Want to explore the Grand Strand from a new perspective? One interesting sightseeing option is cruising in an airboat from Murrells Inlet, S.C., on the Waccamaw River and some tributaries or taking in the views from a pontoon boat.
And if you want to keep your feet on the ground without walking you can rent a Segway.
Many such outings operate year-round, so if the summer-peak crowds put a damper on a wish to explore, just wait until after Labor Day, for a little more room or a shorter wait.
On the water
Waccamaw Cooter Airboat Tours: Wacca Wache Marina, 1950 Wachesaw Road, Murrells Inlet, S.C., along the Waccamaw River, west of U.S. 17. 45- to 60-minute rides for $40 per person; $30 for ages 4-12. Schedule depends on tides and weather, with a minimum four riders and maximum six; call 843-651-2994 for times. Details: www.plantationrivertours.com
Capn Rods Carolina Swamp Tromp Tours: From Front Street harborwalk in downtown Georgetown, S.C. Four-hour tours on a pontoon up the Pee Dee River for $32. Available daily, times based on tides. Details: www.lowcountrytours.com
On a Segway
Myrtle Beach Segway: 2922-A Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach (in The Market Common). Mondays-Saturdays self-guided tours across the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base ($39 an hour, $59 for two hours) and two-hour guided tours of Huntington Beach State Park ($69). Details: www.mbsegway.com