South Carolina’s Coastal region offers visitors some of the most beautiful vistas and beachcombing opportunities on the East coast. Offering over 60 miles of unspoiled shoreline, the Grand Strand is one of South Carolina’s best-known areas. Myrtle Beach offers the visitor a bustling scene, with one of the most popular beaches in the country and a happening town just steps from the water offering shopping, restaurants, and lots of southern hospitality. The traveling family will find exciting attractions and unique parks while a couple can find the perfect location for a romantic getaway.
Marsh Vistas Just half an hour down the road from Myrtle Beach rests a remote island offering undisturbed beauty and simplicity. Pawleys Island is a coastal paradise featuring white, sandy beaches, gentle creeks and stunning vistas of the tidal marsh. With nothing much to do aside from touring the small historic district, visiting The Original Hammock Shop, or grabbing lunch and a latte, Pawleys Island is the perfect spot for relaxation away from the maddening crowd!
Families or couples may enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities in Piedmont. Venues range from parks and bowling alleys to night clubs and live music. The area also supplies a myriad of fresh water lakes, rivers and streams, as well as numerous golf courses, including the Golf Hall of Fame. You will also find cotton and tobacco fields in the rural areas as they are big crops for North Carolina.
Things To Do in South Carolina’s Coastal Region
Horry County Museum – Housed in a converted post office adjacent to the Historic District of downtown Conway, the Horry County Museum contains exhibits of the pre history natural history, and human history of Horry County. Monthly exhibits by local artists are offered in addition to the historical and regional exhibits. View a variety of materials from old tools and photographs to displays on the tar and turpentine industries, as well as household items, local crafts, and wildlife specimens.
Florence National Cemetery – Veterans of five wars are buried in this thirty-acre national shrine, often called South Carolina’s “Little Arlington.”
Pee Dee State Farmers Market – The Pee Dee Market features a log cabin gift shop complete with gardens and greenhouses, a 100-year old barn which houses a pecan kitchen and cafe, and a wide selection of statuary products, plants & flowers, and pottery. Fresh fruits 7 vegetables, homemade goods, and seasonal products such as pumpkins are also available.
Broadway at the Beach – This 350-acre complex features 100 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, 10 nightclubs, and 15 themed restaurants including Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville with retail shops and interactive entertainment.
Jurassic Golf – Enjoy miniature golf among life-sized dinosaurs towering over the foliage. Both courses, the Ice Age and Predator, feature 18 holes among mountains and waterfalls.
Myrtle Waves Water Park – Everyone in the family can find something entertaining in the 20 acres of thrilling rides, tube slides, and racing rivers. There is also a special toddler area, and the newest addition, the Aruba Tuba. Facilities include restrooms, showers, and locker rooms, as well as rental services and plenty of food and concessions services.
Ripley’s Aquarium – Travel through the mysterious ocean without getting wet! The aquarium features a Dangerous Reef tunnel which is on a gliding path, where visitors are surrounded on all sides by sharks up to 10 feet long. Other areas include the Discovery Center, Ray Bay with amazing sting rays, Friendship Flats, and Rainbow Rock. View hundreds of species of marine life and enjoy all the comfort facilities.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum – Experience a unique self-guided tour through this astounding museum of the weird, incredible, rare, and unbelievable. Tour 12 unique galleries featuring hundreds of amazing oddities from around the world.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure – Experience the scare of your life with hi-tech animations, special effects, and creepy ghouls who guide you through the frightening remains of the Grimbsy & Streaper Import-Export Co.
Wild Water – Water Race Theme Park – This state of the art amusement park has 16 acres with over 33 rides, a wipeout wave pool, waterfalls, a children’s water playground, miniature golf, and a race track complex.North Myrtle Beach
Alligator Adventure – Find yourself face to face with some of nature’s fiercest yet most beautiful animals at Alligator Adventure. During your visit you will see many species of alligators in their natural habitats of swamps and marshes. You will also encounter an amazing array of reptiles, lizards, turtles, giant frogs, and exotic birds from around the world. There are live shows every hour in addition to the guided tour.
Barefoot Landing – Barefoot Landing is a unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experience with over 100 shops, 14 waterfront restaurants, and the Barefoot Princess riverboat. Stroll down the landing, which is reminiscent of an old fishing village, and enjoy the gentle breezes coming off the 27-acre lake.
