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Don’t Miss North Myrtle Beach’s Hidden Gems

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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You’ve seen and played in all of North Myrtle Beach’s big attractions—now check out the city’s equally entertaining hidden gems. Here are just a few:

Heritage Shores Nature Preserve – Explore the marsh habitat in this seven-acre nature park located on an island in Cherry Grove. A series of elevated boardwalks and observation docks provide access to the land, preserved in its native state. Interpretive signs describe the plants, animals, fish and birds that can be seen in the park.

Alligator Adventure – One of the biggest reptile parks in the world, this family attraction is home to Utan, the largest crocodile in the country. In addition to viewing the house residents, which include more than just reptiles, the park presents alligator feedings in the spring and summer and alligator handling in the cooler months.

Carolina Vineyards and Winery – Located in Barefoot Landing, this winery offers dry, medium and sweet versions of varietal and fruit wine, including blackberry, elderberry, red raspberry, peach, red plum, blueberry, merlot, chardonnay and pinot grigio.

Cherry Grove Pier – Built in the 1950s, the pier was renovated and lengthened in 1999 after a visit from Hurricane Floyd. Now 985 feet long, it features a two-story observation deck and tackle shop offering equipment rentals, bait and supplies.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.