The following list is a small sampling of some of the more popular attractions of the area:
Brookgreen Gardens is a museum, zoo and wildlife/historical preservation all wrapped into one outdoor venue. Built on four former rice plantations, Brookgreen Gardens, today, is a 9,100 acre preservation lined with scenic trails and detailed sculptures. TripAdvisor named Brookgreen Gardens as One of the Top Ten Public Gardens in the US. Brookgreen Gardens also offers guests guided boat tours, a butterfly house, an Enchanted Storybook Forest and more.
The Hammock Shops Village
The Hammock Shops Village consists of more than 20 cottage shops and three restaurants. A brick path leads shoppers from one store to the next. The brick path circumvents around neatly landscaped azaleas and camellias. The stores and restaurants located at the Hammock Shops Village offer visitors unique goods and dining with Lowcountry essence and flavor. Fashionable clothing, jewelry, wine, cooking supplies, sweet grass baskets, and, of course, hand-woven hammocks are some of the items that can be found at the Hammock Shops Village.
Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park is a 2,500 acre coastal reserve. Although the sanctuary is home to many endangered animals, the park is best known for its 3,000 species of birds. The bald eagle is one of the most celebrated at Huntington Beach State Park and can often be seen pirating fish from ospreys over the freshwater marsh. Besides bird watching, Huntington Beach State Park offers visitors a number of pleasant activities, such as; picnicking, surf fishing, and camping. Guests are also afforded guided tours of Atalaya Castle – the former home and studio of Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Hobcaw, a region comprised of marsh and forest, was originally settled by Native American tribes. The tribes named the area Hobcaw, which means between the waters, due to its exclusive location between the Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Later, the English King George I established the area as a colonial land grant and the Hobcaw region officially became the Hobcaw Barony. Shortly thereafter, the land was sold and subdivided into rice and indigo plantations. Today, the 16,000 acre Hobcaw Barony acts as an outdoor laboratory for the colleges and universities of South Carolina. Visitors of the untouched enclave can enjoy a two hour tour of incredible sights of both history and wildlife. The tours also allow visitors exploration of the Hobcaw House, the Bellefield Plantation and stables, and the 19th century slave settlement known as Friendfield Village.