Myrtle Beach SC-area state park offers tours of 'castle' Atalaya

Did you know the Myrtle Beach area has a castle of its own?

Atalaya is a large, Moorish-style home that was built in the 1930s by Archer Huntington to be used as his winter home. The home gave his wife, Anna, a sculptor, space for her craft and gave her a break from the harsh northern winters as she battled tuberculosis.

The home is open as an attraction for tours hosted by Huntington Beach State Park, where the home is located. The park is on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens and is open every day of the year from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. through Nov. 2; 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 3-30; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1-31.

Admission is $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15.

Atalaya is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for self-guided tours, for $2 extra fee (but closed, with no tours, Sept. 25-28 and Oct. 23-26). Docent tours are at 2 p.m. Sundays-Fridays and noon Saturdays, free with admission to home; an optional 45-minute audio tour is $4. Also, try the “Atalaya Ghost Tour,” 8:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, for $3 ages 6 and older with ticket purchased at park store; bring a flashlight.

To read more about what a tour of Atalaya is like and to see a photo gallery of the home, visit MyrtleBeachOnline.com.

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