Check out state parks
Both area state parks are open every day of the year, including Christmas, bicycling and nature and bird watching. Admission to each park is $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. More information at www.southcarolinaparks.com:
• Huntington Beach State Park, open 6 a.m.-6 p.m., on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. Also, for “Feeding Frenzy,” 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Sundays in the nature center (237-4440), see marine animals and take part in feeding a stingray and other creatures. Details at 235-8755.
• Myrtle Beach State Park, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Farrow Parkway/South Ocean Boulevard, across from Seagate Village; 238-5325 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.
See sea ambassadors
Ripley’s Aquarium is open daily year round, so swing by for the annual Festival of Trees, which goes through year’s end, take a scavenger hunt across the building’s two levels for factoids among 55 decorated Christmas trees honoring every U.S. state and territory. Details at 916-0888, 800-734-8888 or www.ripleysaquarium.com.
Details | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach; admission varies by time of day.
Making waves in history
For an easy escape, head north for the Battleship North Carolina, and walk the multiple levels of this memorial, monument and museum moored across the Cape Fear River from the port city. Details at 910-251-5797 or www.battleshipnc.com.
Details | noon-5 p.m. at U.S. 17, 74, 76 and 421 in Wilmington, N.C., for $12 for ages 12 and older; $10 ages 65 and older, and active duty or retired military with ID; $6 ages 6-11; and free ages 5 and younger.
A ‘Knight’ out at castle
Take in some knight jousting along with dressage and a meal at 5 p.m. Details at 236-8080, 800-436-4386 or www.medievaltimes.com.
Details | 5 p.m. at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, for $50.95 for ages 13 and older, or $30.95 ages 3-12.
Lights on at Shadrack’s
The third annual “Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland,” benefiting the American Red Cross and Impact Ministries, is open daily through Jan. 5. Details at 888-321-7547 or www.shadrackchristmas.com.
Details | dusk-10 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, on Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, just south of 21st Avenue North, for $25.50 for car or family van, $40 activity of mini-/half-bus, $50 limousine, and $5 person in a tour/school bus; extra fees for other activities in Santa’s Village.
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