Winter: Things to Do in Pawleys Island

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is a popular place for snow birds to take refuge for the winter. Not only is the beach gorgeous in wintertime, but you don’t have to fight the crowds while you enjoy some of your favorite attractions in Litchfield and Pawleys Island.


Wondering what to do while you’re here over the winter? We’ve got plenty of ideas! Here are a few of our favorites:


•    Go shopping!


There is plenty of great shopping to be found in Litchfield and Pawleys Island. We tend to start at the Hammock Shops—you can wander for hours and never get bored, and you can pick up much more than just a rope hammock. There are also quirky and unique boutiques, and if you get hungry, great restaurants. And don’t forget to stop at Litchfield Books, one of the only independently owned bookstores on the Grand Strand!


•    Explore culinary delights.


One of our favorite afternoon pastimes is simply to head over to Fresh Market and wander. We’re always inspired to do something different for dinner by the unusual ingredients and treats. Sometimes we’ll just come back with an unusual cheese to nibble on with wine on another laid back Litchfield evening.


•    Visit Brookgreen.


Brookgreen Gardens is absolutely lovely in the winter. You may have to wear some extra layers, but it’s worth it to catch Brookgreen by candlelight during Nights of a Thousand Candles, which will be held this year on Dec. 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21. But even if you don’t make that event, Brookgreen is still a great place to visit. The camellias begin blooming in December, and of you visit later in the season, you may also be able to catch some of the early spring flowers, such as daphne (which can bloom as early as January), daffodils, dogwoods, azaleas and even tulips.



These are just a few of our favorite ideas, and we haven’t even started with exploring farther afield to Murrells Inlet, Garden City or Georgetown. Really, when you visit Litchfield Beach in winter, it’s up to you—you can do as much, or as little as you’d like!


Things to Do: Harvest Home Weekend Festival @ Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens’ annual Harvest Home Weekend Festival will be held this year from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12 and 13.

It’s a great outing for families, and will include activities such as pumpkin painting, hayrides and scarecrow building. The festival is free with garden admission, and food and live music are also on the agenda.

This is the 15th year of the Harvest Home Festival, and every year about 5,000 people enjoy the event. You can bring your own old clothes down to make a scarecrow in your likeness, and if you have room, you can even take yours home for $5! The pumpkin painting is another favorite event. Brookgreen supplies the paint, you only have to buy your pumpkin!

Kids can even try their hand at the old-fashioned art of spinning yarn from the wool cut from the sheep at Brookgreen. The entertainment has yet to be set for the event, but last year’s event included a puppet act as well as a toe-tapping bluegrass band. And if all that fun makes you build up an appetite, you’ll also be able to purchase some tasty food, including barbecue, sandwiches and snacks.

Brookgreen Gardens is one of the most popular attractions on the south end of the Grand Strand. The nearly 1,000-acre property is full of themed gardens, gorgeous sculpture, trails and even the Lowcountry Zoo.

The property that is now the gardens was at one time four rice plantations. Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased the land and created the gardens in order to display Anna’s sculptures, which were widely recognized to be some of the most accomplished works of their kind during her time. It is now home to the world’s biggest collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting.

Brookgreen is lovely any time of year, but autumn is a favorite. The gardens haven’t yet gone into hibernation mode, and the weather is perfect for strolling outside. Plus, you won’t have to battle with summer crowds! So whether you make it down for the hayrides and harvest-time fun of the festival or not, plan to visit Brookgreen if you’re in the area this fall.


Brookgreen Gardens’ Brew at the Zoo

Come Enjoy Brew at the Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens Sept. 28


If you’re looking for a fun evening event with wild animals and some delicious beers (who isn’t, right?), then look no further than Brookgreen Gardens’ Brew at the Zoo.


The fun gets started at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. You can sip on more than 30 different national and regional craft beers, as well as enjoy live music from a favorite band from Murrells Inlet, Bullfrog. You’ll also get to take home your own signature tasting glass, and, of course, you’ll also enjoy evening access to the Lowcountry Zoo, just south of Myrtle Beach. Food and wine will also be available for purchase.


There will be a silent auction where you can bid on an array of items including a private tour of the Sam Adams brewery in Boston, private tennis lessons and even a day of racing at BMW’s Performance Driving Track in Spartanburg.


Tickets to Brew at the Zoo are $35 for members of Brookgreen Gardens and $40 for nonmembers. Tickets for designated drivers are available for $15.


Brookgreen Gardens is a wildlife preserve and sculpture gardens that has been drawing visitors to the area south of Murrells Inlet for decades. It was opened in 1932 on a former rice plantations, and includes acres of gorgeous themed gardens that incorporate stunning figurative sculpture, as well as nature trails and the Lowcountry Zoo, an accredited zoo that houses native animals that were either bred or raised in captivity, as well as rescued animals and animals that are being rehabilitated.


For more information about Brew at the Zoo and about the historic Brookgreen Gardens, visit

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Brookgreen Gardens is for Kids!

