The Warbird Park in Myrtle Beach is seen just west of Highway 17 on Farrow Parkway. It displays the aviation heritage of the United States and is dedicated to the aviators of the US Air Force and their families. The park displays warplanes stationed at the former Myrtle Beach Air force Base which were given to the park later. The Warbird Park is 4.6 acre in area with landscape and a trail overlooking Myrtle Beach International Airport.
The warplanes on display include the A-10 Thunderblot, A-7 Corsair II and F-100 Super Sabre.The A-10 Thunderbolt is a rugged and combat aircraft suitable for carrying bombs in large quantities. The A-7 Corsair was United States Navy’s fighter aircraft of WWII.It is equipped with an automated weapon delivery system to attack ground targets from the sea.
The Warbird Park also displays engraved granite nameplate of the members served honorably at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, whether military or civilian. The nameplates will be two inches tall by seven inches wide in black granite displaying the name, grade and years of service of the member. The Warbird Park, Myrtle Beach is open to public all days with no entry fee.
The Myrtle Beach Bike Week, the 60 mile coastline motor cycle riding is an annual event that takes place on the second week of May every year. This year too, the Myrtle Beach Bike Week spring rally will be held on May 11th to May 20th at Grand Strand, SC.About 300,000 bikers will attend this event to enjoy the great coastline bike riding.
The Bike week is one of the most important motor cycle rallies in South Carolina. All leading bikes like Harley Davidson, Choppers, Kawasaki, and Suzuki will be on road during the bike week. All motor cycle accessories and parts are sold at Inlet Square Mall in Murrelles Inlet.
According to the South Carolina state law, riders and passengers under the age of 21 must have helmets while driving motor cycles. The Myrtle Beach administration has issued strict guidelines for bike riders. Though the helmet law passed by the Myrtle Beach has overturned by the Supreme Court of South Carolina, the noise ordinance, speed restrictions and seat belt laws are still in force in Myrtle Beach. In the past several years frequent complaints from local peoples against noise, traffic and bad behavior of some bike riders have caused the shifting of the event from Myrtle Beach to the surrounding areas.
The Annual Loris Bog off Festival:
The 2011 Loris Bog off Festival in South Carolina will be held on October 15th 2011.Over 200 arts and crafts vendors are scheduled for this festival. There will be a free concert by Steel Magnolia and a chicken bog cooking contest is also arranged during the festival.
Alive After5 in the Celebrity Square:
Alive After5 is a free concert series held in Celebrity Square, Broadway. Every Thursday, different local bands are performed on the main stage. A part of the proceeds from beverage sales will be donated to the Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Center. The Alive After will start from September 22, 2011.
The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival-2011:On September 23rd the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival will be held at Huntington State Park. Art works of more than hundred artists will be on display at Murrells Inlet. The park is located on the south end of the Grand Strand.
The St. John’s Greek Festival-2011:
The St. John’s Greek Festival-2011 will be held on Sep-22 to Sep-24.The venue of this festival is the St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A large number of people come out to eat the Greek foods such as home made pastries, spanikopita, Greek Salad and many more. Live Greek music and dance entertain the crowd on all days.
The Irish Italian International Festival:
This festival will be held September24th 2011 at Main Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The one day festival will feature live entertainment, great food, music, dance, arts and crafts to celebrate the culture of Irish Italian community.
The 4th Annual Oktoberfest:
From September30th to October 2nd, the Market Common in Myrtle Beach offers the 4th Annual Oktoberfest to enjoy a variety of German beers and wines. There will be live music, kid’s activities like pumpkin decorating, and a wonderful fireworks presentation by South Atlantic Bank.
For adventure seekers, South Carolina offers hundreds of hiking and biking trails in its majestic mountains and state parks. The trails provide the unique history, scenic landscapes and wild splendor of the state. The trails in South Carolina state parks offer endless opportunities to meet a variety of wildlife, beautiful gardens, lakes and natural attractions. There are national forests, wildlife sanctuaries, state forests with rugged trails and stunning waterfalls around the northern part of the state. Make your South Carolina vacation a great adventure, experience the thrill of hiking and biking in South Carolina.
