Things To Do In Pawleys Island

There is plenty to do while you are in town! Take a break from the beach while you are here and experience some local activities. Click below to learn more about things to do in DeBordieu and the surrounding area.

  • Atalaya Castle

    The name Atalaya is Spanish for "a tower overlooking the sea". This unusual Moorish-styled home once served as the winter residence and art studio of American sculptress, Anna Hyatt Huntington and her philanthropist husband, Archer Milton Huntington. Atalaya is also listed as a National Historic Landmark. Mrs. Huntington is famous for her animal sculptures which can be seen all around Brookgreen Gardens. Atalya Castle is a great place for naturalists, photographers and history buffs alike. There are free guided tours March-October or you may also tour on your own and at your own pace. Each September, the Castle and grounds serves as the centerpiece for the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. Over 100 artisans come to display and sell their creations. You can also enjoy local low country cuisine as numerous vendors also take part in the festival activities.

    "A Tower Overlooking the Sea".

    (843) 235-8755

    16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • Black River Outdoor Center

    Specializing in kayak expeditions for persons of all ages who have a spirit of adventure and appreciation of nature. You will enjoy the slow-moving waters of the Tidelands of South Carolina. Trained naturalists have guided visitors into blackwater swamps, salt marsh creeks and rice plantation canals and creeks. The naturalists will enlighten you with stories of the area's history as well as enhance your observation of wildlife. Moderate physical ability but no prior experience is necessary.

    Naturalist Guided Kayak Eco-Tours

    (843) 546-4840

    21 Garden Ave., Hwy. 701 N, Georgetown, SC 29440

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  • Brookgreen Gardens

    Brookgreen Gardens is the floral jewel of South Carolina's coastal community. Located just north of Georgetown, the gardens were founded in 1931 by Archer Milton Huntington and Anna Hyatt Huntington. In keeping with the natural beauty of the surrounding area, Brookgreen Gardens has developed spectacular display gardens continuing the Huntington's vision for the property. You can stroll the paths covered with seasonal flowers and native plants throughout, as well 250 year old live oak trees that were planted in the early 1700s when Brookgreen Gardens was a thriving rice plantation. Brookgreen Gardens, the first public sculptor garden in America, has in its collection more than 1,400 works by over 350 sculptors. When visiting Brookgreen Gardens, take one of the two excursions available by traveling on Brookgreen's boat or by overland vehicle deep into the Preserve.

    New in 2014 the Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail provides an outdoor educational enrichment for children ages 6 and above. Located near the Enchanted Storybook Forest, the Trail features 12 interactive stations to explore nature by using sensory perception and engaging in physical and imaginative activity.

    Beautiful gardens. Unusual sculptors. Creek excursions. Find it all at Brookgreen Gardens!

    (843) 235-6000

    Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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  • Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

    Established in 1932 as a migratory bird refuge, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge encompasses a 22 mile segment of the Southeast Atlantic coast. The refuge consists of 66,287 acres which include a fascinating expanse of barrier islands, salt marshes, intricate coastal waterways, long sandy beaches and maritime forest. Points of interest include Bulls Island, Cape Island and Lighthouse Island where two lighthouses, no longer operational, still stand. The Refuge headquarters and the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Educational Center, located 20 miles north of Charleston on US Highway 17 and Garris Landing (public boat landing) are the only mainland sites. As Cape Romain is a barrier island refuge, the remainder of the refuge is accessible only by boat. Be sure to visit for a truly memorable experience.

    Come ready to learn and explore!

    (843) 928-3264

    Highway 17 South, Charleston, SC 29401

  • Georgetown County Museum

    The Georgetown County Museum is located in the heart of the historic district of the City of Georgetown. Here you will be able to examine Native American artifacts of the Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Sampit tribes. Get a close look at relics of local plantation culture such as clothing and toys and read a recently discovered letter written by Revolutionary War Patriot, General Francis Marion also known as the Swamp Fox. Learn about the rice culture, thriving lumber industry and the making of paper from our Southern yellow pine trees. Exploring the Georgetown Country Museum is a real trip back in time.

    Preserving and displaying more than 300 years of history and culture.

    (843) 545-7020

    632 Prince Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

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  • Georgetown Maritime Museum

    The Georgetown Maritime Museum celebrates the rich maritime history of the Port of Georgetown, now the second largest port in South Carolina. An early dream of the Harbor Historical Association was to establish a maritime museum in Georgetown. The Georgetown Maritime Museum is located on the waterfront on the Harborwalk Marina property. Although small in number, current exhibits are large in scope. Visitors will be treated to numerous photographs, prints and paintings as well as four ship models that reflect the areas rich maritime history. After the Civil War and the fall of the rice empire, the timber industry was very important in maintaining Georgetown's prosperity. It is fitting that the centerpiece of the museum is a model of a four-masted schooner used for transporting lumber for the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company.

    Explore the maritime history of Georgetown!

    525 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

  • Hampton Plantation

    This home is one of South Carolina's most impressive preserved plantations and is located 9 miles north of McClellanville. Archetectural historians date the original part of the house to the 1740s. Cypress and loblolly pine trees were used to construct the house. Visitors can explore the mansion and wander the beautiful grounds of this colonial-era rice plantation.

    A National Historic Landmark!

