August is Family Fun Month | Relaxing Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Did you know that August is Family Fun Month? It makes perfect sense to us- with all the sunshine, time off school, and warm weather, August is a perfect month for family fun. This month let’s take a look at ways you can join along in the fun at some activities near Festiva’s family of resorts.

  1. Huntington Beach State Park
    Although it’s currently still pleasantly warm in Murrells Inlet, the shoulder and fall season might get a little chilly for a fun in the sun beach day. That shouldn’t stop you from visiting this wonderful natural area, though.
    A sweeping Grand Strand beach, pristine and wide open, stands as one of the most recognizable South Carolina landmarks. Revel in the finest surf fishing South Carolina has to offer and some of the top bird-watching on the East Coast. That’s not all Huntington Beach State Park has to offer. There are also South Carolina landmarks such as Atalaya, the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, philanthropist and sculptor, respectively, who left the park and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy. Nature lovers also will enjoy the park’s wide variety of programming, including the chance to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered plant and animal species up close. The park’s freshwater lake is a sure-fire place to see alligators and sometimes even a mink or two. Art lovers, enjoy the prestigious, juried Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival held each September in and around the former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
  2. Brookgreen Gardens
    Brookgreen Gardens is a unique melding of art, nature, and history. Since its founding in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Brookgreen has been a cultural center for the community. It is one of America’s premier gardens and one of a few select places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Everyday, Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. You may stroll through the gardens on a guided tour or explore these beautiful spaces on your own. Each season, new exhibitions and special events make Brookgreen Gardens ever changing. Indoor galleries, such as those in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, present exhibits of smaller sculptures, as well as paintings, etchings, and other artworks by internationally-renowned artists. Explore through the programs at the Lowcountry Center by walking the Lowcountry Trail, and by taking an excursion on the boat or overland vehicle deep into the preserve. The Lowcountry Zoo has been an important element of the mission for Brookgreen Gardens since its inception.
  3. Broadway at the Beach
    Year after year, Broadway at the Beach stands alone as by far the most popular tourist destination in the entire Myrtle Beach area. With its great location, convenient parking and wide range of outstanding activities for visitors of all ages, it’s the perfect place to make magical memories of your own. Welcome to one of the most colorful, relaxed and enjoyable shopping experiences of your life. Stroll around and discover shopping treasures all over our entire 350 acre property. Enjoy one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques along with a host of nationally recognized shopping names. The center also boasts an incredible selection of more than twenty inviting restaurants as well as a range of light-bite eateries. For the adventurers, there’s a thrilling zip line across the lake, a maze made of mirrors, mini golf, and more.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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