Attraction Spotlight: Myrtle Beach Safari

Ranked the #1 attraction in Myrtle Beach on TripAdvisor, the Myrtle Beach Safari is an exciting interactive exhibit that's perfect for kids and adults of all ages! As educational as it is fun, you'll enjoy spending hours interacting with and learning about wildlife, such as tigers, elephants, and more! There are 2 ways to experience The Myrtle Safari (aka T.I.G.E.R.S. or The Institute for Greatly Endangered or Rare Species):

  1. Free Admission to the Tigers Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing
    This mostly free exhibit allows you to interact with and learn about wildlife and endangered species. For a fee, you can also get your photo taken with a tiger cub or a young ape!
  2. Take The Full Tour
    Visit the 50-acre preserve, home to apes, wolves, falcons, a binturong, Bubbles The Elephant, and over 60 big cats! You'll also have the opportunity to meet Liger, the largest cat in the world, according to the 2006 and 2014 Guinness Book of World Records. The tour consists of a 3-hour guided walk through the preserve where you'll be able to get "up-close and uncaged" with endangered species while a professional photographer takes pictures and videos of your experience. The tour costs $239 per person and is limited to adults and children over the age of 6. The ticket fee helps to support and feed these animals and breeding and conservation efforts worldwide!

People on TripAdvisor gush about how much fun they had. Here are a few quotes:

"The was the highlight of our Intra Coastal waterway adventure."  
"Even though it rained, it still was an awesome experience to see and be able to interact with the tiger cubs, wolves and monkeys. The crew there always does a great job with questions and answers, and seeing the Liger is always an experience you will never forget!"  
"If T.I.G.E.R.S. isn't on your bucket list -IT SHOULD BE ! My third visit and each time it's better!"  

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The Gray Man

The legend of the Pawleys Island Gray Man also involves a tragic love story, as a soldier returns home to marry his sweetheart, circa 1820. A wealthy young planter was on his way to the island to propose marriage to his beloved.but he never made it. In his haste, he was galloping through the surf when his horse stumbled, throwing him to the ground. Tragically, his neck was broken, and he drowned in the surf. Two nights later, a blurred, gray ghost in his likeness appeared to his beloved as she walked on the beach. The figure disappeared as she drew closer, trying to reach him. That night, she dreamed of a horrible storm at sea, and in the morning, she told her family about the dream. They left Pawleys Island for the mainland that day, narrowly escaping a deadly hurricane.

The Gray Man was seen again before the infamous Storm of 1893 struck the coast, wiping out the settlement at Magnolia Beach just north of Pawleys Island. Since that time, the Gray Man has appeared before every major hurricane, including the disastrous Hugo in 1989. Those he shows himself to are mysteriously spared the storm's destructive power. The Gray Man has even been the subject of an episode of the popular television program, "Unsolved Mysteries."

Through the years, the Gray Man has appeared to both visitors and locals alike and their experiences have been related over coffee time and again. And yes, his appearance has always preceded a storm. These accounts are all documented, each story only adding to the already robust legend. Most stories involve walking on the beach with friends after dinner at a local tavern. The nights are unusually calm with the surf gently lapping at their feet.but up ahead, something is seen that is not only unusual but difficult to explain.material, loosely blowing in the breeze, that begins to take shape.a silhouette in the general shape of a head and shoulders ... no features really, but what it would look like if you draped a very light cloth or blanket over a mannequin. From the sand to the bottom of the cloth however, there's nothing. The cloth is floating free, three or four feet in the air. Goose pimples abound!

Now, suddenly, just where you would expect an arm to be on the figure, the cloth moves outward; motioning to the spectator. Or so it would seem. When the cloth deliberately points a second time, it's clear that the motion means, "Leave.GO!" Although the motion is always subtle, it's very deliberate leaving no confusion as to what is meant. Anyone would immediately pick up and GO. Wouldn't you? Whether anyone has ever heard of the Gray Man or not, it isn't long before the meaning of their encounter is explained to them in one way or another!

