8 Hidden Gems Near Myrtle Beach That You Won’t Want to Miss

Some of the most interesting things to do in Myrtle Beach are lesser-known or can be found off the beaten path. Learn about the history, character, and backbone of the Grand Strand while enjoying some of these activities.

Off the Beaten Path Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

1. Heritage Shores Nature Preserve is located in North Myrtle Beach on an island that extends into the Cherry Grove Marsh. Read about the plants, animals, fishes, and birds who live in the park as you stroll along the boardwalks and paths.

2. Hobcaw Barony is a 16,000-acre research, education and conservation center, owned by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, less than an hour south of Myrtle Beach. Through tours, programs and the museum you will have the opportunity to learn about the history, heritage, and ecosystem of the area. The plantation encompasses Hobcaw House, Bellefield Plantation and Fairfield Village, the last 19th-century slave village on the Waccamaw Neck.

3. Experience farm and domestic life as it was in Horry County for the period of 1900–1955. The L.W. Paul Living History Farm is a 17-acre working farm that depicts farm life and work from that period. You can observe plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing, curing meat, preserving vegetables, milking cows and harvesting crops plus so much more. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on government holidays.

4. Standing over the Atlantic since the 1950s, the Cherry Grove Pier is more than just a fishing pier – it is a historic landmark. Today, the pier is a locals’ favorite for fishing, strolling and viewing the coastline, as well as plenty of marine life. Sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks can often be seen from the pier during the warmer months, and the fish are also plentiful. Fishing from the Cherry Grove Pier does not require a fishing license. Instead, the cost of State and County permits is included in the pier’s fishing admission fee. If you bring your own rod, it is only $8 to fish from the pier. Rod rentals are also available from the Cherry Grove Pier, as are crab net rentals, and specialty passes.

5. Did you forget a prescription? Are you looking for a unique gift? Are you looking for a place to have lunch that takes you back in time to the old days? Well, look no further. Lee’s Inlet Apothecary & Gifts is the place you are looking for all of these particular needs. You can get your prescription filled and get personalized service. You will find unique gifts in their gift shop and you can get a malt and lunch at their old-fashioned soda fountain. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

6. Coccadott’s Cake Shop began in New York and has expanded to only two destinations outside of its home state. Myrtle Beach is fortunate to be the location for one of those bakeries. You may recognize the name from one of the many television appearances they have made, including Cup Cake Wars. They make a wide variety of cupcakes and cakes, frostings, and even fillings. Stop by their store or contact them to plan your party or wedding desserts.

7. Vereen Memorial Gardens offers scenic trails through marshland and a view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet as you stroll through this beautiful park.

8. A great experience for the horse enthusiasts in your party. Check out the specific tours and requirements for the horseback rides that Inlet Point Plantation has to offer. They are open year-round and have a variety of rides available for the inexperienced or the experienced rider. You can also schedule special group rides. Reserve your horseback ride today, available Monday through Saturday!