Come visit the New ATALAYA VISITOR CENTER that opened in March 2007. Staffed by Friends volunteers, the Center offers additional information about Atalaya and the Huntingtons. Changing exhibits highlight interesting details of people connected to this National Historic Landmark. Admission to the Atalaya Visitors Center is Free.

Visitor center and tour hours are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm times.


Join a Friends Docent for a fun and informative tour to learn more about the lives of the Huntingtons and their many interests. There is a $2/person (ages 6 and above) admission fee to Atalaya. Visitors can tour on their own or take a guided tour.

Atalaya is a National Historic Landmark.

Food, Drinks, Smoking, Pets and Bicycles are not allowed inside Atalaya.

You can now rent a audio tour that will guide you on your tour of Atalaya


May 6 Board Meeting

June 3 Board Meeting

July 1 Board Meeting


As Scheduled Clean Up Days
March 10 every year Three-in-One Day
March every year
Wildlife and History Day
April every year
Friends Volunteer Appreciation Day
September (last full weekend every year)
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
December every year
Atalaya Holiday Celebration

Huntington Beach State ParkCoastal Exploration Programs
PROGRAM INFORMATION & REGISTRATION – (843) 235-8755 PARK OFFICE – (843) 237-4440
Education Center Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tues. – Sun.) – Closed Mondays
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: $5/adult; $3/youth age 6-15; free/ ages 5 and underAtalaya Admission Fee: $2 Per PersonPROGRAM DESCRIPTIONSAlligators – ( Meet at Causeway Parking Lot) Observe alligators, wading birds, waterfowl and more while learning about freshwater wetland habitats. (1 hr)Atalaya Tour – ( Meet at Entrance) 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.)Atalaya Ghost Tour – (Meet at Atalaya) Take a chilling tour of Atalaya while you listen to some of the strange stories of coastal folklore.Bring a flashlight. Meet at entrance to Atalaya.(1 hr)
Beachcombing – Search for seashells and another beach bounty during this guided walk led by an experienced park naturalist. (1 hr.)
Birding – ( Meet at Ed Center) A classroom session on birding basics by noted local birders Phil and Sharon Turner will be followed by a field experience out on the park.
Experienced birders are welcome to join the field portion of the program at 11 am at the Education Center. (2hr.)
Causeway Wildlife – ( Meet at Causeway Parking Lot) Observe alligators, wading birds, waterfowl and more while learning about two unique wetland habitats: freshwater and salt
marshes. (1 hr.)
Coastal Birding – ( Meet at Causeway Parking Lot) Join local birders Phil and Sharon Turner 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, participants need to reserve a spot at the Education Center
(235-8755) by 4:00 pm on 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. Fee $30/per person. Meet at the Education Center, then caravan to
Oyster Landing. (2 hr.)Crabbing- Go one on one with the blue crab, voracious salt marsh predator, and seafood delicacy!We will use hand lines, chicken nets and dip nets to pursue these “beautiful swimmers” and learn about their ecology. Please wear shoes that can get wet and muddy. This is a catch and releases programFEE $3 PER PERSON Exact change, please.
Sea Turtle Talk-( Meet at Ed Center) Discover the life of the loggerhead sea turtle and why it’s our state reptile. This informative audio-visual presentation is designed to
make us all better stewards of the environment. (1hr)
Snakes and Reptiles –( Meet at Ed Center) Learn about snakes and their cold-blooded kin during this audio-visual presentation, then get a chance to touch some! (1 hr.)
Spineless Wonders – ( Meet at Ed Center) Come get acquainted with some of the weirdest animals in the ocean as we discover that there’s more to life than a backbone! A
variety of live creatures will be on display in the Wet Lab, for a real hands-on experience. (1hr)
Whales & Dolphins – ( Meet at Ed Center) Wondering what marine mammals are just off our beaches? In this audio-visual program, learn what whales and dolphins have been
sighted on the Carolina coast and other interesting facts about these marvelous creatures. (1 hr.)