Coastal Exploration Programs


Huntington Beach State Park provides beach access along with being a nature preserve. The park hosts a reputation as one of the best bird watching areas on the South Carolina coast and home to American alligators, bald eagles and nesting loggerhead sea turtles. All Coastal Exploration programs are free with park admission unless otherwise noted on the program description.

Admission Fee: $8/Adult; $5/SC Seniors; $4/Youth age 6-15; Free/ages 5 and under

Atalaya Admission Fee: $2 Per Person ages 6 and up; Free/ages 5 and under

2022 Calendar

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Huntington Beach State Park
Calendar •  2022


 The Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park is open for self-guided tours. Meanwhile, Facebook Live interpretive programming that became popular in March and April will continue on a limited schedule and can be followed here.

Take a fascinating tour of the winter home of the Huntington's, a national historic monument, with a guide from the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. Atalaya admission is $2/person. (1 hr.)


Did you know that Huntington Beach State Park has the highest diversity of bird species in all of South Carolina? Join us for a walk along the causeway in search of wading birds, waterfowl, eagles, and more. Feel free to bring binoculars if you have them. This program that is great for beginner birders! (1 hr.) 



  • 3-in-1 DAY…………………………MARCH 10th

Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington shared the same birthday, March 10th. They chose to marry on the same day, calling it their 3-in1-day. Come celebrate 3-in-1 Day with the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park, inside the Huntington’s beloved winter home, Atalaya. See for more information.

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH SP KITE FESTIVAL..............MARCH 19th & 20th

The Inaugural Huntington Beach State Park Kite Festival! We will have: Live music Food Trucks Characters Blow up obstacle courses Color your own kite Kites Petting Zoo


Enjoy a day of bird-themed programs and events at South Carolina’s No. 1 birding destination. Another highlight will be a free-flight live raptor demonstration by the Center for Birds of Prey at 1 p.m. 

  • GATOR GAUNTLET 5K..........APRIL 2nd
Do you have what it takes to make it through the Gator Gauntlet 5K? Come find out at Huntington Beach State Park

Never been tent camping? Learn how with a park ranger. Campers will be provided with a list of food items to bring. A limited number of tents are available for borrowing.

  • BEACH SWEEP.................Sep. ?
Beach Sweep is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina’s beaches and waterways. Join thousands of volunteers from across the globe to be part of the solution to pollution.
Featuring more than 100 of the finest artisans, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and food along with the musical offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians.
  • ATALAYA SLEEPOVER........................NOV 11th & 12th
Spend the night at Atalaya, and enjoy everything from ghost stories to nature hikes. Dinner and breakfast are included. A limited number of tents are available for borrowing.


PROGRAM INFORMATION: Huntington Beach State Park 16148 Ocean Highway • Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 • 843.237.4440



Program Descriptions

Alligators - (Meet at Atalaya) Observe alligators, wading birds, waterfowl and more while learning about freshwater wetland habitats. (1 hr)

Atalaya Tour – (Meet at entrance to Atalaya) Take a fascinating tour of the winter home of Archer and Anna Huntington with a docent guide from the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. (1 hr.)


Beachcombing – (Meet at North Beach Parking Lot) Search for seashells and other beach bounty during this guided walk led by an experienced park naturalist. (1 hr.)

Coastal Birding – ( Meet at Causeway Parking Lot) Join local birders Frank Lawkins, Paul & Richard Laurent (they alternate weeks) for a walk along the causeway in search of wading birds, waterfowl, eagles and more. (1 hr.)

Coastal Kayaking - Enjoy a two hour guided tour of the salt marsh. Excellent for beginners. For reservations please call Black River Outdoors Center (843-546-4840) by 4:00 pm Sunday prior to the program. Designed for ages 9 and up, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring drinking water, sunscreen, and lace-up shoes that can get wet and muddy. $40/ person. Meet at the Gift Shop by 9:45 am, then drive to Oyster Landing. (2 hrs.)

Fish Printing - Come learn the ancient art of fish printing! Bring a T-shirt or pillow case to print; fabric paints and paper will be provided. (1hr.) *$3/person. *Purchase tickets at the Park Store, free with Park Passport Plus* (Not offered April 1st)

Secrets of the Salt Marsh - Enjoy a unique look at one of the most productive ecosystems in the world and examine some of the inhabitants of the                      salt marsh.(1 hr.)

Snakes and Reptiles - Learn how important our snakes and their cold-blooded kin are during this entertaining talk that also looks at turtles, lizards, and crocodilians. (1 hr.) (Not offered April 1st)

Spineless Wonders - Come get acquainted with some of the weirdest animals in the ocean as we discover that there's more to life than a backbone! (1 hr.)

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park is a nonprofit organization that provides physical and monetary assistance for Huntington Beach State Park. The goal of the Friends is to improve the quality of the experience of visitors to the park. All proceeds (above cost) from our Fundraisers go directly to this park. Anyone can help the Friends achieve their goal by becoming a Volunteer or making a monetary donation.
Click on the link below for the Volunteer Application or go to our webstore to make a donation.






Friends Application 2022