Myrtle Beach, S.C.

39. Farms


The landscape here is pretty well developed near the coast – hotels, restaurants, houses, businesses, condos, etc. But drive ten or fifteen minutes inland and you can be in the middle of nowhere and, say, on a farm. That’s right, in addition to having some of the best beaches and golf courses in the world, the Grand Strand is also home to several working farms that are open to the public. Take a tour, pick up some fresh produce, or check out some beautiful gardens – whatever you do when you get there, it’s a sure bet that adding a trip to the farm is unique way to literally get away from it all.

Indigo Farms

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Straddling the N.C.-S.C. border, this Little River farm is home to a farmer’s market full of fresh fruits and vegetables, a garden center with everything you could possibly need to facilitate the growth of your new plant, and a produce center that offers preserves, jams, cured meats, local honey, locally-produced barbeque sauce, and much more. Indigo Farms also features various activities throughout the year, from the pick-your-own-berries in the spring to bonfires and hayrides in the fall.

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Freewoods Farm

As the only historical living African-American farm in the country, this place is literally one-of-a-kind. The mission here is to replicate, celebrate, and perpetuate the activities and practices of the agricultural centers that were so important, indeed vital, to American life in centuries past. The educational experience here consists of the Freewoods Farm, a Wetlands Preserve, and a Main Street district.

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L.W. Paul Living History Farm

L.W. Paul Living History Farm

The Living History Farm, an extension of the Horry County Museum, aims to re-create farm life in the area during the period of time from 1900-1955. Among the activities, visitors can expect to see and learn about are plowing with mules, soap-making, grits-grinding, cow-milking, and crop-harvesting – all things that can easily be taken for granted in today’s fast-paced world.