Even the most ardent golfer, beach bum, angler and thrill-seeker can only take so much of the same old same old on their Grand Strand getaway without wanting a little taste of the local culture. Behind the neon lights and high-rise hotels is a hidden history of the South Carolina coast that tells another side of the Myrtle Beach area. From the colonial-era rice and indigo plantations in the Lowcountry, such as Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown, to the coastline along the Carolina border where Blackbeard and other pirates patrolled the waters, the Grand Strand has a unique past that's worth checking out while you're in town. Best of all is the region's natural history, which is highlighted at displays like Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. And leave it to Myrtle Beach to offer a historical site even the kids will love at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, a mini-sized amusement park that features the actual rides and exhibits that once graced the defunct Pavilion oceanfront park for more than a half-century. The Horry County Museum in the county seat of Conway provides a more traditional history lesson of the area and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach offers the unique human history of the Palmetto State.
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