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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:57 am 

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We have been coming to MB off/on for several years and have never done anything other than BATB, Barefoot, Pelicans games, etc. This year I said I wanted to go to one of the parks or the Gardens. Patrish, you are always taking beautiful pictures, do you have a recommendation.

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Last year we visited Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park. It was so awesome that we are taking my mom in law there this year. You get to walk through their home at your own pace with information posted at each room. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon just unwinding and learning a bit about the past.


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"...this year I said I wanted to go to one of the parks or the Gardens...

I think Brookgreen Gardens should be on everybody's "to do" list, but that's just because I love the statues, the seasonal floral, displays and beauty you encounter no matter where you turn. Check in the Welcome Center upon arrival for a map, information about the Gardens and Trolley, and ask the time for the next walking tour (included in your admission price.) You can take the trolley or walk to the LowCountry Zoo which you won't want to miss. There are also a couple places to eat if you get hungry.

But if it's truly an "or" choice (one of the other) you might prefer Huntington Beach State Park, which is just across the hwy. from Brookgreen. It's a less-crowded beach than those at Myrtle Beach and other beaches. There are actually two public beaches at Huntington which you can get to by turning either right or left at the end of the entrance bridge. There's a very nice Nature Center where you can pet Stingrays, watch the busy bird feeders, listen to various bird calls and interact with the friendly staff. Huntington is also where Atalaya is located, as Laurie mentioned. Admission to Atalaya is $1. p.p. in addition to the fee you paid for park admission.

Here are some links that may be helpful.

Brookgreen Gardens:

Brookgreen Gardens official website:

Huntington Beach State Park: ... ction.aspx

Atalaya (my photos):

Hope this helps....and feel free to ask more questions.

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