10 May Five Fun Summer Activities Around StoneGate
Stonegate at Prince Creek residents are literally surrounded by fun activities to try during the summer months. Whether you are trying to beat the heat or looking for a way to occupy a rainy day, here are five fun things to do in the area this summer:
* Brookgreen Gardens: The East Coast’s oldest and largest botanical sculpture garden is in full bloom in June, making it the perfect time to visit this beautiful display of art and nature. This Lowcountry landscape, filled with tidal creeks, salt marshes, and ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss was once a major rice and indigo plantation. But the Alston family transformed it into a true wonder for nature-lovers. Brookgreen also hosts numerous special events during the summer months.
* Dolphin-watching cruise: Sure, you’ve been to SeaWorld or caught an episode of “Flipper.” But until you see a pod of dolphins playfully swimming and jumping in the wild, you haven’t really experienced it. Several outfitters that sail out of Murrells Inlet, including Capt. Dick’s at the Crazy Sister Marina, offer excursions out to deeper waters where you can see these majestic creatures first hand. Be sure to take a camera and capture this memorable moment forever.
* Golf: The spring and fall golf seasons are the busiest for golf packages, leaving many of the area’s top courses with open tee times during the hotter summer months. It’s the perfect time to play a few courses that are near or at capacity the rest of the year. Book an early or late tee time to avoid the heat of the day. Some of the best courses to try nearby are Caledonia, Tru Blue, TPC Myrtle Beach, Wachesaw East and Willbrook.
* Huntington Beach State Park: The summertime is the perfect time to visit this oceanfront park, which offers a wide range of activities for active seniors. Hiking and biking trails pass through the scenic maritime forests, and the beach offers lots of seclusion and towering sand dunes for a relaxing walk or rest. Check out the nature center and wooden walkway that overlooks a salt marsh. The state park offers daily programs to help guests discover this natural treasure.
* Plantation River Tours: Take a relaxing ride down the Intracoastal Waterway and its many Lowcountry tributaries for a sightseeing tour of a lifetime. Departing from Wacca Wache Marina in Murrells Inlet, board the slower Waccamaw Lady cruise boat or the high-speed Waccamaw Cooter air boat. Both take you through the backwaters to see natural scenery, such as alligators sunning on the shore and the now-vacant rice fields, and manmade wonders, like the old plantation homes that still stand today. See Arundel Plantation, Chicora Wood Plantation, Willbrook Plantation and more.
Photo Credit: Perry Baker