Myrtle Beach

By Leslie Moore

Myrtle Beach

Home to many historic landmarks and legends, there are many footprints to follow and to be made on Myrtle Beach’s beautiful sandy shores. Off the beaten path and hidden beneath the many golf courses and incredible attractions is a whole world of culture and undiscovered gems. One of a kind shells may line our beaches, but this oceanfront paradise hosts more than meets the eye. The Sasee staff has discovered an array of sights, happenings and hangouts that you may not have had a chance to experience. For fun after hours or an enlightening cultural experience, to the adrenaline seekers dream or for those who just love the great outdoors, there is something unexpected to be discovered amidst the hustle and bustle of the Grand Strand.

Sasee wants to know your favorite hangouts! Send your choices and why you love them to lmoore@strandmedia.com!

Art & History

Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

A villa dating back to 1924, this indestructible house of art has stood tall against an attempted demolition and a trying relocation. Dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas, this cultural haven strives to engage communities and visitors through unique exhibits and interactive, educational programs for all ages.

The Myrtle Beach Train Depot

The Myrtle Beach Train Depot

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1937 structure residing in the heart of the Myrtle Beach area has been restored and re-opened in 2004 for public use. Reminding visitors of the glory days of train travel, this landmark serves as the city’s activity hub providing an active link to the city’s past and a focal point for its future. This great hall with exposed wood and sliding freight doors is now open for community meetings, committees, receptions, activities and parties.

Food, Drink and Song

Carolina Country Music Fest

Carolina Country Music Fest

For the second year, June 10-12, music fans and beach lovers unite for a three day weekend of outdoor entertainment with a musical lineup that never disappoints. Held in a beautiful ocean side setting, this festival of country’s best spans 18 acres of coastal area from the famous Myrtle Beach boardwalk to venues on Ocean Boulevard.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

Fantasy Harbour Boulevard houses the best backyard in Myrtle Beach. A rustic, rollicking joint on the Intracoastal Waterway, this welcoming home away from home is the place to hang out with friends and family. Every “Sunday Funday” hosts a summer concert series with an eclectic lineup of genres and the best bar food and draft beers on the waterfront.

Anchor Cafe

Anchor Cafe

Indulge yourself with a casual waterfront dining experience at the Grand Dunes marina. An open-air dining venue, the Anchor Cafe is a favorite among locals and boaters. Dock your boat and relax with a refreshing beverage and dive into a delicious lunch or dinner at a cafe that will anchor your heart.

Fun Outdoors

Myrtle Beach State Park

Myrtle Beach State Park

An outdoor wildlife habitat and natural education center, our state park offers an escape of peace and solitude for all ages. A fishing pier, bird watching, three playgrounds, picnic shelters, some of the best swimming areas anywhere along the Atlantic, equestrian facilities and, of course, beautiful nature trails, some with bike access. If hunting treasure is your fancy, the first South Carolina State Park allows geocaching and dates back to 1936. With unique wildlife and a diverse array of maritime grassland flora, this local’s favorite is a site to behold.

The Horry County Bike and Run Park (aka The Hulk)

The Horry County Bike & Run Park (aka The Hulk)

Come face to face with the beast of Myrtle Beach. Be sure to pack your mountain bike because this seven mile single track course is competitive and challenging with short steep climbs, twists and technical drops. They call it “The Hulk” for a reason, but with a sense of adventure and an appetite for fun, superpowers are not needed to defeat our beach’s neighborly beast.

Palmetto Adventure Land Playground

Palmetto Adventure Land Playground

Located just west of Myrtle Beach, in the Carolina Forest area, the Palmetto Adventure Land Playground is a hidden gem for children. This huge community playground was designed and decorated by local elementary students and built by area volunteers with a number of fun features including a boat, submarine, wave facade, swings, slides, monkey bars, games, picnic shelters and more. There are play areas for both school-aged children and preschoolers, and the area also provides access to the nearby Carolina Forest Library and Carolina Forest Recreation Center with a public gym, fitness room and more.

Market Common’s Grand Park

Market Common’s Grand Park

Children and adults love this outdoor recreation area located in Market Common. Several ponds, playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic shelters, and a gymnasium are located here. You’ll even find a roller hockey rink! Runners, walkers and bikers can use the beautiful trails for a fun workout, too!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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