1. Enjoy Wild Water Sports at Crazy Sister Marina

Crazy Sister Marina
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  • Address: 4123 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday -Sunday: 6:00 am -7:00 pm
  • Cost of Admission: For rentals and adventure tickets click here.

Water sports fans should put Crazy Sister Marina on their number one spot for their visit to Murrells Inlet. Jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and parasailing are just some of the options available to visitors.

You can also take different cruises and adventures, rent pontoons and skiffs, and even go dolphin watching during the season. For those looking for more adrenaline-pumping activities, deep-sea fishing, and shark fishing trips are also available. This adventure-filled ‘Funland’ is located at the end of Marsh Walk and is open from 6 AM to 7 PM.


2. Be Amazed By The Natural Beauty Of Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens
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  • Address: 1931 Brookgreen Drive Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost of Admission: Adult $22.00, Senior (aged 65 & older) $20.00,
    Child 4-12 $12.00, Child 3 and under FREE

Nature lovers, history buffs, and art connoisseurs rejoice because Brookgreen Gardens provides almost 9000 acres of beautiful art, significant history, and pristine nature. The site also acts as a wildlife preserve, and visitors can enjoy watching alligators being fed, or visit the waterfowl aviary.

There’s even a red wolf habitat under construction. Brookgreen Gardens also has restaurants and cafes on-site, where you can enjoy a bite to eat amidst the scenery. Tourists are free to explore on their own or follow one of the many guided tours on offer. The Gardens are open daily from 9:30 AM till 5:00 PM.


3. Make Some New Furry Friends at Lowcountry Zoo

Lowcountry Zoo
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  • Address: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost of Admission: Adult $22.00, Senior (aged 65 & older) $20.00,
    Child 4-12 $12.00, Child 3 and under FREE

Lowcountry Zoo is one of the most highly accredited and reputable zoos in the entire United States, and all animals at the zoo are only those who would not be able to survive in the wild (either due to injury or due to breeding in captivity).

The Zoo has many different tours for visitors (some including refreshments) and offers a clean and cheerful atmosphere. The Zoo is located inside Brookgreen Garden and is also open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


4. Buy A Goofy Souvenir at The Lazy Gator

The Lazy Gator
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  • Address: 3986 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Sunday -Thursday: 10: 00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am-10:00 pm

Almost every major city will have that one tourist shop that sells funny and quirky tourist gifts, and, for Murrells Inlet, The Lazy Gator delivers funny and quirky in large doses. With a helpful staff and a wide variety of items, you will surely find a souvenir that will make you laugh.

The shop also sells homemade fudge that is delicious and worth a try. The shop is in a very picturesque location and you can relax on the rocking chairs out on the front porch after you have your fill of shopping and enjoy the surrounding views.


5. Crabbing At Morse Park Landing

Morse Park Landing
  • Address: 4939 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday- Sunday: 7:00 am -9:00 pm

This beautiful Park offers visitors a chance to go boating and admire the views of the beautiful marsh and waters of Murrells Inlet. In addition to the on-site boat launch, there’s also a nice wooden dock where visitors can go fishing or crabbing. If you have a dog, feel free to bring it along and go for a walk, or enjoy a picnic with family.

There’s also a beautiful memorial on-site dedicated to Johnny W. Brown and other seamen who have lost their lives at sea. It’s worth a visit to admire the Memorial and pay respects too.


6. Enjoy Delicious Food on Marsh Walk

The MarshWalk of Murrells Inlet
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  • Address: 4025 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (GPS)

If you’re looking for scenic views of the saltwater estuary, all while enjoying some quality refreshments and food, then look no further than Marsh Walk. This half-mile stretch of boardwalk features more than 10 different restaurants and bars, where patrons can enjoy foods like pizza, steaks, seafood, and many other delicious options.

There are also many vendors offering different water sports activities, so mom and dad can kick back with some cold drinks while the kids are occupied. Marsh Walk also hosts many different events and concerts throughout the year and tends to be a very exciting and happening place to be. 


7. Pick Up Some Quality Beef and Fine Wine At Lee’s Farmers Market

  • Address: North, 4883 Frontage Rd, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 5: 00 pm, Sunday: Closed

This Farmers Market has been operating for over 25 years and is so popular that even residents of Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island make it a point to attend regularly. Foodies and culture buffs are treated to quality meat and dairy products, fresh produce, artisanal products, and also fine wines.

