Myrtle Beach Day Trips

Wilmigton residents don’t have to drive hundreds of miles out of the way or plan long vacations to see something new and exciting. If you’re looking for a change of scenery that won’t guzzle your gas, consider taking a day trip to some these fantastic nearby destinations.


The quaint coastal town of Calabash is known from shore to shore as the “Seafood Capital of the World,” and with over 30 seafood restaurants and the freshest ingredients around, it has certainly earned its reputation. Whether you’re a hardcore foodie or you simply want to experience the splendid flavors of one of the Carolina’s premier dining destinations, Calabash has no shortage of delectable adventures to fit any taste.

Brookgreen Gardens

This accredited National Historic Landmark is not only the first public sculpture garden in America, but its exhibit of 900 stunning works also make it the largest collection of American figurative art in the country. In addition to its world-renowned sculpture collection, the site is also a wonderland of natural beauties, and contains many majestic flowers, ancient trees, and sublime pathways, as well as a labyrinth and a spectacular arboretum.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Located at the Broadway at the Beach entertainment district, this world-class aquarium is one of the area’s most famous and frequented attractions. The aquarium’s many fascinating exhibits display a vast and exotic variety of oceanic life, from giant stingays to elegant jellyfish, and it also offers a ton of educational services, live shows, interactive events, marine camps, and group activities for all ages.

Sunset Beach

They say big things come in small packages, and that is especially true of this 3-mile-long stretch of coastal paradise. Don’t let its size fool you, though, because even though it is the smallest of the Brunswich Barrier Islands, Sunset Beach is a prime destination for those who want sparkling sands and picturesque sunsets at a slower, more relaxed pace. Plus, its big variety of local shopping and dining, nearby golf courses, and close proximity to several other premier destinations make it convenient as well as exceptionally beautiful.

Pawley’s Island

It’s been called “Arrogantly Shabby” because of its unique combination of luxurious beach scenery, shabby-chic sensibilities, and intentionally laid-back attitude. Pawley’s Island is one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast, and is known for its leisurely, unspoiled beaches and timeless charm. Because it is often overlooked as a prime vacation spot, its beaches are never crowded, and its long-standing ban on commercial and industrial building means that its not-to-be-missed historical district is perfectly and faithfully preserved.