Myrtle Beach is a popular destination for tourists, offering a variety of attractions and activities. But did you know that it is also home to some of the most fascinating historical sites and museums in South Carolina? From Brookgreen Gardens to the Hollywood Wax Museum, there is something for everyone to explore. Brookgreen Gardens is a cultural center and attraction celebrating its 85th anniversary. It features sculpture gardens, a zoo, a play area and nature trail for children, a walking trail, and more.
For an additional fee, visitors can take a boat ride on the Waccamaw River, visit the Butterfly House, or take a guided tour of the oak plantation. Currently, there is a Lego exhibit in Brookgreen with peacock statues made of Lego pieces, giant Lego flowers, and much more. Be sure to check out the Gullah Cultural Program every Wednesday from March to November. The historic city of Georgetown is home to three museums that provide an in-depth look at life on the coast of South Carolina. The Kaminski House Museum and Stewart Parker House offer guided tours of their pre-war houses decorated with period furniture and antiques.
Hear stories about former residents who helped shape the city and struggled to preserve its way of life through wars and other catastrophes. The Mansfield plantation is now operating as a bed and breakfast on the southern outskirts of Georgetown. It was once 900 acres producing more than 6,000 barrels of rice a year during colonial times, planted and harvested by 125 slaves. Guided tours are by appointment only. Ripley's Aquarium is a living museum where adults and children can learn about marine life through observation and interactive exhibits.
EdVenture Children's in Myrtle Beach offers role-playing games and hands-on activities for kids to try on different hats. The South Carolina Hall of Fame at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center honors South Carolinians from the distant and recent past as well as the present. Learn about the marine way of life through this museum's collection of photographs, documents, artifacts, and even the Fresnel lens of the North Island lighthouse. The Wheels of Yesteryear Museum in Myrtle Beach is a must-see for car lovers with its classic collection. Broadway at the Beach's WonderWorks is an interactive museum disguised as a playground that will awaken your child's natural sense of curiosity and creativity. Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer founded Brookgreen Gardens in 1931, including the museum just 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach.
It's best to visit Brookgreen Garden as an all-day trip because there's so much to see that you won't want to leave.