* The Silent Cities of Brookgreen Gardens tour explores the garden's cemeteries, the final resting place of former slaves and plantation owners that once worked the land. (Brookgreen is built on the site of four former rice plantations.) As a cemetery nut, I know I'd love this trip, exploring old tombstones amid live oaks hanging with Spanish moss. The two-hour excursion runs Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon and costs $15 in addition to park admission.
* A walking tour explores the archeological dig site of the original plantation house foundations, as well as other sites, and a cemetery. It runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 6. Tickets run $3
* Finally, on Wednesdays through March, 4, at 1 p.m., the park hosts Gullah/Geechee Mania!, an interactive, cultural game show about the region's unique culture. Admission free.
Even if you can't catch a special tour, it's worth stopping by. When I visited years ago I spent hours wandering the gardens, enjoying the views and sernity . Then I headed back up to Myrtle Beach for a rousing game of miniature golf.