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North Myrtle Beach Eco-Tours & Adventures

Nature at its finest in Cherry Grove Inlet and Salt MarshEco-tourism is regarded as responsible travel to natural areas. Along with cultural and historical tourism, it supports the conservation of environments and cultures. During your family 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 the low country culture and history. Enjoy fun day trips and return to relax and unwind in your comfortable vacation rental home or condominium.

It's adventure time... Get up, get dressed (comfortably) and let's get going! There's lots to see and do and never enough time. North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and the areas south of Myrtle are interlaced with fresh water rivers and ponds, salt water inlets, Take the family shell collecting on pristine South Carolina beachescreeks and estuaries. Enjoy one or more of these scenic tours and see the breathtaking local flora and fauna of South Carolina's Grand Strand.

Black River Outdoors Expeditions - 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 South Caolina's coast with lots of opportunities to view dolphins, osprey, egrets, herons, sea shells and more. Murrells Inlet, S.C. (843) 651-3676

Carolina Rover's Shelling & Lighthouse Tour - Cruise smooth inland waters to a remote barrier island where the Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Accompanied by a local naturalist narrator, you'll enjoy shelling and bird-watching opportunities, view the lighthouse and the site of a Civil War shipwreck. Georgetown, S.C. (843) 546-8822

Carolina Safari Jeep Tours - Come on an adventure that has it all... History, Nature, Ecology and Wildlife. Spacious, safe Jeeps have belted seating for a dozen or more per vehicle and have entertaining world-class pathfinder guides to 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

Cherry Groovin' Kayak Adventures - Kayak rentals for family paddling in the scenic salt marsh and estuary of Cherry Grove Inlet. North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (843) 902-5238

playful bottlenose dolphins just offshore in Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions - Explore the gentle waters of the Waccamaw River or paddle the saltwater creeks leading to nearby Waites Island, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands along the South Carolina coast. Enjoy a glimpse of the natural world as seen by early settlers and Native Americans. Great photo opportunities, narrated tour, kayak paddling & safety instruction. Overnight camping & catfish trips, custom tours, group rates. North Myrtle Beach (843) 241-4588

Hurricane Fleet Dolphin Eco-Tours - Experience the beauty of natural rivers and one of the few remaining Carolina barrier islands with ample chances to sight herons, terns, egrets, southern bald eagles, and red-cockaded woodpeckers. You'll have opportunities 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

See the big cats, gators, and more T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Stations - Interactive conservation at its best at this free wildlife exhibit and living tiger museum. Visit the 50 acre preserve, home to over 50 big cats. Meet "Bubbles" the African elephant, tigers, apes, falcons and more. Have your photo taken with soem 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's Grand Strand area has plenty to offer history and nature afficianados. There are dozens of plantations dating back to the Revolution or before to visit. Some of the best North Myrtle Beach family vacations can be learning experiences, too! It's wonderful to take a bit of the local lore home with you to share with friends and family. Spend a few hours, a day or more basking in the nature and history of the Myrtle Beach area lowcountry. Some suggested places of interest include:

Brookgreen Gardens - 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 and has a scenic Low Country Trail meandering amidst native wildlife as well as historical and cultural exhibits. Combine with a visit to nearby Castle Atalaya and Huntington Beach State Park for an amazing day trip. Murrells Inlet, S.C. (843) 235-6000

Huntington Beach State Park - The best preserved beach on the strand along with the park's freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and martime forest are prime habitats for various birdsPeter Horry, revolutionary war hero and namesake of Horry County (over 300 species recorded) and wildlife. 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 US 17 from Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, S.C. (843) 237-4440

Gullah O'oman Shop & Museum - This unique shop features the best of the low country's crafts - Gullah collectibles, story quilts, sweetgrass baskets, African artifacts, arts and more. Tours, lectures and seminars on Gullah history and culture, too. Pawleys Island, S.C. (843) 235-0747

Kaminski 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. Georgetown, S.C. (843) 546-7706

The Rice Museum in historic downtown Georgetown South CarolinaThe 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. Georgetown, S.C. (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, the grounds and stables of Bellefield Plantation, ride through a slave street and stroll along a salt marsh boardwalk. 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 as it was never allowed to fall into decay. Located on the North Santee River just south of Georgetown, S.C. (843) 546-7891

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