When you think of things to do in the Grand Strand area the beach is always the obvious first choice. Let’s deep dive into some other relaxed outings, as a local, that is not to be missed! The inside scoop if you will. Whether you have family visiting because you now live at the beach or are looking for a way to escape the tourist traffic and southern summer sun. Here are some suggestions:
o Summer Light: Art by Night at Brookgreen Gardens- From 6 PM- 10:00 PM, Wednesday and Saturday nights through August 13th. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. There are food trucks available and live music for your strolling enjoyment. The beauty of this place is not to be missed!
o Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B Chapin Art Museum- Open from 10 AM- 4:00 PM (closed on Sundays & Mondays), this hidden gem is located steps away from the ocean! First opening in 1997, the museum features 11 galleries, including a spacious reception gallery, which houses exhibitions of regional, national, and international artwork that changes frequently. This cost is FREE, but they do take donations. This is a great way to cool off (AC) and enjoy a little culture at the same time. Check out their website for special events and lectures.
o J & L Kayaking-Located in Little River, Justin, and Laurie (J & L) provide a family-friendly, engaging, and fun experience. They have many experiences from crabbing to twilight tours from the experienced kayaker to the beginner. This unique experience will allow you to see and experience the low country from a totally different view.
o Myrtle Beach State Park or Huntington Beach State Park- located on the southern end of Myrtle Beach and in Murrells Inlet. Spend the day in the natural setting of one of these two state parks: hiking, nature trails, biking, beach, and picnicking awaits. Go early, parking is limited, and the park will temporarily close until space is available. A small fee applies for the entire carload. Huntington Beach State Park is even home to the Atalaya Castle, with daily tours available.
o Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk-located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Murrells Inlet Marsh walk is a ½ mile wooden boardwalk accented with marshland and fishing boats, not to mention the array of fresh seafood restaurants. There are outdoor seating areas, water views, and a place for seafood, drinks, and relaxed southern fun!
o Explore Historic Conway-The historic town of Conway, with its live oak-lined streets and historical buildings, is one of the oldest towns in South Carolina. It is also the county seat for Horry County. There are many homes, buildings, and churches that are on the National Register of Historic Sites. Stroll along the 1.5-mile boardwalk along the Waccamaw River, under the decades-old live oak trees dripping with moss. There are numerous unique eating and craft beer establishments and eclectic shopping opportunities too.
o Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens-Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens is located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Little River on more than 115 acres of forest and marshland. This facility includes approximately 3 miles of nature trails and boardwalks that meander through its botanical gardens and along its waterfront. Do not miss adding an oyster shell to the wishing tree!
Get out and go exploring the beautiful low country area called the Grand Strand which we call HOME.