Surfside Beach is located in Horry County and was incorporated in 1964. It is five miles south of Myrtle Beach and 87 miles north of Charleston.
There are two state parks near Surfside Beach: Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park. Huntington Beach State Park offers beach camping, fishing and bird watching. The Environmental Education Center has programs and activities for all ages. The park's freshwater lake is home to alligators and the area is inhabited by mink and loggerhead turtles. This state park was the winter home of sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington and philanthropist Archer Huntington who left the land, their Moorish-style home called "Atalaya" and Brookgreen Gardens in Surfside Beach as their legacy. Each year the prestigious juried Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival is held in and around the home.
Myrtle Beach State Park features a wide beach, a fishing pier and oceanfront wooded campgrounds. The maritime forest is one of the last easily accessible stands in South Carolina. The park's visitor's center is an excellent place to learn about dolphins, sea turtles, and the park's birds and animals.
Town parks feature playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic fields, baseball and softball diamonds, and tennis courts. Martin Park, located on the waterfront, has horseshoe pits, bocce ball courts and shuffleboard courts. Huckabee Recreation Complex hosts softball programs for youths and adults, youth baseball, and youth football. Martin Field is home to the annual Fourth of July Celebration and Movie in the Park events.