Earlier this month, I headed south to Myrtle Beach, SC. This is a place I thought I knew pretty well – where to go, what to do, where to eat. Boy oh boy was I wrong! The Grand Strand in South Carolina is full of secrets and surprises. Whether you’re a Myrtle Beach newbie, or a veteran vacationer, I guarantee you will be intrigued by some of the 60 Best Kept Secrets of the Grand Strand. What should you know before YOU go to Myrtle Beach? Well here’s a sneak peek at 5 must see Myrtle Beach secrets.
Ripley’s Aquarium – Where you can get a hands on Sting Ray experience!
Ripley’s Aquarium claims itself to be South Carolina’s most visited attraction, and it’s not hard to see why. There is something here for everyone. Young children will be happy to take in all of the sights of colorful fish, majestic looking jellyfish, and tough shelled Horseshoe Crabs. The moving walkway through the tunnel of sharks is enough to keep even the toughest tourist entertained. The Ripley’s Aquarium experience is topped off with a sting ray touch tank. Who knew these guys were so friendly?
The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro – A certifiably haunted house offering cooking classes.
If fine dining is what you are looking for, look no further than The Brentwood in Little River, SC. Chef Masson, originally from Brittany, France, sees to it that every detail of your Southern inspired French cuisine is delightfully delicious. The restaurant is located inside on old house… possibly complete with its original occupants. Their picture still hangs in the restroom! The best thing about the dining experience at The Brentwood is just that – it’s an experience. Food is to be enjoyed and the family friendly atmosphere here ensures everyone will leave with a happy tastebuds and a full belly.
Hobcaw Barony – Visit an intact 19th century slave village.
The stories that fill the rooms of the main house at Hobcaw Barony are enough to bring any visitor in for a tour. The fact that you can see the breathtaking Winyah Bay, admire the architecture of the 1930’s Hobcaw House, and see artifacts from the Baruch family is more than intriguing. Walking down the road through Friendfield Village, one of few remaining 19th century African slave villages, is an experience unlike any other.
Villa Romana –Be serenaded by an accordion player while dining on authentic Italian dishes.
After a trip to Villa Romana, several things will be clear – Italians know how to enjoy their food, homemade Italian food made by a true Italian is the only way to go, and everyone should have an accordion serenade… at least once. The food at Villa Romana is truly some of the best Italian food I have ever had. The menu changes as do the dishes Rinaldo and his wife Franca are preparing. The best Italian food is made from scratch, and everything here is the best.
Brookgreen Gardens – America’s largest outdoor sculpture garden.
Brookgreen Gardens is the perfect stop for anyone who loves the outdoors. You don’t have to be an expert in plant life to appreciate the serene beauty, if you are it’s just an added bonus. The sculptures that fill the gardens are just as mesmerizing as the lush plants. Many of the sculptures seem to come to life as your sitting and staring at them from afar.
Interested in taking a trip to Myrtle Beach yet? Fall is actually one of the best times to go. The weather has cooled off just enough to be bearable, but it’s still plenty warm. Most of the crowds have headed back home. Even though they’re not crowded, the beaches are still perfect for soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the ocean.
Look for more information of some of the secrets of Myrtle Beach coming soon. You can also check out the Myrtle Beach Pin it to Win It contest. It’s a great opportunity to check out the rest of the secrets… and enter to win a free trip.
Have you ever been to Myrtle Beach? What secret sounds like fun to you?
About Ashley (Managing Editor at MomStart): Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010 .
Disclosure – I attended a press trip to Myrtle Beach. All opinions are my own.