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Hunting Island State Park

Besides the park's five miles of beaches, there are thousands of acres of marsh, a saltwater lagoonandoceaninlet. Details:843-838-2011 or goto

Lighthouse: The Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only historic lighthouse in South Carolina open to the public. It was originally constructed in 1859 and rebuilt in 1875 after it was destroyed during the Civil War. The lighthouse was then relocated 1.3 miles inland in 1889 becauseofseverebeacherosion. Visitors can climb the 175 steps to the observation deck for a view of the barrier island and surrounding area. Admission to the lighthouse is $2 a person. It's open at 10 a.m., and the last admission is at 4:45p.m.dailyduringsummer months.

Amenities: Hunting Island State Park offers fun for kids and kids at heart with playground equipment, a campground, picnic areas and educational programs.There are plenty of things for adventurous nature lovers to do, with nature trails, bike rentals,a fishing pier and boating opportunities.

Nature Center: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; features live reptiles and exhibits highlighting the park's natural resources. Seaturtle nesting season is May-Oct, and the nature center has information about this process. Call843-838-7437. Cost: Park admission $5 per person for adults, $3 for children 6-15, 5 and under are free. The park is open from 6a.m.to9p.m. during daylight savings time.