One simply does not come to the Myrtle Beach area and not go to Brookgreen Gardens. Yes, it is that impressive.

Why, you ask? Did we mention that it boasts America's largest outdoor sculpture garden? The grounds include more than 1,400 sculptures created by more than 350 artists. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the gardens' founders wanted Brookgreen to showcase a collection of American figurative sculptures, particularly those that would work in an outdoor setting.

Its stunning oak alley is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic with that special someone, or even just a nice, outdoor lunch with the whole family. If you don't have time to pack your own, the site offers three dining options, all serving up freshly made soups sandwiches and desserts.

Brookgreen Gardens is truly one of the Grand Strand's local treasures and there is so much to discover every time you visit. Another tip: take advantage of the seven-day admission policy, which gets you a full week of exploration with just one ticket.