Creek Ratz, a Murrells Inlet Tradition!
Experience waterfront dining at its finest at Creek Ratz! Situated oceanfront along the bustling Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, Creek Ratz offers fresh seafood and a casual, “come as you are” atmosphere that makes it a favorite among visitors and locals alike! And, the spacious outdoor patio that hosts live entertainment throughout the week keeps guests flocking back time and time again.
The first thing one will notice about Creek Ratz is the spacious outdoor areas. Unlike other MarshWalk restaurants, Creek Ratz is situated a bit farther back from the boardwalk, allowing space for an expansive patio area, a covered pavilion for bands, a covered outdoor bar area, and green space for outdoor games. Guests can still enjoy the spectacular waterfront views, they just get all of these extra perks that can’t be found at any other MarshWalk restaurant. Of course, Creek Ratz also offers a spacious indoor seating area for a rare rainy beach day or those days when you really need to beat the heat.
The menu at Creek Ratz is packed with tasty treats with a southern “lowcountry” flare that are sure to please even the pickiest palette. Get started with one of the tempting appetizers like the homemade pimento cheese dip, fried dill pickles, crab stuffed mushrooms, or their famous wings, available with a wide selection of dry or wet rubs.
For the main event, try out one of Creek Ratz fried seafood baskets. Murrells Inlet is known as the seafood capital of the state so you can be sure that all the nautical selections here are fresh from the creek! Selections include fried shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, and flounder – to name a few. If you want to try something a little different, opt for one of Creek Ratz sandwiches which range from traditional options like the shrimp poboy and the chicken salad melt to more creative concoctions like the yellow fin tuna philly and the creek rat reuben, a tradition reuben made with spicy shrimp in place of pastrami. Creek Ratz also offers a wide array of juicy grilled burgers and hot, bubbling pizzas if you prefer something not from the sea.
In town during a game day? Creek Ratz is your MarshWalk college and NFL game headquarters during the fall. They offer several flat screens in their bar areas and even bring out large projection screens for large South Carolina or Clemson games. Guests who stop by on a game day can enjoy the following game day specials: $0.25 wings, $5.99 sliders (burger, chicken salad, fried chicken, or turkey), $2.00 slice pizza or $7.99 large one topping pizza, $3.00 vodka, $12.00 bud light buckets. Now how is that for a game day deal? And don’t forget to stick around for live entertainment after the game!
It’s not hard to see why Creek Ratz is a Murrells Inlet tradition. This casual waterfront eatery offers a friendly, unintimidating atmosphere, fantastic, affordable food, and great live entertainment. Be sure to give this south end favorite a visit during your next Myrtle Beach adventure! Call (843) 357-2891 for more information.
Top Tours in Myrtle Beach
Fall is fast approaching which means cooler weather and fewer crowds. Take advantage of this beautiful time of year by enjoying one of the area’s many guided tours. From plantation tours to dolphin tours, you can explore a variety of topics and areas by land, water, or sea! Check out some of our favorite tours during your next Myrtle Beach adventure:
La Belle Amie Vineyard Tour – Wine aficionados and neophytes alike are sure to enjoy the scenic and educational aspects of a La Belle Amie Vineyard tour. Located just north of Myrtle Beach in the quaint town of Little River, La Belle Amie has been owned by the Bellamy family for since the 1800’s. They grow a variety of grapes and produce several seasonal wines that are very popular among visitors and locals alike! Self guided tours are available Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm or professional guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am (weather permitting). Private tours for groups of 15 or more are also available by appointment. All tours are hosted by the owner, Vicki, and guests can expect to gain knowledge of the farm operations, the wine making process, and the history of La Belle Amie. Call (843) 399-9463 for more information.
Hopsewee Plantation Tour – Located on the outskirts of the Grand Strand just outside of Georgetown, SC lays Hopseewee Plantation. This spacious plantation home rests along the North Santee River and has been fully restored to its original glory. With over 150 years of history, it’s not hard to see why this fascinating tour appeals to the masses. Guests can enjoy a “cellar to attic” guided tour that lasts approximately an hour and takes guests throughout each room of the home. The knowledgeable guide will provide stories and history throughout the tour and will be able to answer any of your questions. Guests are then invited to enjoy a relaxing afternoon meal at the tea room. Tours take place from 10am – 4om throughout the week and are available by appointments on the weekends as well. Call (843) 546-7891 for more information.
