10 Top Things to Do During a Pawleys Island Vacation

When families choose to vacation in Pawleys Island and at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, they’re treating themselves to a scenic coastal getaway in a location with a long list of activities to pursue. But with so many options nearby, which ones should your vacation crew select?

Consider these 10 local favorites chosen by the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort staff — and see how many you can fit in during your getaway:

1. Hit the Beach

The coastline here is home to 60-plus miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches. And whether your family prefers to relax and soak up the sun or splash into the ocean waves, the area offers plenty of scenic seaside spots where you can get in your beach time.

2. Explore Brookgreen Gardens

 Located in Murrells Inlet about 5 miles from Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Brookgreen Gardens gives visitors more than 9,000 acres of natural beauty to explore. The attraction’s main draw, its expansive sculpture gardens, feature more than 2,000 artworks from over 400 artists — including the nation’s most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculptures. Other on-site attractions include nature trails, a butterfly garden, historic rice plantations, and the Lowcountry Zoo.

Walkway through large trees

3. Shop at the Hammock Shops

Found just 3.5 miles south of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, The Hammock Shops Village has been a local staple since 1938, when its original shop opened to offer hand-woven hammocks to the public. Today, visitors can still watch weavers craft the same rope hammocks — plus grab a sandwich, burger, or fresh seafood, shop for art, pick up some baked goods, and lots more at the family-friendly roadside attraction that is now home to 21 shops and two restaurants.

4. Enjoy a Pint and Bite at Pawleys Island Tavern

Located just south of the Hammock Shops, Pawleys Island Tavern is a “classically shabby” local eatery that specializes in good food, good friends, and good times. Popular menu options here include the Crab Cake Plate, the Blackened Mahi-Mahi Over Crawfish Grits, and an array of signature pizza and burger options. And to wash it all down, the tavern offers a long list of beer, cocktail, and wine choices.

5. Play Golf

With nearly 75 courses to choose from — many of them considered world-class — the Myrtle Beach area is known as the “Golf Capital of the World” for good reason. And when it comes to the local links, the South Strand truly shines, with easy access to plenty of great options. A few of the area’s standouts include the Caledonia Fish & Golf Club, Pawleys Plantation, and True Blue.

6. Or Mini Golf

For those who prefer to play the game on a smaller scale, the Grand Strand also offers an array of highly regarded mini-golf options. Some of the places on the Southern Strand’s leaderboard for mini-golfing destinations include Gilligan’s Island Funland and Inlet Adventure Golf.

7. Check out Murrells Inlet MarshWalk

Those seeking great seafood and great scenery can find both in abundance at the nearby Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. This attraction’s half-mile wooden boardwalk offers picturesque views of a natural saltwater estuary, along with an impressive collection of local eateries, most specializing in seafood. Live music is also a regular find here.

8. Charter A Fishing Trip

There’s certainly no shortage of fishing-charter options on the Hammock Coast, and the area’s waters can accommodate those looking to find the perfect freshwater fishing hole or reel in monster catches far out on the open seas. So, whether you’re after redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, black drum, blue marlin, or just the everyday bluegill or bass, the local guided fishing charters will be glad to help with the pursuit.

9. Visit Huntington Beach State Park and Atalaya Castle

Located just 2.5 miles up the road from Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Huntington Beach State Park gives visitors access to 3 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach for swimming, fishing, strolling along the seashore or simply relaxing. It’s also home to National Historic Landmark Atalaya Castle, as well as a campground, nature trails, numerous boardwalks, a Nature Center, and a wide variety of birds (300-plus species have been spotted within the park).

10. Dine at Frank’s

Pleasing guest palates since 1988, Frank’s Restaurant & Bar is actually two Pawleys Island restaurants in one location — Frank’s and Frank’s Outback. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to Southern hospitality and plenty of delicious dining options. While the menus here change seasonally and the daily specials get a menu of their own, popular entrée choices at Frank’s include the steaks, rack of lamb, fresh-caught seafood, and short ribs. Four full bars can also be found on-site, and the wine list is especially extensive.

Litchfield Summerhouse Pool

Stay & Play at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

With a prime Pawleys Island location, a range of rental types, and a long list of amenities, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort puts you just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and a short drive from a wide range of area attractions. Book your getaway with us today — and start planning all your adventures in the area!