Long Weekend Getaway to Myrtle Beach
After a cold and rainy Spring and New England, a warm weather, long weekend getaway was exactly what we needed. Myrtle Beach proved to be the perfect spot. While Myrtle Beach has earned the moniker of "Golf Capital of the World," there's much more to experience.
Sea Watch Resort
During the four days we were there, we stayed at the Sea Watch Resort. The resort is located just 10 minutes north of the main strip, making it a very private and quiet location. Situated right on the beach, many of the guest rooms feature stunning views with private balconies. The resort also boasts 6 pools, 10 hot tubs, a tiki bar, and many other amenities you'd expect in a top-notch resort. Be sure to check out Captains Cove, the resort's on-site restaurant, for their delicious breakfast buffet.
T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Nigh Time Safari
Our trip was highlighted by a once in a lifetime experience with TIGERS, the institute for greatly endangered and rare species. These animals have been featured in movies such as Ace Ventura, Junglebook, and many others. TIGERS offers an experience where a small group of guests get up close with the animals they train. While there are many animals on the property, the tigers themselves were by far the most impressive. We got to see bengal tigers, white tigers, and even a giant liger (cross between a female tiger and male lion). At one point we even got to feed them. There was never a dull moment watching these amazing predators up close and personal. The crew at TIGERS also does a fantastic job providing a captivating experience and educating the group on the animals.
After the tiger viewing and a light meal/drinks that are provided, the group convenes in a courtyard where the experiences continues. A variety of animals are brought out that you can touch, pet, and in some cases hold. We got to meet baby tigers, a baby monkey, a wolf, owl, and many other species. Perhaps the most memorable was meeting Bubbles the 30+ year old elephant who loves being fed by everyone and is one the most well trained animals you'll ever meet. While the safari doesn't allow personal photos, there is a photography crew capturing every moment. You can focus on enjoying the experience and be assured you'll be able to take the memories home with you.
Even more impressive than animals we met is the larger missions behind TIGERS, around endangered species conservation. It was amazing learning about all the conservation projects the staff are involved in and how hands on they are. Having that in mind only added to an experience that will never be forgotten.
After all Myrtle Beach is the "Golf Capital of the World" so we highly recommend playing a round of golf while you're down there. The courses are beautiful and affordable. We played the Palmetto course at Myrtlewood Golf Club. The round and club rentals ran just a total of $85 per person. If you're not up for playing a full length course, there are mini golf courses everywhere that are quick fun for all ages.
For an enjoyable evening activity be sure to take a walk down the boardwalk in downtown Myrtle beach. The strip is lined with shops, restaurants, a pier, and great ocean views. The main strip is highlighted by the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. It can be described as an up-scale ferris wheel, with gondolas that hold up to 6 people. The top of the wheel offers scenic panoramic views up and down the coast line. An evening ride is the perfect way to enjoy a sunset.
For a cool place to grab a drink check out New South Brewery or the Duplin Winery
While it was a quick four day trip we packed a week's worth of activities and are looking forward to visiting again soon!
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