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Originally purchased in 1929 by industrialist Archer Milton Huntington and his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, to be used as a retreat for Anna to recover from tuberculosis, the couple instead decided to open a public sculpture garden and wildlife sanctuary. Today, it is the oldest and largest sculpture garden in the United States. The 9,100-acre property is also home to the Lowcountry Zoo, an aviary, a cypress swamp, nature trails, an education center and a butterfly house, offering plenty of things to see and do for the whole family. What's more, the sculpture garden boasts more than 550 works of figurative American sculptures by famous artists, such as Daniel Chester French, artfully placed in and around gardens. Plus, a variety of events, from concerts to guided tours, are offered regularly.
Recent travelers said it's a must-visit sight and praise its peaceful setting, beautiful grounds and variety of things to do.
The gardens are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. The gardens are located about 20 miles down the coast from Broadway at the Beach. For more information, visit the garden's website.
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The main reason families flock to Myrtle Beach is to swim in the mild waves and play along the light brown sand. Some spots along the Carolina shore offer opportunities for water sports like Jet Skiing or deep-sea fishing, while other areas are better for relaxing or playing with your children. You'll also find a few spots perfect for casting a line for a fresh catch.
Most who visit the shore of Myrtle Beach do so directly in front of the hotel or rental property where they're staying. So keep in mind that if you're not a beachfront lodger, you might have more trouble finding a public bathroom, but ample metered street parking is available. Some parking lots are also available, most of which are also free and are an easy walk over the dunes at beach access points. Some sandy areas along Ocean Boulevard do have shops and restaurants. During the summer months, lifeguards are on duty along many of the Grand Strand beaches. Access to the beach is free 24/7, though swimming after sunset is not recommended.
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