If you’re visiting, be sure to try the corned beef sandwich from Carnegie Deli. Unlike most markets that only open once a week, Lee’s Farmers’ Market is open from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


8. Rent All Your Water Sports Gear from Express Watersports

Express Watersports
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  • Address: 4042 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Cost of Admission: For watersports and cruises, click here.

For those wanting to indulge in adventure and water sports, and require equipment, the best stop for all your water sports gear is Express Watersports. This 3500 square foot shop has everything related to water sports (and more) that you could want.

The store is very popular, with patrons coming from as far as Georgetown, Surfside Beach, Pawleys Island, Litchfield, and Garden City. You could rent jet skis, kayaks, and paddle boards, and also sign up for different sightseeing and wildlife-watching tours.


9. Immerse Yourself in Nature At Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park Landscape
  • Address: 16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 am -10:00 pm

Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy this spot the most, as Huntington Beach State Park offers pristine wilderness in the form of a beach and wetlands. Visitors can spot a myriad of wildlife like sea turtles, alligators, egrets, herons, and many species of birds.

There are many hiking trails as well, but the two most popular are the Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail and the Kerrigan Nature Trail. Another unique attraction to the Park is the Moorish-style Atalaya Castle.

Visitors can enjoy the amazing architecture among the natural settings and relax to their heart’s content. Huntington State Beach Park is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


10. Play A Round of Golf At The Wachesaw Plantation Club

  • Address: 1930 Governors Landing Rd, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 am -11:00 pm

One of the best things to do in Murrells Inlet is play a round of golf! Golfers will love this entry, as the Wachesaw Plantation Club is one of the premier golf clubs in the State, offering a lot of amenities. In addition to the world-class golf course designed by Tom Fazio, there’s a swimming complex, tennis courts, and even a waterfront dining experience.

For golfers, there is professionally trained staff to assist with all games, and there’s even a shop in the Club offering branded golf equipment and gear. This just might be the chance to buy that new 9-iron you’ve been wanting!


11. Dine at The Inlet Provision Company Seafood Restaraunt

Inlet Provision Company Seafood Restaraunt
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  • Price: $$
  • Cuisine: Seafood restaurant
  • Address: 4891 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Website: See menu

By far one of the most popular attractions in Murrells Inlet, the Inlet Provision Company Seafood Restaurant is an award-winning dining experience that should not be missed. Not only is the food spectacular, but it’s also very affordable.

Travelers can enjoy a scrumptious and filling meal for less than $15 here and are treated to delights such as lobster grilled cheese, shrimp rolls, pork belly banh mi sandwiches, and, a special delicacy, the Alaskan snow crab steam pots, all while enjoying panoramic views from the Restaurant’s waterfront deck. There’s also a very nice collection of local craft beer and fine wine to enjoy with your views.


12. Go Fishing at One Of The Many Spots In Murrells Inlet

Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures
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  • Address: Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures- 4699 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm

Given the many water bodies that go through the entire state, fishing is a pretty big pastime, even in Murrells Inlet. Fishermen will mostly find red drums, trout, flounder, and blue crabs in the area’s waters.

There are also many boat charter companies that offer fishing tours. One popular operator is Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures, which offers both inshore and offshore trips. The trips also come without any time limitations, letting visitors fish as much as they want. The crew is also very friendly and experienced. 


13. Soak in Some Culture At the Many Art Galleries

Paintings by Karen Pellegrino
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  • Address: 12125 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Wednesdays – Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Although a relatively small South Carolina town, Murrells Inlet has some impressive art galleries that showcase local artists and their many exquisite works of art. A popular gallery is Paintings by Karen Pellegrino, located inside the Inlet Square Mall.

The collection mainly features oil paintings, and many pieces are also on sale, making the perfect souvenir to take back home. The Gallery is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


14. Grab A Drink at Suck Bang Blow 

Suck Bang Blow
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  • Price: $
  • Cuisine: Bar
  • Address: 3393 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Website: See menu

This is the perfect hangout spot for motorcycle enthusiasts and anyone really looking to have a good time. Suck Bang Blow is a 40000 square foot bar that, over time, has become frequented mostly by bikers and other motorists. However, that shouldn’t put you off as this isn’t a conventional biker bar.

