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Off the Beaten Path in Myrtle Beach

Who hasn’t heard of world-famous Myrtle Beach? This small seaside town welcomes over 14 million visitors to its stretch of shoreline each year. For generations, families have been making their annual pilgrimage to the golden sands of the Grand Strand along South Carolina’s northeastern coast to enjoy a fun-filled vacation of sunbathing, swimming, golf, dining, amusements, shag dancing and about a hundred other things to do!

Of course, summertime is the most popular time of year for a Myrtle Beach vacation. But with its year–round mild climate and ongoing activities and attractions, any time of year is the perfect time to enjoy a vacation here. Plus, when you book in the off-peak season, you’ll be avoiding the crowds and saving more valuable vacation Points, too! You’ll also be more likely to:

  • Book on shorter notice and still find availability
  • Book a stay at your desired resort
  • Have a greater range of accommodations to choose from
  • Be able to book a larger villa

Choose from five Bluegreen resorts in Myrtle Beach to to book a stay:

  • Carolina Grande™ Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach and across the street from the ocean,
    this 20-story resort offers spectacular views of the ocean and Grand Strand, the hub for shopping and dining.
  • Harbor Lights™ Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, about 5 miles from the beach, this nautical-
    themed resort offers a central location to some of the area’s best golf courses, plus amusement parks, speedways, outlet malls and water sports.
  • Horizons at 77th This beachfront Bluegreen Club Associate resort is also conveniently within walking distance to fun-filled attractions, family-friendly dining, live entertainment and more.
  • SeaGlass Tower™ Standing 19 stories high and made of glass from top to bottom, SeaGlass Tower affords its guests breathtaking views of the beach and ocean below.
  • Shore Crest Vacation Villas I & II™ This beachfront resort in North Myrtle Beach offers breathtaking ocean views, plus unlimited shopping, family dining and the entertainment to match at nearby Barefoot Landing.

While you’re sure to experience many of the well-known visitor activities and attractions while on vacation here, there are also some really great but lesser-known points of interest off the beaten path in Myrtle Beach that can really round out your itinerary and enrich your family’s vacation experience.

Explore miles of beach on horseback: Saddle up at Inlet Point Plantation Stables and take your family on an equestrian adventure! From beginner to experienced rider, the riding tours offered are designed to accommodate family members of all skill levels and ages. Enjoy an oceanfront trot along a private island beach, explore tranquil plantation pathways along Dunn Sound, or enjoy a romantic sunset ride for two, for a truly unforgettable vacation experience. To make reservations, call 843.249.2989.

Visit an Area Vineyard: When you think of the grape-producing regions of the world, coastal South Carolina probably doesn’t figure high on your list. But this part of the world is home to the native muscadine grape, a hearty variety that produces wines of varying sweetness. Sample some delicious select vintages in the wine-tasting room at La Belle Aimee Vineyard in Little River, about 20 miles north of Myrtle Beach along the Grand Strand. This local vineyard regularly hosts wine tastings, vineyard tours and concerts with live local bands all year long. For a list of upcoming tastings and events, call 843.399.9463.

Have a Shark Sleepover: For a memorable family experience, pack up the kids and head to Ripley’s Aquarium located in the heart of Myrtle Beach to spend a fun-filled night camping in Dangerous Reef Tunnel. The exhibit is Ripley’s most popular and most enchanting for good reason, with thousands of sea creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors (including giant stingrays, sea turtles and several species of shark) swimming all around you in crystal-clear water—you’ll feel like you can almost reach out and touch them!

Young campers also get to enjoy an aquarium scavenger hunt, educational craft activities, and a self-guided aquarium tour. Late night snacks and continental breakfast are also included. To make a reservation, call 800.734.8888, EXT. 3226.

Pedal Your Way Along the Grand Strand
Biking is a wonderful way to explore this iconic seaside resort city. Inviting bike lanes along Ocean Drive make it easy to navigate your way to many beachfront attractions. Ditch the asphalt and head for the tightly-packed sand of Myrtle Beach, ideal for a shoreline bike ride. Myrtle Beach Bike Rentals-N-Tours delivers bikes right to your door, and also offers bicycle tour packages. To reserve a bike, call 843.222.3840.

Explore Enchanted Gardens: Brookgreen Gardens is a gorgeous 9,100-acre outdoor museum located just 18 miles south of Myrtle Beach. In 2013, TripAdvisor included Brookgreen in its list of Top Ten Public Gardens in the U.S. It is home to lush and colorful display gardens featuring 300-year old oaks, plus over 1,400 elegant sculptures and a zoo with an amazing variety of rescued wildlife.

The land itself occupies an abandoned rice plantation, and self-guided educational trails inform you about the history of the place as well as the heritage of the indigenous Gullah-Geechee culture, which evolved from the West African slaves who were brought to work the rice fields of the Carolina and Georgia coastal areas. To learn more about programs and tours, call 843.235.6000.

Get Up Close & Personal with One of South Carolina’s Largest Predators
The American gator is a dangerous creature, but you can view these fierce predators safely at Alligator Adventure at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Exciting live feedings showcase the strength and prowess of these creatures. For tickets, call 843.361.0789.

Get a Bird’s-Eye View of the Beach
Myrtle Beach Helicopter Rides offers a range of breathtaking aerial tours of the Grand Strand. The views that will give you a different perspective of the area. For tours, call 800.FLY4FUN.

Travel Back to 1732: A leisurely half-hour drive south from Myrtle Beach brings you to the incredibly charming city of Georgetown, South Carolina’s third-oldest city. Dubbed “Little Charleston,” Georgetown is a giant when it comes to historic attractions. This colonial-era seaport city will instantly charm you with its oak-lined avenues, riverfront shopping and dining, scenic Harborwalk, dozens of majestic antebellum mansions, and rich history. Its central historic district dates back to the early 18th century – when the area was bustling with plantations – and is incredibly well-preserved. The historic buildings along the waterfront have mostly been converted into restaurants, bars and boutique shops, and are a great place to shop and stop in for a bite.

Since it is surrounded by water, one of the best ways to explore Georgetown is by boat. Hop aboard a 56-foot pontoon boat Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tours for a relaxing tour of Winyah Bay and the surrounding rivers, where you’ll pass plantation mansions and long-abandoned rice fields. On board, your experience is enhanced by Lowcountry native Cap’n Rod, who entertains and enlightens his passengers about the history and local lore of the area. Call 843.477.0287 to book a boat tour.

Feeling adventurous? Stick around on a Friday until after sunset and take a haunted, lantern-led tour through the historic district hosted by Ghosts of Georgetown, where the spirits of the past are said to still roam centuries-old streets. It’s a fun (and spooky) way to learn about Georgetown’s long history, as well as the 18th-and-19th-century rice planters, sea captains, servants, sailors, heartbroken brides-to-be and many other colorful characters who lived here during the last 275 years. For tour information and reservations, call 843.543.5777.

On the way to Georgetown from Myrtle Beach, you’ll pass through Pawleys Island, a small, sandy island about 3 miles long that was a popular resort destination in the 19th century and famous for its Pawley Island hammocks. Today, it still retains a quaintness and relaxed pace that makes it an ideal locale for a day of cycling, or just lounging in the sun on the dunes facing the blue Atlantic.

Cuddle Up with a Siberian Tiger
Visit T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, a wildlife conservation facility that features “animal ambassadors,” including Siberian tiger cubs that you can interact with and pose for pictures with for a fee. It’s a memorable experience for the whole family. Call 843.361.4552 for current hours. 

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