In creating your next Myrtle Beach vacation itinerary, skip over some of the major tourist traps and head for the paths less traveled.
Some of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach are located off the beaten path. The following list of 15 things to do off the beaten path will offer insight on the history, character and backbone of the Grand Strand. Be sure to find the time to check out some of these activities.
1. La Belle Amie Vineyard
La Belle Amie Vineyard is locally-owned and operated and is quickly growing in popularity. There is a lot more to do at La Belle Amie than sample excellent wine. Take a tour of the grounds, and follow Vicki – the owner – as she guides you through the building and operations of local vineyard life. Guided tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., weather permitting. You can call ahead to reserve a spot on the tour, or check availability upon arrival. Self-guided tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. Indigo Farms Market
Located on the border of North and South Carolina is Indigo Farms Market – a family-owned property that has endured six generations of growth and expansion. In its early years, the farm grew indigo – a source of indigo dye, which was the origin of the farm’s name. Today, the farm plays a big role in the local economy, and features some family-fun events as well! Check out the farm’s produce market and bakery offering fresh goods which are mostly grown and prepared on site. In the bakery, shoppers will find an assortment of pies, cookies and other sweets. The bakery also offers lunch options, including sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers and BBQ. The produce market features fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as cured meats, sauces and local honey. The farm also provides shoppers with certified organic produce, which is grown in a certain area of the farm. Also, don’t miss out on the chance to pick your own strawberries or other produce – seasons permitting!
3. Cherry Grove Pier
Standing over the Atlantic since the 1950s, the Cherry Grove Pier is more than just a fishing pier – it is a historic landmark. Today, the pier is a locals’ favorite for fishing, strolling and viewing the coastline, as well as plenty of marine life. Sea turtles, stingrays and sharks can often be seen from the pier during the warmer months, and the fish are also plentiful. Fishing from the Cherry Grove Pier does not require a fishing license. Instead, the cost of State and County permits is included in the pier’s fishing admission fee. If you bring your own rod, it is only $8 to fish from the pier. Rod rentals are also available from the Cherry Grove Pier, as are crab net rentals, and specialty passes.
4. The Waccatee Zoo
One of the best kept secrets in Myrtle Beach is the The Waccatee Zoo, located about 20 minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5p.m., the zoo has been in existence for more than 20 years. There, visitors can see a variety of exotic and domestic animals in a wooded and underdeveloped preserve. The zoo features all kinds of animals, including birds, zebras, big cats and small monkeys. Spend a day the whole family will enjoy, and stop at the snack shop for a nice break. Admission to the zoo is $10 for adults (13+) and $4 for children (1 to 12 years).
5. Brookgreen Gardens
Get a taste of history, art, and wildlife at Brookgreen Gardens. In this over 9,000 acre complex in the South Carolina Lowcountry you will see evidence of former rice plantations, the Gullah culture of the slaves who sustained it, and the native plants & animals of this area. Three ways to experience the history is a walking tour on the boardwalk, traveling the back roads by mini-bus or cruising on a 48 ft. pontoon boat. For your viewing pleasure there are 1,400 sculptures throughout the sculpture garden. Don’t forget to check out the zoo. Exhibits include native animals, domestic animals and birds.
6. T.I.G.E.R.S Preserve
Wild animals up close and personal. This is a safari like no other. Myrtle Beach Safari T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve is a 50 acre preserve in Horry County. You can interact with the wild animals by flying a trained falcon or holding a tiger cub. There are many more opportunities to interact with monkeys, big cats, wolves, leopards, and an elephant. The preserve also features a Liger which is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Schedule your tour of the preserve with limited days available from mid-March through early October.
7. Lee’s Inlet Apothecary & Gifts
Did you forget a prescription? Are you looking for a unique gift? Are you looking for a place to have lunch that takes you back in time to the old days? Well, look no further. Lee’s Inlet Apothecary & Gifts is the place you are looking for for all of these particular needs. You can get your prescription filled and get personalized service. You will find unique gifts in their gift shop and you can get a malt and lunch at their old-fashioned soda fountain. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
8. The L.W. Paul Living History Farm
Experience farm and domestic life as it was in Horry County for the period of 1900–1955. The L.W. Paul Living History Farm is a 17-acre working farm that depicts farm life and work from that period. You can observe plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing, curing meat, preserving vegetables, milking cows and harvesting crops plus so much more. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on government holidays.
9. Historic Georgetown, South Carolina
South of Myrtle Beach is historic Georgetown, the 3rd oldest city in South Carolina. This waterfront community offers shopping, dining, boating, fishing, historic tours, ghost tours, and museums. Learn about the history and culture of the area by visiting the Georgetown County Museum, The Gullah Museum, The Rice Museum or the South Carolina Maritime Museum.
10. Hobcaw Barony
Hobcaw Barony is a 16,000-acre research, education and conservation center, owned by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, less than an hour south of Myrtle Beach. Through tours, programs and the museum you will have the opportunity to learn about the history, heritage and ecosystem of the area. The plantation encompasses Hobcaw House, Bellefield Plantation and Fairfield Village, the last 19th century slave village on the Waccamaw Neck.
11. Inlet Point Plantation
A great experience for the horse enthusiasts in your party. Check out the specific tours and requirements for the horseback rides that Inlet Point Plantation has to offer. They are open year round and have a variety of rides available for the inexperienced or the experienced rider. You can also schedule special group rides. Reserve your horseback ride today, available Monday through Saturday!
12. Coccadott’s Cake Shop
Coccadott’s Cake Shop began in New York and has expanded to only two destinations outside of its home state. Myrtle Beach is fortunate to be the location for one of those bakeries. You may recognize the name from one of the many television appearances they have made, including Cup Cake Wars. They make a wide variety of cupcakes and cakes, frostings, and even fillings. Stop by their store or contact them to plan your party or wedding desserts.
13. Historic Conway, SC
Within minutes of Myrtle Beach is the historic river town of Conway. Find a place to park and take a walking tour where you will find beautiful scenery, great places to eat and shop and the Riverwalk, a wooden walkway along the Waccamaw River. While in the area be sure to visit Conway Glass for beautiful blown glass and stained glass items.
14. Atalaya Castle
Atalaya is a historic house built on an over 9,000-acre property by Archer Huntington for his wife Anna as a winter home. It is nestled within Huntington Beach State Park, a part of the original property. Guided tours are available in-season and self-guided tours are available in the off-season. Anna was a sculptor and some of her work is displayed at Brookgreen Gardens.
15. The Hammock Shops Village
Enjoy a unique shopping experience at The Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island. The focal point of the village is The Original Hammock Shop where hand-woven hammocks are sold. Behind the shop is The Hammock Weavers pavilion where the art of hammock weaving is demonstrated.
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