Atalaya Castle
Atalaya Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • So_Cal_Illini_81
    Pasadena, California304 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting historical building
    We used to visit the Huntington Garden and house in California so it was nice to see more of the family history. We did the self guided tour and thought it was fine. The map and signs in the rooms gave you the layout of the castle. Sadly it is very lacking in more photos and interpretations of what it would have been like when the Huntingtons summered here. There is a nominal ($2 each I think) fee to enter and you do have to pay the state park entry fee as well, so that made it pricey. The beach there is very nice and we saw a few alligators in one of the ponds so if you made a day of visiting the park it would be a good way to spend a day.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2023
  • blondie16
    490 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Stop
    The shell of this building is inside Huntington State Park. An interesting walk around. Plus you can walk around the park and beach after. We saw some alligators and birds. Small fees for both.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Kev
    Jefferson, Georgia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend an hour...
    While it is a very basic self guided tour it is truly fascinating. The entry fee was only $2 per person and well worth it. Hopefully as more funds become available they can open the roof top area to take in the view. Great way to spend an hour.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • mhershey
    Northfield, Illinois543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating live tour
    Fascinating thanks to our guide, Mike! I had walked through this interesting "castle" several times over the years, but had never done a tour. On the 2pm Friday tour, Mike was kind, knowledgable, and a wonderful storyteller. Learning as we walked through the slightly spooky buildings, we really got a sense of the family who built Adelaya and helped support the region over the years. I could have listened to Mike's tales all day! Thank you!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Joan Y
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A history break from the birding/nature activities of the park. A must to understand the area.
    Very interesting piece of history that helps you understand Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens. It doesn't take long for the self-guided tour. Use your imagination to fell what it would be like to live there amidst all the animals the family brought along with the sound of the ocean coming in the windows!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 19, 2024
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Roy C
Whispering Pines, NC987 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Located inside Huntington Beach State Park, access to which it costs $8.00 for non-South Carolina residents, there is an additional charge of $2.00 for the Castle itself. Patterned after the Moorish castles of old, millionaire Archer Huntington had this castle designed and built for him and his wife so they could escape the bad weather of the north in winter. There are no furnishing inside the castle, most of the rooms of which were for staff, as the Huntingtons did very little entertaining.

The interior and exterior of the castle, made mostly of bricks, is beginning to deteriorate. Some areas are not suitable for strollers and wheel chairs with no ramps to some rooms. The gardens, however, are quite nice, giving the impression of the Spanish/Moorish era of old.
Written May 17, 2021
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mandyk
Goodlettsville, TN24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Our family really enjoyed touring the castle and learning about the history. My kids thought it was like a maze and enjoyed exploring all if the rooms and passages. It is within the State Park, so you do pay a fee to get in the park and then an additional small fee to tour the castle, so it might be worth spending the day there and utilizing the beach area. A must-see if you enjoy local history!
Written July 20, 2020
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John S
Matthews, NC22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Atalaya Castle now is an empty shell. This was a private home in the 1930's for Mr & Mrs Huntington, wealthy people from New England who built it. (She was a world-renowned sculptress and he translated a famous Spanish book El Cid into English.) Now, there are just empty rooms to see with stone walls and no furnishings at all. However, since this is at Huntington Beach State Park, it is a diversion to kill an hour if the weather is not good for the beach.
Written November 23, 2020
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Michael F
Myrtle Beach, SC1,390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
When you visit Huntington Beach State Park , you must visit Atalaya, the home of the Huntingtons that created Brookgreen Gardens. This home is very rustic and its amazing that it has survived the weather and ocean her at the beach. If you are not a Park Pass Holder, they will ask for a $2 donation
Written February 4, 2020
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Kev
Jefferson, GA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
While it is a very basic self guided tour it is truly fascinating. The entry fee was only $2 per person and well worth it. Hopefully as more funds become available they can open the roof top area to take in the view. Great way to spend an hour.
Written June 16, 2023
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William E
Mount Pleasant, SC368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Take the $5 audio tour and you will know a lot of details about this unique place. Each stop on the audio tour is only about 30-45 seconds so you aren't overwhelmed with information but you still learn a lot about the history of the place. Go to the Atalaya Castle, do the audio tour, then go to the beach and camp out if you can, and enjoy the surrounding communities!
Written June 27, 2022
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So_Cal_Illini_81
Pasadena, CA304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We used to visit the Huntington Garden and house in California so it was nice to see more of the family history. We did the self guided tour and thought it was fine. The map and signs in the rooms gave you the layout of the castle. Sadly it is very lacking in more photos and interpretations of what it would have been like when the Huntingtons summered here. There is a nominal ($2 each I think) fee to enter and you do have to pay the state park entry fee as well, so that made it pricey. The beach there is very nice and we saw a few alligators in one of the ponds so if you made a day of visiting the park it would be a good way to spend a day.
Written March 3, 2023
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Kelsey L
Harrisburg, PA101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Entree fee is $8 a person into the park and $2 per person ro walk around the “castle”. The place is ok its a quick 15 min walk around and not really all much to see. Definitely shouldnt be top of your to do list
Written February 26, 2022
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P2392
Frankfort, MI53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Great place to spend some time. Yes you have to pay $2 to tour Atalaya And $8 adult to get into the state park but the park fee actually gets you into 2 state parks. Myrtle beach & Huntington. Very much worth it if you like the beach, shelling (excellent at Myrtle beach SP) wild life (we saw gators!) piers, fishing, & historic site seeing. The restrooms are very nice & clean at both parks.
Written April 3, 2022
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Sam B
London, Canada174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Last minute unplanned stop into Huntington State Park to check out the Castle. We arrived just in time for the Aligator Walk/Program. The volunteer was quite sweet and very knowledgeable. She took us for a 25 walk out the front door of Atalaya Castle. We saw some Aligators crossing the walkway and even saw a nest.

We then walked back and toured the Castle. It was $2 well spent. They give you a little map with corresponding numbers/rooms so you can guide yourself around.

This stop was probably my favourite thing that we did on our trip.
Written July 5, 2022
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