Wednesday, July 10.  3:00pm – 4:30pm  “Blues, Stones and Hermits:  We’re not talking Music, but CRABS!” at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center.     Targeted to children ages 5 through 10, but all ages are welcome. Each program begins with an informal discussion and hands-on activities are part of the experience. Each child will make a craft pertaining to the lesson. Reservations required, please call 843-546-4623. $5 per child per program (adult must accompany children).

Thursday, July 11. 5pm  “Butterflies and Moths with Jerry Walls.  Campbell Center in Brookgreen GardensInteractive and educational featuring live animals.  Held rain or shine.  Free with garden admission.  Call 843-235-6000 for more information.

6pm.  “Snow White”, Live performance in the Enchanted Storybook Forest at Brookgreen GardensCostumed and ready to tell her story, Snow White will enchant audiences in the new interactive exhibit area. Free with garden admission.  Call 843-235-6000 for more information.

6pm.  “Cooking with Kids” at Brookgreen Gardens. A hands-on demonstration with Chef Carlton Hennigan.  Engages kids (and parents) in preparing dishes they will love while learning about nutrition, food science, and kitchen safety.  $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 7-12).  Call 843-235-6016 for reservations.  Space is limited.

5pm, 6pm, and 7pm.  “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creek” at Brookgreen GardensAhoy, mateys!  Come aboard and journey back in time to the exciting days when colorful pirates traveled through these Carolina waterways.  Discover how to be an adventurous pirate, and find out about famous Carolina pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonny.  Travel down the Brookgreen Gardens creeks as you follow a treasure map to the hidden treasure.  Tickets are $7 in addition to garden admission.  Call 843-235-6000 for more information.


Things to Do: Brookgreen Gardens Cool Summer Evening Programs

Just north of our Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea on  HWY 17, in Murrells Inlet, SC, is one of this area’s greatest attractions…….. Brookgreen Gardens.brookgreen boat

The Cool Summer Evenings program at Brookgreen offers a  perfect time to visit the after a day at the beach. Concerts, Kids Programs, and dinner at the Pavilion Restaurant can all be enjoyed in the cool of the evening.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays you can go to Brookgreen for dinner and stay for the show when Brookgreen is open until 9 p.m. with live entertainment and cruises down the creeks.



Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Creek cruises are $7 in addition to garden admission.

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Wine Tasting at Brookgreen Garden

Brookgreen GardensIs there a more beautiful site on the Grand Strand to enjoy wine and scenery? On Saturday, June 15 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.  Brookgreen Gardens invites you to enjoy a wine tasting in the beautiful Live Oak Allee. Attendees will enjoy samplings of 20 exceptional wines from ‘Down Under’ – Australia and New Zealand, accompanied with food pairings.

One of Brookgreen’s annual fund raisers, the wine tasting and silent auction provide a casual evening of enjoyment and whose proceeds help support the gardens all year. Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for guests which includes wine tastings, food pairings, live music, and a signature wine glass.

Tickets to this special wine tasting event are limited. Order tickets online or call 843-235-6016. Tickets are also for sale at the Lowcountry Center and the Admission Plaza. If you are looking for fun things to do in Myrtle Beach, with the lovely Live Oak Allee as a backdrop, the wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction with wine-related items, will make this event an evening to remember. The silent auction is once sponsored by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on US Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island and is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. For more information call 843-235-6000.


Attraction Deals Along the Grand Strand


Brookgreen Gardens is just one of many Myrtle Beach area attractions that offer membership packages.

Myrtle Beach has no shortage of things to do and most of them are open all year-long. If you’re a local or you come to the beach frequently, you may want to look into purchasing season passes to these fabulous attractions- especially if you plan on visiting them more than once or twice this year.

Brookgreen Gardens | 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, 843-235-6000
The expansive grounds- 9,100 acres to be exact- at Brookgreen Gardens feature beautiful live oak trees, flowering bushes and hundreds of unique sculptures. It’s also home to great events, classes, historical tours and even a zoo.  They offer single memberships for $60/year or family memberships for $90/year. With individual memberships, you get a member card and two complimentary guest passes food for any single day gardens admission. The family membership offers cards for all residents of your household and two guest passes. Membership benefits include ten percent discounts at the shops, restaurants and tours throughout Brookgreen, reduced rates for Nights of a Thousand Candles and other special events, discounts on 7-day admission for guests, invitations to members-only events, a subscription to the Brookgreen Journal and the Garden Path newsletter and special member-only holiday shopping events.

Children’s Museum of South Carolina | 2501 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, 843-946-9469
The Children’s Museum of South Carolina boasts an extensive list of exhibits and events year-round in Myrtle Beach where children are encouraged to touch, explore, play and learn.  The museum offers a variety of membership opportunities. Passport members receive an e-newsletter with museum events, 10% off at the museum gift shop, special activities and events and 50% off museum events and programs. Family passports can be purchased for $90/year and include unlimited entrance for two named adults and all children within the household plus $3 off admission for additional persons and five one-time use passes to share. A Family Plus Passport is $125/year and also includes ten guest passes plus reciprocal membership for free or reduced admission to more than 200 children’s museums throughout the U.S. Add a nanny or grandparent to your membership for $20/year.

