Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Going to Atalaya? Check out marsh expeditions at Capt. Dick's

Posted 9/17/2010 9:52:00 PM

Murrells Inlet is known as the seafood capital of South Carolina, and a drive through the fishing village on U.S. 17 will show you why. Dozens of restaurants dot the road -- offering delicious seafood and unbeatable views of the marsh. While you’re there take a stroll along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk,  where you’ll see views of wildlife, birds and a saltmarsh.

And you don’t have to limit yourself to taking in the view from land. Check out the opportunities at Capt. Dick’s, where you can rent boats, jet skis or arrange a parasailing tour. Capt. Dick’s is located in Crazy Sister Marina and shares the building with SPUD’S Waterfront Dining restaurant.

Families should check out the Saltwater Marsh Explorer Adventure. The 2.5-hour boat tour guided by a marine biologist is one of the Grand Strand’s most popular ecology trips. Kids (and adults) will learn all about the habitat that is home to hundreds of marine creatures. You’ll see a demonstration of saltwater marsh fishing and learn how to pull up crab traps. Plus the 80-foot boat docks on the inlet side of Garden City Point, offering kids a chance to explore an empty beach and learn about the treasures to be found there.

In the spring and fall, lots of schools charter the boat for field trips, but there also are outings a few times a week. In the summer, the boat goes out a few times a day.

Cost is $21 for adults, $15 for kids 5-12. Not charge for children 4 and younger with adults.