If fun in the sun is not your thing, you may want to visit a few local treasures around Myrtle Beach to make your vacation an experience. Here are a few attractions that Myrtle Beach locals recommend to folks looking for something different from the usual beach or golf vacation.
Waites Island offers a perspective rare in our modern world – the perspective of unspoiled nature the way the indigenous peoples and the 1st European settlers saw it. Waites Island is 1000+ acre undeveloped barrier island; one of the few undeveloped barrier islands on our Atlantic Coast. When you visit Waites Island, you will want to bring your camera because you may have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a loggerhead sea turtle, a bald eagle or a bottlenose dolphin in their natural habitat. Plan accordingly, as Waites Island is only accessible via boat or kayak tour.
La Belle Amie Vineyard
If you are a wine lover or if you simply like to relax and enjoy music in a beautiful wooded landscape, then La Belle Amie Vineyard is just the place for you. La Belle Amie is an operating vineyard, formerly a Tobacco plantation, located in North Myrtle Beach/Little River and is the home of Twisted Sister Wines. La Belle Amie Vineyard has daily wine tastings where guests can sample any of the 17 varietals under the Twisted Sister Wines brand while listening to live music. La Belle Amie Vineyard is a great off-the-beaten path attraction that’s sure to make your visit to the Grand Strand memorable. Get more information about La Belle Amie Vineyard here.
New South Brewing
Beer and Yoga? Since opening in 1998 New South Brewing has established itself as a must visit attraction for visitors looking for a non-traditional beach vacation. Decked in Star Wars memorabilia, the tap room at New South Brewing offers weekly tours on Wednesdays and visitors can sample or purchase available varietals. Get your downward facing dog on Sunday mornings at New South Brewing by taking a 1-hour yoga class with complimentary beer chaser. Be sure to try the new Drink a Peach beer while you are visiting. Check on special events at New South Brewing by visiting their website: https://newsouthbrewing.com/
Take a short drive to the artsy Mayfair neighborhood of Conway and explore your creative side. Since 1986, Eddie and Barbara Streeter have operated Conway Glass, a glassmaking studio in Conway, SC. While some glassblowing studios may allow you to watch the artistry of glassblowing from a distance, Conway Glass offers beginners classes that allow visitors to safely blow their own glass ornaments, vases, bowls and paperweights. Because Conway Glass started out as a stained glass studio, you’ll also find a stained glass studio and gallery when you visit. Check out Conway Glass’ homepage for details on class times here: https://www.conwayglass.com/
Looking for a little culture or an educational adventure for your family? Check out Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC. Brookgreen Gardens offers year round exhibits including sculpture exhibits, historical tours and botanical collections. Brookgreen Gardens also includes the Lowcountry Zoo, where you and your family can get an up-close looks at animals, birds and insects native to the coastal region in their natural habitat. Get more information on Brookgreen Gardens here: https://www.brookgreen.org