In the mood for something different? Perhaps a relaxing day with the family at a slower pace. If this sounds perfect, head south to visit Hopsewee Plantation, located in historic Georgetown, only a 30-minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach. Built almost 40 years before the Revolutionary War, Hopsewee is full of history. This beautiful low country plantation house has remained perfectly preserved throughout the years as only five different families have owned it.
Visiting the plantation is as if you are traveling back through time to the 18th century. The grounds are a perfect place for a nature lover with the green and gray moss covered trees and the North Santee River. Made of black Cyprus and furnished in 18th century style furnishings and antiques, the owners have kept the plantation house in its original glory.
You can engage in various activities while visiting Hopsewee including an hour-long tour of the plantation house from the cellar to the attic. View the original slave quarters while learning about the rich history of the plantation. Take a stroll on one of the wooded trails around the grounds and take in the beautiful scenery. Hopsewee even offers a basket making class, a low country tradition. End your tour with a delicious lunch or afternoon tea at the River Oak Cottage. It is one of the top-rated tearooms in South Carolina. They serve homemade traditional Southern dishes.
Hopsewee is the perfect place to host your party or group. Take a guided group tour through the plantation and learn about Thomas Lynch, the South Carolina signer of the Declaration of Independence. Then enjoy an elegant southern tea or have a dinner meeting with state of the art audiovisual equipment and banquet room that seats up to 64.
Although the house is still a private residence, it is open for tours February-November from 10am-4pm and 12pm-4pm Saturday. Visitors are welcome in December and January by appointment only. Tour tickets are $7.50 for children 11 and under, $10.50 for students ages 12-17 and $17.50 for adults. For information on tours and tickets call (843) 546-7891.
Myrtle Beach is known for its pristine shoreline, diverse array of family friendly entertainment, and world class cuisine. Many visitors, however, are unaware of the variety of shopping options that the Grand Strand has to offer. From outlet stores to malls filled with all of your favorite national retailers, you can find it all in the Myrtle Beach area. If you are seeking truly unique items, however, head south to the Hammock Shops Village.
Located in the quaint town of Pawley’s Island, the Hammock Shops Village have been a favorite among locals and area guests for almost 100 years! The shops are nestled under ancient oak trees that provide welcomed shade during the warmer months and there are plenty of benches scattered throughout the venue for you to sit down and enjoy the scenery.
The shops offer a variety of items – from apparel and handmade jewelry to specialty food items and one of a kind souvenirs – making it easy to find something unique. Visitors can even find something special for their furry friends at Lulu’s Paw Boutique. And, of course, you won’t want to leave without seeing what this historic venue is famous for – their hammocks! Watch as skilled artisans make hammocks from scratch and take one home to remember your trip.
Aside from the charming stores, the Hammock Shops Village is also home to several local restaurants that serve up classic lowcountry cuisine. Nosh, open daily for lunch and dinner in addition to a decadent Sunday brunch, offers upscale cuisine and an extensive wine list. Perfect for special occasions or a fun night out on the town, Nosh serves up the best fresh, local ingredients on their progressive menu. For more casual but equally delicious fare, try BisQuit, a new addition to the Hammock Shops. BisQuit serves a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and breakfast items on – you guessed it - fluffy, homemade biscuits. They are also known for their decadent milkshake concoctions which come as is or with the addition of alcohol for the perfect tasty adult beverage.
If you enjoy a slower pace and have an appreciation for true local artisans then a trip to the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops should be part of your Myrtle Beach vacation itinerary. The drive south will surely be worth the great food and unique gifts that you will find at this local venue. This quaint setting has been around for almost 100 years and promises to be around for a lot longer than that. Make the Hammock Shops a part of your beach tradition!
Millions of visitors flock the Myrtle Beach each year to enjoy our pristine beaches and family oriented atmosphere. Though our beaches are great – when you get your fill of the sun and sand, it is important for the area to offer plenty of other fun things to do when you have had enough of the water – and this is where Myrtle Beach shines. The Grand Strand is packed with plenty of family friendly attractions, many of which are within just a few miles of Coral Beach Resort, meaning you won’t have to look far to please the family. Here’s our list of attractions and entertainment close to the resort, check out a few during your stay in Myrtle Beach:
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Perfect for thrill seekers and children of all ages, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park is perfect for the whole family! Located just up the road from Coral Beach – this seaside attraction is hard to miss. The park includes daring thrill rides like the Hurricane, Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, and Galleon, and plenty of other milder rides, like Bumper Cars, Kite Flyer, and a Carousel. If you are looking for a little wet n’ wild fun, check out the Family Kingdom Water Park, located just across the street from the amusement park.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
The newly renovated Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is more fun than ever, especially with the addition of the iconic Myrtle Beach Skywheel. This scenic, oceanfront boardwalk spans just over a mile in length and features a variety of local shops, restaurants, and attractions. Throughout the year, the boardwalk hosts a variety of fun, family oriented events and open air concerts that are free to the public! Great for an afternoon on the town or just a scenic walk, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a great place for families.
Golf is a huge draw to the area and Coral Beach Resort is close to a variety of courses; from uber upscale to more casual courses, you can find it all within a few miles of your accommodations. The courses all range in price and difficulty so you can find the perfect course for your specific needs. Looking for a way to involve the kids? Check out one of the many miniature golf courses in the area! Miniature golf courses are plentiful and are an affordable way to enjoy time together.
Broadway at The Beach
Broadway at The Beach is the perfect place to go when you are looking for a venue that combines the area’s best attractions, shopping, and dining all in one convenient location! Located just a few miles away on 21st avenue, Broadway is Myrtle Beach’s epicenter for family friendly fun. Enjoy outdoor attractions, like the NASCAR SpeekPark, Myrtle Waves Water Park, or a Myrtle Beach Pelican’s baseball game. If you get caught with a rare rainy day – fret not! Broadway offers a variety of indoor attractions, like The Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, and MagiQuest.
Aside from the popular Ripley’s Aquarium, located at Broadway at The Beach, there are three other exciting Ripley’s attractions, all located within a stone’s throw of Coral Beach in the downtown area of Myrtle Beach. The Marvelous Mirror Maze is a unique attraction that takes you through a winding maze filled with dead ends and surprising corners – all while the walls are covered in mirrors! The 5D Moving Theater utilizes cutting edge technology and a state of the art motion simulator to give you the experience of a lifetime. Finally, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum showcases oddities from around the world – you won’t believe your eyes!