Anyone is welcome! With beer, amazing BBQ food, and live music, patrons are sure to have a fun time. Many biker events are also held at the Bar throughout the year. A gift shop is also on-site if you’re looking to buy any Bar memorabilia like t-shirts, patches, stickers, beer mugs, and much more.


15. Get Some Scenic Views at Waccamaw Neck Bikeway

If you’re looking for a 12-mile trail for hiking, ATVing, and biking, that is filled with scenic views of the South Carolina wilderness, then the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is the spot for you. 

It’s a long trail, but there are many picturesque spots that you can stop at along the way, including the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort and Huntington Beach State Park. If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can easily find shops in Murrells Inlet where you can rent one for the day. Try Woody’s Beach Rentals or Cyclopedia in Pawleys Island.


16. Enjoy Nightlife at Hot Fish Club

Hot Fish Club
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  • Price: $$
  • Cuisine: Seafood restaurant
  • Address: 4911 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Website: See menu

Another noteworthy dining establishment in Murrells Inlet is the Hot Fish Club, located close to the Inlet Provision Company. This restaurant has taste, as well as history, with the originally named supper club opening in the 1700s and closing at the end of the Civil War.

With all dishes being prepared using farm fresh produce and freshly caught fish on the same day, visitors will be in for a very different dining experience. The Club is also a Hotspot for nightlife, with many concerts and musical shows happening throughout the year and a selection of some amazing drinks.


17. Experience Live Music and Great Food at Drunken Jack’s Restaurant & Lounge

Drunken Jack's Restaurant & Lounge
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  • Price: $$
  • Cuisine: Seafood restaurant
  • Address: 4031 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Website: See menu

Drunken Jack’s Restaurant & Lounge has been serving quality food to the community of Murrells Inlet for more than 20 years and another 20 more years seem all but guaranteed. Located on Restaurant Row, the guests are treated to spectacular views of the Inlet while enjoying the personalized seafood menu.

Live music and 24 specialty cocktails make the evening all the better, giving patrons a brilliant dining experience. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM.


18. Garden City Pavilion Arcade & GiGi’s Grill

Garden City Pavilion Arcade & GiGi's Grill
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  • Address: 103 Atlantic Ave, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10: 00 am – 11:00 pm

City Pavilion Arcade is the perfect place for parents looking to preoccupy their kids for a couple of hours. The arcade has plenty of video games, rides, and activities to keep children entertained and happy for hours on end.

Whether it’s at the end of a long day of touring or to kill a few hours, the games at the arcade will keep your kids occupied while you rest or grab a bite at GiGi’s grill. The ice cream and grilled meat served at GiGi’s Grill are popular with regular patrons and travelers alike. 


19. Memorable Dining at Murrells Inlet Seafood

  • Price: $$
  • Cuisine: Seafood market
  • Address: 4886 South, 4886 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet (GPS)
  • Website: See menu

This award-winning restaurant, established in 1967, provides one of the most memorable dining experiences in all of South Carolina. The founder of the restaurant still manages the bar and their love for the business is reflected in the meticulous dedication and service of the staff and the rich quality of the food.

The restaurant is mostly known for importing many Alaskan specialties and heavily relies on the day’s catch of fish for its daily menu. If you are a seafood fan, make sure to try the crabcakes and the seafood chowder. The restaurant is open daily from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.


20. Go Kayaking on Murrells Inlet’s Serene Waters

Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet’s calm waters provide the perfect setting to get on your kayak and enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Several tour operators also offer kayaking tours and provide any equipment you need that you didn’t bring along.

The cost of booking a tour is between $40 to $60, and they can last anywhere from one to four hours. Some tours also offer added features, like snacks and a souvenir photo, that are included in the package. The tranquility of the waters is enough to transport you to a better and more relaxed place and is the best way to explore Murrells Inlet.


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Natasha moved to North Carolina for college years ago (but she's not trying to age herself here). Her days were spent reading a book on the beach and enjoying a cold glass of sweet tea in between classes at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Upon graduation, she met her partner, Cameron, and they traveled the world together crossing 85 countries and seven continents. After, many years of international travel they settled down a bit and launched Lost in the Carolinas to share their experiences about and travel tips on South Carolina and North Carolina.

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