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Relax or Revel in Surfside Beach

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Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.
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The Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience at Brookgreen Gardens allows visitors to see a variety of butterflies up close.

Surfside Beach will engage the kids in outdoor activities that provide experiences they will remember for a lifetime.

Take them to Shoreline Watersports in Surfside Beach for a day of fun in the sun. Enjoy parasailing over the Atlantic, with single, double and triple flights available. Flight times are 10 minutes long. Or go for a rip-roaring banana boat ride through the waves. The rubber rafts can hold up to six people. (All riders musy be at least 42 inches tall.) Whichever you choose, be prepared to get wet. But that's half the fun!

 

Visitors come from around the world to see Brookgreen's beautiful gardens and spectacular sculptures.

It’s just a quick 20-minute drive from Surfside Beach to Brookgreen Gardens, an enchanting place to marvel at nature’s beauty, admire magisterial art, befriend animals, and learn about South Carolina Lowcountry history. A National Historic Landmark, Brookgreen is considered to be the jewel of the Grand Strand and has been welcoming visitors to its 9,000 acres since 1931. This historic property was previously a working rice plantation and is now an award-winning sculpture garden surrounded by nature’s most beautiful creations. Families will enjoy Brookgreen's Lowcountry Zoo, showcasing South Carolina native wildlife through exhibits, tours and programs.

 

More than 300 species of birds have been sighted at Huntington Beach State Park, making it a bird-watching hot spot.

Make sure to save some time to stop at Huntington Beach State Park, one of the state's premier park destinations. Huntington Beach State Park has some of the finest surf fishing to be found along the coast or you can just walk along miles of pristine Grand Strand beach, or do some bird-watching along the causeway or boardwalk. You might even see an alligator or two in the freshwater pond. Make sure you explore Atalaya, a Moorish-style castle that was once the home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, a philanthropist and a sculptor who established Brookgreen Gardens.

Allison Vile
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.