Helicopter Tour – Experience a totally new point of view and a thrilling experience with a guided helicopter tour of the beach! There are several companies that offer a wide variety of tours so it won’t be hard to do a little research and find the time and price point that are right for your group. Some shorter tours span two miles and circle popular attractions, like Broadway at the Beach or the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, while others take guests on a longer ride to North Myrtle Beach or even North Carolina. Prices vary but start at only $20 / person and go up from there. Ask your reservations specialist about more information on local helicopter tour companies.
New South Brewery – Head to New South Brewery for one of the tastiest tours in town! This local brewery pumps out several seasonal micro-brew varieties that are wildly popular along the east coast. Favorites include the white ale, nut brown ale, Oktoberfest, and the lager – to name a few. Stop by on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon at 3pm for a guided tour of the beer making facilities followed by a tasting session in the sampling room. The knowledgeable staff will go through the fermentation process and speak specifically about the history of the company and how New South got its start. Call (843) 916-2337 for more information.
Plantation River Tour – Experience the scenic sights and sounds of the Waccamaw River with a relaxing river tour. Plantation River Tours offers boat tours along the historic rivers of the low country. In addition to a plethora of local wild and plant life, guests will be able to view historical plantation homes located along the river. The tour guide serves as a narrator and educates guests on the rich history that this region in known for. Plantation tours typically last between 2 – 2.5 hours and begin in Murrells Inlet at Wacca Wache Marina. Call (843) 651-2994 for more information.
Dolphin Tour – Get up close and personal with some of nature’s friendliest creatures with a dolphin tour. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are native to the east coast and can be seen by taking a short drive out to sea. These nautical creatures are highly intelligent and typically travel in “pods” of about 20-30 mammals. Once the captain located a pod they will carefully position the boat closer to the group so guests can see these majestic creatures in person. Though seeing a dolphin or two is not guaranteed, there will be plenty of other wildlife to see, including turtles, fish, birds, and much more. There are several companies that offer dolphin tours in the area, just ask your reservations specialist for more information.
Myrtle Beach September Events for Families
Fall is (almost) officially here, what better way to kick start this gorgeous season than with a few local events? The weather is slowly beginning to cool and fall festivals are popping up all over the place, many of which are completely free of charge to attend! Check out some of the area’s top events for this month and pencil a few into your fall beach getaway itinerary:
What Wildlife Will A-Pier? – Saturdays in September
Grab the family and head to the Myrtle Beach State Park on a Saturday morning in September to experience local wildlife up close and personal! This unique event allows guests access to the expansive state park pier. Enjoy a scenic stroll and check out all of the interesting local wildlife in their natural habitat. Guests can expect to see everything from crabs and birds to seasonal fish and much more. Along the way, hear fun facts and interesting stores from the tour guide. This event takes place each Saturday during the month from 10am – 10:30am. Call (843) 238-0874 for more information.
St. John’s Annual Greek Festival – September 26th – 29th
Guests interested in this exciting local event are encouraged to come hungry! The annual Greek Festival is held at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church each year, located directly off 29th Avenue, and is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Immerse yourself in anything and everything Greek – Greek music, Greek arts and crafts, Greek games for the little ones, and – of course – plenty of authentic Greek cuisine. Guests can look forward to homemade favorites like mousaka, spanikopita, pasticcio, roasted lamb, Greek potatoes, gyros, baklava, and much, much more. Admission to this event in only $1 and all food is priced and purchased separately. This bustling festival takes place from 11am – 9pm on Thursday, 11am – 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12m – 7pm on Sunday.
Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival – September 26th – 28th
Whether you are a local art enthusiast or just enjoy spending the day outdoors, the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival is for you! This lively event takes place at the Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park each fall and hosts over 100 artists from across the country. Vendors will be showcasing everything from handmade jewelry, paintings, and sculptures to blown glass, metal work, and much more. The festival will also offer live entertainment, several local food vendors, and access to the historical Atalaya castle. Daily festival admission is $8 for adults and free for guests under the age of 15, though multi-day passes are also available for only $10.