The Myrtle Beach area has a fascinating history and the attractions below take every opportunity to educate and entertain our visitors about the rich cultural influences of the area. View the videos below to find out more about Myrtle Beach.
If you're staying more than a few days in the Myrtle Beach area, make sure to plan a day trip to Conway. Pick up a map in the visitors center and set off on a walking tour of this beautiful and historic city. Be sure to visit the Conway City Hall, designed by Robert Mills, who also designed the Washington Monument.
The only one of its kind in the Myrtle Beach area, the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach boasts one-of-a-kind works by a number of renowned American artists. There are 10 galleries with exhibitions that change throughout the year. And the beach cottage that houses the museum is a work of art unto itself.
The recently renovated Horry County Museum is housed in a larger facility that allows it to boast even more pieces that help tell the story of this wonderful area. A new addition is a beautiful aquarium built by the stars of Animal Planet's "Tanked" that houses a variety of local marine life.
Before the Myrtle Beach area became a family-friendly beach destination, the local economy was driven by agriculture. Take a trip back in time by visiting the L.W. Paul Living History Farm. Visitors can take part in farm activities such as plowing with mules, making lye soap and milking cows.
South Carolina Captain Joshua Ward pioneered the popular rope hammock that is a favorite of those across the country who want to catch a nap under a shady tree. The Original Hammock Shop in Pawleys Island has been carrying on the tradition of creating these hammocks by hand.
Pine Lakes Country Club is a major part of the Myrtle Beach area's golfing history, boasting "The Granddaddy," the Grand Strand's first golf course. The course was built in 1927 and stood as the only one in the area for 20 years. It is definitely a unique part of our sporting history.
The Gullah Geechee culture dates back more than 200 years when the Gullah people were the backbone of the rice and cotton industries that once dominated the Carolina slave coast. Today, with almost half a million descendants living between a 500-mile stretch from Jacksonville, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla, their rich heritage and culture are celebrated at the Ultimate Gullah Culture and Gift Exchange.
The Vereen Memorial Historical Garden is a public park in the Little River community is known by locals as the area's best-kept secret. The 115-acre park serves as a great birdwatching destination and a wonderful place to come for a stroll or bike ride. Do yourself a favor and bask in its beauty.