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Things to Do in Pawleys Island and Surrounding Areas

Litchfield Beach is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled beaches in all of South Carolina. Litchfield Beach is located in Pawleys Island and is about 16 miles from Myrtle Beach, far enough to be away from all the crowds associated with the busy tourist area but close enough to enjoy any of the Myrtle Beach attractions if you choose.

Pawleys Island is known for its carefree, laid-back lifestyle and pristine, white sandy beaches and sand dunes. There are many things to do in Pawleys Island and the surrounding areas like Georgetown and Murrells Inlet besides enjoying the beautiful beaches.

Below are our top picks:


Pawleys Island Hammock Shops– No Pawleys Island vacation would be complete without a trip to the historic Hammock Shops. With over 20 specialty shops and restaurants, this charming shopping village has been a Pawleys Island landmark since 1938. Take a stroll and soak up the Pawleys Island air while walking among moss-draped oaks and azaleas and camellias. Visit stores such as The Original Hammock Shop for world-famous Pawleys Island rope hammocks or Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys for local Southern food and gourmet candy. There are many other stores as well where you can get items like beautiful jewelry, antiques, clothing, art and gifts. You can even visit Hammock Weavers Pavilion where you can see live demonstrations of hammock weaving daily!


Brookgreen Gardens- A Nation Historic Landmark located in Murrells Inlet, the 9,100 acre Brookgreen Gardens is one area attraction that you will not be disappointed to drive to. Comprised of four former rice plantations, the gardens feature over 1,200 works of figurative sculptures by over 350 prominent American sculptors.  The area is considered a wildlife preserve and has a zoo called the Lowcountry Zoo on-site.  The Brookgreen Gardens are breathtaking and feature distinctive themed gardens such as Live Oak Allee that is comprised of 300 year-old live oak trees dating back to the early 1700s and the Dorothy P. Peace Garden Room for Children that has native and exotic plants with animal sculptures. Brookgreen Gardens has various events throughout the year so be sure to check to see what is going on when you plan your visit.

The Rice Museum- Located in Georgetown at the Old Market Building, this historic structure has been around since 1842 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the museum’s many exhibits to learn the historic behind the fascinating history of rice production in Georgetown and the overall impact rice made across American history.

Kaminski House Museum- Located in the heart of Georgetown’s Historic district, the Kaminski House contains an outstanding collection of American and English antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Boat Tours:

Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tours- Take some time to head down to Georgetown to take a boat tour of the Pee Dee lowcountry and view the area’s historic rice plantations, majestic oaks and even hear a ghost story or two! Tours are from Monday through Saturday and last three hours.

Rover Tours- Board a 46-foot long power catamaran where you will be taken on a two-hour tour through Carolina’s wetlands. Enjoy the beautiful views of the salt marshes and wildlife such as herons (and sometimes dolphins). The tour also takes you to an unsettled barrier island out by the mouth of WinyahBay where you will see the historic Winyah Bay Lighthouse.


There are many other things to do in Pawleys Island such as wonderful dining at Pawleys Island restaurants and outdoor activities like fishing and golfing. Talk to the front desk at The Litchfield Inn to get more information of the above or any of the other things to do in Pawleys Island or the surrounding areas!

Posted in Blog by dpressly on March 27, 2012

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