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recommendations for a southern field trip

Lionne posted 2/26/2019 16:47 PM

Thinking of heading south in mid March, ultimate goal, Charleston, SC, side trip to Myrtle beach (and maybe scouting real estate) I'd like a niceish place to stay. We are far more interested in birding and nature than we are in historical and cultural stuff but we'd like to dabble there, too.

Ideas, suggestions?

Superesse posted 2/26/2019 16:56 PM

Murrell's Inlet, near Myrtle Beach, is where there can be found a fabulous plantation ruins and gardens, I think it's really worth a visit: Brookgreen Gardens. It was a rice plantation in the 1600's, and although no house remains, the grounds, live oak trees and statues and art are beautifully worked together....I am not an artsy type, but I appreciated the greenery and history. And the nearby seafood!

Edited for stupid typo!

[This message edited by Superesse at 10:10 PM, February 26th (Tuesday)]

HFSSC posted 2/26/2019 23:18 PM

Charleston has several gorgeous areas with unique appeal. South of Charleston are Middleton and Magnolia Plantations. Magnolia is my favorite. They have a walking trail through exquisite gardens, an aviary, petting zoo and a tram ride that allows you to see some pretty cool wildlife in natural habitats. Charles Towne Landing also has natural history and wildlife. The Charleston beaches are rarely as crowded as Myrtle and North Myrtle.

And of course, I can't talk about Charleston without mentioning The Citadel, where my son is a sophomore cadet. If you are at all interested in military history and pageantry, the Friday afternoon parade is really awesome. They campus is usually open for visitors and is beautiful.

Ask me anything about Charleston and if I don't know it, I can get the answer pretty quickly.

homewrecked2011 posted 2/26/2019 23:55 PM

The only thing is, March and April are spring break times, it’s packed about that time of year. With college students, high school students and tons of families with little ones. . can you wait until May, when everyone is back in school, and summer vaca havent started yet? Just a thought....

Anyway, my friends tell me SC is part of the ACE basin.. you can check it out on line, I think there are 13 different parks/reserves to check out the wildlife. I guess these areas wouldn’t be too crowded with Spring Breakers.

We’ve stayed at The Breakers Resort on Myrtle Beach. It was nice, reasonably priced, but its been several years ago, you might want to read up on current reviews to see if it’s still good.

Lionne posted 2/27/2019 07:00 AM

Thanks. Great info. That's my husband's spring break, too, which is why we are going at that time. But it's a good point, I'll definitely make reservations.

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