North Myrtle Beach, SC
This is a "must visit" if you are in the Myrtle Beach area. Self-proclaimed “Reptile Capitol of the World,” this is a fantastic place to see a wide variety of reptiles. There are many different types of alligators, crocodiles and caiman’s. Don’t forget to see Utan – the 2,000 pound “King of the Crocs!” The Serpentarium holds many displays of lizards, incredibly large snakes and frogs. Exotic birds such as Kookaburra and mammals also call this place home. Come early to have the best selection of live shows and feedings to choose from. They are available throughout the day.
Along the beautiful coastline of Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina, lies a real castle. Built by philanthropist Archer Milton Huntington and his noted sculptress wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, their home was called Atalaya, modeled in a Spanish Mediterranean style. This served as the winter home for the couple and a place for Anna to spend time sculpting.
Today, visitors can take a self-guided tour or guided tours (based on season). Once entered, the castle has an abandoned feel to it as all rooms stand empty but if you pause a moment, you can imagine the Huntington's life as it may have been in this little slice of South Carolina heaven.
In addition to tours, Atalaya hosts an arts and craft fair in September and seasonally, nightly ghost walks can be taken.
Opens at 6am throughout the year, however, closing time varies so check website for current times.
There is a small admission fee to visit Atalaya, check website for details. Free guided tours offered March 1 - October 31. Audio Tour is available for an additional fee.
16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC
Located on the West end of Greenville, this cafe is the perfect place for lunch! The menu has a selection of soups, salads and delicious sandwiches and have a kids offering. What they are really known for are their homemade cakes. Their specialty is Sweet Potato Cake, however, their coconut cake has been ranked in the Top 10 in the South.
Located a half hour northwest of Columbia, SC, Dreher Island State Park is spectacular! First, it's location cannot be beat. The park consists of three islands that jut out into beautiful Lake Murray. This provides excellent lake views just about any place you are hanging out. There are two camping loops, both with many lakefront sites that can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet (trailers 30 feet). Sites are roomy, scenic and the campground is well-maintained. Lake Murray is one of the best-known largemouth and striped bass fishing destinations in the South. Fish from shore. bring your boat from home or r rent one. Boat delivery to your campsite is available from outside vendors. Don't have an RV or tent? Beautiful Island Villas are available for rent too. Either way you decide to stay, there will be plenty of things to do or you can choose my favorite activity.... do nothing but relax!
Ninety-Seven paved sites located on two loops may be used by both RVs and tents, while 15 sites are for tent campers only. Each site has water and electrical hook-ups and a picnic table. Many sites accommodate RVs up to 45 feet, others up to 30 feet. There is a dump station available as well. All sites are convenient to hot showers and restrooms. Leashed pets are allowed!
Five lakeside villas include linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, heat, air conditioning, gas fire logs, microwave, satellite television, complimentary wi-fi, automatic coffee maker, screened porch, outside grill and picnic table. A three-bedroom villa is user friendly for the physically impaired.
Pets are not permitted in villas or villa areas.
Please visit website for pricing, reservation information and more details.
Boat Launch & Ramp
Dump Stations (Camping & Marine)
World of Energy offers interactive displays that explain how energy is created from coal, water and nuclear power. Very interesting, educational and best of all; FREE!
There doesn't seem to be a website dedicated to World of Energy so search on social media sites such as TripAdvsor or Yelp for more information.
The World of Energy is located next to the Oconee Nuclear Station on Lake Keowee, just off Hwy. 130 about 5 miles north of Seneca.
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9 – 5
Sat : noon-5
Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Hunting Island State Park is said to be the most popular of all the South Carolina State Parks. It is easy to see why. This semi-tropical barrier island offers 5 miles of beautiful sandy beach perfect for swimming, shore-fishing, sand castle building and long walks. You will see the most glorious sunrises from this stretch of beach so get up early!
