Whoever said exercise is boring never visited Myrtle Beach. With the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, and a 60-mile stretch of adventure-filled land in between, the Grand Strand offers an endless list opportunities for a good workout in the great outdoors. And with the addition of new venues like Rockin’ Jump, Myrtle Beach’s first and only trampoline park, you can even burn some calories while having good, clean fun on a rainy day.
Whether you are a hard-core athlete looking for a new challenge, a weekend warrior wanting a healthy and entertaining outlet, or a parent searching for ways for the whole family to stay active and play together, you are sure to find the activity you need for motivation in Myrtle Beach. Here are 10 ways to get some exercise and have fun in Myrtle Beach:
This laid-back watersport might look easy when you are watching from the safety of the shore, but standing up on a surfboard with the waves raging beneath your feet is a real workout. Surfing is a great way to work up a sweat in the saltwater, and few things are more fun than splashing around in the sea, even for amateurs. All you need is a good day for waves and a surfboard.
9. Myrtle Beach Cycling
Myrtle Beach recently added dozens of miles of bike lanes and trails throughout the city, making it easier and more enjoyable to see the sites using pedal power. Bike lanes run the length of Ocean Boulevard, providing scenic views of the ocean and The Golden Mile stretch of historic beach homes. Inland trails at Grand Park provide paved pathways for peaceful rides, and The Hulk has unpaved trails through wetlands and woodlands for those who like to get down and dirty.
8. Exercise Classes
For those who prefer the structure of an exercise class, Myrtle Beach has a wide selection of gyms, spas and fitness centers that offer CrossFit, Pilates, Water Aerobics and a variety of workouts. You can even find your inner-peace with yoga on the beach at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Who needs a treadmill when Myrtle Beach has so many scenic surroundings to explore? Swap out your sneakers for hiking boots and blaze a trail through the area’s maritime forests and pristine swamplands. Myrtle Beach State Park’s Yaupon Trail and Sculptured Oak Trail allow hikers to see the old-growth trees en route to the seashore, and Huntington Beach State Park has several trails that wind through Palmetto forests, salt marshes and towering sand dunes.
This leisurely activity is more about finding cool seashells and sharks’ teeth than getting exercise, but it’s easy to get lost in the thrill of the hunt and cover a lot of ground while looking down at the shoreline. Simply go for a nice stroll down the beach and keep your eyes open for hidden treasure. After a storm and a falling tide usually yield the best finds, but this is a good way to get in a light workout anytime. The 1.4-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk also offers a nice view and pathway without getting sand in your shoes.
5. Scuba Diving
Discover a new underwater world off the Carolina coast, where a diverse range of sea creature species make their homes. Local outfitters offer training and certification in swimming pools in one day so you can safely learn the skill and get comfortable with the equipment before taking the ocean plunge. Explore shipwrecks and artificial reefs with a guide for a good workout in the water and a thrilling scuba diving experience.
The Grand Strand is lined with small barrier islands that are reachable only by boat, but the absence of docks on the undeveloped islands requires a kayak. Paddle the North Strand to Waites Island or Bird Island, or explore the Lowcountry by touring the waters of Murrells Inlet and Sandy Island. The Intracoastal Waterway, Waccamaw River and Murrells Inlet also provide beautiful backdrops for spending a day on the water.
3. Road Races
From leisurely 5Ks to Ironman triathlons, the Grand Strand has miles and miles of road races to test your limits. The Myrtle Beach Marathon attracts thousands of runners to the area in the spring, the Myrtle Beach Half-Marathon runs each fall, and there are 5Ks held throughout the year that are as much social events as they are athletic competitions. Sign up for a road race and hit the ground running.
Myrtle Beach is known as GolfTown USA, and for good reason. Featuring more than 80 golf courses in a 60-mile radius, the Grand Strand provides an impressive lineup of links for golfers of all skill levels. You might not break a sweat (except for those tricky birdie putts), but you can cover a lot of ground chasing after a little white ball for 18 holes.
1. Rockin’ Jump Myrtle Beach
Playing indoors was never this much fun. This new, state-of-the-art trampoline park provides the perfect venue for burning off a few calories and blowing off some steam in a fun and safe indoor environment. Featuring a variety of obstacle courses, like the first-of-its-kind American Ninja Warrior station, jousting pits, a rock-climbing wall, and sports facilities, such as the Slam Dunk basketball goal and dodgeball courts, kids and the young at heart can bounce till their last ounce of energy. Take a break for food and refreshments at our snack bar and grill, where parents can watch their little ones in action via closed circuit TV. Beat the heat on a hot summer day or escape the cold and rain for a fun time at Rockin’ Jump.