Other passport options are also available. Just for Two Passports are available for $50/year and include unlimited visits for one adult and one child plus $3 off admission for additional guests. The Summer Fun Passport is $60 and is good for two named adults and all children for unlimited visits from Memorial Day through Labor Day and $3 off admission for additional guests. Grandparent Passports are available for $85/year and include unlimited entrance for two named grandparents and all grandchildren plus five guest passes and discounted admission for other guests. The Friends & Family Passport is $125/year and includes unlimited entrance for the passport holder and up to five guests, discounted admission for guests, $50 off birthday packages, five guest passes and reciprocal membership for other children’s museums. Memberships cannot be used for admission with groups or birthday parties.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans | 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, 843-235-6000
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Season tickets are available for $630 in the field box and $560 in the reserved box or Grand Strand reserved. Season tickets include membership in the Triple Crown Club, your name on the back of your seat, rain-out ticket options and more. Flex books are available for $126 in the field box, $102 in the reserved box or Grand Strand reserved box or $90 for the Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck. Books include 12 undated vouchers good for any game in the 2013 season. Mini plans are also available starting at $39.

Myrtle Waves | 3000 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, 843-918-8725
Myrtle Waves is an exciting place to cool off on a warm day. Lounge around in the lazy river or race down the Turbo Twisters. Myrtle Waves offers season passes for $79.99 plus tax. Passes include unlimited visits all season long, bring-a-friend days, 15% off in-park food and merchandise, cabana rental discounts and free parking. The season pass is paid for in less than two visits. Combo passes are also available with NASCAR SpeedPark and Pavilion Nostalgia Park for $149.99 plus tax for a three-park pass or $99.99 for a two-park pass.  The Myrtle Waves passes are good through September 8, 2013. Online deals are currently listed on the website.

NASCAR SpeedPark | 1820 21st Avenue North Ext., Myrtle Beach, 843-918-8725
NASCAR Speedpark is a race car fan’s dream come true. Buckle up and zip around the tracks then head inside to the 20,000 square foot arcade. NASCAR SpeedPark has a 30 day pass for $39.99 plus tax which includes unlimited go-kart tracks (excluding Thunder Road), mini golf, a rock climbing wall and kiddie rides. They also offer a four month pass for $59.99 plus tax that offers the same perks as the one month pass for 120 days. The two-park pass is available for $99.99 plus tax with admission to either Pavilion Nostalgia Park or Myrtle Waves. A three-park pass can be purchased for $149.99. They include unlimited admission to NASCAR SpeedPark through December 31, 2013.

Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park | 1171 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, 843-918-8725
Pavilion Nostalgia Park and Carousel Park bring back the old rides from the former site and give them life at their Broadway at the Beach locations. Kids can spin around on the tea cups and the Herschell-Spillman carousel. Pavilion Nostalgia Park offers a four month pass for $59.99 each plus tax which includes unlimited visits for 120 days to both parks. A 2013 three park season pass is available in combination with NASCAR Speedpark and Myrtle Waves for $149.99 plus tax.

Ripley’s Aquarium | 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, 843-916-0888
Broadway at the Beach is home to Ripley’s Aquarium. The aquarium has live mermaid shows, a dangerous shark reef, discovery areas, stingrays to pet and tons of aquatic life to see. Ripley’s Aquarium offers annual passes which include unlimited general admission to the aquarium for a full year, discounts to all Ripley’s Attractions in Myrtle Beach, 20% off meals in the Feeding Frenzy Restaurant, 20% off merchandise in the Cargo Hold Gift Shop and discounted general admission to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Annual passes are $49.99 for adults ages 12 and older and $28.99 for children ages 3 to 11. U-PICK Combos are available with aquarium admission plus and one or more Ripley’s Myrtle Beach attractions. Combo ticket prices start at $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for children.

South Carolina State Parks | Myrtle Beach State Park 4401 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, 843-238-5325; Huntington Beach State Park 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, 843-237-4440
Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park host family-friendly events year-round and are a great way to explore nature. The South Carolina State Parks offer a statewide Park Passport for $75 which allows you and everyone in your vehicle free admission to all South Carolina State Parks for one year. The Park Passport Plus is $99 and in addition to free admission for everyone in your vehicle, you receive free admission to select park programs for up to four people, free admission to Atalaya Castle at Huntington State Park, free weekend admission to the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival for up to four people and a $10 State Park Service Gift Card to use for park reservations.

Wild Water & Wheels | 910 Hwy. 17 South, Surfside Beach, 843-238-3787
Go crazy at Wild Water and Wheels. They have everything from exciting slides and pools to go karts and mini golf. Wild Water and Wheels offers season passes for the waterpark and combination passes for the waterpark with unlimited go-carts, bumper boats and mini golf. Waterpark passes are $74.95/person and combo passes are $114.90/person. Their website is listing an online sale price for both. Daily admission for the waterpark only is $27.98 (over 48” tall) and $17.98 (under 48” tall). All day full park admission is $37.98 (over 48” tall) and $27.98 (under 48” tall).