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Nature at its finest in Cherry Grove Inlet and Salt MarshECO-TOURISM... RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL to natural areas. Along with cultural and historical tourism, ecological tourism supports the conservation of environments and cultures. During your family's vacation in the North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach areas, you'll have wonderful opportunities to view local wildlife in their natural habitats and learn about lowcountry culture and history. A fun day trip can be one of the highlights of your beach vacation.

IT'S ADVENTURE TIME! Get up, get dressed (comfortably) and let's go. There's lots to see and do and never enought time. North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, and the areas to the south and west are interlaced with fresh water rivers and ponds, salt water inlets, creeks and estuaries. Enjoy one of the scenic tours available and see the breathtaking local flora and fauna of South Carolina's Grand Strand.

playful bottlenose dolphins just offshore in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaBLACK RIVER OUTDOORS
- Naturalist guided eco-venture kayak tours of the Black River Preserves, Waccamaw River, Sandy Island, and the 18th century Chicora Wood Plantation creeks and canals. Georgetown, S.C. (843) 546-4840

BLUE WAVE ADVENTURES - These scenic tours emphasize the ecology, wildlife and beauty of the South Carolina coast. You'll have lots of opportunities to view dolphins, osprey, egrets, herons and more. Murrell's Inlet, S.C. (843) 651-3676

CAROLINA ROVER TOURS - Cruise smooth inland waters to a remote barrier island where the Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Take the family shell collecting on pristine South Carolina beachesAccompanied by a local naturalist narrator, you'll enjoy amazing shelling and bird-watching opportunities, view the historic Georgtown Lighthouse, and see the site of a Civil War shipwreck.
Georgetown, S.C. (843) 546-8822

CAROLINA SAFARI JEEP TOURS - An adventure that has it all... History, Nature, Ecology and Wildlife. Spacious, safe Jeeps have belted seating for a dozen or more per vehicle. World-class pathfinder guides will show you the sights, narrate the trek and answer your questions. Carolina Safari was featured in Southern Living magazine and on the Discovery Channel. Myrtle Beach, S.C. (843) 497-5330

GREAT ESCAPES KAYAK EXPEDITIONS - Explore the gentle waters of the Waccamaw River or paddle the saltwater creeks in Cherry Grove Inlet leading to nearby Waites Island, one of our last undeveloped barrier islands. You'll enjoy wonderful photo opportunities, a narrated tour, and kayak paddling & safety instructtion. Share a glimpse of the natural world as seen by early settlers and Native Americans. Overnight camping & catfish trips, custom tours and group rates available. North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (843) 241-4588

HURRICANE FLEET DOLPHIN & ECO-TOURS - Experience the beauty of natural rivers and one of the last remaining Carolina barrier islands with ample opportunities to sight herons, terns, egrets, southern bald eagles and red-cockaded woodpeckers. You'll have chances to fish in the inlet as well as to see and touch sea urchins, crabs, whelks, sponges and sand dollars. Calabash, N.C. (910) 579-3660

T.I.G.E.R.S. PRESERVATION STATIONS - You'll find interactive conservation at its best at this free wildlife exhibit See the big cats, gators, and more and living tiger museum. You can also visit the 50-acre preserve... home to more than fifty big cats. Meet "Bubbles" the African elephant, tigers, apes, falcons and more. Have your photo taken with some of the most beautiful animals in the world. Photo proceeds go toward the care and maintenance of these animals and their relatives in the wild. Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (843) 361-4552
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History and Nature Treks

natural beauty in the salt water estuaries of South Carolina's lowcountryFROM LITTLE RIVER on the north end to Pawley's Island and Georgetown on the south end, the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand has plenty to offer history and nature afficianados. Visit one or more of the many southern plantations dating back to the American Revolution or before.

Some of the most memorable vacations can be learning experiences, too! Take a bit of local lore home with your to share with friends and family. Spend a few hours, a day or more basking in the nature and history of the lowcountry. Some suggested places of interest include:

BROOKGREEN GARDENS - Explore the country's oldest and largest outdoor sculpture garden with over 550 works of American figurative sculpture art on display. Brookgreen is one of the most beautiful public gardens in the South. See special events, historical and cultural exhibits, and enjoy the scenic Low Country Trail. Combine it with a visit to nearby Castle Atalaya and Huntington Beach State Park for an amazing day trip (or two). Murrells Inlet, S.C. (843) 235-6000

Peter Horry, revolutionary war hero and namesake of Horry CountyHUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK - The best preserved beach on the strand along with the park's freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and maritime forest are all prime habitats for wildlife and various birds... with more than 300 species recorded! The park features a Coastal Exploration program with field trips where visitors can join staff for alligator viewing as well as marsh and trail exploration. Castle Atalaya is a National Historic Landmark. Located across U.S. 17 from Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, S.C. (843) 237-4440

The Rice Museum in historic downtown Georgetown South CarolinaKAMINSKI HOUSE MUSEUM - Built around 1769, this well-preserved home contains an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century American and British antiques. Located in the heart of Georgetown's Historic District. (843) 546-7706

THE RICE MUSEUM - This excellent Museum of Art & History's exhibits include dioramas depicting the rice culture and the Brown's Ferry Vessel from the 1730s. The Prevost Art Gallery hosts a rotating art show. Located in Georgetown's Historic District. (843) 546-7706

HOBCAW BARONY - This natural preserve and wildlife refuge was once the winter residence of presidential advisor Bernard Baruch and is open to the public via guided tours. You'll see the mansion where he hosted President Franklin Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill, walk the grounds and stables of Bellefield Plantation, ride through a slave street and stroll along a salt marsh boardwalk. Located across the Waccamaw River before entering Georgetown, S.C. (843) 546-4623

HOPSEWEE PLANTATION - Step into a cool, still spot in history... a National Historic Landmark and birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Built in 1740, this typical low country rice plantation house is a preservation rather than a restoration. It was never allowed to fall into decay. Located on the North Santee River just south of Georgetown. (843) 546-7891


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