Area kayak tours offer nice escape from traffic, crowds

Myrtle Beach Kayak ToursThe Grand Strand has long been known as a travel destination for families looking for a relaxing day on the beach, followed by a fun filled night at an amusement park. But, kayaking in Myrtle Beach is beginning to attract a new crowd of adventurers.

While the center of Myrtle Beach has few offerings, the south end around Murrells Inlet, and the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach offer an incredible escape from the traffic and crowds of a resort area.

Laura Weaver runs Glass Bottom Kayak Tours in North Myrtle Beach and takes visitors and locals out daily on excursions through the salt marsh of Cherry Grove, out to Waties Island, or down a gentle meander of the Waccamaw River. “We’re seeing more and more families looking to get away, and get their kids away from computers. It’s tough to hold a phone in your hand when you’re holding a kayak paddle.”

Myrtle Beach Kayak ToursWeaver paddles with guests out to Waties Island several times a week and finds the kids often enjoy the opportunity to learn about nature. “It’s usually the parents who want to go, and they’ll take their kids along. The kids sometimes grumble because it means they have to be away from their computer. But, once we start showing them the crabs, or the fish in the pools of water, and start talking about the turtle nests and show them the tracks, the kids really start to get into it. We’ve heard more than a few kids thank their parents for bringing them.”

The low tide paddle out to Waties Island takes the group about 30-45 minutes, using the tide to carry them along. It’s one of the last undeveloped barrier islands in South Carolina and locals frequently are unaware of the paradise that lays just a short paddle away.

Another kayak adventure offered by Weaver’s company is the Cherry Grove Salt Marsh Tour.  The three hour, high tide, tour takes paddlers through the winding marsh between Tidewater Golf Course and the point at Cherry Grove. Guests get the opportunity to learn about local wildlife, experience the outdoors, and do it all with their family right beside them. “One of our most popular kayaks is our completely clear kayak,” said Weaver.” The entire kayak is clear and it allows our guests to see the fish swimming below them.  It also looks really cool gliding through the water. It’s a tandem kayak, so we usually put a kid in the front and mom or dad in the back. Again, it’s another example of families coming together in a cool new way.”

Kayak Tours Myrtle BeachWeaver’s Waccamaw River tour takes about three and a half hours and meanders down the Blue Heritage line of the river. The calm water paddle takes guests through a nature preserve filled with the sounds of birds singing, frogs croaking, crickets chirping, and water swishing through fallen trees. Sitting just a few miles outside of the city limits of North Myrtle Beach, it’s another example of a local area that’s often unseen by Grand Strand Visitors.

Whether it’s just a three hour tour, or an all day adventure out to a barrier island, the Grand Strand offers more than just concrete and steel. A day in nature is a sure way to refresh the mind and relax the soul, while also connecting with those kids, if just for a few hours.

To find out more about Glass Bottom Kayak Tours, visit them online at http://MyrtleBeachKayakTours.com

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