In these trying times, we could all use a relaxing getaway with our loved ones. But we all want to do so safely, of course — and social-distancing measures can present challenges that we’ve never had to consider on vacation before.
But fortunately for those craving a beach vacation, the Myrtle Beach area is easily accessible by car, and the area’s attractions offer ample opportunities to safely enjoy time with family. Consider these fun things to do on the Grand Strand while safely keeping your distance from other vacationers:
Spend time on the beach: The Grand Strand offers 60-plus miles of beautiful, white-sand beaches with sweeping Atlantic Ocean views — including plenty of secluded stretches of coastline. The area’s more remote and less-crowded beaches are not only a great place to soak in some undisturbed nature scenes and calming ocean soundscapes, but are also ideal spots to safely enjoy the outdoors and connect with family members in relative solitude.
Visit Brookgreen Gardens: Found about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach and Dayton House Resort, primarily outdoor attraction Brookgreen Gardens offers a 9,100-acre sculpture garden and wildlife preserve featuring lush and expansive botanical gardens, each boasting its own distinct theme. The grounds — home to the nation’s most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture —showcase 2,000-plus artworks by more than 400 artists. Other on-site attractions include a butterfly garden, nature trails, historic rice plantations and the Lowcountry Zoo.
Visit Vereen Memorial Gardens: Located in Little River about 30 minutes north of Dayton House Resort, the Vereen Memorial Gardens offer over 155 acres of forest and marshland for visitors to explore — with parts of the typically quiet and uncrowded property situated alongside the Intracoastal Waterway. Your vacation crew can enjoy the outdoors (and get away from the crowds) on approximately 3 miles of boardwalks and nature trails that wander through the park’s botanical gardens and wildlife habitat. For more information, visit the Horry County parks website.
Go kayaking: The Grand Strand certainly has no shortage of water features — ranging from the Atlantic Ocean’s deep and vast waters to the East Coast-spanning Intracoastal Waterway to the area’s plentiful rivers, lakes and marshes. And especially for those looking to take in the region’s many maritime attractions in relative peace and quiet, kayaking is a great way to get on the water, soak in nature’s symphony — and maybe most importantly, get away from the crowds. It’s also a great way to get some paddle-powered exercise while taking in the scenery via personal watercraft.
Take a stroll through downtown Conway: Found about 15 miles inland from the Myrtle Beach oceanfront and The Dayton House, the charming and historic river town of Conway is perfect for a day trip from the beach. It’s also quite walkable, as most of its scenic downtown attractions are located just blocks apart from one another and within easy walking distance once you park your car. Downtown Conway’s top places to take a scenic stroll — and steer clear of the crowds — include the Conway Riverwalk, which traverses the banks of the Waccamaw River and passes alongside rustic wooden buildings, marinas, bridges and a playground along the way; as well as a range of charming downtown shops and restaurants.
Ready to start planning your next fun-filled — and socially distanced — family getaway to the Grand Strand? Visit the Dayton House Resort website today to book your much-deserved seaside vacation in Myrtle Beach! With our luxurious oceanfront accommodations and wide-ranging amenities, we’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy a fun and responsible Grand Strand vacation. Book your oceanfront getaway today — and get ready for some good times with family on the South Carolina coast!