If you find yourself staying in a Myrtle Beach Airport hotel, check out some of the many attractions you can enjoy during your stay.
Alligator AdventureDistance from Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport: 16.0mi
U.S. Hwy. 17 N.
North Myrtle Beach
An alligator park and reptile research institute that adjoins Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, this is one of the largest reptile facilities in the world. In addition to alligators and crocodiles, the natural 12.5 acre setting is home to a variety of exotic birds, frogs, snakes, tortoises and lizards.
All are situated in natural surroundings that emulate the beautiful wetland habitats to which these animals are accustomed.
Bellefield Nature Center Distance from Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport: 32.2mi
South of Pawleys Island
The center is open year round, and admission is free.
The Bellefield Nature Center, at the entrance to Hobcaw Barony, is operated by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation. The Center features displays and audiovisual programs on Hobcaw’s history, coastal environments, local wildlife and the teaching and research programs of the Baruch Institutes. Visit the saltwater touchtank and snake displays. Audiovisual programs are also shown daily. There are no walking trails or self-guided tours, and advance reservations are required for guided tours and special programs.
Brookgreen GardensDistance from Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport: 19.0mi
US Highway 17 South
Located twenty miles south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens is known as the most beautiful sculpture garden in America. In 1930, Archer Milton Huntington, and his sculptress wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, purchased four colonial plantations. In 1931 they organized a non-profit institution to preserve habitats for native plants and animals while providing an outdoor showcase for American Figurative Sculpture.
Brookgreen is also home to a 23-acre Wildlife Park that protects the habitats of a wide variety of indigenous animals.
Brookgreen’s botanical gardens feature 2,000-plus species and sub-species of plants.. “The Springfield,” a pontoon-type craft that accommodates approximately 50 passengers tours the flora and fauna of the creeks, as guides identify such and give historical aspects of the rice fields.
Broadway At the Beach Distance from Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport: 5.0mi
1325 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-7445
a 350-acre entertainment complex in the heart of Myrtle Beach, offers 20 restaurants including Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, Official All Star Café, Easyriders Café and NASCAR Café. Broadway at the Beach, nestled around a 23-acre lake, features more than 100 specialty shops and attractions such as Celebrity Square nightclub district, Carmike’s Broadway Cinema 16, The Palace Theater, NASCAR SpeedPark and Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf.
Broadway at the Beach also offers IMAX Discovery Theater and Ripley’s Aquarium.
Butterfly PavilionDistance from Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport: 4.1mi
Broadway at the Beach
Open daily. Call for hours.
The 22,500 square foot Butterfly Pavilion is a fully enclosed butterfly habitat featuring North American and tropical butterflies. It contains a 30 foot waterfall, a sunken pirate ship and colorful moths, butterflies, and birds. Interactive displays include a giant (walk-through) bee hive.
Carolina Safari Jeep ToursDistance from Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport: 10.1mi
Tours take place twice daily during the summer; other seasons, once a day.
Each specially designed tour vehicle seats 10 to 13 passengers and a tour guide “safari-style,” allowing for an extensive and personalized overview of area history and local lore as well as tons of narrative information.
The itinerary includes natural coastal attractions, historic areas, old plantation homes, two islands and an unexpected abundance of natural beauty.
Binoculars are provided, and you’re welcome to bring cameras;
Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin Art MuseumDistance from Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport: 2.8mi
3200 S. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
The museum features an art gallery, gift shop and an art education center.
The art gallery building is housed in the former Springmaid Villa, a 1920s beach house that was saved from demolition. Renovations created 10 galleries with a total 3,600 square feet of exhibition space, a tea room and a large seminar room. Exhibits in the gallery showcase local and regional artists and national art exhibits.