To say that we are all tired of being cooped up is an understatement. And, that goes for families who have been working and learning from home over the last year. This summer, more than any other, is the season to get outdoors and try new sports and activities. This is just a shortlist of four summer activities that are excellent for families in the Myrtle Beach area.
A tried and true sport for all ages and abilities is fishing. All you need is simple: a fishing license, rod, reel, tackle, and a cooler full of beverages and snacks. The Myrtle Beach area has some of the best family fishing locations on the East Coast. Don’t worry if you are new to fishing. It is rather easy to learn the basics. Plus, fishing is a great way to bond with your kids away from home and technology devices.
Kayaking and Canoeing
To really get away from the traffic and noise, try exchanging your gas pedal for a paddle. Canoeing and kayaking are great family activities. You can choose to rent a tandem kayak for a parent and a child to go together. For older children, you can opt for solo or tandem kayaks. Paddling is a great skill for kids and adults alike. In a canoe or a tandem kayak, everybody needs to work together to arrive to shore. Most recommend wearing sunscreen, a hat, and having a personal floatation device (PFD) for each paddler.
South Carolina has some amazing outdoor activities. Hiking is one of the most popular. And, around the Myrtle Beach area, there are plenty of trails from easy to moderate to enjoy. The best hikers recommend good boots or shoes, a lightweight backpack for carrying water, a first aid kit, and snacks, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Hiking is a great family activity. You can learn about the native plants and animals along the way. Plus, it is great exercise.
Surfing and SUP
For the more adventurous, water-loving families, you may want to take lessons and rent a surfboard at Myrtle Beach. You can learn the basics of paddling, finding the right wave, and riding a wave. Surfing fanatics advise having not only a bathing suit, but also a rashguard that keeps you warm as well as your chest protected from the board. When learning to surf, you will definitely fall off the board a lot. However, remember each fall means that you are closer to riding the perfect wave and hanging ten. If there are family members that aren’t quite ready for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a great alternative. You can paddle on gentle rivers, lakes, and even in the ocean. SUPs are larger than surfboards and far less tippy. For those that are beginning, starting out on your knees is the best bet.
This summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and the outdoors. Choose to plan family activities outside of the house and amongst Mother Nature. Whether you opt for watersports or hiking, you are bound to bond as a family. The memories will be priceless.