Bird Watching at the Beach

Coastal Bird Watching

If you enjoy birding as a favorite way to relax and bond with nature, come to the South Carolina beaches and visit some of the local hot birding spots. With just a little luck and sharp eyes, you’ll likely see a wide variety of birds soaring including the bald eagle, our national emblem, as well as hawks and ospreys. On my last trip along the Intracoastal Waterway, I was fortunate enough to see four eagles' nests - and one was occupied by a stately eagle!

Huntington Beach State Park, with its three miles of undeveloped beaches and pristine salt marshes, is home to more than 300 recorded species of birds. Long considered one of the best birding spots in South Carolina, Huntington Beach is particularly known for migratory birds that flock to our area for the warmer Carolina waters.

Grab your field glasses and camera for a stroll along the park’s causeways to search the freshwater lagoon and salt marsh to observe the marsh birds and waterfowl. Get a bird’s eye view of hundreds of bird species from the lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park. Colorful painted buntings, slender terns and white egrets all make the park their home. And birders can spot skimmers, tanagers, orioles, pelicans, oystercatchers and wood storks. Egrets and herons also can be found in abundance at this prime birding destination. ~ some information from SCPRT

Special Deals at Freestyle Park

Great Deals for Carolinians at Freestyle Music Park

The Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is offer some excellent deals during the grand “re-opening” of the park (formerly Hard Rock Park). The Grand Opening is set for this Saturday, May 23rd.

Through June 14th, residents of North and South Carolina can purchase admission to the park for $10 OFF the regular price of $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids. Just bring along a valid picture ID and enjoy the excitement of the park and the cool savings!

Active firefighters, medics and members of the military get FREE ADMISSION through May 31st.

Coming This Weekend...Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival May 16th & 17th

The historic and quaint community of Little River, on the border between the Carolinas, will play host to the 28th Annual Blue Crab Festival this weekend. With a permanent home in the beautiful and popular North Myrtle Beach area, the Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest and most fun festivals in the southeast.

This year's festival will feature booths manned by over 175 vendors offering regional arts & crafts and festival treats. There will be a fun zone with kids' activities and amusements, a full slate of entertainment, souvenirs, contests and fun for the whole family. AND you'll find lots & lots of steamed blue crabs, shrimp and other local delicacies.

Saturday's lineup includes the fabulous Castaways from noon until 4pm and Sea Cruz that evening from 4 'til 8pm. Sunday will feature the Fantastic Shakers from noon 'til 4pm and Jim Quick & the Coastline Band from 4 'til 7pm. There will be beach music and rock & roll almost all weekend long.

Lots of fun, food and music... at a really great price! Advance tickets are $3 daily or $5 for a 2-day pass. General admission at the gate is only $4 per day. Kids under 6 are admitted free. Come on down for a great time. Beach houses and condos are available at low rates so call us at 800-249-2100 and make your reservations today.

MayFest on Main 2009

Fun for All at North Myrtle Beach's Street Party

This past Saturday, several thousand locals and visitors were in attendance for the annual MayFest on Main street party in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Main Street was open only for pedestrian traffic for the day and was lined with booths manned by all sorts of arts & crafts folks, specialty food vendors, and more. There were kids’ areas with lots of fun stuff for toddlers to teens, including rides on Bubba – an eight foot tall North African camel.

Live music was the biggest draw of the FREE EVENT with a long list of bands providing the entertainment. Headlining were Sixties Surf Musicians from the former Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and others. Popular bands including Mother’s Finest, Chairmen of the Board, and Coco Loco played long and hard and had the crowd dancing in the street. Created to provide fun for all ages, the festival grows larger and larger each May. Be sure to include it in your plans for 2010.

Spring 2009 Motorcycle Rally

Harley-Davidson “Cruisin’ the Coast 2009”

Even though the City of Myrtle Beach passed additional rules geared toward eliminating the spring motorcycle rally, a large crowd of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts are present here in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Riders are congregating at the various vendor exhibits and event venues at Barefoot Landing and at Barefoot Commons in Windy Hill.

The atmosphere, so far, is a bit more subdued and the crowds not as large as recent years. This is due partly to the Myrtle Beach city agenda mostly to the general economic malaise. North Myrtle Beach city representatives say everything is business as usual and plan to regard the motorcycle rally attendees the same as other visitors. The Harley Rally kicked off this past Friday and will run through the next weekend.