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Myrtle Beach: Grand on the strand

Surprising Myrtle Beach

Everyone knows the Myrtle Beach area has beautiful beaches and fun-filled theater, but many don’t realize that the destination also has a rich culture and history. For a full flavor of the area, include some of the following destinations and experiences on your tours:

-Hopsewee Plantation, a national historic landmark, survives on the North Santee River. With slave cabins and grounds, attic-to-cellar tours and a tea room available for Southern tea, visitors can imagine they have stepped back to 1740.

-Featuring floral and sculpture gardens, Brookgreen Gardens is a must-see for art and nature enthusiasts. The national historic landmark features an impressive collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting. Brookgreen has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the Carolina coast, and the 9,100-acre property offers guests an awe-inspiring experience.

-Gullah Tours educates groups on a culture dating back to the early 1800s and stars ancestors of enslaved African-Americans.

-Eco Tours at Captain Dick’s Marina offers an interactive education on plants, animals, birds and marine life. Nets and dredges are used to retrieve specimens from beneath the water, and after all have had a chance to observe and sometimes touch and hold, all living specimens are returned to the water. Bottle-nosed dolphins are known to playfully trail the Explorer vessels.

Shop Myrtle Beach
Check out the trendy stores at Tanger Outlets. Beachwear stores abound at outdoor shopping complexes at Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing, and upscale strolling is how you might describe an afternoon at Market Common.

Shells and taffy
A box of saltwater taffy or a seashell Christmas ornament will remind your group members of this tasty and beautiful destination.

Sandy Haines
Group Tour Sales Manager
Myrtle Beach Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau