Green city escape: Myrtle Beach

Brookgreen Gardens. Source: Myrtle Beach Convention &Visitors Bureau.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has long been a favorite of visitors because of its 60 miles of white sand beaches, waterparks, live entertainment and world-class golf.  Its location on the East Coast brings lots of regional crowds looking to escape the hustle and bustle and summer heat of Northern cities.  But its mild fall and winter temperatures are also attracting visitors seeking entertainment beyond the Boardwalk.  Here are just a few of the activities available to green enthusiasts.

Visit

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is home to more than 900 works (550 currently displayed) by 300 of the greatest names in American sculpture, past and present. In addition to the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden, visitors can explore the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve with its native plants and animals, and the E. Craig Wall Jr. Lowcountry Center, featuring exhibits and educational programs focusing on the area’s rich history. Guests can visit varied ecosystems and historic sites via boat or overland aboard Springfield tidal creek excursions and Trekker back-roads excursions.

Hobcaw Barony

Hobcaw Barony is a 17,500-acre wildlife refuge on the southern end of the Grand Strand on 14 former rice plantations.  It offers teaching and/or research in forestry, marine biology, and the care and propagation of wildlife, flora and fauna in connection with colleges and/or universities in the state of South Carolina.  Tours are offered throughout the year. A reconstruction era village is also an intact feature of the property.

Lowcountry Plantation Tours

Cap’n Rod Singleton brings a lifetime’s experience of tales and folklore to Lowcountry Plantation Tours as a native of the lowcountry. The year-round tours offer a unique opportunity to experience coastal South Carolina in ways never seen by the land-bound visitor. The Lowcountry Plantation Tour Boat is a safe, comfortable 56-foot pontoon boat, offering shaded deck seating and clean, modern restrooms. It is fully USCG certified, and handicap accessible. The tours offer visitors a relaxing glimpse into the history and stories of the past. Tours include: Plantation River Tour, Lighthouse Shell Tour and the Ghost Story & Harbor Tour.

Myrtle Beach State Park

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal Program, Myrtle Beach State Park was the first state park to open to the public, and was declared a Heritage Trust Site. This 312-acre Park includes a nature center home to snakes, turtles and marine animals, as well as a backyard wildlife habitat featuring a captivating butterfly garden and birdhouses. It is known to be among the best bird-watching locations on the East Coast. Campsites, cabins, apartments and picnic areas are available.

Waccamaw Riverwalk

Situated in Conway, SC, the Waccamaw Riverwalk is a fresh boardwalk that winds along the beautiful banks of the Waccamaw River – once called “the boldest river in South Carolina.  Visitors to the Riverwalk can partake in a number of activities from canoeing to pontoon and fishing boat rentals.  Guided expeditions and walks are also available.  For those who want to simply stroll, there are riverfront dining options or visitors can even pack a picnic from one of the neighboring eateries on Main St.

Stay

The Inlet Sports Lodge

The Inlet Sports Lodge, a new 30-unit resort geared toward sport enthusiasts, just opened its doors in Murrells Inlet a year ago. The Inlet Sports Lodge contains studios and two-bedroom luxury suites and truly caters to sporting. The resort’s amenities include a fish cleaning station, a courtyard with grills and a fire pit, and ample storage space for golf and fishing gear. The development also features a pool, tiki bar, and Bliss restaurant along with an owner’s clubroom and concierge services to help plan fishing trips and sporting outings. The Inlet Sports Lodge also caters to eco-tourists, with its wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy.

Kingston Resorts Sports & Health Club

The newly-renovated Kingston Resorts has completed the first round of renovations to its 50,000 square-foot Sport & Health Club.  Along with new equipment and updates to the space, the renovation also includes upgrades to the fitness center as well as renovations of the retail space. The Sport & Health club is accessible to guests as well as the public, and offers numerous recreational activities.

Check www.myrtlebeach.com  for more ideas and holiday deals!

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