The Table Rock is a great hiking trail with about 200 feet in elevation. The 76 mile Foothills trail passes through this park. There are two great waterfalls, Creek Falls and Rainbow Falls in this picturesque place.
The northern Greenville County has the Jones Gap State Park ideal for peaceful hiking. This park is suitable for fishing in the Middle Saluda River that has brook, rainbow and other wild trout fishes. A valid fishing license is required for fishing in Middle Saluda. This state park is the part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness. Camping is available for a fee in the backcountry primitive sites.
Those who want to experience beautiful outdoors can select the Caesars Head State Park. It is located at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The park is accessed by driving the windy highway 276 from Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway in the northern Greenville. As you go up, the State Park’s office and visitor centre are seen left. From here the panoramic view of the Table Rock reservoir and the Paris Mountain is a thrilling experience to all. The Greenville County Bird Club organizes the Hawk Watch program during September through November every year. The visitors can do fishing in the Middle Saluda, Mathews Creek and Julian Creek flowing through this park. The Raven Cliff Falls Trail is the most famous hiking trail in Caesars Head State Park. This 3.2 kilometer trail is moderately difficult and therefore suitable for experienced persons only. The Frank Coggins Trail is another 1.3 kilometer trail across the street from the park office.
Located in the western edge of South Carolina is the Sumter National Forest Andrew Pickens Ranger District. The important attraction here is the Chattooga River. There are three commercial rafting companies operating here to offer training and guided trips. Camping opportunities are available in this place with a number of developed and primitive campsites. The Opossum Creek Falls in this forest is seen in the southern part 21 kilometers west of Westminster.
There are many other state parks and trails that extent from mountains to the sea providing a spectacular sightseeing experience to the visitors. Go for a South Carolina hiking tour during your next vacation.
Greenville, South Carolina offers many kid-friendly activities in its downtown area. The landscape provides easy access to lakes and state parks, gardens and mini golf courses. Most important kids’ attractions in Greenville include children’s museum, Greenville zoo, Frankie’s Fun Park, Liberty Bridge and the Falls Park.
1. Children’s Museum: The museum features three floors of exhibits that allow the children to get hands on experience. Most of the exhibits are designed for children between the ages 6 to11 but for small kids there are Grandma Betty’s Farm and a Toddler Lily Pond. The topic of the exhibits focus on arts,humanities,health sciences that teaches them ways to save environment, healthy eating habits and lots of other educational activities. The museum has a café, birthday party room and an outdoor garden.
2. Greenville Zoo: The 10 acre zoo in Greenville is located in Cleveland Park. A children’s playground, a tennis court and sheltered picnic areas are provided here. The wild animals in the zoo include red panda, orangutans, African elephants, siamang monkeys, snakes, reptiles and many more. The Greenville zoo is one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina.
3. Children’s Theatre: The children’s theatre provides music classes, drama classes and summer camps to the children. They get an opportunity to work with talented directors, musicians and choreographers. The theatre outreach program provides dramatic classes at no cost to the disadvantaged children. The Character Breakfast is an annual event in which children breakfast with various characters like Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella and Stuart Little. The Timbre Tales is another annual story telling event for children.
4. Frankie’s Fun Park: This park is the real wonderland for children. The Frankie’s Fun Park in Greenville is located off Woodruff Road and Miller Road on Park Woodruff Dr.The park is a great fun for summer or winter outing where kids and children can play arcade games, mini golf, bumper boats and many more. The fun house is a huge gym in which all sorts of activities like climbing, swinging and sliding are possible. The Johnny Rocket’s Restaurant provides the foods that include among others the juicy hamburgers, sandwiches and mouthwatering shakes and malts.
5. Liberty Bridge and Falls Park: This place is the paradise of nature lovers and perfect for a spring or fall afternoon. The Liberty Bridge is a 345 feet long, 12 feet wide suspension bridge constructed over the Reedy River in Falls Park, Geenville.