Other activities available are the fishing and crabbing pier (they even have a loaner tackle program for free), hiking through maritime forests and along marshes, and relaxing in the campground or their fully-furnished cabin. The best activity is to climb up the only lighthouse in South Carolina that is open to the public. It's 167 steps to a grand view of the area!
Offers 178 standard sites that offer water and electric hook-ups. There are two dump-stations close by. There are restroom and shower buildings throughout the park. There is also a playground and multiple paths to the beach. You can even reach a hiking trail from within the campground. Pets are allowed on the beach and in the campground.
Ocean-backing sites: 39, 48, 47, 46, 45
There is only one fully-furnished cabin for rent. Pets are not allowed in the cabin area.
If you love waffles like we do, you will love Johnny D’s. Choose from specialty waffles such as Red Velvet or Cinnaroll or go traditional, you will not be disappointed. Not in the mood for waffles? The menu also includes several Benedict options and a host of mouth-watering omelets to choose from. Simple breakfast choices available as well. They offer a $5 Early Bird menu served from 6:30 am until 8:30 am seven days a week!
“In myth and in legend, the Knight and the horse are forever linked. Few things are held in such great esteem by the Medieval warrior than a stalwart horse, who possesses the bold courage of his master and the quiet strength of his ancestors” (from Medieval Times website). Enter into the castle, and you arrive in the 11th century. Guests cheer on the six gallant knights who are vying for the title of champion. Dine with the king and queen and enjoy a 4-course meal, all eaten without silverware, Lots of pomp and pageantry, beautiful horses and a falcon! Jousting and fighting with sword and shield provide excitement for the evening. Definitely a kids’ favorite!
This camping is a family favorite as we stayed here for two months while we waited to purchase a home in the Charleston area in 2015. Situated on the grounds of a real antebellum plantation, this campground is truly unique. On weekends, campers can enjoy a free wagon ride tour to see the privately owned Oakland Plantation (the plantation boasts the oldest known house in Mt. Pleasant). Other great features of the park is the 1.5 mile nature trail, a gorgeous 30-acre man-made lake where you can watch the sun set. fish or or fish (our son caught his first fish here). Campground is very close to all downtown Charleston attractions and restaurants and a only a few miles from Isle of Palms and Patriot Point.
3157 Highway 17 N., Mount Pleasant, SC
Pull-Thru & Back- In Deluxe Full hook-ups, 50/30/20 amp (includes patio, swing and other great features)
Pull-Thru - Full Hook-ups 50/30 amp
Back-in - Full- Hook-ups 50/30 amp
Pull-Thru - 30/20 amps Water/Electric
Pull-Thru - 30/20 amps Water/Electric
Pull-Thru 50/30 amps Water Electric
Back-in - 30/20 Water/Electric
Choice of Deluxe cabins (with bathroom) or Camping Cabins (without bathrooms). Some are situated right on the lake. Some offer kitchens while others do not. Important to view website for the different offerings. For an unique experience, look into the train caboose cabin!
Weekend tractor tours to Oakland Plantation
Weekend Pancake Breakfasts!
PricingCheck their website for pricing information!Awards2016 KOA Founders and President Award Winner
Only 3 miles from the bustle of downtown lies the natural retreat, Myrtle Beach State Park. Home to one of the last stands of oceanfront maritime forest in South Carolina, this park also offers a pristine beach, fishing pier, hiking and more! Myrtle Beach State Park offers both beautiful campsites and rental cabins.
Sites include water/electrical hook-ups and free Wi-Fi. Some sites can accommodate RV's up to 40' with the rest accommodating smaller units. This campground is located approximately 300 yards from the beach! Campground offers bathhouse with showers, restrooms and laundromat facilities. The Ranger Station within the campground offers
limited grocery items, camping supplies, souvenirs, drinks, snacks, and firewood. Pets are allowed!
There are six historical CCC-built cabins. located only 200 yards from the beach for rent. These cabins come furnished and include bed linens, towels. cooking utensils and TV. Free Wi-Fi is also available. Cabins are NOT pet-friendly.
Biking (trails and on beach)
Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean
4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC