Tag - History - Art - Culture

Explore more than 20 African American cultural sites along the Grand Strand, in both Horry and Georgetown Counties. The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) has created The Green Book of South Carolina, the first mobile web travel guide to African American cultural sites across South Carolina. This mobile book offers visitors and residents a user-friendly guide to celebrating and enriching cultural experiences across South Carolina, including several historic sites throughout the Grand Strand. It’s a contemporary homage…

When people find out the Myrtle Beach area is home to a fantastic symphony orchestra that performs more than 15 concerts a year, they usually say, “I had no idea!” Well, we think you should know that the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) offers world-class talent and an exciting array of performances between September and late April each year. They also strive to provide high-quality educational programs for both young people and adults. Education initiatives include the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, Musicians in the Schools program, annual young…

If you’re not familiar with the arts scene in Myrtle Beach, you’re missing out. From the Myrtle Beach Art Museum – an adorable and free museum just off the ocean featuring local and regional talents as well as rotating exhibits – to the ever-impressive and massive Brookgreen Gardens, there’s much to see and explore across the area. Even more unexpected, however, is how that artistic expression and inspiration has made its way onto the culinary scene. Here’s a list of our favorite spots to grab a bite alongside some thought-provoking art. ART…

Best Places to Welcome Spring

Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:00 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Flowers are peeking through the dirt, trees are preparing to bud and the sun is shining just a bit more. The first day of spring must be close! I’ve always loved the new beginnings that spring brings, which is also why it’s one of my favorite times of year to get away and reconnect with my loved ones: after the chillier months have passed and before the school year rushes to a close. Here is a list of some of the best places to welcome this new season: State Parks Spring is nearly synonymous with flowers, but of course all of nature comes to…

Award-Winning Sculptures

Monday, August 3, 2015 4:00 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

A tradition going back decades returns to Brookgreen Gardens starting this Saturday, with the National Sculpture Society’s 82 nd Annual Awards Exhibition. Available for viewing Aug. 8 through Nov. 1, 2015, this annual juried exhibition presents works from the greats right alongside works from up-and-comers in American sculpture. The National Sculpture Society, America’s oldest professional organization of sculptors, will present 15 awards. In addition, the popular People’s Choice Award will be determined by the votes of Brookgreen Gardens…

A Look Back At Where We Came From

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 4:00 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

In 2015, the Myrtle Beach area is known as a top-notch family beach destination that attracts millions of visitors each and every year. But like all cities and towns across America, it wasn’t always like this. Our history is as rich and varied as any other community. That is why a trip to the Horry County Museum is always such an adventure. Since the beach is such an integral part of who we were, and who we are, it’s fitting that one of the museum exhibits looks at how our 60 miles of coastline have evolved over the generations. Some…

Vacation hot spot Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, welcomes more than 17 million visitors annually to its 60 miles of gorgeous coastline. July is the peak month for these visitors, and yet even now there are wonderful gems to be found where crowds are thin but entertainment is not. Here are some of my favorites: Myrtle Beach Art Museum Home to impressive artwork from living Southern artists including Myrtle Beach natives, as well as rotating special exhibits from the likes of Ansel Adams and Normal Rockwell, the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B.…

Tours of Sandy Island

Thursday, September 13, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

An ever-changing cultural landmark K.M. Just minutes from Myrtle Beach lays a tucked-away island where the past, present and future collide. Being a history buff, I’ve been intrigued by Sandy Island for a while: where access is only by boat and descendents of former African slaves who worked on local rice plantations still reside. So I reached out to Captain Rodney, a native of the island, who offers tours to the public. It all started with a pontoon boat ride, where Captain Rodney explained the history of the Africans who…

Music, Art, Culture and Anniversaries

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Music, art, culture and anniversaries give the Myrtle Beach area a reason to celebrate a little something this season. From a 15th year anniversary all the way to a 40th year anniversary, the music will be breathtaking and the art will be eye opening all season long. Celebrating its 15th anniversary is the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach Art Museum of Myrtle Beach. There is a 9-hole game of art themed mini golf set up on the first floor of the museum to celebrate the anniversary. Through August, locals and visitors will find a beautifully designed…

2nd Avenue Pier

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Myrtle Beach’s popular 2nd Ave Pier was built by Julian Scarborough and St. Julian Springs in the mid-1930s and survived some of the area’s largest storms, including Hurricanes Hazel, David and Hugo. Since its most recent rebuild in 1989, business along the pier is thriving and the fish are biting. 2nd Ave Pier offers more than just another beautiful place to lounge in the sun. The pier is famous for its wide variety of catch, the Pier House Restaurant that is open daily, and the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the third story Open Air Bar is…