Murrells Inlet MarshWalk offers a variety of water activities |

Activities abound on the MarshWalk, a half-mile wooden boardwalk along the natural saltwater estuary in the heart of Murrells Inlet.

In addition to its award-winning restaurants, arts and crafts vendors and places to gather for drinks with friends, the MarshWalk is also a destination for family-friendly water-related activities, from paddle boarding to boating and parasailing. The two main businesses offering these activities are Crazy Sister Marina, located at Wicket Tuna restaurant, and Express Watersports, located opposite the MarshWalk on U.S. Highway 17 Business.

Crazy Sister Marina

Crazy Sister Marina has been a popular attraction for locals and tourists for many years. Located on the water in Murrells Inlet, it offers a variety of fishing trips and water activities for people of all ages.

“We aim to provide each and every customer with an amazing experience they will never forget,” said Manager Mandy Cook. “Our friendly and knowledgeable staff works hard to accommodate every guest as best as possible. So no matter if you are here for a day or a week, are by yourself or with a large group, want to do something relaxing or something thrilling, we’ve got it all.”

Fishing trips include private charters, inshore/near shore, deep sea fishing, shark fishing and a public head boat. Water activities include pontoon and skiff rentals, jet skis, kayak tours and rentals, paddle board tours and rentals, a saltwater marsh eco-adventure, dragon boat rides, a pirate adventure and a dolphin watch.

Cook said the pirate ship is kid-oriented, allowing them to prepare for boarding by dressing like pirates.

“Then it is all hands on deck, hoisting flags, looking for treasure, finding lost keys and battling a bad pirate with water cannons,” she said. “It is a great blast.”

Another boat tour is an eco-trip on the Explorer.

“That tour is great for adults and children because it teaches you all about the ecological system in the inlet,” she said. “You get to find urchins and star fish and it has a live tank on the boat, so it always goes back in live. Then you get out on the point and do a little bit of shelling.”

For thrill seekers, there are several options at Crazy Sister Marina, including a dragon boat ride and the dolphin watch trip.

“The dragon boat is like a banana boat, but instead of sliding across the water, it is more of a wavy action, going across the waves,” Cook said. “The dolphin watch is great because there is 360-degree viewing around the boat and everyone has a chair. Everybody comes back saying, ‘I cant believe the dolphins were right here at the side of the boat.'”

Cook urges people interested in adding some fun to their vacation to check out the water sport activities in Murrells Inlet.

“We have a beautiful back yard,” Cook said. “There is no other place like it.”

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