Although Murrells Inlet started out as a fishing village way back in the 1700s, the city is now a thriving retirement community. It’s also a popular destination for tourists wanting easy access to Myrtle Beach without dealing with all the hustle and bustle of the spring break crew. Despite the city being quieter than its neighbor, there’s still plenty of opportunities for fun to be had – both by you and your canine companion!
Murrells Inlet has several restaurants where your dashing dog can dine with you, and the downtown area has plenty of beautiful buildings. What better excuse do you need to grab your dog’s leash and go exploring? Murrells Inlet also has a veterinarian clinic for your convenience, meaning if something happens to your pup, you can get help right away.
While many people consider Murrells Inlet to be a quiet little town, don’t overlook it! The city has grown tremendously over the past few years, and chances are, it’s only up from here!
The southernmost area of Murrells Inlet is home to the city’s only dog park, Freeway Park. As the name suggests, this is a great off-leash dog park where your pup can run around freely! There’s plenty of space, but there’s also a bonus area: a pond! On a hot summer day, your dog can take a dip in the pond to cool off. You’ll want to make sure you bring along your own waste disposal bags and water, and you’ll also need a permit to get into the park. Some breed restrictions apply.
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a fantastic meal, and you want your dog to enjoy an outing with you, head to the northern section of Murrells Inlet. The Spotted Dog Restaurant has a lower deck where Fido can dine with you if the weather’s nice. This local favorite serves up southern comfort food and fresh seafood, including barbecue and spiced shrimp. The Carolina Tavern is famous for its delicious chicken wings, and they also have outdoor seating where Fido can tag along. A leash is required at both restaurants, as is good behavior.
Huntington Beach State Park, conveniently located in Murrells Inlet, is sure to be fun for the whole family, and that includes your four-legged friend! Leashed dogs are allowed on the south end of the beach, and they’re also allowed on the 2.5-mile trail that loops through the park. You’ll need to bring your own waste disposal bags and plenty of water; it can get pretty hot year-round, and both you and your pooch will need hydration. Get out and have some fun under the sun!
Located about fifteen minutes from Murrells Inlet is Surfside Beach, home to Surfside Bark Park! If your dog loves making new fur-iends and having a pawesome time running around, you have to take him to this popular bark park. Residents warn that this park can get quite muddy when it rains, so make sure to bring along a towel to clean up your pup – and your car! You’ll also want to bring along waste disposal bags and water for Fido, as none are provided. Your pup is sure to have a ball at Surfside Bark Park!
Twenty minutes north of Murrells Inlet is Myrtle Beach’s Barc Parc South, and if you’re looking for somewhere to have some serious fun with your pup, this dog park can’t be beat! There are separate areas for different-sized dogs, meaning your pup can play it safe while still having fun. If it’s hot outside – and it usually is in Myrtle Beach – let your dog go for a dip in the pond to cool him off. There’s plenty of shaded seating for pup parents, and the park also has bathrooms. Make sure to bring water for you and your pooch, and don’t forget the waste disposal bags to clean up any messes!