Huntington Beach offers its visitors the best preserved beach on the Grand Strand.
The park?s freshwater lagoon, saltmarsh, maritime forest and beach are outstanding examples of the state?s natural coastal environment. These also provide such prime habitat for birds that the park is widely recognized as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast.
Huntington Beach is also the site of the historic ?Atalaya? castle. The former winter home and studio of noted American sculptress, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, Atalaya is also listed as a National Historic Landmark.
History of the Area
Historical Significance: Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark, stands as monument to the creativity and generosity of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
A noted scholar of Spanish culture and art, Archer Huntington modeled the couple?s winter home in the style of the Moorish architecture of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
Education Center: The 2,500-square-foot Education Center ? featuring a saltwater touch tank and a live baby alligator among its exhibits ? was created to share with visitors the interdependence of human beings and the natural community, focusing on the intersection of land, marsh and sea that makes the Grand Strand such an attractive and critical environment.
The center is open Tuesday through Sunday year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at the marsh boardwalk.
For program information, contact the center at 843/235-8755.