    (843) 546-9361

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  • Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center

    A 17,500-acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped tracts on the Waccamaw Neck. In 1718, the land became a colonial land grant, a barony. Sold and subdivided into plantations extending from the river to the sea, Hobcaw Barony was part of the great rice empire until the turn of the 20th century. Bernard M. Baruch, Wall Street financier and advisor to presidents, purchased the property in 1905 for use as a winter hunting retreat. He sold all the land to his daughter, Belle, and she created a foundation to manage the land as an outdoor laboratory for the colleges and universities of South Carolina. Swamps, abandoned rice fields, pine and hardwood forests, salt marsh and barrier island environments provide habitat for many native animals of the coastal plain. A new addition was created by the foundation in 1982 as a public education center called Discovery Center. Featuring exhibits on history, ecology and research, the center also has a classroom for school field studies, a seminar room for lectures and films, retail space and offices. It also features a new 1200 gallon fish tank and exhibits about the pine and cypress ecosystem.

    Hobcaw is an American Indian word meaning, "between the waters".

    (843) 546-4623

    Highway 17, Georgetown, SC 29440

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  • Hopsewee Plantation

    Hopsewee, a South Carolina National Historical Landmark, is a preservation rather than a restoration and has never been allowed to fall into decay. Only 5 families have owned it, although it was built almost 40 years before the Revolutionary War. A visit to Hopsewee, on the North Santee River, is like a step back into history. Its beautiful grounds with moss-hung trees and quiet wooded trails is a nature's lovers paradise. It was once the home of Thomas Lynch, Jr., who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. You may tour the home, which was a typical low country rice plantation, out buildings that were used as kitchens, grounds and many wooded trails.

    A step back in time.

    (843) 546-7891

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  • Kaminski House

    Overlooking the Sampit River, the Kaminski House was built in 1769. This beautiful home was willed to the City of Georgetown and is filled with an impressive collection of furnishings and art dating from the late 1700s, and Charleston cabinetry of the 1800s. Many consider the Museum's collection of fine antiques its greatest appeal. There is an observation deck overlooking the rive and a gift shop in the old butler's quarters. Adjacent to the Kaminski House Museum is the Stewart Parker House, circa 1740. Both homes are open for friendly, informal guided tours.

    One of Georgetown"s architectural jewels!

    (843) 546-7706

    1003 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

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  • Rice Museum

    In the 1840s, the Georgetown region produced almost half the rice grown in the United States. The 1850s proved to be the most profitable decade for the rice planters. The Rice Museum chronicles this most important time and its impact on, not only South Carolina, but internationally as well. Through dioramas, maps, artifacts and other exhibits, visitors to the Museum gain a knowledge and understanding of a society based on one crop. A visit to the Rice Museum is a must on your tour of historic Georgetown.

    The Rice Museum, known locally as "The Town Clock" is located in the old Market Building and is a prominent symbol of Georgetown

    (843) 546-7423

    633 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440

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  • Sewee Visitor And Environmental Center

    Jointly operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, the 9,000 square foot facility showcases the valuable ecosystems of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. The Center's mission is to provide information and interpretation of the refuge and forest and teach conservation education to youth. A visit to the Center offers exhibits featuring forest to sea ecosystems, live endangered red wolf viewing area, classroom and laboratory, recreational information center, auditorium and nature trail... Nature walks, children's programs, cultural demonstrations, refuge tours and much more. View the Sewee Events Calendar to see what events await you!

    Experience the unique heritage and natural history of the South Carolina low country.

    (843) 928-3368

    Highway 17 South, Charleston, SC 29401

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  • Yawkey Wildlife Center

    Accessible only by boat, the Yawkey Wildlife Preserve consists of North and South Island and most of Cat Island, three coastal islands at the mouth of Winyah Bay. Donated to the state's Natural Resources Department by the late Tom Yawkey, former owner of the Boston Red Sox, the center is dedicated to the management of waterfowl habitat. Call months ahead for tours!

    One of the most active wildlife refuges on the East Coast.

    (843) 546-6814

    1 Yawkey Way S., Georgetown, SC 29440

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  • Children of all Ages!

    Children of all ages will be thrilled to discover and explore all that area has to offer!

    Of course, the endless Ocean! The Atlantic's warm waters are perfect for swimming, surfing, skin boarding, kayaking and riding the waves!

    Spend a day at the the Simply Amazing Brookgreen Gardens. Discover the animals at the Lowcountry Zoo and the Domestic Animal Farm, visit the Butterfly House (seasonal), play the ever popular Brookgreen Detectives game, and explore the Children's Garden.

    All Fired Up! is a great place to design beautiful pottery to take back as a souvenir to cherish for years!

    Shelling, Lighthouse and Plantation Cruises

    Visit an unspoiled barrier island, stroll the beach to collect shells, A lighthouse on the island that lit the way for centuries for seafarers. You just may even see a porpoise, eagles, and some turtles.

    Explore the creeks and rivers in a kayak

    The whole family can drift down the creeks in kayaks for a fun filled day! Kayak rentals available at DeBordieu Rentals office. Pick up and delivery

    Fishing and crabbing are a couple of the locals and guests favorite things to do! Bait your hook and get your camera ready to capture the memories!

    DeBordieu Tennis Club Private and group lessons available with one of our Golf Pros.

    DeBordieu Playground Pack a picnic and enjoy letting the children play on the playground. Baskeball courts available as well.

    Be sure to check with the Clubhouse for events happening during your stay with us!

  • Duplin Winery

    A nice place to relax, enjoy some music and learn about wine, Duplin Winery's Myrtle Beach location is one of the newest, most unique attractions in the area. Capable of hosting groups of up to 200 people, Duplin Winery's new tasting facility is a great place to hold your events. Here you'll find all of the wine varieties made by Duplin Winery as well as other speciality drinks, food and merchandise.

    Opening Spring 2015
    4650 Hwy 17 South
    N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

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