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Arts and Culture in Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is best known as a fabulous, sun-soaked coastal hotspot. But go beyond the beaches and golf courses, and you'll discover former plantations and restored houses idea for history buffs to explore, while fans of everything from fishing to NASCAR racing will also find plenty to get stuck into.

 

Landmarks

 

Gleamingly modern landmarks are dotted around Myrtle Beach, providing a sleek counterpoint to the sea and sands.

 

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

 

Standing 187 feet tall, Myrtle Beach’s observation wheel dominates the central boardwalk. The enclosed capsules rotate at a leisurely pace, providing the occupants with incredible views over the ocean and beaches. Each trip on the wheel lets you go round 3 times, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to snap photos and drink in the scene.

 

1110 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach SC 29577. Tel:+1 843 839 9200

 

Myrtle Beach Skywheel website
Historic houses

 

Preserved in their southern splendor since the 18th and 19th centuries, traditional plantations can be found around Myrtle Beach. These farming estates drip with Spanish moss, magnificent clapboard houses peeking shyly from behind green veils. Whichever one you visit, you’ll get an insight into South Carolina life in times of revolution, Civil War, and finally, peace.

 

Hopsewee Plantation

 

Far from being a museum piece, this elegant, white house is still a private residence, but with carefully-preserved historic rooms open to the public. Beyond the opulent period furniture, one of the highlights is a distinctly pre-revolutionary themed tearoom. It serves up quaint English classics such as Earl Grey tea and scones.

 

494 Hopsewee Road, Georgetown SC 29440. Tel:+1 843 546 7891

 

Hopsewee Plantation website

 

Museums and galleries

 

Whether you’re into macho muscle cars or intriguing modern art, there’s a museum in Myrtle Beach to interest you. Plus, with all the inspiration provided by the glorious natural landscape, art galleries are bestowed with stunning local works.

 

Wheels of Yesteryear

 

Car fanatics unite – Wheels of Yesteryear is the museum for you. This patriotic ode to classic American cars will have you ogling over gleaming Chryslers and peering into the inner workings of vintage Dodgers. With a collection of over 100 cars to see, leave the non-enthusiasts at the beach and spend a few happy hours here.

 

413 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach SC 29579 . Tel:+1 843 903 4774

 

Wheels of Yesteryear website

 

Art Museum of Myrtle Beach

 

Meanwhile, art lovers will find themselves at home at Myrtle Beach’s main gallery space. From retrospectives of prolific local artists, to exhibitions showcasing a range of art forms, there’s always something interesting to see. If you’re struck by creativity, head to the Art Studio, where workshops take place.

 

3100 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach SC 29577. Tel:+1 843 238 2510

 

Art Museum of Myrtle Beach website

 

Gardens and nature

 

Situated in a lush region of South Carolina between the Atlantic Ocean and Smoky Mountains, Myrtle Beach is blessed with generous state parks and beautiful gardens. Hugging the waters, the regions state parks provide encounters with dolphins and turtles, as well as hiking trails through the forest, while the gardens are perfect for leisurely excursions.

 

Brookgreen Gardens

 

More like an enchanted forest than traditional gardens, Brookgreen is a fascinating, peaceful place. Seasonal blooms flourish amid sculptures of woodland creatures which emerge from the bushes. Visit at Christmas, and you might catch the most magical moment of all – the Night of a Thousand Candles.

 

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet SC 29576. Tel:+1 843 235 6000

 

Brookgreen Gardens website