In most cases, the explanation comes in the form of a violent storm the next day or even a hurricane. For those who understood the warning and left the coast entirely, the "apparition" may have saved their lives. Many say that has been the case. But if it is only a case of telling the story to a local the next day, the response is always and quite simply, "Oh, it was only the Gray Man! Be careful, it's going to storm!" And storm it does. A downpour, thunderstorm or even a hurricane! In the future, if you're lucky enough to have seen the Gray Man, heed his warning and taken shelter inland!

Annie of the Lighthouse

Before technology, when bad weather slammed the tiny isle of North Island, furious storms came up most often unexpectedly. Shrimpers and ship pilots feared these "Furies of the Bay" at North Island . . . with good reason!

Some are skeptical, but others heed warnings in the stories passed from generation to generation. You draw your own conclusion.

In the early 1800's, a stone lighthouse was built on North Island, appointed with cozy living quarters and flaunting a great whale-oil lantern to guide ship pilots through the treacherous Bay. The innkeeper had a daughter named "Annie."

Annie took part in the day-to-day upkeep of the lighthouse; when supplies were low, she and her father rowed across the Bay to Georgetown to obtain supplies. Scheduling their trips to travel with the tides, they would arrive back just in time to light the glowing lantern.

Pawleys Island was an enormously wealthy island - due to the rice plantations. One of the planters traveled by horseback, hoping to propose marriage to his lover. He was thrown from his horse and landed in quicksand; the sand enveloped him . . . taking his life! Two days later, the woman he intended to propose to was walking along the shore; she saw a grey figure appear. Shaken by the vision, but curious - she moved closer. It was her lover. As she stretched out her arms, he slowly disappeared.

A nightmare plagued her dreams that night; a storm at sea would take her life. The very next day, her family fled from the island, just in time to escape an approaching hurricane. The man was not seen again until the turn of the century. The Storm of 1893 struck The Grand Strand with great force! The storm wiped out the settlement of Magnolia Beach, just north of Pawleys. Ever since, the visions only occur when hurricanes threatened the coast. The man would appear and warn people of the devastating storms. Those who listened would survive, those who didn't . . . would perish.

In 1989, the man was seen again . . . just before Hurricane Hugo pounded the coast of South Carolina. Just a coincidence? You decide.

Halfway through the trip, giant waves grew, and swamped the boat! He desperately tied Annie to his back, and attempted to brave the angry water to safety . . . Exhaustion and shock won the battle, and the light keeper awoke on shore not remembering how he got there.

Little Annie had drowned, while still tied to his back. Since that dreadful day, sailors have reported a sweet, blonde child appearing on the bow of their boats, usually on calm days, pointing to the Bay and begging them to "Go Back" . . . Without fail these visions occur before a violent, unanticipated storm. Those who ignored her found themselves in a watery grave!

Visiting Alice's Grave at All Saints Church

Alice Belin Flagg was the young sister of a wealthy rice planter who owned "The Hermitage." Alice was sent to school in Charleston, where at the New Year's Saint Cecelia Ball, her beau presented her with an engagement ring. Her brother did not approve of the fiance because he did not belong to the wealthy planter class, and Alice was not allowed to wear the ring on her finger when she was at the Hermitage. Instead, she wore it on a ribbon around her neck, hidden in the collar of her blouse.

One morning Alice awoke with a high fever. During her illness her brother discovered the ring and cast it into the inlet creek near the Hermitage. Alice died crying for the ring. Her brother dressed her in a white ball gown, and she was buried in a temporary grave near the Hermitage. Her body was later moved to the cemetery at All Saints Church near Pawleys Island, where it now rests under a simple marble slab bearing only the name "Alice." It is said that her spirit can be evoked by walking around the grave backward 13 times. Several people who have tried this ritual also testify that they felt a "tug" at their own ring. 

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