Hawaiian Rumble – Hawaiian Rumble is everything miniature golf courses are supposed to be with a magnificent volcano, palm trees, waterfalls, challenging yet fun holes, and an incredibly fun theme. You’ll receive a great Hawaiian Welcome and a colorful lei when you arrive. Hawaiian Rumble is also the site for the Master’s National Championship of Miniature Golf and the US Open held annually.
House of Blues – Reminiscent of an old Southern Delta juke joint, House of Blues offers some of the best local and national blues artists. A Sunday Gospel Brunch offers local and regional gospel artists and a lavish buffet. While you enjoy the music, you can also enjoy scrumptious dining with dishes like Voodoo shrimp, Tennessee Baby Back Ribs and Creole Jambalaya.
Originally called Charles Town, Charleston is situated near the middle of South Carolina’s coast and is the state’s second largest city. Charleston has been a royal colony, seen the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well as the development of a new dance craze “The Charleston” in 1925, and has become the permanent home of the Spoleto Festival USA, a “Festival of Two worlds.” Today, visitors can embark on a journey through time by touring the numerous landmark homes, churches, public buildings, plantations and forests, many of which date as far back as 1720. Some highlights of the historic district include:
Folly Beach – Folly Beach is a barrier island, six miles long and is also the closest beach to historic Charleston. Sea, sand, and surf offer endless opportunities for water activities including beach combing, swimming, surfing, fishing, and sun bathing. The island offers remnants of a maritime forest, the historic Morris Island Lighthouse, and endangered species of birds.
Folly Beach County Park – Offering over 2,500 feet of ocean frontage, the park provides life guards on duty, dressing areas, boardwalks, picnic areas, outdoor showers and restrooms. Chair and umbrella rentals and a snack bar area available seasonally.
Coastal Discovery Museum- The Coastal Discovery Museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn about Hilton Head and other sea islands through hands-on exhibits, activities, and interpretive programs. Enjoy nature tours, history tours, a sea island BioDiversity presentation on local animals, and the Coastal Discovery Gardens including butterfly and perennial gardens.
Green’s Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve- This earthen and oyster shell ground is a feature of late prehistory, and marks the fortified wall of an Indian village. A truly unique archaeological site, the preserve is the only place like it in South Carolina. A nature trail takes visitors throughout the preserve without damaging the property.
Dungannon Heritage Preserve- This 643-acre nature preserve protects one of the top nesting colonies of the federally endangered wood stork. the preserve also provides a nesting and feeding habitat for numerous other birds including ospreys, anhinga, and great blue herons. There are several excellent trails where visitors can walk through property and view the birds.
Ernest F. Hollings National Wildlife Refuge- This refuge is named for the three rivers that drain into the basin. It is home to many endangered and threatened species such as shortnose sturgeon, wood storks, loggerhead sea turtles, and southern bald eagles. Visitors can enjoy bird watching and wildlife viewing.
Boone Hall Plantation- Established in 1681 by Major John Boone, one of South Carolina’s first and original settlers, the Boone Hall Plantation began as a rice plantation. Eventually it was converted into a cotton plantation. Visitors will be guided on a tour of the first level of the house and the nine original slave cabins. One of the plantations most stunning features is the avenue of ancient oak trees leading to the house. Visitors can also enjoy a new butterfly garden. The plantation offers many special programs throughout the year.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site- Remains of brick foundations are all that is left of Snee Farm, the country estate of a drafter and signer of the Constitution, Charles Pinckney. This National Park site features an unfurnished 1820’s tidewater cottage that is not related to Snee Farm, but visitors can still visit. There are also interpretive exhibits, nature walks, and wildlife viewing.
Palmetto Island County Park- This nature-oriented park offer 943 acres of bicycle paths, boardwalks, and picnic sites with grills located throughout the park. Enjoy several playgrounds, fishing and crabbing docks, nature trails, open meadows for games, and an observation tower. The Splash Island Water Park charges an additional fee and offers a thrilling 200-foot slide, a 16-foot otter slide, sprays, waterfalls, geysers, and the Cyclone water ride.
and human history of Horry County. Monthly exhibits by local artists are offered in addition to the historical and regional exhibits. View a variety of materials from old tools and photographs to displays on the tar and turpentine industries, as well as household items, local crafts, and wildlife specimens.